OUR LADY & THE APOSTLES
Stockport SK3 8BQ
The Diocese of Shrewsbury is
a Registered Charity 234025
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Today's Gospel - we hear a story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus encountering the risen Jesus. They are not immediately at ease; they are alarmed as they think they are seeing a ghost. But as soon as they are convinced it really is Jesus, they are filled with joy, and they settle down to eat with him. They are back in the company of their beloved friend and teacher. Our relationship with Jesus should be one of ease and trust. But we need to spend time with him to reach that level of closeness.
Parish Mission 2nd - 9th May: ‘Healing in the Spirit- Living by God's Word.' is our chosen theme There will be a short meeting after Mass today (Sunday) to attend to the many practical things such as providing transport for those who would like to come, particularly so for the Service of the Anointing of the Sick, Thursday 7th May at 2.30 p.m. Hospitality and providing a welcoming atmosphere are essential to the success of the mission. The mission week is an opportunity to inject new life and energy into the life of our parish, a time for new people to emerge as we work together for the building up of the kingdom of God. Please be generous in coming forward and offering your help.
There are copies of the brochure with details of the programme for each day and these are meant for wide distribution, so please take one for someone you know or better still invite them to come and accompany them. Likewise there are prayer cards, and each day we will pray the mission prayer.
Day of Reflection Sat 2nd May 2015 - A 'Day of Reflection' led by Bishop Brian Noble has been organised by 'A.C.T.S' ('ADULT CATHOLICS TOGETHER SPIRITUALLY') on Saturday 2nd May 2015. Anyone aged 18 - 35 are welcome. Bishop Brian will lead us prayerfully through a reflection on the Bishops' Conference document, 'Do You Love Me?'. This will take place at Wistaston Hall, Crewe CW2 8JS. The day will start approximately at 9.30pm until approx 5pm (exact times to be confirmed nearer the date). Cost £20 (£15 for unemployed/students). If you would like to join us or wish to know more about it please contact: Siobhan at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 0161 477 2783 / 07761 138947.
With You Always: Preparing for your First Child's Baptism.
Our Lady's, together with the other parishes in our LPA, is launching a new approach to preparing parents for the baptism of their child. As parents, you are the first and most important teachers of your children. Our short course aims to welcome and support you on the journey you are undertaking with your child. Please pick up a leaflet from the back of the church which gives information about how to get started.
North West Celebrate Conference 25th-26th April - takes place at All Hallows Catholic College, Brooklands Avenue, Macclesfield SK11 8LB; it is for all age groups: why not come and be encouraged in your faith through inspiring talks, creative Liturgy, with special groups for children and young people? Since it is so near, it would be wonderful if some people could come, even for one day! Fr. Pat will be Principal Celebrant for the Mass on Saturday, so have a word with him for more information. Booking forms can also be downloaded on: www.celebrateconference.org/weekends/northwest
Family Groups - Ian and Cath's Group meet in the Presbytery from 7pm this Friday 24th April for a Who Dunnit? Murder Mystery Night, led by Sarah. Please note the earlier start time.
Hazel Dove (483 8200) is co-coordinating the visit to Northwich on Saturday (2nd) for a shared event for North West Parishes, during which filming will take place for the DVD to help promote ‘Family Groups'.
Recent Christening - We welcome into the family of the Church Archia Keith Abernethy Champion who was baptised on Easter Sunday. We rejoice with the family at this special time.
Sacrament of Confirmation - the parishes of Our Lady's, St. Bernadette's and St. Joseph's are not offering a programme of preparation in 2015. Similar to many parishes we have decided to change to year 9. The three Cheadle parishes customarily use Our Lady's Parish to celebrate Confirmation in June, (year 9 young people); and so young people from year 9 upwards who have not yet celebrated the Sacrament and would like to do so are invited to approach Fr. Pat on an individual basis'.
Alpha - searching for more: An evening Alpha course stars on Thursday (23rd April) with supper at 7 p.m. at St. Peter's Parish Centre Hazel Grove. Alpha is a chance to question and explore the meaning of life. Over a period of about 10 sessions (excluding half term) it's a chance to explore the basics of the Christian faith. It is open to everyone. Contacts: Rachel on 487 1659 or Teresa on 07778 848709.
Parish Finance Offertory £1161.77: Cafod £108.00: Building Fund £24.47: Holy Places £241.55 Thank you. Bonanza Draw takes place today and results will be in the newsletter for next week.
Parish Centre memberships for this year are now due.
The Visit of The Miraculous Relic Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe to The Cathedral of Our Lady Help of Christians and St Peter of Alcantara, Shrewsbury. On Saturday 9th to Friday 15th May 2015
A Service of Reception will be held on Saturday 9th May at 4 pm. The Principle Celebrant: Bishop Mark Davies. There will also be a Service of Return, Friday 15th May at 12.15pm. All are welcome. Please see Posters for more information and history of the Relic.