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Shaw Heath

Stockport SK3 8BQ                                           
Tel: 0161 480 2489/ 07711428970


E-mail: admin@ourladyandtheapostles.co.uk

The Diocese of Shrewsbury is a Registered Charity 234025

Fr Pat Munroe and Deacon Peter Lafferty.


                                        THE SACRED TRIDUUM

7.30pm              Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper.

At the end of Mass, the Blessed Sacrament will be carried solemnly to the Altar of Repose.   Adoration at the Altar of Repose will take place until Midnight. 11.50pm, we will celebrate Night Prayer.

GOOD FRIDAY            (today is a day of fasting and abstinence)

9.45am                  Morning Prayer of the Church for Good Friday

10.00am                                Stations of the Cross

3.00pm                  The Celebration of the Lord's Passion

7.00pm                  Prayer around the Cross at the Evron Centre

9.30am                Waiting at the ‘Lord's Tomb'- Prayer and reflection led by Fr Tomasz. 


8.00pm                  The Easter Vigil                For People of the Church                  


8.00am                  Parishioners

10.00am                  Melanie Hadfield


The Diocese of Shrewsbury is a Registered Charity 234025

Date: Sunday 20th April 2013

Rev Pat Munroe

Easter Sunday

Rev Tomasz Mamelka, Deacon: Rev Peter Lafferty


8pm - Easter Vigil and First Mass of Easter

            Intentions for People of the Parish.


Celebrants Intention


Melanie Hadfield

Austin Kelly


Monday of Easter Week

21st April 2014


Sister Jarleth

Please note:

There is no Holy Hour or evening Mass today.


Tuesday of Easter Week

22nd April 2014


Funeral Service for Elsie Scanlan followed by Committal at Stockport Borough


Norah Henegan


Wednesday of Easter Week

23rd April 2014


Leo Corcoran


Thursday of Easter Week

24th April 2014


Peter Byust


Friday of Easter Week (Our Lady's Primary School Easter Mass)

25th April 2014


Patrick Kennedy

Intentions of Parishioners


Saturday of Easter Week

26th April 2014


Phil Dermody


From 10am-10.45am; from 6.15pm - 6.45pm and on request.


First Mass of Sunday -  John Hales Snr.


Second Sunday of Easter

27th April 2014


Anne Jenkinson

Intentions of David and Rebecca Lafferty on their 1st Wedding Anniversary.

Your prayers are requested for:

The Sick:

Francesca Ryan, Graham Wakefield, Mrs Jean Herron, Fr Peter Robertson, Tom Burns, Bernard Stafford, Tim Mapp, Baby Joseph Philip Platt, Tom Connell, Mary Devlin, Thomas Summers, Sylvia Piggott, Peter Callaghan, Barbara Hartley, John Redman, Kath Murray, Hilary (Kane) Rustage, Charles Woods, Veronica Lane, Gertrude Ashton, Brian Cox, Fr John Cairns, Sandra Bannatyne, Sr. Philomena, Rufus Henry, Neil Worthington, Sofia Cahill, Dorothy Waugh, Aine Carrilline, Irene Houndslow, Gillian Singleton, David Williams, Robert Lo Porto, David Whittaker, Bill Thomas, Margaret Burnell, Frank Pritchard, Jo Bacchas, Miriam Henry.  May God bless them with healing and peace. Amen.

Lately Dead:

Elsie Scanlan. May She rest in peace, Amen.


Peggy Calvert Woods, Jason Calvert Woods, Marie Woods, Margaret Bedelia Carson, Austin Kelly, John Bradley, Christine Simms Smith, John Hales, Patrick Lawrence O'Donovan, Lisa Jane Mansfield, Vincent Morris, Fr John Gannon, Marie Maguire, Barbara Ann Currie, Gertrude Glendinning, Rev Fr. Patrick Mulcahy, Florence Burrows, Joan Lillis, Emma Murphy, Anne Jenkinson, Annie Wolstencroft, May they all rest in peace, Amen.

Easter is a time to celebrate life and love. We are Easter people, but what does this mean?  We use the word ‘Alleluia' (praise the Lord) a lot at Easter, and the Exultet or Easter Proclamation tells us to rejoice! Exult!  All the things we associate with Easter- chicks, bunnies, lambs, flowers are signs of spring and new beginnings.  Easter brings new life and hope.  Are we positive about life, recognising the dignity of every person? Are our parishes and communities places of welcome, joy and love?' 

‘He is risen and because He is risen, we too shall rise...The anticipation of eternal life is the source of and reason for our hope.  If cultivate and protected, it illuminates our lives as persons and communities.'  (Pope Francis). May the joy of Easter illuminate the lives of all in our Parish?  Happy Easter everyone!

Holy Week - as this newsletter is being prepared many people are working hard in the preparation of the Church and the Liturgies for the celebration of the Sacred Triduum; it is very much appreciated. It is wonderful to have Fr.Tomasz with us, his joy, enthusiasm and creativity is a real blessing to our Parish.

Divine Mercy Sunday - (27th April) is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday of Easter.  The institution of the Feast was inspired by a desire of Jesus which was conveyed by Sr. Faustinia - a Polish nun - that people turn to him the source of mercy and love.  On the day of Sr. Faustinia's canonization, 30th April 2000, Blessed John Paul 11 instituted the Feast for the whole Church. Fr. Tomasz is leading a 9 day novena from Good Friday, - novena prayers after Mass - and there will be a special Holy Hour, Sunday 27th at 2.30 p.m. Copies of an article about the Feast and Devotion to Divine Mercy are available.

Blessed Pope John Paul 11 and Blessed John XX111 will be canonised next Sunday in Rome.

Family Groups - are making a very positive contribution to the communal dimension of parish life, in that more people are getting to know and enjoy being with each other.  There is a gathering for all four groups that also extends to the parish as a whole on Sunday, 27th April after 10 a.m. The sharing of food and drinks is the most important ingredient in the success of Family groups, and what better way to come together as the Family of the Parish than after sharing the food and drink of the Eucharist.

Sacrament of Confirmation - twenty one young people were enrolled Sunday, 6th April and are preparing jointly with St. Joseph's Parish for Confirmation with Bishop Mark on Wednesday, 11th June in Our Lady's.  The next session is this Wednesday, 23rd April in the Presbytery at 7.30 p.m.

Recent Christening - we welcome into the Family of the Church George William Simon Hayward who was baptised last Sunday.  We rejoice with his family at this special time in their lives.

Recent Wedding - congratulations to Paul Harrison and Frances Roberts on the celebration of their marriage in Our Lady's, 12th April.  We pray that their lives will be blessed with joy and happiness.

Young Catholic's (18-35) are invited to a ‘Day of Recollection' at Wistaston Hall, Crewe, Saturday(26th) Fr.Edmund Montgomery will focus on the theme, "Follow Me: How to follow Jesus on Twitter, Facebook and Social Media."  Contact siobhanbc@talktalk.net ; 4772783; 07761138947 for info.

CaFÉ - Catholic Faith Exploration - thanks to all who came along for the recent series; participants found it to be enjoyable and helpful.  Thanks also to Deacon Peter for looking after its smooth running.  We are beginning again with a new series on Tuesday, 6th May, alternating between CaFE and what it known as Lectio Divina - a prayerful reading of the Scriptures. We will give more information nearer the time.

Parish Centre - there are some leaflets with information on receptions for Christenings, Weddings, Funerals, or indeed any family celebration.  You can pick one up, or better still contact Martin at the Parish Centre on 0161 480 0741.

Parish Finance - Thank you for your generosity for your parish to meet its financial commitments. It is just one year ago that the Local Pastoral Area parishes rearranged and reduced the number of Sunday Masses, given that there are fewer priests and smaller congregations.  A consequence for us was a reduction in Offertory income; to help offset this we also managed a reduction in expenditure. We will shortly publish a brief financial report for 2013-14.  Offertory envelopes are available for those who wish to have a set. For Information on this, Standing Order Forms with your bank or Gift Aid you can contact Tom Horan on 0161 487 1717 and he will assist with financial queries

Offertory collection last Sunday was £1,103.70.  Easter Flowers:  £340.  Thanks for your generosity.

The Offertory collection on Easter Sunday is the customary offering for the Priests of the Parish.


Pilgrimage to Poland

8th - 15th May 2014

8th May - we have a flight from Manchester to Krakow at 6:40 am. and will arrive to Krakow at 10:45 am. [local time], then we are going to Czestochowa [Sanctuary of the Black Madonna] where we have diner in a Hotel; and at 21:00 - Jasna Góra Appeal;

9th May - after breakfast we have Mass [at 9:30 am or 10:00 am] in Our Lady Chapel, then we will see with guide [The Chapel of the Miraculous Painting of Our Lady; The Basilica of Jasna Góra; The Knights' Hall; The Treasury; The 600th Year Anniversary Museum of Jasna Góra; The St. Roch Bastion; The Arsenal; The Tower of Jasna Góra - this tour will last about 1 - 1,5 h]; time for shopping; about 15:00 pm we have diner in a Hotel and more or less 16:30-17:00 pm we will leave Czestochowa and are going to Wadowice [Home town of Pope John Paul II]; about 19:00 pm arrival to Wadowice, supper in a Hotel and sleep well :-)

10th May - breakfast; we are going to see The Family House Museum John Paul II in Wadowice; our Mass in The Basilica of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary [baptismal chapel where pope JP II was baptized; chapel with the relics of Blessed Pope John Paul II]; time for shopping; about 15:00 pm we will leave Wadowice and on our way to Krakow we can see Weeping Madonna Our Lady of Calvary in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska [on this place we can have tea/coffee with sandwiches]; arrival to Krakow about 19:00 supper in The Pastoral House of the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy; voluntarily - walk: The Divine Mercy Sanctuary by night;

11th May - we are in The Divine Mercy Sanctuary [breakfast and supper are included];

12th May - after breackfast and Mass we are going to Wieliczka where we can see [with guide] The Wieliczka Salt Mine [this tour will last about 3h]; cup of tea and sandwich; shopping; back to Krakow; free time; at 19:00 supper;

13th May - after breakfast and Mass we are going to Oświęcim where we can see [with guide] Nazi Concentration Camp: Auschwitz-Birkenau [this tour will last about 3h]; cup of tea/coffee and sandwiches; back to Krakow; free time; at 19:00 supper;

14th May - whole day in Krakow, where we will see [with guide]: The Royal Castle on Wawel Hill, St. Mary Basilica, Sukiennice, and other famous places of Krakow; time for shopping; at.19:00 supper;

15th May - breakfast; maybe morning Mass; transfer to Airport Krakow; at 10:40 flight to Manchester.

Price: £590 (if we have 30 people)

This price includes:

  • our transport [coach];
  • our food - 7 breakfasts, 7 diner/supper [excl. drink];
  • our rooms in Hotels [double room] we will booking 3 different hotels in this pilgrimage: in Czestochowa [1 night], in Wadowice [1 night] and in Krakow [5 nights];
  • professional guides on all of the above tours; all entrance fees and local taxes;

What is very important:

  • this price doesn't include flights from Manchester to Krakow and from Krakow to Manchester;
  • if you are going with us take your insurance [Blue Card];
  • if you want to sign up for our pilgrimage you have to pay deposit £150. I need this deposit for booking our accommodation and transport. This deposit is non-refundable if you will change your mind to go with us [you'll have to find someone for yourself and then you can take your deposit back];
  • check the validity of your passport;
  • the currency in Poland is - zloty

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