OUR LADY & THE APOSTLES
Stockport SK3 8BQ
The Diocese of Shrewsbury is
a Registered Charity 234025
THE SACRED TRIDUUM
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.
FRIDAY (today is a day of fasting
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
Prayer around the Cross at the Evron Centre
8.00pm The Easter Vigil For People of the Church
The Diocese of Shrewsbury is a Registered Charity 234025
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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 email@example.com ; 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)
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