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Shaw Heath

Stockport SK3 8BQ                                           
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The Diocese of Shrewsbury is a Registered Charity 234025

Fr Pat Munroe and Deacon Peter Lafferty.


Date: Sunday 2nd November 2014

                                      Rev Pat Munroe Rev Francis Nnadi

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time.  ALL SAINTS

Deacon: Rev Peter Lafferty


First Mass Saturday 7pm - Keith James Hillard



Helen Borrell

Remembrance Service at Cypress Chapel, Stockport Cemetery.


Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed

3rd November

12 Noon


Holy Souls

A Holy Hour


All Faithful Departed.


St. Charles Borromeo, Bishop.

4th November



Funeral Mass for Eileen Marie Higgins followed by Burial at Southern Cemetery

Holy Souls


St Winefride

5th November



Holy Souls

Aquinas College


A Holy Hour at Evron



6th November


Morning Mass at Evron


Michael William Cook


The Prayer Group meets. All are welcome.



7th November



Mass at St Bernadette's Brinnington

Funeral Mass for Margaret Kelly followed by interment at Stockport Borough.



8th November


Our Annual Memorial Mass for those whose Funerals have been

Celebrated at Our Lady's since last November.


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


First Mass of Sunday - Tom Lane


The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica of the Most Holy Redeemer.

9th November


Mike Higgins and Family in Thanksgiving 90th Birthday.

Your prayers are requested for:

The Sick:

Philip Smallwood, Esther McGarrity, Fr. Martin Riley, Nick Cook, Hilary Ashcroft, Francesca Ryan, Tom Burns, Tim Mapp, Tom Connell, Mary Devlin, Thomas Summers, Sylvia Piggott, Peter Callaghan, John Redman, Kath Murray, Hilary (Kane) Rustage, Charles Woods, Veronica Lane, Gertrude Ashton, Brian Cox, Fr John Cairns, Sandra Bannatyne, Sr. Philomena, Rufus Henry, Tricia Woolstencroft, Sofia Cahill, Dorothy Waugh, Aine Carrilline, Irene Houndslow, Gillian Singleton, John Harrison, David Williams, Robert Lo Porto, David Whittaker, Bill Thomas, Margaret Burnell, Frank Pritchard, Jo Bacchas, Miriam Henry. Brian Webb.  May God bless them with healing and peace. Amen.

Lately Dead:

Eileen Marie Higgins, Margaret Kelly. May they rest in peace, Amen.


Tim Kilduff, Dora Selby, Sister Hilda Gaskell, Keith James Hillard, Paddy Donnellan, Cecilia Power, Jenna McDonald, Dorothy Kelly, Thelma Wharmby, Maragret Kent, John Shepherd, Richard Murphy, Bridie McGowan, Michael Cook, Mark Iverson, Joseph Brett, Kenneth Ashmore. May they all rest in peace. Amen.

The Feast of All Saints commemorates those who belong to God, those who are holy.  The saints are an example for each of us, for we are all called to belong to God, to be his saints. These saints, by their actions, were examples of Christ-shaped lives.  Our lives are also called to imitate a life transformed by the example of Christ, remembering that we are all saints-in-making.  The Beatitudes are the focus of today's Gospel reading, in them we find the ingredients for living a life that is centred on Christ.

Feast of All Souls is being transferred this year to Monday, 3rd.  There will be Masses at 12 Noon and 7 p.m.  It is not a holyday of obligation; however you are strongly encouraged to come to Mass on the Day.

Remembrance Service at the Cemetery - the annual Service will be held at the Cypress Chapel today at 3.00 p.m. Those with family graves in Stockport Borough Cemetery are encouraged to come.

November Envelopes - these are available for you in which to put in the names of your deceased relatives and friends.  It is sufficient to write:  ‘Family of friends of     (family name).  Please print or type names so that we can accurately record names for the November Book of Remembrance which will be placed near the Altar throughout the month, and updated weekly.  This is not to be confused with the Book of Remembrance which is open each day throughout the year.

Mass of Remembrance - this Saturday, 8th November at 9.30 a.m. for all those whose funerals have been arranged through Our Lady's since November 2013.  Invitations have been sent to next of kin, if for any reason you know of someone who did not receive one, let us know.  Everyone is welcome to Mass.

Aid to the Church in need - we welcome Terry Gorman at our Masses today. He will speak about the work of this Papal Charity which supports Christians who are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need throughout the world. We keep Appeals to an acceptable minimum, so as not to overburden you with requests for financial support. For this reason we did not take a Collection on World Mission Sunday, so that on this occasion we can support a particular area where the Church is in urgent need of our support.

Baptism Preparation Course -  We are looking for 5/6 people from each parish in the LPA to prepare together over four sessions, the first of which will be on Tuesday, 25th November at Aquinas College at 7.30 p.m.. Please speak with Fr. Pat if you would like to take part or know more about what is involved.

Christmas Fair - A flyer was published last week with the newsletter requesting gifts each week to help ensure that we have a variety of goods for the Fair. Today we are asking for bottles of wines, spirits, and Soft drinks etc.  Next week the appeal is small toys for Santa's treasure trail (wrapped if possible).  Please leave your gifts at the back of Church or bring to the Presbytery.  It is important that we all work together so that the Fair is a success. The date of the Fair is Sunday, 7th December after 10 a.m. Mass.

Christmas Raffle Tickets are available from the Church; please take some books and ask others also.

CAFOD -   "Syria, Delivering Aid in a Conflict Zone" is the title for an evening arranged with CAFOD on Thursday, 6th November at the Evron Centre 7.30 - 9.00 p.m.   The speaker will be Alan Thomlinson,

CAFOD Emergency Programme Manager-Syria. All are welcome; please pick up a leaflet in Church.

Family Groups - thanks to those who came along to the Presbytery on Friday 24th October to share with Gwen our Australian visitor the many success stories of what has been happening this past year, and to enjoy good company.  Members of the senior group are preparing the Liturgy for the Vigil Mass as we remember the deceased of the Parish at this time; light refreshments in the Presbytery after Mass. 

Church in Nigeria - In response to parishioners seeking to learn something of the life and work of the Church in Nigeria Fr Francis is happy to oblige on Monday, 10th November after 7 p.m. Mass in the Presbytery.  Please do come to meet with Fr. Francis and accord him a renewed sense of welcome.

Our Lady's School - Kevin Quigley, Director of Education in the Salford Diocese, will lead an In-Service Day tomorrow (Monday) on the Catholic Mission of the School.  We look forward to a good day.

CAFOD Shrewsbury Memorial Mass will be held at Our Lady's, Saturday 22nd November at 10.30 a.m.

Recent Wedding - Congratulations to Gemma Alexandra Kerby and Daniel Stevenson who were married at Our Lady's, Saturday 25th October.  We wish them a long and happy marriage.

Recent Christenings - We welcome into the family of the Church:  Oliver James Matthew Pryce Mason,

Molly Elisabeth Womack, Kaitlyn Marie Harnett who were baptised last weekend. 

Normandy Veterans Remembrance Service - Next Sunday 9th November at 2.30pm. All are welcome.

Parish Finance- Offertory £1008.02 Building Fund £12.70 Cafod: £77.72 Thank You.

PARISH FORUMTuesday, 30th September 2014 

Present:   Fr. Pat, Peter Lafferty, Mary Heaney, Hazel Dove, Michael Heath, Linda Morrissey and Jo Jalecz


Fr. Pat opened the meeting with a reading/reflection on the Gospel for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Matthew 21:33-43). A prayer for families by Pope Francis was also read and shared.


Topic for this meeting = Mission Sunday (19th October), the visit by Sr. Catherine and her presentation in the parish centre after the 10am Mass.


Fr Pat has spoken to Sr Catherine and the theme of “the nature of the Church as missionary”. This would follow on from the essence of the recent Ministry Course on how we can serve.


Sr Catherine will speak in place of the homily. There will be no cards or other distractions as the children will also be enrolling at this Mass for their first Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion.


This is the first step towards a, hopefully, deeper involvement of all parishioners in Pope Francis’s “dream of a missionary Church”. Sr Catherine has recently returned from Rome. The Synod is due to start in Rome on 5th October.


Practicalities:  Sr Catherine will speak in place of the Homily at the 10am Mass. Parishioners will be invited to refreshments in the Parish Centre, to take part in an ongoing conversation and whoever wants to stay would be welcome to do so.


A team will be needed to handle teas/coffees/biscuits. Hazel to find volunteers. Hazel to also ask if any of the parents of young children would be willing to keep any children entertained, whilst the adults listen to Sr Catherine.

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Other Items
  • Gwen from Australia will be visiting here 22nd – 26th October and would like to meet up with any of the Family Groups. Friday, 24th was the date earmarked with, perhaps, a shared table.
  • 14th December is the date for the Family Groups Christmas Party.
  • LPA New Approach to Baptism. Fr Pat and Mary Varley had attended a meeting at St. Peter’s and Rowena and Celia were looking at a new programme from Liverpool with the aim of training maybe 5 or 6 from each parish. This will start on 25th November with two sessions before Christmas and two after to take place at Aquinas. Fr Pat would like six people from our parish to go on this training.
  • Next Tuesday, 7th October an LPA meeting at St. Vincent’s.
  • Saturday, 18th October at 2pm: the Diocesan Mass for Grandparents here. Fr Pat has already asked a lady to provide some cakes. Volunteers needed for teas/coffees – Jo to organise.



Tuesday, 8th July 2014

Present:          Fr Pat, Peter Lafferty, Michael Heath, Hazel Dove, Mary Heaney, Bill Walker, Mary Varley, Ian Donegani and Jo Jalecz.

Fr Pat opened the meeting with a reflection on the Gospel for the 15th Sunday which is all about the sower and where the seed falls.

Fr Pat was assured of the Forum's support when he takes on the additional duties of St Bernadette's.

1. Stress should be on being a "welcoming" parish. Suggested that we invite other ethnicities to act as welcomers at the beginning of the Masses. How is this to be done? A personal approach to people seems to work the best. ACTION -can all attendees try to action this particularly for the 10am Mass..

2. The setting up of a Parish Forum to progress matters within the parish is a good way forward. ACTION - all parishioners should be told about the Forum and invited to join. Via the newsletter?

3. A date of 19th October has been set aside for a Parish "Mission" or Day of Recollection hopefully led by Sr. Catherine. Fr Pat has already been in touch with Sr Catherine. To follow the 10am Sunday Mass. What is the format? What are the possible gains? ACTION - the hall needs booking. Refreshments need to be decided upon. Eventually to be advertised via the newsletter.

(A point not covered at this meeting was Ian's suggestion of using Pin Point as a tool. This needs to be discussed).

4. The date of Saturday, 26th July at the 7pm Mass was confirmed for a Mass for the people who attend the Coffee Mornings, former choristers from Our Lady's and surrounding parishes. ACTION - an organist needs to be booked. Tea/coffee in the presbytery after Mass needs organising. Former members need to be contacted. Advertising via the newsletter.

5. The date of Sunday, 27th July after the 10am Mass was confirmed as a joint family groups function but, this time, with a shared table. Fr Pat has already booked the hall. There will be activities for the children. ACTION - needs advertising via the newsletter to invite whole parish.

6. It was decided that a new approach to Baptism preparation lies further down the line.

7. A further parish visit to Pantasaph was discussed and a date in August was thought to be best. ACTION - Peter to progress this.

8. Parish Handbook. A draft copy was circulated which prompted further suggestions for inclusion: the altar servers / the piety stall + papers / the Prayer Group / Sunday Bingo / Mary Walsh as church Sacristan / Parish Forum / the word "welcome" in different languages. A date of the beginning of Advent for its issue was agreed. ACTION - Mary Heaney + Mary Varley handling. If any further ideas spring to mind, contact them.

Date of next meeting - Tuesday, 9th September at 7.30pm in the presbytery.

Note: items not discussed which need to be brought forward: the setting of short/medium/long term goals;  using Pin Point at the Mission;  Baptism preparation;  a possible Alpha course;  bereavement support.

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