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Shaw Heath

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The Diocese of Shrewsbury is a Registered Charity 234025

Fr Pat Munroe and Deacon Peter Lafferty.


Date: Sunday 26th October 2014

Rev Pat Munroe

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Deacon: Rev Peter Lafferty


First Mass Saturday 7pm - Deceased Members of the Fahy Family

                                                Anne McAnulty


Agnes P Birch

Francis Joseph Kemball



27th October




St Bernadette's Brinnington

Funeral Service at the Crematorium for Mary McDonald

A Holy Hour


Doreen Churn


Ss Simon and Jude, Apostles

28th October


Sally Hales (Anniversary Mass)



29th October


In Thanksgiving.


A Holy Hour at Evron


Ferial            Please note:  Change of Mass time.

30th October


Morning Mass at Evron


Peter James Cook


The Prayer Group meets. All are welcome.


Ferial            Please note: Change of Mass time.

31st October


Patrick Mehigan



1st November


Intentions of the Parishioners


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


First Mass of Sunday - Keith James Hillard



2nd November


Helen Borrell


Remembrance Service at the Cemetery, Cypress Chapel.

Your prayers are requested for:

The Sick:

Philip Smallwood, Esther McGarrity, Fr. Martin Riley, Kevin Fleming, 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:

Mary McDonald.  Helen Borrell (Her Funeral is at St. Peter's on Monday 27th 10.30 a.m.).


Martin Devine / Agnes Philippine Birch / June Wright / Alice Rose / Fred Coop / Paul Carney / Sally Hales / June Wright / Jessica Brimble / Marjorie Horrocks / Edward Molloy / Veronica Jackson / Winifride Redfem Peter Cook / Brian McDonald / John Rigby / Mary Monica McBride / Tim Kilduff / Dora Selby / Sister Hilda Gaskell / Keith James Hillard.  May they all rest in peace. Amen.

Today's Gospel - At the very heart of our world is a God who loves us unconditionally.  This is the content of the Gospel, or Good News, brought to us by Jesus and demonstrated in his life, death and resurrection.  It is the good news we need to hear in a world that at times seems cruel and heartless.

The Apostolic Nuncio, - Archbishop Menneni will be visiting the Diocese from Friday, 31st October to Sunday, 2nd November.  He will be meeting the Clergy of the Diocese in Our Lady's Parish Centre over lunch on Friday from 1.00 p.m.  Then at 2.30 p.m. there will be Solemn Evening Prayer of the Church.  There is a Diocesan Mass at St. Columba's Church, Plas Newton, Chester that evening at 7 p.m.  A representation from each parish is invited, so please let us know if you would like to be present for the Mass.

Clergy In-service Day - Thursday in Warrington; please note that Mass is at the earlier time of 9.30 a.m.

Feast of All Saints -  with 1st November falling on a Saturday this year the solemnity will be celebrated next Sunday, with the Vigil Mass at 7 p.m. and Mass on Sunday at 10 a.m.

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 and remember your deceased family and friends.

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. There will be refreshments afterwards in the Presbytery.

Remembrance Service at the Cemetery - the annual Service will be held at the Cypress Chapel, next Sunday, 2nd November at 3.00 p.m. Those with family graves in Stockport Borough Cemetery are particularly encouraged to come.  It was well attended last year.

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 update weekly.  This is not to be confused with the Book of Remembrance which is open each day throughout the year.

Baptism Preparation Course - This new initiative on the part of our LPA will train catechists for working in their own parish.  Ideally we are looking for 5/6 people from each parish who will prepare together over four sessions, the first of which will be on Tuesday, 25th November at Aquinas College at 7.30 p.m.  Baptism preparation is a wonderful ministry of service to the Parish. Please speak with Fr. Pat if you would like to take part or know more about it.

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 the request is for tombola gifts, homemade and fancy goods.  Next week we are asking for bottles of wines, spirits, Soft drinks etc.  Please leave your gifts at the back of Church or bring to the Presbytery.  It is important that we all work together to ensure that the Fair is a big success. The date of the Fair is Sunday, 7th December after 10 a.m. Mass.

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.

Diocesan Symposium - on the ‘Human Person and Reconciliation' will take place Saturday, 1st November, 10a.m - 4.00 p.m. at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School.  See the poster on Notice Board.

Aid to the Church in need - Terry Gorman will be coming to talk at Mass this coming weekend about the work this Papal Charity which supports Christians who are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need throughout the world.  As we did not take a Collection on World Mission Sunday, we can on this occasion support a particular area where the Church is in urgent need of our support.  See the poster!

Parish Finance Parish Finance - Offertory £955.30 Building Fund £15.18 Thank You.

Parish Christmas Raffle - Tickets are now available for you to take at the back of church.  Please try and sell as many as you can. The Draw will take place on Wednesday 17th December 2014.

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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