OUR LADY & THE APOSTLES
Stockport SK3 8BQ
The Diocese of Shrewsbury is
a Registered Charity 234025
Your prayers are requested for:
Today's Gospel continues the theme of the Kingdom. Jesus is at pains to explain to his own disciples and to all his listeners the nature of the Kingdom he is setting out to establish. It is like a hidden treasure and must be searched for single-mindedly. Those who find it are the poor in spirit, the meek, and the gentle. It is something like a pearl of great price. It is precious and nothing else is of value to the possessor.
Welcome - Fr. Krzysztof Jaworski a priest friend of Fr.Tomasz, has come to Our Lady's for a few days. He will be breaking open the Word of God today, so be extra kind to him!
Day for Life (27th July) - the day in the Church's year dedicated to celebrating the dignity of life - will this year call upon young people in particular to protect and cherish life from conception to natural death. Please take away the delightful leaflet with a message from Pope Francis and the ‘Day for life' prayer composed for this year. Visit http://www.dayforlife.org/
Family Groups - the senior group will be gathering for the Vigil Mass today, and will hopefully be joined by former parishioners, especially past members of he choir. Please join in with the hymns that have been chosen for the Mass and thanks to Andrew for coming to play the organ. There will be some social time afterwards in the Presbytery to which everyone is welcome. There is a summer gathering for all groups after 10 a.m. Mass today. There will be refreshments afterwards in the Parish Centre; and the courtyard area between Church and Parish Centre is also in use. Everyone is welcome, and thanks to everyone for helping to foster a great spirit.
Holywell and Pantasaph - 6th August. So far 30 people have put names on the list in Church for the Parish Away day, Wednesday, 6 August. Departure is by coach from Our Lady's at 9 a.m. We will spend the morning in Holywell, the Lourdes of Wales; with a three course lunch at St. Winefride's Guest House We will then have the afternoon at Pantasaph, with time for prayer, and relaxation. Departure from Pantasaph is at 5p.m. to arrive back in Our Lady's for 6p.m. The list will be taken down after Mass today. Now is the time to decide. Don't miss out on a Good Day!
Payment can be handed into the presbytery in a clearly marked envelope.
St. Bernadette's Brinnington - Fr. Pat celebrated the Mass last Sunday and had opportunity to meet with the people afterwards. They were very welcoming. Bishop Mark has appointed Fr. Pat to take on responsibility for pastoral care for Bernadette's in addition to being Parish Priest at Our Lady's. Today is Sr. Gertrude's last Sunday. We wish Sr. Gertrude a very happy and well deserved retirement, and thank her and the Sisters of Evron for their pastoral care for the people of the parish these last seventeen years. Fr. Pat and Fr. Jim Matthews, St. Joseph's will be sharing responsibility for the provision of Sunday and weekday Masses.
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes - Some 900 pilgrims from all over the diocese and of ages from less than 1 year old to 95 years old, are in Lourdes (23rd-30th July) for the annual diocesan pilgrimage led by the Bishop. Julia Higgins is one of the VIP's on the Pilgrimage this time. Fr. Pat, Chaplain to the Sick, will celebrate Mass for all your intentions today, and remember you throughout the Pilgrimage. All are invited to join in praying for the intentions of the pilgrimage which are:-
For vocations to the Priesthood and the Consecrated Life. We entrust especially the new initiative at Shrewsbury for the discernment of vocations to the Priesthood to the prayers of Our Lady of Lourdes.
Our Lady's Theatre Group needs more adults (16+) to take part in, Accrington Pals, Casting meeting 7pm to 9pm Wednesday 30th July at Flint Street, Edgeley. Ring Sheila Paice for more information on Tel: 0161 480-2661.
St. Vincent de Paul Society -next meeting is on Monday, 4th August at 7.30 p.m. after Mass. Please let us know of people who would welcome a visit.
CaFÉ (Catholic Faith exploration) - the next gathering is Tuesday 12th August at 7.30 p.m. in the Presbytery.
Recent Christenings -We welcome into the family of God, James Patrick Gannon, Mason Vincent Carratt and Alain Mafute Mutenga who were baptised last Sunday. We rejoice with all the families at this special time.
Parish Finance - Offertory £1021.12, Cafod £29.93, Building Fund £13.61 Thank you.
Church Cleaning - Please if anyone could spare an hour or two (monthly) to join our dedicated team of cleaners, we would be very grateful. Please contact Bill Walker who arranges the rota on Tel: 0161 483 3889. Thank you.