OUR LADY & THE APOSTLES
Stockport SK3 8BQ
The Diocese of Shrewsbury is
a Registered Charity 234025
Your prayers are requested for:
Today's Scripture - in times of distress, God is always with us, whether we experience God in a gentle breeze, like Elijah in the First Reading, or calming of the storm as Jesus does in the Gospel. Some of the most powerful and consoling words of Jesus are contained in this Gospel passage: ‘Courage! It is I! Do not be afraid.' When we re afraid, Jesus is there to lift us out of fear. When we lose faith, doubt ourselves, and feel as though we are sinking, Jesus stretches out his hand to us. Next time you are panicking, stressful or fearful, spend some time in prayer. If you struggle to find the words, why not echo Peter's cry, ‘Lord! Save me!'
Thank you for responding so generously to the invitation to come along to the Holy Hour and the Mass to honour the memory of those who sacrificed their lives in the Great War, Monday (4th) and for your expressions of appreciation.
Holywell and Pantasaph - as this newsletter was being prepared we were looking forward to the Parish Away Day. There will be a brief report on the event next week.
Solemnity of the Assumption - Friday, 15th August. There are two Masses: 10 a.m. and 7.00 p.m. Please note that there will not be a Mass at 12.15 p.m. as there is a Wedding Service at 12.30 p.m. Mass on Monday is at 7 p.m.: Mass on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday is at 10.00 a.m.
CaFÉ (Catholic Faith exploration) - the next gathering is on Tuesday 12th August at 7.30 p.m. in the Presbytery.
Music Ministry - The next two dates for organ accompaniment with traditional hymns are Sunday, 7th September and Sunday, 5th October. The custom of a monthly Mass with an organist at 10 am, which we have cultivated over the last 12 months, will continue into the future. If you would like to hear a particular hymn please speak with one the clergy or someone in the music ministry. The Vigil Mass with organist accompaniment, organised by the Family Group for senior parishioners in July was much appreciated. It has bee requested that we do this on occasion. We are well blessed in having a good and rich variety of Liturgical music in our Parish.
Sick and Housebound - If you or a member of your family are going into hospital please make sure that you inform Fr. Pat or the hospital chaplaincy (419 5889) so that arrangements can be made for the Reception of Holy Communion or for the Sacrament of the Sick whilst in hospital. Likewise, please make contact if you wish for someone in the Parish to receive Holy Communion in their home. There will be Mass for the Sick and Housebound with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick Sunday, 28th September 2.30p.m.; refreshments afterwards.
St. Vincent de Paul Society - The next meeting is on Monday, 18th August at 7.30 p.m. after Mass.
Recent Wedding - Congratulations and best wished to Leanne Marie Howard and John Robert Millar who were married with Nuptial Mass on Monday, 4th August. The officiating Priest was Fr. Terence Carr, cousin of the Bride. We wish Leanne and John a long and happy marriage.
Mass for Grandparents - The third Diocesan Mass for grandparents will take place in Our Lady's, Saturday 18th October at 2.00 p.m. It would be wonderful to see as many grandparents and families as possible gathering to celebrate either their own vocation as grandparents or praying for their grandparents. Canon Michael Gannon VG
will officiate at the Mass. All are welcome for tea /coffee and cake afterwards.
St. Vincent's Charity Golf Day - Friday, 19th September at Bramhall Golf Club - from 1.30 p.m. Individual Stableford 18 hole - alternative 9 hole. There are lots of prizes. Entrance fee including meal is £37. Entrance fee for members of Bramhall Golf Club is £20. Non golfers meal only is £16; meal 7.30 for 8 p.m.
Catholic Children's Society - we are holding a fundraising Charity Golf Tournament on 22nd September at Wirral Ladies Golf Club. Each team of 4 can be made up of Ladies, Men's and mixed groups - golf and buffet - costs £160. This year we are being sponsored by Finsa Home Kitchens and Flooring (http://www.finsahome.co.uk/). Your support would be very much appreciated to make this a wonderful day. Further details visit webpage http://www.cahchildsoc.org.uk/ or contact Trish on 0151 652 1281.
Diocesan Catechists Days - Fr. Chris Matthews has asked to send advance notice of forthcoming Catechists Days. All the events below will take place at St.Columba's in Chester.
Further details and booking forms will be available over the summer.
Saturday, 27th September: - for new and existing catechists.
Saturday, 15th November: - day two for new and existing catechists.
Saturday, 6th December: - day three for new and existing catechists.
Saturday, 11th October: - annual day for RCIA catechists.
Candles - please be careful when placing candles on the candelabra, leave sufficient space, to help avoid a fire risk.
Holidays- Fr. Tomasz is back from his short trip to Ireland to allow Fr. Pat to be with his family for the next two weeks. We pray that everyone will find some time for rest and renewal over the summer weeks.
Parish Finance - Offertory £1167.48 / Cafod £78.75 / Building Fund £9.86. Thank You
Your prayers are requested for:
Welcome - Fr. Marcin Ferdynus a priest friend of Fr.Tomasz is visiting Our Lady's for the weekend, and joins us for the Sunday Eucharist. They are leaving for Ireland later today, taking in visits to Our Lady's Shrine at Knock, climbing Croagh Patrick and exploring places of interest. Meanwhile Fr. Krzysztof Jaworski returns to Poland today, having enjoyed his visit to our Parish and country.
St.Bernadette's - Fr. Pat will be celebrating Mass at St. Bernadette's today. Sr. Gertrude and the sisters of Our Lady of Evron have been looking after the pastoral needs of the Parish over the past seventeen years. They will continue to live in the Presbytery without having responsibility for the parish. Fr. Pat, together with the priests at St. Josephs, will be celebrating Sunday Mass, with Fr. Pat having overall responsibility for the Parish. Please pray for the parish during this time of transition.
Commemorating the Great War- Since Monday, 4th August is such a significant date in the calendar of events marking the Great War, the Mass on Monday at 7.00 p.m is for all who have died in the conflict of battle, with special prayers for peace and reconciliation. There will be a Holy Hour from 6.00-7.00 p.m. with some special readings, reflections and prayers. Please do come along to our own Church on an evening when there are many commemorative Liturgies and Services taking place throughout the country.
Holywell and Pantasaph - Wednesday, 6th 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 5 p.m. to arrive back in Our Lady's for 6 p.m. There are a few places available on the coach; let us know today if you would like to come, so as that we can give final numbers in advance for the lunch.
Masses this week - Please make notice of the times for Mass during
the coming week. There are three Funeral Masses, all at different times, to accommodate the time assigned by
the Crematorium. Fr. Pat is also celebrating a Funeral Mass for Irene Morris at St. Ambrose on Monday at 12 Noon.
There is Nuptial Mass at Our Lady's on Monday at 12.30 p.m. There is no Mass on Wednesday here as we will be having
Mass at St. Winefride's Well, Holywell at 11.00 a.m.
Pilgrimage to Lourdes - it was a wonderful experience for the 900 pilgrims from across
the whole Diocese; all returned tired but happy from our week long stay in Lourdes. A lovely moment at the end of the
final Mass was the young volunteer helpers forming a guard of honour as the VIP pilgrims left the Basilica of St. Bernadette
for the journey back home. There were over 400 young volunteer helpers - many from Stockport- and as always their contribution
was immense. There is something about Lourdes that grows on people! Fr. Pat's privileged role is that of Chaplain
to the sick, and after 25 years the joy does not diminish. The theme of Lourdes this year is ‘the
joy of conversion'- which we all glimpsed. Mass was offered for the intentions of all parishioners
Family Groups - thanks to everyone who contributed to the Vigil Mass, and the gathering afterwards in the Presbytery last Saturday. The idea for the Mass with some well known and loved traditional hymns with organ accompaniment was especially requested by some of our older parishioners. Many people have since expressed their appreciation in the hope that there will be other opportunities in the future. We are one of the few Catholic Churches in the Diocese with such a fine organ and accomplished organist to oblige us. The gathering on Sunday morning was also a great social occasion, and was only possible through the kindness and goodwill of people willing to help; the necessary ingredients for building community.
St. Vincent de Paul Society -next meeting is on Monday, 4th August at 7.30 p.m. after Mass. Let us know of people who would welcome a visit.
CaFÉ (Catholic Faith exploration) - the next gathering is on Tuesday 12th August at 7.30 p.m. in the Presbytery lounge, to which everyone is welcome.
Recent Christenings -We welcome Arthur Louis Mancini, Emily Lyn-Marie Lahan and Olivia Grace Jackson who were baptised last Sunday. We rejoice with all the families at this special time.
Parish Finance - Offertory collection £904.49 Building Fund £7.84 Cafod £21.11. Thank you.
Bonanza Winners - £50 No.100 Margaret Hales./ £20 No.24 Mary Watson. / £10 No. 142 Denise Wragg.