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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 23rd November 2014

Rev Pat Munroe Rev Francis Nnadi

Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King.

Deacon: Rev Peter Lafferty


First Mass Saturday 7pm -
Lucy Ann Core


K C Chacko



24th November


St Bernadette's Brinnington


A Holy Hour


Catenian November Remembrance Mass

Angela Pugh



25th November

12.15 pm

Brian Begley


Aquinas Collageg



26th November


Francis Moore


A Holy Hour at Evron


Ferial          (Please note: Change of  Mass time)

27th November


Morning Mass at Evron


Holy Souls


The Prayer Group meets. All are welcome.


The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

28th November


St Bernadette's Brinnington


Hugh Conway (Please note: Change of  Mass time)


Nuptial Mass for Rebecca Wood and Darren O'Brien


Sacrament of Reconciliation


St Cecilia.

29th November


Holy Souls


Sacrament of Reconciliation


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


First Mass of Sunday - Maurice Higgins

                                         Andy O'Brien


First Sunday of Advent.

30th November


Intentions of the Parishioners

Your prayers are requested for:

The Sick:

Mary Hall, Mary Farrell, Ray Brown, 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, David Williams, Robert Lo Porto, David Whittaker, Bill Thomas, Margaret Burnell, Frank Pritchard, Jo Bacchas, Miriam Henry, Brian Webb, Mary Farrell

May God bless them with healing and peace. Amen.

Lately Dead:

Annie Hassett, Mary Teresa Teece. May they all rest in peace, Amen.


Angela Pugh, Gerald Pinnington, Vincent Gerald Adamson, Lucy Ann Core, Christopher Doherty,

Aleksander Hertsko, Annie McKee, Georgina Webb, Joe Selby, Frank Maguire, Samuel Fidler, Mary Hawcroft, Lynda Anderson. May they all rest in peace. Amen.

Today's Feast of Christ the King
is the final Sunday in the Liturgical Calendar.  To understand more fully what this feast means we need to lay aside a lot of the cultural baggage about Kings and Kingdoms.  Jesus' Kingship is very different to the kind we are familiar with.  There are no trappings, no palaces no pomp and ceremony.  Te picture painted by today's Gospel shows us Jesus as a King who is found in those considered to be on the fringes of Society.  This passage comes at the end of St. Matthew and it is a challenge, a call to be Christ in others and to see Christ in others.

We welcome the families of children preparing for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist at 10.00 a.m. Mass.  It is the beginning of a special week.  On Tuesday afternoon at 2.30 p.m. the children will visit the Church for a guided tour and workshop. They will celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation on either Friday 2.30 p.m. or next Saturday at 10.00 am.  Let us support one another in prayer.

Stockport Catholic Schools "Together in Faith" - this annual event to promote awareness among pupils and staff of the Stockport Catholic Schools and Colleges that they belong to a wider Catholic family across the Borough; a family which is supported by three different Dioceses - Salford, Shrewsbury and Nottingham - took place in Our Lady's Parish Centre and Church on Friday.  The theme this year was "Blessed are the Peacemakers" to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War.  It was a very memorable occasion, which we were privileged to host.  The chaplains of Harrytown, St. Anne's, St. James and Aquinas College deserve special recognition for organising the event.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) -next meeting: Thursday 27th 7.30 pm. in the Evron Centre.

Fr. Pat will give a presentation on the Liturgical Year to which anyone is welcome to come to.

Old Gregorian's Annual Mass for deceased former pupils and teachers of St. Gregory's High School, Ardwick Green, Manchester to be celebrated at St. Kentigern's Church, Fallowfield, M14 7DW on Friday, 28th  November 7.30 p.m., followed by a gathering in St. Kentigern's Social Club.  Further information from Terry O'Neill 442 6839 or terry.oneil43@ntlworld.com

Baptism Preparation Course -  Two people from Our Lady' have signed up for the LPA Baptism preparation course which begins at Aquinas College, Tuesday, 25th November at 7.30 p.m. We would welcome some more. Please speak with Fr. Pat if you would like to take part or to know more about it.

Christmas Fair - thanks for the gifts that are trickling in; however the stock of goods is quite low. Today the appeal is for groceries.   Next week the appeal is for boxes of chocolates and boxes of biscuits. The Fair is our major fundraising and social event in the year and it is most important for a renewed commitment to help ensure at is a great success. You can bring your gifts to the Presbytery or place them in the box near the back of the Church.  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.

Family Groups - The Christmas Gathering for the Parish is Sunday, 14th December after Mass.

Recent Christenings - We welcome into the family of the Church Noah Paul Harrop who was baptised here last Sunday.  We rejoice with his family at this special time for them.

Eucharistic Ministers and Readers - A day has been arranged for both by the LPA at St. Vincent's Church, Bramhall.  Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday, 6th December:  Readers:  Saturday, 21st February.

All Eucharistic Ministers are particularly encouraged to take part in he day, Saturday 6th December.

Parish Finance - Offertory £994.04 / Building Fund £31.37 / Cafod £46.40. Thank you.

Offertory Envelopes - If anyone would like a box of envelopes please add your name to the list at the back of Church.  There are also new leaflets relating to Gift Aid.  If you are in a position to Gift Aid your donation please indicate on the list and a form, which takes two minutes to complete, will be sent to you.  Any questions you may have regarding Offertory envelopes please contact Tom Horan on 487 1717.

Season of Advent   begins next Sunday. There will be Prayer and Adoration each Sunday from 4.00-5.00 p.m. in Church.  There will be Morning Prayer - Monday to Friday - at 10.00 a.m. though this may vary on occasion, so please check on the newsletter.  We also hope to have some Advent resources available for prayer and reflection next Sunday.  Let us make it a season of reflection and prayer.

The times of Masses for Christmas will be similar to last year namely:  8.00 p.m. (beginning with Carols from 7.30 p.m.) Midnight, 8.00 a.m. and 10.00 a.m.

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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