OUR LADY & THE APOSTLES
Stockport SK3 8BQ
The Diocese of Shrewsbury is
a Registered Charity 234025
Your prayers are requested for:
Today's Word - In our second reading we hear the words ‘if God is for us, who can be against us?' This may, at first, seem fairly obvious. Of course God is ‘for' us, cheering us on, as it were; encouraging us through life's journey. And yet, this is not everyone's image of God. Too many times we imagine God to be an authority figure who lays down rules and regulations which are impossible to keep, and who then waits for us to slip up. It is good then, to remind ourselves that, instead, our God loves and supports us infinitely and wants nothing more than our flourishing.
A Wednesday Journey in Lent: The first one was a wonderful experience of being together as a community in prayer with social time. Our second one this Wednesday will be a Marian Way of the Cross accompanied by music with time for prayer, stillness and social time. Each service is being led by members of the Parish, so your presence is also a source of encouragement to one another.
Lent 2015: This week there will be Morning Prayer (Monday to Thursday) at 11.30 a.m. followed by adoration of the Blessed Sacrament leading to Mass at 12.15 pm. Stations of the Cross - This Friday (6th) will enable us to meditate on Christ's journey to the Cross in the context of many of the justice and peace issues facing us. Following the Mass at 12.15 p.m, everyone is invited to a soup and bread lunch provided by Our Lady's justice and Peace group.
Women's World Day of Prayer - Friday, 6th March. This year the Service is at St. Matthew's Church, Greenville Street at 2.00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
A Time to Listen a Time to be Heard - In preparation for the Synod on Marriage & Family Life you are invited to one (or all of 3 meetings) at St. Peter's Parish Centre, Green Lane, Hazel Grove on Saturdays 7th, 14th, 21st March from 2-4 p.m. These meetings are being arranged by ACTA (A Call to Action): a group of Catholics who are seeking to improve dialogue within the Church: http://www.acalltoaction,org.uk/
Flint Street Irregulars (a parish social event) - the Flint Street Irregulars will be performing in our Parish Centre on Friday, 20th March. The music will be a selection of hits from the 60s onwards. Why not come along to listen, dance, sing along and generally have a great fun night. Why not invite work colleagues and folk from other parishes. Doors open at 7.30pm for 8pm and tickets are £5.
Diocesan Youth Day - 29th March - will take place at St. Chad's High School, Runcorn on Sunday, 29th March (Palm Sunday) from 2-5.30pm. This year the Diocese is working in conjunction with the nationally acclaimed ‘Ten Ten Theatre Company' and working in schools, colleges and theatre venues throughout the UK; more information on the Diocesan website www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/youth.
LPA Service of Reconciliation - Tuesday, 31st March here at Our Lady's.
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 28/29th July - August 4/5th: Booking forms are available from St. Alban's Wallasey and St. Peter's Hazel Grove as well as from the pilgrimage website http://www.shrewsburypilgrimage.co.uk/. Bishop Mark will lead the pilgrimage and in recent years some 900 people of all ages have joined in making the pilgrimage to this special place. It is always a delight to welcome new pilgrims, and so you might like to consider going this year. Applications are particularly welcome from sick pilgrims, as well as from nurses and healthcare professionals to assist in the care of the sick and less able.
General Election 2015: The Bishops have written a joint Letter to all Catholics in England and Wales encouraging us to participate and vote in the Election and offering some key questions for reflection on where candidates stand. Copies are available today or visit the website http://www.catholicnews.org.uk/
Offertory Envelopes -thank you to those who have collected their envelopes. Please see if you could deliver a box to friends/neighbours. If you requested a Gift Aid form, and received it, please complete and return within the next 2 weeks. The new envelope year starts on 12th April. If you would like a box, just add your name to the list at the back of church. As a result of the claim submitted last year, a refund of £7,934 was made to our parish. More information from Tom Horan on: 0161 487 1717.
Bonanza - Thanks to all who renewed membership or have joined our fund-raising project. It is still not late to join; membership forms are available in Church. The draw for January and February will soon take place, and results will be published.
Parish Finance: Collection last Sunday £961.37: Cafod £49.61: Building Fund £19.65. Thanks to all.
Our Sick List - we are still trying to process this. PLEASE, if you would like - or know of - a name to remain on the list, just drop a note into the presbytery when you come to Mass, marked "Sick List".