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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 19th October 2014                                          Rev Pat Munroe Rev Francis Nnadi
29th Sunday in Ordinary TimeDeacon: Rev Peter Lafferty
SUNDAYFirst Mass Saturday 7pm – Sean Tracey
 10.00amRita Runcieman
20th October9.15am          St Bernadette’s Brinnington
 5.45pmA Holy Hour
 7.00pmJoseph Fleming (anniversary)
TUESDAYFerial            Please note: Change of Mass time today.
21st October9.30amMass for special Intention
22nd October10.30am Funeral Service for Margaret Mary Cherrington followed by burial at Stockport
 12.15pmBridget Crowley
 1.15pmAquinas College
 3.00pmA Holy Hour at Evron
23rd October8.30amMorning Mass at Evron
 12.15pmFrank Kemball
 3.15pmFuneral Service Harold Derek (Tim) Harper followed by committal at Stockport.
 8.00pmThe Prayer Group meets. All are welcome.
24th October12.15pmAnnie and George McKee
25th October9.30amSean Molloy
ConfessionsFrom 10am-10.45am; from 6.15pm – 6.45pm and on request.
 7.00pmFirst Mass of Sunday – Deceased Members of the Fahy Family                                         Anne McAnulty
SUNDAYThirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
26th October10.00amAgnes P Birch
The Sick:Philip Smallwood, Esther McGarrity, Fr. Martin Riley, Kevin Fleming, Nick Cook, Hilary Ashcroft, Francesca Ryan, Tom Burns, Bernard Stafford, 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:
Harold Derek (Tim) Harper, Margaret Mary Cherrington. May they all rest in peace. Amen.

Martin Horan, Edith Heath, James William Wood, Joseph Fleming, James Maguire, Annie Maguire, Mary Irene Randall, George McKee, Patricia Selby, Sean Molloy, Doreen Hazzeldine, Anne Law (Nee Selby), Lily Hearne.  May they all rest in peace. Amen.

Today, Mission Sunday,
is a day for widening or horizons beyond the confines of our own small parish, diocese or country.  It is a day for thinking about the faith that we share and the people with whom we share it worldwide.  Pope Francis has challenged us to ‘be missionaries of God’s love.’

 ‘Missio’ is the Pope’s official charity for overseas mission, and has the responsibility of raising funds for mission Churches all over the world.  That’s the 40% of our Church which is too young or too poor to support it itself.  Many of you are doing this through the Red Mission boxes you have in your home.  If they have not been opened for some time, please bring them back to the Parish Office for emptying and ensuring that your name and address is on it for returning to you.  For those who do not have a mission box, you can make a donation by using one of the special ‘World Mission Sunday envelopes in Church, or donate online at www.missio.org.uk or by calling 020 7821 9755.  

We welcome Sr. Catherine Darby who will speak to us at 10.00 a.m. and help us to think about how we can fulfil Pope Francis’ dream to be a missionary Church and what this could mean for us in our own parish. There will be the usual teas and coffee after Mass in the Parish Centre (main hall is available on this occasion) and then for those who wish to stay for one hour, to continue the conversation, and be open to where God might be calling us. Sr. Catherine has wide pastoral experience from working in schools and parishes in our Diocese and helped facilitate the recent LPA ministry course. 

Mass of Enrolment - we welcome the children and their families preparing for the sacraments of First Forgiveness and First Holy Communion at 10.00 a.m. Mass today.  We also welcome the new Reception children who started at Our Lady’s in September together with their families. 

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 - thanks to those who came along to the meeting last Sunday.  Over the next few weeks there will be a flyer with the newsletter requesting you to donate a variety of gifts for the stalls.  It is important that we all work together to ensure that the Fair is both a financial and social success.  It is our major fund raising event of the year, and with such large properties to maintain and upkeep there are increasing demands on our limited resources.  The Fair is Sunday, 7th December after 10 am Mass 

 Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) -next meeting is Thursday 23rd October tin Evron Centre at 7.30 pm; the topic will be on ‘The Liturgy of the Word’ at Mass.  Everyone is welcome.

 Family Groups - This time last year Fr. Peter McGrath and Gwen Winterscheidt from Australia came to speak to us about the Parish Family Group Movement as one way of creating a network of welcome, friendship and support within parishes. Gwen is presently in England visiting parishes where the movement is happening; she will come to see us on Friday (24th).  There will be a meeting with shared table from 7.30 p.m. We have four groups, and it would be good to have a representation from each group to share the good news of the many wonderful happenings.  Indeed anyone is welcome to come. 

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 is Alan Thomlinson
 Recent Marriage - Congratulations to William Douglas McDonald and Samantha Joyce Johnson who were married at Our Lady’s, Saturday 11th October. We wish them a long and happy marriage.

 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.

 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. 

November Remembrance -   Mass of Remembrance for those who have died in the past year is on Saturday, 8th November 9.30 a.m.   November envelopes in which to place the names of your deceased are now available.  They will be remembered in Mass each day during November.  Annual Service for the deceased in the Cemetery takes place, Sunday, 2nd November at 3 p.m. in the Cypress Chapel.   

Parish Finance – Offertory £991.50 Building Fund £12.18 Cafod £31.73. Thank You.

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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