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Shaw Heath

Stockport SK3 8BQ                                           
Tel: 0161 480 2489/ 07711428970


E-mail: admin@ourladyandtheapostles.co.uk

The Diocese of Shrewsbury is a Registered Charity 234025

Fr Pat Munroe and Deacon Peter Lafferty.



First Mass Saturday 7pm - Patrick Curran


Paula and Agnes Kiely

Intentions of Alan and Teresa Greenwood (Diamond Wedding Anniversary)

We remember Ashley Jordon Potter



15th December


A Holy Hour


Intentions of the Knights of St. Columba


Advent Service of Reconciliation (LPA) at St. Joseph's Tatton Street.



16th December




Anita Quilligotti

Aquinas College

Carol service with Our Lady's Primary School. All are welcome.



17th December



Funeral Service for Clive Hasting Parsons followed by committal at Stockport.

Matthew Joseph Crowley (Anniversary)

No Holy Hour at Evron until 7th January 2015



18th December


Morning Mass at Evron


Bernadette McNally (Anniversary)


Mass at night. All are welcome.



19th December


Intentions of Sheila Foy



20th December


John Lennon


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


First Mass of Sunday - Shauney Callaghan


Fourth Sunday of Advent

21st December


Edward Stepien

Your prayers are requested for:

The Sick:

Bill Selby, Mary Hall, Mary Farrell, Ray Brown, Esther McGarrity, Fr Martin Riley, Nick Cook, Hilary Ashcroft, Francesca Ryan, Tom Burns, Tim Mapp, Ton 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 and Bernard Smallwood. 

May God bless them with healing and peace. Amen.

Lately Dead:

Clive Hastings Parsons, John Lennon, Anita Quilligotti. May they all rest in peace, Amen.


Francis Moore, Francis Maguire, Bill Cunningham, Joshua Pearson, Anne-Marie Borrell, Patrick Joseph Kenny, Kevin McGahan, Matthew Joseph Crowley, Irene McLoughlin, Bernadette Teresa McNally, Pauline June Dexter, Mary Maguire, Catherine Kelly, Mary Purslow, Betty Jackson, Shaun James McLoughlin. Ashley Jordan Potter. May they all rest in peace. Amen.

Gaudete Sunday
marks the beginning of the third week in Advent.  The lighting of the pink candle on the Advent wreath and the Rose vestments worn by the priest are symbols of joy and hope as we await the coming of the Lord. St. Paul in the Second Reading is thinking about joy and he is also looking forward.  He is telling us to be happy.  His recipe for happiness is to pry and give thanks.  We all know how appreciated we feel when somebody says thanks to us. Let the spirit of the Liturgy set the right tone for us as we continue our preparation for the birth of Christ.

Sundays of Advent, there will be adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with Evening Prayer and Benediction this afternoon from 4 - 5 p.m.  Please do come along for all or part of the time.

Morning Prayer -Tuesday to Friday at 11.50 a.m. before Mass at 12.15 p.m. Mass.

Advent Service of Reconciliation (LPA) with opportunity for confession has been arranged for St. Joseph's Church, Tatton Street, Monday 15th December at 7.30 p.m. On Monday 22nd, in place of Mass at 7 p.m. there will be a Holy Hour with opportunity for personal Confession.  Mass will be in the morning.

Mass at Night - this is tradition from Nigeria which Fr. Francis has introduced for Advent.  This third one will take place on Thursday night at 8 p.m. There will be a period of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament   following the Mass, and concludes for 9.30 p.m. with Benediction.  The Church will be warm!

St. Nicholas School Choir - will sing at the Vigil Mass on Saturday, 20th at 7 p.m.  They have a long established tradition for choral music and have been recognised with many awards.  We are delighted to accept their request to visit Our Lady's, and we too look forward to their coming.

Parish Christmas Card - with details of the special Liturgies and Services that are taking place towards the end of Advent and over Christmas. Please take one for someone who does not come regularly to Our Lady's.   It can be very simple and effective way of sharing the joy of our faith with people we know. 

Christmas MassesChristmas Eve: carols at 7.30 p.m. with Mass at 8 p.m.  12 Midnight (carols from 11.30 p.m.)  Christmas Day:  8.00 and 10.00 a.m.

Readers and Ministers for Holy Communion - You will find ‘sign up' sheets in the Church for the four Masses at Christmas. It would greatly help if you could attend to this as soon as possible, it saves time!

Fr. Tomasz - will not be joining us at Christmas due to having to meet academic deadlines to complete his Doctorate in Philosophy. He is disappointed as we are, and we will miss his invaluable help with preparing the Church for Christmas. The suggested time to prepare the Church is after Mass (10 am, or 12.15 p.m. Tuesday, 22nd December:  which time suits best?  We will confirm on next week's newsletter.

Christmas Fayre - it was a great success in every way, well supported and with a wonderful spirit throughout in the Parish Centre.  Thank you to everyone who contributed to making it very well worthwhile and in also helping to boost our parish funds by just over £2,000.  You will find details of the breakdown from the various stalls on the Church Notice Board.  A positive outcome the Fayre  is the sense of achievement  in encouraging people to work for the wellbeing of their Parish. Well done!

Christmas Raffle - there are still books of tickets available for you to buy and also to encourage others to do likewise.  The Christmas Draw will take place on Wednesday, 17th December.

Parish Christmas Party - everyone is invited to come along this morning after 10 a.m. Mass.  It will start at 11.30 a.m. and is being organised by the Family Groups and Coffee Morning Teams.  Your presence will help to ensure that it is a memorable and joyous occasion.   It is also FREE!

Stepping Hill Hospital - Fr. Francis visits the Hospital on Wednesday afternoons with Holy Communion, and is always happy as is Fr. Pat; to visit parishioners and anyone would welcome a visit.

Carol singing around the Hospital Christmas Eve -, please to meet in the Hospital Chapel for 7 p.m. It ends at 8 p.m. with coffee and mince pies.  Musicians are welcome as well; please let us know you are coming.  Details from the Chaplaincy 419 589; email hospital.chapel@stockport.nhs.uk

Collections - Offertory £1072.25 Cafod, £33.00 Building fund £11.00. Thank you.

Flowers for Christmas in Church:  there is a retiring collection today.  Thanks in anticipation.

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