Baptism : PREPARING FOR BAPTISM
The parish community is always delighted when parents decide to ask for Baptism for their child(ren). Baptism is the beginning of a lifelong journey and a growing and deepening relationship with Jesus Christ, who invites you to make a new faith commitment through the baptism of your child. The Baptism team at Our Lady and the Apostles supports parents, godparents and other family members to prepare for this sacrament.
Your first enquiry:
The first step is to contact a member of the Baptism Team so that we can arrange to meet you to discuss what your thoughts are – for example whether you were thinking of celebrating the sacrament during Mass or at another time.
You can do this by contacting our parish priest, Fr. David Long or through the parish office on 0161 480 2489 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
With you always, Baptism for Life – our Baptism preparation programme
The Baptism team, along with all the other churches in our local parish area, has adapted for local use the Archdiocese of Liverpool’s programme of preparation- ‘WITH YOU ALWAYS’. Parents are the first and most important teacher of their children in the ways of faith, so all parents making their first Baptism request are asked to participate.
The programme consists of an introductory meeting at which a member of the team will agree with you a convenient time and place to meet, which might be in your home or could be at the church. At this meeting, you’ll be able to explain your ideas in more detail and we’ll explain what the process of preparing for Baptism entails.
This is followed by 3 preparation sessions, of around 45 minutes that take place on Sundays after the 10.00am Mass.
Session 1: We’ll welcome you to the parish family at Sunday Mass. After this, there will be a group meeting where we reflect on our experiences at Mass and our understanding of Baptism.
Session 2: Join us again for Mass where the congregation will renew our baptismal promises. Each family will also be given a gift of a children’s bible. In our group meeting this week we will focus on our images of God and the importance of parents in passing on our faith to our children.
Session 3: After Mass, this week’s group meeting will reflect on our celebration of the Sunday Eucharist as thanksgiving and the things we have to be thankful for in our lives. We’ll also talk about the symbols used in Baptism.
We hold about four groups over the course of a year. The Baptism team will be able to tell you the dates of the next groups when you make contact with them.
Our Lady’s parish community wants to fulfil our commitment to be “With You Always”, so we’ll keep in touch with you, include you and your family within our prayers and invite you to parish celebrations and special events. We’ll specifically offer you an invitation to join our Family Groups.
We give you praise, O God, for you have filled the earth with signs of your love.
From the time of the first Mission in Stockport in 1799, the parish has been a great light of God’s love and salvation to the community of Stockport. In it’s history, so many people have contributed to the growth and well being of the parish, and the fact that it is held in deep affection by so many people is testimony to the special place it has in people’s heart.
All that is asked is your time, as much or as little as you can afford to give.
Special Ministers of the Eucharist; Assist at Mass, and in taking the sacrament to the housebound. Ministers are appointed by Fr. Pat and attend 2 one day retreats per year.
Readers: Listening to the word of God is at the core of our understanding of his message.
Music: We are proud of our music tradition at Our Lady’s, from the famous wind organ, to our singers, musicians and congregation. If you have a talent for music, play and instrument or would simply like to join in, please contact Fr Pat and he’ll introduce you to our music leaders.
Justice and Peace team: Our dedicated team of volunteers help the community to MAKE POVERTY HISTORY. We support fellow communities in Peru and Chile, and lobby our MPs to keep justice for all at the forefront of their agenda. The team also host a FAIR TRADE stall in the church porch on a regular basis.
Knights of St Columba
Sisters of Evron
Stockport Centre Churches Together:
Our Lady’s Theatre Group: Can you sing, dance, act, build scenery or help with costumes? Our Lady’s Theatre Group, (formerly Our Lady’s Amateur Operatic Society) has been performing since 1937 at Shaw Heath, Stockport. Although based at Our Lady’s we have always welcomed people from all faiths throughout the area. Adult membership is open to anyone over the age of 16 and junior members must be a minimum of 8 years old. We normally peform twice a year, in May and November, with a mixture of named productions and variety shows. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings.
If you are looking for a friendly society and the opportunity to take part in the excitement of live theatre why not contact us. For current information see our website or contact Sheila Paice 0161 480 2661 ( email@example.com)
Cleaning: Our wonderful church is only kept that way by the hard work of a few. If you can spare a couple of hours every month, then please do lend a hand!
Transport: We have many parishioners who find getting to church difficult. We would welcome voluteers to assist with transport on Sundays on a rota basis to help the transport team out.