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THE PARISH OF OUR LADY AND ST. PATRICK’S
THIS WEEK'S SERVICES

FIFTEENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

JULY 14TH - 20TH
2024


WEEKLY SERVICES
SUNDAY: 10.00am.  12.30pm (Polish Mass)
6.00pm
MONDAY: 12 noon Mass
TUESDAY: 12 noon Mass
WEDNESDAY:
12 noon Mass
THURSDAY: 12 noon Mass
FRIDAY: 10.00am Mass Father Phil has a meeting with the Bishop and the Bishop of Hong Kong at 12.30pm.
SATURDAY:
12 noon Mass

LIVESTREAMING THIS WEEK

From now on we will be using Twitter to provide online Masses. Either download the Twitter App and search for @PhilipSumner13 or click the pic below

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Then either just watch from there. You can also click Follow if you have a Twitter account.

Weekday Masses and Saturday's 12 noon Mass will continue to be Livestreamed, as will Sunday's 10.00am Mass

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The church will normally be open on Mondays to Saturdays from 10.00am for private prayer

Confessions
each Saturday 11.00am-11.50am

Baptisms & Weddings
by arrangement

FIFTEENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME
(YEAR B)
WEEK: JULY 14TH - 20TH 2024 

Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

“…take nothing for the journey…no bread, no haversack, no coppers for your purses.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: John and Kath Green, Joan Killeen, Eileen Killeen, Cyril and Christine Clarke, Tony Kenny, Luke Burke, Amy Howard, Dominic Boardman, Connie Marrone, Pauline Howarth, Toni Patra, Charmaine Mulryan
LATELY DEAD: Nora O’Brien, June Elliott
ANNIVERSARIES: Paul Lawless, Ellen and William Shepherd, Rose McGladdery, John Lee Carter, V.V. Thomas, K.V. George, Kunjamma George, Anna Rausz, John Rigby, Margaret Hywell, Kathleen Street, Mick McGinn, Gordon Mills, Herbert Hilton

LAST WEEK'S COLLECTION: £922.23p

Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS
Caritas (Homeless) £20.00
Many thanks for your kind generosity.

Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 90652504;  Reference: Contr.
Please note that the bank account has changed because a fault was recurring in the old account which meant that direct debits from other companies were sometimes being set up without my authorisation. Thankfully, we noticed each attempt to do so and stopped the payments. The bank has suggested we should have a new account. If you already pay directly into the old account, don’t worry; we will keep both accounts going for a while and simply transfer everything to the new account over time.


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THIS SUNDAY'S MISSALETTE & HYMNS

15th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Missalette

15th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Hymns


NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13). 

DATA PROTECTION AND THE SICK LIST
When the Data Protection laws were implemented, there was some confusion around the publishing of names in parish newsletters. The Diocesan officials have recently been asked to confirm the position. They have written:
“The names of sick parishioners should not be published in parish newsletters or on your website, unless you have consent to do so.  Many parishes are opting instead to read the names aloud and note that we pray for all the sick of the parish in the newsletters.”

In view of this statement, from next week, I will have to remove all the names of the sick from the Parish newsletter unless I have had the required consent. The problem is, who can give that consent? I presume that it will have to be the individual who is sick, or, in the event of their incapacity, their partner or next of kin. I presume that this consent will have to be written (either by email or by a short letter stating that consent is given and stating the relationship to the sick person).

SEA SUNDAY 14TH JULY (TODAY)
 Seafarers and fishers play a vital role in all our lives, but they often work in difficult, hazardous conditions. Sea Sunday is when the church prays for all those who live and work at sea. If anyone wishes to give financial support for the work carried out by ‘Stella Maris’ in aid of these seafarers and fishers, you can donate by visiting www.stellamaris.org.uk/donate or by texting ‘SEA’ to 70460 to donate £5.00

YCW EVENT 27TH JULY FROM 12NOON TILL 9PM AT PRIMROSE BANK COMMUNITY CENTRE
 Entry £10.00. Proceeds to the Terence O’Grady Social Club (a safe environment for people with learning difficulties). All are welcome at the event. More information will be forthcoming.

SPECIAL DAYS THIS WEEK
Monday 15th July – St. Bonaventure – Bishop and Doctor of the Church. He was born in Italy in 1218 and became a Franciscan Friar. He was to be chosen as the Minister General of the Order and the Cardinal Bishop of Albano near Rome. He is remembered for his spiritual teaching. He died in 1274.
Tuesday 16th July – Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the principal Patron of the Diocese of Salford and the Patron of this Parish. According to Chapter 18 of the first Book of Kings, Elijah had a confrontation with the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel challenging them to prove whose God was more powerful. A Catholic religious order named the Carmelites was founded on this mountain in 1209 and they took Our Lady, the Mother of God as their Patron. This is the origin of the name, Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
Saturday 20th July – St Apollinaris – He was a disciple of St. Peter and the first Bishop of Ravenna in Italy. He died near the end of the first century.

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS
Whenever we have this Gospel reading, with the Apostles being sent out in pairs, I remember an occasion, about thirty years ago now, in my last parish. I was just entering the church to go and say morning Mass when I was met at the door by someone who was a bit concerned about two unknown men who’d joined the small congregation for Mass. The fact that these strangers were unshaven and unwashed gave rise to the concern. Anyway, we went ahead with the Mass, and it was soon clear that they were very familiar with all that was required of them liturgically. After Mass, I engaged them in conversation and it turned out that one was a priest and the other a teacher, both from Italy. They’d been on a retreat with a difference. The retreat giver had divided the group into pairs and then gave each pair two return plane tickets. They were all sent off to different countries and told to take only a little change and nothing else. They were to spend a week or two away and to depend entirely on what people gave them. The men who arrived in our church that day, had just spent two cold nights sleeping out in Piccadilly station. I offered them food, washing facilities and a bed for the night. But, to remain true to the spirit of their commission, they didn’t stay with me any longer than that night. I didn’t hear from them again until, a few weeks later, I received a letter to thank me for my generosity and to tell me of the wonderful generosity they had experienced from others too.
There’s certainly a contrast between their visit and the holidaying of many Brits abroad. In fact, there’s a phrase, “a Brit abroad”. According to the “Urban dictionary” this is someone from the UK, who travels to other countries with no intention of integrating with the culture there. Instead, they hunt down a Full English breakfast, before settling, later, in a bar to watch football, and, of course, they never attempt to speak the local language.
The Scripture today challenges us to travel without baggage, physical or metaphorical and to eat what is set before us. We need to make ourselves more aware of the metaphorical baggage we carry with us from our family backgrounds or personal experiences. Some of this baggage might help in certain situations but it might also prevent us from really appreciating the graces offered by others.

DIOCESAN WORK TO REDUCE OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT
Schools across the diocese have saved an estimated 150 tonnes of carbon in less than a year as part of our strategy to become net zero by 2038. In early 2023, the diocese received in excess of £3 million from government allocation of an additional Devolved Formula Capital funding to address sustainability and carbon reduction in schools. This vital resource provided a key opportunity to help us on our decarbonisation pathway.
Since then, almost 70 schools across the diocese have had solar panels installed, a further 20 projects are planned, 4 installations will take place as part of bigger projects such as roof replacements, and 15 schools have opted for alternative sustainability projects, such as LED lighting, window replacements, or insulation upgrades.

PARISH TEAM MEETING
The next Parish Team meeting will be on Thursday 18th July at 7pm. If you have items for the Team to discuss, please either have a word with one of the team members or write a note and leave it in the suggestion box at the back of church. The team members are Jim Taylor, Sharon Teefy, Margaret Larrad, Christine Wilson Janet Hirst, David Daka, Tina Nufable and Frank Wisniewski.

JOB VACANCIES IN THE DIOCESE
Counsellor (Caritas Schools’ Service). Appointment Type: Term Time Only, Permanent. Working Hours: 22.5 hours per week, with potential to increase hours. Location: Schools-based across the Diocese of Salford. Salary: £30,529 - £36,072 per annum (pro rata for term time and part time). Find out more and apply at https://www.caritassalford.org.uk/about/careers/
Social Worker (Caritas Schools’ Service). Appointment Type: Term Time Only, 12 month Fixed Term Contract. Working Hours: 37.5 hours per week – 5 days a week. Location: Schools based across Greater Manchester and Lancashire
Salary: £30,529 - £36,072 per annum (pro rata for term time)
Find out more and apply at https://www.caritassalford.org.uk/about/careers/

SOLAR PANELS ON ROOVES
Solar Panels have now been installed on the rooves of 90 schools across the Diocese. This is producing a saving of £360,000 a year in cash terms but also a significant saving in terms of carbon usage. I have spoken to the Diocesan Property manager and the contractor re the installation of solar panels on the presbytery. It will be the second week in September when they will start.