“People  generally serve  the  best  wine  first,  and  keep  the  cheaper  sort  till  the  guests  have  had  plenty  to  drink;  but  you  have  kept  the  best  wine  till  now.”


YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:   Sr. Catherine;   Frank   Norcliffe;    Sr.  Magdalena;   Allison  Wild;   Patricia  Haines;   Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan.
LATELY  DEAD:   Frances  Atkinson.
ANNIVERSARIES:   Kit  Auyfung  Sur  Chong  Hsw;   Olga  Tyl;  Michael & Margaret  Mahady;   Joe  Rimmer;   Mrs.  Hui  Lee  Yuet  Ying;   Victoria  Otoghile. May they Rest in Peace.

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £587.55;    Loose:  £409.90;    Total:  £997.45
Retiring Collection for SPUC:  £132.47
Thank you all for your continued generosity.                                        

DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £16.00  and  £13.15  Gift Aided:  £0.00
CAFOD: £60.00;  £15.01 and £10.00;   Food Bank: £20.00;  grateful thanks to our esteemed Polish community for the latest donation of £800.00.

IN  THANKSGIVING  FOR:  the blessing of a home.


“The Schools’ Minister Nick Gibb MP has been in contact with me explaining that several schools in Oldham have increased the proportion of pupils achieving standards in reading, writing and mathematics at KS2.
Your school received a particular mention and that’s why I am writing to congratulate you and your staff. I know schools are finding it difficult to balance their books and teachers don’t always receive the praise they deserve, but I would like to offer my thanks to everyone involved on behalf of pupils and parents.”

“I am writing to let you know of my intention to retire from my post as Head Teacher at St Patrick’s at the end of this academic year. This has been a difficult decision but I do feel it is the right one.  It has been a privilege to have been Head Teacher at St Patrick’s and I will take with me many fond memories. It has been an honour to lead such a wonderful school. The children here are delightful and their enthusiasm and boundless energy make the job so rewarding. I am also grateful to you, the parents at St Patrick’s, who have treated me with great respect and kindness and supported me in my endeavours.  I have enjoyed being part of the journey that St Patrick’s has been on but I could not have done it without the team of hard working and committed professionals we have in school. I know they will continue to work hard to enable St Patrick’s to continue on its successful path.

“Stay  With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

SATURDAY: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 10.30 – 11.45am.

It will be in colour and represent the history of the three churches which are now the parish of Our Lady and St. Patrick. i.e. St. Mary’s, Holy Rosary and Our lady of Mount Carmel and St. Patrick. The design shows the three church buildings, the mosaic from Holy Rosary, the Pieta from St. Mary’s and the Royal Oldham Hospital (now the site of the 6th Form College) with nurses and miners who frequented the churches in the past.

Please see the church notice board for further details of the following:

St. Agnes of Rome was born in 291 AD and raised in a wealthy Christian family. Agnes was very beautiful and her hand in marriage was highly sought after. She was condemned to death for being a Christian and was beheaded at the age of 12 or 13. She was buried beside the Via Nomentana in Rome. Her bones are currently conserved beneath the high altar in the church of Sant'Angese fuori le mura in Rome, which was built over the catacomb that held her tomb.
St. Vincent:  Born at Huesca, Spain, he became a deacon and served St, Valerius at Sarsgossa until their martyrdom at Valencia during the persecutions under Emperor Diocletian, St Valerius was exiled, but Vincent was cruelly tortured because he would not surrender the holy books
St. Francis de Sales was born to a noble family near Geneva in 1567. He was both intelligent and knew for years he had a vocation to the priesthood, but kept it from his family. He was ordained and elected provost of the Diocese of Geneva before becoming Bishop of Geneva.
Ss. Timothy and Titus: Timothy was a friend of St. Paul and travelled widely. According to tradition, he went to Ephesus, became its first bishop, and was stoned to death there when he opposed a pagan festival in honour of Diana. Titus was a disciple  of St. Paul who was sent to Greece, where he successfully reconciled the Christian community and was later left on Crete to help organize the Church, although he soon went to Dalmatia, Croatia. He served as the first bishop of Crete and was buried there.


Julio Iglesias was on UK television with British TV host Anne Diamond. He used the word “manyana” (pronounced “”man-yana”). Diamond asked him to explain what it meant. He said that the term means;; “Maybe the job will be done tomorrow; Maybe the next day; Maybe the day after that, or perhaps next week; Next month; Next year. Who really cares?” The hgost turned to speak to Albert Yatapingu from the Aboriginal Gumbaingeri Tribe who was also on the show. She asked him if there was an equivalent term in his native language. “Nah”, he replied, “In Auistralia we don’t have a word to describe that degree of urgency.”

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