SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT (YEAR A)
WEEK: DECEMBER 4TH - 10TH 2016
A shoot springs from the root of Jesse, a scion thrusts from his roots: on him the spirit of the Lord rests, a spirit of wisdom and insight, a spirit of counsel and power, a spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.
YOUR CHARITABLE PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK or HOUSEBOUND: Joanna; Shirley; Cecilia; Jude Michael Harrison; Sheila McNicholas; Orrell Plummer; Dominic Boardman; Alice Abraham; Michael Francis Douglas; John Ownsworth; Gina Templo; John Walker; John & Dorothy Fogg; Samantha Deakin; Michael O’Rourke; James Parkinson; Patricia Parkinson; Peter Gartside; John Campbell; Rita Shaw; Mary Devlin; Julie Ross; John Henry; Sister Cathrine.
LATELY DEAD: Martin Wilkinson; Kathleen Kennedy; Evelyn Maloney; Joseph Cullinane.
ANNIVERSARIES: Nathan McLean; Brian Short; Jose Philip; Margaret Lees; Elizabeth Lucas; Annamma Philip. May they rest in peace.
SUNDAY COLLECTION: Envelopes: £426.05; Loose: £337.35; Total: £763.40
Thank you all for your continued generosity.
DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS: many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration Fund: Loose: £46.00; £6.62; £2.63.
Also: £1,000; £52.90; £20.00; £3.00 for CAFOD; £20.00 for the Oldham Food Bank.
THIS WEEK’S FEASTS
St. Nicholas: bishop of Myra, in what is now Turkey, in the 4th century. In Eastern Europe, he distributes presents to children on this day, in remembrance of his charity and care as a bishop.
St. Ambrose was a surprising choice to be Bishop of Milan in 374. Renowned for his charity and his eloquence, especially against the Arians, it is said that St. Augustine returned to his faith after hearing Ambrose preach. A great writer of hymns for the liturgy, some of which survive to this day, he died in 397.
St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin: the “seer” of Guadalupe, an Aztec who was granted a vision of the Virgin Mary in 1531, later building a church in her honour. He died in 1548 and was canonised in the Basilica of Guadalupe in 1990 by Pope John Paul II during his second apostolic journey to Mexico.
- The Charismatic Prayer Group meets every Friday for Praise and Worship in St Patricks Church from 7.00pm to 9.00pm. Contact: 07970188673.
- Tickets are now on sale for the Parish Grand Christmas Draw – tickets are still £1.00 for a book of 5 tickets. The 1st prize is £200, 2nd £100, 3rd £50 and there are various prizes of spirits, wine, chocs etc. The draw takes place on Sunday 18th December after the 10.00am Mass. Please take extra tickets to sell to your friends. If anyone is able to donate prizes for the raffle, it would be much appreciated.
- During Advent the sanctuary looks unusually stark but if people wish to give donations for Christmas flowers they will be gratefully received. Also, if you have access to holly (with or without berries) to decorate the church it also would be much appreciated.
- Religious Advent calendars are on sale at the piety shop.
- From the back of church, please collect a copy of Bishop John’s pastoral letter if you did not receive one last week.
“TWEETS” FROM POPE FRANCIS
I call on all people of goodwill to take action against human trafficking and new forms of slavery.
|Today||10.00am||Naomi & Gayle|
|Next Sunday||10.00am||P. Hilton & C. Riley|
CHURCH CLEANING ROTA
This week: Week 2 - Indian Community
Next week: Week 3 - Joyce & David Daka and friends (African)
“WHAT’S ON” THIS WEEK
TODAY is the Parish Christmas Fayre at 12.30 – 3.00pm in St. Patrick’s Parish Centre on Lee St. All the usual entertainments including face painting and a visit from Father Christmas for the children.
TUESDAY: Oldham Festival of Light - a celebration of different festivals with entertainment and food (Christmas, Deepawali, Chanukah and Mawlid-an-Nabbi), in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Oldham OL1 1NL with a 6.30pm start. Entrance is free but please book seats by e-mail to email@example.com.
THURSDAY: St. Patrick’s Parish Team meeting at 7.30pm in the Parish House.
AROUND THE DIOCESE
Advent Concert for Caritas Diocese of Salford and Salford Loaves and Fishes - Music and Readings for Advent and Christmas in St John’s Cathedral, Salford, M3 5LL featuring the esteemed Notability Choir – Everyone welcome – Please help us to support the homeless this Christmas, don’t let’s leave them out in the cold – 7:30pm Sunday 11th December – Tickets £5 available online: www.tinyurl.com/caritaschristmas or by telephone 0161 737 8775 or 0161 817 2250.
Please see the church notice board for further details of the following:
- Parish Advent Reconciliation Service at 3.00pm in St. Patrick’s church on Sunday 18th December.
- 3s – 11s Children’s Liturgy Group in St. Patrick’s church during the 10.00am Mass on January 1st.
ITEMS FROM ST. PATRICK’S PARISH TEAM MEETING IN NOVEMBER
The meeting both opened and closed with a prayer.
- Fr. Phil went through the main points of the new policy regarding Baptism and Confirmation. There is a renewed focus on preparation for these sacraments. It was agreed that we should be seeking volunteer catechists to help out. David volunteered but we should be looking for a few others as well. Then it was agreed that we need to provide good quality training to enable these volunteers in this role.
- It was proposed that we should start charging an hourly rate for the use of the Parish Hall. It was agreed, however, that it should still be made clear to people using it that they have the responsibility to set up and clean up afterwards and to keep the property in good order. The Team agreed on a £10 hourly rate (not including setting up time, which would be free of charge). This charge should be paid up front to show a commitment to use of the hall.
- The Bulletin Board needs to be updated: Bishop Brain is still referred to as the Diocesan Bishop. Also, it was agreed to get the carpets in the house cleaned and to buy a new one for the office.
- Christmas Masses: the times as the same as they have been for the last few years: 7.00pm on Christmas Eve at St. Mary’s, 9.00pm at St. Patrick’s (preceded by 20 minutes of carol singing); 10.00am on Christmas Day at St. Patrick’s and 11.45am at St. Mary’s. There would be no evening Mass on Christmas Day in spite of it being a Sunday! Because that Sunday is also the last Sunday of the month the 10.00am Mass would normally have the African choir so they have a choice of singing on Christmas Eve or Day. The Filipino and Indian choirs, Nostro Coro and the Folk Group would be spoken to with regard to their involvement on Christmas Eve.
“SMILE - A - WHILE”
- Atheist: "Do you honestly believe that Jonah spent three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish?" Preacher: "I don't know, sir, but when I get to heaven, I'll ask him." Atheist: "But suppose he isn't in heaven?" Preacher: "Then you ask him."
- A preacher trained his horse to go when he said, "Praise the Lord," and to stop when he said, "Amen." The preacher mounted the horse, said, "Praise the Lord" and went for a ride. When he wanted to stop for lunch, he said, "Amen." He took off again, saying, "Praise the Lord." The horse started going toward the edge of a cliff. The preacher got excited and said, "Whoa!" Then he remembered and said, "Amen," and the horse stopped at the edge of the cliff. The preacher was so relieved and grateful that he looked up to heaven and said, "Praise the Lord!"
- Q: Where in the Bible is the first tennis match mentioned? A: When Joseph served in the Pharaoh's court.