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

SECOND SUNDAY
OF EAS
TER

APRIL 7TH - 13TH
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: 12 noon Mass
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

Click here for Mass Livestream

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

SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER
(YEAR B)
WEEK: APRIL 7TH - 13TH 2024 

SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER

"My Lord and my God!"

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Vivien Higgins; John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Eileen Killeen, Therese Passenger, Cyril and Christine Clarke, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Marie Gill, Pat McQuillan, Kathleen Kelly, Irene Cooper, Denis O’Grady. Deana Dobson, Tony Kenny, Luke Burke, Nora Hickey, Denis Guilfoyle, Amy Howard, Dominic Boardman, Joan Healy, Veronica Lees, Debbie Osborne Walker, Alex Standring and Janice Kopacz Standring, Barry Reid, Peter Barlow, Elizabeth Flanagan, Mary Kain, Rita Goodier, Denis O’Grady, Beatrice Tucker. Janet Butterworth
LATELY DEAD: Gordon Lees, Karen Entwistle, Derek Rowe, Afsheed Zahid
ANNIVERSARIES: Joan Walkden, William Sumner, Dr. Saphal Pal, Leighton Ashcroft, Margaret Ursan

LAST WEEK'S COLLECTION: £1,246.82p

Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS
Caritas £20.00; CAFOD £292.02; Food Bank £30.00; Indian community (for use of the Church on Good Friday) £70.00.
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 50949825;  Reference: Contr.


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THIS SUNDAY'S MISSALETTE AND HYMNS

Second Sunday of Easter - Missalette

Second Sunday of Easter - 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). 

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME
The next meeting of the group who will be making their first communion this year will have to be brought forward. It was supposed to be on 25th May, but I will be giving a lecture in London on that day. So, we will bring the meeting forward to the previous week to Saturday 18th May at 10.00am. The First Holy Communions will still be celebrated on 26th May.

DIOCESE OF EAST ANGLIA EXAMINES WHY ADULTS DECIDE TO JOIN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
“Their quest was intellectually driven…(but)...Intellectual rationales were insufficient on their own. Intellectual drivers interacted with affective experiences. At various points in the process to become a Catholic, participants experienced particular moments of being profoundly moved in a deep spiritual sense, for example, through Holy Mass or Adoration services, which acted as catalysts.”

NEXT PARISH TEAM MEETING
We have had a little break in the calling of Parish Team meetings, because of my own failure to get down to organising a date. Hopefully, now, we will get back to the ordinary run of things. I suggest that the next Parish Team meeting should be a 7.00pm on April 18th.

Cardinal Nichols and Bishop Swarbrick expressed their solidarity in a letter to Cardinal Stephen Ameyu Martin Mulla, Archbishop of Juba and president of the Sudan and South Sudan Bishops’ Conference, at a time of “profound distress”.

CONFIRMATIONS 2024

Important meetings dates and times: -

All meetings will take place at St. Edward’s RC Church, Lees.

SPECIAL DAYS THIS WEEK
Monday 8th April – The feast of the Annunciation of the Lord.
Thursday 11th April – St. Stanislaus – He became the Bishop of Krakow in 1071 and took a stand against the brutality of King Boleslaus. The latter responded by killing Stanislaus personally in 1097.
Saturday 13th April – St Martin I, Pope and Martyr – When he became Pope, he called the Lateran Council in 649. He was abducted by the emperor and died in the Crimea in 655.

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS
In the Gospel, today, we are told that Jesus breathes on his disciples and gives them the Holy Spirit. This is a little confusing because John, the evangelist, seems to be suggesting that they received the Spirit on that first Easter Day; so, what happened on the Feast of Pentecost? But John is also trying to depict Jesus as the one who is creating the world anew and making it whole once more. Just as God was said to have breathed life into Adam in the Book of Genesis, and the Prophet Ezekiel writes of God breathing life into the dry bones in a valley of death, so John depicts Jesus as the one who breathes that healing life into his disciples. When he appears to them, the first thing Jesus does is to say, “Peace be with you”. This greeting of peace includes the notion of forgiveness, but Thomas wasn’t there to receive that forgiveness. Jesus repeats the same greeting when he appears to them again on the following Sunday when Thomas was with them. But, because of Thomas’ refusal to believe in the resurrection, Jesus brings him, in a very intimate way, back to the foot of the cross. “Put your finger here.” For his part, Thomas suddenly learns his lesson. There, metaphorically at the foot of the cross, he hears the unequivocal message, “I love you and I forgive you”. It’s this realisation that enables him to go beyond the rational, to genuine belief. That’s why he’s able to say, “My Lord and my God!” It’s by being drawn out of the world of the purely rational that he’s able to know that Jesus has truly risen.
If we are going to bear witness to the resurrection in our world, our priority should not be to try to convince people intellectually. It should rather be to create a vibrant community where people sacrifice themselves for each other, where forgiveness is lived, and where people feel as though they belong. We heard in our first reading today of just such a community that existed among the early Christians. No doubt this was the reason for the considerable growth of Christianity at that time. We cannot be a community, today, that simply comes together to perform rituals but never really engages with each other.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES IN OUR CENTENARY YEAR
Bookings are now being taken for this year's diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes, marking our centenary year. The pilgrimage, led by Bishop John Arnold, will take place between 26th July and 1st August. Find out more and book online at https://www.salfordlourdes.co.uk/travel-accommodation

DIOCESE OF SALFORD'S ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM
This year's diocesan pilgrimage to Walsingham will be taking place on Saturday 4th May. Fr. Callum is organising a Deanery coach from St Edwards to Walsingham for the Diocesan pilgrimage. The coach will leave 7:am, at the latest. It is a long way to go for a day, but, very much worth it.  For more details and to register. Please contact Janet; 07989558248.

TALKS ON THE FOUR CONSTITUTIONS OF VATICAN II
In response to Pope Francis' invitation to revisit the Four Constitutions of the Second Vatican Council, the Diocese of Salford is holding a series of four evening talks after Easter. The first talk takes place on Wednesday 10th April when Bishop John will explore a little more about Lumen Gentium. The talk begins at 7pm at Cathedral Centre, 3 Ford Street, Salford, M3 6DP. Find out more about the series and register your interest at https://dioceseofsalford.org.uk/constitutions-talks/

ATTENDANCES OVER THE EASTER TRIDUUM.
Westminster Cathedral, which has a maximum capacity of 3,000, was forced to stop letting people into the solemn liturgy on Good Friday, so many people wanted to attend. We had similarly very encouraging numbers here for all the services, and, online, we had 298 people watching on Maundy Thursday, 455 on Good Friday and 228 on Easter Sunday. Thank you!