JULY 17TH - JULY 23RD 2016


gemThis “gem church” will be open each day for private prayer and meditation from 9.30am. until 3.30pm.

10.00am;  12.30pm (Polish  Mass) and  6.00pm.

12  noon   Eucharistic  Service

12 noon Mass

12  noon   Eucharistic  Service

12 noon Mass

12 noon Mass

12 noon Mass

Saturday:  11.00  -  11.50am  and  12.30 – 12.45pm 

By  appointment

6 months notice must be given (Diocesan requirement)



11.30am Mass 

10.00am Mass

12 noon Mass

First Saturday of the month:  10.00 – 10.30am.

BAPTISMS and MARRIAGES:   as  for  St.  Patrick’s

WEEK:   JULY  17TH  -  JULY  23RD   2016


Alleluia,  alleluia!
Open  our  heart ,  O  Lord,  to  accept  the  words  of  your  Son.  Alleluia!


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;   Sheila Brierly;  Clifford Wray;  Dominic Boardman;  Alice Abraham;   Michael Francis Douglas; John  Ownsworth;  Gina  Templo;    Lucy  Thornhill; John  Walker; John & Dorothy  Fogg;   Alan  Hough;   Tom  Mullany; Samantha  Deakin; Maureen  Ross.                        
LATELY  DEAD:  Mick  McGinn;  Vincent O’Rourke;  Joe  Ready;  Ellen  Murphy; Frederick  Cartwright;  Nahid  Tayejebi;  the victims of the terrorist attack in Nice.
ANNIVERSARIES:   Eileen  Hall;    Frank & Nile  O’Connor;   Rose  McGladdery; 
May They Rest in Peace.

SUNDAY COLLECTION:  Envelopes:  £470.41;    Loose:  £292.04;    Total:  £762.45
Retiring collection for Sea Sunday:  £84.63.
Thank you all for your continued generosity.                                                   

DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration Fund:  Loose:   £16.68;  £4.94;  £1.43.        
Gift-Aided:  £0.00.
Also: £33.17 for CAFOD;   £10.00 for Summer Fun Day;  £20.00,  £7.83 and  £3.50 for Missio.

St. John Plessington was born in the north of the diocese (at Dimples), the son of a Royalist Catholic, in about 1635, and studied for the priesthood in Valladolid , being ordained in 1662. He worked first at Holywell in North Wales, before moving to Cheshire. He was arrested, tried and hung in Chester in 1679.
St. Apollinaris: was born in Antioch, Turkey. He was thought to be a disciple of St. Peter, and the first Bishop of Ravenna (Italy). When Emperor Vespasian banished Christians, Apollinaris was beaten by a mob and reputedly died soon after from his wounds, near the end of the first century.
St. Lawrence of Brindisi was born at Brindisi, Naples, in 1559 and entered the Capuchin Order, where he taught theology to the students. As a renowned preacher he travelled throughout Europe and wrote many works to explain the Catholic faith. He died at Lisbon in 1619.
St. Mary Magdalene was one of Christ’s disciples and was present at his death. On the morning of Easter day she was the first to whom the risen Redeemer appeared, according to St. Mark’s Gospel.
St. Bridget of Sweden was born in 1303. After the death of her husband (with whom she had eight children), she founded the Bridgettine Order. She works describing the mystical experiences she had on a penitential pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) is being forced by their chief to support a campaign to completely decriminalise abortion, which would permit abortion up until birth for any reason, scrapping the current 24 week upper limit. Many midwives are extremely upset by this and Catholic MP Robert Flello has tabled an Early Day Motion (123) opposing  the policy. Only 11 MPs have signed it to date. 900 midwives and over 40,000 people have signed the “Not in Our Name” petition on the Citizen Go website. Please ask your MP to add their signature to EDM 123.

Today 10.00am C. Riley & W. Powell
  11.30am C. O’Donnell
  6.00pm A. McGlade
Next Sunday 10.00am J. Williams & M. Chiappi
  11.30am T. Nakawooya

P. Haines

This week:  Week    2  -  Indian  community
Next week:  Week    3  -  Joyce & David Daka and friends (African) 

SATURDAY: the wedding of Joseph Samuel Robert Wheeler and Jessica Clare Dodd takes place in St. Patrick’s church at 1.30pm. Congratulations and best wishes to the happy couple.


  • The bishop's proposal for the restructuring of parishes in the diocese has been received.  The document together with the section for comments and response from the laity is available at the back of church – only ONE per family please.
  •  The Charismatic Prayer Group meets every Friday for Praise and Worship in St Patricks Church from 7.00PM to 9.00pm. Everybody is most welcome. Contact:07970188673.
  • Will St. Patrick’s Readers and Eucharistic Ministers please collect a copy of the next rota for August, September and October from the sacristy after Mass today.
  • Parishioners who have a connection with St. Herbert’s church may wish to purchase a copy of the Parish Centenary History Book at £3.00 each.
  • There are still two unclaimed prizes from the Summer Fun Day raffle which can be collected from the piety shop on the production of the winning ticket.

Stay  with  us  Lord  on  our  Journey.

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

  • St. Patrick’s Parish Team meeting at 7.30pm on Thursday 8th September.
  • Parish Annual General meeting on Sunday 2nd October at 2.30pm in St. Patrick’s.
  • World Mission Sunday on 18th October.


  • Commemoration of the Battle of the Somme 1916:    It was agreed that the parish should partake in the national tribute by ringing the church bell for 10 minutes at 7.30am on 30th June, the time when the battle began in which 20,000 men were killed on the first day.
  • Summer Fayre:   It was stated that enthusiasm for the Fayre seems to have been in very short supply this year.  It was agreed that it was a great deal of work for a few people for limited reward.  It was agreed that an alternative event built on a ‘community of communities’ ideal should be considered.  Ideas to be canvassed from parishioners over the next few weeks.    
  • Parish priorities: It was noted that in the Pastoral priorities suggested at our last meeting should be amended and based on the existing Parish Mission Statement after that itself is modified, simplified and brought up to date.   The principal priority would remain to make Christ’s mission alive here and now in Word and Sacrament.  
    It was considered that the interfaith work which goes on in the parish is an example of a parish priority that we had previously overlooked. It was noted that this is very much in line with our Parish Mission Statement concerning reaching out to and embracing the wider community. During this discussion it was noted that the address given by Mufti  Helal Mahmood (Oldham Mosques’ Council) at the end of the Thanksgiving Mass for Fr Phil’s Ordination Jubilee was much appreciated and was a demonstration of the great work being achieved by the Oldham Interfaith Forum, based at St. Patrick’s.
  • It was recognised that there are, in effect, Small Christian Communities (S.C.C.’s) already in existence in the parish but these are mainly based on ethnicity.  It was felt that further development was needed to build a true community of communities in line with our Mission Statement ideal. Our parish response to Oldham Food Bank and Vinnie Pack appeals has been good, but it was felt that this should be built upon as a parish in order to put into practice one element of the fundamental option for the poor, called for by the Parish Mission Statement. In fulfilling these priorities it is felt that we would and should become: ‘Immersed in the Joys and sorrows of God’s people’*  (*Parish Mission Statement).
  • Summary of Parish Priorities:1) To make Christ’s Mission alive here and now.  2) To build good relationships with the wider community. 3) To be inclusive and to build a true ‘Community of communities’.  4) To practice a fundamental option for the poor. 5) To be immersed in the joys and sorrows of God’s people. 6) To complete our ten year plan.

“SMILE  -  A  -  WHILE”
A young couple invited their vicar for Sunday dinner. While they were in the kitchen preparing the meal, the minister asked their son what they were having. "Goat," the little boy replied. "Goat?" replied the vicar, "Are you sure about that?" "Yes," said the youngster. "I heard Dad say to Mum, 'We might as well have the old goat for dinner today as any other day."

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