THIS WEEK'S SERVICES

FEBRUARY  19TH - 25TH 2017

ST.  PATRICK’S SERVICES

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

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

MONDAY:      
12  noon   Eucharistic  Service

TUESDAY: 
10.00am Mass  due to the Deanery Conference
(St. Peter Damian, bishop)

WEDNESDAY:
12  noon   Eucharistic  Service
(The Chair of St. Peter, apostle)

THURSDAY:
12 noon Funeral Mass for Hugh Haggerty RIP
(St. Polycarp, bishop & martyr)

FRIDAY:
12 noon Mass
Funeral Service at 3.30 for Peter Dominiczak RIP

SATURDAY:
12 noon Mass

CONFESSION: 
Saturday:  11.00  -  11.50am  and  12.30 – 12.45pm 

BAPTISM:           
By  appointment

MARRIAGE:       
6 months notice must be given (Diocesan requirement)

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ST.  MARY’S SERVICES
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SUNDAY:     
11.30am Mass 

MONDAY:
10.00am Mass

WEDNESDAY:
No Mass

CONFESSION: 
By  appointment

BAPTISMS and MARRIAGES:   as  for  St.  Patrick’s

7TH   SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME   (YEAR  A)
WEEK:  FEBRUARY  19TH -  FEBRUARY  25TH  2017

7TH   SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME

“If  anyone  should  destroy  the  temple  of  God,  God  will  destroy  him,  because  the  temple  of  God  is  sacred;  and  you  are  that  temple.”
(St.  Paul  to  the  Corinthians)

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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;   John  Campbell;    Jimmy  Shaugnessey;       Mary  O’Regan;   Luke  Burke;   Kevin  O’Connor;   Mary  O’Toole;   Doreen  Lesyk;   Samantha  O’Connor;   Barbara  Broadbent.                              
LATELY  DEAD:   Edward  McConnell;   Ingeborg     Wilson.                                   
ANNIVERSARIES:   Thomas  Morecroft (Snr);   Arthur  &  Catherine  Norman;   Cirilo  Capili(Snr);   Martin  Villacampa.May  they  rest  in  peace.

SUNDAY COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £339.34;  Loose:  £308.06; Total:  £647.40.
Thank you all for your continued generosity.

DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration Fund:  Loose: £13.26, and  £2.00.      
Gift-Aided:  0.00 
Also:  £28.52 for CAFOD;  £20.00 for the Oldham Food Bank.

The Redecoration Fund now stands at a very commendable total of £96,446.36.   Many grateful thanks to the companies who have given grants and also to so many generous people including those who regularly hand in their little white boxes.

CONGRATULATIONS to parishioner Pauleen Bergin who celebrated her 80th birthday recently. Love and best wishes to you.

PARISH  NEWS

  • The Charismatic Prayer Group meets every Friday for Praise and Worship in St Patricks Church from 7.00pm to 9.00pm. Contact: 07970188673.
  • Foodbank:  Over the last couple of years we have had a great response to our Food Bank appeal.  Please continue your support as much as possible - the situation with the needy and homeless is not improving.  However, please note: the food bank box has been removed from the back of church for security reasons as the target of recent burglaries has included food.  Please take all donations of food directly to the sacristy. Donations of money can be put in the collection plate in an envelope marked 'Food Bank'.
  • Lenten Station Masses 2017: all are on Tuesday, starting at 7.30pm:

7th March: St. Patrick’s – preacher Fr. Michael Kujacz
14th March: St Herbert's, Chadderton
21st March: St Edward's Lees
28th March: Corpus Christi – speaker Sr. Rita Lee (Attila the Nun – as seen on TV)
4th April: St. Mary of the Angels (formally St. Ann's), Ashton

TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
“It is good to know the Lord takes on the burden of our fragilities and patiently gets us back on our feet with the strength to start over.”
“The dignity of children must be respected: we pray that the scandal of child-soldiers may be eliminated the world over.”
“I invite you to join in the fight against poverty, both material and spiritual. Together let’s build peace and bridges of friendship.”

READERS:    
Today 10.00am W. Powell & C. Riley
  11.30am P. Marshall
  6.00pm C. Douglas
   
Next Sunday 10.00am J. Williams & M. Chiappi
  11.30am D. Hilton
  6.00pm M. Ruffle

CHURCH  CLEANING  ROTA
This week:  Week   3  -  Joyce & David Daka and friends (African)
Next week:  Week   4  -  Team  4

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK
SATURDAY: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in St. Patrick’s church 10.30 – 11.45.

AROUND  THE  DIOCESE

  • Caritas Diocese of Salford wishes to recruit a Registered Manager (Fostering) and Community Centres Manager.  These positions will be based in Salford, Collyhurst & Bury.  For more information and to download an application form please visit:

www.caritassalford.org.uk/jobs or call 0161 817 2264. If interested, please see the posters on the church notice board.

  • Becoming Confident Catechists: would you like to explore the ministry of a catechist, sharing the experience of helping adults or children get closer to Jesus Christ? Then join with people from around the diocese and Fr. Chris Lough and team at Ss. Aidan & Oswald church, Oldham Rd., Royton OL2 5DL on Mondays at 7.30 – 9.15pm from 27th February to 3rd April. £40 per participant (3 from same parish £100). For more information please email christopher.lough@dioceseofsalford.org.uk or tel. 0161 766 2356.

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

  • Lenten Station Mass in St. Patrick’s church at 7.30pm on Tuesday 7th March.
  • Cafod Lenten Fast Day on Friday 10th March.
  • Sacramental Programme: parents’ meeting & children’s lesson in the Parish House at 10.00am on Saturday 11th March.
  • Sacramental Programme: “We Celebrate God’s Gifts” at the 10.00am Mass in St. Patrick’s church on Sunday 12th March.
  • St. Patrick’s Parish Team meeting on Thursday 16th March at 7.30pm.

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Peter Damian: born in 1007, Peter became a hermit before taking part in a great reform of the Church. In 1057 he was made Bishop of Ostia and on his death in 1072 was immediately venerated as a saint.
The Chair of St. Peter: this feast of the See of Rome has been kept since the 4th century. It celebrates the unity of the Church gathered around Peter, the Prince of the Apostles.
St. Polycarp was one of the “second-generation” Christians – a disciple of the apostles. He became Bishop of Smyrna, but was arrested in Rome and burned to death for his faith. The account of his martyrdom emphasises that his death, like his life, was a fragrant offering to God.

ITEMS  FROM  ST.  PATRICK’S  PARISH  TEAM  MEETING  FOR  FEBRUARY

  • The minutes of the last meeting were approved as a true record. Because of the large number of team members unable to attend, and the fact that two of those present were feeling unwell, it was decided to take matters arising from the minutes and leave non essential other matters until the next meeting.
  • Church Redecoration: Fr. Phil told the meeting that tenders had been received for the restoration of the Sanctuary and the decoration of the church and that the Finance Committee had met to discuss the tenders. Prices ranged from £78,834.00 to £160,690. The Architect has recommended that we award the contract to Bernard Watson of Preston at a price of £79,525. It was noted that a lower, indeed the lowest, quotation was from a firm with limited experience, whereas Bernard Watson is a tried and tested company having worked at places such as Stonyhurst and most recently at St. Wilfred’s, Preston, with highly acclaimed results. It was agreed that the Finance Committee decision to offer the contract to Bernard Watson of Preston was the best option. Dependent on diocesan approval, the work should begin mid – March.
  • Church Security:  It was reported that yet another break in had occurred resulting in another leaded window being broken. It was agreed that further security on the windows is required. Metal bars approved by the Historic Churches Commission have been commissioned.

“SMILE  -  A  -  WHILE”
The minister was preoccupied with thoughts of how he was going to ask the congregation to come up with more money than they were expecting for repairs to the church building. Therefore, he was annoyed to find that the regular organist was sick and a substitute had been brought in at the last minute. The substitute wanted to know what to play. "Here's a copy of the service," he said impatiently. "But you'll have to think of something to play after I make the announcement about the finances." During the service, the minister paused and said, "Brothers and Sisters, we are in great difficulty; the roof repairs cost twice as much as we expected, and we need $4,000 more. Any of you who can pledge $100 or more, please stand up." At that moment, the substitute organist played the National Anthem ... ... and that is how the substitute organist became the permanent organist!

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