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

PENTECOST SUNDAY
OF EAS
TER

MAY 19TH - 25TH
2024


WEEKLY SERVICES
SUNDAY: 10.00am.  12.30pm (Polish Mass)
6.00pm
MONDAY: 12 noon Mass
TUESDAY: 10.00am Mass
WEDNESDAY:
12 noon Mass

THURSDAY:

12 noon Mass
FRIDAY: 12 noon Mass

SATURDAY:No Mass or Confessions today

12 noon Eucharist Service

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

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The church will normally be open on Mondays to Saturdays from 10.00am for private prayer

Confessions
NO CONFESSIONS THIS WEEK

Baptisms & Weddings
by arrangement

PENTECOST SUNDAY OF EASTER
(YEAR B)
WEEK: MAY 19TH - 25TH 2024 

Pentecost Sunday

“When the Advocate comes…he will be my witness. And you too will be witnesses...”

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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, Beatrice Tucker. Janet Butterworth, Connie Marrone, Pauline Howarth
LATELY DEAD: Zophia Royales, Veronica Short, Jimmy Ryan
ANNIVERSARIES: Bessie Beswick, Anna Siemianczak, Paddy Laydon, Joaquim Silva

LAST WEEK'S COLLECTION: £1014.84p

Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS
Caritas (homeless) £20.00; CAFOD £30.00
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 90652504;  Reference: Contr.
Please note that the bank account has changed because a fault was recurring in the old account which meant that direct debits from other companies were sometimes being set up without my authorisation. Thankfully, we noticed each attempt to do so and stopped the payments. The bank has suggested we should have a new account. If you already pay directly into the old account, don’t worry; we will keep both accounts going for a while and simply transfer everything to the new account over time.


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THIS SUNDAY'S MISSALETTE

Pentecost Sunday - Missalette


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). 

CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to all our young people who were confirmed by the bishop last week. I pray that you will find plenty of opportunity, in the years to come, to be witnesses to the truth you have come to appreciate more.

‘LAUDATO SI' WEEK
This week (19-26 May), we mark Laudato Si' Week - an annual campaign celebrating the anniversary of Pope Francis' environmental encyclical. This year's theme is "Seeds of Hope", which calls us to be those seeds of hope in our lives and in our world, rooted in faith and love.

PARKING IN THE CHURCH CAR PARK
Two weeks ago, we had an incident in church when someone collapsed and needed to be taken to the hospital, but the car park was so full that those who wanted to assist were unable to get their car from the car park. I understand that sometimes people arrive on the last minute and just park where they can, thinking that everyone leaves at the same time. But, in fact, last week’s incident reminds us that there are occasions when people need to be able to leave the car park before the end of Mass. Please, only park if you are certain that every car, already in the car park, will be able to exit if necessary. There are plenty of spaces in the Sixth Form car parks.

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME
The final 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 next Saturday 18th May at 10am. The First Holy Communions will still be celebrated on 26th May at 3pm.

SPECIAL DAYS THIS WEEK
Monday 20th May – Mary the Mother of the Church (Memoria).
Tuesday 21st May – St. Christopher Magallanes.
Wednesday 22nd May – St. Rita of Cascia.
Thursday 23rd. May -  Jesus Christ, the Eternal High Priest
Saturday 25th May – St. Bede the Venerable – born in 673 and educated by the Benedictines, he joined the monastery and began a life of great erudition, producing many writings. He is particularly remembered for his ‘History of the Church in Britain.” He died in 735.

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS
The Feast of Pentecost was, in Jesus’ day, the celebration of Moses giving the Law to the Hebrews. By tradition it was understood to have taken place 50 days after leaving Egypt. It was said that Moses awoke the Hebrews in the middle of the night to give them the Law, so the Jews would spend all night in vigil, reciting the Psalms and reading the Prophets. Apparently, according to the commentaries, one of the texts that was read during the vigil was that of the Prophet Joel, “I will pour out my Spirit on all mankind. Your sons and daughters shall prophesy. Your old men shall dream dreams and your young men see visions. Even on the slaves, men and women, will I pour out my Spirit in those days” (3:1-2). Luke, the writer of our first reading, wants us to imagine the Apostles having spent the night in vigil and having listened to the Prophet Joel.
The Hebrew word for Spirit is “Ruah” and it conveys a mixture of meanings. It has a sense of power, and of a blowing wind. It has a sense too of the breath of God that breathes over creation to give it life. The life that Jesus breathes over the Apostles is that of a new relationship that reverses the damage of the Tower of Babel. There, people’s language was confused because of the pride of humanity. But notice that the healing brought by the breath of God does not mean that everybody speaks the same language but that people from all different backgrounds understand as if their own language is being used. God’s healing does not reverse humanity’s failure but uses that very failure to make a good.
To be able to speak someone else’s language normally requires lengthy periods immersed in the language and culture of that person. It brings understanding and genuine communication.
It is living in a real community of difference that requires us to listen and take time to understand the other before we can communicate effectively. Now when the one communicating has also something exciting and encouraging to proclaim about an amazing experience of the Risen Lord here and now, that’s where the power of this feast comes from. That’s where we find real blessings that are worth proclaiming to the world!

SOLAR PANELS ON CHURCH PROPERTY
You may remember that we put in a bid, some time ago, for solar panels to be placed on the lower roof of the church (on the side facing the Sixth Form College). The Diocese agreed to this, but then it became clear that the Historic Churches Committee would have a problem with the scheme unless we could show that we were doing this as part of a much bigger plan to change the heating system in the church. The solar panel company with whom we are working then went away to put forward another scheme, just involving the presbytery. The proposal they have made would result in a cost to the Parish of £16,800 but could mean a saving on utility bills of £63,000 over a twenty-year period (assuming annual electricity consumption of 10,000 kWh. This would also amount to two tons of CO2 being avoided in the atmosphere each year. Of course, I realise that these estimates are probably optimal, but even half of what they claim would be impressive. I have asked the property Manager of the Diocese to go ahead with this plan as soon as possible once the Trustees have given permission (I’m not presuming this but hoping!).

PARISH HALL
I am sorry to report that the problems with the drains for the Parish Hall have still not been fixed, despite the Diocese spending tens of thousands of pounds on them. The problem seems to be that the drains pass under the other school which used to be beside St. Patrick’s. That school was demolished some years ago and the site is now quite overgrown. There’s a complex way of determining who is responsible for the drains in that area. The Diocese owns the land on which the now demolished school stood, but the Council owns the rest of the land surrounding the footprint of the demolished school. We are waiting for the Diocese and the Council to work out who is responsible and if they are prepared to pay the rather large sum that would be required.