THIS WEEK'S SERVICES

DECEMBER 10TH - 16TH 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: 
Mass at 10.00am due to the Deanery Conference
(Our Lady of Guadalupe)

WEDNESDAY:
12  noon   Eucharistic  Service

THURSDAY:
12  noon   Eucharistic  Service
(Fr. Phil is at a Council of Deans’ meeting) 
(St. John of the Cross, priest)

FRIDAY:
12  noon   Funeral Mass for Susan Cosgrove 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
ST MARY

SUNDAY:     
11.30am Mass 

MONDAY:
No Mass
(St. Damasus I, pope)

WEDNESDAY:
12  noon  Mass
(St. Lucy, virgin & martyr)
Funeral Service at 1.00pm for Vincent Walsh RIP

CONFESSION: 
By  appointment

BAPTISMS and MARRIAGES:   as  for  St.  Patrick’s

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READERS for Sunday 10th December
10.00am
P. Bagapuro & T. Nufable
11.30am
M. Smith
6.00pm
R. McGlade
Sunday 17th December
10.00am Jaqi Clements & M. Fernandez
11.30am M. Howell
6.00pm P. Haines
   
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS
AT 10.00AM MASS
Sunday 10th December
1
C.  Riley
2
J.  Finch
3
P.  Crosby
Sunday 17th December
1
R.  Estrellona
2
D.  Daka
3
P.  Hilton
   
CHURCH  CLEANING  ROTA
Sunday 10th December
Week 2 Indian  Community
Sunday 17th December
Week 3 Joyce & David Daka and friends (African)

SECOND  SUNDAY  OF  ADVENT   (YEAR  B)
        WEEK: DECEMBER  10TH - DECEMBER  16TH 2017

SECOND  SUNDAY  OF  ADVENT   (YEAR  B)

“Look,  I  am  going  to  send  my  messenger  before  you;  he  will prepare  your  way.  A  voice  cries  in  the  wilderness:  Prepare  a  way  for  the  Lord,  make  his  paths  straight.”  And  so  it  was  that  John  the  Baptist  appeared  in  the  wilderness.

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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;   Michael Francis Douglas;   John  Ownsworth;  Gina  Templo;    John  Walker;   Dorothy  Fogg;  Paul and Peter Gartside, Samantha  Deakin;   Michael  O’Rourke;   Doreen  Lesyk; Sr. Catherine;   Tony  Sunderland;   Jeanette  Green;   Patricia  Thompson;    Philip  Hynes;    Susan  McHugh;    John & Winifred  Dwyer;   Clifford  Taylor;   John  Keane;   Ava  Faye  Rigby.   
LATELY  DEAD:  Vincent  Walsh;    Margaret  Coyne;   Wolfgang  Neumann;   Maureen Ross, Mary  Johnson;   Susan  Cosgrove;   Deborah  Anne  Irving;   Carmel  Ryan;   Canon Eugene Dolan (passed away peacefully at home in Ireland).
ANNIVERSARIES:  Denis  Guilfoyle;   Brian  Short;   Sue  Johnson;   Maggie  Moores;   Lewis  Laverty;   Brian & Ross  Slicker;   Patrick & Mary  Glenfield;   Michael  McGrother;   Barbara  Slicker;   Robert  Carroll;   Bertha  Doran.
May They Rest in Peace.
SUNDAY COLLECTION:  Envelopes:  £540.12;  Loose:  £321.61;  Total:  £861.73 Thank you all for your continued generosity.                                        
DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration Fund:  Loose:  £19.50  Gift-Aided:  £0.00  
Also:  £36.00;  £30.00 and £10.00 for CAFOD;  £10.00 for the Oldham Food Bank;  Missio  £50.00.

THE  CHRISTMAS  FAYRE
Many thanks to all those who helped in any way before, during and after the Fayre last Sunday. It takes so much time and effort to organise and run such an event and even the smallest help was much appreciated The profit raised was a commendable total of £1243.06 for the Restoration Fund. Congratulations to the people who won one of following prizes in the raffle – the only unclaimed prizes are numbers 6, 7, 8 and 11 and these can be claimed from St. Patrick’s piety shop on production of the winning ticket.

1

English  Breakfast  Hamper

840  yellow

2

Blended  Whiskey  Selection

474  blue/white

3

Tower  of  Treats

884  yellow

4

Baylis  &  Harding  Bath  Set

339  blue/white

5

Bottle   of   Moet  &  Chandon

443  blue/white

6

M & S Belgian Choc.  Biscuits

377  blue/white

7

Ivory  &  Heart  Pamper  Set

881  yellow

8

Bottle  of  White  Wine

394  blue/white

9

Debenham’s  Sandlewood  Candles

336  blue/white

10

Box  of  Heros  Chocs

831  yellow

11

Bottle  of  Red  Wine

370  blue/white

12

Box  of  Dairy  Box  Chocs

472  blue/white

 
“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
MONDAY:  Mass for Canon Dolan at 12 noon in St. Edward’s church.
NEXT  SUNDAY: the draw for the Christmas Raffle takes place after the 10.00am Mass. Please ensure that all your counterfoils and money are handed in before then.
ALSO, Parish Reconciliation Service on Sunday 17th December at 3.00pm in St. Patrick’s church.

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

  • St. Patrick’s Parish Team meeting on Thursday 18th January at 7.30pm.

ITEMS  FROM  ST.  PATRICK’S  PARISH  MEETING  IN  NOVEMBER

  • Advent/Christmas Services:  The following was agreed: Advent Reconciliation Service:  St Patrick’s Church -  3.00pm. Sunday 17th Dec.
    Christmas Eve:  St Mary’s 7.00pm. First Mass of Christmas. St Patrick’s 8.30pm Carols by Candlelight
    9.00pm. First Mass of Christmas.
    Christmas Day: St Mary’s: 11.45 Christmas Day Mass
    St Patrick’s: 10.00am Christmas Day Mass.
    No Evening Mass
  • A week long vocations event has been planned from April 11th 2018 to take place at Newman College, one event will be led by Fr. Peter McKie of St Herbert’s, Fr. Michael Job of St Mary’s Failsworth, a religious sister, and Mufti Helal of the Oldham Interfaith Forum.  It is planned to arrange a similar event at St. Damien’s school.
  • Volunteers: Colin told the team that, for health reasons, from January 2018 he would no longer be available for some of the work he has been doing for some time.  In particular, flower arranging, lawn mowing, and rubbish/waste management.  It was suggested that the various communities might take over flower arranging as has happened in the past. Volunteers for the other jobs are needed. Waste management requires someone with transport to take paper and other waste to the tip (about 1hr per week).  The lawns need to be mowed weekly in the growing season.
  • St. Patrick’s Collection boxes:  A parishioner suggested that the label on these boxes should be changed to ‘Organ Fund’.  It was agreed that this was unnecessary as the present label says ‘Restoration Fund’ which covers the restoration of the organ.
  • Divine Mercy Devotion:  It was suggested that the parish hosts a Divine Mercy celebration on the Second Sunday of Easter.  After considerable debate with arguments on both sides, it was agreed not to hold the celebration here.
  • Hope in the Future:  It was noted that because of Fr Phil’s increased commitments as a result of the interregnums at Corpus Christi, Holy Family and Holy Rosary parishes it has not been possible to organize Hope in the Future teams in all the churches. The team then went on to consider the second Hope in the Future reflection: ‘Recognizing and celebrating our Gifts’. They then considered the many gifts of service to be found in the parish – at both churches – and were delighted to find that, as a parish, we surpass the requirements suggested in the Hope in the Future programme and do not feel particularly challenged by the programme.  The team agreed that we are already a vibrant, missionary parish, but with further potential.  It was agreed that we need to go further, but the Hope in the Future programme does not seem to be helping us.

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