THIS WEEK'S SERVICES

NOVEMBER 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: 
12  noon  Concelebrated Mass for the deceased priests and laity of the Deanery. 
(The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary)

WEDNESDAY:
12  noon   Eucharistic  Service

THURSDAY:
12  noon   Mass
(St. Clement I, Pope / St. Columban, abbot)

FRIDAY:
12  noon   Mass(St. Andrew Dung-Lac & Companions, martyrs)

SATURDAY
12  noon   Mass(St. Catherine of Alexandria, virgin & martyr)

 
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:
10.00am Mass

WEDNESDAY:
12  noon   Mass
(St. Cecilia, virgin & martyr)

CONFESSION: 
By  appointment

BAPTISMS and MARRIAGES:   as  for  St.  Patrick’s

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READERS for Sunday 19th November
10.00am
K. Rajnauth & J. Williams
11.30am
C. O’Donnell
6.00pm
P. Haines
Sunday 26th November
10.00am M. Chiappi & A. Auxtero
11.30am T. Nakawooya
6.00pm K. McCarthy
   
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS
AT 10.00AM MASS
Sunday 19th November
1
A.  Powell
2
F. Wisniewski
3
Alexis
Sunday 26th November
1
M.  Larrad
2
J.  Taylor
3
B. Auxtero
   
CHURCH  CLEANING  ROTA
Sunday 19th November
Week 3   Joyce & David Daka and friends (African)   
Sunday 26th November
Week 4  Team  4

25TH  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME
WEEK: SEPTEMBER  24TH -  30TH   2017

25TH   SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME

The  vineyard  owner  hired  workers  all  day  long  and  at  the  end  of  the  day  paid  all  of  them  one  denarius  each – the  first  ones  hired  were  aggrieved  but  the  owner  said,  “Why  be  envious  because  I  am  generous?”  Thus  the  last  will  be  first,  and  the  first  last.

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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;   Dorothy  Fogg;   Samantha  Deakin;   Michael  O’Rourke;   Doreen  Lesyk;    Paul & Peter Gartside;    Andrew  Clase;          Maureen  Ross;   Sr. Catherine;   Tony  Sunderland;   Jeanette  Green;   Patricia  Thompson;   Barbara  Booth;   Philip  Hynes;   Fr.  Michael  Fleming;   Mary  &  Denis  O’Grady;   Eileen  Filcek;   John  Dwyer;   Tony  Martin (Jr);    Sr.  Colette  Flynn.
LATELY  DEAD:    Brian  William  Slicker;   Mary  Hilton;   Gerard  Summersgill.  
ANNIVERSARIES:   Marian  Turner;     Ernest  Winston-Paul  Chukwu;   Clara  Dwyer;    Hilda  Summersgill;     Stephen  McEntee. May They Rest in Peace.

IN  THANKSGIVING  FOR  a new grandchild (not very well at present).

SUNDAY COLLECTION:  Envelopes:   £374.13;   Loose:   £295.22;  Total:   £669.35
Retiring collection for the Bishop’s Conference:  £59.92
Thank you all for your continued generosity.                                        
DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration Fund:  Loose:  £18.50                  Gift-Aided:  £0.00  
Also:  £40.00 and £10.62  for  CAFOD;   £40  for the Oldham Food Bank;   £17.00 and £10.00 for the Comboni Fathers.

CONGRATULATIONS to Claire Stanley and Andrew Hall who get married today.

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. Everybody is most welcome.
Minutes of St Patrick’s Church Finance Committee Meeting held  18th September

Parish Financial Situation:
The meeting was held to ascertain the current financial status of the parish.
Mr. Cyril Clark, the parish accountant produced a carefully prepared financial statement of the Parish Accounts to date and a breakdown of the cost of the church redecoration and new lighting system. The total cost of works to date is around £149,600. There is a potential VAT reclaim possible in the region of £30,000. It was agreed that the Diocesan Finance Department be urgently pursued to obtain this reclaim. If the reclaim is received, the Parish Account stands at around £70,000.
Future Spending Commitments: 
It was agreed that planned spending to the end of the year should be limited to restoring the parquet flooring and replacing the carpet in the sanctuary and the purchase of a new sound system suitable for our needs.  The sound system is old and is clearly giving us problems at the moment. Fr Phil informed us that an anonymous offer to purchase a carpet has been made and gratefully accepted. It was then agreed to find and employ suitable persons to restore the flooring and to investigate improvements necessary to provide the sound system we need for our various liturgical and musical needs.

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”

  • Old one pound coins cease to be legal tender on October 15th.  After this they will be of no value and the banks will not accept them.  If you have any red mission boxes or white collection boxes for St. Patrick's Restoration fund, please bring them in for counting before this date.
  • You are cordially invited to Oldham Interfaith Forum's next 'Any Questions on Faith' being organised in partnership with Churches' Together Royton on Monday 9th October at 7.15pm in Trinity Methodist Church, Royton, Oldham OL2 5QR. Entry to the event is free by booking in advance via our website: oldhaminterfaith.org.uk or by emailing on: oif1events@gmail.com.

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

  • CAFOD Harvest Fast Day on Friday 6th October.
  • Marian Procession on Saturday 7th October at 10.30am from St. Edward’s Parish (13, Thurloe St., M14 5SG)
  • Mass for the Recently Bereaved at St. Mary’s church on Sunday 5th November at 11.30am.
  • Mass for the Recently Bereaved at St. Patrick’s church on Saturday 11th November at 12 noon.

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
Ss. Cosmas & Damian: according to ancient tradition, both were doctors who were martyred in Syria around 300. There is evidence that a basilica was built in their honour.
St. Vincent de Paul was born in France 1581. He became a parish priest in Paris where he founded the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians) for the formation of the clergy and the relief of the poor. He also founded the Congregation of Sisters of Charity. He died in 1660. His work also inspired the foundation of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
St. Wenceslaus: born in Bohemia in 907, a Christian in a pagan land. He became king and began to encourage the faith, bringing back priests, building churches and practising a life of charity and care for the poor. His brother became jealous and had him killed.
St. Lawrence Ruiz was born in Manila in the Philippines in 1600, became a Dominican and travelled to Japan. He was arrested, taken to Nagasaki and executed in 1637. He is the first Filipino martyr.
Archangels Michael, Gabriel & Raphael: this feast celebrates God’s constant care for his people and intervention in their lives. The names of the angels reveals the aspect of God’s care: Michael means “Who is like God”, Gabriel means “Strength of God” and Raphael “God has healed”.
St. Jerome: born in Dalmatia in 340, he studied in Rome and was baptised. He became secretary to Pope Damasus I, when he set about translating the Bible into Latin and promoting the monastic life. He settled in Bethlehem where he trained others in scriptural studies and died in 420 at the age of 80.

“SMILE – A – WHILE”
There was a man who owned some water front  property in South Carolina. He was very happy with his property until he realized there was a manatee that constantly swam in the waters that were "his". This became more and more irksome to the man, until he could stand it no longer. At last he resolved to rid himself of the troublesome creature. Calling to it he said "hey, what's your name?" "Hugh," came the reply, as Hugh obligingly swam over to the man. At this point the man grabbed   Hugh and began to beat him viciously. The police were called and the man arrested. When the case came to trial, his lawyer argued it should be thrown out of court - since assault against a marine mammal was not an offense. The judge overruled this argument. "Clearly," he   said, "this is a crime against Hugh manatee."

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