THIS WEEK'S SERVICES

APRIL 22ND - 28TH 2018

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 Mass
(St. Adalbert)

WEDNESDAY:
12  noon Eucharistic  Service

THURSDAY:
12  noon Mass  

FRIDAY:
12  noon Funeral Mass for Helen Craigan RIP

SATURDAY
12  noon Mass
(St. Peter Chanel & St. Louis Grignion)

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
(St. George, martyr, Patron of England)

WEDNESDAY:
12  noon Mass
(St. Mark, evangelist)

CONFESSION: 
By  appointment

BAPTISMS and MARRIAGES:   as  for  St.  Patrick’s

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READERS for Sunday 22nd April
10.00am
D. Sarkodie & M. Fernandez
11.30am
M. Smith
9.00pm
A. McGlade
Sunday 28th April
10.00am D. Daka & J. Finch
11.30am M. Howell
6.00pm K. McCarthy
   
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS
AT 10.00AM MASS
Sunday 22nd April
1
A.  Powell
2
F.  Wisniewski
3
Alexis
Sunday 28th April
1
M.  Larrad
2
J.  Taylor
3
B.  Auxtero
   
CHURCH  CLEANING  ROTA
Sunday 22nd April
Week 3 Joyce & David Daka and friends (African)
Sunday 28th April
Week 4

Team  4

SECOND  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME  (YEAR  B)
WEEK: JANUARY  14TH - JANUARY  20TH 2018

SECOND  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME  (YEAR  B)

Andrew,  the  brother  of  Simon  Peter,  said  to  him,  “We  have  found  the  Messiah”  and  he  took  Simon  Peter  to  Jesus,  who  said,  “You  are  Simon,  son  of  John,  you  are  to  be  called  Cephas” - meaning  Rock.

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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;   Samantha  Deakin;   Michael O’Rourke;  Doreen  Lesyk;  Paul & Peter Gartside;   Tony  Sunderland;   Philip  Hynes;    Barbara  Booth;   Tommy  Lally;   Bernd  Piekniewski;   Helen  Lally.
LATELY  DEAD:   Clifford  Taylor;  Mary  Jo  Birkenhead;   Maureen  Ross;   Clifford  Lees;   Boleslaw  Litwin;   Lennon  Jaugan;   Maria  Kazimierz  Cholewa;   Paul  Lees.         
ANNIVERSARIES:  Nathan  McLean;   Paddy  Canny;   Catherine  Mary  Ryan;   Mariayamma  Mathew;   Franiszka  Sierpiuska;   Ana  Dronia;   Bridie  Quinlivan;   James & Hannah  Sexton;   Kathleen  (née  Sexton);  James  Fogg (Snr.). May They Rest in Peace.

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £694.73;    Loose:  £269.56;    Total:  £964.29
Thank you all for your continued generosity.                                        

DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration Fund:  Loose:   £8.17  and    £8.00  Gift-Aided:  £27.00  
Also:  £30.00;  £10.00 and £8.21 for CAFOD;  £20.00 for the Oldham Food Bank.

CONGRATULATIONS to St. Patrick’s stalwart Veronica (Vera) Sobieralski who celebrates her 90th birthday on Thursday. Our love and best wishes are sent to you on this special day Veronica.

PARISH  NEWS

  • The Charismatic Prayer Group meets every Friday for Praise and Worship in St. Patrick’s church from 7.00pm to 9.00pm. Contact: 07970188673. Everybody is most welcome.
  • The Oldham Food Bank thanks the parishioners for the latest donation of £445.00, in addition to the large amount of food parcels.
  • CAFOD also thanks parishioners for the latest donation of £1,809.00 – the letter is pinned to the church notice board.
  • Recent Clergy Appointments:   Fr Michael Job will become Parochial Administrator of Holy Family and Holy Rosary, Oldham, in addition to his responsibility as Parochial Administrator of St Mary’s, Failsworth.  Fr Gasper Oladasu will become Parochial Administrator of Corpus Christi, Hollinwood, and will be resident at Holy Family presbytery, Limeside.  Canon Michael Buckley will become Parish Priest of Holy Family, Kirkholt, Rochdale, in addition to his responsibility as Parish Priest of Sacred Heart, Rochdale.
  • Less than half price 2018 cane calendars on sale at the piety shop.
  • Reignite Young Adults Mass: Come along for: great speakers, brill testimonies, guest homilists, our young adults music ministry, reunion with friends, pub social time – next Sunday (and every 3rd Sunday of the month) @ 5.30pm.

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY:  Sacramental Programme: we welcome the children and their parents for the celebration “We are People who Celebrate God’s Word” at the 10.00am Mass in St. Patrick’s church.
THURSDAY:  St. Patrick’s Parish Team meeting at 7.30pm in the Parish House.
“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS”
“Baptism is also called ‘illumination’, because faith illuminates the heart and allows us to see things in a different light.”
“The encounter with God and our brothers and sisters cannot wait just because we are slow or lazy. We are called to that encounter today!”

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

  • Day of Prayer for Vocations: St. Mary’s – Wednesday 4th April.
  • Day of Prayer for Vocations: St. Patrick’s – Tuesday 12th July

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Anthony retired to the Egyptian desert at the age of 20, where he attracted many followers , who shared his ascetic life, and bequeathed to the Church an example of life spent in solitude and devotion to prayer. He died in about 356, aged about 105.
St. Wulstan: born in Warwickshire about 1008, dying in 1095. A Benedictine monk in Worcester, he was appointed bishop, and was one of the few Anglo-Saxons in high office to survive the Norman Conquest. He was renowned as a confessor, his care for the poor and sick and for the high standards he demanded of his clergy.
St. Fabian: chosen as Pope in 236, he gave a great example in the persecution begun when Decius restored pagan worship in 250, though this meant he died a martyr’s death.
St. Sebastian: the last persecution in Rome was under Diocletian between 303 and 305. Sebastian, a native of Milan, was martyred and his tomb attracted devotion, being the only catacombs known and visited throughout all subsequent centuries. He joined the Roman Army, ostensibly to be of service to other Christians who were being persecuted by the Romans. Sebastian distinguished himself and for his excellent service, he was promoted to serve in the Praetorian Guard to protect Emperor Diocletian. He converted his parents and several other prominent individuals, including the local prefect. This led to his discovery and he was reported as a Christian to Emperor Diocletian. The Emperor, who was already infamous for ordering the deaths of hundreds of Christians, scolded Sebastian and ordered him to be killed by having him tied to a stake on a training field and used as target practice for his archers.

“SMILE – A – WHILE”

  • My boyfriend was working in the souvenir shop at Canterbury Cathedral in Kent, England. One afternoon he was talking with an attendant who worked in the cathedral when they were approached by two tourists. "Are you a monk?" one of the women asked. "No," the attendant explained, "I wear this robe as part of my job, but I’m not a member of any religious order." "Then where are the monks?" asked the woman. The man replied, "Oh, there haven’t been any monks here since 1415." Hearing this, the woman looked at her watch and announced to her friend, "Betty, we missed the monks."
  • Vacationing in Hawaii, two priests decide to wear casual clothes so they won’t be identified as clergy. They buy Hawaiian shirts and sandals, and soon hit the beach. They notice a gorgeous blonde in a tiny bikini. "Good afternoon, Fathers," she says as she strolls by. The men are stunned. How does she know they’re clergy? Later they buy even wilder attire: surfer shorts, tie-dyed T-shirts, and dark glasses. The next day, they return to the beach. The same fabulous blonde, now wearing a string bikini, passes by, nods politely at them, and says, "Good morning, Fathers." "Just a minute, young lady," says one of the priests. "We are priests and proud of it, but how in the world did you know?" "Don’t you recognize me? I’m Sister Kathryn from the convent."

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