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

PALM  SUNDAY  (YEAR  B) 
WEEK:   MARCH  25TH  -  MARCH  31ST  2018

PALM  SUNDAY

Hosanna  to  the  Son  of  David;  blessed  is  he  who  comes  in  the  name  of  the  Lord,  the  King  of  Israel.  Hosanna  in  the  highest.

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK or HOUSEBOUND:  Cecilia;  Jude Michael Harrison;   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;    Barbara  Booth;    Sr.  Catherine;    Charlotte  Stockwell;   Anna  Klein;   Emma;   Jackie  Fisher.
LATELY  DEAD:    Helen  Lally;  Thomas  Lally.                    
ANNIVERSARIES:  Michael Street. May they Rest in Peace.                                                                        
COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £335.40;    Loose:  £218.58;    Total:  £553.98
Thank you all for your continued generosity.                                        
DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration Fund:  Loose:   £12.59;  £3.60;  £3.16 Gift-Aided:  £0.00  
Also:  £15.77 and £10.00 for CAFOD;   £20.00 and £20.00 for altar flowers;  £18.66 and £5.00 for Missio. 

PARISH  NEWS

  • Walsingham Pilgrimage:  If you wish to join the pilgrimage please see Colin as soon as possible so that transport can be arranged.  The more that go - the cheaper the cost.
  • Donations for Easter flowers for the sanctuary would be gratefully received.
  • Will St. Patrick’s Readers and Eucharistic Ministers please collect a copy of the Easter Rota from the sacristy after Mass today, if you have not done so already.
  • The piety shop has 4 tickets for the Mass of Sacred Chrism on Wednesday 28th March at 11.00am in Salford Cathedral.  First come, first served.
  • Elections to Oldham Council are taking place in May.  To vote in any local or general election you must be registered to vote.  If you need information or help with this you need to contact:  Elections Office, Oldham Council, West St,  Oldham OL1 1UL  or  tel:  0161 770 4718  or  email:  election@oldham.gov.uk.
  • CLEANERS and POLISHERS WANTED:  Anyone with an hour or so to spare Monday - Wednesday this week between 9am and 11am would be most welcome to help getting the church sparkling for Easter.
  •  First Holy Communion in St Patrick's on Sunday 20th May is at 2.30pm NOT 10.00am as announced in last week’s newsletter.
  • School Governors: At a recent meeting of School Governors it was noted that another school governor is required.
  • Take care in services over Easter when everyone, if they wish, hold lighted candles. Hold the candle upright because otherwise it is possible for the wax to drip onto clothing. It is an ancient tradition to carry candles, but there is no obligation to do so. 
  • On the church notice board there is a letter of thanks from Caritas for the parish donation of £593.99 for the 2018 Caritas Sunday Appeal.
  • On Good Friday at 10.00am there is an Indian Syro-Malabar Rite Good Friday Liturgy in the Malayalam language.

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY:  is Palm/Passion Sunday. The 10.00am service at St. Patrick’s church will start in the Parish House garden and the people will then process into church with their palms. The narrators of the Passion at this Mass are T. Nufable and L. Nicholls. The narrators at 6.00pm are A. McGlade and K. McCarthy.
The Parish Reconciliation Service at St. Mary’s church, Oldham, is at 3.00pm.
GOOD FRIDAY is a day of fast and abstinence. After the service there will be a retiring collection for the Holy Places of Palestine at both churches.

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.
  • First Holy Communion in St. Patrick’s church on Sunday 20th May at 2.30pm.
  • Day of Prayer for Vocations: St. Patrick’s – Tuesday 12th July

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

  • 2020 and our 10 year plan: 2020 marks the end of our current 10 year plan for the redevelopment and restoration of the church.  The outstanding items are:

i.  Restoration of the organ: The team agreed that the current programme of regular maintenance was working well and that a total restoration or replacement costing anything up to £80,000  is a luxury item, and should be put on the back burner for consideration after 2020. 
ii. Replace long gone statue of our Lady of Mount Carmel in the alcove over the front door outside the church.  This too was considered to be a low priority at the moment and it could be considered again after 2020.
iii) Stained Glass windows on liturgical north side of the church.  The team thought that this could be accomplished by 2020.  It was also thought that the  imminent amalgamation of St Mary with St Patrick and Holy Rosary parishes would be an ideal subject for the planned ‘indigenous’ window. 

  • 2020 Jubilee: 2020 will also be the 150th anniversary of the first Mass in St Patrick’s Church on the 4th June 1870.  The team decided that it would be right to commemorate the occasion. It was agreed that it would not be possible to organize a Grand Ball similar to that which we held for the Jubilee of the First Mass celebrated on the site of the former chapel, as we did in 2002. Therefore it was decided that a Celebratory Mass involving all our choirs would be more appropriate.  The bishop would be invited to attend as would the Mayor.  It is hoped that the proposed new stained glass window would be installed by then and the Bishop would be asked to dedicate it.  It was also agreed to publish a commemorative magazine, entitled ‘Faith of our Fathers 2’ to supplement the earlier ‘Faith of our Fathers’.  This would cover the history of the parish over the last 20 years or so.  It was also agreed that businesses and people trading with the parish would be asked to help cover production costs.
  • Sunday Mass Times: It was agreed to change the time of the 10am Mass to 10,30am, probably in October, after the amalgamation of parishes is likely to be complete.  This would allow Fr Phil to ‘supply’ at other churches if required.

“SMILE – A – WHILE”

A man wants to become a bell-ringer, but has no arms. So he tells the priest of his wish, but the priest says: "How can you be our bell-ringer without arms?" He replied "Arms? Who needs 'em!" So the arm-less guy runs to the top of the bell tower, and starts ringing the bell with his face, making beautiful music. Unfortunately, he misses the last note, and falls from the bell tower. A bunch of parishioners gather around him, asking: "Who is this guy?" The priest says: "I don't know, but his face rings a bell."

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