THIS WEEK'S SERVICES

DECEMBER 9TH - 15TH 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:      
10.00am Mass

TUESDAY: 
Mass  at  10.00am  due to the Deanery Conference
(St. Damasus I, Pope)

WEDNESDAY:
12  noon Mass
(Our Lady of Guadalupe)
Funeral Service at 10.00am for Julie Jobey RIP

THURSDAY:
12  noon Eucharistic Service
(Fr. Phil is at a Council of Deans) (St. Lucy, virgin & martyr)

FRIDAY:
12  noon Funeral Mass for Trent  Warburton RIP
(St. John of the Cross, priest)

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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READERS for Sunday 9th December
10.00am W. Murunyo & J. Williams
6.00pm

A. McGlade

Sunday 9th December
10.00am Naomi  &  Maybella
6.00pm

B.  Marley

   
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS
AT 10.00AM MASS
Sunday 9th December
1
M. Higson
2
C. O’Donnell
3
Alexis
4
L. Nicholls
5
G. Winterburn
Sunday 9th December
1
Grace
2
Joe
3
Angela
4
Gayle
5
Rose
 
CHURCH  CLEANING  ROTA
Sunday 9th December
Week 3

Joyce & David Daka & friends (African)

Sunday 9th December
Week 4

Team 4

33RD  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME  (YEAR  B)
WEEK: NOVEMBER 18TH  -  NOVEMBER 24TH  2018

33RD  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME    (YEAR  B)

“.....the  sun  will  be  darkened,  the  moon will  lose  its  brightness,  the  stars  will  come  falling  from  heaven  and  the  powers  in  the  heavens  will  be  shaken.  And  then they  will  see  the  Son  of  Man  coming  in  the  clouds.....”

cross

YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: our parishioners, relatives and friends. (Because of the recent changes to Data Protection Law, we are no longer permitted to print the names of those people who are sick in the newsletter, unless the sick person assures us that he/she wish their name to be printed. However, Masses requested for sick persons will still be offered.)
LATELY  DEAD:   Barbara Booth;  Trent  Warburton;   Billy  Carroll;   Winifred Cunningham;   Margaret  Rainsford. 
ANNIVERSARIES:   Michael  McGladdery;  Edith  Brooks.
May they Rest in Peace.                                                                                                  
IN  REMEMBRANCE  OF  Terrance Charles  Higgins.
CONGRATULATIONS TO  Sophie  Royales on your 91st birthday. Best wishes and a Mass will be offered for your intentions. 

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £478.10;    Loose:  £366.26;    Total:  £844.36
Thank you all for your continued generosity.                                        
DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration Fund:  Loose: £ 0.00;    Gift Aided:  £0.00 
Also:   £20.00; £14.00; £10.00 for CAFOD;  £10.00 for the Oldham Food Bank;  £15   for Retired Priests’ Fund;  £5.00 for Missio.  

PARISH  NEWS

  • Annual Christmas Fayre: Sunday, 2nd December at 12 noon. All the usual attractions plus international cuisine – please return your donations for the bottle stall and tombola in the brown paper bag. Volunteers are urgently needed to set up the hall, help on the day and clean up afterwards (Friday 30th November at 2.00pm and Saturday 1st December at 10.00am.) Donations of cakes etc. to sell during the day would be much appreciated.
  • 5th Annual International Music Festival in church on Saturday 2nd  December at 7.30pm. An evening of splendid music and song presented by our parishioners.  A great night out! Suggested donation on the night of £2.00. All proceeds to Cornerstone, the diocesan charity for the homeless.
  •  Oldham Festival of Light: A celebration of four different faith festivals - Christmas, Channukah, Mawlid an nabi and Deepawali.  Queen Elizabeth Hall, 6.30 pm. 4th December 2018. Entrance FREE, with ticket, available on website: oldhaminterfaith.org.uk or by e-mail - oif1events@gmail.com.  An amazing and informative event.  Don't miss it!
  • Pilgrimage to Medjugirje, 8th June 2018. See poster on the notice board in the narthex for further details.

“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
“Do not follow Jesus only when you feel like it, rather, seek Him every day. Find in Him the God who loves you always, the meaning of your life and the strength to give of yourself.”

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY:  Sacramental Programme:  celebration “We Are People Who Celebrate Forgiveness” at the 10.00am Mass. We welcome the children and their parents who are following the programme.
SATURDAY: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 10.30 – 11.45am.

A  NOVEMBER  PRAYER
We give them back to you, O Lord, you who gave them to us.
Yet as you did not lose them in giving them to us,
so we have not lost them by their return to you.
What you gave to us, you do not really take away,
for what is yours is ours also if we are yours.
And life is eternal and love is immortal and death is only an horizon,
And an horizon is nothing but the limit of our vision.
Lift us up, strong Son of God, that we may see further,
Cleanse our eyes that we may see more clearly;
Draw us closer to yourself, that we know ourselves
To be nearer to our loved ones who are with you.
And while you prepare a place for us, prepare us also for that happy place,
That where you are we may be also for ever and ever.   Amen

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

  • Sacramental Programme: Reconciliation Service and First Confession on Saturday 1st December at 2.00pm in St. Patrick’s church.
  • Annual International Music Festival in church on Saturday 1stDecember at 7.30pm.
  • Christmas Fayre on Sunday 2nd December.
  • 3s – 11s Children’s Liturgy Group on Sunday 16th December.
  • Advent Service of Reconciliation in church on Sunday 16th December at 3.00pm.

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
Dedication of the Basilicas of Ss. Peter and Paul: from the 12th century the dedication of the Vatican Basilica of St. Peter and the Basilica of St. Paul on the Via Ostiense have been kept on this day. It honours the memories of the two Apostles.
Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary: this day saw the dedication in 543 of the Church of Our Lady near to the temple in Jerusalem. Together with Christians of the East we celebrate that dedication of herself which Mary made to God in her childhood
St. Cecilia suffered martyrdom in the 2nd century with her husband and brother. She is the patron saint of music and musicians.
St. Clement I was the third Pope after St. Peter, at about the end of the 3rd century. He wrote a letter to the Christians of Corinth to preserve peace among them.
St. Columban: born in Ireland in the 6th century, he became a monk and went to France where he founded a number of monasteries that he ruled with strict discipline. He was sentenced to exile and went to Italy. He was noted for his example of religious and Christian life.
St. Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions: born in 1795 in Vietnam and became a priest. He was one of 117 Catholics martyred in the mid 19th century.

“SMILE – A – WHILE”

The girl knelt in the confessional and said, “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned.” “What is it, child?” The girl said, “Father, I have committed the sin of vanity. Twice a day I gaze at myself in the mirror and tell myself how beautiful I am.” The priest turned, took a good look at the girl, and said, “My dear, I have good news. That isn’t a sin - it’s only a mistake.”

On his way out of church after Mass, Frank stopped at the door to speak to the minister. “Would it be right,” he asked, “for a person to profit from the mistakes of another?” “Absolutely not!” replied the pastor, disappointed that Frank would even ask such a question. “In that case,” said the young man, “I wonder if you’d consider returning the hundred dollars I paid you to marry my wife and me last July.”

Carolyn Heap, another Sunday School teacher, said to her children, 'We have been learning about how powerful the kings and queens were in Biblical times.  But there is a higher power.  Who can tell me what it is?' George blurted out, 'I know, Aces.'

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