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

CHRIST  THE  KING    (YEAR  B)
WEEK: NOVEMBER 25TH  -  DECEMBER 1ST  2018

CHRIST  THE  KING    (YEAR  B)

Alleluia,  alleluia! Blessings  on  him  who  comes 
In  the  name  of  the  Lord!

Blessings  on  the  coming  kingdom  of  our  father  David. Alleluia

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;   Margaret  Rainsford;   Sally  Hanratty;   Michele  Batman;   David  Pithers.
ANNIVERSARIES:   John & Elsie Granelli;   James & Ann  Whelan;   Ellen & Bernadette  Gaughan;   Melecia  Bolocon;   Frank  Farrell;   Elizabeth  Lucas;   Rev. Ken  Livesey. May they Rest in Peace.

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £469.90;    Loose:  £434.42;    Total:  £904.32
Thank you all for your continued generosity.

DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration Fund:  Loose: £ 13.81;    Gift Aided:  £0.00
Also:   £60.00; £10.00; £19.76 for CAFOD;  £40.00 and £20.00 for the Oldham Food Bank;  £60 00 for sanctuary flowers. A special big thank-you to Westwood Muslim High School for Girls for their kind donation of a food hamper for our Christmas Fayre.

PARISH  NEWS

  • On the notice board there is a letter from CAFOD thanking parishioners for their latest donation of £1,119.02. Well done, everyone!
  • 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!

A  NOVEMBER  PRAYER
Lord, Father and Protector of all You have created, we raise our hearts to You today for those who have passed out of this mortal life. In Your loving mercy, be pleased to receive them in Your heavenly company, and forgive the failings and faults they may have done from human frailty. Your only Son, Christ, our Saviour suffered so cruelly that He might deliver them from the second death. By his merits may they share in the glory of His victory over sin and death. For all the faithful who have died we pray, but in particular for those dear to us, parents, relatives and friends. nor do we forget all who did good to us while on earth, helped us by their prayers, sacrifice and example. We pray also for any who may have done us harm, and stand in special need of Your forgiveness.

“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
“In the eyes of God human life is precious, sacred and inviolable. No one can despise the lives of others or one’s own life.”

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY: the baptism and christening of Wisdom Gbule will take place during the 10.00am Mass.  We wish him many future blessings.
ALSO, there will be a retiring collection for the Catholic Youth Service.
SATURDAY:  Reconciliation Service and First Confession for those children on the Sacramental Programme at 2.00pm in church. Please pray for them.
ALSO, the 5TH Annual International Music Festival will be held in church 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.
NEXT  SUNDAY: Annual Christmas Fayre: at 12 noon in the Parish Hall, Lee St. 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.

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

  • 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
St. Andrew was a fisherman, born at Bethsaida, who introduced his brother, Simon Peter, to Jesus, and became one of the first to follow Christ. Widely venerated since ancient times, he is remembered as one of the twelve who bore witness to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. He went on to preach the Good News around the shores of the Black Sea and was martyred by crucifixion in Patras. He was bound, rather than nailed, to a cross, and was crucified on a cross form known as "crux decussata," which is an X-shaped cross or a "saltire." Today this is commonly referred to as "St. Andrew's Cross." It is believed Andrew requested to be crucified this way, because he deemed himself "unworthy to be crucified on the same type of cross as Jesus. He became recognised as patron saint of Scotland because, according to legend, some of his bones were taken there and buried in the place that now bears his name.

“SMILE – A – WHILE”

Father O'Malley was driving down to Boston when he got stopped for speeding in Medford. The highway patrol officer smelled alcohol on the priest's breath and then saw an empty wine bottle on the floor of the car. He said, 'Father, have you been drinking?' 'Only water', replied Father O'Malley. The policeman asked, 'Then how come I can smell wine?' The priest looked at the bottle and said, 'Good Lord! He's done it again.'

Little Philip was spending the weekend with his grandmother after a particularly trying week in infant school. His grandmother decided to take him to the park on Saturday morning. It had been snowing all night and everything was beautiful. His grandmother commented, 'Doesn't it look like an artist painted this scenery?  Did you know God painted this just for you?' 'Yes, 'replied Philip, 'God did it and he did it left handed.' This confused his grandmother so she asked him, 'What makes you say God did this with his left hand?' 'Well, 'said Philip, 'we learned at Sunday School last week that Jesus sits on God's right hand.'

It was about a month ago when a man in Amsterdam felt that he needed to confess, so went to his priest: "Forgive me Father, for I have sinned. During WWII I hid a refugee in my attic." "Well," answered the priest, "that's not a sin.""But I made him agree to pay me 20 Gulden for every week he stayed." "I admit that wasn't good, but you did it for a good cause." "Oh, thank you, Father; that eases my mind. I have one more question..." "What is that, my son?" "Do I have to tell him the war is over?"

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