1ST  SUNDAY  OF  LENT    (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  MARCH 10TH  -  MARCH 16TH  2019

1ST  SUNDAY  OF  LENT    (YEAR  C)

If you are the Son of  God,
tell this stone to turn into a loaf
 
Man does not live on bread  alone
....I will give you all this power
and the glory of these kingdoms
        

You must worship the Lord your
God  
and serve him alone

....throw yourself down from here,
He will put his angels in charge
         

You must not put the Lord your God
to the test

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:   Sr. Catherine; Allison  Wild; Vivien  Higgins;Elizabeth  Flanagan; Dominic  Boardman;Michelle  Hanson; Andrea  Spencer; Sarah  Bell;    Brenda  Linn; Billy  Connolly.
LATELY  DEAD:   Bernard  Doran;   Norman  Hussey;   Edna  Moore.   
ANNIVERSARIES:   Sidolyne  Chiappi;   Robert  Hendrick;   Josephine  Craven;   James & Ann  Whelan;   Patricia  Locke;   John  Fogg.

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £518.31;    Loose:  £382.67;    Total:  £900.98.
Thank you all for your continued generosity.                                        

DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £8.85  and  £5.00 Gift Aided:  £0.00
CAFOD: £21.00;  £20.00;  £10.00;   altar flowers  £5.00;  Oldham Food Bank £40.00; Cornerstone  £20.00  and  £20.00.

PARISH  NEWS

PRAYER  TO  ST.  JOSEPH,  THE  PATRON  OF  THE  MONTH  OF  MARCH
Saint Joseph, pattern of all who are devoted to toil, obtain for me the grace to toil in the spirit of penance, order thereby to atone for my many sins; to toil conscientiously,
 putting devotion to duty before my own inclinations; to labour with thankfulness and joy, deeming it an honour to employ and to develop, by my labour, the gifts that I have received from Almighty God; to work with order, peace, moderation, and patience, ever shrinking from weariness and difficulties; to work above all with a pure intention and with detachment from self, having always before my eyes the hour of death and the accounting which I must then render of time ill-spent, of talents unemployed, of good undone, and of my empty pride in success, which is so fatal to the work of God. All for Jesus, all through Mary, all in imitation of thee, O Patriarch Joseph! This shall be my motto in life and in death.   Amen.

“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS  
“At the beginning of Lent, it would do us good to ask for the grace to preserve the memory of all that the Lord has done in our lives, of how He has loved us.”

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TUESDAY: Deanery Station Mass at Corpus Christi church, Hollinwood,  at 7.30pm.
WEDNESDAY:  Oldham Interfaith Forum cordially invites you to the screening of 'The Sultan & the Saint'. Based on the book titled 'The Saint and the Sultan' by Paul Moses. The movie is a documentary which tells the story of a meeting between St. Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt on a bloody battlefield during the crusades.  The screen time is 56 minutes which will be followed by a discussion. Refreshments will be available from 7.00 to 7.30pm. Time: 7.00 - 9.00pm. at The Honeywell Centre,  Hadfield Street (Off Ashton Road) Oldham OL8 3BP. Entry is FREE but please book your place via our website:www.oldhaminterfaith.org.uk
THURSDAY:  Sacramental  Programme:  4th meeting – children’s and parent’s lesson  in Holy Rosary school at 3.00pm.
SATURDAY:  Sacramental Programme:   4th meeting – children’s and parent’s lesson in Our Lady & St Patrick’s Parish House at 10.00am.
NEXT  SUNDAY:  Sacramental Programme:  celebration – ‘We Celebrate God’s Gifts’ at the 10.00am Mass in church.

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

“SMILE – A – WHILE”

“Stay  With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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7TH  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME    (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  MARCH 3RD  -  MARCH 9TH  2019

8TH   SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME    (YEAR  C)

....... never   admit   defeat;  keep  on  working  at  the  Lord’s  work  always,  knowing  that,  in  the  Lord,  you  cannot  be  labouring  in  vain.

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:   Sr. Catherine;     Allison  Wild;      Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;     Ezbilto  Bulioieseclue;   Michelle  Hanson;   Andrea  Spencer;   Sarah  Bell;    Brenda  Linn;    Billy  Connolly. 
LATELY  DEAD:   Una  Lester;   Norman  Hussey;   Theresa  Hart;   Maria  Capuno;    Celso  Padua;    John  Fitsimmons. 
ANNIVERSARIES:   Joao  Luiz  Lopes;   Claudia  Moreira;   Shaun  Caine;     Hannah  Sexton;   Catherine (Kitty)  Finnegan;   Peter  Crosby;   Gertrude  Ndagijimana. May they Rest in Peace.

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £425.46;    Loose:  £359.50;    Total:  £784.96.
Thank you all for your continued generosity.                                        
DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £18.83;  £17.35;  £12.05 Gift Aided:  £0.00
CAFOD: £60.00;  £16.22;  £10.00;   altar flowers  £10.00.

PARISH  NEWS

“BITS  &  PIECES”
Oldham Interfaith Forum cordially invites you to the screening of 'The Sultan & the Saint'. Based on the book titled 'The Saint and the Sultan' by Paul Moses. The movie is a documentary which tells the story of a meeting between St. Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt on a bloody battlefield during the crusades.  The screen time is 56 minutes which will be followed by a discussion. Refreshments will be available from 7.00 to 7.30pm.
Time: 7.00 9.00pm
Date: Wednesday 13th March
Venue: The Honeywell Centre, 
Hadfield Street (Off Ashton Road) Oldham OL8 3BP 
Entry is FREE but please book your place via our website:www.oldhaminterfaith.org.uk

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
THURSDAY:  Parish Team meeting at 7.30pm in the Parish House.

“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
“All abuse is always an eyesore. In the justified rage of the people, the Church sees the reflection of the wrath of God. We have a duty to listen attentively to this silent cry.”
“Lord, focus our gaze on what is essential, make us strip ourselves of everything that does not help to make the Gospel of Jesus Christ transparent”

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

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Casimir: the son of the King of Poland, Casimir was born in 1458, and became known for his practice of the Christian virtues, especially chastity and the love of the poor. He died aged 26 of a lung disease and is especially remembered for the love of the Eucharist and the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Ss. Perpetua and Felicity: these two martyrs died in Carthage in 203, in the persecution under Septimus Severus. The account of their lives, partly written by the saints themselves, and by eyewitnesses, survives.
St. John of God: another saint like St. Francis of Assisi and St. Ignatius of Loyola, who gave up a promising military career to serve God and the poor. Portuguese, he founded a hospital in Seville, where he was outstanding in his love for the sick and needy. He died in 1550.
St. Frances of Rome was born in Rome in 1384, was married and had three children. She was known for her love of the sick, ministering to the victims of the frequent epidemics among the poor. She founded a congregation to continue this work.

ITEMS  FROM  THE  PARISH  TEAM  MINUTES  HELD  IN  FEBRUARY

“Stay  With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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7TH  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME    (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  FEBRUARY 24TH  -  MARCH 2ND  2019

7TH   SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME    (YEAR  C)

Do   not  judge  and  you will  not  be  judged   yourselves;  do  not  condemn,  and  you  will  not  be  condemned  yourselves;  grant  pardon,  and  you  will  be  pardoned;  give  and  there  will  be  gifts  for  you..... because  the  amount  you  measure  out  is  the amount  you  will  be  given  back.

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:   Sr. Catherine;     Allison  Wild;      Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;     Ezbilto  Bulioieseclue;   Michelle  Hanson;   Andrea  Spencer;   Sarah  Bell;    Brenda  Linn;    Billy  Connolly. 
LATELY  DEAD:   Una  Lester;   Norman  Hussey;   Theresa  Hart;   Maria  Capuno;    Celso  Padua;    John  Fitsimmons. 
ANNIVERSARIES:   Joao  Luiz  Lopes;   Claudia  Moreira;   Shaun  Caine;     Hannah  Sexton;   Catherine (Kitty)  Finnegan;   Peter  Crosby;   Gertrude  Ndagijimana. May they Rest in Peace. 

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £425.46;    Loose:  £359.50;    Total:  £784.96.
Thank you all for your continued generosity.                                        
DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £18.83;  £17.35;  £12.05 Gift Aided:  £0.00
CAFOD: £60.00;  £16.22;  £10.00;   altar flowers  £10.00.

PARISH  NEWS

MINUTES OF ST. PATRICK’S FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING
Cyril Clarke, the Parish Bookkeeper, gave an overall view of the parish finances as shown on the Annual Financial Statement, presented to the diocese for the year ending 31st December 2018.  The following points were raised:
Total cash in the bank at the start of the year: £37,348.62
Total cash in the bank at the end of the year:        £69,792.33
Difference:        £32,443.71.
This positive balance was attributed mainly to the VAT reclaimed by John Green on eligible works. John explained that there was still more VAT to be reclaimed from payment of the monies retained for the lighting and the architectural contracts. The analysis of income and expenditure were approved as a true record.  The foreseeable planned spending for 2019, i.e. i) The new stained glass window.  Ii) Church roof maintenance.  Iii) Work on the conservatory in the presbytery garden, amounting to approximately £20,000 in total was approved.
Special thanks were given to John Green for his excellent work reclaiming VAT, and to Cyril Clarke for his careful and efficient preparation of the Parish Accounts.

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY:   The National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, along with Relics of Saints Jacinta and Francisco will visit the Cathedral (yesterday and today). A whole series of events and services are planned across the two days. Devotions are encouraged between services and all are welcome to celebrate this once in a lifetime visitation.

“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
“I invite you to pray during these days for the Meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church, an event that I want to be a powerful gesture of pastoral responsibility in the face of an urgent challenge of our time.”
“Christians promote peace, starting with the community in which they live.”
“Lord, deliver us from the temptation to want to save ourselves, and our reputations; help us to acknowledge our guilt and to seek humble and concrete answers together, and in communion with all the People of God.”
“We ask the Holy Spirit to support us these days and to help us transform this evil into an opportunity for consciousness and purification.”

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

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. David was born in Cardigan (Wales) around 520. According to tradition, David was the son of King Sant of South Wales and St. Non. He was ordained a priest and later studied under St. Paulinus. He founded monasteries, known for their austerity of life until being made a bishop and primate of Wales. He settled his see at Mynyw (Menevia) in south-west Wales and died there in about 588.

ITEMS  FROM  THE  PARISH  TEAM  MINUTES  HELD  IN  FEBRUARY

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6TH  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME    (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  FEBRUARY 17TH  -  FEBRUARY 23RD  2019

6TH   SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME    (YEAR  C)

"A   blessing  on  the  man  who  puts  his  trust  in  the  Lord, with  the  Lord  for  his  hope.  He  is  like  a  tree  by  the  waterside  that  thrusts  its  roots  to  the  stream:  its  foliage  stays  green;  it  has  no  worries  in  a  year  of  drought,  and  never  ceases  to  bear  fruit.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:   Sr. Catherine;     Allison  Wild;      Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;   Mary  Garvey;   Theresa  Hart;   Norman  Hussey;    Ezbilto  Bulioieseclue;   Michelle  Hanson;   Andrea  Spencer;   Sarah  Bell.
LATELY  DEAD:    Una  Lester;   Duncan  Crawford;   Ray  Hart;   Sam  Ward;   Anna  O’Connor;   Alice  Karpasides;   Tina  Da  Damo.  
ANNIVERSARIES:  Brenda  Hanson;   Zofija  Jan  Ivan  Jadinga  Albert. May they Rest in Peace.
IN  THANKSGIVING  FOR  favours  received. 

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £516.53;    Loose:  £381.14;    Total:  £897.67.
Thank you all for your continued generosity.                                        
DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £12.10 and £10.00  Gift Aided:  £0.00
CAFOD: £60.00;  £33.00;  £20.00;  £10.00   Cornerstone:  £40.00 and £20.00; Oldham  Food  Bank:  £40.00 and £20.00.

PARISH  NEWS

“SMILE – A – WHILE”
(The visiting Bible school supervisor asks little Johnny during Bible class, "Who broke down the walls of Jericho?" Little Johnny replies, "I dunno, but it wasn't me!" The supervisor, taken aback by Johnny's lack of basic Bible knowledge goes to the school principal and relates the whole incident. The principal replies, "I know Little Johnny as well as his whole family very well and can vouch for them; if Little Johnny said that he did not do it, then I, as principal is satisfied that it is the truth." Even more appalled, the inspector goes to the regional Head of Education and relates the whole story... After listening he replies: "I can't see why you are making such a big issue out of this; just get three quotes and fix the blinking wall!"

If Mary had Jesus, and Jesus is the lamb of God, does that mean Mary had a little lamb?

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY  is Racial Justice Sunday.  Prayer for those facing exploitation:
O God, gracious God, from your abundance all gifts and skills are bestowed, making us participants in your work of creation. By the word of your Son, confront our greed, challenge us when we treat people as means of profit, or discriminate unjustly against our fellow human beings. Raise us up to new life in your service that in all our works begun, continued and ended in you we may glorify your holy name. Through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord.   Amen
Do you want to transform refugees’ lives and and galvanise your parish? Why not answer Pope Francis’s call and sponsor a refugee family?.
SATURDAY:  Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 10.30 – 11.45am.

“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
“A generous attitude towards the sick is salt of the earth and light of the world. May Our Lady of Lourdes help us to practice it, and obtain peace and comfort for all those who suffer.”
“Thousands of children, forced to fight in armed conflicts, are robbed of their childhood. Let us stop this abominable crime.”

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

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Peter Damian: born in 1007, he became a hermit before taking part in a great reform of the Church. He was made Bishop of Ostia and on his death in 1072 was immediately venerated as a saint.
The Chair of St. Peter: this feast of the See of Rome has been kept from the 4th century. It celebrates the unity of the Church gathered around Peter, the Prince of the Apostles.
St. Polycarp was one of the “second-generation” Christians – a disciple of the Apostles. He became Bishop of Smyrna, but was arrested in Rome and burned to death for his faith.

ITEMS  FROM  THE  PARISH  TEAM  MINUTES  HELD  IN  FEBRUARY

(to be continued next week)

“Stay  With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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5TH  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME    (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  FEBRUARY 10TH  -  FEBRUARY 16TH  2019

5TH    SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME    (YEAR  C)

“Put  out  into  deep  water and  pay  out  your  nets  for  a  catch”.....they  netted  such  a  huge  number  of  fish  that  their  nets  began  to  tear.....”Do  not  be  afraid;  from  now  on  it  is  men  you  will  catch.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:   Sr. Catherine;     Allison  Wild;      Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;
Fr. Lionel Devaney;   Emily  McGladdery;    Dominic  Boardman;   Mary  Garvey;   Theresa  Hart;   Norman  Hussey;   Sr.  Collette;   Ezbilto  Bulioieseclue;   Michelle  Hanson;   Andrea  Spencer;   Sarah  Bell;   Duncan  Crawford.
LATELY  DEAD:    Arthur  Bowskill;   Mary  Catherine  Ward;   June  Cave;  Shaun.
ANNIVERSARIES:    Henryk  Sobieralski;   John  Kendrick;   Czestaw  Bulioieseclue;   Romeo  Tee;   Herminio  Moleta.  May they Rest in Peace.                                                                               
BIRTHDAY  MEMORIES  OF  Arthur  Haines  and  Irene  Watson.                  
COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £571.77;    Loose:  £343.99;    Total:  £915.76.
Thank you all for your continued generosity.                                        
DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £7.53 Gift Aided:  £0.00
CAFOD: £60.00;  £11.87;  £10.00;   Cornerstone:  £20.00;  Caritas:  £5.00;  Oldham  Food  Bank:  £10.00 and £10.00.

PARISH  NEWS

“SMILE – A – WHILE”
Johnny was asked by his mother what he had learned in Sunday School. "Well, mum, our teacher told us how God sent Moses behind enemy lines on a rescue mission to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. "When he got to the Red Sea he had his engineers build a pontoon bridge and all the people walked across safely. Then he used his walkie-talkie to radio headquarters for reinforcements. They sent bombers to blow up the bridge and saved the Israelites." "Now, Johnny, is that really what your teacher taught you?" his mother asked. "Well, no, mom, but if I told it the way the teacher did, you'd never believe it."

There was an old woman on a plane, sitting next to the Pope. It was stormy outside, and the plane was being rocked by some severe turbulence. So this kindly old lady looked upon Death's door, and said to her papal neighbour. 'Father, surely you can do something about this...' To which the Pope replied, 'Sorry lady, I'm in
sales, not management.'

The priest was preparing a man for his long day's journey into night.
Whispering firmly, the priest said, "Denounce the Devil! Let him know how little you think of his evil!" The dying man said nothing. The priest repeated his order. Still the dying man said nothing. The priest asked, "Why do you refuse to denounce the Devil and his evil?" The dying man said, "Until I know where I'm heading, I don't think I ought to aggravate anybody!"

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY:  the baptism and christening of Eva Wearing takes place during the 10.00am  Mass. We welcome her into our parish community and wish her many future blessings.

NEXT  SUNDAY  is Racial Justice Sunday. 

Prayer for those facing exploitation:
O God, gracious God, from your abundance all gifts and skills are bestowed, making us participants in your work of creation. By the word of your Son, confront our greed, challenge us when we treat people as means of profit, or discriminate unjustly against our fellow human beings. Raise us up to new life in your service that in all our works begun, continued and ended in you we may glorify your holy name. Through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord.  Amen.

“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
“ I am about to leave for the United Arab Emirates. I am visiting that Country as a brother, in order to write a page of dialogue together, and to travel paths of peace together. Pray for me!”
“Human trafficking is a terrible violation of human dignity. Let us open our eyes to this shameful scourge and commit ourselves to fighting it.”

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

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
Our Lady of Lourdes: in 1858Our Lady appeared to a poor peasant girl called Bernadette Soubirous near Lourdes in France, in the grotto of Massabielle at the foot of the Pyrenees. Through the poor child, Mary called sinners to penance and thereby there arose in the Church a marvellous spirit of prayer and charity, especially in helping the poor and the sick.
St. Cyril and St. Methodius: brothers and missionaries who carried the Gospel into the Slavonic countries. They translated the liturgical books into the Slavonic language, inventing a new script, Cyrillic, to do so. Cyril died in 869, Methodius in 885.  

EXCERPTS  FROM  A  LETTER  RECEIVED  BY  MRS.  HALLIWELL
We would like to congratulate you, your staff and your pupils on the very high level of progress that pupils in your school demonstrated in the reading, writing and mathematics key Stage 2 assessments last year. Your school’s results show progress scores of 4,7, 5.6 and 4.9 – this means that your pupils make is amongst the top 3% of schools in England. Thank you for producing such high standards through your hard work and professionalism.
With best wishes, yours sincerely
Rt. Hon. Damian Hinds (Secretary  of State for Education) 
Rt. Hon. Nick Gibb (Minister of State for School Standards.

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(to be continued next week)

“Stay  With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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4TH  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME    (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  FEBRUARY 3RD  -  FEBRUARY 9TH  2019

4TH    SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME    (YEAR  C)

Love  is  always  patient  and  kind;  it  is  never  jealous;  love  is  never  boastful  or  conceited;  it  is  never  rude  or  selfish;  it  does  not  take  offence,  and  is  not  resentful.  Love  takes  no  pleasure  in  other  people’s  sins  but  delights  in  the  truth;  it  is  always  ready  to  excuse,  to  trust,  to  hope,  and  to  endure  whatever  comes. In  short,  there  are  three  things  that  last:  faith,  hope  and  love;  and  the  greatest  of  these  is  love.

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:   Sr. Catherine;     Allison  Wild;      Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan; Fr. Lionel Devaney;   Emily  McGladdery;    Dominic  Boardman.

LATELY  DEAD: Calleen  McAllister;   Fr.  Daniel  O’Leary;   Colette  Garratt;  
Monica  Hyland;  Redmond  Tully.

ANNIVERSARIES: Patricia  Joceylin; Joe  Jacewicz; John  Kendrick.    
May they Rest in Peace.                    

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £588.90;    Loose:  £346.75;    Total:  £935.65.
Retiring Collection for Caritas Diocese of Salford:  £408.68
Thank you all for your continued generosity.                                        

DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £7.27 and £5.59 Gift Aided:  £0.00
CAFOD: £60.00;  £20.00; £20.00; £21.05; £10.00; £6.64; Cornerstone:  £50.00

PARISH  NEWS
The Charismatic Prayer Group meets every Friday for praise and worship in church from 7.00 – 9.00pm.  Contact 079701 88673. Everybody is welcome.

“SMILE – A – WHILE”
A Jewish lady named Mrs. Rosenberg who many years ago was stranded late one night at a fashionable resort - one that did not admit Jews .The desk clerk looked down at his book and said, "Sorry, no room. The hotel is full." The Jewish lady said, "But your sign says that you have vacancies." The desk clerk stammered and then said curtly, "You know that we do not admit Jews. Now if you will try the other side of town..." Mrs. Rosenberg stiffened noticeably and said, "I'll have you know I converted to your religion." The desk clerk said, "Oh, yeah, let me give you a little test. How was Jesus born?" Mrs. Rosenberg replied, "He was born to a virgin named Mary in a little town called Bethlehem." "Very good," replied the hotel clerk. "Tell me more." Mrs. Rosenberg replied, "He was born in a manger."
“That's right," said the hotel clerk. "And why was he born in a
manger?" Mrs. Rosenberg said loudly, "Because a jerk like you in the hotel wouldn't give a Jewish lady a room for the night!"

While I was in hospital I had to go for an x-ray. As I was sitting waiting to be seen, the lad next to me says," Fair fae yer honest sonsieface! Great chieftain o' the puddin race!!" I was like, eh? I turned my head round to the lady sat on my other side, she said, "Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie, O, what a panic's in thy breastie!". As I grabbed the next doctor walking past I said, "Here, doc, is this the psychiatric ward?" He says," No this is the burns unit!” (Burn’s night was on Friday Jan. 25th)

A mother was teaching her three year old daughter The Lord's Prayer. For several evenings at bedtime, she repeated it after her mother. One night she said she was ready to solo. The mother listened with pride, as she carefully enunciated each
word right up to the end..."And lead us not into temptation", she prayed, "but deliver us some e-mail, Amen."

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TUESDAY:  is Chinese New Year and is also known as the Spring Festival. This is the year of the pig and pigs are a symbol of wealth. So, to our Chinese friends  -             
Xin  nian  kuai  le  (Happy New Year).
THURSDAY :  Parish Team meeting at 7.30pm in the Parish House.
NEXT  SUNDAY:  the baptism and christening of Eva Wearing takes place during the 10.00am Mass. We welcome her into our parish community and wish her many future blessings.

“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
“May the Lord give us the grace of memory and of hope, in order to go forward with perseverance on the journey of our life.”
“Don Bosco had the courage to look at reality with human eyes and with the eyes of God. May every priest imitate him by seeing reality with human eyes and with the eyes of God.”
“The secret to navigating life well is to invite Jesus on board. The helm of life should be given to Him, so that He can direct the route.”

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

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Agatha was martyred in Sicily in the persecution under Emperor Decius (240 – 251). Devotion to her was strong from the earliest times.
St. Paul Miki and Companions were Japanese martyrs. Towards the end of the 16th century, the Emperor Hideyoshi began a persecution of the Catholic Church and among those arrested were Paul Miki, a young Jesuit, and 25 others, some as young as 13. They were taken to Nagasaki where they were crucified in 1597.
St. Jerome Emiliani: like other saints, Jerome started adult life as a soldier, but after capture and imprisonment he left his military career and began to serve the poor and needy  by founding the “Order of Clerks Regular of Somaschi”. He died in 1537.
St. Josephine Bakhita: born in Sudan in 1869, she was kidnapped, sold as a slave and taken to Italy. There she became a Catholic and entered the Institute of St. Mary Magdalene of Canossa, where she took part in the community life of prayer, cooking sewing, embroidery and attending to the poor. Her humility, simplicity and constant smile won the hearts of all the citizens. She died in 1947.

ITEMS  FROM  THE  PARISH  TEAM  MINUTES  HELD  IN  JANUARY

Lenten Station Masses:  The dates for the Station Masses this year:

12th March:  Corpus Christi, Hollinwood
19th March:  St Joseph’s, Shaw
26th March:  St Edward’s, Lees.
2nd   April:  St. Anne’s, Ashton.
9th   April:  Our Lady and St Patrick’s, Oldham.
All Masses are on Tuesday and start at 7.30pm

Parish History/Archives:  It was noted that we have found no written evidence of the history of Holy Rosary parish, by way of log books etc.  It was agreed that Fr. McKie and other former parish priests should be consulted to determine if these documents existed when he was there.  Also, parishioners could be approached for memories and memorabilia.

“Stay  With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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3RD  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME    (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  JANUARY 27TH  -  FEBRUARY 2ND  2019

3rd   SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME    (YEAR  C)

“The  spirit  of  the  Lord  has  been  given  to  me,  for  he  has  anointed  me.  He  has  sent  me  to  bring  the  good  news  to  the  poor,  To proclaim  liberty  to  captives  and  to  the  blind  new  sight,  to  set  the  downtrodden  free,  to  proclaim  the  Lord’s  year  of  favour.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Sr. Catherine;   Frank   Norcliffe; Sr.  Magdalena;   Allison  Wild; Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;   Fr. Lionel Devaney;   Emily  McGladdery.
LATELY  DEAD: Fr.  Tom  Cullinan  OSB;   Michael  O/Reilly;   Ernest  Cotton; Carmela  Giglio-Ferrara; Margaret  Tindall.
ANNIVERSARIES: Margaret  Rainsford;   Joe  Rimmer;   Michael  King;    Peter & Antonietta  Hordynski;   Laura  Marie  Dabrowski; Terry  Mills; Frank  Turner; Trish  Connolly;   Michael  McGladdery;Catherine & Lewis  Laverty. May they Rest in Peace.

IN  THANKSGIVING  FOR:  the blessing of a home;  birthday memories of Susan Anne Kenneally and also of Alfonso Ferrara and Antonietta Hordynski.                     

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £528.46;    Loose:  £332.16;  Total:  £860.62
Thank you all for your continued generosity.                                        

DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £200.00;  £12.02;  62p Gift Aided:  £0.00
CAFOD: £60.00;  £20.00; £19.89; £10.00;   Food Bank: £20.00.

PARISH  NEWS

“SMILE – A – WHILE”
It seems that there was a little old church out in the countryside: painted white and with a high steeple. One Sunday, the pastor noticed that his church needed painting. He checked out the Sunday ads and found a paint sale. The next day, he went into town and bought a gallon of white paint. He went back out to the church and began the job. He got done with the first side. It was looking great. But he noticed he had already used a half gallon. He didn't want to run back in town and being the creative person that he was, he found a gallon of thinner in the shed out back, and began to thin his paint. It worked out great. He finished the remaining three sides with that last half gallon of paint. That night, it rained: it rained hard. The next morning when he stepped outside of the parsonage to admire his work, he saw that the first side was looking great, but that the paint on the other three sides had washed away. The pastor looked up to the sky in anguish and cried out, "What shall I do?"
A voice came back from the heavens saying, "Repaint, and thin no more!"

The Baptist preacher just finished his sermon for the day and proceeded toward the back of the church for his usual greetings and handshaking as the congregation left the church. After shaking a few adult hands he came upon the seven year old son of one of the Deacons of the church. "Good morning, Jonathan," the preacher said as he reached out to shake Jonathan's hand. As he was doing do he felt something in the palm of Jonathan's hand. "What's this?" the preacher asked. "Money," said Jonathan with a big smile on his face, "It's for you!" "I don't want to take your money, Jonathan," the preacher answered. "I want you to have it," said Jonathan. After a short pause Jonathan continued, "My daddy says you're the poorest preacher we ever had and I want to help you."

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY there will be a mandatory retiring collection at both Masses for Caritas Diocese of Salford. Caritas Diocese of Salford is the official charity of the Diocese. Our vision is that the lives of all people should be free from poverty, disadvantage and discrimination. Our purpose is to help the most vulnerable children, young people and adults in our communities to transform their lives and fulfil their potential. In 2008, Caritas Diocese of Salford was created by Bishop Terence Brain and in April 2010, incorporated the work of CCRS, CWS and Catholic Family Care in order to bring together the work of individual charities created over the past 125 years. In 2011, St Joseph’s Mission to the Deaf, Justice and Peace and Racial Justice also joined Caritas, widening the remit of the charity’s work.
ALSO, in the UK and around the world, today has become known as Holocaust Memorial Day, a day when we remember all those countless numbers of people who have been affected by genocide. Why January 27th?  This is the date when, in 1945, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the concentration camps, was liberated from the Nazis. 

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

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Thomas Aquinas was born of wealthy parents in Italy in 1225. He was a brilliant student and became a Dominican against his parents’ wishes. He received a Doctorate and wrote many important books. He died in 1274 and is the patron of students and universities.
St. John Bosco was born in Italy in 1815. Having lost his father, the family was poor and he worked on the family farm. He left home and got a job at a vineyard before studying for the priesthood and was ordained in 1841. He worked tirelessly for poor boys who were employed as apprentices before dying in 1888.

ITEMS  FROM  THE  PARISH  TEAM  MINUTES  HELD  IN  JANUARY

“Stay  With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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2ND  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME    (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  JANUARY 20TH  -  JANUARY 27TH  2019

2ND  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME    (YEAR  C)

“People  generally serve  the  best  wine  first,  and  keep  the  cheaper  sort  till  the  guests  have  had  plenty  to  drink;  but  you  have  kept  the  best  wine  till  now.”

YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:   Sr. Catherine;   Frank   Norcliffe;    Sr.  Magdalena;   Allison  Wild;   Patricia  Haines;   Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan.
LATELY  DEAD:   Frances  Atkinson.
ANNIVERSARIES:   Kit  Auyfung  Sur  Chong  Hsw;   Olga  Tyl;  Michael & Margaret  Mahady;   Joe  Rimmer;   Mrs.  Hui  Lee  Yuet  Ying;   Victoria  Otoghile. May they Rest in Peace.

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £587.55;    Loose:  £409.90;    Total:  £997.45
Retiring Collection for SPUC:  £132.47
Thank you all for your continued generosity.                                        

DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £16.00  and  £13.15  Gift Aided:  £0.00
CAFOD: £60.00;  £15.01 and £10.00;   Food Bank: £20.00;  grateful thanks to our esteemed Polish community for the latest donation of £800.00.

IN  THANKSGIVING  FOR:  the blessing of a home.

PARISH  NEWS

“The Schools’ Minister Nick Gibb MP has been in contact with me explaining that several schools in Oldham have increased the proportion of pupils achieving standards in reading, writing and mathematics at KS2.
Your school received a particular mention and that’s why I am writing to congratulate you and your staff. I know schools are finding it difficult to balance their books and teachers don’t always receive the praise they deserve, but I would like to offer my thanks to everyone involved on behalf of pupils and parents.”

“I am writing to let you know of my intention to retire from my post as Head Teacher at St Patrick’s at the end of this academic year. This has been a difficult decision but I do feel it is the right one.  It has been a privilege to have been Head Teacher at St Patrick’s and I will take with me many fond memories. It has been an honour to lead such a wonderful school. The children here are delightful and their enthusiasm and boundless energy make the job so rewarding. I am also grateful to you, the parents at St Patrick’s, who have treated me with great respect and kindness and supported me in my endeavours.  I have enjoyed being part of the journey that St Patrick’s has been on but I could not have done it without the team of hard working and committed professionals we have in school. I know they will continue to work hard to enable St Patrick’s to continue on its successful path.

“Stay  With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
SATURDAY: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 10.30 – 11.45am.

THE DESIGN FOR THE NEW WINDOW
It will be in colour and represent the history of the three churches which are now the parish of Our Lady and St. Patrick. i.e. St. Mary’s, Holy Rosary and Our lady of Mount Carmel and St. Patrick. The design shows the three church buildings, the mosaic from Holy Rosary, the Pieta from St. Mary’s and the Royal Oldham Hospital (now the site of the 6th Form College) with nurses and miners who frequented the churches in the past.

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

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Agnes of Rome was born in 291 AD and raised in a wealthy Christian family. Agnes was very beautiful and her hand in marriage was highly sought after. She was condemned to death for being a Christian and was beheaded at the age of 12 or 13. She was buried beside the Via Nomentana in Rome. Her bones are currently conserved beneath the high altar in the church of Sant'Angese fuori le mura in Rome, which was built over the catacomb that held her tomb.
St. Vincent:  Born at Huesca, Spain, he became a deacon and served St, Valerius at Sarsgossa until their martyrdom at Valencia during the persecutions under Emperor Diocletian, St Valerius was exiled, but Vincent was cruelly tortured because he would not surrender the holy books
St. Francis de Sales was born to a noble family near Geneva in 1567. He was both intelligent and knew for years he had a vocation to the priesthood, but kept it from his family. He was ordained and elected provost of the Diocese of Geneva before becoming Bishop of Geneva.
Ss. Timothy and Titus: Timothy was a friend of St. Paul and travelled widely. According to tradition, he went to Ephesus, became its first bishop, and was stoned to death there when he opposed a pagan festival in honour of Diana. Titus was a disciple  of St. Paul who was sent to Greece, where he successfully reconciled the Christian community and was later left on Crete to help organize the Church, although he soon went to Dalmatia, Croatia. He served as the first bishop of Crete and was buried there.

“SMILE – A – WHILE”

Julio Iglesias was on UK television with British TV host Anne Diamond. He used the word “manyana” (pronounced “”man-yana”). Diamond asked him to explain what it meant. He said that the term means;; “Maybe the job will be done tomorrow; Maybe the next day; Maybe the day after that, or perhaps next week; Next month; Next year. Who really cares?” The hgost turned to speak to Albert Yatapingu from the Aboriginal Gumbaingeri Tribe who was also on the show. She asked him if there was an equivalent term in his native language. “Nah”, he replied, “In Auistralia we don’t have a word to describe that degree of urgency.”

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THE  EPIPHANY  OF  THE  LORD    (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  JANUARY  6TH   -    JANUARY  12TH    2019

FEAST  OF  THE  HOLY  FAMILY

The  sight  of  the  star  filled  them  with  delight, and  going  into  the  house  they  saw  the  child  with  his  mother  Mary,  and  falling  to  their  knees  they  gave  him homage.  Then,  opening  their  treasures, they  offered  him  gifts  of  gold  and  frankincense  and  myrrh.

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:  Mary  Egan;   Sr. Catherine;   Daniel  Marshall;   Norman  Hussey;    Vivien  Higgins;   Fereshteh  Shadpour;   Ann  Eastell; Kathy Brock; Helen Roy..  
LATELY  DEAD:   Agnes  Drew;   Joan  Buckley; Juliet Lazaga; Josephine Vickerstaff.  . 
ANNIVERSARIES:   Robert and Mary McFall; Paddy Joe Canny; Sergio Auxtero; James Fogg. Myron Patra; Margaret Grudzien; Judith Dwyer.
Charles Barnes.  May they Rest in Peace.

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £468.00;    Loose:  £314.09;    Total:  £782.09
Thank you all for your continued generosity.                                        

DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
CAFOD: £60; £10; £27.20.  Food Bank: £20; £5.                       

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which begins on Friday this week, is an international Christian ecumenical observance kept annually between 18 January and 25 January. It is an octave, that is, an observance lasting eight days.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity began in 1908 as the Octave of Christian Unity, and focused on prayer for church unity. The dates of the week were proposed by Father Paul Watson, cofounder of the Graymoor Franciscan Friars. 
Pope Pius X officially blessed the concept, and Benedict XV "encouraged its observance throughout the entire Roman Catholic Church”. 

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New Stained Glass Window: A picture of the proposed new stained glass window has been put on the notice board in the narthex.  It represent a celebration of all the people who have contributed to our community at St. Patrick’s from the early days right up to the present time and the joining together of St. Mary’s, Holy Rosary and St. Patrick’s.  Images of the three churches are included, as well as the mosaic crucifix by the Hungarian, George Mayer-Marton, such a feature of Holy Rosary church, and the Pieta much loved by the parishioners of St Mary’s.  The old Oldham Royal Infirmary is included together with an image of a nurse, representing the many health workers from the parish throughout the years.  Other local industries, cotton and coal mining, are also represented although some changes have been asked for regarding these: the picture of the miners’ lamp will be smaller and the pit-head bigger.  An image of the Whit Processions from times past has also been included.  These will be remembered by many of our older parishioners.  All in all, it is thought that this window will be a welcome and fair depiction of parish life throughout the years, and the unity of our new parish of our Lady and St. Patrick.

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
THURSDAY: Sacramental Programme:  3rd meeting – children’s & parent’s lesson in Holy Rosary school at 3.00pm. 
ALSO,  Parish Team meeting  at 7.30pm in the Parish House.
SATURDAY:  Sacramental Programme:  3rd meeting  -  children’s & parent’s lesson in the Parish House at 10.00am. 
NEXT  SUNDAY:  Sacramental Programme:  celebration – “We are People who Celebrate God’s Word” at the 10.00am Mass in church. 

“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
May Mary, Mother of God protect  and accompany us during this New Year, and bring the peace of her Son into our hearts and the world.

“Stay  With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Raymond of Penyafort was born in Spain and was a relative of  King James of Aragon. From childhood he had a tender love and devotion to Our Lady. He finished his studies at an early age, and became a famous teacher. He then gave up all his honours and entered the Order of the Dominicans. He died aged 100.  St. Raymond is recognised as the patron saint of canon lawyers.
St. William, an English priest who had come to Denmark to evangelize the country, became bishop of Roskilde in 1044. Denmark was then ruled by a nominally Catholic king, Sweyn Estridsen. After a bitter confrontation, the two became best friends.
St. Aelred of Rievaulx (1109-1167) early showed signs of promise. The son of a Saxon priest, he was educated at Roxburgh, the ancient Scottish capital, where he was known for his intellectual talents. . When he finished his schooling, he became the steward to King David of Scotland. He left his job to join the Cistercian community at Rievaulx and was the first abbot of Rievaulx’s daughter house in Revesby, Lincolnshire, but he returned to Rievaulx in 1147 to be abbot. During the last ten years of his life, his health deteriorated, and he suffered from gout and a bad cough. He also penned lives of St. Ninian and of Edward the Confessor, in addition to a rule for recluses and a genealogy of the kings of England.

 “SMILE – A – WHILE” 
A priest and a taxi driver both died and went to heaven. St. Peter was at the Pearly gates waiting for them.  'Come with me,' said St. Peter to the taxi driver. The taxi driver did as he was told and followed St Peter to a mansion. It had everything you could imagine from a bowling alley to an Olympic size pool.'Oh my word, thank you,' said the taxi driver.  Next, St. Peter led the priest to a rough old shack with a bunk bed and a little old television set.  'Wait, I think you are a little mixed up,' said the priest. 'Shouldn't I be the one who gets the mansion? After all I was a priest, went to church every day, and preached God's word.'  'Yes, that's true.' St Peter rejoined, ' But during your sermons people slept. When the taxi driver drove, everyone prayed.'

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FEAST  OF  THE  HOLY  FAMILY (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  DECEMBER  30TH  -    JANUARY  5TH  2019

FEAST  OF  THE  HOLY  FAMILY

O  God,  who  were  pleased  to  give  us  the  shining  example  of  the  Holy  Family,  graciously  grant  that  we  may  imitate  them  in  practising  the  values  of  family  life  and  in  the  bonds  of  charity.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:  F. Norcliffe;   Mary  Egan;   Sr. Catherine;   Daniel  Marshall;   Norman  Hussey;    Vivien  Higgins;   Fereshteh  Shadpour;   Ann  Eastell. 
LATELY  DEAD:   Sr.  Wendy  Becket;   Agnes  Drew;   Joan  Buckley;   Jean  Pelypek.
ANNIVERSARIES:    Irene  Dodd;   Wilfred & Raymond  Brooks;   Frances  Michailuk;   Edith  Mary  Connelly;   Denis  Buckley.   Dorothy  &  Keith  Taylor – Holroyd.   May they Rest in Peace.

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £627.37;    Loose:  £333.64;    Total:  £961.01
Christmas Eve & Day:  Envelopes:  £379.30;   Loose:  £811.11;   Total:  £1,190.41
Thank you all for your continued generosity.                                        

DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration Fund: Loose: £9.02;         Gift Aided:  £0.00                       
Also:   £1000.00;  £60.00;  £40.00;  £20.00;  £19.07;  £4.00 for CAFOD;   £40.00;  £40.00;  £10.00;  £10.00;  £10,00 for the Oldham Food Bank;   £60.00  and  £20.00  for Cornerstone. 

“SMILE – A – WHILE” for the New Year
Dear Lord So far this year I've done well. I haven't gossiped, I haven't lost my temper, I haven't been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or overindulgent. I'm very thankful for that.  But in a few minutes, Lord, I'm going to get out of bed, and from then on I'm probably going to need a lot more help. Amen.

On New Year's Eve, Marilyn stood up in the local pub and said that it was time to get ready. At the stroke of midnight, she wanted every husband to be standing next to the one person who made his life worth living. Well, it was kind of embarrassing.  As the clock struck - the barmaid was almost crushed to death.

On New Year's Eve, Daniel was in no shape to drive, so he sensibly left his van in the car park and walked home.  As he was wobbling along, he was stopped by a policeman.  'What are you doing out here at four o'clock in the morning?' asked the police officer. 'I'm on my way to a lecture,' answered Roger. 'And who on earth, in their right mind, is going to give a lecture at this time on New Year's Day?' enquired the constable sarcastically. 'My wife,' slurred Daniel grimly.

Jemima was taking an afternoon nap on New Year's Eve before the festivities. After she woke up, she confided to Max, her husband, 'I just dreamed that you gave me a diamond ring for a New Year's present. What do you think it all means?' 'Aha, you'll know tonight,' answered Max smiling broadly. At midnight, as the New Year was chiming, Max approached Jemima and handed her small package.  Delighted and excited she opened it quickly. There in her hand rested a book entitled: 'The meaning of dreams'.// Dear God, my prayer for 2019 is a FAT bank account and a THIN body. Please don't mix it up like you did this year.


“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS

“Let us welcome God’s love in the Christ Child, and let us commit ourselves to making the world more humane and worthy for the children of today and tomorrow”.
“The Church grows with the blood of the martyrs, men and women who give their lives for Jesus. Today there are many, even if they do not make the headlines.”

The New Year can often bring a mixed bag of emotions and memories for many of us. Some may have just experienced the best year ever and look forward to an even greater one looming ahead. Others may have just trudged through one deep struggle after another. The fresh calendar year brings desperate hope for things to be better, with an ache for the still-fresh wounds to slowly begin their process of healing.
Whether you’ve just walked through the greatest year of your life, or are incredibly glad to see this one finally over, one truth still rings clear amidst it all. You are not alone. Not ever.
Our God is a “with us" God. On the heels of the celebration of the birth of our King, that reminder has the power to carry us right into a fresh, new start. He is Emmanuel, God with us. And though things and people around us shift and change, our God never changes.

“Stay  With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Sylvester I was born in Rome and was Pope for 25 years, dying in 335. The Council of Nice was assembled during his reign, in the year 325, but not being able to assist at it in person, on account of his great age, he sent his legates.
Ss. Basil and Gregory: St. Basil the Great was born at Caesarea of Cappadocia in 330. He was one of ten children of St. Basil the Elder and St. Emmelia. Several of his brothers and sisters are honoured among the saints. He attended school in Caesarea, as well as Constantinople and Athens, where he became acquainted with St. Gregory Nazianzen in 352. A little later, he opened a school of oratory in Caesarea and practiced law. Eventually he decided to become a monk and found a monastery in Pontus which he directed for five years. He wrote a famous monastic rule which has proved the most lasting of those in the East. After founding several other monasteries, he was ordained and, in 370, made bishop of Caesaria. In this post until his death in 379, he continued to be a man of vast learning and constant activity, genuine eloquence and immense charity. This earned for him the title of "Great" during his life and Doctor of the Church after his death.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton: Born two years before the American Revolution, Elizabeth grew up in the upper class of New York society. She was a prolific reader, and read everything from the Bible to contemporary novels. In spite of her high society background, her early life was quiet, simple, and often lonely. As she grew a little older, the Bible was to become her continual instruction, support and comfort -and she would continue to love the Scriptures for the rest of her life. In 1794, she married the wealthy young William Seton and became a Catholic in 1805. In1809, she pronounced her vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, binding for one year. From that time she was called Mother Seton and established two schools and orphanages. She died in 1821 at the age of 46, only sixteen years after becoming a Catholic and was canonized in 1975 by Pope Paul VI.

A  HOLY,  HAPPY  AND  HEALTHY  NEW  YEAR  IS  WISHED  FOR  ALL  READERS  OF  THE  NEWSLETTER

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FOURTH  SUNDAY  OF  ADVENT    (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  DECEMBER  23RD  -    DECEMBER  29TH    2018

Of  all  women  you  are  the  most  blessed,  and  blessed  is  the  fruit  of  your  womb.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:  F. Norcliffe;   Mary  Egan;   Sr. Catherine;   Daniel  Marshall;   Norman  Hussey;   Sr.  Wendy  Becket;   Vivien  Higgins;   Fereshteh  Shadpour;   Ann  Eastell. 
LATELY  DEAD:   John  Newton;   Joan  Buckley;   Brian  Kenworthy;   Stephen  Fitzpatrick;   Jeff  Wright;   Liam  Browne;   Lila  Szylak;   Esperanza  Chavaria   Nalda.  
ANNIVERSARIES:  Herbert & Nellie  Hilton;   Clarita  Jamora;   Margaret  Hywel;   Luke  Ivers;   Nancy  Pimlott;   Dawn  Cookson – Martinez & baby  Robbie.           May they Rest in Peace.
CHRISTMAS  MASSES  FOR:  Brian  Short;  Patricia  Mainwaring;   Margaret  Docksey;   Irene  Watson;   Fr.  R. McKee;   Mary  Frances  Park;   Anthony  Flatley;   Bridie & Bridget   Murphy;   Barbara  Booth.
COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £473.43;    Loose:  £336.38;    Total:  £809.81
Thank you all for your continued generosity.                                        
DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration Fund: Loose: £7.15;         Gift Aided:  £0.00                       
Also:   £60.00  and  £31.10 for CAFOD;   £40.00 for the Oldham Food Bank;   £20.00 for altar flowers;   £20.00 for the Retired Priest’s Fund. 

PARISH  NEWS

“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
“Advent is a time for us to prepare for the coming of Jesus, Prince of Peace. It's a time to make peace with ourselves and our neighbours.”
“Jesus knows well the pain of not being welcomed. May our hearts not be closed as were the houses in Bethlehem.”
“May the symbols of the nativity scene and the Christmas tree allow a reflection of God's light and tenderness to enter into family life.”
“May the Nativity and the tree, symbols of Christmas, bring to the families a reflection of the light and the tenderness of God.”

Lord, as we celebrate the wonder of your birth among us: may our children be blessed, safeguarded by your protective hand. May our families be blessed, guided by your loving care. May all those of goodwill be blessed, heartened by the Christmas message. May refugees and all the homeless be blessed, all so precious to you. May our departed loved ones be blessed and know the wonder of your presence. May we rejoice and be glad that you are not far from any one of us this Christmas.   Amen

“Stay  With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

WHAT  HAPPENS  EACH  SUNDAY  IN  CHURCH
FIRST  SUNDAY:  Indian choir and Offertory procession.
SECOND  SUNDAY:  Filipino choir and Offertory procession.
THIRD  SUNDAY: “Youth Sunday”  - Parish choir, 3s – 11s Offertory procession, youth Readers, Eucharistic Ministers and Offertory collection.
FOURTH  SUNDAY (if any) Parish choir.
LAST  SUNDAY:  African choir and Offertory procession.

A  VERY  HAPPY  AND  HOLY  CHRISTMAS  TO  ALL  READERS  OF  THE  NEWSLETTER

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

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Stephen: the first martyr to shed blood for Christ, he was one of the first deacons of the Church. He was accused of blasphemy, put on trial and eventually stoned to death.
St. John: his Gospel is another form of witness to the Word made flesh. As we read his Gospel, we are once more presented with the mystery of the Christmas Season.
The Holy Innocent: this feast remembers the thousands of children ordered to be killed on the orders of King Herod after the birth of Christ.
St. Thomas (Becket) of Canterbury was born in London in 1118. He became Chancellor of London then was chosen to be Archbishop of Canterbury. He so strenuously defended the rights of the Church that he made an enemy of King Henry II, who exiled him to France. On his return the followers of the King murdered him in his cathedral.

CHRISTMAS  “SMILE – A – WHILE”

It was the Sunday after Christmas at St Peter and Saint Paul's Church in Borden, Kent, England.  Father John was looking at the nativity scene prior to packing away the figures when he noticed the baby Jesus was missing from the scene. Immediately, Father John turned towards the vicarage in order to call the police. But as he was about to do so, he saw little Harry with a red wagon, and in the wagon was the figure of the little infant, Jesus. Father John walked up to Harry and said, 'Well, Harry, where did you get the little infant?' Harry replied honestly, 'I took him from the church, Father John.' 'And why did you take him?' With a sheepish smile, Harry said, 'Well, about a week before Christmas I prayed to little Lord Jesus. I told him if he would bring me a red wagon for Christmas, I would give him a ride around the block in it.'

A boy wanted to be Joseph in the Sunday School pageant. He was cast as the landlord and objected loudly, but to no avail. When the pageant was presented, Mary and Joseph knocked on the door and asked him if he had a room for them. The boy smiled and said, "Yes, sure. Lots of room. Come on in!"

Did you hear about the St Michael's Primary School nativity play?
Two children are dressed as Mary and Joseph, and they are on their way to the inn at Bethlehem.  Meanwhile on the other side of the stage, a lad in a shepherd's outfit is on a mobile phone.  He is calling the inn to make a reservation.

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THIRD  SUNDAY  OF  ADVENT    (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  DECEMBER  16TH  -    DECEMBER  23RD    2018

THIRD  SUNDAY  OF  ADVENT    (YEAR  C)

John  declared  before  them  all,  “I  baptise  you  with  water,  but  someone  is  coming,  someone  who  is  more  powerful  than  I  am,  and  I  am  not  fit  to  undo  the  strap  of  his  sandals;  he  will  baptise  you  with  the  Holy  Spirit  and  fire.”

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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:   Trent  Warburton;   Joanne  Milton.                       
ANNIVERSARIES: Bertha  Doran;   Timothy  Walkden;   Joan  Walkden; Mavis  McGuinness;   Vincent & Ethel  Concannon;   Christopher  Ryan;   Patricia  Traynor.  May they Rest in Peace.
COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £672.97;    Loose:  £342.26;    Total:  £1,015.23
Thank you all for your continued generosity.                                        
DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration Fund: Loose: £13.10; £40.00, £10.00; £5.00; 17.26;    Gift Aided:  £0.00                       
Also:   £30.00;  £10.00; £22.11 for CAFOD;   £20.00 for the Oldham Food Bank;   £53.91 in memory of Barbara Booth. 

PARISH  NEWS

CHRISTMAS  SERVICES
MONDAY  24TH  DECEMBER  -  CHRISTMAS  EVE
MASS  AT  10.00AM
SERVICE  OF  CAROLS  at  7.  30PM
FIRST  MASS  OF  CHRISTMAS  WITH  BLESSING  OF  THE  CRIB  AT  8.00PM  (Followed  by  mulled  wine  and  mince  pies)
TUESDAY  25TH  DECEMBER  - CHRISTMAS  DAY
MASS  AT  10.00AM  (No  evening  Mass)
WEDNESDAY  26TH  DECEMBER  -  BOXING  DAY
EUCHARISTIC  SERVICE  AT  12  NOON

“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
“Let us pray today for bishops so that they may always be what Saint Paul calls them to be: humble, gentle, servants.”
“You cannot love only as long as it is “advantageous”. Love manifests itself when it goes beyond one’s own self-interest, and when it is given without reservation.”
“This is the first step in order to grow on our journey of faith: listening. Before speaking, listen.”
“The beginning of faith is feeling the need for salvation: this is the way that prepares us to meet Jesus.”

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY:  the 3s – 11s Children’s Liturgy Group meet during the 10.00am Mass.
ALSO, the parish Advent Service of Reconciliation takes place in church  at 3.00pm.

THE  SALT  CELLAR
A 3 course Christmas meal with coffee on Tuesday 18th December at 7.30pm Starters: soup, prawn cocktail, pate;
Main Course: turkey, lamb, salmon, mozzarella bake;
Desert: Christmas pudding, fudge cake, trifle, cheesecake.  Phone 628 2426

BLESS  MY  FAMILY
I ask you to bestow your blessing on my family this Christmas.
Bless each and every one of them, those near, those I don’t see very often and those far away.
Keep them in your loving care and protect them from harm.
Bless all our loved ones departed, those we miss so much!
May they all know the wonder of your love,
Revealed to us so tenderly in a new born child.    Amen

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

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Peter Canisius was a Dutch Jesuit, active in Germany during the Counter – Reformation, when he wrote a famous catechism. He died in 1597 and is called the “second apostle of Germany.

“SMILE – A – WHILE”

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SECOND  SUNDAY  OF  ADVENT    (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  DECEMBER  9TH  -    DECEMBER  15TH    2018

SECOND  SUNDAY  OF  ADVENT    (YEAR  C)

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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:   Margaret  Rainsford;   Grace  Edogiawerie;   Peter  Dawson;   Sally  Hanratty;   Julie  Jobey;   Trent  Warburton.                        
ANNIVERSARIES:    Brian  Short;   Ivy  Whelan;   Michael  McGrother;   Robbie  Sweeney;   Mary  Dillamore.  May they Rest in Peace.
CHRISTMAS  MASSES  FOR:   Mary & Denis  O’Grady;   Sophie  Royales;   Lorraine & Michael;   Joan  Coop;   Marilyn  Sheret;   Margaret  Green;   Margaret  Wright;   Fr.  Derek  Woodhead.   

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £491.79;    Loose:  £310.52;    Total:  £802.31
Thank you all for your continued generosity.                                        

DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration Fund:  Loose: £13.10;    Gift Aided:  £0.00                       
Also:   £60.00; £26.34; £10.00 for CAFOD;   £40.00 for the Oldham Food Bank; 
£20.00 for sanctuary flowers;   £30.00 for Missio;  £192.62  for Cornerstone;   £100.00; £30.00;  £20.00 for Christmas Fayre donations.

CHRISTMAS  FAYRE  PRIZE  RAFFLE


1

FOOD  HAMPER

436  -  440

2

TOWER  OF  TREATS

456  -  460

3

BOTTLE  OF  RED  WINE

31  -  35

4

BOX  OF  QUALITY  STREET

416  -  420

5

BAYLIS  AND  HARDING  PAMPER  KIT

441  -  445

BOTTLE  OF  WHITE  WINE

61  -  65

7

MORRISON’S  TEA  AND  BISCUIT  SET

446  -  450

8

ROYAL  JELLY  BEAUTY  SET

321  -  325

9

BOX  OF  ROSES  CHOCOLATES

141  -  145

10

MAGIC  SET

51  -  55

11

GLAM  NAILS  MANICURE  SET

336  -  340

12

SHOWER  GEL  SET

126  -  130

13

ISIS  BLUE  ENERGY  MEN’S  PAMPER  KIT

91  -  95

14

RINGTON’S  HAMPER

241  -  245

15

SLIMLINE  DVD  PLAYER

401  -  405

Many thanks to all the people  who, in any way, helped to make our Christmas Fayre yet another success, especially those who contributed to the bottle stall, tombola, cakes, prize draw etc; those who helped to set up and clean up afterwards; those who manned the various stands and attractions on the day.  The profit was approx. £1,500 so a good effort and congratulations to all involved. Please claim any unclaimed prizes from the piety shop – otherwise they will be “recycled” in the New Year.

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY:  the 3s – 11s Children’s Liturgy Group meet during the 10.00am Mass.
NEXT  SUNDAY, the parish Advent Service of Reconciliation takes place in church  at 3.00pm.
PARISH  NEWS
Over the Christmas period there will be no brews on Monday 24th and 31st December. The service will return on Monday 7th January.
“IN  ALL  THE  HUSTLE  AND  BUSTLE”
Lord, at Christmastime we can be so busy about this and that,
The shopping, the presents, the cards, meals to prepare and meals to attend.
Life can become a little bit frantic.
Yet you patiently wait for us to turn to you, to find space
In all the hustle and bustle for a moment to share with you.
Thank you for your patience, Lord.   Amen.

FORTHCOMING  EVENTS
Please see the church notice board for further details of the following: Parish Team meeting on Thursday 10th January at 7.30pm in the Parish House.

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Damasus 1: born in Spain, he became Pope in 366 and encouraged devotion to the Roman martyrs, writing verses to adorn their resting places.
Our Lady of Guadalupe: the Blessed Virgin appeared to St. Juan Diego on a Mexican mountain in 1531, miraculously leaving her image on his cloak which is still venerated today. Through St. Juan, she calls all people to the love of Christ.
St. Lucy: a Sicilian martyr who died in the persecution of the Emperor Diocletian, she is an example of innocence and faithfulness, and her cult was popular early on.
St. John of the Cross: born in 1542, he was a Carmelite friar and friend of St. Teresa of Avila who encouraged him to work for the reform of the Order, which he did despite great suffering. A remarkable poet and mystic, he died in Andalusia in 1591.

ITEMS  FROM  THE  PARISH  TEAM  MINUTES  HELD  IN  NOVEMBER

 “SMILE – A – WHILE”
There's this cathedral that's still being worked on, and the workers have rigged a "cage elevator" inside so they can get material up and down to the upper floors. A characteristic of these "cage elevators" is that the doors (gate) must be closed manually for them to be "called" to another floor. One day one of the workers, Peter by name, takes the elevator to the top floor, and it is subsequently needed on the first floor by the sexton. Unfortunately, Peter forgot and left the door open. After the sexton rings for the elevator a couple times, to no avail, he yells up for the worker to send the lift back down. Visitors to the cathedral were treated to this sight: The sexton of the cathedral, head tipped up, yelling up to the heavens: "Peter! CLOSE THE GATES!!!"

NOTICE ANYTHING DIFFERENT ABOUT THIS NEWSLETTER? IT INCLUDES THE NEW NAME OF THE CHURCH CHOSEN BY THE BISHOP –
“OUR  LADY  AND  SAINT  PATRICK”

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FIRST  SUNDAY  OF  ADVENT    (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  DECEMBER  2ND  -    DECEMBER  8TH    2018

FIRST  SUNDAY  OF  ADVENT    (YEAR  C)

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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;   Paul  Dearnley;   Marie  Françoise  Boyi.                        
ANNIVERSARIES:Margaret  &  Edgar  Lees;   Paul  Lees;   Ian  Roy;  Chinnamma  Philip;   Colin  Pritchard;   Christopher  Alan  Whitehead;   Patricia  Heslin;   Denis  Guilfoyle;   Maggie Moores. May they Rest in Peace.                                                                                                  
COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £437.77;    Loose:  £303.27;    Total:  £741.04 Thank you all for your continued generosity.                                        
DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration Fund:  Loose: £ 9.17;    Gift Aided:  £0.00                       
Also:   £30.00; £13.50; £1.57 for CAFOD;   £20.00 for the Oldham Food Bank; 
£20.00 for sanctuary flowers;   £30.00 for Missio;  £30.00  for Cornerstone.

PARISH  NEWS

HISTORY OF THE ADVENT WREATH
The Advent wreath is a circular garland of evergreen branches representing eternity. On that wreath, four candles are typically arranged – 3 purple and one pink. During the season of Advent, one candle on the wreath is lit each Sunday as a part of the Advent services. Each candle represents an aspect of the spiritual preparation for the coming of the Lord, Jesus Christ. The lighting of an Advent wreath is a custom that began in 16th-century Germany among Lutherans and Catholics. The wreath is made of various evergreens, signifying continuous life.

“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
“This week the Church invites us to ask ourselves: what state do I want the Lord to find me in when He calls?”

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY: there will be no refreshments in the narthex after the 10.00am Mass because of the 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.

Oldham Festival of Light: a celebration of four different faith festivals - Christmas, Channukah, Mawlid an nabi and Deepawali in the Queen Elizabeth Hall at 6.30 pm. Entrance FREE, with ticket, available on website: oldhaminterfaith.org.uk or by e-mail - 

An amazing and informative event.  Don't miss it!

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

ITEMS  FROM  THE  PARISH  TEAM  MINUTES  HELD  IN  NOVEMBER

(to be continued next week)

 “SMILE – A – WHILE”
A new immigrant to California asks a question of his parish priest (translated from Spanish): Father, I've always been a good Catholic. I go to Mass, I say the rosary, and I study the lives of the saints. Here in California, I see the names of saints everywhere. I know who San Francisco, San Diego, and San Fernando were, but tell me, Father - who is San Dwiches?"

Did you know all the animals came on the ark in pairs?”
-”All except worms and they came in apples.

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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

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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

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,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:

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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