1ST  SUNDAY  OF  ADVENT   (YEAR A) 
WEEK:  DECEMBER  1st   -   DECEMBER  7th    2019

1ST  SUNDAY  OF  ADVENT   (YEAR A)

“Come,  let  us  go  up  to  the  mountain  of  the  Lord,  to  the  temple  of  the  God  of  Jacob  that  he  may  teach  us  his  ways so  that  we  might  walk  in  his  paths;  since  the  Law  will  go  out  from  Zion,  and  the  oracle  of  the  Lord  from  Jerusalem.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:  Sr. Catherine;   Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;   Andrea  Spencer;   Sarah  Bell;   Breda  Barret;    Roy  Eaton;    Angela  Spencer;      Michael O’Connor;   Harry & Margaret  Lawless;   Lesley  Hayes;   Peter  Gartside;   John Green;   Ann  Frost;      Anne  Devlin;    Mary  McDermott;   Mary  Malone;   Roseanne  McDonagh;   Emma  Golden;   Marie  Wilson.   
LATELY  DEAD:   Dennis  Massey;   Paul  Ostapowycz.
ANNIVERSARIES: Peter Hordynski;  Alfonso  Ferrara;   Jan Dabrowski;  Paul  Lees;   Margaret  &  Edgar  Lees;    John  & Elsie  Granelli;   Christopher  Alan  Whitehead;     Romeo  Tee;   Fermina  Moniza;   Juanito   Moniza;   Clementi  Terso;   Elvira  Terso;   Sarah  Russo;   Denis  Guilfoyle;   Maggie  Moores;   Marie  Francoise  Boyi.
May They Rest in Peace.                   

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:   £583.60;    Loose   £363.99;    Total:   £947.59.
Thank you all for your continued generosity

DONATIONS  / COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund:   £8.20. Gift Aided:  £0.00.
CAFOD:   £10.00;   Oldham Food Bank  £10.00;   Altar Flowers  £20.00;   Cornerstone   £100.00 and £243.61  (the latter amount due to donations made during the Music Festival).

PARISH  NEWS

A  PRAYER  FOR  ADVENT
God of patience and constancy, be with us in this time of waiting. Though pressures mount and distractions increase, keep our eyes open to your beauty, our minds open to your wisdom, our ears open to your word. Help us to guide those in our care, as your star led the Magi, so that we might journey to your Son together, inspired by truth and love.    Amen.

TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
My apostolic journey to Thailand and Japan was a gift for which I am so grateful to the Lord. This visit increased my closeness and affection for these peoples: may God bless them with prosperity and peace in abundance.

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY: Christmas Fayre starting at 12.30pm in the school.
ALSO, it is the start of Advent and the beginning of Liturgical Year A in the churches’ calendar.
SATURDAY:  Filipino Mass at 2.00pm.

CHRISTMAS  FAYRE
CHRISTMAS FAYRE:  Don't forget, the Fayre is TODAY, in the Parish Hall at the school on Lee Street, starting at 12.30pm until 3.30pm.  The hall will be open at 12 noon, but the stall holders WILL NOT be selling items until 12.30pm. Cakes and buns (home made or not) are requested for the cake stall.  Please deliver to school before 12.30pm.
There has been a good response for the tombola, but we are a little short for the bottle stall.  Any donations of bottles please deliver between noon and 12.30pm today.
Thanks to everyone involved for a remarkable effort, to make the Fayre a great success.  I am sure the organizers will as usual have some great entertainment for us too.

FORTHCOMING  EVENTS
Please see the church notice board for further details of the following:
The Parish Reconciliation Service before Christmas will be at 3.00pm on Sunday 15th December.  
Christmas Services:   the First Mass of Christmas will be at 8.00pm on Christmas Eve, preceded by a Carol Service starting at 7.30pm. The Parish Mass of Christmas will be at the usual time of 10.00am.  There will be no evening Mass.

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Francis Xavier: a friend of Ignatius Loyola and one of the first members of the “Company of Jesus”. He preached in India and Japan and died in China in 1552.
St. John Damascene: from Damascus, a monk, philosopher and theologian. He sprang to the defence of Sacred Art in the iconoclast crisis in the 8th century.
St. Nicholas: Bishop of Myra (in Turkey). He died in the 4th century – in Eastern Europe, St. Nicholas distributes presents to children on this day.
St. Ambrose: born about 340, he was a surprising choice to be Bishop of Milan , renowned for his charity and his eloquence. It is said that St. Augustine returned to the faith after hearing him preach. A great writer oh hymns, some of which survive to this day.

SMILE – A – WHILE

“Stay With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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FEAST  OF  CHRIST  THE  KING   (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  NOVEMBER 24TH  - NOVEMBER 30TH 2019

33RD   SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME  (YEAR  C)

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:  Sr. Catherine;   Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;   Andrea  Spencer;   Sarah  Bell;   Breda  Barret;    Roy  Eaton;    Angela  Spencer;      Michael O’Connor;   Harry & Margaret  Lawless;   Lesley  Hayes;   Peter  Gartside;   John Green;   Ann  Frost; Anne  Devlin;    Mary  McDermott;   Mary  Malone;   Roseanne  McDonagh.    
LATELY  DEAD:   Joan  Littlefair;   Glen  Gilbert.
ANNIVERSARIES:    Jack  Millett;   Eileen  Hall;   Mathew  Varkey;   Suzanne  Tchokomakoua;   Maria  Mathew;   Alex  Fernandes;   Margaret  Fernandes;   Sidolyne  Chiappi;   Arthur  Haines;    Christopher  Febrero;   Peter  Hordynski;   Alfonse  Ferrara;   Jan  Dabrowski. May They Rest in Peace. 

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:   £586.70;    Loose   £409.24;    Total:   £995.94.
Retiring Collection for the Retired Clergy Fund:  £170.59
Thank you all for your continued generosity

DONATIONS  / COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund:   £10.30;   £4.15.  Gift Aided:  £0.00
CAFOD:  £12.00 and  £10.00;   Oldham Food Bank  £10.00;   Cornerstone   £20.00;    Christmas  Fayre  £16.00.

PARISH  NEWS

TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
“Without prayer, our life and mission loses all its meaning, strength and fervour.”
“God will not be the only one who welcomes us into Heaven. There will also be those with whom we have shared all the Lord has placed in our hands, after administering it well.”
“The secret to a happy heart is the security we find when we are anchored, rooted in Jesus: in his life, in his words, in his death and resurrection”.
“Let us go out to meet Christ the Lord for he is coming! Do not be afraid of the future or allow yourselves to be intimidated. Rather know that the Lord is waiting for you there in order to prepare and celebrate the banquet of his kingdom.”

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, youth Readers, Eucharistic Ministers and Offertory collection.
FOURTH  SUNDAY (if any) Parish choir.
LAST  SUNDAY:  African choir and Offertory procession.

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY:  is Youth Day, a day of special prayer for young people. If you still wish to  donate  to  last  week’s  collection  for  the Retired Clergy Fund, place your offering in an envelope and hand it in at church.
THURSDAY:  Parish Team Meeting at 7.30pm in the Parish House.
SATURDAY:  Sacramental Programme: Reconciliation Service and First Confession at 2.00pm in church. ALSO, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 10.30 -  11.45.
NEXT  SUNDAY: Christmas Fayre starting at 12.30pm in the school.

CHRISTMAS  FAYRE
CHRISTMAS FAYRE:  Don't forget, the Fayre is next Sunday, in the Parish Hall at the school on Lee Street, starting at 12.30pm until 3.30pm.  The hall will be open at 12 noon, but the stall holders WILL NOT be selling items until 12.30pm. VOLUNTEERS to help are needed to set up the stalls on Saturday 30th November from 10am until 'job done'.
Cakes and buns (home made or not) are requested for the cake stall.  Please deliver to school either Saturday between 10am and 12 noon or on the day before 12.30pm.
There has been a good response for the tombola, but we are a bit short for the bottle stall.  Any donations of bottles please between 10am and 12 on Saturday or 12 -12.30pm on the day.
Thanks to everyone involved for a remarkable effort, to make the Fayre a great success.  I am sure the organizers will as usual have some great entertainment for us too.

FORTHCOMING  EVENTS
Please see the church notice board for further details of the following:
The Parish Reconciliation Service before Christmas will be at 3.00pm on Sunday 15th December.  
Christmas Services:   the First Mass of Christmas will be at 8.00pm on Christmas Eve, preceded by a Carol Service starting at 7.30pm. The Parish Mass of Christmas will be at the usual time of 10.00am.  There will be no evening Mass.

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Catherine of Alexandria: tradition tells us that she was a noble lady learned in science and oratory who became a Christian after receiving a vision. When she was 18 years old, she offered to debate with the pagan philosophers, who were convinced by her arguments. The Emperor ordered her execution and she was beheaded.
St. Andrew: born at Bethsaida (Galilee), he was a fisherman and perhaps a disciple of John the Baptist. He introduced his brother, Simon Peter, to Jesus, and became one of the first to follow Christ. He is mentioned a few times in the Gospels, for example, in introducing some Gentiles to 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 became recognized as patron saint of Scotland because, according to legend, some of his bones were brought there and buried in the place that now bears his name.

SMILE – A – WHILE

“Stay With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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33RD SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME  (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  NOVEMBER 17TH  - NOVEMBER 23RD 2019

33RD   SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME  (YEAR  C)

“But  for  you  who  fear  my  name,  the  sun  of  righteousness  will  shine  out  with  healing  in  its  rays.”  (Malachi)

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:  Sr. Catherine;   Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;   Andrea  Spencer;   Sarah  Bell;   Breda  Barret;    Roy  Eaton;    Angela  Spencer;      Michael O’Connor;   Harry & Margaret  Lawless;   Lesley  Hayes;   Peter  Gartside;   John Green;     Ann  Frost;    Rita  Lowe;   Doris  Wild;   Anna  Sexton;   James  Whelan;   Anne  Devlin.    
LATELY  DEAD:    Thelma  Smith;   Harold  Farrah;   Mama  Suzanne  Ngoussi.
ANNIVERSARIES:    Michael  &  Catherine  McGladdery;   Edith  Brooks;   Melicia  Bolocon;    Michael  Slicker;   Chinnamma   Philip. 
May They Rest in Peace.                   

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:   £551.25;    Loose   £320.08;    Total:   £871.33.
Thank you all for your continued generosity

DONATIONS  / COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund:   £14.80;   £5.27. Gift Aided:  £0.00
CAFOD:  £12.65 and  £10.00;   Oldham Food Bank  £10.00 and £10.00;  Cornerstone   £50.00;   Missio:  £125.32;  £42.52;  £21.14;  in memory of Susan Boothroyd  £73.92.   

PARISH  NEWS

  • Many thanks to the women who went to the meeting at the Pitt Street Mosque.  The feedback from the Mosque was that it was a very successful and useful first event.
  • Hooray! It's Christmas Draw Time!!  The Christmas Draw tickets are available at the back of church.  They still cost £1 per book of 5 tickets.  This is an opportunity to help church finances, by selling as many as possible to family and friends (over 16 years old!).  Please take some and return the counterfoils with the name of the purchaser filled in on each counterfoil, together with the money to Colin or to the Piety Shop. I hope you win.
  •  Christmas Fayre: The paper carrier bags (note, not plastic) have arrived! Therefore, if you wish, you can pick one up after Mass if you have any goodies to donate. Any spare bottles of wines or spirits will be gratefully accepted for the Bottle Stall or gifts that you might have received which, are surplus to your needs, for the Tombola Stall.  Indeed anything that is in good condition that could be sold on the stalls. No broken toys or jumble please!
  • We will no longer be accepting “used stamps” as  Dr. Kershaw’s hospice and “Guide Dogs for the Blind” will not accept them.

Youth Ministry Vacancy
Deanery Confirmation & Youth Ministry Coordinator  -  Full Time, 35 hours per week at
St Mark’s Presbytery, Pendlebury; Salary: £20,000-25,000 per annum
The diocese is currently seeking an enthusiastic and committed individual to coordinate the implementation of the Diocesan Confirmation Programme in the Deanery of St John and develop ministry to young people more generally in each parish. The successful candidate will have an ability to engage others, deliver effective training and demonstrate a clear passion for sharing the Catholic faith with the younger generation. Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Monday 11th November 2019 To request an application pack or for more information on this post please contact Human Resources Manager, Hannah Howard, Department of Human Resources Cathedral Centre, 3 Ford Street, Salford, M3 6DP. Telephone: 0161-817-2222 or email HR@dioceseofsalford.org.uk

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY:  Sacramental Programme celebration “We are People Who Celebrate” – Mass in church at 10.00am. There is a retiring collection after both Masses for the Retired Clergy Fund.
SATURDAY:  6th International Music Festival in church at 2.30pm. A great way to spend a restful afternoon listening to splendid music.
NEXT  SUNDAY: is Youth Day, a day of special prayer for young people.

TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
“God has entrusted us with His greatest gifts: our life, the lives of others, and so many different gifts for each person. He invites us to make these talents bear fruit with audacity and creativity.”
“Prayer always arouses feelings of fraternity, it breaks down barriers, crosses borders, creates invisible but real and effective bridges, and opens horizons of hope.”
“Let us ask the Lord to pour His Spirit upon Christian couples and families, so that, as they generously open their doors to Christ and to their brothers and sisters, they may bear authentic witness to a life of faith, hope and charity.”

FORTHCOMING  EVENTS
Please see the church notice board for further details of the following:
Parish Team Meeting on Thursday 28th November at 7.30pm.
Sacramental Programme: Reconciliation Service and First Confession on Saturday 30th November at 2.00pm in church.
Christmas Fayre on Sunday 1st December.
The Parish Reconciliation Service before Christmas will be at 3.00pm on Sunday 15th December.

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Cecilia:  is the patron saint of musicians and she was martyred with her husband and brother in the 2nd century.
St. Clement I:  was the third pope after St. Peter at 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 was a monk and went to France where he founded many monasteries. He was exiled and went to Italy where he died.

ITEMS  FROM  THE  PARISH  TEAM  MEETING  HELD  ON  OCTOBER  24TH

  • Stained Glass Window:  John Green is to be asked to check on manufacturing progress.
  • It was agreed to take out insurance on the recently installed defibrillator.
  • Christmas Services:  It was agreed that the First Mass of Christmas will be at 8pm on Christmas Eve, preceded by a Carol Service starting at 7.30pm. The Parish Mass of Christmas will be at the usual time of 10.00am.  There will be no evening Mass.
  • The Parish Reconciliation Service before Christmas will be at 3pm on Sunday 15th December.

SMILE – A – WHILE

  • A Woman went to the Post Office to buy stamps for her Christmas cards.   "What Denomination?" Asked the clerk.   "Oh, my goodness! Have we come to this?" said the woman.   "Well give me 50 Protestant and 50 Catholic!"
  • As the storm raged, the captain realized his ship was sinking fast. He called out, "Anyone here know how to pray?" One man stepped forward. "Aye, Captain, I know how to pray." "Good," said the captain, "you pray while the rest of us put on our life jackets - we're one short."
  • The story of Adam and Eve was being carefully explained in the children's Sunday School class. Following the story, the children were asked to draw some picture that would illustrate the story. Little Bobby drew a picture of a car with three people in it. In the front seat was a man and in the back seat, a man and a woman. The teacher was at a loss to understand how this illustrated the lesson of Adam and Eve. Little Bobby was prompt with his explanation. "Why, this is God driving Adam and Eve out of the garden!
  • Little Johnny's new baby brother was screaming up a storm. Johnny asked his mom, “Where’d he come from?”  “He came from heaven, Johnny.”  Johnny responded: “Wow! I can see why they threw him out!”

“Stay With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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