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THE PARISH OF OUR LADY AND ST. PATRICK’S
THIS WEEK'S SERVICES

NOVEMBER 26TH - DECEMBER 2ND
2023


WEEKLY SERVICES
SUNDAY: 10.00am.  12.30pm (Polish Mass) 6.00pm
MONDAY: 12 noon Mass
TUESDAY: 12 noon Mass
WEDNESDAY:
12 noon Mass
THURSDAY: 12 noon Mass
FRIDAY: 12 noon Requiem Mass for Joan Doran
SATURDAY
12 noon Mass

LIVESTREAMING THIS WEEK

From now on we will be using Twitter to provide online Masses. Either download the Twitter App and search for @PhilipSumner13 or click the pic below

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Weekday Masses and Saturday's 12 noon Mass will continue to be Livestreamed, as will Sunday's 10.00am Mass

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The church will normally be open on Mondays to Saturdays from 10.00am for private prayer

Confessions
There will be Confessions on Saturday

Baptisms & Weddings
by arrangement

THIRTY THIRD SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME
(YEAR A)
WEEK: NOVEMBER 19TH - 25TH 2023 

Thirty Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

For to everyone who has, more will be given…but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Therese Passenger, Cyril and Christine Clarke, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Patricia Haines, Marie Gill, Walter Harrison,  Pauline Jordan, Elizabeth Flanagan, Pat McQuillan, Mary Malone, Kathleen Kelly, Irene Cooper, Win Powell, Denis O’Grady. Deana Dobson, Tony Kenny, Luke Burke, Maureen De Melchior, Nora Hickey, Alison Buckley, Ryan Boyer, Noel Parker, Sister Angela Linane. Sean Denvor, Jim Nawsay, Dennis Guilfoyle, Amy Howard
LATELY DEAD: Joan Doran, Terrence Brady, Joy Agustin, Maurice Otunga (Fidelis’ brother), Brenda Crinion, Monica Dogherty
ANNIVERSARIES: David Beatty, George and Edie Brooks, Paddy McGinn, Bernard Winterbottom, Jimmy Gallogley, Chimnamma Philip, Helen Keating

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £766.77

Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: Online financial contributions: Cornerstone £50.00; Caritas (Homeless) £20.00; Foodbank £25.00; CAFOD £74.00
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13). 

PARISH INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
The next international music festival on Saturday 2nd December this year at 3pm (the day before Advent begins). There will be no charge for the event.

PARISH TEAM MEETING
The Parish team decided that there would be a Parish reconciliation service on Sunday 17th December at 3.15pm.

SPECIAL DAYS THIS WEEK
Tuesday 21st November – The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Wednesday 22nd November – St. Cecilia. Patroness of composers and musicians.
Thursday 23rd November – St. Clement. He was the third Pope after St. Peter. It’s also the feast day of St. Columban on this day. He was born in Ireland in the middle of the sixth century. He embraced the monastic life and went to France where he founded a number of monasteries. He considerably revitalised the faith in France which had been set in such chaos by the ‘barbarian hordes’. His stubborn orthodoxy brought him into conflict with the French King, who ordered his deportation. He ended up in Italy where he warned the Pope of the potential abuse of the Papacy.
Friday 24th November – Saint Andrew Dung-Lac and companions (Martyrs). This is the remembrance of the 117 Vietnamese people martyred between 1820 and 1862 in the vicious persecutions taking place there. Andrew was a parish priest, but the group includes other priest, bishops and lay people.
Saturday 25th November – St. Catherine of Alexandria.
Catherine was an Egyptian Queen, who preferred the study of philosophy to the prospect of marriage to the Roman Emperor Maxentius. Angry at being refused, the emperor finally ordered that she be stretched out on a spiked wheel (the infamous ‘Catherine wheel’). The wheel was strangely shattered, but the emperor then gave the order for her to be beheaded. Her body was taken to the monastery below Mount Sinai.

FESTIVAL OF LIGHT
The Oldham Interfaith Forum will be holding its 20th celebration of the Festival of Light on Monday 4th December this year at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Oldham at 6.30pm. It’s a colourful and diverse celebration of four festivals of different religious communities (Deepawali, Mawlid an Nabi, Channukah and Christmas). And it’s free to attend (with a ticket)!
There has been some concern, of late, between people of different religious communities caused by international events. We, however, want to show that the only hopeful way forward is for co-existence and cooperation with growing mutual respect. The Festival of Light enables people to be proud of their difference, to learn about other religious communities, and to develop greater respect.
There’ll be Indian dance, a Nasheed artist, Christmas carols played by a steel band, a young people’s choir, a quiz and more, with brief explanations of each of the festivals.
Why not come along, to learn, to develop greater respect, and to show that we want to build a future and live in a world where diversity is celebrated.
Please book a ticket either on our website (www.oldhaminterfaith.org.uk) or by email (oif-events@outlook.com) or by telephone (0161 624 6733).   

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS
The Gospel story of the Talents might be seen, by some, as Jesus’ acceptance of the rightness of the capitalist system. The words towards the end of the story really seem to jar: “For to everyone who has, more will be given…but, from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” But Jesus is not really talking about money but about love. If you do not take the risk of love, and you, as it were, bury that love in the ground, you will lose that love altogether. Love necessarily involves taking the risk of being rejected. But when that risk is taken and the love is reciprocated, the blessing received is beyond measure.
This is the week, liturgically, when we take a look at what the end might be - the end for us as individuals and the end of it all. This was a most frequent subject for paintings in the sanctuaries of medieval churches. Perhaps the most famous was the Last Judgement by Michelangelo on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel. But there are many others and each of them would aim, it would seem, to frighten people into being good.
But, as the readings suggest today, there’s a fear that encourages us to take a more wholesome path and there’s a fear that closes the door on life. In the psalm we heard that those who fear the Lord will be blessed and will walk in his ways. But, in the Gospel, we hear how fear of a different sort froze one of the three servants into inaction resulting in him being thrown out into the abyss.
The fear that closes the door on life is often associated with coercion and manipulation. It’s seen through the insecurities that express themselves in inaction or in jealousy and the desperate attempts to retain control. The life-giving fear, on the other hand, is based on the truth, as we recognise that we are not in control and that we desperately need God and others.
Taking us, liturgically, to the end of life and the last judgement does have a fear element to it. But it’s not there to coerce us nor is it meant to frighten us into inaction. It is meant to put things into perspective, to help us to see what is really important in life, to know that we are not in control but that we need God and others.

WORLD DAY OF THE POOR - A MESSAGE FROM CARITAS SALFORD
The 7th World Day of the Poor will be celebrated on Sunday 19th November. The theme this year is 'Do not turn your face away from anyone who is poor', taken from the Book of Tobit 4:7.  

MASS FOR LGBT+ CATHOLICS
St Augustine's Church, Grosvenor Square, Manchester, M15 6BW Saturday 25th November, 3pm. The Diocese of Salford is delighted to share details of its next Mass for LGBT+ Catholics and their friends and families. Mass will take place at 3pm on Saturday 25th November at St Augustine’s Church, Grosvenor Square, Manchester.

 

THIRTY SECOND SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME
(YEAR A)
WEEK: NOVEMBER 12TH - 18TH 2023 

Thirty Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

“So, stay awake, because you do not know either the day or the hour.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Therese Passenger, Cyril Clarke, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Patricia Haines, Marie Gill, Walter Harrison,  Pauline Jordan, Elizabeth Flanagan, Pat McQuillan, Mary Malone, Kathleen Kelly, Irene Cooper, Win Powell, F.E Jardiel, Denis O’Grady. Deana Dobson, Tony Kenny, Luke Burke, Maureen De Melchior, Nora Hickey, Mary Ruffle, Alison Buckley, Ryan Boyer, Noel Parker, Sister Angela Linane. Sean Denvor, Jim Nawsay, Dennis Guilfoyle
LATELY DEAD: Juanita Rios, Mildred Leigh, Stella Barker, Joan Kenny, Joan Doran, Terrence Brady
ANNIVERSARIES: Margaret Fernandes, Alex Fernandes, Maria Mathew, Mathew Varkey, Jo Heneghan, Arthur Haines, Michael and Catherine McGladdery, Maria Polis, Bernard Winterbottom

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £825.29

Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: Online financial contributions: Caritas (Homeless) £70.00; Narcotics Anonymous £60.00
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13). 

PARISH INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
The next international music festival on Saturday 2nd December this year at 3pm (the day before Advent begins). There will be no charge for the event.

PARISH TEAM MEETING
The Parish team decided that the first Mass of Christmas would begin at 7.30pm with Carols; the Mass proper would begin at 8pm. We would hope to provide tea and coffee and mince pies after this Mass.
Frank had looked into the possibility of setting up ‘digital giving’ for the parish. The information given to him was that it would cost us more than £200 a year to install the technology. It was agreed that, for the moment, we would not go down this road.

SPECIAL DAYS THIS WEEK
Wednesday 15th November – St Albert the Great. He was born in 1206 and became a Dominican. In 1260 he was ordained as Bishop of Regensburg. He had a real academic interest in natural science resulting in him writing much on the subject. He died in Cologne in 1280.
Thursday 16th November – St Edmund of Abingdon. Edmund was born in 1175. He became Archbishop of Canterbury in 1233. He had frequent disputes with the king, and it was while he was on the way to ask for the Pope’s support that he died in France in 1240.
Friday 17th November – Saint Elizabeth of Hungary. She was born a princess in 1207and was engaged at the age of 4 to Ludwig of Thuringia. She went to live with her ‘fiancé’ and experienced dreadful treatment at the hands of her mother-in-law to be. In due course, she married Ludwig and threw herself into performing charitable acts and tending the sick. After Ludwig’s death, she and her children were thrown out of the castle by her brother-in-law and she lived in abject poverty. Her father, the King of Hungary, pleaded with her to return home, but she remained. She died at the age of 26.
Saturday 18th November –Dedication of the Basilicas of SS Peter and Paul.
From the 12th century, the dedications of the Vatican Basilica (St. Peter’s.) and of St. Paul’s Basilica (outside the walls) have been kept on this day. Besides being an act of thanksgiving for the two buildings, it’s also a celebration of the lives of Peter and Paul.

PARISH HALL
We have still heard nothing about the Parish Hall, except that some people came out during the holidays and have put their plans together. These will then have to go out to tender. This will inevitably mean that it will be a few more weeks before the tenders are received, and the contract awarded. I am almost certain, therefore, that the hall will not be ready for use before Christmas.
I take this opportunity to remind parishioners that the Parish Hall, even when the drains are fixed, is not open for hire for private functions. We have four sizeable ethnic communities in the parish (African, Filipino, Indian and English/Irish). Each of the communities has the potential to use the Parish Hall four times a year for their community events. Each community has someone who is responsible for agreeing to these events (after consultation with the community) and for ensuring that the hall is properly cleaned and secured after use.

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS
I would suggest two main elements from today’s readings. The first is to know your priorities, the second is to know how to have enough oil for your lamps.
Growing up, we are told, so often, to share. So, it becomes ingrained in us to know that sharing is very important. Perhaps it seems, therefore, that the wise virgins in our Gospel story today are being a bit selfish. But they are wise because they can see the priority; they know what the most important thing for them at that time is.
It’s like when you do a course in First Aid, and you are told about the four B’s, Breathing, Bleeding, Breakages and Burns. Obviously, if someone has been in a car accident and has broken bones, it’s very important to attend to the fractures. But, if the person isn’t breathing, it’s of no use to attend to the fractures first.
In our Gospel story, the first priority for the bridesmaids is to meet the bride and bridegroom when they arrive. If they have enough oil to do that, then they can think about sharing. But, because they don’t know when the bridegroom will arrive, they cannot take the risk of running out of oil.
So now, we come to the second element, how do we make sure that we have enough oil in our lamps? We do this by learning to hear the whole of creation giving praise to God and by joining our voices with the many voices of creation.
It’s about taking time out to look at the awesomeness of creation. It’s about stopping at least once a day to think of the things for which we should be thankful. It’s about thinking of the blessing we receive through family and friends. Then, it’s about spending a moment to give thanks to God.
Psalm 8, or the hymn “How great thou art” which is based on it, gives us the right idea. “How great is you name through all the earth…when I see the heavens and the work of your hands…what is man that you keep him in mind, mortal man that you care for him?...but you have found praise to foil the enemy.
It is this regular prayer of praise that gives us the oil to foil the enemy and to be able to carry out our most important function of being ready to greet the bridegroom when he comes. If we become distracted from hearing the voices of praise, our oil will run out.

WORLD DAY OF THE POOR - A MESSAGE FROM CARITAS SALFORD
The 7th World Day of the Poor will be celebrated on Sunday 19th November. The theme this year is 'Do not turn your face away from anyone who is poor', taken from the Book of Tobit 4:7.  

MASS FOR LGBT+ CATHOLICS
St Augustine's Church, Grosvenor Square, Manchester, M15 6BW Saturday 25th November, 3pm. The Diocese of Salford is delighted to share details of its next Mass for LGBT+ Catholics and their friends and families. Mass will take place at 3pm on Saturday 25th November at St Augustine’s Church, Grosvenor Square, Manchester.

THIRTY FIRST SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME
(YEAR A)
WEEK: NOVEMBER 5TH - 11TH 2023 

Thirty First Sunday of Ordinary Time

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Therese Passenger, Cyril Clarke, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Patricia Haines, Marie Gill, Walter Harrison,  Pauline Jordan, Philip Crosby, Elizabeth Flanagan, Pat McQuillan, Mary Malone, Kathleen Kelly, Irene Cooper, Win Powell, Alex Standring and Janice Kopacz Standring, F.E Jardiel, Denis O’Grady. Deana Dobson, Tony Kenny, Luke Burke, Maureen De Melchior, Joan Doran, Nora Hickey, Mary Ruffle, Alison Buckley, Ryan Boyer, Noel Parker, Sister Angela Linane. Denis Guilfoyle
LATELY DEAD: Juanita Rios, Mildred Leigh, Stella Barker, Joan Kenny
ANNIVERSARIES: Eileen and Vincent Hall, Fernando Lopes, Joăo Luis, Rose McGladdery, Kuttyamma Varghese, Robert McFall, Margaret Fernandes, Alex Fernandes, Maria Mathew, Mathew Varkey, Jo Heneghan, Arthur Haines,

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £903.10

Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: Online financial contributions: Caritas (Homeless) £20.00; Foodbank £25.00; CAFOD £209.10; Heating £3.00. Donation from the Indian Community for use of the church £30.00
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13). 

NOVEMBER REMEMBRANCE OF THE DEAD
Every day during November, we will pray, at Mass, for those whose names are entered in the book of remembrance (currently on a stand on the altar rails). Please feel free to enter the names of your loved ones into this book, however long ago they died.
There are also forms at the back of the church (in the narthex) for those who have died over the last year (from November 2022- November 2023). If you fill these in and hand them in to the sacristy. The names of all those written down will be mentioned at a special Mass on Saturday 11th November at 12noon.

PARISH INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
Don’t forget that we hold the next international music festival on Saturday 2nd December this year at 3pm (the day before Advent begins). I hope that all the various groups are choosing their pieces and getting them prepared. Please tell others about the music festival and invite them along. There will be no charge for the event.

SPECIAL DAYS THIS WEEK
Tuesday 7th November – St. Willibrord. He was born in Yorkshire in 658. After ordination, he set out to evangelise Frisia, He was ordained bishop in 695 and founded the See of Utrecht. He preached the Gospel in North Germany and Denmark and founded monasteries in the Netherlands and in Luxembourg.
Thursday 9th November – the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica. This day commemorates the dedications of the Pope’s cathedral in Rome as the “Mother and Head of the churches of the City of Rome and of the world”. The feast is observed throughout the Church as a sign of unity.
Friday 10th November – Saint Leo the Great. He was one of only three popes to be called “Great”. He was a famous Doctor of the Church. It is said that when Attila the Hun was about to sack Rome, he went out, dressed in white robes, to dissuade him from his intent, and was successful. He was, however, less successful when he tried something similar with Genseric and the Vandals.
Saturday 11th November – St. Martin of Tours. Martin was born in Hungary in about 315 and became a cavalry officer in the Roma army of Constantine. When he was stationed at Amiens, in France, he gave half his cloak to a freezing beggar. He left the army and became a hermit for a while before reluctantly becoming the Bishop of Tours. He died in 397 and was one of the first non-martyrs to be honoured as a saint.

PARISH HALL
We have still heard nothing about the Parish Hall, except that some people came out during the holidays and have put their plans together. These will then have to go out to tender. This will inevitably mean that it will be a few more weeks before the tenders are received, and the contract awarded. I am almost certain, therefore, that the hall will not be ready for use before Christmas.
I take this opportunity to remind parishioners that the Parish Hall, even when the drains are fixed, is not open for hire for private functions. We have four sizeable ethnic communities in the parish (African, Filipino, Indian and English/Irish). Each of the communities has the potential to use the Parish Hall four times a year for their community events. Each community has someone who is responsible for agreeing to these events (after consultation with the community) and for ensuring that the hall is properly cleaned and secured after use.

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS
Many times, in recent years, Pope Francis has criticized ‘clericalism’ and often associated it with some of the worst problems that the Church is experiencing today. But what is ‘clericalism’? I suggest that the first reading and the Gospel, this Sunday, are speaking about this malaise. The first reading says that the priests have not kept to the paths of the Law but have shown partiality in their administration. In other words, they’ve lost the driving force of the faith and are too bothered about what other people think of them. The Gospel has a similar message. It speaks about the Scribes and the Pharisees wanting to be greeted obsequiously and have people call them ‘Rabbi’. Then it refers to the trappings associated with the Scribes and Pharisees, their phylacteries, and tassels. Phylacteries are the leather pouches, containing pieces of Scripture, and the leather straps which tie the pouches to their arms or foreheads at the time of prayer. The broader the leather straps tying these pouches to the body, the more the Pharisees would be noticed for their piety. The tassels being referred to are those on a prayer shawl or the white undershirt that can be seen worn by men attending the synagogue. The suggestion is that the trappings have become more important than the message; this is one form of ‘clericalism’. But the message of the readings is not just about priests; one of the most common criticisms of Christians, justified or not, is hypocrisy. People judge us for not ‘walking the talk’. There’s a difficult balance to be achieved. The message that I suggest inspires us is one of being moved by the plight of others and doing something to help. It’s about knowing God’s love and forgiveness when we don’t deserve it. C.S. Lewis wrote, “Humility is not thinking less of ourselves; it’s thinking of ourselves less”

WORLD DAY OF THE POOR - A MESSAGE FROM CARITAS SALFORD
The 7th World Day of the Poor will be celebrated on Sunday 19th November. The theme this year is 'Do not turn your face away from anyone who is poor', taken from the Book of Tobit 4:7.  

Next Sunday Father Phil will be at the Remembrance Sunday service in the town centre, so he will have to ask one of our other priests to say the 10.00am Mass that day. He will be back for the evening Mass.

 

THIRTIETH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME
(YEAR A)
WEEK: OCTOBER 29TH - NOVEMBER 4TH 2023 

Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

“Love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12)

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Therese Passenger, Cyril Clarke, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Patricia Haines, Marie Gill, Walter Harrison,  Pauline Jordan, Philip Crosby, Elizabeth Flanagan, Pat McQuillan, Mary Malone, Kathleen Kelly, Irene Cooper, Win Powell, Alex Standring and Janice Kopacz Standring, F.E Jardiel, Denis O’Grady. Deana Dobson, Tony Kenny, Luke Burke, Maureen De Melchior, Joan Doran, Nora Hickey, Mary Ruffle, Alison Buckley, Ryan Boyer, Noel Parker
LATELY DEAD: Juanita Rios, Mildred Leigh, Stella Barker
ANNIVERSARIES: Michael Ruffle. Jack and Peggy Reddish, Davis Jones, Eileen and Vincent Hall, Fernando Lopes, Joăo Luis, Rose McGladdery, Fr. Michael Fleming, Kuttyamma Varghese, Robert McFall

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £774.43

Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: Online financial contributions: Caritas (Homeless) £20.00; Missio £10.00
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13). 

Congratulations to David and Brendalyn Niala who celebrated their 21st Wedding Anniversary last week.

LEAD BISHOP FOR ENVIRONMENT MAKES PLEA TO PRIME MINISTER AHEAD OF COP28
The Lead Bishop for Environmental Issues for the Bishops’ Conference, Bishop John Arnold, wrote this week (24 October) to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, enclosing a copy of Pope Francis’ recent apostolic exhortation Laudate Deum.

SPECIAL DAYS THIS WEEK
Wednesday 1st November – All Saints Day. This is a Holy Day of Obligation.
Thursday 2nd November – All Souls Day.
Friday 3rd – St. Martin de Porres. He was born in Lima, Peru, of an indigenous mother and a Spanish father. He entered the Dominican order and worked for the poor. He died in 1639.
Also on Friday – St Winefride There’s very little known about her except that she lived in 6th or 7th century near Treffynon (Holywell) in Clwyd. Her cult has been widespread since the Middle Ages, with a shrine in Shrewsbury, where her remains were enshrined in 1138, and her well at Holywell, which has remained a place of healing and pilgrimage to today.
Saturday 4th – St. Charles Borromeo – He was born in 1538 and, after obtaining a doctorate in civil and canon law, he was created a cardinal by his uncle, pope Pius IV. He was made Bishop of Milan. He became a true shepherd of his flock. He died in 1584.

PARISH HALL
I’ve heard nothing more yet! Hopefully, by next week, we will have some sort of timescale for the work that needs to be done. I take this opportunity to remind parishioners that the Parish Hall, even when the drains are fixed, is not open for hire for private functions. We have four sizeable ethnic communities in the parish (African, Filipino, Indian and English/Irish). Each of the communities has the potential to use the Parish Hall four times a year for their community events. Each community has someone who is responsible for agreeing to these events (after consultation with the community) and for ensuring that the hall is properly cleaned and secured after use.

PARISH TEAM MEETING
There will be a meeting of the Parish Team this Thursday (2nd November) at 7pm.

LETTER FROM THOSE ATTENDING THE SYNOD IN ROME
“As the proceedings of the first session of the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops draw to a close, we want to thank God with all of you for the beautiful and enriching experience we have lived. We lived this blessed time in profound communion with all of you. We were supported by your prayers, bearing with you your expectations, your questions, as well as your fears. As Pope Francis requested two years ago, a long process of listening and discernment was initiated, open to all the People of God, no one being excluded, to “journey together” under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, missionary disciples engaged in the following of Jesus Christ….Our assembly took place in the context of a world in crisis, whose wounds and scandalous inequalities resonated painfully in our hearts, infusing our work with a particular gravity, especially since some of us come from countries where war rages…When homeless people near St. Peter’s Square were asked about their expectations regarding the Church on the occasion of this synod, they replied: “Love!”. This love must always remain the ardent heart of the Church, a Trinitarian and Eucharistic love…Above all, the Church of our time has the duty to listen, in a spirit of conversion, to those who have been victims of abuse committed by members of the ecclesial body, and to commit herself concretely and structurally to ensuring that this does not happen again.”

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS
What’s the greatest commandment of the Law? The Law in question is to be found in the first five books of the Old Testament, where we would discover 613 commandments (not just ten), many of which we take little notice today. For example, I was treated, last Sunday, to a Chinese banquet during which I happily feasted on lobster, which is specifically forbidden in the Law. I suspect too that many Christians would have enjoyed some bacon, ham, or pork in the last week; this too would have been forbidden in the Law. Christians tend to refer to the passage in Mark’s Gospel (Chapter 7:15-19) where Jesus says: “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a man from the outside can make him ‘unclean’? For it doesn’t go into the heart but into his stomach and then out of his body.” Then Mark writes: “Thus he declared all foods clean.”
There are, therefore, laws from the Old Testament that we do not consider binding on us today. But there are also laws that are more important. Jesus, in today’s Gospel, tells us that the most important law is to love God with all your heart, soul and mind. He then immediately says that love of neighbour is the second great commandment. The first law he quotes almost directly from Deuteronomy (Chapter 6:4) and the second from Leviticus (19:18). But what is this love? So many people use the word in very different ways. Jesus is clear that we should love as he loved us, emulating the self-sacrifice, the humility, the forgiveness, and the trust we see from the cross. St. Paul, in that famous passage from his first letter to the Corinthians says that love is at the very pinnacle of human activity. A person might be incredibly talented, generous or fervent in religion, but, if he/she doesn’t have love, then he/she is nothing at all. Then St. Paul goes on to say what this love is. He says that it is always patient and kind, never jealous or conceited, never selfish. It’s always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope and to endure whatever comes. And love, he says, is something of the eternal, here and now.
Finally, Jesus suggests that we should understand the true meaning of all the commandments through the prism of love. Their raison d’être and object is ‘love’.

PARISH INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
I suggest that we hold the next international music festival on Saturday 2nd December this year at 3pm (the day before Advent begins). It would be good to start thinking about your chosen pieces for performance now in preparation!

THE CHURCH BOILER
The engineer came out to the boiler yesterday (Friday) and got it working! However, there will be no ‘alleluias’ until I know that it will continue working. We will see the results, hopefully, over the weekend.

 

TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME
(YEAR A)
WEEK: OCTOBER 22ND - 28TH 2023 

Twenty Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Therese Passenger, Cyril Clarke, Celia Worthington, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Patricia Haines, Marie Gill, Walter Harrison,  Pauline Jordan, Philip Crosby, Elizabeth Flanagan, Pat McQuillan, Mary Malone, Kathleen Kelly, Irene Cooper, Win Powell, Alex Standring and Janice Kopacz Standring, F.E Jardiel, Denis O’Grady. Deana Dobson, Tony Kenny, Luke Burke, Maureen De Melchior, Joan Doran, Nora Hickey, Mary Ruffle, Alison Buckley
LATELY DEAD:Michael Walsh, Brendan Loftus, Cath West, Shak Yang Wong
ANNIVERSARIES:Josephine Hendrick, Michael Ruffle. Jack and Peggy Reddish, Davis Jones, Helen McCaffrey, Pat McCann, Daniel Malone

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £940.51

Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: Online financial contributions: Caritas (Homeless) £20.00; Donations to parish £33.57
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13). 

WORLD MISSION SUNDAY
World Mission Sunday is today, 22nd October. On this day the whole Church unites together through prayer for its missionary activity, and by collecting funds to support Catholic communities across the world experiencing situations of poverty and turmoil. 
The theme chosen by the Holy Father is: ‘Hearts on fire, feet on the move’ (based on Luke 24). In his message for World Mission Sunday, Pope Francis encourages us all to set hearts ablaze with God’s love and compassion for ‘everyone has the right to receive the Gospel and we as Christ’s followers have the duty to proclaim it without excluding anyone.’
Donations and prayers on this day have a direct impact on Catholic communities overseas where the Church is too young, too small, or too poor to flourish without help from the rest of the Church.

SPECIAL DAYS THIS WEEK
Monday 23rd October – St. John Capristrano – He was born in 1386, and, after a legal career, he became a Franciscan, travelling through Europe to preach. He died in 1456.
Tuesday 24th October – St. Anthony Mary Claret – He was born in 1807. He was ordained a priest and began preaching throughout Spain. He founded the Claretians. He was made Archbishop of Santiago, Cuba, where he overcame great trials (such as fifteen assassination attempts) in his ministry. He returned to Spain but fled in 1868 after the revolution. He died in France in 1870.
Thursday 26th October – Ss. Chad and Cedd – Chad and Cedd were brothers, who were educated at Lindisfarne under Aidan, Cedd founded many monasteries and was sent as Bishop to evangelise the East Saxons, establishing his See at Bradwell (Essex). He died of the plague at his monastery in Lastingham. Chad was Abbot of Lastingham and was made Bishop of Northumbria, but his ordination was contested by Wilfrid, and he humbly withdrew. He was sent instead as Bishop of Mercia, where he founded the See of Lichfield. Despite the shortness of his ministry, after his death in 672, he was immediately revered as a saint because of the holiness of his life.
Saturday 28th October – Ss Simon and Jude – Simon is placed eleventh in the list of Apostles, and nothing is known of him except that he was born at Cana and was known as the Zealot. Presumably, he had, at some time, been involved in one of the political groups agitating against the Roman occupiers. Jude, also known as Thaddaeus, was the apostle, who, at the Last Supper, asked the Lord why he showed himself only to his disciples and not to the whole world. He was also known as the ‘brother’ of Jesus (Mark 6:3). There are those who would argue that he was really either a cousin or a stepbrother to Jesus. Jude is also known as the patron Saint of hopeless cases. Simon and Jude are said to have been martyred in Persia.

PARISH HALL
The Headteacher says: “They (the drains company) are coming in at half term to look at the grounds and plan the order of the work, but they are not going to begin now until after half term.” More delay! But we are in their hands.

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME FOR 2023-24
Like last year, we will divide our sessions into two groups, one for the children from Holy Rosary School and the other for children associated more with St. Patrick’s (school or church). The first session for the Holy Rosary group will be at 10am in the Presbytery (the house immediately behind the church) next Saturday, 7th October. The first session for the St. Patrick’s group will be at 10am in the Presbytery on Saturday 14th October. I will give out the dates for all the other sessions and the dates for the First Communion at those initial sessions.

STATEMENT OF THE PATRIARCHS AND HEADS OF THE CHURCHES IN JERUSALEM
We, the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, join together in profound solidarity with the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem as we bear witness to the criminal attack that unfolded within the precincts of the Al-Ahli Anglican Episcopal Hospital in Gaza…our collective voices rise as an impassioned chorus, calling for justice, peace, and the cessation of the suffering that has descended upon the people of Gaza.

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS
Sometimes, when people want to undermine someone, they make alliances with others, with whom they would not normally associate. This is the case in our Gospel story today. We hear of the Pharisees getting together with the Herodians to trap Jesus. The Herodians were supporter of Herod the Tetrarch of Galilee, who was the ruler of the area only at the behest of Rome. They would, therefore, have been quick to report back to Rome any statement made by Jesus that would advise against paying taxes. This whole matter of paying taxes to Rome had been a source of tension for some time. In 6AD, when Jesus was only a child, there was a revolt, led by Judas the Galilean, against paying these taxes. This had been mercilessly crushed by Rome. The tax in question in today’s Gospel was a type of Poll Tax requiring everyone, between the ages of 12 and 65 to pay one denarius (roughly a day’s wages) per annum. The denarius had on it the inscription, “Tiberius Caesar, august son of the Divine Augustus, High Priest.” To carry such a coin into the temple precincts was, in effect, to carry a blasphemy, with the coin declaring that the Emperor, Caesar Augustus, was a god. When Jesus asks for such a coin to be presented, he was demonstrating the double standards of the Pharisees.

People have sometimes used the famous line, “Give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God” as a suggestion that Church and State should be kept separate. But, in fact, what belongs to God is everything; the psalm proclaims, “The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness, the world and all its peoples.” The famous Canadian philosopher, Charles Taylor, makes a distinction between ‘pre-modern’ societies, where everything revolved around the Church, and ‘post-modern’ societies where the Church and faith are an optional extra. If we are giving back to God what belongs to God, then the Christian story should undergird everything we do. It should inspire us to go the extra mile for others when, in fact, we might prefer to let someone else do the difficult stuff. It might urge us to be forgiving, when our first inclination is otherwise. It might sway our political decisions or encourage us to spend more time with the family despite work pressures. And so much more.

PARISH INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
I suggest that we hold the next international music festival on Saturday 2nd December this year at 3pm (the day before Advent begins). It would be good to start thinking about your chosen pieces for performance now in preparation!

THE CHURCH BOILER
John Mellor has found the part which was required to reassemble the boiler and he is trying to get the engineer to come sooner than he suggested. Currently, the engineer is saying that he has all sorts of problems in getting here. We live in hope that he will get here next week but no guarantee! So, make sure you still wear warm clothes when you come to church. Sorry!

 

TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME
(YEAR A)
WEEK: OCTOBER 15TH - 21ST 2023 

Twenty Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Michael Walsh, Therese Passenger, Cyril Clarke, Celia Worthington, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Patricia Haines, Marie Gill, Walter Harrison,  Pauline Jordan, Philip Crosby, Elizabeth Flanagan, Pat McQuillan, Mary Malone, Kathleen Kelly, Irene Cooper, Win Powell, Alex Standring and Janice Kopacz Standring, F.E Jardiel, Denis O’Grady. Deana Dobson, Tony Kenny, Luke Burke, Maureen De Melchior, Joan Doran, Nora Hickey, Mary Ruffle, Alison Buckley
LATELY DEAD: Charlie Burgess, James Rothwell, Cath West, Fr. Peter (Slovakia)
ANNIVERSARIES:Marjorie Cartmel, Gwen Corcoran, Vitov Dimiz, Margaret Millett, John Cook, Michael Hywell, Daniel Malone, Alice Buckley, Denis Buckley, May Boyle, Margaret Ainsworth, Fr. Michael Fleming

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £874.68

Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: Online financial contributions: CAFOD £10.00; Caritas (Homeless) £20.00; Donations to parish £20.00
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13). 

WORLD MISSION SUNDAY
World Mission Sunday this year will take place on 22nd October. On this day the whole Church unites together through prayer for its missionary activity, and by collecting funds to support Catholic communities across the world experiencing situations of poverty and turmoil. 
The theme chosen by the Holy Father is: ‘Hearts on fire, feet on the move’ (based on Luke 24). In his message for World Mission Sunday, Pope Francis encourages us all to set hearts ablaze with God’s love and compassion for ‘everyone has the right to receive the Gospel and we as Christ’s followers have the duty to proclaim it without excluding anyone.’
Donations and prayers on this day have a direct impact on Catholic communities overseas where the Church is too young, too small, or too poor to flourish without help from the rest of the Church.

SPECIAL DAYS THIS WEEK
Monday 16th October – St Margaret Mary Alacoque – She was born in 1647. She joined the Visitation Sister at Paray-le-Monial in 1671. She received revelations of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and worked to spread this devotion. She died in 1690.
Tuesday 17th October: St. Ignatius of Antioch. He was the second Bishop of Antioch and was sentenced to death in 107 and deported to Rome, where he was thrown to the wild beasts.
Wednesday 18th October: St Luke the Evangelist. He had been born into a pagan family and became a convert to the faith. He was a companion of St. Paul, and he composed both the third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles.
Thursday 19th October: St. Paul of the Cross.  Paul Danei was born in 1694, the second of sixteen children, six of whom survived infancy.  He learned at an early age the reality of death and the uncertainty of life.  At the age of 19 he had a religious experience that led him to the lifelong conviction that God is most easily found in the Passion of Christ.  He went to live as a hermit, but soon others joined him and so the Passionist Order was born, He died in 1775.

PARISH HALL
The Headteacher says: “They (the drains company) are coming in at half term to look at the grounds and plan the order of the work, but they are not going to begin now until after half term.” More delay! But we are in their hands.

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME FOR 2023-24
Like last year, we will divide our sessions into two groups, one for the children from Holy Rosary School and the other for children associated more with St. Patrick’s (school or church). The first session for the Holy Rosary group will be at 10am in the Presbytery (the house immediately behind the church) next Saturday, 7th October. The first session for the St. Patrick’s group will be at 10am in the Presbytery on Saturday 14th October. I will give out the dates for all the other sessions and the dates for the First Communion at those initial sessions.

MESSAGE FROM CARDINAL NICHOLS RE ISAREL AND PALESTINE
Cardinal Vincent Nichols continues to urge the faithful to pray for peace as conflict escalates and the death toll rises in both Israel and Gaza. In a statement released on 13 October, Cardinal Nichols said: “A week into the terrible conflict in Israel and Gaza, I urge Catholics to sustain their prayers for peace. The horrific atrocities committed by Hamas in Israel warrant every condemnation. “We continue to hold in our prayers those who were killed, the injured, those held hostage, their families and communities.
“The situation facing the millions of civilians in Gaza also calls for effective humanitarian relief. We pray too for those killed, injured and displaced there.
“At home I appeal for restraint and the total avoidance of hateful language and action, as the impact of this conflict is felt in communities here.”

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS
Perhaps the most difficult aspect of today’s Gospel is why the king should get so upset when he finds someone without a wedding garment at his feast. After all, he’s ordered his servants to go out to the highways and byways to invite anyone to the feast who could be found. Surely there’d be some who’d not been able to acquire the proper wedding garment. Why should he be so harsh as to order such a person to be bound and thrown out into the dark?
C.S Lewis, in his book, “The Great Divorce” suggests a possible answer. He imagines several different people dying and being transported to a place just outside heaven. There they are left to struggle with an aspect of their characters before they can finally enter into happiness.
One person, through the years of his life, has clothed himself with an air of having to prove himself to others. He’s grown resentful too of other people’s failures but the cloak he wears also hides his own failings. He cannot let go of the cloak and he gradually disappears altogether into the darkness.
Another person carries a slimy lizard which is clearly symbolic of a shadowy aspect of his character. An angel approaches and offers to kill the lizard for him. But this person sees the lizard now as part of who he is and can’t believe that he could be released of this ugly burden. Finally, however, encouraged by the angel, he gives the burden up, crying out, “God help me”. The slimy lizard then wondrously changes into a mighty stallion which the person mounts and rides off into heaven.
There are several mentions in the Scriptures of the clothes that Christians are meant to put on. St. Paul, in his letter to the Colossians, speaks of Christians clothing themselves in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. In another Scriptural image of heaven from the Book of Revelation, we hear of the saints, all wearing garments that have been washed clean by the blood of the Lamb. Without this wedding garment we cannot be saved even if we have a gold embossed invitation to the feast!

PARISH INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
I suggest that we hold the next international music festival on Saturday 2nd December this year at 3pm (the day before Advent begins). It would be good to start thinking about your chosen pieces for performance now in preparation!

WORK ON THE CHURCH BOILER
I’m afraid that the heating engineer was not able to fix the church boiler last Wednesday; he says there is still need of another part and he will not be able to return to replace that part for another couple of weeks! So, make sure you wear warm clothes when you come to church. Sorry!

T-LIGHT STAND THEFT
You may have realised that one of our T-light stands has gone missing. It seems that this was stolen on Monday 9th October; I must have left the church open for too long! It seems that it was put into a van/car and taken away.

TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME
(YEAR A)
WEEK: OCTOBER 8TH - 14TH 2023 

Twenty Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

“…they thrashed one, killed another and stoned a third…”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Michael Walsh, Therese Passenger, Cyril Clarke, Celia Worthington, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Patricia Haines, Marie Gill, Walter Harrison,  Pauline Jordan, Philip Crosby, Elizabeth Flanagan, Pat McQuillan, Mary Malone, Kathleen Kelly, Irene Cooper, Win Powell, Alex Standring and Janice Kopacz Standring, F.E Jardiel, Denis O’Grady. Deana Dobson, Tony Kenny, Luke Burke, Maureen De Melchior, Joan Doran, Nora Hickey, Mary Ruffle
LATELY DEAD: Charlie Burgess, Stephen Henthorn, John McCann, James Rothwell
ANNIVERSARIES: Marjorie Cartmel, Gwen Corcoran, Vitov Dimiz, Margaret Millett, John Cook, Madalena Rosa Pilartes Da Silva Teixeira, Michael Hywel

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £944.23.

Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: CAFOD £302.82 ; Caritas (Homeless) £20.00; Donations to parish £5O.O0 and £150.00
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13). 

BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Black History Month (October) is an annual observance originating in the United States. It has received official recognition from governments in the United States and Canada, and more recently has been observed in Ireland and the United Kingdom. The first Black History Month took place in the UK in the 1980’s.
Why not read, “The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho” by Paterson Joseph? Author’s note: “…researching Sancho’s story for the last twenty years – and more – has given me a deep sense of belonging, of a shared history with a nation that sometimes ignores, sometimes rejects, my people’s right to an equal role in its storytelling.”

SPECIAL DAYS THIS WEEK
Monday 9th October – St. John Henry Newman – he was born in London in1801 and was, for over 20 years an Anglican clergyman and Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford. His studies of the early Church led him towards Catholicism, into which he was received and ordained in 1847. In 1879, he was created a Cardinal by Pope Leo XIII. He was p/raised for his humility and for his contributions to the intellectual life of the Church. He died in Birmingham in 1890.
Tuesday 10th October – St. Paulinus of York. He was among the second group of monks sent to England by Pope Gregory. After working for 20 years in Kent, he was ordained bishop and sent to Northumbria. There he eventually baptised the king and many of his nobles. He died in 644.
Wednesday 11th October – Pope St. John XXIII – He was born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli in the village of Sotto Il Monte in 1881. In 1904 he was ordained a priest. In 1953, he was created a Cardinal and made Patriarch of Venice. In 1958, he was elected supreme Pontiff. During his pontificate, he summoned the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council. He died in Rome on 3rd June 1963.
Thursday 12th October – St. Wilfrid – He was born in Northumbria around 634. He was made Bishop of York. Throughout the seventh century in England, there were two major Catholic theological parties, the Celtic (Irish) and the Roman (Saxon), struggling for supremacy. At issue were the dates of Easter, among several other things. Wilfrid was in the Saxon school of thought. He was deposed as Bishop, and he went to Rome to appeal his case. He was reinstated by Pope Agatho but then deposed again, imprisoned and exiled. He travelled again to Rome and was once more reinstated.  He died in 709
Friday 13th October – St. Edward the Confessor – He became King of England in 1042. He was remarkable for his help to the poor. He reigned for 24 years. He was succeeded by King Harold who, in the first year as king, was defeated by William the Conqueror, and killed in the Battle of Hastings.
Saturday 14th October – Pope St. Callistus – He was originally a slave who became a deacon. His role, at that time, was to supervise the cemetery on the Via Appia in Rome. He later became Pope and was martyred in 222.

MESSAGE FROM MAGGIE’S CULTURE CRAWL
“What a fantastic night we had at Culture Crawl last Friday.  Everyone absolutely loved their visit to St Patricks – it was by far a crowd favourite, yet again!  The Choir, WOW!  You guys are just so FAB!!!  I hope you all enjoyed yourselves just as much as we all did 😊 Everyone loved you!
I honestly can’t thank you all enough for giving up your Friday evenings for us, for welcoming us with such open arms, and for your generous hospitality. 
We’ve already raised £12,500, and we’re still counting!  It’s by far our biggest and best ever Culture Crawl, and every penny raised will make the biggest difference here at Maggie’s. “

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME FOR 2023-24
Like last year, we will divide our sessions into two groups, one for the children from Holy Rosary School and the other for children associated more with St. Patrick’s (school or church). The first session for the Holy Rosary group will be at 10am in the Presbytery (the house immediately behind the church) next Saturday, 7th October. The first session for the St. Patrick’s group will be at 10am in the Presbytery on Saturday 14th October. I will give out the dates for all the other sessions and the dates for the First Communion at those initial sessions.

PARISH TEAM MEETING
The team agreed that, if the Parish Hall drains are sorted out by November, we should hold a Christmas Fayre on Sunday, 26th of that month at 1pm. A group of people will be called together to organise the event.
Someone had asked about the possibility of the Parish obtaining a ‘card reader’ so that people could donate using that technology. It was agreed that Frank should ask the bank about the details and for any printed information about this facility.

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS
Our Gospel today, like last week’s, is set on the Tuesday of Holy Week. Jesus arrived in Jerusalem, according to Matthew, on the Monday (not the Sunday as we have come to remember liturgically) and then threw the sellers out of the temple on that same day. On the next day, the Chief priests and the elders challenged him as he entered the temple again. Jesus then tells them a couple of parables in which he gets these people to condemn themselves without realising it. When he uses the vineyard as a metaphor, he is almost certainly referring to the text from Isaiah, which we had for our first reading. There, the vineyard was planted with choice vines but produced only sour grapes. We are told that the vineyard represents the House of Israel. Now, Jesus uses the same metaphor. But, in his story, it is the tenants, not the people in general, who are the very ones that the chief priests and elders will call ‘wretches’. There is the suggestion that one of the reasons that the religious authorities produced sour grapes was because they were unable to hear the Spirit speaking in new ways, like through the prophets or through Jesus himself. The Synod, which began in Rome last week, involving both Bishops and lay people from around the world, is precisely about trying to hear the Spirit speaking to the Church today. This can be uncomfortable and unsettling. John Henry Newman, whose feast day we celebrate on Monday of this week, wrote: “In the higher world it is otherwise but here below to live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.”

PARISH INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
I suggest that we hold the next international music festival on Saturday 2nd December this year at 3pm (the day before Advent begins). It would be good to start thinking about your chosen pieces for performance now in preparation!

WORK ON THE CHURCH BOILER
We have been waiting for parts to fix the church boiler. They are due to arrive early this week and work on the boiler will begin on Wednesday.

TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME
(YEAR A)

WEEK: OCTOBER 1ST - 7TH 2023 

Twenty Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

“He emptied himself to assume the condition of a slave…He was humbler yet, even to accepting death…”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Michael Walsh, Therese Passenger, Cyril Clarke, Celia Worthington, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Patricia Haines, Marie Gill, Walter Harrison,  Pauline Jordan, Philip Crosby, Elizabeth Flanagan, Pat McQuillan, Mary Malone, Kathleen Kelly, Irene Cooper, Win Powell, Alex Standring and Janice Kopacz Standring, F.E Jardiel, Denis O’Grady. Deana Dobson, Tony Kenny, Luke Burke, Maureen De Melchior, Joan Doran, Nora Hickey, Mary Ruffle
LATELY DEAD: Jane Louisa Santoro, Doris O’Brien, Maureen (Fahey) Robinson, Mary Foley, Maria Trofan, Jim and Angela McLoughlin, Rita Deighton, Stephen Henthorn, Sandra Beesley, Margaret Ann Durkin
ANNIVERSARIES: Dimitri Michailuk, Jan Feniuk, Anthony Canon, Nellie Hilton, Herbert Hilton, Stephen David Hilton, William Fitzpatrick, Dorothy Fizpatrick, Bessie Beswick, Sheila Bradbury, Stephen McEntee

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £800.25; We also received £4000 as a separate donation in appreciation for the part played by this parish in someone’s earlier life.

Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: Vincentian Mission £50.00; Caritas (Homeless) £25.00;
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13). 

CHALLENGE POVERTY WEEK
As we approach Challenge Poverty Week (2 October to 8 October 2023), our diocesan charity Caritas Salford remains committed to tackling poverty and its causes. There are too many children, families, and individuals living in poverty in our diocese:  

  • 302,158 children living in poverty
  • 4,978 households across the diocese living in unstable temporary accommodation
  • Poverty in our area is consistently higher for disabled people
  • 217,657 households are in fuel poverty in our diocese - that's just over 15% of all households

Caritas Salford not only works alongside people experiencing poverty and crisis to provide much-needed support, but it also works hard to call out and tackle the causes of that poverty too.  To find out more about Caritas Salford and its work in our diocese, head to: 
https://www.caritassalford.org.uk/about/policy-and-advocacy/

SPECIAL DAYS THIS WEEK
Monday 2nd October – The Holy Guardian Angels
Wednesday 4th October – St Francis of Assisi – He was born in Assisi in 1182. After a profound conversion, he embraced poverty and turned to God. Preaching the love of God, he gathered brothers around him who became his Friars Minor. He is also known, though perhaps less so, for his preparedness to reach out in friendship to the Muslim communities of his day and to learn from them. During one of the crusades, he famously travelled to Damietta, in Egypt, where the battle was raging and tried to convince the “Christian” soldiers to stop the fighting, but he was ridiculed for his attempts. He then, with one of the other Brothers, crossed the battle lines and asked to speak to the Sultan. Amazingly, he was recognised as a person of faith and, therefore, brought into the Sultan’s presence and given hospitality. He stayed for about two weeks sharing his own beliefs and listening to the Sultan and his advisors. Pope Francis took Francis of Assisi’s name when he became Pope and very soon reached out to the Grand Imam of Egypt and has subsequently built a strong friendship with him. Francis of Assisi is also known for bearing the marks of the wounds of Christ (the Stigmata). He died in 1226.
Thursday 5th October – St. Faustina Kowalska – She was born in Poland in 1905. Aged 20, she entered religious life. For many years, while suffering ill health, she received visions of Jesus as the Divine Mercy. She died in Krakow on 5th October 1938,
Friday 6th October – St, Bruno – He was born in Cologne in 1035. After teaching theology, he embraced solitude at La Grande Chartreuse, founding the Carthusian Order, following a way of poverty, silence, prayer and penance. He died in 1101 in Calabria.
Saturday 7th October – Our Lady of the Rosary

MAGGIE’S CULTURE CRAWL
The Filipino community did us proud again yesterday welcoming the people on the Culture Crawl and entertaining and feeding about 200.

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME FOR 2023-24
Like last year, we will divide our sessions into two groups, one for the children from Holy Rosary School and the other for children associated more with St. Patrick’s (school or church). The first session for the Holy Rosary group will be at 10am in the Presbytery (the house immediately behind the church) next Saturday, 7th October. The first session for the St. Patrick’s group will be at 10am in the Presbytery on Saturday 14th October. I will give out the dates for all the other sessions and the dates for the First Communion at those initial sessions.

PARISH TEAM MEETING
The team agreed that, if the Parish Hall drains are sorted out by November, we should hold a Christmas Fayre on Sunday, 26th of that month at 1pm. A group of people will be called together to organise the event.
Someone had asked about the possibility of the Parish obtaining a ‘card reader’ so that people could donate using that technology. It was agreed that Frank should ask the bank about the details and for any printed information about this facility.

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS
In recent weeks, the Gospel stories have invited us to join Jesus and his disciples on the road to Jerusalem. The Gospel today sees him on his second day in the city. On the previous day, according to Matthew, he’d arrived to great acclaim and then gone to the Temple, where he cast out the sellers and turned their tables over. The Pharisees were not pleased and, when he returned to Jerusalem the next day, after spending the night in Bethany, they challenged him and asked him to give them his authority for behaving as he had. He responded by asking them a question: “John’s baptism, did it come from heaven or from man?” They wouldn’t answer his question, so he refused to answer theirs. Then he tells them the parable in the Gospel of today, clearly drawing a parallel between them and the person who said that he would go and work in the vineyard but didn’t. He then had them condemning their own behaviour without realising it.
The writer, C. S. Lewis, in his book, “The Screwtape letters”, has the devil Screwtape training his nephew, Wormwood. He suggests that one of the areas for Wormwood to focus on is that of people failing to make “the transition from dreaming aspiration to laborious doing.” I’m reminded too of the remark in Dostoyevsky’s, ‘The Brothers Karamazov”: “I love humanity…but I can’t help being surprised at myself: the more I love humanity in general, the less I love men in particular.” Einstein said something very similar many years later when he said, “I love humanity. but I hate humans.”. And Charlie Brown, in the famous Peanuts cartoon says, “I love mankind…It’s people I can’t stand”. It’s all too easy to think good of ourselves and imagine our involvement in great projects to help others. The reality can be very different from our imagining.

PARISH INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
I suggest that we hold the next international music festival on Saturday 2nd December this year at 3pm (the day before Advent begins). It would be good to start thinking about your chosen pieces for performance now in preparation!

TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME
(YEAR A)

WEEK: SEPTEMBER 24TH - 30TH 2023 

Twenty Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

“My ways are above your ways!”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Michael Walsh, Therese Passenger, Cyril Clarke, Celia Worthington, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Patricia Haines, Marie Gill, Walter Harrison,  Pauline Jordan, Philip Crosby, Elizabeth Flanagan, Pat McQuillan, Mary Malone, Kathleen Kelly, Irene Cooper, Win Powell, Alex Standring and Janice Kopacz Standring, F.E Jardiel, Denis O’Grady. Deana Dobson, Tony Kenny, Luke Burke, Maureen De Melchior, Joan Doran, Nora Hickey
LATELY DEAD: Sebastien Tchiappi, Jane Louisa Santoro, Doris O’Brien, Maureen (Fahey) Robinson, Mary Foley, Maria Trofan, Jim and Angela McLoughlin, Rita Deighton, Stephen Henthorn, Sandra Beesley
ANNIVERSARIES: Nellie Hilton, Herbert Hilton, Stephen David Hilton, William Fitzpatrick, Dorothy Fizpatrick, Joaquim de Almeida, Maria Lourdes Barbosa, Veronica Guilfoyle, James and Agnes Killeen, James Edward Taylor, Anthony Flatley, Maureen Hayes. Bessie Beswick< Sheila Bradbury, Stephen McEntee

CONGRATULATIONS
One of our parishioners, Daphne, reached the grand old age of 90 last week!

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £982.66; We also received £392.06 (plus 10 Euros) from the Chinese community.

Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: Missio £22.00; Caritas (Homeless) £20.00; Foodbank £25.00
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13). 

SEASON OF CREATION
On 14th September, the Diocese announced its decision to divest from BP PLC and Shell PLC. In recent weeks it has become clear that both BP PLC and Shell PLC have altered their stance and are no longer ambitious enough in their decarbonisation pathways and transition plans. “We would be failing in our duty to our common home and our brothers and sisters, if we decided not to act. We must take a stand against companies that do not align with our principles and that put their profits ahead of the common good. We will therefore divest from both companies by the end of 2023. This ends our direct investment in fossil fuel production.”

SPECIAL DAYS THIS WEEK
Tuesday – SS Cosmos and Damian – they were doctors who were martyred in Syria around 300. There is evidence that their tomb was at Cyrrhus, where a basilica was built in their honour.
Wednesday 27th September  – St Vincent de Paul – He was the son of a swineherd and was ordained priest in 1600 when he was just nineteen. He became chaplain to a noble family at Folleville, and he began to visit impoverished peasants in the countryside. Realising the shocking state of the poor, he founded the Vincentians as an order of priests dedicated to ministering to the oppressed. With the help of St. Louise de Marillac, he also established the Sisters of Charity. His compassion was legendary, and he set up a sort of welfare system for the French proletariat. According to tradition, Vincent once traded places with a convict in the galleys, having heard the man despair of ever again seeing his wife and children. He slaved for weeks until his freedom was bought by his followers. His ankles were permanently swollen after this because of the shackles he had worn.
Thursday 28th September – Ss Lawrence Ruiz and his companions – he was born in Manila in the Philippines in 1600 and became a Dominican. He travelled to Japan and was arrested, taken to Nagasaki, and executed in 1637, the first Filipino martyr. He is, of course, one of the two saints depicted in our Filipino stained-glass window.
Friday 29th September – Ss Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels -  
Saturday 30th September – St. Jerome 1821 – He was born in Dalmatia in 340 and studied in Rome where he was baptised and became secretary to the Pope Damasus 1. He set about translating the Bible into Latin and promoting the monastic life. He settled in Bethlehem, where he trained others in Scriptural studies. He died in 420 at the age of 80.

WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES - SUNDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER
There’s no doubt that there’s so much desperation in our world. Many people are on the move, fleeing wars, famine or oppressive situations.
Last week, in the space of 24 hours, more than 6000 of these people landed on the Italian island of Lampedusa. Such a statistic will, no doubt, arouse concern in the minds of many. But it’s important not to reduce people to statistics. So many have human stories that would move most hearts, if only they had the chance to be heard.
In his encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, the Pope describes the dynamics of individualism, populism and nationalism, all impacting negatively on people’s attitudes towards migration. It’s important to question how these tendencies have affected our own ideas because they are now metaphorically part of the air we breathe.
Perhaps many people would argue that they would want to be welcoming but that there are limits. And, of course, the Pope, too, recognises that there must be control of borders for the sake of the common good. But that control can all too easily become over-restrictive or even ‘hostile’.
Last week, a Government Enquiry on Brook House Detention Centre near Gatwick Airport was published. The enquiry acknowledged that, in the space of 5 months, 19 incidents were uncovered in Brook House that would contravene Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights: “No-one shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”
But don’t governments have the right to claim ownership of their territories and to deny entry to others? An important longstanding principle of Catholic theology, referred to again by the Pope, is what is called ‘the universal destination of goods’ (p.124 of Fratelli Tutti). This is a principle that does not deny the right to private property but recognises that the original gift of the earth was made to all humankind. Sadly, the story of all too many who make those desperate journeys is one of being further deprived of dignity leaving some to become suicidal. On the other hand, many parishes, who have received refugees into their communities, have reported a real enrichment. Hearing the cry of desperation and responding to it appropriately is not easy but it does give life both to the refugee and those who give refuge!

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME FOR 2023-24
Like last year, we will divide our sessions into two groups, one for the children from Holy Rosary School and the other for children associated more with St. Patrick’s (school or church). The first session for the Holy Rosary group will be at 10am in the Presbytery (the house immediately behind the church) on Saturday 7th October. The first session for the St. Patrick’s group will be at 10am in the Presbytery on Saturday 14th October. I will give out the dates for all the other sessions and the dates for the First Communion at those initial sessions.

MAGGIE’S CULTURE CRAWL
Next Friday evening, from 7.30pm onwards, the charity ‘MAGGIE’S’ is holding a ‘cultu.re crawl’ and our church, thanks to the Filipino Choir, will be hosting a visit providing refreshments and music while the walkers pass through.

PARISH TEAM MEETING
I had to postpone last week’s intended team-meeting because I had made no mention of it in last week’s newsletter. Therefore, I suggest that we try to meet this Thursday evening instead, at 7pm. Sorry for the confusion.

PARISH INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
I suggest that we hold the next international music festival on Saturday 2nd December this year at 3pm (the day before Advent begins). It would be good to start thinking about your chosen pieces for performance now in preparation!

TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME
(YEAR A)

WEEK: SEPTEMBER 17TH - 23RD 2023 

Twenty Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Michael Walsh, Therese Passenger, Cyril Clarke, Celia Worthington, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Patricia Haines, Marie Gill, Walter Harrison,  Pauline Jordan, Philip Crosby, Elizabeth Flanagan, Pat McQuillan, Mary Malone, Kathleen Kelly, Irene Cooper, Win Powell, Alex Standring and Janice Kopacz Standring, F.E Jardiel, Denis O’Grady. Deana Dobson, Tony Kenny, Luke Burke
LATELY DEAD: Sebastien Tchiappi, Jane Louisa Santoro, Doris O’Brien
ANNIVERSARIES: Joel (Ray) Clifton, Alvaro Moreira Silva, John Rigby, John Stephen Rigby, Joaquim de Almeida, Maria Lourdes Barbosa, Veronica Guilfoyle, James and Agnes Killeen, James Edward Taylor

CONGRATULATIONS
One of our parishioners, Daphne, reached the grand old age of 90 last week!

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £822.83; I’m not sure yet about the amount collected for the appeal for the Missions. If anyone still wants to donate to that just put the money in an envelope, marked ‘Mission appeal’, and put it in the ordinary collection basket.

Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: Online financial contributions to the Parish: Vincentian Missionaries £125.00; CAFOD (Morocco) £10.00; Caritas (Homeless) £20.00
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13). 

SEASON OF CREATION
On 14th September, the Diocese announced its decision to divest from BP PLC and Shell PLC. In recent weeks it has become clear that both BP PLC and Shell PLC have altered their stance and are no longer ambitious enough in their decarbonisation pathways and transition plans. “We would be failing in our duty to our common home and our brothers and sisters, if we decided not to act. We must take a stand against companies that do not align with our principles and that put their profits ahead of the common good. We will therefore divest from both companies by the end of 2023. This ends our direct investment in fossil fuel production.”

SPECIAL DAYS THIS WEEK
Tuesday 12th September – St Januarius, Bishop and Martyr.
Wednesday 20th September  – Ss. Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang and companions – Andrew Kim Taegon (21 August 1821 – 16 September 1846), also referred to as Andrew Kim in English, was the first Korean-born Catholic priest and is the patron saint of Korean clergy. Kim was canonized with 102 other martyrs on 6 May 1984. After being baptized at age 15, Kim studied at a seminary in the Portuguese colony of Macau. He also spent time in study at Lolomboy, Bocaue, Bulacan, Philippines, where today he is also venerated. He was ordained a priest in Shanghai after nine years (1844) In 1846, at the age of 25, he was tortured and beheaded near Seoul on the Han River.
Thursday 21st September – St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist. – He was born in Capernaum and became a tax collector. As such he would have been despised by many, but Jesus chose him as an Apostle. Tradition has it that he preached the Faith in the East.
Saturday 23rd September –St. Pius of Pietreclina-  born on 25th May 1887. He entered the novitiate of the Capuchin Friars aged 16 and was ordained priest in 1910. He lived a remarkable devotion to prayer and the sacraments. He committed himself to relieving the pain of many families, chiefly through the foundation of the ‘House for the relief of Suffering’. He died in 1968

THE READINGS THIS SUNDAY
Today is what is called “Home Mission Sunday” when we are invited to think about our mission to the people with whom we live and work, in this country. But there’s always been different understandings of how we engage in mission. One thing, surely, is clear, that our mission should reflect that of Jesus. And we get a glimpse of that mission in John’s Gospel where we hear Jesus saying: “For God sent his Son into the world, not to condemn the world but so that, through him, the world might be saved.”  One of the elements of how he achieves this mission is through his forgiveness from the cross. It seems right, then, that the readings today focus on forgiveness. Our mission must offer something different from that which the world offers. The films that many of us watch are often about “getting even” with those who do us wrong. And with the current imbalanced focus on our rights in this country, we get so much talk of litigation and compensation. This is almost the air that we breathe. But it’s a contaminated air that can damage those who breathe it. People need to hear a very different message and breathe a very different air.

In 1998, a twenty-one-year-old man, called Phanuel, stood before a group of students in Rwanda.  He was a Hutu who’d been shot three times as rebels, a year earlier, infiltrated the compound of his school. The rebels had demanded that the students separate into groups of Hutu and Tutsi, and it was clear that they intended to kill the latter. The students refused to separate, insisting that they were neither Hutu or Tutsi but Rwandans. Several were shot for their audacity, but some, like Phanuel, survived. After he’d recovered, he was later to come across one of the men who’d been among the rebels on that fateful day. His immediate reaction was one of anger and wanting to exact revenge. But he struggled with those feelings. The message he later gave to those students was a powerful one. He said, “I’m not here to deny those things or to tell you that they didn’t matter. I’m here to tell you that we must find a way to understand each other’s pain. And we must find a way to forgive.” “The only way,” he said, “that I’ve found is through Jesus Christ. Beaten, mocked, despised, tortured, Christ called out, pleading for God to forgive the perpetrators.”  That is mission of the most inspirational style, from a young man who’d suffered such terrible injustice. I’m talking about both Jesus and Phanuel.

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME FOR 2023-24
Like last year, we will divide our sessions into two groups, one for the children from Holy Rosary School and the other for children associated more with St. Patrick’s (school or church). The first session for the Holy Rosary group will be at 10am in the Presbytery (the house immediately behind the church) on Saturday 7th October. The first session for the St. Patrick’s group will be at 10am in the Presbytery on Saturday 14th October. I will give out the dates for all the other sessions and the dates for the First Communion at those initial sessions.

OUR FAITH, OUR PLANET, OUR COMMITMENTS
Thursday 14th September 2023, 6.30pm - 9.30pm. Manchester Museum
An annual conference on climate change is set to take place next month to discuss ways people can work together to reduce our carbon footprint. 
The conference takes place on Thursday 14th September and will include a series of workshops and networking opportunities to help communities work together for the good of our common home. Find out more and register at Our faith, our planet,our commitments

NEW LECTIONARY TO BE LAUNCHED FROM ADVENT 2024 
The Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has confirmed the approval by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales for the new Lectionary. 
The Lectionary, which includes the scripture readings for Mass and the sacraments, will come into use in Catholic parishes in England and Wales from Advent 2024

"COME AND SEE"
ENQUIRERS GROUP FOR VOCATIONS TO THE PRIESTHOOD.

Our next "Come and See" event for Vocations to the Priesthood will take place on Saturday 14th October at St Augustine's, in Manchester. The session will begin with Evening Prayer and a period of Adoration, before the chance to discuss the vocation to the priesthood over a meal. 
These events are specifically for anyone interested in finding out more about a vocation to the priesthood. If you know of anyone who may be discerning a vocation or would like to find out more, please direct them to Fr Michael Deas or Fr Mark Paver, who will be able share further details.

TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME
(YEAR A)

WEEK: SEPTEMBER 10TH - 16TH 2023 

Twenty Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Michael Walsh, Therese Passenger, Cyril Clarke, Celia Worthington, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Patricia Haines, Marie Gill, Walter Harrison,  Pauline Jordan, Philip Crosby, Elizabeth Flanagan, Pat McQuillan, Mary Malone, Kathleen Kelly, Joanne Millington, Irene Cooper, Win Powell, Rachael Tappenden, Alex Standring and Janice Kopacz Standring, F.E Jardiel, Denis O’Grady. Deana Dobson, Tony Kenny
LATELY DEAD: Gabriella Ujvari, Canon Denis Clinch, the many victims of the earthquake in Morocco
ANNIVERSARIES: Maura Higgins, Mary Coen, Patrick Coen, Margaret Ann Durkin, Joel (Ray) Clifton, Alvaro Moreira Silva

CONGRATULATIONS
Jo and Kathleen Miller, who were long time members of this parish before they moved to Cleveleys, celebrated their Diamond Wedding anniversary at the end of August. Congratulations!

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £886.49; I’m not sure yet about the amount collected for the appeal for the Missions. If anyone still wants to donate to that just put the money in an envelope, marked ‘Mission appeal’, and put it in the ordinary collection basket.

Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: Online financial contributions to the Parish: Foodbank £25.00
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13).

NEW LECTIONARY TO BE LAUNCHED FROM ADVENT 2024 
The Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has confirmed the approval by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales for the new Lectionary. 
The Lectionary, which includes the scripture readings for Mass and the sacraments, will come into use in Catholic parishes in England and Wales from Advent 2024.  

SEASON OF CREATION
Season of Creation returns for another year, inviting Christians across the globe to come together in prayer and action for the good of our common home. Running from 1st September (World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation) to the feast of St Francis of Assisi on 4th October, this month-long celebration offers us time to reflect on the needs of our planet and what we can do in our communities to make a difference.
For further information, resources, and prayers, please visit https://www.dioceseofsalford.org.uk/season-of-creation-2023/

SPECIAL DAYS THIS WEEK
Tuesday 12th September – the Most Holy Name of Mary.
Wednesday 13th September  – St. John Chrysostom – (c. 347 –407) was an important Early Church Father who served as archbishop of Constantinople. He is known for his preaching and public speaking, his denunciation of abuse of authority by both ecclesiastical and political leaders. Chrysostom means "golden-mouthed" in Greek and denotes his celebrated eloquence.
Thursday 14th September – The Exaltation of the Holy Cross –
Friday 15th September – Our Lady of Sorrows 
Saturday 16th September – Ss Cornelius and Cyprian  -  these both lived at a time of turbulence within the Church; they were at the forefront of the debate on reconciling those who had denied the faith under persecution. Cornelius became Pope and Cyprian a Bishop. The former died in exile and the latter was martyred.

THE READINGS THIS SUNDAY
The first reading and the Gospel of today could sound like a charter for busybodies. You know the sort of scenario: some person who thinks he’s ‘holier than thou’ spends his time looking down on others and criticising them, often to their faces, causing further tension in the community. Surely this is not what Jesus is encouraging in today’s Gospel!
In fact, the theme, today, is much more about the importance of the community and the presence of Jesus in the community. “When two or three meet in my name, I will be there among them”.
Richard Dawkins, in 1976, wrote a book called, ‘The Selfish Gene’ in which he spoke about the need for a competitive spirit in order to survive. But some years later Martin Novak wrote another book called ‘Super cooperators’, in which he rather spoke of the need for massive cooperation in order to survive. We can see something of the truth of the message of this book in what is needed as we face ongoing climate change. But it also clearly the message of the Gospel.
However, in order to have a community that is working well, you will, at times, have to address conflict.
There’s the story of the young lad speaking to his friend about his father’s knowledge of cars. He says that the day before, his father had heard a grinding noise coming from the engine. His friend asks, ‘Did he stop the car and fix it?’ ‘No’ says the young lad, ‘He just turned the radio up so we couldn’t hear it.’
Conflict resolution is often so necessary, and, for the sake of the community, you can’t ignore it. It will, at times, be uncomfortable and it will always require listening, with respect, to the other perspectives so as, hopefully, to learn.


OUR FAITH, OUR PLANET, OUR COMMITMENTS
Thursday 14th September 2023, 6.30pm - 9.30pm. Manchester Museum
An annual conference on climate change is set to take place next month to discuss ways people can work together to reduce our carbon footprint. 
The conference takes place on Thursday 14th September and will include a series of workshops and networking opportunities to help communities work together for the good of our common home. Find out more and register at Our faith, our planet,our commitments

Next Sunday there will be a Mass in Cantonese celebrated in St. Patrick’s at 15.00 hrs. by Fr. Jacob Kwok.

"COME AND SEE" ENQUIRERS GROUP FOR VOCATIONS TO THE PRIESTHOOD
Our next "Come and See" event for Vocations to the Priesthood will take place on Saturday 14th October at St Augustine's, in Manchester. The session will begin with Evening Prayer and a period of Adoration, before the chance to discuss the vocation to the priesthood over a meal. 
These events are specifically for anyone interested in finding out more about a vocation to the priesthood. If you know of anyone who may be discerning a vocation or would like to find out more, please direct them to Fr Michael Deas or Fr Mark Paver, who will be able share further details.

The Pope calls for October to be dedicated to praying for peace in Ukraine
Insisting that there is “a need for more prayer, for conversion, and an end to the conflict” in Ukraine, and in a response to a request from Ukrainian Bishops, Pope Francis “expressed his desire that during the month of October, especially in [Marian] Shrines, the Rosary be dedicated to peace and reconciliation in Ukraine.”

CARITAS DIOCESE OF SALFORD'S BIG SLEEP OUT
The annual Caritas Big Sleep Out is back! This autumn, people across the diocese are being challenged to sleep out under the stars for one night only to raise funds and awareness of people experiencing homelessness in our diocese. 
Taking place on Friday 13th October, this is one of the most important events in the Caritas annual calendar, helping our diocesan charity make a very real impact on the lives of local people.
Find out more and register at Big Sleep out

SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A)
WEEK: JULY 30TH - AUGUST 5TH 2023 

Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field which someone has found.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Michael Walsh, Therese Passenger, Cyril Clarke, Celia Worthington, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Patricia Haines, Marie Gill, Walter Harrison,  Pauline Jordan, Philip Crosby, Elizabeth Flanagan, Emily McGladdery, Pat McQuillan, Mary Malone, Kathleen Kelly, Joanne Millington, Irene Cooper, Win Powell, Rachael Tappenden, Alex Standring and Janice Kopacz Standring, F.E Jardiel, Denis O’Grady. Deana Dobson.
LATELY DEAD: Reynaldo F Domingo, Maria Dodd.
ANNIVERSARIES: Mary Ainsworth, John Reuben Bambrough, Helen and William Shepherd, Joseph McDermott, Paul Lawless, Elena Chavez, Juanito Moňiza Jr., Sr. Ma. Aida Moňiza, RVM, Antonietta Hordynski, Jim Butterworth

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £895.43
Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: Online financial contributions to the Parish: Caritas (Homeless) £20.00; Foodbank £30.00; CAFOD £248.59; Heating £4.25
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13).

WORLD YOUTH DAY (WYD) is the gathering of young people from all over the world with the Pope. It is also a pilgrimage, a celebration of youth, an expression of the universal Church and an intense moment of evangelisation for the youth world. Although its Catholic identity is clearly evident, WYD opens its doors to everyone, no matter how close to or distant from the Church they are. This year, WYD will take place on 1-6 August in Lisbon, Portugal.

SPECIAL DAYS THIS WEEK
Monday 31st  – St. Ignatius of Loyola. He was born in 1491, the youngest of 11 children. Apparently, he was a five-foot two swaggering redhead, “a man given to the vanities of the world”, as he later wrote of himself. His leg was shattered by a canon ball at the Battle of Pamplona in 1521 and he was confined to bed for quite some time. He asked for something to read, and his pious sister gave him a book on the lives of the saints. The book must have had the desired effect because he then retired from the world, dedicated his life to God and began to practise certain spiritual exercises. At the age of 32, he went back to school to study Latin. By the age of 43, he had obtained a MA in Paris where he was twice imprisoned, but later released, by the Inquisition for unorthodox evangelical methods. He became the founder of the Jesuit order (The Society of Jesus). He died in 1556.
Tuesday 1st August – St. Alphonsus Liguori. After a career as a lawyer, he became a priest and founded the Redemptorists. He wrote on Moral Theology and was vigorous in combating Jansenism. He died in 1787.
Wednesday 2nd August  – St. Eusebius of Vercelli. A bishop in the fourth century who preached and worked against Arianism. He was exiled for his efforts in this regard. He returned to Vercelli before his death in 371.
Friday 4th August . – St. John Mary Vianney. He was born in Lyons in 1786. After years of struggle, he was ordained and sent to Ars where, by preaching and holiness, he drew people back to the sacraments, especially the sacrament of penance. He died in 1859..
Saturday 5th August  –Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major. The doctrine of Mary the Mother of God (Theotokos) was proclaimed at the Council of Ephesus in 431. Pope Sixtus III erected a Basilica on the Esquiline Hill in Rome to honour her. This Basilica was later to be known as St. Mary Major.

PARISH TEAM MEETING
Re. the Women’s interfaith event, where some of the women of this parish welcome some of the women from Pitt Street Mosque to explain something about the church etc, Fr Phil to contact Sr Joan O’Gorman to let her know about the event; she had attended the last one. Re. the Diocesan Synod, Jim Taylor reported that he and Janet had attended a training session for this event. There will be a Mass to commission them as Synod delegates on 2nd September at St. Patrick’s, Livesey Street, Mcr. Re the parish/school hall, work should be beginning on the drains in September or October this year. So, there can be no commitment to use of the hall till sometime after that. Re the youth Mass on 23rd July, team members reported that they had heard many compliments concerning this Mass. Our next Parish Team meeting will be on 21st September at 7pm.

THE READINGS THIS SUNDAY
What a gift it is, to be able to recognise the true value of things, and choose those which will last forever and bring us true happiness! Solomon, renowned for wisdom, is able to make the right choices when offered the chance to have anything he wants. What would we choose? The renowned and highly respected Canadian philosopher, Charles Taylor, writes about what he refers to as the three malaises of our age: 1.individualism (where we each choose what we desire), 2.primacy of ‘instrumental reason’ (the primacy of technology and defined outputs which don’t give sufficient importance to the metaphysical and the bigger picture), and 3. The political institutions forcing people into systems which give primacy to both of the first two malaises. He writes then of the need for authenticity which he describes as not necessarily choosing what you desire, but choosing what you ought to desire. This requires us to see ourselves as part of something much bigger, involving the common good and a people of faith with a long history and the revelation of the Word. The parable in the Gospel tells us that, in a sense, the authentic choice is already before us: we can see the kingdom of heaven revealed through that history and that revelation: it is of greater value than anything else, and so all our hearts should be set on it. Nothing should stand in our way.

A CARJ (THE CATHOLIC ASSOCIATION FOR RACIAL JUSTICE ) SERIES OF WEBINARS
The Struggle for Racial Justice - Recalling the past and discerning the future, June – August, 2023. The next session is on Thursday 3rd August at 7pm – 8.30pm, the topic will be, “The Church’s role in the struggle for racial justice in the future”. Speakers for this final session are Fr. Phil Sumner and Richard Reddie.
The Webinars are free.  To register for one or more webinars or if you need further information, please contact the CARJ Administrator at info@carj.org.uk

WOMEN’S INTERFAITH LINKING-UP.
Just before the pandemic, some of the women from our parish met up with a group of women from Pitt Street Mosque, in Glodwick. We would now like to arrange a return visit to St. Patrick’s on Wednesday 9th August at 10am. If any other women in the parish would be happy to be part of this group, please let me know.

INTERFAITH DISCUSSION GROUP open to all.
Topic for discussion – Faith and Creation. Date 16th August at 7.30pm. Venue: Mount Pleasant Business Centre, Jackson Street, OL4 1HU. To book a place phone 0161 524 6733, or email Oldham_interfaith@msn.com

SIXTEENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A)
WEEK: JULY 23RD - 29TH 2023 

Sixteeenth Sunday of OrdinaryTime

“When you weed out the darnel, you might pull up the wheat with it”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Michael Walsh, Therese Passenger, Cyril Clarke, Celia Worthington, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Patricia Haines, Marie Gill, Walter Harrison,  Pauline Jordan, Philip Crosby, Elizabeth Flanagan, Emily McGladdery, Pat McQuillan, Mary Malone, Kathleen Kelly, Joanne Millington, Irene Cooper, Win Powell, Rachael Tappenden, Alex Standring and Janice Kopacz Standring, F.E Jardiel, Denis O’Grady. Deana Dobson,
LATELY DEAD: Reynaldo F Domingo, Maria Dodd, Brian Fleming, Maria Francesca Teixeira de Ceita
ANNIVERSARIES: Mary Ainsworth, John Reuben Bambrough, Helen and William Shepherd, Joseph McDermott, Paul Lawless, Elena Chavez, Juanito Moňiza Jr., Sr. Ma. Aida Moňiza, RVM, Antonitta Hordynski

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £662.81
Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: Online financial contributions to the Parish: Caritas (Homeless) £20.00; Narcotics Anonymous £60.00
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13).

WORLD DAY FOR GRANDPARENTS AND THE ELDERLY: 23 JULY 2023.
The third World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly falls today, Sunday 23 July 2023. Pope Francis has given it the theme "His mercy is from age to age" (Luke 1:50). This day is chosen because it falls close to the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne, grandparents of Jesus.
To mark this year's celebration, Pope Francis presents each of us with a challenge to foster "joyful and renewed encounter" across all generations, and to make a special gesture to reach out to grandparents and the elderly.

WORLD YOUTH DAY (WYD) is the gathering of young people from all over the world with the Pope. It is also a pilgrimage, a celebration of youth, an expression of the universal Church and an intense moment of evangelisation for the youth world. Although its Catholic identity is clearly evident, WYD opens its doors to everyone, no matter how close to or distant from the Church they are. This year, WYD will take place on 1-6 August in Lisbon, Portugal.

SPECIAL DAYS THIS WEEK
Tuesday 25th  - St. James. He was born in Bethsaida and was the son of Zebedee and the brother of John. He was killed by King Herod in Jerusalem in about the year 42AD and is especially venerated in the famous pilgrimage shrine in Compostella, Spain.
Wednesday 26th  – Ss Joachim and Anne, the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. These are the names traditionally given to the parent of Our lady, the grandparents of Jesus.
Saturday 29th . – St. Martha. She was the sister of Mary and Lazarus of Bethany. She received the Lord into her house and provided for his needs with great care. At her request, the Lord raised her brother from the dead.

CHILD POVERTY IN OUR DIOCESE
Latest figures show a staggering 302,158 children in our diocese are now in poverty, despite many living in homes where one or both parents are working.  As the cost-of-living crisis continues to deepen these appalling figures aren't just a number on a page, but real young lives that are being impacted every day. Caritas Salford supports many families across Greater Manchester and Lancashire experiencing poverty. As demand for their services continues to increase significantly, Caritas Salford has launched a new appeal to raise awareness and funds to help support more people across our diocese.  Find out more or make a donation to help now, by visiting: Caritas Child Poverty

THE READINGS THIS SUNDAY
When I think of the parable of the wheat and the tares, I am often reminded of a rather enthusiastic but not very knowledgeable gardener in a previous parish. Whilst I was away on holiday, he decided to do some weeding in the raised bed just by the door of the church; he thought he was doing me a favour. Now, there was a beautiful euphorbia plant towards the back of the bed. But the gardener thought this was a weed and, on my return, I discovered that the euphorbia had been uprooted and was rotting away in the compost heap. I suspect that we, like the enthusiastic gardener, are not very good at distinguishing the plants and the weeds within humanity. It seems that we so easily follow the former President Bush model of declaring axes of evil and then expend so much energy in confronting what we have defined as evil that we simply succeed in doing more damage to ourselves.
Our first reading and Gospel encourage us to be very slow to put someone in the category of ‘enemy’ and to be so ready to forgive. There are quite a few stories of violent, ex-prisoners who have turned their lives around and have apparently become caring and spiritual people.

A CARJ (THE CATHOLIC ASSOCIATION FOR RACIAL JUSTICE ) SERIES OF WEBINARS
The Struggle for Racial Justice - Recalling the past and discerning the future, June – August, 2023. The next session is on Saturday 29 July (10:00 – 11:30) Combatting racism - An Agenda for the Future for Britain; Speakers: Maggie Beirne and Suddie Komba Kono. Finally, on Thursday 3rd August at 7pm – 8.30pm, the topic will be, “The Church’s role in the struggle for racial justice in the future”. Speakers for this final session are Fr. Phil Sumner and Richard Reddie.
The Webinars are free.  To register for one or more webinars or if you need further information, please contact the CARJ Administrator at info@carj.org.uk

WOMEN’S INTERFAITH LINKING-UP.
Just before the pandemic, some of the women from our parish met up with a group of women from Pitt Street Mosque, in Glodwick. We would now like to arrange a return visit to St. Patrick’s on Wednesday 9th August at 10am. If any other women in the parish would be happy to be part of this group, please let me know.

CARITAS BISHOP CALLS ON CATHOLICS TO WRITE TO MPS ABOUT SAFE ROUTES FOR THOSE SEEKING ASYLUM
Bishop Terence Drainey, Chair of Caritas Social Action Network, has urged Catholics to make their voices heard on the Illegal Migration Bill that will now become law. Part of the statement from Caritas reads as follows:
“We at Caritas Social Action Network are deeply concerned that the Illegal Migration Bill will now become law after a series of votes in the House of Lords did not succeed in securing modern slavery protections or limits to the detention of children. In our previous statement, in March 2023, we urged the Catholic community to speak out against this “cruel and unworkable Bill which is an affront to human dignity and a breach of our responsibilities to the global common good and our obligations under international law.”
Earlier this year, the Department for International Affairs of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales published ‘Love the Stranger‘, a Catholic response to refugees and migrants.

My thanks to the garden gnome who cut all the lawns around the church and in the presbytery garden this week. Another parishioner turned up on the same day to cut them and found that they had already been done. Many thanks.

 

FIFTEENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A)
WEEK: JULY 16TH - 22ND 2023 

Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Some seed fell on rich soil and produced their crop, some a hundredfold…

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Michael Walsh, Therese Passenger, Cyril Clarke, Celia Worthington, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Patricia Haines, Marie Gill, Walter Harrison,  Pauline Jordan, Philip Crosby, Elizabeth Flanagan, Emily McGladdery, Pat McQuillan, Mary Malone, Kathleen Kelly, Joanne Millington, Irene Cooper, Win Powell, Rachael Tappenden, Alex Standring and Janice Kopacz Standring, F.E Jardiel, Denis O’Grady. Deana Dobson
LATELY DEAD: John Rigby, Maureen Holt, Brian Fleming, Ken Bonfin
ANNIVERSARIES: Herbert Hilton, Lee Hargreaves, Rose McGladdery, Stephen McEntee, Sylvia Doughty, Paul Lawless

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £834.45
Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: Online financial contributions to the Parish: Caritas (Homeless) £20.00; Missio £40.00; Foodbank £25.00
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13).

WORLD YOUTH DAY (WYD) is the gathering of young people from all over the world with the Pope. It is also a pilgrimage, a celebration of youth, an expression of the universal Church and an intense moment of evangelisation for the youth world. Although its Catholic identity is clearly evident, WYD opens its doors to everyone, no matter how close to or distant from the Church they are. This year, WYD will take place on 1-6 August in Lisbon, Portugal.
Perhaps perversely we have the young people singing next Sunday on the World Day for Grandparents and the elderly, and not on the 6th August. There is more about the World Day for Grandparents and the elderly below.

WORLD DAY FOR GRANDPARENTS AND THE ELDERLY: 23 JULY 2023.
The third World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly falls on Sunday 23 July 2023. Pope Francis has given it the theme "His mercy is from age to age" (Luke 1:50)
information, please contact the CARJ Administrator at info@carj.org.uk

SPECIAL DAYS THIS WEEK
Thursday 20th – St Apollinaris. He was a disciple o St. Peter, the Apostle. He became the first Bishop of Ravenna (Italy) and died near the end of the first century.
Friday 21st. – St. Laurence of Brindisi. He was born in 1559 and entered the Capuchin Order where he taught theology and became a renowned preacher, travelling through Europe and writing many works to explain the faith. He died at Lisbon in 1619.
Saturday 22nd. – St. Mary Magdalen. She was one of Jesus’ disciples, present at his death and the first to witness the risen Christ. She was, therefore, in a sense, the first of the Apostles (someone sent to witness to the resurrection of Jesus to others.

CHILD POVERTY IN OUR DIOCESE
Latest figures show a staggering 302,158 children in our diocese are now in poverty, despite many living in homes where one or both parents are working.  As the cost-of-living crisis continues to deepen these appalling figures aren't just a number on a page, but real young lives that are being impacted every day. Caritas Salford supports many families across Greater Manchester and Lancashire experiencing poverty. As demand for their services continues to increase significantly, Caritas Salford has launched a new appeal to raise awareness and funds to help support more people across our diocese.  Find out more or make a donation to help now, by visiting: Caritas Child Poverty

THE READINGS THIS SUNDAY
Our readings today have a creation theme. Paul talks about creation groaning in one great act of giving birth. We might, however, be tempted to think that, at the moment, she is groaning in the act of dying. Such is the devastation loaded on her by the exploitative attitudes of post-modernism, globalisation and neoliberalism. But, Paul retains the vision of the whole of creation being given life. He’s able to stand in the face of tragedy and injustice and still proclaim a message of hope.
In a similar way, Isaiah, in the face of exile and so much hopelessness, could speak with credibility of God in the world bringing about a new creation. In today’s Gospel, we hear of Jesus who’d just been told that it was through the devil that he cast out devils. He’d just expressed too his exasperation with another group of Pharisees who’d demanded a sign to prove that they should believe in him. Did he question if his mission was pointless? No. He immediately talked about sowing the Word in a most extravagant fashion. His story speaks of the sower throwing the seed even on the path, on rocky ground and amongst thorns. It would be inadvisable to start associating ourselves with any particular piece of ground. At times we might be the rocky ground and at times we might be the rich soil. Remember that almost all the Apostles deserted Jesus when the chips were down. But they were also to be the rich soil. The invitation of the reading is to acknowledge that creation is desperately limited but that it’s through this creation, and the pain of being a part of it, that we have the chance of real life. God is in creation, guiding us and encouraging us down that road to life at every new turn of our journey. No matter how many times we have taken wrong turn, he will be there, like the satellite navigation system, to set a new route to life.

A CARJ (THE CATHOLIC ASSOCIATION FOR RACIAL JUSTICE ) SERIES OF WEBINARS
The Struggle for Racial Justice - Recalling the past and discerning the future, June – August, 2023. The next session is on Saturday 29 July (10:00 – 11:30) Combatting racism - An Agenda for the Future for Britain; Speakers: Maggie Beirne and Suddie Komba Kono. Finally, on Thursday 3rd August at 7pm – 8.30pm, the topic will be, “The Church’s role in the struggle for racial justice in the future”. Speakers for this final session are Fr. Phil Sumner and Richard Reddie.
The Webinars are free.  To register for one or more webinars or if you need further information, please contact the CARJ Administrator at info@carj.org.uk

WOMEN’S INTERFAITH LINKING-UP.
Just before the pandemic, some of the women from our parish met up with a group of women from Pitt Street Mosque, in Glodwick. We would now like to arrange a return visit to St. Patrick’s on Wednesday 9th August at 10am. I would be grateful if some of the women who met up last time would contact me so that we can confirm this.

89TH SALFORD DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: 28th July – 3rd August 2023
The Diocese of Salford is delighted to bring you details of its 89th Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes this summer.
The pilgrimage will be led by Bishop John Arnold and will leave on Friday 28th July and return on Thursday 3rd August. 
Prices start from £819pp sharing and bookings can now be made via Joe Walsh Tours at www.joewalshtours.co.uk. For more information, please email info@joewalshtours.co.uk or call 0808 1890468. 
You can also find out more by visiting https://www.salfordlourdes.co.uk/travel-accommodation

BISHOP’S VISIT FOR THE HOLY HOUR
Many thanks to all the choirs and the individuals who attended the Holy Hour last Wednesday evening. The singing was great, and the tea, biscuits and cakes afterwards was much appreciated. The bishop also blessed the stained-glass window which we installed during the pandemic. He was supposed to come in 2021 for a special service to mark the 150th anniversary of St. Patrick’s Church, during which he was going to bless the stained-glass window. That service had to be cancelled because of the pandemic and this was his first visit to the church since then. After his visit, he wrote to challenge other deaneries to engage more young people to attend the holy hours, especially young people not simply required by their schools to come. I suspect that this remark was after his positive experience of our YCW impact group.

FOUREENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A)
WEEK: JULY 9TH - 15TH 2023 

14th Sunday of Ordinary Time

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Michael Walsh, Therese Passenger, Cyril Clarke, Celia Worthington, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Patricia Haines, Marie Gill, Walter Harrison,  Pauline Jordan, Philip Crosby, Elizabeth Flanagan, Emily McGladdery, Pat McQuillan, Mary Malone, Kathleen Kelly, Joanne Millington, Irene Cooper, Win Powell, Rachael Tappenden, Alex Standring and Janice Kopacz Standring, F.E Jardiel, Denis O’Grady. Deana Dobson
LATELY DEAD: John Rigby, Col Lorenzo Di Martin
ANNIVERSARIES: Stephen McEntee, Margaret Hywell, Gordon Mills, Kathleen Street, Mick McGinn, Sylvia Doughty, Herbert Hilton

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £1,061.87
Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: Online financial contributions to the Parish: Decoration and restoration £11.48 CAFOD £5.00 Foodbank £45.00
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13).

BISHOP JOHN ARNOLD’S RUBY JUBILEE (40 YEARS AS A PRIEST).
On 16 July, Bishop John will be celebrating the Ruby Jubilee of his ordination as a priest. He is going to mark the occasion by the celebration of a special Mass at 3pm on that Sunday afternoon in the Cathedral. There is an open invitation to all members of the diocese to attend the Mass, which will be followed by simple refreshments (tea/coffee and biscuits). 

CHILD POVERTY IN OUR DIOCESE
Latest figures show a staggering 302,158 children in our diocese are now in poverty, despite many living in homes where one or both parents are working.  As the cost-of-living crisis continues to deepen these appalling figures aren't just a number on a page, but real young lives that are being impacted every day. Caritas Salford supports many families across Greater Manchester and Lancashire experiencing poverty. As demand for their services continues to increase significantly, Caritas Salford has launched a new appeal to raise awareness and funds to help support more people across our diocese.  Find out more or make a donation to help now, by visiting: https://www.caritassalford.org.uk/poverty/

COULD YOU BE A CARITAS PARISH REP?
Would you like to learn more about how you can help your community, share ideas and news with other parishes? Caritas Parish Reps are a vital link between the work done at Caritas Salford to support people in Greater Manchester and Lancashire who are experiencing poverty, discrimination and homelessness. By becoming a Parish Rep you can become the point of contact between Caritas Salford and your parish - the role is flexible and can fit around the needs of your parish.  To find about more, please contact Matt Yates: m.yates@caritassalford.org.uk

SPECIAL DAYS THIS WEEK
Tuesday 11th July - St. Benedict is known as the ‘Father of Western Monasticism’.  Born in Norcia in 480, he gathered followers in Subiaco before moving south to Monte Casino in 529.  Here, he founded his most famous monastery and composed his Rule, still the indispensable guide of the Benedictine Order, and the basis of many later monastic rules.  He died in 547AD.
Thursday 13th July – St Henry – He was born in 973 and succeeded his father as the Duke of Bavaria and was elected Holy Roman Emperor at the age of 4. He concentrated on the good of his people, building monasteries and helping the poor. He also fostered missionary activity. He died in 1024.
Friday 14th July – St. Camillus de Lellis – He was born in Italy in1550 and initially became a soldier. He transitioned, however, into ministering to the sick. He was ordained a priest and founded the congregation of the Servants of the Sick, which established hospitals for the poor. He died in 1614 and is the patron of all health care workers.
Saturday 15th July – St. Bonaventure – He was born in Italy in 1218 and became a Franciscan monk. He was eventually made Minister General of the Order and cardinal bishop of Albano, near Rome. He is remembered for his spiritual teaching. He died in 1274.

THE READINGS THIS SUNDAY
In our Gospel reading today, we heard Jesus thanking his Father that the messages of life are hidden from the learned and the clever. If we also take heed of his statements in other parts of the Gospels, he could well have said that they are also hidden from the rich and powerful. Those who are able to receive the messages of life must be like children. So, what is it about children that makes them able to receive these messages? The last part of the Gospel that we heard today suggests the answer. “Shoulder my yoke and learn from me.” Children know that they are dependent on people around them and they accept it. They’re also brilliant imitators.
“Shoulder my yoke”, says Jesus. We know the burden that is laid on Jesus’ shoulders; it’s the cross! So, why would someone who is dealing with heavy burdens think it beneficial to take up the cross of Christ as well? Perhaps the most important element of Jesus’ suggestion is that we should become reconnected to each other and to him.
Never underestimate the strength that we receive from people around us who simply encourage us. They don’t have to lift the burden for us; all they have to do is encourage us. But Jesus suggests that he does even more if we are connected to him, sharing the same yoke. He lifts the burden with us, as well as encouraging us and teaching us how to deal with the load.

A CARJ (THE CATHOLIC ASSOCIATION FOR RACIAL JUSTICE ) SERIES OF WEBINARS
The Struggle for Racial Justice - Recalling the past and discerning the future, June – August, 2023. The next session is on Saturday 29 July (10:00 – 11:30) Combatting racism - An Agenda for the Future for Britain; Speakers: Maggie Beirne and Suddie Komba Kono. Finally, on Thursday 3rd August at 7pm – 8.30pm, the topic will be, “The Church’s role in the struggle for racial justice in the future”. Speakers for this final session are Fr. Phil Sumner and Richard Reddie.
The Webinars are free.  To register for one or more webinars or if you need further information, please contact the CARJ Administrator at info@carj.org.uk

DEANERY HOLY HOUR FOR THE DIOCESAN SYNOD
On 12th July (this Wednesday at 7pm, there will be a Deanery Holy Hour for the Diocesan Synod here at St. Patrick’s. The Bishop will be in attendance and will speak at the Holy Hour. I am hoping that we might be able to have two or three of our choirs attending and singing something during this service, but I appreciate that work commitments might prevent this. I would be grateful to the choir leaders if they would let me know as soon as possible if they would be able to accept this commitment, I will then put a programme together for the evening.

89TH SALFORD DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: 28th July – 3rd August 2023
The Diocese of Salford is delighted to bring you details of its 89th Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes this summer.
The pilgrimage will be led by Bishop John Arnold and will leave on Friday 28th July and return on Thursday 3rd August. 
Prices start from £819pp sharing and bookings can now be made via Joe Walsh Tours at www.joewalshtours.co.uk. For more information, please email info@joewalshtours.co.uk or call 0808 1890468. 
You can also find out more by visiting https://www.salfordlourdes.co.uk/travel-accommodation

THIRTEENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A)
WEEK: JULY 2ND - 8TH 2023 

Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

“Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Michael Walsh, Jean Bentley, Therese Passenger, Cyril Clarke, Celia Worthington, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Patricia Haines, Marie Gill, Walter Harrison,  Pauline Jordan, Philip Crosby, Elizabeth Flanagan, Emily McGladdery, Pat McQuillan, Mary Malone, Kathleen Kelly, Joanne Millington, Irene Cooper, Alison Wild, Win Powell, Rachael Tappenden, Alex Standring and Janice Kopacz Standring, F.E Jardiel, Joan Doran, Denis O’Grady. Deana Dobson
LATELY DEAD: Tony MacFadden
ANNIVERSARIES: Emas George, V.V Thomas, Reynaldo Dante Eustaquio, Phil McDermot, Jimmy Flood, Irene Melia, Mick McGinn

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £829.98
Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: Caritas (Homeless) £40.00; Missio £12.08. Heating £9.11
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13).

BISHOP JOHN ARNOLD’S RUBY JUBILEE (40 YEARS AS A PRIEST).
On 16 July, Bishop John will be celebrating the Ruby Jubilee of his ordination as a priest. He is going to mark the occasion by the celebration of a special Mass at 3pm on that Sunday afternoon in the Cathedral. There is an open invitation to all members of the diocese to attend the Mass, which will be followed by simple refreshments (tea/coffee and biscuits). 

CHILD POVERTY IN OUR DIOCESE
Latest figures show a staggering 302,158 children in our diocese are now in poverty, despite many living in homes where one or both parents are working.  As the cost-of-living crisis continues to deepen these appalling figures aren't just a number on a page, but real young lives that are being impacted every day. Caritas Salford supports many families across Greater Manchester and Lancashire experiencing poverty. As demand for their services continues to increase significantly, Caritas Salford has launched a new appeal to raise awareness and funds to help support more people across our diocese.  Find out more or make a donation to help now, by visiting: https://www.caritassalford.org.uk/poverty/

COULD YOU BE A CARITAS PARISH REP?
Would you like to learn more about how you can help your community, share ideas and news with other parishes? Caritas Parish Reps are a vital link between the work done at Caritas Salford to support people in Greater Manchester and Lancashire who are experiencing poverty, discrimination and homelessness. By becoming a Parish Rep you can become the point of contact between Caritas Salford and your parish - the role is flexible and can fit around the needs of your parish.  To find about more, please contact Matt Yates: m.yates@caritassalford.org.uk

SPECIAL DAYS THIS WEEK
Monday 3rd - St Thomas the Apostle. Unfairly remembered as ‘doubting Thomas’, his profession of faith, “my Lord and my God” is the climax of one of the Easter stories. Tradition has it that Thomas then preached in India, and was martyred there.
Tuesday 4th – St Elizabeth of Portugal – She was born into the royal family of Aragon in 1271. She is known for her care for the poor; after the death of her husband, she gave away her worldly goods and joined the Third Order of St. Francis. She died in 1336.
Wednesday 5th – St Antony Mary Zaccaria. Born in Italy in 1502. He was later ordained a priest and he founded the Barnabites to imitate Paul and Barnabas in preaching the Gospel. He died in 1539.
Thursday 6th – St Maria Goretti. She was born into a poor family in Ancona, Italy in 1890. She spent her childhood at Nettuno helping her mother with the domestic chores. She was a religious girl, much given to prayer. In 1902, while defending herself against someone who was trying to rape her, she was fatally stabbed. Before she died, on the following day, she forgave her attacker.

THE READINGS THIS SUNDAY
The Gospel and First Reading this Sunday can be summed up in one word ‘hospitality’. When we think of “hospitality”, some may imagine business executives wining and dining influential people at great expense. But hospitality, in the Bible, is far more about caring for strangers. When I was seventeen, I was involved in a sponsored walk from Blackpool to Manchester. Two of us walked together. We’d no food and £1.50p between us. By the time we’d walked 35 miles, our money was long gone, and we were hungry and thirsty. Eventually, we plucked up courage and asked a woman standing in the doorway of her terraced house for a drink of water. Without hesitation lemonade, biscuits and cake were produced and a friendly, engaging conversation followed. Ten minutes later, we walked on with a renewed spring in our step, encouraged and sustained by her genuine hospitality. One might ask if this would happen so easily in the more individualistic society of today, where there seems, sometimes with reason, to be more fear than love of the stranger.

A CARJ (THE CATHOLIC ASSOCIATION FOR RACIAL JUSTICE ) SERIES OF WEBINARS
The Struggle for Racial Justice - Recalling the past and discerning the future, June – August, 2023. The next session is on Thursday 6th July at 7pm -8.30pm. The topic is ‘The Churches role in combatting racism over the past 75 years.’. Speakers: Fr Phil Sumner and Richard Reddie. Then on Saturday 29 July (10:00 – 11:30) Combatting racism - An Agenda for the Future for Britain; Speakers: Maggie Beirne and Suddie Komba Kono. Finally, on Thursday 3rd August at 7pm – 8.30pm, the topic will be, “The Church’s role in the struggle for racial justice in the future”. Speakers for this final session are Fr. Phil Sumner and Richard Reddie.
The Webinars are free.  To register for one or more webinars or if you need further information, please contact the CARJ Administrator at info@carj.org.uk

DEANERY HOLY HOUR FOR THE DIOCESAN SYNOD
On 12th July at 7pm, there will be a Deanery Holy Hour for the Diocesan Synod here at St. Patrick’s. The Bishop will be in attendance and will speak at the Holy Hour. I am hoping that we might be able to have two or three of our choirs attending and singing something during this service, but I appreciate that work commitments might prevent this. I would be grateful to the choir leaders if they would let me know as soon as possible if they would be able to accept this commitment, I will then put a programme together for the evening.

89TH SALFORD DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: 28th July – 3rd August 2023
The Diocese of Salford is delighted to bring you details of its 89th Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes this summer.
The pilgrimage will be led by Bishop John Arnold and will leave on Friday 28th July and return on Thursday 3rd August. 
Prices start from £819pp sharing and bookings can now be made via Joe Walsh Tours at www.joewalshtours.co.uk. For more information, please email info@joewalshtours.co.uk or call 0808 1890468. 
You can also find out more by visiting https://www.salfordlourdes.co.uk/travel-accommodation

TWELFTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A)
WEEK: JUNE 25TH - JULY 1ST 2023 

Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time

 

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Michael Walsh, Jean Bentley, Therese Passenger, Cyril Clarke, Celia Worthington, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Patricia Haines, Marie Gill, Walter Harrison,  Pauline Jordan, Philip Crosby, Elizabeth Flanagan, Emily McGladdery, Pat McQuillan, Mary Malone, Kathleen Kelly, Joanne Millington, Irene Cooper, Alison Wild, Win Powell, Rachael Tappenden, Alex Standring and Janice Kopacz Standring, F.E Jardiel, Joan Doran, Denis O’Grady. Deana Dobson
LATELY DEAD: Barbara Crowther, Dorothy Gleave, Tony MacFadden
ANNIVERSARIES: Des.Tickle, Kathleen Street, John and Mary Coen, Emas George, V.V Thomas, Reynaldo Dante Eustaquio

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £709.90
Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: Caritas (Homeless) £40.00; CAFOD £78.99. Heating £9.11
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13).

SPECIAL DAYS THIS WEEK
Tuesday 27th – St Cyril of Alexandria - Cyril was born c. 376 and died in 444. He was the Patriarch of Alexandria from 412 to 444. He was enthroned when the city was at the height of its influence and power within the Roman Empire. Cyril wrote extensively and was a leading antagonist in the Christological controversies of the late-4th and 5th centuries. He was a central figure in the Council of Ephesus in 431, which led to the deposition of Nstorius as Patriarch of Constantinople. Cyril is counted among the Church Fathers and also as a Doctor o the Church, and his reputation within the Christian world has resulted in his titles Pillar of Faith and Seal of all the Fathers.
Wednesday 28th – St Irenaeus – (c.130-202AD) Born in Smyrna. He was eventually chosen as the Bishop of Lugdunun (now Lyons) in France. He is famous for his writings against heresies, in particular a refutation of Gnosticism. Nothing is known of the actual date of his death but he is venerated as a martyr.
Thursday 29th – SS Peter and Paul (Holyday of Obligation)
Friday 30th –The First martyrs of the Roman Church – are martyrs who dies (with SS Peter and Paul) in the first great Roman persecution under the emperor Nero in the year 67. The famous Roman writer, Tacitus, records their deaths. Saturday 1st July – St. Oliver Plunkett – he was born in Co. Meath (Ireland) in 1625 and died at Tyburn in 1681. He was ordained in Rome and then was eventually appointed Archbishop of Armagh in 1669. He held synods and visitations and promoted the reforms of the Council of Trent. He was imprisoned in Dublin in 1679. He was tried, condemned and executed in London, the final victim of the ‘Popish Plot’ and the last to be executed for the faith in England.

THE READINGS THIS SUNDAY
Today’s first reading and Gospel turn our thoughts to the strange phenomenon of persecution. Throughout the history of mankind, the truth has been a commodity that often leads to persecution: the prophets of the Old Testament were attacked because of their message, as was the Lord Jesus himself. In the first reading, we hear of how Jeremiah, one of the great prophets, was denounced and had people plotting for his downfall. Many of the inspirational characters of recent times, like Oscar Romero, Martin Luther King, and Nelson Mandela suffered for the message they proclaimed. There’s a natural tendency for us to want to be liked, to be able to get on with other people. Sometimes, however, a message about a present injustice can be unpopular with the perpetrators, but the message still needs to be given. Nine years ago, the journalist and author, Paul Vallely wrote that, according to the International Society for Human Rights, a secular group with members in 38 states worldwide, 80% of all acts of religious discrimination in the world today (2014) are directed at Christians. This might seem counter-intuitive, here in the West, where the history of Christianity has been one of cultural dominance. But, even here, it is socially respectable now, among the secular elite, to regard Christianity as weird. Yes, this is at a totally different level from the violent persecution faced by Christians in parts of China, North Korea, Pakistan, India and elsewhere, but, even here, in our time, it can take courage to wear your Christianity ‘on your sleeve’. There is what I would consider a false way of trying to build cohesion and avoid tensions in society: if you hide your own beliefs and try to fit in with the crowd, some people think we will get greater cohesion. But the opposite is true: we need to be proud of who we are and allow people of different cultures to be proud of who they are.

A CARJ (THE CATHOLIC ASSOCIATION FOR RACIAL JUSTICE ) SERIES OF WEBINARS
The Struggle for Racial Justice - Recalling the past and discerning the future, June – August, 2023. The next session is on Thursday 29 June (7:00 – 8:30). Combatting Racism – different approaches over the past 75 years. Speakers: Patsy Cummings and Richard Zipfel. Thursday 6 July (7:00 – 8:30). The Churches role in combatting racism over the past 75 years. Speakers: Fr Phil Sumner and Richard Reddie. Saturday 29 July (10:00 – 11:30) Combatting racism - An Agenda for the Future for Britain; Speakers: Maggie Beirne and Suddie Komba Kono.
The Webinars are free.  To register for one or more webinars or if you need further information, please contact the CARJ Administrator at info@carj.org.uk

PARISH TEAM MEETING
The team decided that the opening hours for the church should be extended slightly. After Mass, the church will be left open till about 2pm (it may sometimes be left open a little longer depending on my commitments). A suggestion had been made regarding all the choirs coming together for a further celebration sometime during the Summer, perhaps linked with the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The team were not in agreement for the following reasons. The different choirs already come together for the major feasts, like Christmas and Easter, and also for the Lenten Station Mass, if one is held in our church, and for the international Music Festival in November. All the other Sundays are already allotted to the different groups. The Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel falls, this year, on a Sunday, and the Sunday takes precedence over all but the major feasts. If we were to mark the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in subsequent years, it would be, most of the time, midweek, and the choir members, from the different groups, would probably have difficulty in getting time off work. Other matters, like the sacramental programme and the Diocesan synod, were also discussed. The next team meeting will be on 27th July at 7pm.

89TH SALFORD DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: 28th July – 3rd August 2023
The Diocese of Salford is delighted to bring you details of its 89th Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes this summer.
The pilgrimage will be led by Bishop John Arnold and will leave on Friday 28th July and return on Thursday 3rd August. 
Prices start from £819pp sharing and bookings can now be made via Joe Walsh Tours at www.joewalshtours.co.uk. For more information, please email info@joewalshtours.co.uk or call 0808 1890468. 
You can also find out more by visiting https://www.salfordlourdes.co.uk/travel-accommodation

ELEVENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A)
WEEK: JUNE 18TH - 24TH 2023 

EVENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

“Proclaim that the Kingdom of Heaven is close at hand.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Michael Walsh, Jean Bentley, Therese Passenger, Cyril Clarke, Celia Worthington, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Patricia Haines, Marie Gill, Walter Harrison,  Pauline Jordan, Philip Crosby, Elizabeth Flanagan, Emily McGladdery, Pat McQuillan, Mary Malone, Kathleen Kelly, Joanne Millington, Irene Cooper, Alison Wild, Win Powell, Rachael Tappenden, Alex Standring and Janice Kopacz Standring, F.E Jardiel, Joan Doran, Denis O’Grady
LATELY DEAD: Helen Donovan, Michael Kielecher, Stephen Croston, Sarah Sullivan, Barbara Crowther, Dorothy
ANNIVERSARIES:Michael McGladdery, Alan Redvers Whitehead, Terry Mills Sr. Terry Mills Jr., Fermina Moňiza

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £940.58
Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS:
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13).

CONGRATULATIONS TO FR. DEREK WOODHEAD OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI PARISH, OLDHAM
On 23rd June 1973, Fr. Derek was ordained a priest. So, on Friday of this week, he will have been a priest for Fifty years. Happy Golden Jubilee!

SPECIAL DAYS THIS WEEK
Monday 19th June – St Romuald, Abbot. Romuald’s father killed a man leaving Romuald feeling that he had to do penance for his father’s crime. He became a hermit and founded monasteries and restored a solitary religious life. He died aged 75 in 1027.
Tuesday 20th – St. Alban – Alban was Britain’s first recorded saint. He died in the persecutions in the middle of the 3rd century. According to the story, he was a pagan who sheltered a priest and was converted. He dressed as the priest to throw the authorities off the scent and he was executed in the place of the priest.
Wednesday 21st – St Aloysius Gonzaga -Aloysius came from a noble family from Venice. His father wished him to be a soldier, but Aloysius would have nothing of it. He was, therefore, sent to serve in the court of Philip II of Spain. He eventually joined the Jesuits, but he died of a plague before he was to be ordained. He contracted the plague while looking after the sick.
Thursday 22nd – SS John Fisher and Thomas Moore – John Fisher was born in Beverley (Yorkshire) in 1469. He became the Bishop of Rochester but then fell foul of King Henry VIII, was imprisoned, and finally executed on 22nd June 1535.
Thomas Moore was born in London in 1578 and became an Oxford scholar and, later, a Judge. He was made Speaker and Lord Chancellor. But he, like John Fisher, was to upset his former friend King Henry VIII over questions of the King’s decision to remarry and papal supremacy. He too was imprisoned in the Tower of London and was then beheaded on 22nd June 1535.
Friday 23rd – St. Etheldreda (Audrey) – She was born in Suffolk as the daughter of a Saxon King. She was married off twice for political reasons and, because of the second of these marriages, became the Queen of Northumbria. As such, she befriended and sought advice from St. Cuthbert and St. Wilfrid. She was greatly attracted by the monastic life and her husband finally allowed her to live as a nun but then relented. She escaped and fled south, where she became the foundress of a monastery in Ely. St Wilfrid made her the Abbess of this monastery, and it was here that she died in 679.
Saturday 24th – The Nativity of St. John the Baptist

THE READINGS THIS SUNDAY
The people of Israel were chosen by God, to be his own people. Moses proclaims this in the first reading. And having chosen a people, God does not just leave them to it. He reminds us how he carried the Israelites, as if on eagle’s wings, away from the dangers that threatened them. We may be like sheep without a shepherd, but God sent us the Good Shepherd, who is deeply moved by our plight (the Greek word chosen by Matthew portrays Jesus, the sacrament of the Father, as being utterly moved by the people he saw before him).  Jesus calls the Twelve, as he calls us, and invites them on an adventure with him which would result in them facing all sorts of dangers. But he promises to be with them, as he will be with us, throughout the journey and carry us, as if on eagles’ wings. He entrusts us, as the Body of Christ, with the task of giving new heart to each other, to cure those who are sick (physically, mentally, or spiritually), and to encourage each other to address the difficulties that face us. We are a kingdom of priests (as the first reading suggests) and are called to sanctify the world that we live in, to be deeply moved by the plight of people we meet, and to respond without knowing where that response will take us. The call to be a Christian does not allow us simply to stand aloof and criticise the world around us but requires us to be moved and to respond.

A CARJ (THE CATHOLIC ASSOCIATION FOR RACIAL JUSTICE ) SERIES OF WEBINARS
The Struggle for Racial Justice - Recalling the past and discerning the future, June – August, 2023. The next session is on Thursday 29 June (7:00 – 8:30). Combatting Racism – different approaches over the past 75 years. Speakers: Patsy Cummings and Richard Zipfel. Thursday 6 July (7:00 – 8:30). The Churches role in combatting racism over the past 75 years. Speakers: Fr Phil Sumner and Richard Reddie. Saturday 29 July (10:00 – 11:30) Combatting racism - An Agenda for the Future for Britain; Speakers: Maggie Beirne and Suddie Komba Kono.
The Webinars are free.  To register for one or more webinars or if you need further information, please contact the CARJ Administrator at info@carj.org.uk

POPE FRANCIS IS APPLAUDED AS HE LEAVES HOSPITAL AFTER AN EIGHT DAY STAY.

89TH SALFORD DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: 28th July – 3rd August 2023
The Diocese of Salford is delighted to bring you details of its 89th Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes this summer.
The pilgrimage will be led by Bishop John Arnold and will leave on Friday 28th July and return on Thursday 3rd August. 
Prices start from £819pp sharing and bookings can now be made via Joe Walsh Tours at www.joewalshtours.co.uk. For more information, please email info@joewalshtours.co.uk or call 0808 1890468. 
You can also find out more by visiting https://www.salfordlourdes.co.uk/travel-accommodation

DIOCESAN SYNOD
At the Parish Team meeting on Thursday, we decided that our representatives at the Synod would be Jim Taylor and Janet Hirst.

APPOINTMENT OF A NEW BISHOP FOR THE DIOCESE OF HEXHAM AND NEWCASTLE.
On Wednesday 14 June 2023, His Holiness Pope Francis appointed Rt Rev. Stephen Wright as the Fifteenth Bishop of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. Bishop Stephen was born in Stafford, in the Archdiocese of Birmingham, on 9th October 1970. After obtaining a LLB (Hons) Degree in Law from the University of Leicester (1992) he qualified as a Barrister, and was called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn. He completed his studies for preparation for the priesthood, first at Saint Mary’s College, Oscott, Birmingham, and then at the Venerable English College in Rome.

PARISH TEAM MEETING
There will be a Parish Team meeting this Thursday (22nd June) at 7pm. If you have any items for the agenda, please contact one of the team members and speak to him/her about it: Jim Taylor, Frank Wisniewski, Janet Hirst, David Daka, Margaret Larrad, Sharon Teefy, Tina Nufable, Christine Wilson.

NOTIFICATION OF COMING MARRIAGE
Next Saturday, 24th June, Adam Finch (one of our former altar servers) will be getting married to Lucy Weatherby at 1pm in St. Patrick’s Church. We wish them all the best.

THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST (YEAR A)
WEEK: JUNE 11TH - 17TH 2023 

THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST

Partaking of the Body of Christ, we may be gathered into one by the Holy Spirit.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Michael Walsh, Jean Bentley, Therese Passenger, Cyril Clarke, Celia Worthington, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Patricia Haines, Marie Gill, Walter Harrison,  Pauline Jordan, Philip Crosby, Elizabeth Flanagan, Emily McGladdery, Pat McQuillan, Mary Malone, Kathleen Kelly, Joanne Millington, Irene Cooper, Alison Wild, Win Powell, Rachael Tappenden, Alex Standring and Janice Kopacz Standring, F.E Jardiel, Denis Guilfoyle
LATELY DEAD: Helen Donovan, Michael Kielecher, Stephen Croston
ANNIVERSARIES: George Varghese, George Furness, Marie Polis, Raymond Wood, John O’Brien, John Cartmell, Femi-Azeez Francisca, Terry Mills Sr, Terry Mills Jr., Fermina Moniza

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £886.17
Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS:Caritas £40.00; Flowers £45. 00; Foodbank £10. 00
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13).

FR. PHIL’S ORDINATION DAY
I was ordained a priest in Sacred Heart Parish, Darwen, Lancashire on 12th June 1976, 47 years ago this week! Bishop Geoffrey Burke was the ordaining bishop. Within a few days, I was called out to Ancoats Hospital at about 2am to anoint several young people who had been involved in a serious road traffic accident on Great Ancoats Street in Manchester. There had been four people in the car and three died despite my anointing and the efforts of the doctors and nurses. It was a real baptism of fire.

SPECIAL DAYS THIS WEEK
Tuesday 13th June – St. Anthony of Padua. He was born in Lisbon in 1195 and initially joined the Canons regular of St. Augustine. However, after being inspired by the stories of Franciscan martyrdoms in Morocco, he joined the Friars Minor. Although he desired to preach in northern Africa, he ended up in Italy where he established a great reputation as a preacher and theologian. He died in Padua in 1231, aged just 36.
Wednesday- 14th June –Dedication of the Cathedral.
Friday 16th June - Sacred Heart of Jesus
Saturday 17th June – The Immaculate Heart of Mary.

THE READINGS THIS SUNDAY
Our Gospel reading, today, follows on from John the evangelist’s account of the feeding of the five thousand, a story, from the life of Jesus, told in each of the gospels. John’s intention is clearly to portray Jesus not just as a miracle worker but to point towards the one who sustains us on the journey of life towards our ultimate home. He uses another of those ‘I am…’ phrases, scattered throughout the Gospel. In conversation with the woman at the well, he said that he was the ‘living water’ and, with the man who had been born blind, he says ‘I am the light of the world’. This time, Jesus says, “I am the bread of life…” He refers to the manna that sustained the Israelites on their journey through the desert to the promised land. And he says that the bread, which he gives us, is much more powerful and takes us, even now, into the realms of the eternal. But, for us, he only truly becomes the bread of life in the context of the Last Supper, which is a memorial of the Passover and prefigures Calvary. And we are sustained on our journey of life when we relive that Last Supper, bringing the stories of our lives, our cares, and concerns, to be affected by his story. Sometimes his story will throw a light on our failures and sometimes it will be the driving force for positive change. It’s when we relive his story that we are made whole and truly enter into a communion with the Body of Christ.

A CARJ (THE CATHOLIC ASSOCIATION FOR RACIAL JUSTICE ) SERIES OF WEBINARS
The Struggle for Racial Justice - Recalling the past and discerning the future, June – August, 2023. Thursday 15 June (7:00 – 8:30) Persistent inequality and Racism (in different forms) over the past 75 years. Speakers: Margaret Ann Fisken and Richard Zipfel. Thursday 29 June (7:00 – 8:30). Combatting Racism – different approaches over the past 75 years. Speakers: Patsy Cummings and Richard Zipfel. Thursday 6 July (7:00 – 8:30). The Churches role in combatting racism over the past 75 years. Speakers: Fr Phil Sumner and Richard Reddie. The Webinars are free.  To register for one or more webinars or if you need further information, please contact the CARJ Administrator at info@carj.org.uk

POPE FRANCIS GIVES SUPPORT TO THE LAUNCH OF THE FAMILY GLOBAL COMPACT
Pope Francis has expressed his support for the Family Global Compact that is being launched as a way to support the welfare of the family, “decisive for the future of the world and that of the Church.” In a message released on Tuesday 30 May, the Pope lauded the goals of the Compact, an initiative of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life and the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences.

89TH SALFORD DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: 28th July – 3rd August 2023
The Diocese of Salford is delighted to bring you details of its 89th Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes this summer.
The pilgrimage will be led by Bishop John Arnold and will leave on Friday 28th July and return on Thursday 3rd August. 
Prices start from £819pp sharing and bookings can now be made via Joe Walsh Tours at www.joewalshtours.co.uk. For more information, please email info@joewalshtours.co.uk or call 0808 1890468. 
You can also find out more by visiting https://www.salfordlourdes.co.uk/travel-accommodation

DIOCESAN SYNOD
At the Parish Team meeting on Thursday, we decided that our representatives at the Synod would be Jim Taylor and Janet Hirst.

DIOCESAN JOB ADVERT:
Parish and Central Finance Officer
Appointment Type: Full time, permanent 
Working hours: 35 hours per week Mon-Fri
Location: Cathedral Centre, 3 Ford Street, Salford, M3 6DP
Salary £23,793 –£29,248 depending on skills & experience.
About: The Diocese of Salford is seeking to recruit a suitably experienced Parish and Central Finance Officer to work with the accountants in providing support to parishes in areas such as Gift Aid, use of accounting software, payment of invoices, and contribute to the general activity of the finance team.
Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Monday 19th June 2023.
For all the details please visit: www.dioceseofsalford.org.uk/vacancies 

THE WORLD MEETING ON HUMAN FRATERNY
The World Meeting on Human Fraternity that will be held in the Vatican on the 10th June, and in which Pope Francis will also take part. Inspired by the Pope’s encyclical letter Fratelli tutti, the event will bring together artists, young people, and thirty Nobel peace prize winners from across the world.

OUR LADY AND ST. PATRICK’S CHARISMATIC PRAYER GROUP
Mini retreat online.
The theme is “Freedom for prisoners – The power of forgiveness.
Led by Fr. Ability Clement. Sunday 11th June from 18.30-21.00.
Click here
Meeting ID: 824 3352 2620    Passcode: 082091

A COUPLE OF WISE SAYINGS
“He who binds to himself a joy,
Does the winged life destroy.
He who kisses the joy as it flies,
Lives in eternity’s sunrise.”    (William Blake, in his poem ‘Eternity’)
“When the heart weeps for what it has lost,
The spirit laughs for what it has found.” (Sufi aphorism)

 

TRINITY SUNDAY (YEAR A)
WEEK: JUNE 4TH - 10TH 2023 

TRINITY Sunday

“Be united; live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Michael Walsh, Jean Bentley, Therese Passenger, Cyril Clarke, Celia Worthington, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Patricia Haines, Marie Gill, Walter Harrison,  Pauline Jordan, Philip Crosby, Elizabeth Flanagan, Emily McGladdery, Pat McQuillan, Mary Malone, Kathleen Kelly, Joanne Millington, Irene Cooper, F. E Jardiel, Alison Wild, Win Powell, Rachael Tappenden, Alex Standring and Janice Kopacz Standring, Rosemary Guilfoyle
LATELY DEAD: Anna Semianczuk
ANNIVERSARIES: George Varghese, Henrique Pereira De Carvalho, Joaõ Da Silva, Alvaroda Silva, George Furness, Marie Polis

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £746.25
Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: CAFOD £195.00; Caritas £20,00 (homeless)
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13).

FIRST COMMUNIONS
Congratulations to those young people who will make/ have made their First Communion at Mass at 3pm today.

SPECIAL DAYS THIS WEEK
Monday 5th June – St. Boniface, Bishop and Martyr. He was born in Devon around 675 and was killed in the Netherlands in 754. After being a monk and a teacher for many years, he went to evangelise the German peoples. Having been ordained a Bishop, he founded monasteries and diocese, presided at synods, and liaised with kings.
Tuesday 6th June – St. Norbert, Bishop. He was born in Germany in 1080 and, initially lived quite a dissolute life. Around 1115, he had a conversion experience and became a priest. The manner of his life then attracted others to accompany him, and the Premonstratensian (or Norbertine) Order was formed. He later became Archbishop of Magdeburg and died in 1134.
Friday- 9th June –St Ephrem and St. Columba. St. Ephrem was born in Nisibis (in what is now Turkey) in 306, and was ordained a deacon. He was famous as a writer of homilies, poems and hymns. He was called “the harp of the Holy Spirit”.
St. Columba (or Colm Cille) was born in Donegal in about 521 and died at Iona in 597. Before leaving Ireland he had founded monasteries at Derry, Durrow and, possibly, Kells. His principal foundation was Iona, from where he converted much of western Scotland and his followers took the Gospel to northern England. He was renowned as a poet and a spiritual guide.

THE READINGS THIS SUNDAY
People often refer to the Trinity as a mystery, but a mystery (like a sacrament) is meant to tell us something about a deeper reality. The Trinity tells us something about God but also tells us something about ourselves. Because we are created in the image of God and because God is love, we yearn to belong in a community of love. We yearn to be part of the “in crowd” and to play a significant role. But this can sometimes cause problems because we don’t recognise that God’s love includes the love of difference.
One of the lessons we learn from today’s feast is that, while we acknowledge our natural need to belong, we also need to know that we can only really belong when our differences are recognised and accepted. Somehow or other, people from the different communities must be able to achieve the balance of enabling their children to integrate into the host community while being proud of their background and their difference. This is not just the responsibility of the parents of the children concerned but also of the host community, especially through how we nurture individual identities.
So, todays’ feast celebrates diversity and the true reconciliation of that diversity by the help of the Holy Spirit. As Pope Francis said in “Evangelii Gaudium” the “Holy Spirit… alone can raise up diversity…while… at the same time, bringing about unity.” Jesus’ prayer, in John 17 is: “Father, may they be one in us as you are in me and I am in you.” (John 17:21). He’s not praying for uniformity but a communion of diversity, reflecting the life of the Trinity. “Every person, family and intermediate group has something original to offer to the community” (p.187 C.S.D.of C). “To make the Church the home and the school of communion: that is the great challenge facing us…But what does this mean in practice?... A spirituality of communion indicates …the mystery of the Trinity dwelling in us, and whose light we must also be able to see shining on the face of the brothers and sisters around us…. to see what is positive in others, to welcome it and prize it as a gift from God…to know how to "make room" for our brothers and sisters, bearing "each other's burdens" (Gal 6:2)” (Pope St. John Paul II in Novo Millennio ineunte 2000).

A CARJ (THE CATHOLIC ASSOCIATION FOR RACIAL JUSTICE ) SERIES OF WEBINARS
The Struggle for Racial Justice - Recalling the past and discerning the future, June – August, 2023. Thursday 15 June (7:00 – 8:30) Persistent inequality and Racism (in different forms) over the past 75 years. Speakers: Margaret Ann Fisken and Richard Zipfel. Thursday 29 June (7:00 – 8:30). Combatting Racism – different approaches over the past 75 years. Speakers: Patsy Cummings and Richard Zipfel. Thursday 6 July (7:00 – 8:30). The Churches role in combatting racism over the past 75 years. Speakers: Fr Phil Sumner and Richard Reddie. The Webinars are free.  To register for one or more webinars or if you need further information, please contact the CARJ Administrator at info@carj.org.uk

POPE FRANCIS GIVES SUPPORT TO THE LAUNCH OF THE FAMILY GLOBAL COMPACT
Pope Francis has expressed his support for the Family Global Compact that is being launched as a way to support the welfare of the family, “decisive for the future of the world and that of the Church.” In a message released on Tuesday 30 May, the Pope lauded the goals of the Compact, an initiative of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life and the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences.

89TH SALFORD DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: 28th July – 3rd August 2023
The Diocese of Salford is delighted to bring you details of its 89th Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes this summer.
The pilgrimage will be led by Bishop John Arnold and will leave on Friday 28th July and return on Thursday 3rd August. 
Prices start from £819pp sharing and bookings can now be made via Joe Walsh Tours at www.joewalshtours.co.uk. For more information, please email info@joewalshtours.co.uk or call 0808 1890468. 
You can also find out more by visiting https://www.salfordlourdes.co.uk/travel-accommodation

DIOCESAN SYNOD
At the Parish Team meeting on Thursday, we decided that our representatives at the Synod would be Jim Taylor and Janet Hirst.

DIOCESAN JOB ADVERT:
Parish and Central Finance Officer
Appointment Type: Full time, permanent 
Working hours: 35 hours per week Mon-Fri
Location: Cathedral Centre, 3 Ford Street, Salford, M3 6DP
Salary £23,793 –£29,248 depending on skills & experience.
About: The Diocese of Salford is seeking to recruit a suitably experienced Parish and Central Finance Officer to work with the accountants in providing support to parishes in areas such as Gift Aid, use of accounting software, payment of invoices, and contribute to the general activity of the finance team.
Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Monday 19th June 2023.
For all the details please visit: www.dioceseofsalford.org.uk/vacancies 

PENTECOST SUNDAY (YEAR A)
WEEK: MAY 28TH - JUNE 3RD 2023 

Pentecost

“They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak foreign languages.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Michael Walsh, Jean Bentley, Therese Passenger, Cyril Clarke, Celia Worthington, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Patricia Haines, Marie Gill, Walter Harrison,  Pauline Jordan, Philip Crosby, Elizabeth Flanagan, Emily McGladdery, Pat McQuillan, Mary Malone, Kathleen Kelly, Joanne Millington, Irene Cooper, F. E Jardiel, Alison Wild, Win Powell, Rachael Tappenden, Alex Standring and Janice Kopacz Standring, Rosemary Guilfoyle
LATELY DEAD: Steven Croston, Beryl Lennox, Elisa Buczko. Dorothy Thackeray, Anna Semianczuk
ANNIVERSARIES: Kathleen and Andrew Curran, Elizabeth Ann Lees and Fred Lees, Henrique Pereira De Carvalho, Joaõ Da Silva, Alvaroda Silva

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £761.10
Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS:Caritas £50.00 (homeless)
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13).

CONFIRMATION
Congratulations to all the young people who were confirmed yesterday by Bishop John Arnold. They were from across Oldham and Ashton. There were 84 candidates in all, 13 from this parish. Our thanks go to Fr. Callum and his team for all the work they have done.

DIOCESAN SYNOD
At the Parish Team meeting on Thursday, we decided that our representatives at the Synod would be Jim Taylor and Janet Hirst.

FIRST COMMUNIONS
The next group for First Communion will have their final session at 10am next Saturday (3rd June) and then make their First Communion the following day, Sunday 4th June at 3pm. Any child who wishes to receive his or her communion on that day, must have attended the sacramental programme sessions during previous months, and attend the final session at 10am on Saturday 3rd June in the church.

SPECIAL DAYS THIS WEEK
Monday – 29th May – Mary the Mother of the Church.
Wednesday 31st May – The Visitation.
Thursday 1st June – Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Eternal High Priest.
Friday 2nd June – Ss Marcellinus and Peter. They were both martyred during the persecutions of the emperor Diocletian c300AD. Peter had invited the priest, Marcellinus, to baptise the former’s gaoler in prison. The authorities discovered this and had both Peter and Marcellinus executed.
Saturday 3rrd June – St. Charles Lwanga and Companions. Charles and 21 companions were executed towards the end of the 19th century on the orders of the ruler of Uganda, Mwanga. They were executed simply for being Christians and for refusing to acquiesce to the king’s demands.

THE READINGS THIS SUNDAY
Sometimes, an artist will choose to convey his / her message by painting two or three panels; each with the possibility of being seen as an individual picture but intending all to be seen together. For me, the Feast of Pentecost is like the second panel of a painting. The first panel was painted in the book of Genesis with the story of the Tower of Babel.
In that story, you hear of a people who all shared the same language, but they were a people who wanted to prove their worth. They tried to build a tower that would reach heaven. It’s a story of human effort and arrogance, in which uniformity becomes too important. People want others to be like them so that they would never be considered ‘outsiders’. But God’s way is different. He saw their pride and recognised their version of self-love, and he destroyed the tower and scattered them apart so that different languages developed, and they could no longer understand each other.
The story of Pentecost, on the other hand, is one of God working with humanity to enable us to achieve what we could not do on our own. Jesus breathes on the apostles to give them the Spirit. This is a direct reference to God, in the book of Genesis, breathing life into humanity. Jesus recreates the Apostles and us with this gift of the Spirit, enabling us to be once more ‘in his image’.
We hear of the Spirit enabling the apostles to communicate with people in their own languages; and there were people there from many different parts of the world.
One of the main gifts of the Spirit, therefore, is the gift of being able to communicate with people who are different from us. This isn’t simply a matter of using words but of being able to connect with and understand people who are different from us. It’s a gift that enables us to enter into the lives of other people. It is, therefore, very different from the Tower of Babel, which was about gathering a community of sameness.

A CARJ (THE CATHOLIC ASSOCIATION FOR RACIAL JUSTICE ) SERIES OF WEBINARS
The Struggle for Racial Justice - Recalling the past and discerning the future, June – August, 2023. Thursday 15 June (7:00 – 8:30) Persistent inequality and Racism (in different forms) over the past 75 years. Speakers: Margaret Ann Fisken and Richard Zipfel. Thursday 29 June (7:00 – 8:30). Combatting Racism – different approaches over the past 75 years. Speakers: Patsy Cummings and Richard Zipfel. Thursday 6 July (7:00 – 8:30). The Churches role in combatting racism over the past 75 years. Speakers: Fr Phil Sumner and Richard Reddie. The Webinars are free.  To register for one or more webinars or if you need further information, please contact the CARJ Administrator at info@carj.org.uk

POPE’S MESSAGE FOR THE WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE CARE OF CREATION  (released on Thursday 25 May ahead of the 2023 celebration on 1 September) Pope Francis chose the theme “Let Justice and Peace Flow,” inspired by the words of the prophet Amos: “Let justice flow on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream.” The Pope begins by noting that, “God wants justice to reign; it is as essential to our life as God’s children made in his likeness as water is essential for our physical survival.”
Pope Francis’ encyclical on care for our common home, Laudato Si’, celebrated its anniversary on 24 May. To mark this, and to reflect on our relationship with the Creator and creation, we celebrate Laudato Si' Week, finishing today, 28th May.
“The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change” (Laudato Si).

89TH SALFORD DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: 28th July – 3rd August 2023
The Diocese of Salford is delighted to bring you details of its 89th Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes this summer.
The pilgrimage will be led by Bishop John Arnold and will leave on Friday 28th July and return on Thursday 3rd August. 
Prices start from £819pp sharing and bookings can now be made via Joe Walsh Tours at www.joewalshtours.co.uk. For more information, please email info@joewalshtours.co.uk or call 0808 1890468. 
You can also find out more by visiting https://www.salfordlourdes.co.uk/travel-accommodation

SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (YEAR A)
WEEK: MAY 14TH - 20TH 2023 

Sixth Sunday of Easter

I shall ask the Father, and he shall give you another Advocate.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Michael Walsh, Jean Bentley, Therese Passenger, Cyril Clarke, Celia Worthington, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Patricia Haines, Marie Gill, Joan Gipsom, Walter Harrison,  Pauline Jordan, Philip Crosby, Elizabeth Flanagan, Emily McGladdery, Pat McQuillan, Mary Malone, Kathleen Kelly, Joanne Millington, B. Lennox, Irene Cooper
LATELY DEAD: Pauline Russell, Christy Phelan
ANNIVERSARIES: Bessie Beswick, John O’Brien, William Flatley, Terrence Higgins, Molly McDermott

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £1151.52
Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: Decoration and restoration £21.87; CAFOD £10.00. Foodbank £10.00; Caritas £20.00
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13).

THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR EASTERN CHRISTIANS 
The International Day of Prayer for Eastern Christians is celebrated annually on the Sixth Sunday of Easter, which is, of course, today! It offers an opportunity for Eastern and Western Christians to come together to pray for peace in the world – especially in the Middle East. Christians from all over Europe, the Middle East, the Horn of Africa and India will join together in solidarity on 14 May to pray that Eastern Christians may be strengthened in their faith so that they can continue to steadfastly give witness to Jesus Christ. “The venerable and ancient tradition of the Eastern Churches is an integral part of the heritage of Christ’s Church… the first need for Catholics is to be familiar with that tradition.”
Pope St John Paul II, Orientale Lumen

PARISH TEAM MEETING
I am well aware that we have not had a Parish team meeting for a while. I suggest that we meet on Thursday 18th May after the 6pm. Mass for the Holyday. This will be at 7pm, not 7.30pm, as previously announced.

FIRST COMMUNIONS
The next group for First Communion will have their final session at 10am on 3rd June and then make their First Communion the following day, Sunday 4th June at 3pm. This group was initially called ‘the St. Patrick’s Group’ but there are now several young people from the other group who will be receiving their First Communion on 4th June as well. But any child who wishes to receive his or her communion on that day, must have attended the sacramental programme sessions during previous months, and attend the final session at 10am on Saturday 3rd June in the church.

DIOCESAN SYNOD INFORMATION SESSIONS - SAVE THE DATE
Bishop John has recently announced the launch of our own Diocesan Synod, inviting us all to prayerfully discern how we can best address the changing needs of our diocesan community. 
To help us begin this journey, the Diocese of Salford's Department for Formation will be holding a series of information sessions to help you find out more about the synod and how you can get involved. The programme will be the same across all events and will take place in our area  on  Saturday 13th May 2023, 10am-12pm
Newman Catholic College Chadderton, Oldham, OL9 9QY
Register at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/621729970077

WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY - Sunday 21 May
The theme for the 2023 World Day of Social Communications, chosen by Pope Francis is 'Speaking with the Heart'. "It is the heart that spurred us to go, to see and to listen, and it is the heart that moves us towards an open and welcoming way of communicating."

SPECIAL DAYS THIS WEEK
Thursday- 18th May The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord. This is a Holyday of obligation.
Friday 19th May – St. Dunstan, Bishop. He was born near Glastonbury in 909 and died in Canterbury in 988. He studied arts and literature before becoming a monk, then abbot, at Glastonbury. He was the principal agent in the restoration of English monasticism after the Viking devastations. He was renowned as a painter, musician and metal worker. He was a counsellor of kings and a zealous reforming bishop.
Saturday 20th May – St. Bernadine of Siena. He was born near Siena, in Italy in 1380 and became a Franciscan monk. He was renowned as a great preacher. He died in 1444.

THE READINGS THIS SUNDAY
By now we are some distance away from Easter, but the season is still permeated with the Easter message: Christ is risen, we are baptised in him. But today a new dimension of the story comes out: Easter is not complete until the risen Lord has returned to the Father and sent the Holy Spirit. So in the Gospel today we begin two weeks of looking forward to the coming of that ‘Spirit of truth’ which sets us apart from the world. This is a Spirit of power, which flows through the life of the Church, enabling its members to ‘proclaim the Christ’ and, dwelling in our hearts, to live in the midst of the world’s slander and accusations.

JOB VACANCY
Responsible Investment Intern - Diocese of Salford
Appointment type: Full time, fixed term (12 months)
Location: Cathedral Centre, 3 Ford Street, Salford, M3 6DP
Salary: £19,838 - £20,850 (depending on experience)
Closing Date: 12 noon Friday 19th May 2023
To find out more and apply, please visit https://www.dioceseofsalford.org.uk/news/vacancies/

CONFIRMATION
There is just one more sessions for the candidates.
~ Wednesday (17th May) 7th Student Session (6-8pm)
All meeting will take place at St. Edward’s Church, Lees. The final celebration of Confirmations will be on Friday 26th, 6:30 pm, St Anne’s, Ashton & Saturday 27th, St Mary’s, Failsworth.

89TH SALFORD DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: 28th July – 3rd August 2023
The Diocese of Salford is delighted to bring you details of its 89th Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes this summer.
The pilgrimage will be led by Bishop John Arnold and will leave on Friday 28th July and return on Thursday 3rd August. 
Prices start from £819pp sharing and bookings can now be made via Joe Walsh Tours at www.joewalshtours.co.uk. For more information, please email info@joewalshtours.co.uk or call 0808 1890468. 
You can also find out more by visiting https://www.salfordlourdes.co.uk/travel-accommodation

MASS FOR LGBTQ+ CATHOLICS
Saturday 27th May, 3pm
St Augustine's RC Church, Grosvenor Square, Manchester, M15 6BW
The Diocese of Salford is delighted to share the date of its next diocesan Mass for LGBTQ+ Catholics and their friends and families.
The Mass will take place at 3pm on Saturday 27th May at St Augustine's RC Church, Grosvenor Square, Manchester.
All are welcome to attend.

 

FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (YEAR A)
WEEK: MAY 7TH - 13TH 2023 

Fifth Sunday of Easter

I am the way, the truth and the life.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Michael Walsh, Jean Bentley, Therese Passenger, Cyril Clarke, Celia Worthington, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Patricia Haines, Marie Gill, Joan Gipsom, Walter Harrison,  Pauline Jordan, Philip Crosby, Elizabeth Flanagan, Emily McGladdery, Pat McQuillan, Mary Malone, Kathleen Kelly, Joanne Millington, Tiana Joyce Daka
LATELY DEAD: Patricia Lynch, Mary (née) Wiseley, Mrs Clarke. Ruben F. Dumalaog, Beryl Lees
ANNIVERSARIES: Bessie Beswick, Francis Connolly, Anna Richards, Danny McGarrigle, Ellie McDermott

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £729.51
Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: CAFOD £10.00 Foodbank £10.00; Missio £27.49; Alcoholics Anonymous £100.00; Flowers £20.00
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13).

PRAYER FOR SURVIVORS OF ABUSE 
The Bishops of England and Wales have chosen Tuesday of the 5th Week of Easter as the Day of Prayer for Victims and Survivors of Abuse — 9th May 2023 (More details below)

PARISH TEAM MEETING
I am well aware that we have not had a Parish team meeting for a while. I suggest that we meet on Thursday 18th May at 7.30pm.

FIRST COMMUNIONS
The next group for First Communion will have their final session at 10am on 3rd June and then make their First Communion the following day, Sunday 4th June at 3pm. This group was initially called ‘the St. Patrick’s Group’ but there are now several young people from the other group who will be receiving their First Communion on 4th June as well. But any child who wishes to receive his or her communion on that day, must have attended the sacramental programme sessions during previous months, and attend the final session at 10am on Saturday 3rd June in the church.

DIOCESAN SYNOD INFORMATION SESSIONS - SAVE THE DATE
Bishop John has recently announced the launch of our own Diocesan Synod, inviting us all to prayerfully discern how we can best address the changing needs of our diocesan community. 
To help us begin this journey, the Diocese of Salford's Department for Formation will be holding a series of information sessions to help you find out more about the synod and how you can get involved. The programme will be the same across all events and will take place in our area  on  Saturday 13th May 2023, 10am-12pm
Newman Catholic College Chadderton, Oldham, OL9 9QY
Register at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/621729970077

WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY - Sunday 21 May
The theme for the 2023 World Day of Social Communications, chosen by Pope Francis is 'Speaking with the Heart'. "It is the heart that spurred us to go, to see and to listen, and it is the heart that moves us towards an open and welcoming way of communicating."

SPECIAL DAYS THIS WEEK
Wednesday 10th May – St. John of Avila – He was born in Cuidad Real around 1500. He became a priest and travelled through Andalusia, drawing crowds by his preaching. He played a leading role in the Council of Trent. He died in 1569.
Friday 12th May – St Nereus and Achilleus, Martyrs. They were soldiers, who converted to Christianity and were executed. Their tomb is in a cemetery on the Via Ardiantina in Rome, where a basilica was erected in their honour.
Also on this day is the feast of St. Pancras. Who suffered martyrdom under the emperor Diocletian and was buried on the Via Aurelia. Again, a basilica has been built over his tomb. Tradition tells us that he was only 12 or 14 at the time of his death.

THE READINGS THIS SUNDAY
We continue to explore the meaning of baptism, of membership of the Church, of living a life which has been immersed in the life and death of Jesus Christ: in other words, we continue our ‘Mystagogy’ - our training in the mystery of Baptism and the other Sacraments. We hear more about ‘who Jesus is’, with another ‘I am’ statement: ‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life’. We are baptised into his way, his truth and his life.
We hear about the earliest community struggling with the life they are called to by baptism, and Peter again reminds us that baptism builds us into a ‘spiritual house’ with Jesus as our cornerstone. The mystery of the Church is clearly before us today: the Church is the community of those baptised in Christ, the pilgrim people walking with Christ (who has shown us the Father) to the place he has prepared for us. Today’s reading can perhaps make us think a little about how we form part of this ‘spiritual house’, the Church, as we journey to the Father.

JOB VACANCY
Responsible Investment Intern - Diocese of Salford
Appointment type: Full time, fixed term (12 months)
Location: Cathedral Centre, 3 Ford Street, Salford, M3 6DP
Salary: £19,838 - £20,850 (depending on experience)
Closing Date: 12 noon Friday 19th May 2023
To find out more and apply, please visit https://www.dioceseofsalford.org.uk/news/vacancies/

CONFIRMATION
There are just two more sessions for the candidates.
Fr. Callum was full of praise for the group that attended the first meeting last Wednesday. There were about 80 young people in all, and he said that they really engaged in the session.
~ Wednesday (10th May) 6th Student Session (6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (17th May) 7th Student Session (6-8pm)
All meeting will take place at St. Edward’s Church, Lees. The final celebration of Confirmations will be on Friday 26th, 6:30 pm, St Anne’s, Ashton & Saturday 27th, St Mary’s, Failsworth.

89TH SALFORD DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: 28th July – 3rd August 2023
The Diocese of Salford is delighted to bring you details of its 89th Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes this summer.
The pilgrimage will be led by Bishop John Arnold and will leave on Friday 28th July and return on Thursday 3rd August. 
Prices start from £819pp sharing and bookings can now be made via Joe Walsh Tours at www.joewalshtours.co.uk. For more information, please email info@joewalshtours.co.uk or call 0808 1890468. 
You can also find out more by visiting https://www.salfordlourdes.co.uk/travel-accommodation

SURVIVORS’ MASS Tuesday 9th May, 7pm
St Patrick's Catholic Church, Livesey Street, Manchester, M4 5HF
This month, we unite with people across the globe in taking part in a worldwide day of prayer for survivors of abuse. We will be marking the day in our diocese with a Mass at St Patrick's in Collyhurst on Tuesday 9th May at 7pm.
All are welcome to take part in this celebration of Mass with Bishop John, members of our Diocesan Safeguarding Team, and others.

 

FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (YEAR A)
WEEK: APRIL 30TH - MAY 6TH 2023

Good Shepherd Sunday
 

Good Shepherd Sunday

“I am the gate of the sheepfold…Anyone who enters through me will be safe.”

 

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Michael Walsh, Jean Bentley, Therese Passenger, Cyril Clarke, Celia Worthington, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Patricia Haines, Marie Gill, Joan Gipsom, Walter Harrison,  Brian Coupe, Pauline Jordan, Philip Crosby, Elizabeth Flanagan, Emily McGladdery, Pat McQuillan, Mary Malone
LATELY DEAD: George Mullin, Richard Foley, Simone Biddle, Stephen Brennan, Brian Coupe, Arthur Heatley, Patricia Lynch, Mary (née) Wiseley, Mrs Clarke.
ANNIVERSARIES: Martin James Culkin, Fernando Lopez, Brenda Taylor, Michael and Catherine McGladdery, William Rainsford, Robert and Mary McFall, Terry Mills, Dawn Cookson Martinez and Baby Robbie, Ellie McDermott, Danny McGarrigle

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £745.89
Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: CAFOD £140.00. Foodbank £10.00; Narcotics Anonymous £60.00
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13).

FIRST COMMUNIONS
Next Saturday, at 10am, is the final session for the group of young people who will be receiving their First communion at 3pm the next day. This group was initially called ‘the Holy Rosary Group’ but there are now several young people from that group who will be receiving their First Communion on 4th June instead. So, the first group of First Communions will be at 3pm next Sunday. But any child who wishes to receive his or her communion on that day, must have attended the sacramental programme sessions during previous months, and attend the final session at 10am next Saturday in the church.

DIOCESAN SYNOD INFORMATION SESSIONS - SAVE THE DATE
Bishop John has recently announced the launch of our own Diocesan Synod, inviting us all to prayerfully discern how we can best address the changing needs of our diocesan community. 
To help us begin this journey, the Diocese of Salford's Department for Formation will be holding a series of information sessions to help you find out more about the synod and how you can get involved. The programme will be the same across all events and will take place in our area  on  Saturday 13th May 2023, 10am-12pm
Newman Catholic College Chadderton, Oldham, OL9 9QY
Register at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/621729970077

POPE FRANCIS GIVES HIS MESSAGE FOR TODAY (VOCATIONS SUNDAY)Pope Francis noted that God’s call comes within the community of the Church. All the members of the Church – lay women and men, consecrated religious, and ordained ministers – have a role to play in the mission of spreading the Gospel. “Only in relation with all the others,” the Pope said, “does any particular vocation in the Church fully disclose its true nature and richness.” In this light, he continued, “the Church is a vocational ‘symphony,’ with every vocation united yet distinct, in harmony and joined together in ‘going forth’ to radiate throughout the world the new life of the kingdom of God.”

SPECIAL DAYS THIS WEEK
Monday 1st - St. Joseph the Worker
Tuesday 2nd – St. Athanasius: a Bishop of Alexandria and a fighter against Arianism, for which he was vilified and exiled several times. He died in 373.
Wednesday 3rd – St. Philip and St. James – Philip was born in Bethsaida. He became a disciple of John the Baptist but then a follower of Jesus. James was the son of Alphaeus and a cousin of the Lord. He led the early Church in Jerusalem and was martyred in 62.
Thursday 4th – The English Martyrs – On this day in 1535, three Carthusian monks were martyred at Tyburn. They were the first of many martyrs. 42 of these have now been canonised and a further 242 declared ‘blessed’. But there were many more than that! They came of every walk of life, rich or poor, married or single, women or men. They are remembered for the example they gave of constancy in their faith and courage.

THE READINGS THIS SUNDAY
This Sunday is traditionally called ‘Good Shepherd Sunday’, because of the Gospel references to Jesus as the Good Shepherd. It is also the day of prayer for Vocations to the Priesthood. On this Sunday we hear one of the great ‘I am’ statements of Jesus from Saint John’s Gospel: ‘I am the gate of the sheepfold’.
As the picture on the front of this newsletter shows, the shepherd would ensure that his sheep were safely in the enclosure. Then, he would place himself in the gateway, putting himself ‘in harm’s way’ between the sheep and any predator. Through Jesus we enter into life and safety, and we ‘go through Jesus, the gate’ by baptism, and by our continued relationship with him. This image is implied in all today’s readings: the people listening to Peter, spoken of in the first reading, find this gateway and enter through it: Then Peter, in the second reading, writes to remind us that we have come back to the Good Shepherd, who heals us by his wounds.

JOB VACANCY
Responsible Investment Intern - Diocese of Salford
Appointment type: Full time, fixed term (12 months)
Location: Cathedral Centre, 3 Ford Street, Salford, M3 6DP
Salary: £19,838 - £20,850 (depending on experience)
Closing Date: 12 noon Friday 19th May 2023
To find out more and apply, please visit https://www.dioceseofsalford.org.uk/news/vacancies/

CONFIRMATION
There are just three more sessions for the candidates.
Fr. Callum was full of praise for the group that attended the first meeting last Wednesday. There were about 80 young people in all, and he said that they really engaged in the session.
~ Wednesday (3rd May) 5th Student Session (6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (10th May) 6th Student Session (6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (17th May) 7th Student Session (6-8pm)
All meeting will take place at St. Edward’s Church, Lees. The final celebration of Confirmations will be on Friday 26th, 6:30 pm, St Anne’s, Ashton & Saturday 27th, St Mary’s, Failsworth.

89TH SALFORD DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: 28th July – 3rd August 2023
The Diocese of Salford is delighted to bring you details of its 89th Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes this summer.
The pilgrimage will be led by Bishop John Arnold and will leave on Friday 28th July and return on Thursday 3rd August. 
Prices start from £819pp sharing and bookings can now be made via Joe Walsh Tours at www.joewalshtours.co.uk. For more information, please email info@joewalshtours.co.uk or call 0808 1890468. 
You can also find out more by visiting https://www.salfordlourdes.co.uk/travel-accommodation

SURVIVORS’ MASS Tuesday 9th May, 7pm
St Patrick's Catholic Church, Livesey Street, Manchester, M4 5HF
This month, we unite with people across the globe in taking part in a worldwide day of prayer for survivors of abuse. We will be marking the day in our diocese with a Mass at St Patrick's in Collyhurst on Tuesday 9th May at 7pm.
All are welcome to take part in this celebration of Mass with Bishop John, members of our Diocesan Safeguarding Team, and others.

 

THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER (YEAR A)
WEEK: APRIL 23RD - 29TH 2023  

Thrid Sunday of Easter

“Did not our hearts burn within us as he …explained the Scriptures to us?”

 

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Michael Walsh, Jean Bentley, Therese Passenger, Cyril Clarke, Celia Worthington, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Patricia Haines, Marie Gill, Joan Gipsom, Walter Harrison,  Brian Coupe, Pauline Jordan, Philip Crosby, Elizabeth Flanagan, Emily McGladdery, Pat McQuillan, Mary Malone
LATELY DEAD:Trevlyn Roebuck, Dr Saphal Pal, Stephen Brennan, Brian Coupe
ANNIVERSARIES:Martin James Culkin, Martin Lucas, Christopher Frankland, Daniel and Sarah Breslin, Doreen Alicia Whitehead, George Brierley, Morgan Otoghile, Brenda Taylor, Terry Mills, Dawn Cookson Martinez and Baby Robbie

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £1134.09
Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: Polish Community £760.00: CAFOD £40.00 Foodbank £70.00; Caritas (Homeless) £20.00
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13).

EMERGENCY ALERTS
This will take place at 3pm today (Sunday): The new Emergency Alerts service will enable people to be contacted via their mobile phone if their lives are at risk in an emergency. It will be used to send a direct message only where there is a risk to life, either locally or nationally. This could include public health emergencies, severe floods, fires and industrial incidents.
For more information please click here

DECREE ESTABLISHING THE 38TH DIOCESAN SYNOD
Pope Francis calls us to listen to the Spirit more attentively to discern how we can better be God’s Church, given the challenges and opportunities we face.
Having sought the necessary advice, and consulted with the presbyteral council…I have decided to convoke a Synod of the Diocese…to run alongside the remaining aspects of the Universal Synod. A Diocesan Synod is a formal gathering of the People of God, lay women and men, consecrated religious, deacons and priests with me, your Bishop.
…the Synod of the Diocese of Salford, which is now in existence…will continue until the Final Synod Gathering in 2025.

SPECIAL DAYS THIS WEEK
Monday 24th April – St. George, Patron of England: According to tradition he was a soldier in the Roman army. Saint George was a soldier of Cappadocian Greek origin and member of the Praetorian Guard for Roman emperor Diocletian, who was sentenced to death for refusing to recant his Christian faith. He became one of the most venerated saints in Christianity.
Tuesday 25th April – St. Mark the Evangelist
Friday 28th April - St. Peter Chanel: He was born Pierre Louis Marie Chanel, and became a Catholic priest, missionary, and martyr. Chanel was a member of the Society of Mary or “Marists” and was sent as a missionary to Oceania. He arrived on the island of Futuna in November 1837. When the chieftain’s son asked to be baptized, persecution by the chieftain reached a climax. Father Chanel was clubbed to death.
Saturday 29th April – St. Catherine of Siena: (25 March 1347 – 29 April 1380). She was a lay member of the Dominican Order, and a mystic, an activist and an author who had a great influence on Italian literature and on the Catholic Church. Canonized in 1461, she is also a Doctor of the Church.

THE READINGS THIS SUNDAY
The Gospel, this Sunday, tells the story of the encounter between the risen Jesus and two disciples travelling home after the events of what we now call Holy Week. One of the disciples is named in the Gospel, the other is not. The named disciple is Cleopas. We tend to presume that the other disciple is a man, but there are scholars who would argue otherwise. Some would suggest that Cleopas is a variation of Clopas, whom we hear about as the husband of one of the women who remained at the foot of the cross while Jesus died. The fact that the two disciples we hear about on the road to Emmaus lived together, would suggest that they were husband and wife. Besides, there is the link, perhaps being made by the evangelist, between someone being at the foot of the cross and someone being among the first to recognise the risen Lord. And there are other links too. In the Book of Genesis, we hear about Adam and Eve eating from the tree of knowledge. Their eyes were opened. They recognised that they were naked, and they lost paradise. In the story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus, we hear about them eating, about their eyes being opened and about them recognising Jesus; paradise has been restored.
I suspect that there are those who will be able to associate too with the gradual discovery of the deeper messages of Scripture, resulting in a sense of their hearts burning within them and a sense of inspiration. We can read something a hundred times over and fail to understand the true meaning. But, on those occasions when it does come together, there can be a real sense of being moved in the depths of one’s heart.
Pope Francis, in his Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (2013) introduced us to what he called ‘the art of accompaniment’. What we see in this Gospel is Jesus accompanying the two disciples and gradually helping them to see the risen Lord present among them. One of our callings is to accompany each other in a similar way.

89TH SALFORD DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES28th July – 3rd August 2023
The Diocese of Salford is delighted to bring you details of its 89th Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes this summer.
The pilgrimage will be led by Bishop John Arnold and will leave on Friday 28th July and return on Thursday 3rd August. 
Prices start from £819pp sharing and bookings can now be made via Joe Walsh Tours at www.joewalshtours.co.uk. For more information, please email info@joewalshtours.co.uk or call 0808 1890468. 
You can also find out more by visiting https://www.salfordlourdes.co.uk/travel-accommodation

CONFIRMATION
There are four more two-hour sessions for the candidates.
Fr. Callum was full of praise for the group that attended the first meeting last Wednesday. There were about 80 young people in all, and he said that they really engaged in the session.
~ Wednesday (26th April) 4th Student Session (6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (3rd May) 5th Student Session (6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (10th May) 6th Student Session (6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (17th May) 7th Student Session (6-8pm)
All meeting will take place at St. Edward’s Church, Lees. The final celebration of Confirmations will be on Friday 26th, 6:30 pm, St Anne’s, Ashton & Saturday 27th, St Mary’s, Failsworth.

RESUMPTION OF COMMUNION UNDER BOTH KINDS
Parishes in England and Wales have been informed that they may resume Communion under both kinds at Mass on Maundy Thursday, 6th April (the Mass of the Last Supper). This is, of course, not a requirement, but a permission. I have decided to implement this from Thursday night, but, people who don’t feel comfortable with it should simply continue to receive just the host.

 

SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER (YEAR A)
WEEK: APRIL16TH - 22ND 2023  

SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER

“Give me your hand. Put it into my side. Doubt no longer but believe.”

 

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Michael Walsh, Jean Bentley, Therese Passenger, Cyril Clarke, Celia Worthington, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Patricia Haines, Marie Gill, Joan Gipsom, Walter Harrison,  Brian Coupe, Pauline Jordan, Philip Crosby, Elizabeth Flanagan, Emily McGladdery
LATELY DEAD: Trevlyn Roebuck, William Melia,Bernard Odhiambo (Fidelis’ brother), Dr Saphal Pal
ANNIVERSARIES: Maureen Sumner, T. Philip, V.L Thomas, Jeff Wright, Christopher Frankland, Martin Lucas

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £1299.41
Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: Indian Community £120.62: CAFOD £30.00 Foodbank £10.00; Caritas (Ukraine) £10.00
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

COLLECTION ENVELOPES
The collection envelopes for this tax year can still be picked up from the sacristy. If you haven’t received a box of envelopes and would like to do so, please see Fr. Phil. If you would like the Parish to be able to reclaim back the tax you pay in your collection each week, then see Fr. Phil for a form to sign.
If you have completed a Gift Aid form before, and it is out of date (eg your address has changed), please could you sign a new one (available from Fr. Phil). Thank you.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13).

CLIMATE CHANGE EVENT
Daniel Bath, our organist writes: “We will be taking part in an event organised by Extinction Rebellion in London from 21st to 24th April. It's called "The Big One" and the aim is to assemble as many people and community groups as possible around parliament with a demand for action on the climate crisis. https://extinctionrebellion.uk/the-big-one/ There'll be citizens' assemblies, performances, demonstrations, talks and prayer. This event is different from what we've done previously, in that it's all agreed with the police and won't involve any illegal activity or arrests, with a view to encouraging other groups with similar aims to take part. (So far Oxfam, Greenpeace and Cafod have committed to get involved.) Christian Climate Action is organising a programme of prayer and liturgy over the course of the event, with the Catholics celebrating Mass on Whitehall on the Saturday afternoon. https://christianclimateaction.org/2022/10/22/the-big-one/

DECREE ESTABLISHING THE 38TH DIOCESAN SYNOD
Pope Francis calls us to listen to the Spirit more attentively to discern how we can better be God’s Church, given the challenges and opportunities we face.
Having sought the necessary advice, and consulted with the presbyteral council…I have decided to convoke a Synod of the Diocese…to run alongside the remaining aspects of the Universal Synod. A Diocesan Synod is a formal gathering of the People of God, lay women and men, consecrated religious, deacons and priests with me, your Bishop.
…the Synod of the Diocese of Salford, which is now in existence…will continue until the Final Synod Gathering in 2025.

SPECIAL DAYS THIS WEEK
Friday 21st April – St Anselm - was an Italian Benedictine monk, abbot of a monastery in Bec (France), philosopher and theologian of the Catholic Church, who held the office of Archbishop of Canterbury from 1093 to 1109. Anselm composed dialogues and treatises with a rational and philosophical approach, sometimes causing him to be credited as the founder of Scholasticism. Despite his lack of recognition in this field in his own time, Anselm is now famed as the originator of the ontolgical argument for the existence of God. He was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church by Pope Clement XI in 1720. He was exiled twice from England and died on 21st April 1109.

THE READINGS THIS SUNDAY
We are told that Jesus breathes on his disciples and gives them the Holy Spirit. This is a little confusing because John, the evangelist, seems to be suggesting that they received the Spirit on that first Easter Day; so, what happened on the Feast of Pentecost? But John is also trying to depict Jesus as the one who is creating the world anew and making it whole once more. Just as God was said to have breathed life into Adam in the Book of Genesis, and the Prophet Ezekiel writes of God breathing life into the dry bones in a valley of death, so John depicts Jesus as the one who breathes that healing life into his disciples. When he appears to them the first thing Jesus does is say “Peace be with you”. This greeting of peace includes the notion of forgiveness, but Thomas wasn’t there to receive that forgiveness. Jesus repeats the same greeting when he appears to them again on the following Sunday when Thomas was with them. But, because of Thomas’ refusal to believe in the resurrection, Jesus brings him, in a very intimate way, back to the foot of the cross. “Put your finger here.” For his part, Thomas suddenly learns his lesson. There, metaphorically at the foot of the cross, he hears the unequivocal message, “I love you and I forgive you”. It’s this realisation that enables him to go beyond the rational, to genuine belief. That’s why he’s able to say, “My Lord and my God!” It’s by being drawn out of the world of the purely rational that he’s able to know that Jesus has truly risen.

YOUTH SUNDAY
The young people will be deciding on, and performing, the music for the Mass and carrying out the various ministries (apart from mine!) in the church next Sunday (23rd April). This may take a little longer than usual, but I would ask that you support our young people as they take on these responsibilities.

CONFIRMATION
There are four more two-hour sessions for the candidates.
Fr. Callum was full of praise for the group that attended the first meeting last Wednesday. There were about 80 young people in all, and he said that they really engaged in the session.
~ Wednesday (26th April) 4th Student Session (6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (3rd May) 5th Student Session (6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (10th May) 6th Student Session (6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (17th May) 7th Student Session (6-8pm)
All meeting will take place at St. Edward’s Church, Lees. The final celebration of Confirmations will be on Friday 26th, 6:30 pm, St Anne’s, Ashton & Saturday 27th, St Mary’s, Failsworth.

WOMEN SAINTS AND SPIRITUALITY
Friday 21st April, 10am - 12.30pm
Wardley Hall, Worsley, Manchester, M28 2ND
Join us as we continue our fascinating series of talks exploring the life and spirituality of women in the Church throughout history.
Our next session takes place on Friday 21st April and has a special focus on Catherine of Siena.
Contact Sister Joan Kerley at joankfmsj@gmail.com or 07934 816 796 to reserve a place. Find out more at https://www.dioceseofsalford.org.uk/women-saints-and-spirituality/

RESUMPTION OF COMMUNION UNDER BOTH KINDS
Parishes in England and Wales have been informed that they may resume Communion under both kinds at Mass on Maundy Thursday, 6th April (the Mass of the Last Supper). This is, of course, not a requirement, but a permission. I have decided to implement this from Thursday night, but, people who don’t feel comfortable with it should simply continue to receive just the host.

 

EASTER SUNDAY (YEAR A)
WEEK: APRIL 9TH - 15TH 2023  

Easter Sunday

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Michael Walsh, Jean Bentley, Therese Passenger, Cyril Clarke, Celia Worthington, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Patricia Haines, Marie Gill, Joan Gipsom, Walter Harrison,  Brian Coupe, Pauline Jordan, Philip Crosby
LATELY DEAD: David Isherwood, Daniel Moore, Neciforo Moniza, Fr. Bernard Charnock, Bernard Odhiambo (Fidelis’ brother)
ANNIVERSARIES: William Sumner, George and Edith Brooks, Veronica Sobieralski, Clementine Ndikumana, Joan Walkden

Please note that we only put individual names in the list to be announced, otherwise we would have lists of families to announce every Easter and Christmas.

Congratulations to Joanne Hawe, who will be 50 this weekend

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £935.42
Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: CAFOD £55.00. Foodbank £10.00; Caritas (Homeless) £20.00
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

COLLECTION ENVELOPES
The collection envelopes for this tax year can still be picked up from the sacristy. If you haven’t received a box of envelopes and would like to do so, please see Fr. Phil. If you would like the Parish to be able to reclaim back the tax you pay in your collection each week, then see Fr. Phil for a form to sign.
If you have completed a Gift Aid form before, and it is out of date (eg your address has changed), please could you sign a new one (available from Fr. Phil). Thank you.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13).

CLIMATE CHANGE EVENT
Daniel Bath, our organist writes: “We will be taking part in an event organised by Extinction Rebellion in London from 21st to 24th April. It's called "The Big One" and the aim is to assemble as many people and community groups as possible around parliament with a demand for action on the climate crisis. https://extinctionrebellion.uk/the-big-one/ There'll be citizens' assemblies, performances, demonstrations, talks and prayer. This event is different from what we've done previously, in that it's all agreed with the police and won't involve any illegal activity or arrests, with a view to encouraging other groups with similar aims to take part. (So far Oxfam, Greenpeace and Cafod have committed to get involved.) Christian Climate Action is organising a programme of prayer and liturgy over the course of the event, with the Catholics celebrating Mass on Whitehall on the Saturday afternoon. https://christianclimateaction.org/2022/10/22/the-big-one/

DECREE ESTABLISHING THE 38TH DIOCESAN SYNOD
Pope Francis calls us to listen to the Spirit more attentively to discern how we can better be God’s Church, given the challenges and opportunities we face.
Having sought the necessary advice, and consulted with the presbyteral council…I have decided to convoke a Synod of the Diocese…to run alongside the remaining aspects of the Universal Synod. A Diocesan Synod is a formal gathering of the People of God, lay women and men, consecrated religious, deacons and priests with me, your Bishop.
…the Synod of the Diocese of Salford, which is now in existence…will continue until the Final Synod Gathering in 2025.
A few quotes for Easter: “Let everything you do be done in love." "To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow." "Let the resurrection joy lift us from loneliness and weakness and despair to strength and beauty and happiness." "Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime."

SPECIAL DAYS THIS WEEK
Each of the days of this week are considered special days because they are a continuation of the Feast of Easter for the whole 8 days. In fact, there is no requirement to abstain from meat this Friday because it is still part of the Feast.

THE READINGS THIS SUNDAY
Today’s first reading tells us that God raised Jesus from the dead but did not allow him to be seen by the whole people but only by certain witnesses. Two of these witnesses come to the fore in this Easter story, Mary Magdalene and John the evangelist. Mary was the first to see the resurrected Jesus and, in a sense, the first Apostle; she was ‘sent’ to tell the Twelve that Jesus had risen. John, according to today’s Gospel, was the first to believe in the Resurrection. These are two of the people who remained at the foot of the cross until Jesus gave up his spirit. We might well ask if there is a link between ‘being at the foot of the cross’ and being able to understand or even recognise the Resurrection. Perhaps, in a sense, John and Mary Magdalene had already begun to see things from a completely different perspective. They could see a different dimension to life which requires the eyes of faith and love. They could see, perhaps, their own failings being made whole by what they had witnessed at the foot of the cross. They became people of the Resurrection, the Easter People, because they could see with this perspective. And, to celebrate Easter, we are taken back immediately to the foot of the cross. For that’s where we go during every Eucharist. 

MONDAY BREWS
Daniel has asked me to inform you that there will be no brew after Mass on Easter Monday and none all during the month of May.

CONFIRMATION
There are four more two-hour sessions for the candidates.
Fr. Callum was full of praise for the group that attended the first meeting last Wednesday. There were about 80 young people in all, and he said that they really engaged in the session.
~ Wednesday (26th April) 4th Student Session (6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (3rd May) 5th Student Session (6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (10th May) 6th Student Session (6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (17th May) 7th Student Session (6-8pm)
All meeting will take place at St. Edward’s Church, Lees. The final celebration of Confirmations will be on Friday 26th, 6:30 pm, St Anne’s, Ashton & Saturday 27th, St Mary’s, Failsworth.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM
Saturday 20th May, 2023. The Diocese of Salford's annual pilgrimage to Walsingham will be returning on Saturday 20th May. 
This year's pilgrimage has a number of places available to join the Day Pilgrimage and a very limited number of places for the overnight stay. 
The cost is £45 for the day trip and £134 for an overnight stay in a Standard room, and £150 for an overnight stay in an En-Suite room.
For more information, email walsingham.pilgrimage@dioceseofsalford.org.uk or call 0161 817 2214. Alternatively, you are cordially invited to come on pilgrimage to Walsingham with our Deanery. The Coach will leave from St Edward’s at 7:30am, Saturday, 20th May. The cost is also £45.
Please sign up with Fr Callum Callum.Brown@dioceseofsalford.org.uk  or call 0161 624 3762

RESUMPTION OF COMMUNION UNDER BOTH KINDS
Parishes in England and Wales have been informed that they may resume Communion under both kinds at Mass on Maundy Thursday, 6th April (the Mass of the Last Supper). This is, of course, not a requirement, but a permission. I have decided to implement this from Thursday night, but, people who don’t feel comfortable with it should simply continue to receive just the host.

May you know the new life of Easter amongst us and truly become Easter people! Happy Easter!

 

PALM SUNDAY (YEAR A)
WEEK: APRIL 2ND - 8TH 2023  

Palm Sunday

“Hosanna to the Son of David!”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Michael Walsh, Jean Bentley, Therese Passenger, Cyril Clarke, Celia Worthington, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Patricia Haines, Marie Gill, Joan Gipsom, Walter Harrison, Win Powell, Brian Coupe, Pauline Jordan
LATELY DEAD:David Isherwood, Daniel Moore
ANNIVERSARIES: William Sumner, Jose Varghese, Alan Johnstone, Paddy McDermott, Michael Hywel, Joachin De Almeida, Maria Lourdes Barros, Annie Kerwill, Joseph Kerwill, John Kerwill, George and Edith Brooks, Veronica Sobieralski

Congratulations to Catherine Taylor who will be 90 years old on Tuesday 4th April

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £919.09
Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: CAFOD £10.00. Foodbank £10.00; Caritas (Ukraine) £30.00
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13).

THE LENTEN STATION MASSES /SERVICES
The next Station Mass will be on 28th March, St Herbert’s; this will be a penitential service.

COLLECTION ENVELOPES
The collection envelopes for the upcoming tax year are ready for distribution. They will be handed out at the end of Mass on Sunday 26 March, and again on Sunday 2 April. If you have brought a collection envelope with you today, please make a note of the number before handing it in. After Mass, please could you go to one of the tables at the back of Church to collect next year’s envelopes, as follows:

Envelope number 1-60 Table 1
  60 upwards Table 2

If you have completed a Gift Aid form before, and it is out of date (eg your address has changed), please could you sign a new one at the back of Church. If you have not already signed up for Gift Aid, and would like to do so, please go to Table 2, complete a Gift Aid form, and receive some envelopes.
Thank you.

THE READINGS THIS SUNDAY
The Isaiah reading is part of one of the four great servant songs that come in the third section of the book of Isaiah. These have always been interpreted by the Church as showing Jesus what lay ahead for him. He would have read these passages many times and discovered himself in them. Then, we see the great act of obedience in his acceptance of his destiny for our sake. But we also see an amazing trust in his Father through it all.
The Philippians reading is that great hymn that speaks of Jesus’ obedience also in his incarnation. The technical term, in theology, is ’kenosis’ or ‘self-emptying’. Even before he came to Calvary, Jesus had already sacrificed so much for his people. The Son of God leaves behind his glory and his equality with God to become a slave /servant, even going further to accepting a terrible death. This reading starts almost mournfully, but by the end is a triumphant hymn of victory through sacrifice.
It's in stark contrast that we see the fickleness of the people who hailed Jesus as the Son of David on that first Palm Sunday and then bayed for his blood only a few days later.

SPECIAL DAYS THIS WEEK
Thursday, 6th April, Maundy Thursday / Mass of the Lord’s Supper.
This marks the beginning of the Easter Triduum (Three days) and the most important part of the Church’s liturgical year, when we are invited to experience the climax of Jesus’ story together. We are called to place ourselves at table with him, or to walk that terrible journey of the cross, or to struggle with the apparent failure of his mission, while retaining, perhaps, a glimmer of hope even then.
Friday, 7th April, Good Friday. Why, on earth, do we call this day “Good” when the images associated with it are full of horror and apparent disaster? It is, of course, because, if we can see beyond the horror, we see an image of perfect humanity (‘Ecce Homo’, says Pilate – behold the man / behold humanity as it should be) someone who is able to trust when everything seems so bleak, someone who is able to love in the face of hate, someone who is able to forgive when he has been treated so cruelly.
Saturday, 8th April. Holy Saturday. This is a “dies non” (a Latin term meaning, basically, a day of emptiness when nothing happens). It’s only at 8pm that we gather for the great vigil. We will, once more, begin with the lighting of the Easter fire in the back garden of the Presbytery. From this we will light the Easter Candle and process into the church. After thanking God for the symbol of the Easter Candle, we’ll proceed into the usual readings which convey the story of the people of Israel and the story on which our faith is based. The vigil then leads into the singing of the Gloria and the proclamation of Easter.

RESUMPTION OF COMMUNION UNDER BOTH KINDS
Parishes in England and Wales have been informed that they may resume Communion under both kinds at Mass on Maundy Thursday, 6th April (the Mass of the Last Supper). This is, of course, not a requirement, but a permission. I have decided to implement this from Thursday night, but, people who don’t feel comfortable with it should simply continue to receive just the host.

MONDAY BREWS
Daniel has asked me to inform you that there will be no brew after Mass on Easter Monday and none all during the month of May.

MASS OF SACRED CHRISM
This Mass will take place at Salford Cathedral on Wednesday 5th April at 11am. I have been sent five tickets for our parishioners. If anyone wishes to go, it’s on a first come, first served basis. I will hold on to the tickets myself and give them to the first five people who ask for them.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM
Saturday 20th May, 2023. The Diocese of Salford's annual pilgrimage to Walsingham will be returning on Saturday 20th May. 
This year's pilgrimage has a number of places available to join the Day Pilgrimage and a very limited number of places for the overnight stay. 
The cost is £45 for the day trip and £134 for an overnight stay in a Standard room, and £150 for an overnight stay in an En-Suite room.
For more information, email walsingham.pilgrimage@dioceseofsalford.org.uk or call 0161 817 2214. Alternatively, you are cordially invited to come on pilgrimage to Walsingham with our Deanery. The Coach will leave from St Edward’s at 7:30am, Saturday, 20th May. The cost is also £45.
Please sign up with Fr Callum Callum.Brown@dioceseofsalford.org.uk  or call 0161 624 3762

CONFIRMATION
There are four more two-hour sessions for the candidates.
Fr. Callum was full of praise for the group that attended the first meeting last Wednesday. There were about 80 young people in all, and he said that they really engaged in the session.
~ Wednesday (26th April) 4th Student Session (6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (3rd May) 5th Student Session (6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (10th May) 6th Student Session (6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (17th May) 7th Student Session (6-8pm)
All meeting will take place at St. Edward’s Church, Lees. The final celebration of Confirmations will be on Friday 26th, 6:30 pm, St Anne’s, Ashton & Saturday 27th, St Mary’s, Failsworth.

Have a prayerful and powerful Holy Week!

 

THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT (YEAR A)
WEEK: MARCH 26TH- APRIL 1ST 2023  

The Fifth Sunday of Lent

“Unbind him, let him go free.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Michael Walsh, Jean Bentley, Therese Passenger, Cyril Clarke, Celia Worthington, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Patricia Haines, Marie Gill, Joan Gipsom, Walter Harrison, Win Powell, Brian Coupe
LATELY DEAD: Chrissie Haines, Terry Harrisson, Mary Thomas, Noirin Brosnan, Emmie Roberts, David Isherwood, Patrick Sheehy
ANNIVERSARIES: Ronnie Heppenstall, Henry McDermott, Rosie Burke. Mendes and Diniz family, Jose Varghese, Alan Johnstone, Paddy McDermott, Michael Hywel, Joachin De Almeida, Maria Lourdes Barros

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £813.47
Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: Flowers £20.00 CAFOD £82.50. Foodbank £67.00; Missio: £20.09; Decoration and Restoration £10.45
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13).

THE LENTEN STATION MASSES /SERVICES
The next Station Mass will be on 28th March, St Herbert’s; this will be a penitential service.

COLLECTION ENVELOPES
The collection envelopes for the upcoming tax year are ready for distribution. They will be handed out at the end of Mass on Sunday 26 March, and again on Sunday 2 April. If you have brought a collection envelope with you today, please make a note of the number before handing it in. After Mass, please could you go to one of the tables at the back of Church to collect next year’s envelopes, as follows:

Envelope number 1-40 Table 1
  41-120 Table 2
  120 upwards  Table 3

If you have completed a Gift Aid form before, and it is out of date (eg your address has changed), please could you sign a new one at the back of Church. If you have not already signed up for Gift Aid, and would like to do so, please go to Table 3, complete a Gift Aid form, and receive some envelopes.
Thank you.

THE READINGS THIS SUNDAY
The Gospel of the Fifth Sunday is perhaps the deepest meditation on the mystery of Baptism and membership of the Church. It is a prelude to the events of Easter Sunday, when we celebrate the triumph of life over death. To be plunged into the waters of baptism is to be buried with Christ, only to rise with him from the waters. This paradox of life and death is the content of today’s readings. There is no more important part of our faith that the resurrection: that Christ rose from the dead is the very centre and heart of all that we believe - without it, our faith is useless. In the same way our belief in our own resurrection is vital: it is the most deeply needed gift that Christ gives us. This is why the climax of the instructions given to candidates for Baptism was this teaching: that Christ would give them life after death. Look ahead to the 3rd Sunday of Easter, where Saint Peter preaches to the crowds – what he teaches them is that life comes after death, as it did for Lazarus, and for Christ himself.

ENQUIRERS MORNING FOR VOCATIONS TO THE DIACONATE
Saturday 1st April,10am at St Patrick's Church, Livesey Street, Manchester, M4 5HF.
The Diocese of Salford's Department for Formation is holding an enquirers’ morning for anyone who may be discerning a vocation to the diaconate. 
If you would like to learn more about what a deacon is or does, or would like to speak to someone about how God might be calling you to serve as a deacon in our diocese, this event will help you find out more. 
Come along to an Enquirer’s Morning at St. Patrick’s Church, Livesey St, Manchester, on Saturday 1st April, starting with Mass at 10am and finishing with a sandwich lunch.
Email formation@dioceseofsalford.org.uk to let us know you’re coming.
You can also learn more about the role of deacons by visiting https://www.dioceseofsalford.org.uk/diaconate-faqs/

RESUMPTION OF COMMUNION UNDER BOTH KINDS
Parishes in England and Wales have been informed that they may resume Communion under both kinds at Mass on Maundy Thursday, 6th April (the Mass of the Last Supper). This is, of course, not a requirement, but a permission. I would be interested to hear what our parishioners feel about this. You could either tell me personally or speak to one of the Parish Team (Janet Hirst, Frank Wisniewski, Jim Taylor, Tina Nufable, Christine Wilson, Sharon Teefy, Margaret Larrad, or David Daka). Even if we decide to re-enable communion under both kinds, people who don’t feel comfortable with it should simply continue to receive the host alone.

OLDHAM INTERFAITH FORUM
Oldham Interfaith Forum invites you to a ‘Lent and Ramadan’ event on Wednesday, 29th March at 7pm at the ‘European Islamic Centre’, Manchester Road, Oldham. This is an event when everyone is encouraged (though by no means required) to fast during the day from their own religious perspective, and then to meet for a breaking of the fast together in the evening. It is a free event. For further details, and to book a place please contact Fazal Rahim (Oldham Interfaith Forum Coordinator) on 0161 624 6733 or email Oldham_interfaith@msn.com

MASS OF SACRED CHRISM
This Mass will take place at Salford Cathedral on Wednesday 5th April at 11am. I have been sent five tickets for our parishioners. If anyone wishes to go, it’s on a first come, first served basis. I will hold on to the tickets myself and give them to the first five people who ask for them.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM
Saturday 20th May, 2023. The Diocese of Salford's annual pilgrimage to Walsingham will be returning on Saturday 20th May. 
This year's pilgrimage has a number of places available to join the Day Pilgrimage and a very limited number of places for the overnight stay. 
The cost is £45 for the day trip and £134 for an overnight stay in a Standard room, and £150 for an overnight stay in an En-Suite room.
For more information, email walsingham.pilgrimage@dioceseofsalford.org.uk or call 0161 817 2214.

CONFIRMATION
There are five more two-hour sessions for the candidates.
Fr. Callum was full of praise for the group that attended the first meeting last Wednesday. There were about 80 young people in all, and he said that they really engaged in the session.
~ Wednesday (29th March) 3rd Student Session (6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (26th April) 4th Student Session (6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (3rd May) 5th Student Session (6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (10th May) 6th Student Session (6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (17th May) 7th Student Session (6-8pm)
All meeting will take place at St. Edward’s Church, Lees. The final celebration of Confirmations will be on Friday 26th, 6:30 pm, St Anne’s, Ashton & Saturday 27th, St Mary’s, Failsworth.

RECONCILIATION SERVICE FOR LENT
This will take place at 3pm next Sunday 2nd April.

NEXT SUNDAY SEES THE START OF HOLY WEEK
Next Sunday is Palm Sunday and the palms will be blessed and distributed at both the 10am Mass and the 6pm. On Maundy Thursday, 6th April, the Mass of the Last Supper will be at 8pm. The Good Friday Liturgy will be at 3pm. The Easter Vigil Mass will also be at 8pm. This is a longer service than normal, with a rich liturgy. It will last about an hour and a half!  

 

THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT (YEAR A)
WEEK: MARCH 19TH- 25TH 2023  

The Fourth Sunday of Lent

“God does not see as man sees.

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Michael Walsh, Jean Bentley, Therese Passenger, Cyril Clarke, Celia Worthington, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Patricia Haines, Sheila Kenneally, Marie Gill, Joan Gipsom, Pauline Jordan, Tony Kenny, Elizabeth Flanagan, Joseph Smith, John Rawski, Walter Harrison, Win Powell, Marcella, Maureen and Peter, Fehmida Akhtar, Brian Coupe
LATELY DEAD:Louis Canonigo, Chrissie Haines, Terry Harrisson, Mary Thomas
ANNIVERSARIES: Michael Robinson, Vera Melia

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £803.64
Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: Flowers £20.00 CAFOD £10.00. Foodbank £10.00; Caritas £20.00
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13).

THE LENTEN STATION MASSES /SERVICES
The next Station Mass will be on 
21st March, Holy Family with the theme of Lent.
28th March, St Herbert’s; this will be a penitential service.

GIFT AID
Parishioners who are taxpayers usually sign a form to enable the Parish to claim back the tax paid on their donations. In most cases, you will have picked up an envelope with a number on it at the start of the tax year to enable the Parish to make a claim. For the year 2022-23, some envelopes are in circulation for which we do not have a record of the owner, so we cannot claim the tax back. We are listing below the numbers of these envelopes. If one of the envelope numbers is yours, and you are happy for the tax to be reclaimed, please could you contact Chris Dodd (the parishioner who is managing the process) at chris.dodd@talktalk.net or text him on 07732 187836 to let him know the envelope number and your name. A fresh set of envelopes will be distributed shortly for the 2023-24 tax year. The envelope numbers we have no names for are: 13, 39, 40, 45, 51, 56, 59, 64, 71, 72, 74, 76, 79, 81, 96, 136.

THE READINGS THIS SUNDAY
When we get to Easter, there are two symbols of the resurrection that we use in Church: fire and light (the Easter Candle) and water (the Font). Last week we reflected on water, and this week there are passages all about light – true light, that defeats the blindness of sin. Again, this would have been offered to those preparing for Baptism, but speaks to all of us who have been baptised, inviting us to be renewed in the light of Christ at Easter. Remember that one of the oldest titles of the newly baptised was “neophyte”, which means “newly enlightened” There is a subtle link between the readings on this Sunday: in the first reading, David is anointed, and the Spirit of the Lord seizes on him. This anointing lights him along the right path - ‘no evil would I fear’ as the Psalm says. Then Paul tells us more about this light: it is Christ shining on us, calling us to live as children of light. All this is summed up in the Gospel, the marvellous story of the healing (by being ‘anointed’ with spittle) of the man born blind. Jesus is the light of the world.

THIS WEEK’S FEASTS OR SPECIAL DAYS
Monday 20th March – St Joseph
Saturday 25th March – Annunciation of the Lord

RESUMPTION OF COMMUNION UNDER BOTH KINDS
Parishes in England and Wales have been informed that they may resume Communion under both kinds at Mass on Maundy Thursday, 6th April (the Mass of the Last Supper). This is, of course, not a requirement, but a permission. I would be interested to hear what our parishioners feel about this. You could either tell me personally or speak to one of the Parish Team (Janet Hirst, Frank Wisniewski, Jim Taylor, Tina Nufable, Christine Wilson, Sharon Teefy, Margaret Larrad, or David Daka). Even if we decide to re-enable communion under both kinds, people who don’t feel comfortable with it should simply continue to receive the host alone.

OLDHAM INTERFAITH FORUM
Oldham Interfaith Forum invites you to a ‘Lent and Ramadan’ event on Wednesday, 29th March at 7pm at the ‘European Islamic Centre’, Manchester Road, Oldham. This is an event when everyone is encouraged (though by no means required) to fast during the day from their own religious perspective, and then to meet for a breaking of the fast together in the evening. It is a free event. For further details, and to book a place please contact Fazal Rahim (Oldham Interfaith Forum Coordinator) on 0161 624 6733 or email Oldham_interfaith@msn.com

STATEMENT OF THE BISHOPS OF ENGLAND AND WALES ON THE IMMIGRATION BILL (extract)
“People are driven from their homes by poverty, conflict, persecution, natural disasters, or other factors that prevent their flourishing. Many have links to the UK or family members already living here. Yet, far too often, there are no safe routes open to them. While we all wish to end dangerous Channel crossings, this new legislation treats migrants and refugees as a problem to be solved rather than brothers and sisters towards whom we have responsibilities. Establishing more safe routes, and genuinely understanding people’s individual circumstances are essential to meeting these. As Christians we call for the human person, made in the image and likeness of God, to be put at the heart of public policy.

CONFIRMATION
There are six more two-hour sessions for the candidates.
Fr. Callum was full of praise for the group that attended the first meeting last Wednesday. There were about 80 young people in all, and he said that they really engaged in the session.
~ Wednesday (22nd March) 2nd Student Session(6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (29th March) 3rd Student Session (6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (26th April) 4th Student Session (6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (3rd May) 5th Student Session (6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (10th May) 6th Student Session (6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (17th May) 7th Student Session (6-8pm)
All meeting will take place at St. Edward’s Church, Lees. The final celebration of Confirmations will be on Friday 26th, 6:30 pm, St Anne’s, Ashton & Saturday 27th, St Mary’s, Failsworth.

THE CLOCKS GO FORWARD NEXT SUNDAY

THAT MEANS THAT YOU LOSE AN HOUR’S SLEEP

BE CAREFUL NOT TO ARRIVE AT CHURCH WHEN MASS IS ABOUT TO END

 

THE THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT (YEAR A)
WEEK: MARCH 12TH- 18TH 2023  

The Third Sunday of Lent

Many Samaritans of that town had believed in him on the strength of the woman’s testimony.

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Michael Walsh, Jean Bentley, Therese Passenger, Cyril Clarke, Celia Worthington, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Patricia Haines, Sheila Kenneally, Marie Gill, Joan Gipsom, Pauline Jordan, Tony Kenny, Elizabeth Flanagan, Joseph Smith, John Rawski, Magdalena, Walter Harrison, Win Powell, Marcella, Maureen and Peter, Fehmida Akhtar
LATELY DEAD: June Freakley, May Morrrissey, Neciforo Moniza
ANNIVERSARIES: Gertrude Ndagitimank, Eufemia Chua, Ronnie Melia, Philip Miley, Regina Wisniewski

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £1,030.08
Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: Flowers £20.00 CAFOD £220.00. Foodbank £35.00; Caritas £30.00; Missio: £13.78.
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13).

THE LENTEN STATION MASSES /SERVICES
The next Station Mass will be on 
14th March, at St Edward’s, with the theme on the Church and document of Vatican II, ‘Lumen Gentium’;
21st March, Holy Family with the theme of Lent.
28th March, St Herbert’s; this will be a penitential service.

GIFT AID
Parishioners who are taxpayers usually sign a form to enable the Parish to claim back the tax paid on their donations. In most cases, you will have picked up an envelope with a number on it at the start of the tax year to enable the Parish to make a claim. For the year 2022-23, some envelopes are in circulation for which we do not have a record of the owner, so we cannot claim the tax back. We are listing below the numbers of these envelopes. If one of the envelope numbers is yours, and you are happy for the tax to be reclaimed, please could you contact Chris Dodd (the parishioner who is managing the process) at chris.dodd@talktalk.net or text him on 07732 187836 to let him know the envelope number and your name. A fresh set of envelopes will be distributed shortly for the 2023-24 tax year. The envelope numbers we have no names for are: 13, 39, 40, 43, 45, 51, 56, 57, 59, 64, 71, 72, 73, 74, 76, 79, 81, 96, 136.

THE READINGS THIS SUNDAY
The Gospel of the third Sunday is the remarkable conversation between Jesus and the Samaritan woman by the well. The theme is life-giving water. The scene is set at Sychar in Samaria. It’s important to know that Samaria formed that part of the kingdom of Israel that had been crushed by Assyria 800 years before Christ was born. 27,000 of its people had been re-patriated to Assyria and Samaria was colonised by Assyrians, who intermingled with the remaining inhabitants, often bringing with them many pagan practices. So, by the time of Jesus’ public ministry, the Samaritans were seen as a semi-pagan people. Jesus, in talking to the Samaritan woman, broke two conventions: a Jewish man would not initiate a conversation with an unknown woman, and a practising Jew would not speak to a Samaritan.
One of Jesus’ responses to the woman deliberately refers to the book of Exodus. He says, literally, “I am, the one who is speaking to you”. When God met with Moses at the burning bush, He referred to himself as ‘I am, who I am.’ Thus, Jesus takes the discussion to a different plane. And when he is speaking about ‘living water’ he’s speaking of the yearning, within every human being, for something much more than the purely physical. This is a yearning which is more profound and more intense and it's a yearning to which only God can respond, the ‘Rock of ages!’

THIS WEEK’S FEASTS OR SPECIAL DAYS
Friday, 17th March. St. Patrick (Patron of Ireland). He was born around 385 and, in his youth, was taken as a captive to Ireland where he worked as a herdsman. Having escaped, he became a priest and, later, a Bishop. He then returned to Ireland where he preached the Gospel and influenced many to convert to the Faith. He died in 461 and was buried in Downpatrick.
Saturday, 18th March. St. Cyril of Jerusalem. He became Bishop of Jerusalem in 348. He is famed for the catechetical instructions he gave to candidates for baptism and for his defence of the faith. He was exiled three times.

RESUMPTION OF COMMUNION UNDER BOTH KINDS
Parishes in England and Wales have been informed that they may resume Communion under both kinds at Mass on Maundy Thursday, 6th April (the Mass of the Last Supper). This is, of course, not a requirement, but a permission. I would be interested to hear what our parishioners feel about this. You could either tell me personally or speak to one of the Parish Team (Janet Hirst, Frank Wisniewski, Jim Taylor, Tina Nufable, Christine Wilson, Sharon Teefy, Margaret Larrad, or David Daka). Even if we decide to re-enable communion under both kinds, people who don’t feel comfortable with it should simply continue to receive the host alone.

OLDHAM INTERFAITH FORUM
Oldham Interfaith Forum invites you to a ‘Lent and Ramadan’ event on Wednesday, 29th March at 7pm at the ‘European Islamic Centre’, Manchester Road, Oldham. This is an event when everyone is encouraged (though by no means required) to fast during the day from their own religious perspective, and then to meet for a breaking of the fast together in the evening. It is a free event. For further details, and to book a place please contact Fazal Rahim (Oldham Interfaith Forum Coordinator) on 0161 624 6733 or email Oldham_interfaith@msn.com

STATEMENT OF THE BISHOPS OF ENGLAND AND WALES ON THE IMMIGRATION BILL (extract)
“People are driven from their homes by poverty, conflict, persecution, natural disasters, or other factors that prevent their flourishing. Many have links to the UK or family members already living here. Yet, far too often, there are no safe routes open to them. While we all wish to end dangerous Channel crossings, this new legislation treats migrants and refugees as a problem to be solved rather than brothers and sisters towards whom we have responsibilities. Establishing more safe routes, and genuinely understanding people’s individual circumstances are essential to meeting these. As Christians we call for the human person, made in the image and likeness of God, to be put at the heart of public policy.

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME
The next Sacramental programme meeting for the St. Patrick’s children, is on Saturday (18th),  at 10.00am.

CONFIRMATION
The team has remained realistic in terms of planning the programme, determined to avoid ‘tuition overkill’ the programme consists of :
• one (very important) introductory meeting for parents, followed by
• seven two-hour sessions for the Year 8 candidates.
~ Wednesday (15th March) 1st Student Session (6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (22nd March) 2nd Student Session(6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (29th March) 3rd Student Session (6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (26th April) 4th Student Session (6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (3rd May) 5th Student Session (6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (10th May) 6th Student Session (6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (17th May) 7th Student Session (6-8pm)
All meeting will take place at St. Edward’s Church, Lees. The final celebration of Confirmations will be on Friday 26th, 6:30 pm, St Anne’s, Ashton & Saturday 27th, St Mary’s, Failsworth.

LENT AT THE HIDDEN GEM  St Mary's Church, 17 Mulberry St, Manchester M2 6LN
If you are visiting Manchester City Centre during the Season of Lent, why not pop into St Mary’s, the Hidden Gem? Each weekday during Lent there will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (10.30am) and Confessions (11.00am), Rosary (12noon), Holy Mass (12.30pm) and Stations of the Cross (1pm). More details about St Mary's Lenten Programme are available on the diocesan website. Everyone is welcome.

POPE FRANCIS HAS BEEN POPE FOR TEN YEARS TOMORROW!

 

THE SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT (YEAR A)
WEEK: MARCH 5TH- 11TH 2023  

The Second Sunday of Lent

“This is my Son, the beloved: He enjoys my favour.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Michael Walsh, Jean Bentley, Therese Passenger, Cyril Clarke, Celia Worthington, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Patricia Haines, Sheila Kenneally, Marie Gill, Joan Gipsom, Pauline Jordan, Tony Kenny, Elizabeth Flanagan, Joseph Smith, John Rawski, Magdalena, Walter Harrison, Win Powell
LATELY DEAD: Monica Gough, Sylvia Doherty, George Woodcock, Patrick Sheehy, May Morrissey, Neciforo Moniza
ANNIVERSARIES: Gertrude Ndagitimank, Kenneth Cooper, Jim and Michael McCardle, Robert Winters, Eufemia Chua, Ronnie Melia, Philip Miley

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £789.96
Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: Decoration and restoration: £10.00
CAFOD £45.00 Foodbank £10.00; Caritas £90.00; Narcotic Anonymous (towards rent for the use of the building) £60.00
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13).

THE LENTEN STATION MASSES /SERVICES
The next Station Mass will be on 7th March, here at St Patrick’s, on the theme of Interfaith relations and the document of Vatican II, ‘Nostra aetate’. 
14th March, St Edward’s, with the theme on the Church and document of Vatican II, ‘Lumen Gentium’;
21st March, Holy Family with the theme of Lent.
28th March, St Herbert’s; this will be a penitential service.

HEARING THE CRY
Responding with Hope / The Salford Diocese and its environmental plan: This Lent, we are sharing our updated environment strategy, Hearing the Cry: Responding in Hope – a positive new document setting out our diocesan response to our ecological crisis. The document begins with a powerful call from Bishop John, reminding us that caring for creation is an integral part of our Catholic faith – a faith grounded in hope. Despite the severity of the challenges we face, it is precisely this sense of hope that provides the building blocks for our strategy, highlighting the positive impact we can make within our diocese and the wider Christian community for the good of our common home.
You can read the full document by clicking here, Supporting documents, including a Summary and Parish Roadmap can be found here

THE READINGS THIS SUNDAY
We are taken, in the Gospel today, into the story of the Transfiguration. This was said to have taken place on a mountain. But which mountain? Some suggest it must have been Mount Hermon (to the North of the Sea of Galilee) and others suggest Mount Tabor (to the south). But it doesn’t really matter. The Gospel writer is probably referring to a mountain in a theological sense rather than a geographical one. Matthew was painting an image of Jesus as the new Moses. Interestingly, when Moses went up Mount Sinai to receive the Law, we are told that he took with him Aaron, Nadab and Abihu. When Jesus went up the mountain of transfiguration, he took with him Peter, James and John. Mount Sinai was covered with cloud, and God called to Moses from inside the cloud. On the mount of transfiguration, a ‘bright cloud covered them with shadow’. When Moses came down from the mountain, his face was said to be radiant. On the mount of transfiguration, we are told that Jesus’ face ‘shone like the sun’. But then we hear of another character who visits Jesus with Moses; it’s Elijah. He too had a meeting with God on a mountain. It was after he had run away under threat from Queen Jezebel. In his anguish, he searched for God on Mount Sinai (also known as Mount Horeb). But, unlike when Moses had met with God there, he didn’t find God in the thunder, or the earthquake but in the still small voice of calm. Jesus, the new and greater Moses and the new and greater Elijah, bathes in the love of his Father prior to his journey to Jerusalem and his death on the cross.

THIS WEEK’S FEASTS OR SPECIAL DAYS
Tuesday, 7th March. Ss. Perpetua and Felicity – These two martyrs died in Carthage in 203 in the persecution under Septimus Severus. The account of their lives and their martyrdom was partly written by themselves and still survives.
Wednesday, 8th March. St. John of God. He was born at the end of the 15th century and became a soldier. However, after a religious experience he gave up soldiering and founded a hospital in Seville where he was outstanding in caring for the sick.in spite of suffering himself from a debilitating heart condition. He died in 1550. Thursday, 9th March. St. Frances of Rome. She was born in 1384, married and had three children. She was exemplary in her care of victims of the frequent epidemics of that time, founding a congregation to continue her work.

THANK YOU FROM OLDHAM FOODBANK
We wanted to say a massive thank you to all of the churches who have donated to us over the past few months. It has been the busiest time in the foodbank’s last 11 years supporting people in Oldham, so every single contribution has made a huge difference. Churches in the area have donated nearly 3 tonnes of food, just since November. Well done to all involved, it is so appreciated! Our demand has continued to increase, and in 2022 the foodbank supported over 20,000 people – a 40% increase on the previous year. To keep up with it, we have to make sure we have enough stock, and we are relying on our local community to help us with that. Thank you all for all of your hard work and support in the community!

THE NEW LECTIONARY FOR MASS
The bishops have recently given their final approval to the new Lectionary before its definitive approval in Rome. The Lectionary will use the English Standard Version – Catholic Edition and the Abbey Psalms and Canticles. It is hoped following the required approval of the Holy See the Lectionary may still be published and ready for use in the parishes for the beginning of Advent 2023.

PARISH TEAM
There will be a Parish Team meeting this Thursday evening at 7pm. in the Presbytery. If you have any items for the agenda, please give them to me or one of the members of the Team (Janet Hirst, Frank Wisniewski, Jim Taylor, Tina Nufable, Christine Wilson, Sharon Teefy, Margaret Larrad, or David Daka).

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME
The next Sacramental programme meeting for the Holy Rosary children:
Next Saturday 11th March at 10.00am (in church). For the St. Patrick’s children, it’s the following Saturday (18th), also at 10.00am.

CONFIRMATION
The team has remained realistic in terms of planning the programme, determined to avoid ‘tuition overkill’ the programme consists of :
• one (very important) introductory meeting for parents, followed by
• seven two-hour sessions for the Year 8 candidates.
~ Thursday (9th/3) Parents Meeting (6-7pm)
~ Wednesday (15th/3) 1st Student Session (6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (22nd/3) 2nd Student Session(6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (29th/3) 3rd Student Session (6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (26th/4) 4th Student Session (6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (3rd/5) 5th Student Session (6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (10th/5) 6th Student Session (6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (17th/5) 7th Student Session (6-8pm)
All meeting will take place at St. Edward’s Church, Lees. The final celebration of Confirmations will be on Friday 26th, 6:30 pm, St Anne’s, Ashton & Saturday 27th, St Mary’s, Failsworth.

LENT AT THE HIDDEN GEM  St Mary's Church, 17 Mulberry St, Manchester M2 6LN
If you are visiting Manchester City Centre during the Season of Lent, why not pop into St Mary’s, the Hidden Gem? Each weekday during Lent there will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (10.30am) and Confessions (11.00am), Rosary (12noon), Holy Mass (12.30pm) and Stations of the Cross (1pm). More details about St Mary's Lenten Programme are available on the diocesan website. Everyone is welcome.

THE FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT (YEAR A)
WEEK: FEBRUARY 26TH- MARCH 4TH 2023  

FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT

“I will give you all these if you fall at my feet and worship me”… “You must worship the Lord our God and serve him alone.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Michael Walsh, Jean Bentley, Therese Passenger, Cyril Clarke, Celia Worthington, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Patricia Haines, Sheila Kenneally, Marie Gill, Joan Gipsom, Pauline Jordan, Tony Kenny, Elizabeth Flanagan, Joseph Smith, John Rawski, Magdalena, Walter Harrison, Win Powell
LATELY DEAD: Alice Wright, Dion Dermott, George Woodcock, Patrick Sheehy
ANNIVERSARIES: Ben Eaglesham, Rae Carter, Fr. J. Wareing SJ, Bernard Doran, Norman Hussey, Austin Hussey, Judith Warburton, Mary Heaton, Peter Doran, Jim and Michelle McArdle, Dr. John Duddy, Robert Winters

TODAY there will be a baptism during the 10.00am Mass

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £749.51
Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: Decoration and restoration: £255.69 CAFOD £399.55. Foodbank £10.00; Caritas £60.00;
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13).

THE LENTEN STATION MASSES /SERVICES
These will begin on the 28th February at 7pm. at Ss Aidan and Oswald’s, with the theme being on the environment and ‘Laudato Si’ (the Bishop to preach);
7th March, St Patrick’s on the theme of Interfaith relations and the document of Vatican II, ‘Nostra aetate’. 
14th March, St Edward’s, with the theme on the Church and document of Vatican II, ‘Lumen Gentium’;
21st March, Holy Family with the theme of Lent.
28th March, St Herbert’s; this will be a penitential service.

CAFOD RESPONSE TO EARTHQUAKE CRISIS IN TURKEY AND SYRIA
In the wake of the terrible earthquakes in Syria and Turkey on 6 February, CAFOD’s local experts are already on the ground in Syria and responding to the needs of those affected. They have been working in Syria for years providing humanitarian support to families affected by the 12 year long conflict – families who now face another devastating crisis. Because of the generosity of parishes in the Diocese in recent Fast Days and other donations, CAFOD were able to make an initial allocation of £100,000 to provide urgent humanitarian support – food, water, shelter, medical assistance and winter kits - in the worst affected areas.
They have also set up a Syria-Turkey Emergency Appeal
You can contribute by clicking the white text link.

THE READINGS THIS SUNDAY
In the Cycle of Sunday Readings, the oldest are those of Year A in Lent; these Gospels have accompanied the Church for many centuries. We must realise why: Lent was originally the time of immediate preparation of candidates for Baptism at Easter (something which has been reintroduced to the Church by RCIA): those already baptised used it as a time to prepare for the renewal of Baptismal promises. This is why so much of the Scripture in Lent is about Baptism, New Life and Salvation. What is the new life of Baptism? What are we set free from? What is sin? We begin Lent by hearing about sin and temptation; the Gospel will tell us of Jesus’ own temptations, something he shares with us, though he did not sin. The other Scripture readings prepare us for the Gospel, in which Jesus, the new Adam, triumphs over temptation.

THIS WEEK’S FEASTS OR SPECIAL DAYS
Wednesday, 1st March. St. David, the Patron of Wales. He was born in Cardigan, Wales around the year 520. He travelled to the Isle of Wight to study under a Welsh ascetic, Paulinurus, but then returned to Wales and established many monasteries. It is claimed that he and his monks had a very severe diet, basically, bread, salt, water and leeks, hence the now national symbol of Wales – the leek. He died in about 588. Saturday, 4th March. St. Casimir. He was the son of the King of Poland and was born in 1458. He was known for his love of the poor and for his devotion to the Eucharist and Our Lady. He died when he was just 26 years old of a lung disease.

CORNERSTONE DONATION
St. Patrick’s YCW representatives presented a cheque for £2,579 to Cornerstone (there is a photographic report on the Parish website). Four of our YCW members came with me to Cornerstone and saw the work being carried out there for the homeless. They had a brief tour of the place and of the ‘Morning Star Hostel, which is in an adjoining building. They asked questions of the Manager of Cornerstone and saw quite a few of the clients, without, hopefully, intruding too much on their privacy.

THE NEW LECTIONARY FOR MASS
The bishops have recently given their final approval to the new Lectionary before its definitive approval in Rome. The Lectionary will use the English Standard Version – Catholic Edition and the Abbey Psalms and Canticles. It is hoped following the required approval of the Holy See the Lectionary may still be published and ready for use in the parishes for the beginning of Advent 2023.

PARISH FINANCES
The total balance in our two bank accounts on 1st Jan. 2022 was £62,108,78
The total balance in our two bank accounts on 31st Dec 2022 was £75,487.50
That means that the overall profit for the year was £13,378.72. This is very healthy. However, some of that profit is income that is still to be sent on to other charities, and we are saving for a decarbonisation project.

DIOCESAN JOB VACANCY
To apply for this job, click here
SDC Café Supervisor : Appointment Type: Permanent
Working hours: Minimum 20hrs per week, to be worked 10am-2pm, Mon-Fri
Location: St Sebastian Community Centre, 1 Douglas Green, Salford, M6 6ES
Salary & Benefits: £11.67 per hour, 20 days holiday, plus statutory bank holidays (subject to pro-rata). About: SDC Trading is seeking to recruit an experienced Café Supervisor to provide high-quality food and hospitality services to customers and visitors to St Sebastian’s Centre.

CONFIRMATION
The team has remained realistic in terms of planning the programme, determined to avoid ‘tuition overkill’ the programme consists of :
• one (very important) introductory meeting for parents, followed by
• seven two-hour sessions for the Year 8 candidates.
~ Thursday (9th/3) Parents Meeting (6-7pm)
~ Wednesday (15th/3) 1st Student Session (6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (22nd/3) 2nd Student Session(6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (29th/3) 3rd Student Session (6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (26th/4) 4th Student Session (6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (3rd/5) 5th Student Session (6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (10th/5) 6th Student Session (6-8pm)
~ Wednesday (17th/5) 7th Student Session (6-8pm)
All meeting will take place at St. Edward’s Church, Lees. The final celebration of Confirmations will be on Friday 26th, 6:30 pm, St Anne’s, Ashton & Saturday 27th, St Mary’s, Failsworth.

LENT AT THE HIDDEN GEM  St Mary's Church, 17 Mulberry St, Manchester M2 6LN
If you are visiting Manchester City Centre during the Season of Lent, why not pop into St Mary’s, the Hidden Gem? Each weekday during Lent there will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (10.30am) and Confessions (11.00am), Rosary (12noon), Holy Mass (12.30pm) and Stations of the Cross (1pm). More details about St Mary's Lenten Programme are available on the diocesan website. Everyone is welcome.

THE SEVENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A)
WEEK: FEBRUARY 19TH- 25TH 2023  

The Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

“Love your enemies and pray and pray for those who persecute you…

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Michael Walsh, Jean Bentley, Therese Passenger, Cyril Clarke, Celia Worthington, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Patricia Haines, Sheila Kenneally, Marie Gill, Joan Gipsom, Pauline Jordan, Tony Kenny, Elizabeth Flanagan, Joseph Smith, John Rawski, Magdalena, Walter Morrison
LATELY DEAD:Alice Wright, Dion Dermott, George Woodcock, Patrick Sheehy
ANNIVERSARIES:Victor Febrero, Barry Wilson, Mary Prince
Congratulations: to Cyril and Christine Clarke who will be celebrating their 61st  wedding anniversary this week.

TODAY there will be a baptism during the 10.00am Mass for Isabella De Souza.

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £900.61
Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: CAFOD £1090.00. Foodbank £10.00; Caritas £5.00
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13).

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS – WORLD DAY OF THE SICK (11TH FEBRUARY)
The Holy Father released a statement to commemorate the World Day of the Sick, calling on people to “reject the throwaway culture” and ensure that illness, which is a normal part of the human condition, isn’t “unaccompanied by care and compassion, [where] it can become inhumane”.

POPE FRANCIS: OUR LENTEN JOURNEY IS SYNODAL
In his Message for Lent 2023, Pope Francis highlights the relationship between the Lenten journey and the synodal journey, which are both rooted in tradition and open to newness. Personal and ecclesial ‘transfiguration’ is the goal of the ascetical journey of Lent, and similarly of the synodal process.
Pope Francis takes his inspiration from the Gospel account of the Transfiguration, proclaimed each year on the Second Sunday of Lent. As with the chosen disciples at the Transfiguration, Jesus “takes us with Him to a place apart” during the season of Lent.

LENT
Please take the time to think how you will use this approaching time of Lent to make some changes for the better in your lives. I encourage you to create more space for God during your day. Ash Wednesday is, of course, a ‘Fast Day’; that means one main meatless meal and two small collations, but no snacking.

OLDHAM INTERFAITH FORUM
Oldham Interfaith Forum invites you to an interfaith discussion group on Tuesday 21st February at the Honeywell Centre, Hathershaw, OL8 3BP at 7pm. The topic is “Your Faith – Your identity”. To book, phone 624 6733 or email: oldham_interfaith@ msn.com . All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

THE READINGS THIS SUNDAY
‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ These are words we associate so clearly with the teaching of Jesus and the way of life the Gospel calls us to. But it may be a surprise to some people to hear that these words come first from the Old Testament, in the mouth of Moses himself. Moses was speaking the Lord God’s instruction for the community - the community of the people of Israel in flight from Egypt in their long sojourn in the wilderness. God’s instructions were about how that community had to work ‘without grudges, resentment or vengeance, but with love and forgiveness and tolerance’. When Jesus comes with the message of the Kingdom of heaven, it is the same instruction for a perfect, God-guided society, which depends on how each of us lives with others. The ‘wisdom of this world’, which Saint Paul mentions in the Second Reading, will not teach us this: the world will believe in vengeance, and friendship only for your friends. Each of us must ask how we can embrace the apparent folly of Jesus’ teaching: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Archbishop Tutu was so right, in the title of one of his books: there’s “No future without forgiveness”. The two reflex actions of a person when faced with potentially violent opposition are ‘fight or flight’, but Jesus suggests a very different response; he responds with aggressive love and transforms the wrong in others from within.

THIS WEEK’S FEASTS OR SPECIAL DAYS
Tuesday, 21st February. St. Peter Damian – Born in 10007, he became a hermit before taking part in a great reform of the Church. In 1057, he was made Bishop of Ostia, and, on his death in 1072, was immediately venerated as a saint.
Wednesday 22nd, February – ASH WEDNESDAY.
Thursday, 23rd February. St. Polycarp (AD. 69-155). It is suggested by Tertullian, Irenaeus and Jerome that Polycarp was a disciple of the Apostle, and Evangelist, John, and that John had ordained him as Bishop of Smyrna. His name means “much fruit”. He is regarded as one of the three chief Apostolic Fathers of the Church, along with Clement of Rome and Ignatius of Antioch. His sole surviving work is the Epistle of Polycarp to the Philippians. He was eventually burned at the stake and pierced with a spear for refusing to burn incense to the Roman Emperor.

CORNERSTONE DONATION
St. Patrick’s YCW representatives presented a cheque, last Thursday, for £2,579 to Cornerstone (there is a photographic report on the Parish website). Four of our YCW members went with Father Phil to Cornerstone and saw the work being carried out there for the homeless. They had a brief tour of the place and of the ‘Morning Star Hostel, which is in an adjoining building. They asked questions of the Manager of Cornerstone and saw quite a few of the clients, without, hopefully, intruding too much on their privacy.

THE LENTEN STATION MASSES /SERVICES
These will begin on the 28th February at 7pm. at Ss Aidan and Oswald’s, with the theme being on the environment and ‘Laudato Si’ (the Bishop to preach);
7th March, St Patrick’s on the theme of Interfaith relations and the document of Vatican II, ‘Nostra aetate’. 
14th March, St Edward’s, with the theme on the Church and document of Vatican II, ‘Lumen Gentium’;
21st March Holy Family with the theme of Lent.
28th March, St Herbert’s; this will be a penitential service.
I don’t know if it’s possible for any of our community choirs to be involved in the service on 7th March, here at St. Patrick’s, but I ask the choir leaders to let me know as soon as possible.

CONFIRMATION
Details about the 2023 programme of preparation, including the process of enrolment, will be coming out to the families of Year 8 students next week.  Please register your interest, including name and contact details with your parish priest. Last year over 90 students successfully completed the 6-week programme and were Confirmed over the weekend of Pentecost.
At the moment, the Bishop has suggested his availability for Friday 26th May and Saturday 27th. There will be two celebrations, in different churches of the Deanery, neither of them St. Patrick’s. The churches in question will be decided later.

CAFOD RESPONSE TO EARTHQUAKE CRISIS IN TURKEY AND SYRIA
In the wake of the terrible earthquakes in Syria and Turkey on 6 February, CAFOD’s local experts are already on the ground in Syria and responding to the needs of those affected. They have been working in Syria for years providing humanitarian support to families affected by the 12 year long conflict – families who now face another devastating crisis. Because of the generosity of parishes in the Diocese in recent Fast Days and other donations, CAFOD were able to make an initial allocation of £100,000 to provide urgent humanitarian support – food, water, shelter, medical assistance and winter kits - in the worst affected areas.
They have also set up a Syria-Turkey Emergency Appeal
You can contribute by clicking the white text link.

THE SIXTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A)
WEEK: FEBRUARY 12TH- 18TH 2023  

The Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

“If you are bringing an offering to the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you…

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Michael Walsh, Jean Bentley, Therese Passenger, Cyril Clarke, Celia Worthington, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Patricia Haines, Sheila Kenneally, Marie Gill, Joan Gipsom, Pauline Jordan, Tony Kenny, Elizabeth Flanagan, Joseph Smith, John Rawski, Magdalena, Walter Morrison
LATELY DEAD: Salvatore Stia, Alice Wright, Dion Dermott
ANNIVERSARIES: Henryk Sobieralski, Andrew Powell, Romeo Tee, Joe Rimmer

Congratulations to John and Kath Green who will be celebrating their 67th wedding anniversary this week.

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £1,060.45
Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: CAFOD £132.24. Foodbank £10.00; Caritas £70.00; Caritas (Ukraine) £10.00; Flowers £10.00
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13).

NEXT SUNDAY there will be a baptism during the 10.00am Mass for Isabella De Souza.

RACIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY - TODAY 12TH FEBRUARY
22nd April 2023 marks the 30th anniversary of the racist killing of Black teenager, Stephen Lawrence, in Eltham, southeast London. In many respects, Racial Justice Sunday is one of the many legacies of Stephen Lawrence’s life. As such, in marking RJS, churches are remembering a young man who in life aspired to be an architect, but whose legacy has seen him become an architect for justice, equality, dignity and unity. This anniversary is a key moment for church and society on these islands. Stephen’s killing was very much Britain’s ‘George Floyd moment’ as it clearly revealed the ugly face of British racism, in terms not only of the hatred of those who took this young man’s life, but also of the institutional variety that characterised the appalling investigation into his killing.

CAFOD RESPONSE TO EARTHQUAKE CRISIS IN TURKEY AND SYRIA
In the wake of the terrible earthquakes in Syria and Turkey on 6 February, CAFOD’s local experts are already on the ground in Syria and responding to the needs of those affected. They have been working in Syria for years providing humanitarian support to families affected by the 12 year long conflict – families who now face another devastating crisis. Because of the generosity of parishes in the Diocese in recent Fast Days and other donations, CAFOD were able to make an initial allocation of £100,000 to provide urgent humanitarian support – food, water, shelter, medical assistance and winter kits - in the worst affected areas.
They have also set up a Syria-Turkey Emergency Appeal.
You can contribute by clicking the white text link.

THE READINGS THIS SUNDAY
The first reading seems to say, it’s straightforward. You know the Law; now keep it! And the Gospel too seems to suggest that Jesus asks us to be even stricter than the letter of the Mosaic Law demands. The psalm proclaims, “They are happy whose life is blameless, who follow God’s Law.” But none of us is blameless! We must interpret Scripture by other sections of it. St. Paul, in some of his other letters, was clear that Jesus had freed us from being slaves to the Law. There’s a film “The Fighting temptations”. We see there a battle between two so-called approaches to Christianity. One is played out by a woman called Paulina Pritchett, the Pastor’s sister. She is always quoting the law to her fellow church members, the Law of Scripture and the Law of the particular church. She uses it in a cold way to get what she wants. On the other hand, there is a young man who’s a bit of a con-artist, trying to make some money out of the church by getting their choir to sing in a Gospel music competition. He has been led to believe that he’ll inherit his aunt’s will if he makes the choir successful and so solve the problems he’d left behind in New York. It becomes clear, as the film progresses, that this con-artist is genuinely moved through his relationships with the choir. And when his past is discovered, and he goes back to the big city, he knows that he has been changed. Eventually, he returns and gains the forgiveness of the choir just in time for the competition. Then, we hear the piece of music chosen for the competition: “He still loves me!” The words say, “seems like I always fall short of being worthy, but He still loves me!” So, to return to the first reading, the choice being given, set out like fire and water before us, we now have to interpret in the light of the New Testament. It is not between the letter of the Law or lawlessness, but the acceptance of Jesus’ forgiveness or not.

THIS WEEK’S FEASTS OR SPECIAL DAYS
Tuesday, 14th February – Ss Cyril and Methodius, Bishops and Patrons of Europe. They were 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.
Friday, 17th February – The Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order – They were Bonfilius, Alexis, Manettus, Amideus, Hugh, Sostene and Buonagiunta, seven holy men of the town of Florence whom became bound to each other in a spiritual friendship that were eventually called by the Virgin Mother of God in a vision that they reportedly all shared in one and the same moment (though at first each was unaware that the other saw what he saw). They were called to 'Leave the World, the Better to Serve Almighty God'. They founded the Servite Order in 1304.

NATIONAL MARRIAGE WEEK  (7th – 14th February)
Marriage Week helps us focus on building a culture of life and love that begins with supporting and promoting marriage and family life. The theme for 2023 is Marriage… one flesh, given and received. All God’s people are called to live a life of holiness through their vocation. Spouses, through the vocation to marriage, should follow their own path to holiness, which is sustained by the grace of the Sacrament. Thank you to all those who live this vocation among us. And Happy Valentine’s Day on Tuesday!

THE LENTEN STATION MASSES /SERVICES
These will begin on the 28th February at 7pm. at Ss Aidan and Oswald’s, with the theme being on the environment and ‘Laudato Si’ (the Bishop to preach);
7th March, St Patrick’s on the theme of Interfaith relations and the document of Vatican II, ‘Nostra aetate’. 
14th March, St Edward’s, with the theme on the Church and document of Vatican II, ‘Lumen Gentium’;
21st March Holy Family with the theme of Lent.
28th March, St Herbert’s; this will be a penitential service.
I don’t know if it’s possible for any of our community choirs to be involved in the service on 7th March, here at St. Patrick’s, but I ask the choir leaders to let me know as soon as possible.


CONFIRMATION
Details about the 2023 programme of preparation, including the process of enrolment, will be coming out to the families of Year 8 students next week.  Please register your interest, including  name and contact details with your parish priest. Last year over 90 students successfully completed the 6-week programme and were Confirmed over the weekend of Pentecost.
The Bishop will decide the date of the confirmations according to his availability but parents may wish to make note of the date of Pentecost 2023 - 27th/28th May. We hope it will be sometime around then. At the moment, the Bishop has suggested his availability for Friday 26th May and Saturday 27th. There will be two celebrations, in different churches of the Deanery, neither of them St. Patrick’s. The churches in question will be decided later.

 

THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A)
WEEK: FEBRUARY 5TH- 11TH 2023  

The Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

“You are the salt of the earth…You are the light of the world.

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Michael Walsh, Jean Bentley, Therese Passenger, Cyril Clarke, Celia Worthington, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Patricia Haines, Sheila Kenneally, Marie Gill, Joan Gipsom, Pauline Jordan, Tony Kenny, Elizabeth Flanagan, Joseph Smith, John Rawski, Magdalena
LATELY DEAD: Salvatore Stia, Mary Esther Slicker, Anne Crompton
ANNIVERSARIES: Maria Margaret Jubb, Ann Fowkes, Margaret Rainsford, Henryk Sobieralski, Andrew Powell, Romeo Tee

Congratulations to Peter and Gloria Okolie on their 20th wedding anniversary!

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £926.25
Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: CAFOD £10.00. Foodbank £20.00; Caritas £388.45; Caritas (Ukraine) £10.00; Flowers £10.00
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13).

FUNERAL MASSES FOR FR. DAVID O’KANE
There will be a Mass at 7.00pm on Wednesday 8th February at St. Herbert’s, Chadderton, and another on the Thursday at 12 noon, also at St. Herbert’s, followed by burial at Chadderton cemetery. Fr. O’Kane was the curate here at St. Patrick’s from 1957-1967.

RACIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY 12TH FEBRUARY
22 April 2023 marks the 30th anniversary of the racist killing of Black teenager, Stephen Lawrence, in Eltham, southeast London. In many respects, Racial Justice Sunday is one of the many legacies of Stephen Lawrence’s life. As such, in marking RJS, churches are remembering a young man who in life aspired to be an architect, but whose legacy has seen him become an architect for justice, equality, dignity and unity. This anniversary is a key moment for church and society on these islands. Stephen’s killing was very much Britain’s ‘George Floyd moment’ as it clearly revealed the ugly face of British racism, in terms not only of the hatred of those who took this young man’s life, but also of the institutional variety that characterised the appalling investigation into his killing.
I invite people of different nationalities (including the UK and Ireland ) to bring something forward in the Offertory procession that day that represents something of your nationality. You can, of course, collect these objects again after the Mass.

THE READINGS THIS SUNDAY
While the world may seem to be very indifferent to Christianity most of the time, it can be very critical of Christians who do not seem to be following the most basic tenet of their faith: to be a people of ‘good deeds’, as Jesus teaches in today’s portion of the Sermon on the Mount. Isaiah also suggests that it is when we feed the hungry and shelter the homeless that our light will shine like the dawn. While we may sometimes feel indignant about the world’s criticism of our faults, we have to remember that we are in a vital relationship with ‘the word’: we are to be its light. This means that we should welcome the world’s gaze and scrutiny of our actions and beliefs, and we should, in a sense, be accountable to the world for the way we live. We should never be salt that loses its taste. This openness to the gaze of all is not for our own glory, however: it is so that others may find what we have found: their way to the Father.

THE LENTEN STATION MASSES /SERVICES
These will begin on the 28th February at 7pm. at Ss Aidan and Oswald’s, with the theme being on the environment and ‘Laudato Si’ (the Bishop to preach);
7th March, St Patrick’s on the theme of Interfaith relations and the document of Vatican II, ‘Nostra aetate’. 
14th March, St Edward’s, with the theme on the Church and document of Vatican II, ‘Lumen Gentium’;
21st March Holy Family with the theme of Lent.
28th March, St Herbert’s; this will be a penitential service.
I don’t know if it’s possible for any of our community choirs to be involved in the service on 7th March, here at St. Patrick’s, but I ask the choir leaders to let me know as soon as possible.

NATIONAL MARRIAGE WEEK  (7th – 14th February)
Marriage Week helps us focus on building a culture of life and love that begins with supporting and promoting marriage and family life. The theme for 2023 is Marriage… one flesh, given and received. All God’s people are called to live a life of holiness through their vocation. Spouses, through the vocation to marriage, should follow their own path to holiness, which is sustained by the grace of the Sacrament. Thankyou to all those who live this vocation among us!
Parish Team meeting: This Thursday (9th February) at 7pm. If anyone has any items for the agenda, please speak to one of the team members, or to Father Phil.

ECOLOGICAL GARDENING COURSE
The Diocesan Laudato Si' Centre (at Wardley Hall. Worsley, M28 2ND) has teamed up with the Northern School of Permaculture and Ecospheres Design to create a fascinating training course on Ecological Gardening.Ecological gardens are self-regulating green havens, designed to re-vegetate the Earth, capture carbon, nurture biodiversity and mitigate climate change. This programme was developed to bridge the knowledge gap between conventional landscaping, gardening and horticulture, and designing resilient eco-gardens and re-wilding projects.
Find out more at https://laudatosicentre.org.uk/general/eco-gardening-training/


CONFIRMATION
Details about the 2023 programme of preparation, including the process of enrolment, will be coming out to the families of Year 8 students next week.  Please register your interest, including  name and contact details with your parish priest. Last year over 90 students successfully completed the 6-week programme and were Confirmed over the weekend of Pentecost.
The Bishop will decide the date of the confirmations according to his availability but parents may wish to make note of the date of Pentecost 2023 - 27th/28th May. We hope it will be sometime around then.


THE 89TH SALFORD DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
- Come here in procession
July 28th - August 3rd 2023 (dates TBC). We invite you to register your interest for information about travelling on pilgrimage with us to Lourdes next summer, as an individual or as part of a parish / school / college group. We can also help organise an information meeting in your area.
Please visit www.salfordlourdes.co.uk or call the pilgrimage office on 0161 817 2209. Thank you.

THIS WEEK’S FEASTS OR SPECIAL DAYS
Monday, 6th February - Ss. Paul Miki and companions: These are the Japanese martyrs of the end of the 16th century. Paul Miki was a young Jesuit and there were 25 others, some as young as 13. They were taken to Naga saki where they were crucified in 1597.
Wednesday, 8th February - St. Josephine Bakhita. She was born in Sudan in 1869. Her respected and reasonably prosperous father was brother of the village chief. She was surrounded by a loving family of three brothers and three sisters. She was later to write about herself: "I lived a very happy and carefree life, without knowing what suffering was." Then, in 1877, when she was 7–8 years old, she was seized by Arab slave traders, who had abducted her elder sister two years earlier. She was forced to walk barefoot about 600 miles to El-Obeid. She was sold and bought twice before she even arrived there. Over the course of twelve years (1877–1889) she was sold three more times and then given away. Bakhita was not the name she received from her parents at birth. It is said that the trauma of her abduction caused her to forget her own name; she took one given to her by the slavers, bakhita, which in Arabic means 'lucky' or 'fortunate.' She was treated appallingly by her different owners, frequently whipped, beaten and scarred. Bakhita was then bought, in Khartoum, by the Italian Vice Consul, Callisto Legnani, who treated her kindly and did not beat or punish her. Two years later, when Legnani himself had to return to Italy, Bakhita begged to go with him. Eventually she was to be given her freedom and she asked to be baptised. Then, she entered the Sisters of Mary Magdalene. She died on 8th February 1947. The current high incidence of trafficking and modern slavery has meant that Bakhita has become the ‘go to’ saint in prayers for assistance in combatting this evil.
Friday,10th February – St. Scholastica. She was the twin sister of St. Benedict. With his help, she founded a convent of what would be called, ‘Benedictine Sisters’ about five miles away from Monte Casino, where Benedict had his own monastery.
Saturday, 11th February – Our Lady of Lourdes.

DIOCESAN DECARBONISATION SURVEY REPORTS
At the end of 2022 we advised that the parish energy audits would be issued before the end of the year. Unfortunately, the compiling of the reports is taking longer than anticipated and we are not at the stage where we can issue these to parishes. We appreciate the delay is frustrating, it is due to the amount of information that we were able to gather, the uniqueness of all our sites and the individual recommendations that need to be completed for all 300 buildings.

HOPE IN THE FUTURE – STAGE 5 DEANERY DAYS – SAVE THE DATE: Saturday 18th March 2023, 10:00am – 3:00pm at St Peter’s RC High School, Manchester, M12 4WB
The day will provide the opportunity for individuals and parishes to learn more about the needs in their community and then prayerfully to discern how best to respond, with the resources available to them. The day will include a Facilitated Social Activism Planning session in small groups using the See, Judge, Act method. The event is designed for those already involved in social action and those wishing to get involved. All are welcome.

 

THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A)
WEEK: JANUARY 29TH- FEBRUARY 4TH 2023  

The Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

“Happy the gentle, they shall have the earth for their heritage.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Michael Walsh, Jean Bentley, Therese Passenger, Cyril Clarke, Celia Worthington, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Emma, Patricia Haines, Sheila Kenneally, Marie Gill, Joan Gipsom, Pauline Jordan, Tony Kenny, Elizabeth Flanagan, Joseph Smith, John Rawski, Magdalena
LATELY DEAD:Mary Nicolette Jose, Victoria Lavin Villaruz, David Aguilar Snr., Vanessa Pixton, Josephine Heneghan, Hilda Mary Whitelegg
ANNIVERSARIES:Joe Rimmer, Stephen David Hilton, Vincent Hall, Eileen Hall, Maria Margaret Jubb, Fernando Lopez Da Silva, Joao Luiz Silva, Peter Tomkins, Kathleen McDermot

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £2,374.11
Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: CAFOD £10.00. Foodbank £10.00; Donation from N.A. £30.00
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13).

FUNERAL MASSES FOR FR. DAVID O’KANE
There will be a Mass at 7.00pm on Wednesday 8th February at St. Herbert’s, Chadderton, and another on the Thursday at 12 noon, also at St. Herbert’s, followed by burial at Chadderton cemetery. Fr. O’Kane was the curate here at St. Patrick’s from 1957-1967.

RACIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY 12TH FEBRUARY
 22 April 2023 marks the 30th anniversary of the racist killing of Black teenager, Stephen Lawrence, in Eltham, southeast London. In many respects, Racial Justice Sunday is one of the many legacies of Stephen Lawrence’s life. As such, in marking RJS, churches are remembering a young man who in life aspired to be an architect, but whose legacy has seen him become an architect for justice, equality, dignity and unity. This anniversary is a key moment for church and society on these islands. Stephen’s killing was very much Britain’s ‘George Floyd moment’ as it clearly revealed the ugly face of British racism, in terms not only of the hatred of those who took this young man’s life, but also of the institutional variety that characterised the appalling investigation into his killing.

THE READINGS THIS SUNDAY
Last week we heard Saint Matthew describing the beginnings of Jesus’ public ministry. This week Saint Matthew begins the most important summary of the proclamation of the kingdom of God; what we refer to as the ‘Sermon on the Mount.’ This great collection of Jesus’ teachings begins with the Beatitudes, the Charter of the Kingdom. It is essential to understand these, if we are to understand what we will read in Saint Matthew during the rest of this year: the key, as underlined by the First Reading, is that the values of this world are not the values of the Kingdom of God; the Kingdom will see things turned upside down: happiness and blessing belong to those whom this world would ignore or mistreat. If we truly wish to live out the Gospel, we would do well to reflect on the virtues laid out in this familiar passage.

THE LENTEN STATION MASSES /SERVICES
These will begin on the 28th February at 7pm. at Ss Aidan and Oswald’s, with the theme being on the environment and ‘Laudato Si’ (the Bishop to preach);
7th March, St Patrick’s on the theme of Interfaith relations and the document of Vatican II, ‘Nostra aetate’. 
14th March, St Edward’s, with the theme on the Church and document of Vatican II, ‘Lumen Gentium’;
21st March Holy Family with the theme of Lent.
28th March, St Herbert’s; this will be a penitential service.
I don’t know if it’s possible for any of our community choirs to be involved in the service on 7th March, here at St. Patrick’s, but I ask the choir leaders to let me know as soon as possible.

CARITAS SUNDAY: TODAY - 29TH JANUARY
This is an opportunity for our parish to reflect on the social action work which has taken place in our local communities over the last year. It’s a way to find out more about the work of Caritas Salford across our diocese, and to hold a collection or donate in support of our diocesan charity's work locally.  More people than ever are experiencing poverty, isolation, homelessness and disadvantage in our Diocese, so thank you in advance for your kindness and support.
There will be envelopes provided for you to contribute to this work, but you can use any envelope and simply write “Caritas” on it.

ECOLOGICAL GARDENING COURSE
The Diocesan Laudato Si' Centre (at Wardley Hall. Worsley, M28 2ND) has teamed up with the Northern School of Permaculture and Ecospheres Design to create a fascinating training course on Ecological Gardening.Ecological gardens are self-regulating green havens, designed to re-vegetate the Earth, capture carbon, nurture biodiversity and mitigate climate change. This programme was developed to bridge the knowledge gap between conventional landscaping, gardening and horticulture, and designing resilient eco-gardens and re-wilding projects.
Find out more at https://laudatosicentre.org.uk/general/eco-gardening-training/

BIBLE STUDY GROUP – THIS THURSDAY AT 7.00PM.
Anyone is welcome. It’s in the presbytery immediately behind the church. We look at the readings for the following Sunday, hopefully to enhance our experience of the Sunday liturgy.

THE 89TH SALFORD DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
- Come here in procession
July 28th - August 3rd 2023 (dates TBC). We invite you to register your interest for information about travelling on pilgrimage with us to Lourdes next summer, as an individual or as part of a parish / school / college group. We can also help organise an information meeting in your area.
Please visit www.salfordlourdes.co.uk or call the pilgrimage office on 0161 817 2209. Thank you.

THIS WEEK’S FEASTS OR SPECIAL DAYS
Tuesday 31st January – St. John Bosco – John Bosco’s mission was to the urban poor of his native city of Turin, especially to the youth. He provided them with food and shelter, education, and recreation. He used to perform magic tricks to keep them engaged. He also founded the Salesian Order to work with young people. Although Don Bosco never left his native Italy, his order became renowned worldwide.
Thursday, 2nd February. The Presentation of the Lord
Friday 3rd February – St. Blaise – Bishop in Armenia in the 4th century. He was both a physician and a Bishop. Fleeing persecution, he lived in a cave in the woods. He upset the local hunters by his care for the animals and the hunters got him imprisoned. He was, finally, executed. One of his miracles was reported to be the removal of a fishbone from a choking child’s throat.

DIOCESAN DECARBONISATION SURVEY REPORTS
At the end of 2022 we advised that the parish energy audits would be issued before the end of the year. Unfortunately, the compiling of the reports is taking longer than anticipated and we are not at the stage where we can issue these to parishes. We appreciate the delay is frustrating, it is due to the amount of information that we were able to gather, the uniqueness of all our sites and the individual recommendations that need to be completed for all 300 buildings.

HOPE IN THE FUTURE – STAGE 5 DEANERY DAYS – SAVE THE DATE: Saturday 18th March 2023, 10:00am – 3:00pm at St Peter’s RC High School, Manchester, M12 4WB
The day will provide the opportunity for individuals and parishes to learn more about the needs in their community and then prayerfully to discern how best to respond, with the resources available to them. The day will include a Facilitated Social Activism Planning session in small groups using the See, Judge, Act method. The event is designed for those already involved in social action and those wishing to get involved. All are welcome.

 

THE THIRD SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A)
WEEK: JANUARY 22ND- 28TH 2023  

he Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

They left their nets at once and followed him.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Michael Walsh, Jean Bentley, Therese Passenger, Cyril Clarke, Celia Worthington, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Emma, Patricia Haines, Sheila Kenneally, Marie Gill, Joan Gipsom, Pauline Jordan, Tony Kenny, Elizabeth Flanagan, Joseph Smith, John Rawski, Magdalena
LATELY DEAD: Maura O’Brien, Dr. Richard Sawyer, Eileen Garvey, Hilary Cheetham, Vanessa Pixton, Dr. Richard Sawyer
ANNIVERSARIES: Margaret Hywell, Mario Ferrao Jose, Catherine and Lewis Laverty, Jim Butimere, David Donnelly, Mike Grimes, Margaret Grudzien, Judith Dwyer, Michael McGladdery, Terry Mills, Ewa Kubot, Joe Rimmer

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £841.13
Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: CAFOD £10.00. Foodbank £35.00; Donation to Caritas (Ukraine) £10.00
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13).

FUNERAL MASSES FOR FR. DAVID O’KANE
There will be a Mass at 7pm on Wednesday 8th February at St. Herbert’s, Chadderton, and another on the Thursday at 12 noon, also at St. Herbert’s, followed by burial at Chadderton cemetery. Fr. O’Kane was the curate here at St. Patrick’s from 1957-1967.

THE READINGS THIS SUNDAY
We will spend most of the Sundays of the coming year in the company of Saint Matthew. His Gospel (like the others) has its own characteristics. He is writing for a Jewish audience, and so is always at pains to stress one thing: that Jesus of Nazareth was the promised Messiah. He does this by reference to Jesus’ teaching and miracles, and very often by quoting the prophecies of the Old Testament to show that Jesus was their fulfilment. Today is a perfect example. ‘Zebulun and Naphthali’ was an old name for the area round Capernaum by the side of the Lake of Galilee, a busy fishing and trading area, with many Gentile towns and settlements: it is here, rather than in the dangerous town of Nazareth, that Jesus ‘settles’ and begins his ministry. This is where the proclamation of the Kingdom of God begins, as was foretold, and the first followers are invited to join Jesus.

THE LENTEN STATION MASSES /SERVICES
These will begin on the 28th February at 7pm. at Ss Aidan and Oswald’s, with the theme being on the environment and ‘Laudato Si’ (the Bishop to preach);
7th March, St Patrick’s on the theme of Interfaith relations and the document of Vatican II, ‘Nostra aetate’. 
14th March, St Edward’s, with the theme on the Church and document of Vatican II, ‘Lumen Gentium’;
21st March Holy Family with the theme of Lent.
28th March, St Herbert’s; this will be a penitential service.
I don’t know if it’s possible for any of our community choirs to be involved in the service on 7th March, here at St. Patrick’s, but I ask the choir leaders to let me know as soon as possible.

CARITAS SUNDAY: 29TH JANUARY
This date is an opportunity for our parish to reflect on the social action work which has taken place in our local communities over the last year. It’s a way to find out more about the work of Caritas Salford across our diocese, and to hold a collection or donate in support of our diocesan charity's work locally.  More people than ever are experiencing poverty, isolation, homelessness and disadvantage in our Diocese, so thank you in advance for your kindness and support.

ECOLOGICAL GARDENING COURSE
The Diocesan Laudato Si' Centre (at Wardley Hall. Worsley, M28 2ND) has teamed up with the Northern School of Permaculture and Ecospheres Design to create a fascinating training course on Ecological Gardening.Ecological gardens are self-regulating green havens, designed to re-vegetate the Earth, capture carbon, nurture biodiversity and mitigate climate change. This programme was developed to bridge the knowledge gap between conventional landscaping, gardening and horticulture, and designing resilient eco-gardens and re-wilding projects.
Find out more at https://laudatosicentre.org.uk/general/eco-gardening-training/

OCTAVE OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
Today falls within this octave and I encourage you to join in that prayer. The octave finishes on Wednesday.

THE 89TH SALFORD DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
- Come here in procession
July 28th - August 3rd 2023 (dates TBC). We invite you to register your interest for information about travelling on pilgrimage with us to Lourdes next summer, as an individual or as part of a parish / school / college group. We can also help organise an information meeting in your area.
Please visit www.salfordlourdes.co.uk or call the pilgrimage office on 0161 817 2209. Thank you.

THIS WEEK’S FEASTS OR SPECIAL DAYS
Tuesday, 24th January – St. Francis de Sales – He was born into a noble family in Annecy in 1597. He was ordained a priest and worked strenuously for the Church by distributing printed essays on the Faith. He became Bishop of Geneva and is the patron saint of journalists and writers,
Wednesday, 25th January. The Conversion of St. Paul.
Thursday 26th January – St Timothy and Titus:  These were both companions of St. Paul, entrusted with the care of Christian communities in Ephesus and Crete, respectively.
Friday 27th January – St. Angela of Merici – born in Brescia in the north of Italy c1470, she entered the third Order of St. Francis and founded the Ursulines, devoted to the education of girls from families in poverty. She died in 1540.
Saturday 28th January – St Thomas Aquinas – He became a Dominican and studied in Cologne under St. Albert the Great. He remains the most influential theologian / philosopher in the Catholic Church and, perhaps beyond. In his two great books, Summa contra gentiles and Summa theologica, according to Pope John XXII, who canonised him, he cast greater light within the Church than all the other doctors taken together.

DIOCESAN DECARBONISATION SURVEY REPORTS
At the end of 2022 we advised that the parish energy audits would be issued before the end of the year. Unfortunately, the compiling of the reports is taking longer than anticipated and we are not at the stage where we can issue these to parishes. We appreciate the delay is frustrating, it is due to the amount of information that we were able to gather, the uniqueness of all our sites and the individual recommendations that need to be completed for all 300 buildings.

HOPE IN THE FUTURE – STAGE 5 DEANERY DAYS – SAVE THE DATE: Saturday 18th March 2023, 10:00am – 3:00pm at St Peter’s RC High School, Manchester, M12 4WB
The day will provide the opportunity for individuals and parishes to learn more about the needs in their community and then prayerfully to discern how best to respond, with the resources available to them. The day will include a Facilitated Social Activism Planning session in small groups using the See, Judge, Act method. The event is designed for those already involved in social action and those wishing to get involved. All are welcome.

 

THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A)
WEEK: JANUARY 15TH- 21ST 2023  

THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

“There is the Lamb of God”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Michael Walsh, Jean Bentley, Therese Passenger, Cyril Clarke, Celia Worthington, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Emma, Patricia Haines, Sheila Kenneally, Marie Gill, Joan Gipsom, Pauline Jordan, Tony Kenny
LATELY DEAD:Ann Curley, Stepheny Wright, Pat Campbell, Fr. David O’Kane, Arun family (mother and baby)
ANNIVERSARIES:Margaret Hywell, Abraham Vaskay, Mathew Vaskay, Maria Mathew, Teresa Donovan, Josephine McChrystal, Nathan McLean, Sergio Auxtero, Myron Patra, Mrs. Connelly, Jim Butimere, David Donnelly, Mike Grimes, Margaret Grudzien, Judith Dwyer

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £908.40
Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: CAFOD £56.61. Foodbank £10.00; Donation £62.24
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13).

PARISH TEAM MEETING
The Parish Team met last Tuesday and agreed that the church would now be opened each day at 10am (apart from Sunday - 9am). It also agreed that we would buy more candle holders in time for the Easter vigil; we ran out very quickly at the first Mass of Christmas! It was pointed out that Christmas, next year, would fall on a Monday. This would mean that the First Mass of Christmas would simply replace the Sunday evening Mass on that day. It was also agreed that the barrel at the back of the church for holy water would be filled up so that people can top up their own supplies and the fonts at the back of the church can be refilled. Gift aid: we are still unclear to whom each envelope belongs; we agreed to reference, in the newsletter, which envelopes (by number) do not have a name associated with them; then people can choose if they want to let us know. Otherwise, we cannot claim on the ‘Gift aid scheme”. We finally agreed that we would have another Parish reconciliation service on Sunday 2nd April at 3pm. The next Team meeting is at 7pm on 9th February; we had agreed 7th but I remembered that I have another commitment that day!

THE READINGS THIS SUNDAY
There is no break between Christmas and Ordinary Time; one flows almost seamlessly into the other through the Baptism of Jesus. We ended our Christmas Season thinking about the ‘revelation’ of the Son of God; people realising who this ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ actually was; and this continues today, as we interject a passage from Saint John before we begin our weekly reading through Saint Matthew’s Gospel. New Year is about beginnings, and as we return to the beginning of Our Lord’s public ministry there is a sense of something exciting about to happen; even though we know the story, we dive into it once more, like returning to a favourite novel or film. So it is with joy that we stand in the country of the river Jordan and recognise Jesus of Nazareth as the Chosen One of God, who offers himself to do God’s work.

INVITATION TO OLDHAM’S HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY COMMEMORATIVE EVENT ON FRIDAY, 27TH JANUARY 2023 The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2023 is ‘Ordinary People’. Genocide is facilitated by ordinary people. Ordinary people turn a blind eye, believe propaganda, join murderous regimes. And those who are persecuted, oppressed and murdered in genocide aren’t persecuted because of crimes they’ve committed – they are persecuted simply because they are ordinary people who belong to a particular group (e.g., Roma, Jewish community, Tutsi).
Friday, 27th January 2023, 10:00am – 12:00noon, at The Waterhead Academy, 529 Huddersfield Road, Lees, Oldham, OL4 3NY.
Booking a place is essential at Virbai.kara@oldham.gov.uk

CARITAS SUNDAY: 29TH JANUARY
This date is an opportunity for our parish to reflect on the social action work which has taken place in our local communities over the last year. It’s a way to find out more about the work of Caritas Salford across our diocese, and to hold a collection or donate in support of our diocesan charity's work locally.  More people than ever are experiencing poverty, isolation, homelessness and disadvantage in our Diocese, so thank you in advance for your kindness and support.

ECOLOGICAL GARDENING COURSE
The Diocesan Laudato Si' Centre (at Wardley Hall. Worsley, M28 2ND) has teamed up with the Northern School of Permaculture and Ecospheres Design to create a fascinating training course on Ecological Gardening.Ecological gardens are self-regulating green havens, designed to re-vegetate the Earth, capture carbon, nurture biodiversity and mitigate climate change. This programme was developed to bridge the knowledge gap between conventional landscaping, gardening and horticulture, and designing resilient eco-gardens and re-wilding projects.
Find out more at https://laudatosicentre.org.uk/general/eco-gardening-training/

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME
The next meeting for St. Patrick’s Group is this Saturday, 21st January. It will be at 10.00am in the Church.

THE 89TH SALFORD DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
- Come here in procession
July 28th - August 3rd 2023 (dates TBC). We invite you to register your interest for information about travelling on pilgrimage with us to Lourdes next summer, as an individual or as part of a parish / school / college group. We can also help organise an information meeting in your area.
Please visit www.salfordlourdes.co.uk or call the pilgrimage office on 0161 817 2209. Thank you.

THIS WEEK’S FEASTS OR SPECIAL DAYS
Tuesday 17th – St Antony (Abbot) – Inspired by the words from the Gospels, Antony withdrew to the Egyptian desert at the age of 20. There he attracted many to the monastic life. He died in 356.
Thursday, 19th January. St. Wulstan. Born in Warwickshire around 1008. He became a Benedictine monk at the priory of Worcester. In 1062 he was appointed Bishop. He was renowned for his care of the poor and sick and the high standards he asked of his clergy.
Friday 20th January – St Sebastian:  he was said to have been born in Gaul and brought up in Milan. Despite being a Christian, he entered the Roman army while Diocletian was emperor and was even promoted to the Praetorian Guard. All this time he was secretively converting others to Christianity. He was eventually betrayed to the authorities and sentenced to death by bow and arrow. There are the famous Renaissance paintings of this event by Boticelli, Bernini and El Greco. But legend has it that he amazingly survived this attempted martyrdom and he returned to the emperor’s palace to castigate Diocletian for his pagan policies. He was then beaten to death.
Saturday 21st January – St. Agnes: She was martyred around the year 300 aged just 12 or 13 according to St. Ambrose. Little else is known about her, though, again, there are various legends about the reason for her martyrdom.

DIOCESAN DECARBONISATION SURVEY REPORTS
Still no report has arrived. The reports were being finalised and were supposed to have been sent to the parishes before Christmas. Some of the reports are ready to be distributed but others are not. An agreed process has to be prepared to accompany the reports as they go to the parishes. We have been promised an update from the Diocese in the next couple of weeks.

HOPE IN THE FUTURE – STAGE 5 DEANERY DAYS – SAVE THE DATE: Saturday 18th March 2023, 10:00am – 3:00pm at St Peter’s RC High School, Manchester, M12 4WB
The day will provide the opportunity for individuals and parishes to learn more about the needs in their community and then prayerfully to discern how best to respond, with the resources available to them. The day will include a Facilitated Social Activism Planning session in small groups using the See, Judge, Act method. The event is designed for those already involved in social action and those wishing to get involved. All are welcome.

THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD – THE FIRST WEEK OF ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A)
WEEK: JANUARY 8TH- 14TH 2023  

The Baptism of the Lord

“This is my Son, the beloved; my favour rests on him”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Michael Walsh, Jean Bentley, Therese Passenger, Cyril Clarke, Celia Worthington, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Emma, Patricia Haines, Sheila Kenneally, Marie Gill
LATELY DEAD: Fr. Dan O’Doherty (Sister Eileen’s brother), Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Anne Curley, Stepheny Wright, Pat Campbell, Father David O'Kane
ANNIVERSARIES: Irene Dodd, Peter Guilfoyle, Paddy Jo Canny, Jo Beswick, Maria Mathew, Mathew Vaskay, Abraham Vaskay, David Humphry, Teresa Donovan, Josephine McChrystal, Nathan McLean, Fred and Elizabeth Ann Lees, David Monaghan, Sergio Auxtero, Myron Patra

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £1,742.52
Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: CAFOD £75.00. Foodbank £48.00; Caritas £25.00; Polish community’s Christmas contribution to the Parish £801.56. African Charismatic Community £61.97; Indian Community £56.31; Caritas (Ukraine) £50.00.
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13).

PARISH TEAM MEETING There will be a Parish Team meeting this Tuesday evening at 7pm in the presbytery. If anyone has items for the Parish Team, have a word with one of the Team members (David Daka, Janet Hirst, Tina Nufable, Margaret Larrad, Sharon Teefy, Christine Wilson, Frank Wisniewski, or Jim Taylor).

THE READINGS THIS SUNDAY
Jesus, in a wonderful act, that was full of symbolism, announces himself on the public scene as the longed-for Messiah. In this act he points us towards the type of Messiah written about by Isaiah. He is prepared to accept the baptism of John which is a baptism of repentance for sinners. Thus, he symbolically takes our sins upon himself as was prophesied in Isaiah: “The Lord burdened him with the sins of all of us” and “On him lies the punishment that brings us peace”. In this one act he tells us of the ministry he will have and how it will end. His ministry will be one where he doesn’t ‘break the crushed reed, nor quench the wavering flame.’ It will be one in which he will open the eyes of the blind and give light to those in darkness. His being plunged into the waters of John’s baptism is also an acceptance of a type of death and a suggestion of what lies ahead for him. Water, in Book of Genesis, is a symbol of chaos and often linked with death, and we have become used to so many refugees losing their lives in the waters of the English Channel. Like the writer of an article, Jesus points to the conclusion.

INVITATION TO OLDHAM’S HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY COMMEMORATIVE EVENT ON FRIDAY, 27TH JANUARY 2023 The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2023 is ‘Ordinary People’. Genocide is facilitated by ordinary people. Ordinary people turn a blind eye, believe propaganda, join murderous regimes. And those who are persecuted, oppressed and murdered in genocide aren’t persecuted because of crimes they’ve committed – they are persecuted simply because they are ordinary people who belong to a particular group (e.g., Roma, Jewish community, Tutsi).
Friday, 27th January 2023, 10:00am – 12:00noon, at The Waterhead Academy, 529 Huddersfield Road, Lees, Oldham, OL4 3NY.
Booking a place is essential at Virbai.kara@oldham.gov.uk

BIBLE STUDY GROUP
This group will begin meeting this Thursday, 12th January, at 7pm and will meet (as far as possible) in the presbytery on 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month subsequently (but check the newsletter on the Sunday prior to the meeting). Anyone can come along. We hope to take the scripture readings for the following Sunday as the basis of the study, hopefully further enhancing the experience of the Sunday Liturgy for those who take part.

JOB ADVERT
Refugee Entrepreneurship Programme Officer
Appointment Type: Full-time, fixed term contract until 31 March 2023. Working hours: 37.5 hours per week
Location: Caritas House, M4 7FA, with some opportunity to work flexibly
Salary and benefits: £31,340
About: The post holder will provide practical support to refugee entrepreneurs who wish to start their own business. If you have experience of working with refugees in a one-to-one setting, giving advice on business start ups, have experience of creating business and training opportunities in the North West of England then we would love to hear from you!
Closing date: 9am Friday 13 January 2023.
For further information and to apply, please visit www.caritassalford.org.uk

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME
The next meeting for St. Patrick’s Group is Saturday, 14th January for the Holy Rosary Group and 21st January for the St. Patrick’s Group. Both these meetings will be at 10.00am in the Church.

THE 89TH SALFORD DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
- Come here in procession
July 28th - August 3rd 2023 (dates TBC). We invite you to register your interest for information about travelling on pilgrimage with us to Lourdes next summer, as an individual or as part of a parish / school / college group. We can also help organise an information meeting in your area.
Please visit www.salfordlourdes.co.uk or call the pilgrimage office on 0161 817 2209. Thank you.

THIS WEEK’S FEASTS OR SPECIAL DAYS
Monday 2nd January – St. Basil the Great and St Gregory of Nazianzen. They were close friends and great figures of the Eastern Church in the fourth century. Basil was Bishop of Caesarea and active in promoting the monastic life. Gregory was Bishop of Constantinople and, because of his great learning, is still known in the East as ‘Gregory the theologian’; he eventually retired from the episcopacy to return the monastery in Nazianzus.
Tuesday 3rd January – The Most Holy Name of Jesus.   
Friday 6th January – The Feast of the Epiphany – Holy Day of Obligation
Saturday 7th January – St Raymond of Penyafort. He entered the Dominican Order and then became the confessor to Pope Gregory IX, He collated the decrees of the Pope and the Councils of the Church into the Book of Decretals. He became the patron saint of Canon Lawyers.

DIOCESAN DECARBONISATION SURVEY REPORTS
Over 300 buildings have been surveyed. The reports were being finalised and were supposed to have been sent to the parishes before Christmas. Some of the reports are ready to be distributed but others are not! An agreed process has to be prepared to accompany the reports as they go to the parishes. We have been promised an update from the Diocese in the next couple of weeks.

HOPE IN THE FUTURE – STAGE 5 DEANERY DAYS – SAVE THE DATE: Saturday 18th March 2023, 10:00am – 3:00pm at St Peter’s RC High School, Manchester, M12 4WB
The day will provide the opportunity for individuals and parishes to learn more about the needs in their community and then prayerfully to discern how best to respond, with the resources available to them. The day will include a Facilitated Social Activism Planning session in small groups using the See, Judge, Act method. The event is designed for those already involved in social action and those wishing to get involved. All are welcome.

ECOLOGICAL GARDENING COURSE
The Diocesan Laudato Si' Centre (at Wardley Hall. Worsley, M28 2ND) has teamed up with the Northern School of Permaculture and Ecospheres Design to create a fascinating training course on Ecological Gardening.Ecological gardens are self-regulating green havens, designed to re-vegetate the Earth, capture carbon, nurture biodiversity and mitigate climate change. This programme was developed to bridge the knowledge gap between conventional landscaping, gardening and horticulture, and designing resilient eco-gardens and re-wilding projects.
Find out more at https://laudatosicentre.org.uk/general/eco-gardening-training/

NEW YEAR’S DAY – THE FEAST OF MARY, HOLY MOTHER OF GOD (YEAR A)
WEEK: JANUARY 1ST- 7TH 2023  

New Year’s Day – The Feast of Mary, Holy Mother of God

"Happy New Year!"

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Michael Walsh, Jean Bentley, Therese Passenger, Celia Worthington, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Emma, Patricia Haines, Jackie Barlow, Greg Condon, Maureen Smith, Kate, Dan Woodhouse, Margaret Clarke, Stephen Henthora, Pauline Jordan (Nee Lees), Sheila Kenneally
LATELY DEAD: Michael Marshall, Fr. Dan O’Doherty (Sister Eileen’s brother), Pope Benedict XVI
ANNIVERSARIES: Robin Parker, Paddy Jo Canny, John McCaffery (Snr), Irene Dodd, Dawn Cookson Martinez and Baby Robbie, Winifred and Raymond Brooks, Mrs. Connelly, Peter Guilfoyle, Jo Beswick

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £1,260.12 (some of the envelopes given, or sent, to me during the week were not included in this; they will be included next week.)
Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: CAFOD £50.00. Foodbank £65.00; Caritas £20.00; AA (Saturday Morning group) £100.00; Heating £500.00 (this is the money I received from the State this year for my heating)
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13).

THE POPE’S MESSAGE FOR WORLD PEACE DAY 
“Covid-19 plunged us into a dark night. It destabilized our daily lives, upset our plans and routines, and disrupted the apparent tranquillity of even the most affluent societies…Certainly, after directly experiencing the fragility of our own lives and the world around us, we can say that the greatest lesson we learned from Covid-19 was the realization that we all need one another…Even so, at the very moment when we dared to hope that the darkest hours of the Covid-19 pandemic were over, a terrible new disaster befell humanity. We witnessed the onslaught of another scourge: another war, to some extent like that of Covid-19, but driven by culpable human decisions. The war in Ukraine is reaping innocent victims and spreading insecurity, not only among those directly affected, but in a widespread and indiscriminate way for everyone, also for those who, even thousands of kilometres away, suffer its collateral effects – we need but think of grain shortages and fuel prices…What then is being asked of us? First of all, to let our hearts be changed by our experience of the crisis, to let God, at this time in history, transform our customary criteria for viewing the world around us. We can no longer think exclusively of carving out space for our personal or national interests; instead, we must think in terms of the common good, recognizing that we belong to a greater community, and opening our minds and hearts to universal human fraternity. We cannot continue to focus simply on preserving ourselves; rather, the time has come for all of us to endeavour to heal our society and our planet, to lay the foundations for a more just and peaceful world, and to commit ourselves seriously to pursuing a good that is truly common….In sharing these reflections, it is my hope that in the coming New Year we can journey together, valuing the lessons that history has to teach us.”

THE READINGS THIS SUNDAY
The Book of Numbers and the Responsorial psalm provide us with almost the same blessing for the New Year, “May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord let his face shine upon you and be gracious to you. May the Lord uncover his face to you and bring you peace!” That might be a good prayer to say before you eat your main meal today but changing the ‘you’ for ‘us’. In the Gospel, we hear of Mary acknowledging the amazing graces of God towards her; she treasured them and pondered them in her heart.

THE POPE’S MESSAGE FOR WORLD PEACE DAY 
“Covid-19 plunged us into a dark night. It destabilized our daily lives, upset our plans and routines, and disrupted the apparent tranquillity of even the most affluent societies…Certainly, after directly experiencing the fragility of our own lives and the world around us, we can say that the greatest lesson we learned from Covid-19 was the realization that we all need one another…Even so, at the very moment when we dared to hope that the darkest hours of the Covid-19 pandemic were over, a terrible new disaster befell humanity. We witnessed the onslaught of another scourge: another war, to some extent like that of Covid-19, but driven by culpable human decisions. The war in Ukraine is reaping innocent victims and spreading insecurity, not only among those directly affected, but in a widespread and indiscriminate way for everyone, also for those who, even thousands of kilometres away, suffer its collateral effects – we need but think of grain shortages and fuel prices…What then is being asked of us? First of all, to let our hearts be changed by our experience of the crisis, to let God, at this time in history, transform our customary criteria for viewing the world around us. We can no longer think exclusively of carving out space for our personal or national interests; instead, we must think in terms of the common good, recognizing that we belong to a greater community, and opening our minds and hearts to universal human fraternity. We cannot continue to focus simply on preserving ourselves; rather, the time has come for all of us to endeavour to heal our society and our planet, to lay the foundations for a more just and peaceful world, and to commit ourselves seriously to pursuing a good that is truly common….In sharing these reflections, it is my hope that in the coming New Year we can journey together, valuing the lessons that history has to teach us.”

BIBLE STUDY GROUP
This group, at the request of the Parish Team, will begin meeting on 12th January at 7pm and will meet on 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month subsequently. Anyone can come along.

JOB ADVERT
Refugee Entrepreneurship Programme Officer
Appointment Type: Full-time, fixed term contract until 31 March 2023. Working hours: 37.5 hours per week
Location: Caritas House, M4 7FA, with some opportunity to work flexibly
Salary and benefits: £31,340
About: The post holder will provide practical support to refugee entrepreneurs who wish to start their own business. If you have experience of working with refugees in a one-to-one setting, giving advice on business start ups, have experience of creating business and training opportunities in the North West of England then we would love to hear from you!
Closing date: 9am Friday 13 January 2023.
For further information and to apply, please visit www.caritassalford.org.uk

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME
The next meeting for St. Patrick’s Group is Saturday, 14th January for the Holy Rosary Group and 21st January for the St. Patrick’s Group. Both these meetings will be at 10.00am in the Church.

THE 89TH SALFORD DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
- Come here in procession
July 28th - August 3rd 2023 (dates TBC). We invite you to register your interest for information about travelling on pilgrimage with us to Lourdes next summer, as an individual or as part of a parish / school / college group. We can also help organise an information meeting in your area.
Please visit www.salfordlourdes.co.uk or call the pilgrimage office on 0161 817 2209. Thank you.

THIS WEEK’S FEASTS OR SPECIAL DAYS
Monday 2nd January – St. Basil the Great and St Gregory of Nazianzen. They were close friends and great figures of the Eastern Church in the fourth century. Basil was Bishop of Caesarea and active in promoting the monastic life. Gregory was Bishop of Constantinople and, because of his great learning, is still known in the East as ‘Gregory the theologian’; he eventually retired from the episcopacy to return the monastery in Nazianzus.
Tuesday 3rd January – The Most Holy Name of Jesus.   
Friday 6th January – The Feast of the Epiphany – Holy Day of Obligation
Saturday 7th January – St Raymond of Penyafort. He entered the Dominican Order and then became the confessor to Pope Gregory IX, He collated the decrees of the Pope and the Councils of the Church into the Book of Decretals. He became the patron saint of Canon Lawyers.

DIOCESAN DECARBONISATION SURVEY REPORTS
Over 300 buildings have been surveyed over the past few months.  The reports were being finalised and were supposed to have been sent to the parishes before Christmas. This has not happened! We wait with bated breath till they arrive in the New Year!

HOPE IN THE FUTURE – STAGE 5 DEANERY DAYS – SAVE THE DATE: Saturday 18th March 2023, 10:00am – 3:00pm at St Peter’s RC High School, Manchester, M12 4WB
The day will provide the opportunity for individuals and parishes to learn more about the needs in their community and then prayerfully to discern how best to respond, with the resources available to them. The day will include a Facilitated Social Activism Planning session in small groups using the See, Judge, Act method. The event is designed for those already involved in social action and those wishing to get involved. All are welcome.

 

CHRISTMAS DAY AND OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS
(YEAR A)
WEEK: DECEMBER 25TH - 31ST 2022  

Christmas Day

"Christ the Saviour is born! God is with us!"

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Michael Walsh, Jean Bentley, Therese Passenger, Celia Worthington, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Emma, Patricia Haines, Jackie Barlow, Greg Condon, Maureen Smith, Kate, Dan Woodhouse, Margaret Clarke, Stephen Henthora, Pauline Jordan (Nee Lees), Sheila Kenneally
LATELY DEAD:Juanito Auxtero, Michael Marshall. Peter Reynolds, James Gallogly, Darren Parker, Lee Murray, Anthony Maugham, Craig Martin
ANNIVERSARIES:Dawn Cookson Martinez and baby Robbie, John McCaffrey (Snr), Lina Feniuk, Frances Michailuk, Richard Teefy, Wilfred and Raymond Brooks, Luisa Escudero, Leonico Celo, Clare Higham, Keith and Dorothy Taylor Holroyd, Herbert and Nellie Hilton, William and Dorothy Fitzpatrick

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £643.00
Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: CAFOD £10.00; Foodbank £40.00; Decoration and restoration £6.74; Caritas (Ukraine) £10.00; Caritas £20.00
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13).

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE  Christmas is a magical feast, providing colour, warmth and communal celebration at a time of year that is often grey, cold and more suited to staying indoors. But what’s it all about? We don’t actually know the date on which Jesus was born. Social media often uses this fact to criticise Christians, especially because the date of Christmas was originally a pagan feast day! In 5th Century BC the Persian God of Light was called Mithra and in the second century of the first millennium Mithraism was the most widespread religion of the Roman Empire. It was Mithra who was said to have been born on the 25th December. He was seen as overcoming the darkness in the world after the winter solstice (at least in the northern hemisphere). Jesus’ birth was understood, to be the fulfilment of the prophecy made by Isaiah, namely, that a light would shine on “those who live in a land of deep shadow” enabling them to rejoice in God’s presence. John, the writer of the fourth Gospel, begins his account by proclaiming Jesus as the “Light that shines in the dark and a light that darkness could not overpower”. One of the names that Christians gave to Jesus was “the Light of the world”.
It seems, therefore, that the early Christians chose to use the time when the days begin to become longer as the perfect date on which to celebrate the birthday of the one Christians called “the Light of the world”?
Whatever the origins of the choice of date, Christmas is, for Christians, a celebration of the hope we have because of the birth of Jesus. This human and divine story took place historically (though we don’t know exactly when) in what is now that troubled area of the Middle East where Palestinians and Israelis have long contested ownership. The evangelist, Luke, describes his birth in Bethlehem as being fraught with difficulty yet heralding future promise by the exceptional events associated with it. May we find hope when darkness oppresses our lives and may we, with God, build that peace which is the hope of humanity. Happy Christmas!

CHRISTMAS MASSES
The First Mass of Christmas for the Parish will be at 7.00pm, with Christmas carols starting from 6.40pm. But, please be aware that, even though Christmas Day falls on a Sunday, there will be no evening Mass on Christmas Day itself The only Mass on 25th December will be at 10.00am. Then there will Eucharistic services from Monday to Thursday of Christmas week.

THE READINGS THIS WEEK
Here we enter a new stage of Advent: having spent so much time on the Second Coming, now we look back, to remember the details of the Lord’s First Coming. Today we focus on the characters of Mary and Joseph, and we hear of the circumstances surrounding the conception of the child Jesus, and the reaction of Joseph; he was ready to divorce her! But something of his relationship with Mary must have persuaded him not to do so. Was this the angel spoken of in the Gospel? The mystery (revelation of God / sign), we are told in the first reading, springs from the House of David. And so we lead into the Gospel by hearing of the promise that the Messiah would come from that line. The link between the First Reading and the Gospel is quite explicit today, since Matthew actually quotes Isaiah. Joseph, descendant of King David, is invited to take his place in the great story of God’s relationship with the Chosen people. Does Joseph gradually come to the realisation that he and Mary are two main characters in that unfolding story that is also the timeless mystery that was ‘promised long ago’ (Second Reading) and now takes flesh in the womb of Mary?

Pope Francis releases his message for the World Day of Peace to be celebrated on 1 January 2023, and recalls that all crises are interconnected and that we must not forget any of them, but work for the good of humanity.
“No one can be saved alone. Combatting Covid-19 together, embarking together on paths of peace.” With this as its title, Pope Francis has presented his message for the 56th World Day of Peace, held annually on 1 January.

CROSSOVER NIGHT A special charismatic service of thanksgiving will take place on Saturday 31st December in the church. This will include an extended Mass from 10pm till midnight, celebrated by Fr. Churchill. Information about this is on the noticeboard at the back of the church.

JOB ADVERT
Refugee Entrepreneurship Programme Officer
Appointment Type: Full-time, fixed term contract until 31 March 2023. Working hours: 37.5 hours per week
Location: Caritas House, M4 7FA, with some opportunity to work flexibly
Salary and benefits: £31,340
About: The post holder will provide practical support to refugee entrepreneurs who wish to start their own business. If you have experience of working with refugees in a one-to-one setting, giving advice on business start ups, have experience of creating business and training opportunities in the North West of England then we would love to hear from you!
Closing date: 9am Friday 13 January 2023.
For further information and to apply, please visit www.caritassalford.org.uk

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME
The next meeting for St. Patrick’s Group is Saturday, 14th January for the Holy Rosary Group and 21st January for the St. Patrick’s Group. Both these meetings will be at 10.00am in the Church.

THE 89TH SALFORD DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
- Come here in procession
July 28th - August 3rd 2023 (dates TBC). We invite you to register your interest for information about travelling on pilgrimage with us to Lourdes next summer, as an individual or as part of a parish / school / college group. We can also help organise an information meeting in your area.
Please visit www.salfordlourdes.co.uk or call the pilgrimage office on 0161 817 2209. Thank you.

THIS WEEK’S FEASTS OR SPECIAL DAYS
Monday 26th December – St. Stephen. He was the first martyr to shed his blood for Christ.
Tuesday 27th December - St. John the Evangelist
Wednesday 28th December- Holy Innocents: 
Thursday 29th December – St Thomas Becket: Born in London in 1118, he became Chancellor of England and in 1162 was chosen to be Archbishop of Canterbury. He was exiled to France by King Henry II, and then, on his return, he was killed by friends of the King.
Friday, 30th December – Holy Family
Saturday, 31st December – St Sylvester I – He became Pope in 314 and lived under the period of settlement under the emperor Constantine. He died in 335.

DIOCESAN DECARBONISATION SURVEY REPORTS
Over 300 buildings have been surveyed over the past few months.  The reports were being finalised and were supposed to have been sent to the parishes before Christmas. This has not happened! We wait with bated breath till they arrive in the New Year!

HOPE IN THE FUTURE – STAGE 5 DEANERY DAYS – SAVE THE DATE: Saturday 18th March 2023, 10:00am – 3:00pm at St Peter’s RC High School, Manchester, M12 4WB
The day will provide the opportunity for individuals and parishes to learn more about the needs in their community and then prayerfully to discern how best to respond, with the resources available to them. The day will include a Facilitated Social Activism Planning session in small groups using the See, Judge, Act method. The event is designed for those already involved in social action and those wishing to get involved. All are welcome.

FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTIONS AT ST MARY’S, THE HIDDEN GEM, MANCHESTER
Starting on Saturday, 7th January, there will be First Saturday Mass and Devotions at the Hidden Gem, Mulberry Street, Manchester. All are welcome to join. 
10.30am               Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
10.30am               Confessions
11.30am               Holy Rosary and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
12noon                 Holy Mass
12.30pm               Break for taking refreshments locally
1.30pm                 Devotions to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Spiritual Conference followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Solemn Benediction
3.00pm                 Conclude

BIBLE STUDY GROUP
This group, at the request of the Parish Team, will begin meeting on 12th January at 7pm and will meet on 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month subsequently. Anyone can come along.

THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
(YEAR A)
WEEK: DECEMBER 18TH - 24TH 2022  

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son and they will call him Emmanuel.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Michael Walsh, Jean Bentley, Therese Passenger, Celia Worthington, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Emma, Patricia Haines, Jackie Barlow, Greg Condon, Maureen Smith, Kate, Dan Woodhouse, Margaret Clarke, Stephen Henthora, Pauline Jordan (Nee Lees)
LATELY DEAD: Juanito Auxtero, Lynda McNiff, Gloria Jarvis, Sophie and Summer Devlin (twins), Michael Marshall. Peter Reynolds, James Gallogly, Darren Parker, Lee Murray
ANNIVERSARIES: Charlie Kopacz, Anna and Peter Kopacz, Patricia Locke, Elizabeth Lucas, Timothy Walkden, Zofia Fillingham

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £671.81
Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: CAFOD £68.67. Foodbank £10.00; Missio £223.70, Heating £12.60; Donation £150.00
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13).

SERVICE OF RECONCILIATION FOR THE PARISH. There will be a Parish reconciliation service at 3pm on the 18th December. All are welcome.

CHRISTMAS MASSES
The First Mass of Christmas for the Parish will be at 7.00pm, with Christmas carols starting from 6.40pm. But, please be aware that, even though Christmas Day falls on a Sunday, there will be no evening Mass on Christmas Day itself The only Mass on 25th December will be at 10.00am. Then there will Eucharistic services from Monday to Thursday of Christmas week.

THE READINGS THIS WEEK
Here we enter a new stage of Advent: having spent so much time on the Second Coming, now we look back, to remember the details of the Lord’s First Coming. Today we focus on the characters of Mary and Joseph, and we hear of the circumstances surrounding the conception of the child Jesus, and the reaction of Joseph; he was ready to divorce her! But something of his relationship with Mary must have persuaded him not to do so. Was this the angel spoken of in the Gospel? The mystery (revelation of God / sign), we are told in the first reading, springs from the House of David. And so we lead into the Gospel by hearing of the promise that the Messiah would come from that line. The link between the First Reading and the Gospel is quite explicit today, since Matthew actually quotes Isaiah. Joseph, descendant of King David, is invited to take his place in the great story of God’s relationship with the Chosen people. Does Joseph gradually come to the realisation that he and Mary are two main characters in that unfolding story that is also the timeless mystery that was ‘promised long ago’ (Second Reading) and now takes flesh in the womb of Mary?

CARITAS SALFORD'S ADVENT APPEAL LAUNCHES This year’s Advent Appeal from Caritas Salford has now launched and is asking if you will #BeeThere for someone who needs it this Christmas. The appeal, which includes a special animation film www.caritassalford.org.uk/BeeThere  asks local people to help Caritas to support the thousands of people in our local communities who will be facing acute crisis over the festive season. To find out more, watch the animation, or make a donation, visit:  www.caritassalford.org.uk/BeeThere 

NEW ALMANACS: The new almanacs, giving the information about the priests, parishes, associations, and organisations of the diocese are on sale in the parish shop.

JOB ADVERT
Refugee Entrepreneurship Programme Officer
Appointment Type: Full-time, fixed term contract until 31 March 2023. Working hours: 37.5 hours per week
Location: Caritas House, M4 7FA, with some opportunity to work flexibly
Salary and benefits: £31,340
About: The post holder will provide practical support to refugee entrepreneurs who wish to start their own business. If you have experience of working with refugees in a one-to-one setting, giving advice on business start ups, have experience of creating business and training opportunities in the North West of England then we would love to hear from you!
Closing date: 9am Friday 13 January 2023.
For further information and to apply, please visit www.caritassalford.org.uk

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME
The next meeting for St. Patrick’s Group is Saturday, 14th January for the Holy Rosary Group and 21st January for the St. Patrick’s Group. Both these meetings will be at 10am in the Church.

THE 89TH SALFORD DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
- Come here in procession
July 28th - August 3rd 2023 (dates TBC). We invite you to register your interest for information about travelling on pilgrimage with us to Lourdes next summer, as an individual or as part of a parish / school / college group. We can also help organise an information meeting in your area.
Please visit www.salfordlourdes.co.uk or call the pilgrimage office on 0161 817 2209. Thank you.

THIS WEEK’S FEASTS OR SPECIAL DAYS
Wednesday 21st December- St Peter Canisius:  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.
Friday 23rd December – St. John Kanty. Born near Kracow in 1390; after ordination he taught in the university there, He is remembered as an example of learning, charity and holiness. He died in 1473.

DIOCESAN DECARBONISATION SURVEY REPORTS
Over 300 buildings have been surveyed over the past few months.  The reports were being finalised and were supposed to have been sent to the parishes before Christmas. As yet, this has not happened! We wait with bated breath! I imagine that they will come electronically and will not be delayed by the postal strikes.

HOPE IN THE FUTURE – STAGE 5 DEANERY DAYS – SAVE THE DATE: Saturday 18th March 2023, 10:00am – 3:00pm at St Peter’s RC High School, Manchester, M12 4WB
The day will provide the opportunity for individuals and parishes to learn more about the needs in their community and then prayerfully to discern how best to respond, with the resources available to them. The day will include a Facilitated Social Activism Planning session in small groups using the See, Judge, Act method. The event is designed for those already involved in social action and those wishing to get involved. All are welcome.

FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTIONS AT ST MARY’S, THE HIDDEN GEM, MANCHESTER
Starting on Saturday, 7th January, there will be First Saturday Mass and Devotions at the Hidden Gem, Mulberry Street, Manchester. All are welcome to join. 
10.30am               Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
10.30am               Confessions
11.30am               Holy Rosary and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
12noon                 Holy Mass
12.30pm               Break for taking refreshments locally
1.30pm                 Devotions to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Spiritual Conference followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Solemn Benediction
3.00pm                 Conclude

BIBLE STUDY GROUP
This group, at the request of the Parish Team, will begin meeting on 12th January at 7pm and will meet on 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month subsequently. Anyone can come along.

 

THE THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
(YEAR A)
WEEK: DECEMBER 11TH - 17TH 2022  

Gaudete Sunday

"GAUDETE SUNDAY"

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. John and Kath Green: Cyril Clarke; Elizabeth Flanagan, Pete McNamara, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Michael Tootill, Breda Barret, Joan Killeen, Michael Walsh, Jean Bentley, Therese Passenger, Celia Worthington, Jimmy Redmond, Roy Wyke , Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Emma, Patricia Haines, Jackie Barlow, Greg Condon, Maureen Smith, Kate, Dan Woodhouse, Margaret Clarke
LATELY DEAD: Juanito Auxtero, Lynda McNiff, Gloria Jarvis, Sophie and Summer Devlin (twins), Michael Marshall
ANNIVERSARIES: Christopher Febrero, Colin Riley, William Richards, Vincent and Ethel Cocannon, Elizabeth Lucas, Timothy Walkden

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £1024.07
Standing Order: £793.52 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: CAFOD £10.00. Foodbank £10.00; Caritas (Ukraine) £10.00
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13).

SERVICE OF RECONCILIATION FOR THE PARISH. There will be a Parish reconciliation service at 3pm on the 18th December. All are welcome.

DIOCESAN DECARBONISATION SURVEY REPORTS
Over 300 buildings have been surveyed over the past few months.  The reports are being finalised and will be sent to the parishes before Christmas.  The Diocese will then be using the information collected in the surveys to help develop a decarbonisation pathway and reduce carbon across the Diocese. This will include “Firm’, ‘likely’, ‘possible’ or ‘potential’ suggestions for each of our buildings.

THE READINGS THIS WEEK
“What did you go out into the wilderness to see?” This is the question that was asked of those who went to listen to John the Baptist in the desert. There was obviously something happening that was kicking the trend of the time. For the Jews of that day, their hopes were pinned on a military leader who would come to give them power and wealth. But when John the Baptist came on the scene, he thrilled his listeners with the hope of something even more satisfying. Capitalism and the monetarist policies of several of the governments of our day focus on our baser and more selfish motivations. Consequently, the world has become even more individualistic. The gap between rich and poor is now the worst it has been for many years. Education in this country is even less successful in enabling clever people to succeed irrespective of the poverty of their background. Our children are still said to be amongst the least happy of the developed countries.
The message of the Gospel today is that we change the focus for what makes society work. Rather than seeing people as being basically selfish and building monetarist policies that necessarily break society apart, we need to focus on the higher qualities of humanity that desires to reflect its image of the Godhead. There we will find another element that can drive society forward, healing the hurts we do to each other and to creation.

CARITAS SALFORD'S ADVENT APPEAL LAUNCHES This year’s Advent Appeal from Caritas Salford has now launched and is asking if you will #BeeThere for someone who needs it this Christmas. The appeal, which includes a special animation film www.caritassalford.org.uk/BeeThere  asks local people to help Caritas to support the thousands of people in our local communities who will be facing acute crisis over the festive season. To find out more, watch the animation, or make a donation, visit:  www.caritassalford.org.uk/BeeThere 

NEW ALMANACS: The new almanacs, giving the information about the priests, the parishes, the associations, and organisations of the diocese are on sale in the shop at the back of the church. They are £3.50 each. There are only six copies available.

JOB ADVERT
Jobs with Caritas Salford
Caritas Salford has several varied vacancies due to increased funding and a recent restructure. Please see https://www.caritassalford.org.uk/careers/ for more information.
Job vacancies with other departments in the Diocese are available at:
www.dioceseofsalfrod.org.uk/new/vacancies/

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME
The next meeting for St. Patrick’s Group is Saturday, 14th January for the Holy Rosary Group and 21st January for the St. Patrick’s Group. Both these meetings will be at 10am in the Church.

THE 89TH SALFORD DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
- Come here in procession
July 28th - August 3rd 2023 (dates TBC). We invite you to register your interest for information about travelling on pilgrimage with us to Lourdes next summer, as an individual or as part of a parish / school / college group. We can also help organise an information meeting in your area.
Please visit www.salfordlourdes.co.uk or call the pilgrimage office on 0161 817 2209. Thank you.

THIS WEEK’S FEASTS OR SPECIAL DAYS
Tuesday 13th December – St Lucy: Lucy was a Sicilian martyr who died in the persecutions of the Fifth Century under the emperor Diocletian. She is an example of faithfulness and innocence, and her cult was very popular in the early Church. Wednesday 14th December- St John of the Cross:  St John was born in 1542 and is the author of the famous poem “Noche obscura del alma” (Dark night of the soul). He was a Carmelite priest and a friend of the great mystic St Teresa of Avila. He was imprisoned for undertaking to return the Carmelites to their primitive rule of poverty. It was while he was in his gaol cell in Toledo that he composed his great poem.

CHRISTMAS MASSES
The First Mass of Christmas for the Parish will be at 7.00pm, with Christmas carols starting from 6.40pm. But, please be aware that, even though Christmas Day falls on a Sunday, there will be no evening Mass on Christmas Day itself The only Mass on 25th December will be at 10.00am. Then there will Eucharistic services from Monday to Thursday of Christmas week.

HOPE IN THE FUTURE – STAGE 5 DEANERY DAYS – SAVE THE DATE: Saturday 18th March 2023, 10:00am – 3:00pm at St Peter’s RC High School, Manchester, M12 4WB
The day will provide the opportunity for individuals and parishes to learn more about the needs in their community and then prayerfully to discern how best to respond, with the resources available to them. The day will include a Facilitated Social Activism Planning session in small groups using the See, Judge, Act method. The event is designed for those already involved in social action and those wishing to get involved. All are welcome.

EVENTS
Report of the 7th annual International Music Festival: On Saturday 3rd December, the Parish celebrated its annual ‘International Music Festival’. To be honest, not many non-participating parishioners attended the event, but one who did said, ‘People don’t know what they missed; this was a fantastic afternoon’s entertainment!’ The African, Indian, and Filipino communities all provided moving and powerful performances, all interspersed with amazing solos from Janet Hirst, Shane Thomas and Samantha Bagaporo. Finally, the young people of the parish provided the vibrant finale. It was an uplifting occasion but one that was, at times, also full of emotion. Thank you to all concerned. There is now an online report (through ‘Past Events’ on the Parish website) with photographs.
Festival of Light: Our young people, from the YCW Impact group, were ‘top of the bill’ at the Festival of Light last Wednesday and they did us proud yet again. It was a very cold night, but they warmed it up with their enthusiastic performance.

THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
(YEAR A)
WEEK: DECEMBER 4TH - 10TH 2022  

Second Sunday of Advent

“A voice cries in the wilderness: Prepare a way for the Lord”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. Kath Green: Cyril Clarke; Elizabeth Flanagan, Pete McNamara, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Michael Tootill, Breda Barret, Joan Killeen, Michael Walsh, Jean Bentley, Therese Passenger, Celia Worthington, Jimmy Redmond, Roy Wyke , Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Antonia Patra, Emma, Patricia Haines,
LATELY DEAD: Tom Burke, Joan Martin, George Hartwell, Julian O’Connor, Gloria Jarvis
ANNIVERSARIES: Mary Dillamore, Joan Fleet, Fr. Norman Davitt SDB

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £914.22
Standing Order: £793.52 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: CAFOD £10.00. Foodbank £10.0
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13).

SERVICE OF RECONCILIATION FOR THE PARISH. There will be a Parish reconciliation service at 3pm on the 18th December. All are welcome.

DIOCESAN DECARBONISATION SURVEY REPORTS
Over 300 buildings have been surveyed over the past few months.  The reports are being finalised and will be sent to the parishes before Christmas.  The Diocese will then be using the information collected in the surveys to help develop a decarbonisation pathway and reduce carbon across the Diocese. This will include “Firm’, ‘likely’, ‘possible’ or ‘potential’ suggestions for each of our buildings.

THE READINGS THIS WEEK
Throughout the first three weeks of Advent our focus is very clearly on the End of Time, and the Second Coming of the Lord - not on the run up to Christmas (that only comes in the last week). If we view Advent as a Season preparing for Christmas these readings will make little sense - and neither will the figure of John the Baptist who appears today: if it was about the preparation for Christmas, then John the Baptist, preaching after Jesus was born, becomes a confusing figure: his role is to preach to us, as he did of old, and to prepare us for the (second) coming of the Lord. Everything gets more specific today: what is being preached is not an event, but a person: Isaiah promises him, John welcomes him, Paul invites us to imitate him. We have here a thumbnail portrait of the Messiah; useful to refer to when we get to Christmas and he is revealed as a child in a manger!

CARITAS SALFORD'S ADVENT APPEAL LAUNCHES This year’s Advent Appeal from Caritas Salford has now launched and is asking if you will #BeeThere for someone who needs it this Christmas. The appeal, which includes a special animation film www.caritassalford.org.uk/BeeThere  asks local people to help Caritas to support the thousands of people in our local communities who will be facing acute crisis over the festive season. To find out more, watch the animation, or make a donation, visit:  www.caritassalford.org.uk/BeeThere 

BISHOP PRAYS FOR AN END TO THE SEVERE AND EXTENDED DROUGHT IN EAST AFRICA which is expected to suffer its fifth failed rainy season in a row. East Africa is gripped by a devasting drought. Crops have shrivelled in the ground, and millions of livestock have died. Bishop Paul Swarbrick prays for an end to the severe and extended drought there, urging support for the CAFOD's 2022 Advent Appeal.
“The people of East Africa are in urgent need because of the climate crisis. Our brothers and sisters there are well used to coping with lack of rain or harsh climates. This deadly drought has pushed families to use up all the coping mechanisms they have."

JOB ADVERT
Jobs with Caritas Salford
Caritas Salford has several varied vacancies due to increased funding and a recent restructure. Please see https://www.caritassalford.org.uk/careers/ for more information.
Job vacancies with other departments in the Diocese are available at:
www.dioceseofsalfrod.org.uk/new/vacancies/

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME
The next meeting for St. Patrick’s Group is Saturday, 14th January for the Holy Rosary Group and 21st January for the St. Patrick’s Group. Both these meetings will be at 10am in the Church.

THE 89TH SALFORD DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
- Come here in procession
July 28th - August 3rd 2023 (dates TBC). We invite you to register your interest for information about travelling on pilgrimage with us to Lourdes next summer, as an individual or as part of a parish / school / college group. We can also help organise an information meeting in your area.
Please visit www.salfordlourdes.co.uk or call the pilgrimage office on 0161 817 2209. Thank you.

THIS WEEK’S FEASTS OR SPECIAL DAYS
Tuesday 6th December – St. Nicholas. We know him best by his Dutch name, “Santa Claus”. He is a saint revered in both the East and the West. After his parents died of the plague, he set about doing good deeds. The plight of three women who were destitute became known to him and he is said to have thrown three bags of gold through their window. These three balls of gold became the symbol used by the pawnbrokers representing financial aid in a time of need. He became Bishop of Myra, a city in Southwest Turkey. He is thought to have been murdered in the Diocletian persecution of 305.
Wednesday 7th December- St Ambrose:  St Ambrose was a lawyer in Milan and not yet baptised when, inspired the shouts of a child in the crowd, the people of the city made him their bishop. He was renowned for his eloquence as a preacher and for his gifts as a hymn-writer. He is said to have baptised Augustine.
Thursday 8th December – The Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

PREMIER CHRISTIAN RADIO: I have been asked to prepare 2 prayers to be used on this radio station, one for Christmas and one for the New Year (just 90 seconds long) and 7 ‘Thoughts for the Day’ (each 2 minutes long) to be used early in the New Year. It’s amazing how long it takes to prepare such short pieces!

HOPE IN THE FUTURE – STAGE 5 DEANERY DAYS – SAVE THE DATE: Saturday 18th March 2023, 10:00am – 3:00pm at St Peter’s RC High School, Manchester, M12 4WB
The day will provide the opportunity for individuals and parishes to learn more about the needs in their community and then prayerfully to discern how best to respond, with the resources available to them. The day will include a Facilitated Social Activism Planning session in small groups using the See, Judge, Act method. The event is designed for those already involved in social action and those wishing to get involved. All are welcome.

THE ANNUAL MAJOR INTERFAITH EVENT, “THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHT” The annual major interfaith event, “The Festival of Light” will take place on 7th December at 6.30pm at Radclyffe High School, Hunt Lane Chadderton Oldham OL9 0LS. Free places can be reserved by visiting the Interfaith Forum website: www.oldhaminterfaith.org.uk Email on: oif1events@gmail.com or Telephone: 0161 624 6733. Please note: Car parking is pay & display only. Our young people from the YCW group will be performing.

NEW ALMANACS: The new almanacs, giving the information about the priests, the parishes, the associations, and organisations of the diocese are on sale in the shop at the back of the church. They are £3.50 each. There are only six copies available!

 

THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
(YEAR A)
WEEK: NOVEMBER 27TH - DECEMBER 3RD 2022  

THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

“They will hammer their swords into ploughshares… there will be no more training for war”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:Vivien Higgins; Margaret Lawless; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. Kath Green: Cyril Clarke; Elizabeth Flanagan, Pete McNamara, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Michael Tootill, Breda Barret, Joan Killeen, Michael Walsh, Jean Bentley, Therese Passenger, Celia Worthington, Jimmy Redmond, Roy Wyke , Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Antonia Patra, Emma, Patricia Haines
LATELY DEAD: Jo Heneghan, Veronica King (nee Schofield), Joan Martin, George Hartwell, Julian O’Connor, Margaret Copley
ANNIVERSARIES: Roy Wolstenholme, Denis Guilfoyle, Maggie Moores, Christopher Alan Whitehead, Jack Millet, Mary Ann Coen, Brian Townley, Peter Hordynski, Jan Dabrowski, Michaelo Hordynski, Alfonso Ferrara, Chris O’Brien, Peter Crosby

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: £777.19
Standing Order: £793.52 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: CAFOD £190.99; Caritas (Ukraine) £10.00. YCW Masquerade Ball (for the homeless) £950.00 This means that the YCW have made a total of £2,579 for the homeless (through the Car Wash event, the Talent Show and the Masquerade Ball). This is an amazing result.
Many thanks for your kind generosity

ONLINE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13).

NOVEMBER MASSES FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DIED:
There is still the book of Remembrance (on a stand in the sanctuary) for you to put in the names of those who have died, whom you would like us to pray for during the Masses in the month of November. The book will remain in front of the altar each day during November. You are welcome to add names throughout the month.

DIOCESAN DECARBONISATION SURVEY REPORTS
Over 300 buildings have been surveyed over the past few months.  The reports are being finalised and will be sent to the parishes before Christmas.  The Diocese will then be using the information collected in the surveys to help develop a decarbonisation pathway and reduce carbon across the Diocese. This will include “Firm’, ‘likely’, ‘possible’ or ‘potential’ suggestions for each of our buildings.

THE READINGS THIS WEEK
Advent is a most hopeful time that grows out of the darkness around us; it opens with a great promise: ‘In the days to come’, the hope of a people who need God. ‘...The master is coming’ is also a promise, not a threat to breed fear, but to answer our cry. We hear, in the first reading, the promise of a time of peace when weapons of war will be hammered into items for tilling the land and producing fruit. So, Advent begins, not with thoughts of the past, but with real hope for the future, and the promise that He is coming back. We are encouraged to stay awake, and appreciate the present moment, (not pre-empting Christmas), treating every day as the day the Lord will come; we do this by appreciating every moment of grace and mercy, always watchful. Sometimes, to hear the voice of God through the ‘white noise’ of life, we need to reduce the distractions. This can mean refraining from trying to cover over our difficulties with Christmas tinsel to discover how God helps us out of the darkness.

CARITAS SALFORD'S ADVENT APPEAL LAUNCHES This year’s Advent Appeal from Caritas Salford has now launched and is asking if you will #BeeThere for someone who needs it this Christmas. The appeal, which includes a special animation film www.caritassalford.org.uk/BeeThere  asks local people to help Caritas to support the thousands of people in our local communities who will be facing acute crisis over the festive season. To find out more, watch the animation, or make a donation, visit:  www.caritassalford.org.uk/BeeThere 

PASTORAL LETTER TODAY FROM THE BISHOP
Printed copies of this letter are available at the back of the Church. He announces a Diocesan Synod and encourages people to abstain from meat on a Friday; besides being the current rule of the Church, it has recently been shown that this has a beneficial impact on the planet.

JOB ADVERT
Jobs with Caritas Salford
Caritas Salford has several varied vacancies due to increased funding and a recent restructure. Please see https://www.caritassalford.org.uk/careers/ for more information.

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME
The next meeting for St. Patrick’s Group is this Saturday, 14th January for the Holy Rosary Group and 21st January for the St. Patrick’s Group. Both these meetings will be at 10am in the Church.

THE 89TH SALFORD DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
- Come here in procession
July 28th - August 3rd 2023 (dates TBC). We invite you to register your interest for information about travelling on pilgrimage with us to Lourdes next summer, as an individual or as part of a parish / school / college group. We can also help organise an information meeting in your area.
Please visit www.salfordlourdes.co.uk or call the pilgrimage office on 0161 817 2209. Thank you.

THIS WEEK’S FEASTS OR SPECIAL DAYS
Wednesday 30th - St Andrew (Apostle):  St Andrew was the brother of St Peter.  When Jesus called them to be apostles, he promised to make them ‘fishers of men’.
After the Ascension, Andrew worked mostly in Greece. He is, of course, the Patron Saint of Scotland.
Thursday 3rd December - St. Francis Xavier: He was a Basque Spaniard and a friend of St. Ignatius Loyola and one of the first Jesuits. He preached in India, arriving at the Portuguese colony of Goa. After about seven years, he set sail for Japan where he became the first European to set foot on those islands and preached there for two years with incredible success. He then set off for China but died on an island off the coast of China in 1552.

EVENTS
We will celebrate the Annual International Music Festival next Saturday (3rd December) at 3pm, immediately prior to the second Sunday of Advent. Anyone is welcome, and at no charge. It’s simply about enjoying the talent we have. So, make sure you start to get your acts together! I would be grateful if each group wishing to take part would let me know so that I can begin to prepare a programme.

THE MASQUERADE BALL
On Saturday 19th November the St. Patrick’s YCW Impact Group put on a further event to raise money for the homeless. Their choice of event, this time, was a masquerade ball. The music for the evening was mixed, with group dances like ‘Macarena’ and ‘Jerusalema’, music from our Talent Show winning artists (and others – we have so much talent!), a little ballroom, and even Gangnam style (the young people seemed to enjoy this!). But the effort made by these young people (and others) to look good was amazing; the pictures on our parish website (Past events) will attest to that. They MC’d the occasion themselves, showing great maturity and showmanship, and they took the money on the door. They managed to make £950 on the night. A huge ‘thankyou’ goes out again to ‘Auntie’ Laurena for all the support and time she gives to these young people.

THE ANNUAL MAJOR INTERFAITH EVENT, “THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHT” The annual major interfaith event, “The Festival of Light” will take place on 7th December at 6.30pm at Radclyffe High School, Hunt Lane Chadderton Oldham OL9 0LS. Free places can be reserved by visiting the Interfaith Forum website: www.oldhaminterfaith.org.uk Email on: oif1events@gmail.com or Telephone: 0161 624 6733. Please note: Car parking is pay & display only.