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

FEAST  OF  THE  HOLY  FAMILY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Stay  With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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

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

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

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

FEAST  OF  THE  HOLY  FAMILY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

“Stay  With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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

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

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

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

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

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

PARISH  NEWS

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

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

“Stay  With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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

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

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

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

CHRISTMAS  “SMILE – A – WHILE”

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

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

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

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

THIRD  SUNDAY  OF  ADVENT    (YEAR  C)

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

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: our parishioners, relatives and friends. (Because of the recent changes to Data Protection Law, we are no longer permitted to print the names of those people who are sick in the newsletter, unless the sick person assures us that he/she wish their name to be printed. However, Masses requested for sick persons will still be offered.)
LATELY  DEAD:   Trent  Warburton;   Joanne  Milton.                       
ANNIVERSARIES: Bertha  Doran;   Timothy  Walkden;   Joan  Walkden; Mavis  McGuinness;   Vincent & Ethel  Concannon;   Christopher  Ryan;   Patricia  Traynor.  May they Rest in Peace.
COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £672.97;    Loose:  £342.26;    Total:  £1,015.23
Thank you all for your continued generosity.                                        
DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration Fund: Loose: £13.10; £40.00, £10.00; £5.00; 17.26;    Gift Aided:  £0.00                       
Also:   £30.00;  £10.00; £22.11 for CAFOD;   £20.00 for the Oldham Food Bank;   £53.91 in memory of Barbara Booth. 

PARISH  NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“SMILE – A – WHILE”

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

SECOND  SUNDAY  OF  ADVENT    (YEAR  C)

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: our parishioners, relatives and friends. (Because of the recent changes to Data Protection Law, we are no longer permitted to print the names of those people who are sick in the newsletter, unless the sick person assures us that he/she wish their name to be printed. However, Masses requested for sick persons will still be offered.)
LATELY  DEAD:   Margaret  Rainsford;   Grace  Edogiawerie;   Peter  Dawson;   Sally  Hanratty;   Julie  Jobey;   Trent  Warburton.                        
ANNIVERSARIES:    Brian  Short;   Ivy  Whelan;   Michael  McGrother;   Robbie  Sweeney;   Mary  Dillamore.  May they Rest in Peace.
CHRISTMAS  MASSES  FOR:   Mary & Denis  O’Grady;   Sophie  Royales;   Lorraine & Michael;   Joan  Coop;   Marilyn  Sheret;   Margaret  Green;   Margaret  Wright;   Fr.  Derek  Woodhead.   

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

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

CHRISTMAS  FAYRE  PRIZE  RAFFLE


1

FOOD  HAMPER

436  -  440

2

TOWER  OF  TREATS

456  -  460

3

BOTTLE  OF  RED  WINE

31  -  35

4

BOX  OF  QUALITY  STREET

416  -  420

5

BAYLIS  AND  HARDING  PAMPER  KIT

441  -  445

BOTTLE  OF  WHITE  WINE

61  -  65

7

MORRISON’S  TEA  AND  BISCUIT  SET

446  -  450

8

ROYAL  JELLY  BEAUTY  SET

321  -  325

9

BOX  OF  ROSES  CHOCOLATES

141  -  145

10

MAGIC  SET

51  -  55

11

GLAM  NAILS  MANICURE  SET

336  -  340

12

SHOWER  GEL  SET

126  -  130

13

ISIS  BLUE  ENERGY  MEN’S  PAMPER  KIT

91  -  95

14

RINGTON’S  HAMPER

241  -  245

15

SLIMLINE  DVD  PLAYER

401  -  405

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

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

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

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

ITEMS  FROM  THE  PARISH  TEAM  MINUTES  HELD  IN  NOVEMBER

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

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

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

FIRST  SUNDAY  OF  ADVENT    (YEAR  C)

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: our parishioners, relatives and friends. (Because of the recent changes to Data Protection Law, we are no longer permitted to print the names of those people who are sick in the newsletter, unless the sick person assures us that he/she wish their name to be printed. However, Masses requested for sick persons will still be offered.)
LATELY  DEAD:   Barbara Booth;   Paul  Dearnley;   Marie  Françoise  Boyi.                        
ANNIVERSARIES:Margaret  &  Edgar  Lees;   Paul  Lees;   Ian  Roy;  Chinnamma  Philip;   Colin  Pritchard;   Christopher  Alan  Whitehead;   Patricia  Heslin;   Denis  Guilfoyle;   Maggie Moores. May they Rest in Peace.                                                                                                  
COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £437.77;    Loose:  £303.27;    Total:  £741.04 Thank you all for your continued generosity.                                        
DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration Fund:  Loose: £ 9.17;    Gift Aided:  £0.00                       
Also:   £30.00; £13.50; £1.57 for CAFOD;   £20.00 for the Oldham Food Bank; 
£20.00 for sanctuary flowers;   £30.00 for Missio;  £30.00  for Cornerstone.

PARISH  NEWS

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

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

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY: there will be no refreshments in the narthex after the 10.00am Mass because of the Annual Christmas Fayre: at 12 noon in the Parish Hall, Lee St. All the usual attractions plus international cuisine – please return your donations for the bottle stall and tombola in the brown paper bag.

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

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

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

ITEMS  FROM  THE  PARISH  TEAM  MINUTES  HELD  IN  NOVEMBER

(to be continued next week)

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

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

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

CHRIST  THE  KING    (YEAR  B)

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

Blessings  on  the  coming  kingdom  of  our  father  David. Alleluia

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: our parishioners, relatives and friends. (Because of the recent changes to Data Protection Law, we are no longer permitted to print the names of those people who are sick in the newsletter, unless the sick person assures us that he/she wish their name to be printed. However, Masses requested for sick persons will still be offered.)
LATELY  DEAD:   Barbara Booth;   Margaret  Rainsford;   Sally  Hanratty;   Michele  Batman;   David  Pithers.
ANNIVERSARIES:   John & Elsie Granelli;   James & Ann  Whelan;   Ellen & Bernadette  Gaughan;   Melecia  Bolocon;   Frank  Farrell;   Elizabeth  Lucas;   Rev. Ken  Livesey. May they Rest in Peace.

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

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

PARISH  NEWS

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

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

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY: the baptism and christening of Wisdom Gbule will take place during the 10.00am Mass.  We wish him many future blessings.
ALSO, there will be a retiring collection for the Catholic Youth Service.
SATURDAY:  Reconciliation Service and First Confession for those children on the Sacramental Programme at 2.00pm in church. Please pray for them.
ALSO, the 5TH Annual International Music Festival will be held in church at 7.30pm. An evening of splendid music and song presented by our parishioners.  A great night out! Suggested donation on the night of £2.00. All proceeds to Cornerstone, the diocesan charity for the homeless.
NEXT  SUNDAY: Annual Christmas Fayre: at 12 noon in the Parish Hall, Lee St. All the usual attractions plus international cuisine – please return your donations for the bottle stall and tombola in the brown paper bag. Volunteers are urgently needed to set up the hall, help on the day and clean up afterwards (Friday 30th November at 2.00pm and Saturday 1st December at 10.00am.). Donations of cakes etc. to sell during the day would be much appreciated.

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

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

“SMILE – A – WHILE”

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

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

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

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