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FEAST OF SAINT PETER AND SAINT PAUL (YEAR A)
WEEK: JUNE  28TH  - JULY 4TH  2020

FEAST OF SAINT PETER AND SAINT PAUL

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners andfriends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK : Sr. Catherine; Vivien Higgins; Breda Barret; Margaret Lawless;  Lesley  Hayes;    Emma  Golden;   Michael  Guilfoyle; Martha McGlade;,   Dominic Boardman.  Antonia Patra, Kath Green: Cyril Clarke.
LATELY DEAD: Paul Carroll; John McCloy; Patricia Ann Cosgrove; Basil Ellison; Alan Devine
ANNIVERSARIES: Kathleen Street; John Coen; James and Mary Fogg, Jan Bordiuk, Annie and Tom Higson, Luke Tully (Jr)

COLLECTION:Envelopes: £153.00
Monthly payments directly to the bank:
to 29th May 2020:  One off donations £300.00. Standing Order:  £467.00

DONATIONS  /COLLECTIONS:many thanks for the following donations:
CAFOD: £5.00; £200.00; £35.00; Foodbank: £20.00;Parish Funds:£30.00; £50.00; £20.00
Many thanks for your kind generosity

Cheque Payment:  Please note ALL cheque payments for offertory / donations to the parish or any charities eg. CAFOD, should be made out to ‘Our Lady and St. Patrick’s Parish’, not to Fr. Phil, unless they are meant to be a personal gift.  Many thanks. 

THE JERUSALEM MASS SHEET
FEAST OF SAINT PETER AND SAINT PAUL (A) 28TH JUNE 2020

THE INTRODUCTORY RITES

Entrance Hymn:
Be still, my soul, The Lord is at your side
Bear patiently, the cross of grief and pain
Leave to your God, to order and provide
In every change, He faithful will remain
Be still, my soul, your best your heavenly friend
Through thorny ways, leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul, your God will undertake
To guide the future as He has the past
Your hope, your confidence, let nothing shake
All now mysterious shall be clear at last
Be still, my soul, the tempests still obey
His voice who ruled them once in Galilee.

Be still, my soul, the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord
When disappointment, grief and fear are gone
Sorrow forgotten, love's pure joy restored
Be still, my soul, when change and tears are past
All safe and blessed, we shall meet at last

All make the Sign of the Cross as the Priest says:
In the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.        Amen.
The Priest greets everyone present.
The people respond:And with your spirit.
The Mass of the day may be introduced.

Penitential Act
The Priest invites the people to repentance using one of the Penitential Acts.

I confess to almighty God
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have greatly sinned,
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,
And, striking their breast, they say:
through my fault, through my fault,
though my most grievous fault;
therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
all the Angels and Saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord our God.

The Priest says the absolution. All reply: Amen.

Kyrie
Nzambe yokela biso mawa                            
Yokela biso mawa                                         
Yokela biso mawa a a tozalikolela.

Christo yokela biso mawa
Yokela biso mawa
Yokela biso mawa a a tozalikolela.

Gloria
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will. We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great glory, Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father. Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son, Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, you take away the sins of the word, have mercy on us; you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer; you are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. For you are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

The Collect
O God, who on the Solemnity of the Apostles Peter and Paul
give us the noble and holy joy of this day,
grant, we pray, that your Church
may in all things follow the teaching
of those through whom she received
the beginnings of right religion.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son
who lives and reigns with you un the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen   

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD
First Reading
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 12:1-11

King Herod started persecuting certain
members of the Church. He beheaded James
the brother of John, and when he saw that this
pleased the Jews he decided to arrest Peter as
well. This was during the days of Unleavened
Bread, and he put Peter in prison,
assigning four squads of four soldiers each to guard him
in turns. Herod meant to try Peter in public
after the end of Passover week. All the time
Peter was under guard the Church prayed to
God for him unremittingly.
On the night before Herod was to try him,
Peter was sleeping between two soldiers,
fastened with double chains, while guards kept
watch at the main entrance to the prison Then
suddenly the angel of the Lord stood there, and
the cell was filled with light. He tapped Peter
on the side and woke him. ‘Get up!’ he said
‘Hurry!’ – and the chains fell from his hands.
The angel then said, ‘Put on your belt and
Sandals.’ After he had done this, the angel next
Said, ‘Wrap your cloak round you and follow
me.’ Peter followed him, but he had no idea that
what the angel did was all happening in reality;
he thought he was seeing a vision. They
passed through two guard posts on after the
other, and reached the iron gate leading to the
city. This opened of its own accord; they went
through it and had walked the whole length of
one street when suddenly the angel left him. It
was only then that Peter came to himself. ‘Now
I know it is all true,’ he said, ‘The Lord really did
send his angel and has saved me from Herod
and from all that the Jewish people were so
certain would happen to me.’

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God..

Psalm  Ps 33:2-9. R v5

R) From all my terrors the Lord sent me free.

I will bless the Lord at all times,
His praise always on my lips;
in the Lord my soul shall make its boast.
The humble shall hear and be glad. (R)

Glorify the Lord with me.
Together let us praise his name.
I sought the Lord and he answered me;
from all my terrors he set me free. (R)
Look towards him and be radiant;
let your faces not be abashed.
This poor man called; the Lord heard him
and rescued him from all his distress. (R)

The angel of the Lord is encamped
Around those who revere him, to rescue them.
Taste and see that the Lord is good.

He is happy who seeks refuge in him. (R)     

Second Reading
A reading from the second letter of St Paul to Timothy  4:6-8, 17-18

My life is already being poured away as a
libation, and the time has come for me to be
gone. I have fought the good fight to the end; I
have run the race to the finish; I have kept the
faith; all there is to come now is the crown of
righteousness reserved for me, which the Lord,
the righteous judge, will give to me on that Day;
and not only to me but to all those who have
longed for his Appearing.
The Lord stood by me and gave me power, so
that through me the whole message might be
proclaimed for all the pagans to hear; and so, I
was rescued from the lion’s mouth. The Lord
will rescue me from all evil attempts on me, and
bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To
him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

The word of the lord.
Thanks be to God

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluya, alleluya, alleluya, alleluya (x2)

1) Mimi nasikiya ee                                       
Sauti ya Bwana ee ndani mwangu. (x2)    

2) Mafundisho ya Bwana                              
Inaleta uzima ee ndani mwangu. (x2)

Alleluia, alleluia!          
You are Peter and, on this rock, I will build my Church.
And the gates of the underworld can never hold out against it.
Alleluia

The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Glory to you, O Lord.

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea
Philippi, he put this question to his disciples,
‘Who do people say the Son of Man is?’ And
they said, ‘Some say he is John the Baptist,
some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the
prophets.’ ‘But you, he said ‘who do you say I
am?’ Then Simon Peter spoke up, ‘You are the
Christ,’ he said, ‘the Son of the living God.’
Jesus replied, ‘Simon son of Jonah, you are a
happy man! Because it was not flesh and blood
that revealed this to you but my Father in
heaven. So, I now say to you: You are Peter
and on this rock, I will build my Church. And the
gates of the underworld can never hold out
against it. I will give you the keys of the
kingdom of heaven: whatever you bind on
earth shall be considered bound in heaven;
whatever you loose on earth shall be
considered loosed in heaven.’

The Gospel of the Lord,
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

The Homily                         

The Nicene Creed                                                                                                       Stand
I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only-begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten not made,
consubstantial with the Father,
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit                    (all bow)
was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man:
For our sake he was crucified under
Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death, and was buried,
and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated on the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead,
and His kingdom shall have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, Giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son:
Who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
Who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church.
I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins,
and I look for the resurrection of the dead
and life of the world to come. Amen

The Prayer of the Faithful
Response example: Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

After the concluding prayer all say: Amen.  

 

THE LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST           
The offerings are brought to the altar. A hymn may be sung. If the Priest says the two prayers of offering aloud the response both times is:
Blessed be God for ever.

Offertory:

Intro:  
Eh bata ta bwetukala kilumbu mundza  
Beno bayaya a bwetukala kudiku zulue  
Eh mfumu ame mfumu ame nhidi ka
Eh mfumu ame mfumu ame nkidi aka a.

1) Eh e mfumu yamba makabu. (Repeat)
Yamba makabu yange pesa na beto. (Repeat)
Tala maboko ya muno yokele pamba. (Repeat) 
Tala muni kibeni suka tiyanene. (Repeat)
Kikima munukalenda pesa nange e. (Repeat)
Ref:     Mfumu e mfumu, mfumu e mfumu 
Mfumu e mfumu, mfumu e mfumu e e e.

2) Eh e mfumu yamba mapa. (Repeat)
Yamba mapa yange pesa na beto. (Repeat) 

3) Eh e mfumu yamba vinu. (Repeat)
Yamba vinu yange pesa na beto. (Repeat)

4) Eh e mfumu yamba chorale. (Repeat)
Yamba chorale yange pesa na beto. (Repeat

We are all sinners
But how will it be one day?
How can we gain Heaven?
My God, My God, what more can we do.

O God accept these offerings that we present to you Accept this bread.
Accept this wine.
Accept the fruits of our work Accept this choir.

What we present is so little
But these offerings find value before you.
What more can we give you?

The people reply:
May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his holy Church.

PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS
May the prayer of the Apostles, O Lord,
accompany the sacrificial gift
that we present to your name for consecration,
and may their intercession make us devoted to you
in celebration of the sacrifice.
Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYER
The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.
 
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right and just.

Preface: The twofold mission of Peter and
Paul in the Church
It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God.

For by your providence
the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul bring us joy:
Peter, foremost in confessing the faith,
Paul, its outstanding preacher,
Peter, who established the early Church
from the remnant of Israel,
Paul, master and teacher of the Gentiles that
you call.

And so, each in a different way
gathered together the one family of Christ;
and revered together throughout the world,
they share one Martyr’s crown.

And therefore, with all the Angels and Saints
we declare your glory, as with one voice, we acclaim.

Sanctus:
Holy, holy, holy theLord
God of endless power and might.
The earth, the heavens are full of your love.
Sing Hosanna! Glory to God!

Blessed is he, the one who is sent
in the name of God the Most High.
O holy, holy, holy our Lord
Sing Hosanna! Glory to God!

Kneel

EUCHARISTIC PRAYER III
(The Priest may use a different Eucharistic Prayer.)
You are indeed Holy, O Lord, and all you have created rightly gives you praise, for through your on our Lord Jesus Christ, by the power and working of the Holy Spirit, you give life to all things and make them holy, and you never cease to gather a people to yourself, so that from the rising of the sun to its setting, a pure sacrifice may be offered to your name. Therefore, O Lord, we humbly implore you: by the same Spirit graciously make holy these gifts we have bought to you for consecration, that they may become the Body and  Blood of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, at whose command we celebrate these mysteries. For on the night he was betrayed he himself took bread, and giving you hanks, he said the blessing, broke the bread and gave it to his disciples saying:
TAKE THIS ALL OF YOU, AND EAT OF IT,
FOR THIS IS MY BODY,
WHICH WILL BE GIVEN UP FOR YOU.
In a similar way when supper was ended, he took the chalice, and giving you thanks, he said the blessing, and gave the chalice to his disciples saying:
TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND DRINK FROM IT,
FOR THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD,
THE BLOOD OF THE NEW AND ETERNAL COVENANT,
WHICH WILL BE POURED OUT FOR YOU AND FOR MANY
FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS.
DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME.
The mystery of faith,

The people continue, acclaiming: 
Save us, Saviour of the world,
for by your Cross and Resurrection
you have set us free.
Therefore, O Lord, as we celebrate the memorial of the saving Passion of your Son, his wondrous Resurrection and Ascension into heaven, and as we look forward to his second coming, we offer you in thanksgiving this holy and living sacrifice. Look, we pray, upon the oblation of your Church and, recognizing the sacrificial victim by whose death you willed to reconcile us to yourself, grant that we, who are nourished by the Body and Blood of you Son and filled with his Holy Spirit, may become one body, one spirit in Christ. May he make of us an eternal offering to you, so that we may obtain an inheritance with you elect, especially with the most blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with blessed Joseph, her Spouse, with your blessed Apostles and glorious Martyrs, and with all the Saints, on whose constant intercession in your presence, we rely for unfailing help. May this Sacrifice of our reconciliation, we pray, O Lord, advance the peace and salvation of all the world. Be pleased to confirm in faith and charity your pilgrim Church on earth, with your Servant Francis our Pope and John our Bishop, the Order of Bishops, all the clergy, and the entire people you have gained for your own. Listen graciously to the prayers of this family, whom you have summoned before you: in your compassion, O merciful Father, gather to yourself all your children scattered throughout the world. To our departed brothers and sisters and to all who were pleasing to you at their passing form this life, give kind admittance to your kingdom. There we hope to enjoy for ever the fullness of your glory through Christ our Lord, through whom you bestow on the world all that is good.

Through him, and with him, and in him, O God, almighty Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honour is yours. For ever and ever.

The people acclaim: Amen.

THE COMMUNION RITE                                            
The Priest invites all to join in the Lord’s Prayer:
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.

The Priest continues alone:
Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil, graciously grant peace in our days, that, by the help of your mercy, we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress, as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
For the kingdom,
the power and the glory are yours
now and forever.

The Priest
Lord Jesus Christ, who said to your Apostles, peace I leave you, my peace I give you, look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church, and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will. Who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.
The peace of the Lord be with you always.
And with your spirit.
The Deacon, or the Priest adds:
Let us offer each other the sign of peace.
The Priest takes the host and breaks it.

Meanwhile the people say or sing:

Agnus Dei:
1st voice:          Meme masumu ma nsti (x2)
Eh kimeme ya kekatula masumu ma nsti (x2)
Tenor:              Tina beto
Everyone:        Nkenda a a a a a
Nkenda o o o o o
Nkenda

Bass:   1) Kimem’a ndzambi fuila nkenda
            2) Kimem’a ndzambi pesa ngemba

Kneel

The Priest shows the host to the people and says:
Behold the Lamb of God,
Behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the support of the Lamb.
Lord, I am not worthy
that you should enter under my roof
but only say the word
and my soul shall be healed.

The Priest or other minister says to each communicant:
The Body [Blood] of Christ.
Each communicant answers: Amen

THE COMMUNION ANTIPHON Ps 144:  15
The eyes of all look to you, Lord,
and you give them their food in due season.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION 
Renewed and nourished
by the Sacred Body and Precious Blood of your Son,
we ask of your mercy, O Lord
that what we celebrate with constant devotion
may be our sure pledge of redemption.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen

THE CONCLUDING RITES
Announcements may be made.
Then:
Priest:The Lord be with you.
All: And with your spirit.

May almighty God bless you,
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Then the Deacon, or the Priest, says:
Go forth, the Mass is ended.
Or
Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord. 
Or

Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.                                    
Or
Go in peace
Thanks be to God.

Recessional Hymn:
For all the saints, who from their labours rest,
Who thee by faith before the world confessed,
Thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest:
Alleluia, alleluia!

Thou wast their rock, their refuge and their might,
Thou, Lord, the vision ever in their sight,
Thou in the darkness drear their one true light:
Alleluia, alleluia!

O blest communion, fellowship divine!
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine,
Yet all are one in thee, for all are thine:
Alleluia, alleluia!

From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast,
Through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
Singing to Father, Son and Holy Ghost:
Alleluia, alleluia!

QUOTATION FROM POPE FRANCIS:    
“The protection of the environment and respect for the biodiversity of the planet are issues that affect us all. We cannot pretend to be healthy in a world that is sick. The wounds inflicted on our mother earth are wounds that also bleed in us. Caring for ecosystems demands a look to the future, one that is not concerned only with the immediate moment or that seeks a quick and easy profit, but rather one that is concerned for life and that seeks its preservation for the benefit of all.”

THIS WEEK’S SAINTS:
Tuesday 30th June: First Martyrs of the Roman Church:  These are the Christians who died (with St.Peter) in the great persecution under the Roman Emperor Nero.
Wednesday 1st July:  St Oliver Plunket.  Born in Count Meath (Ireland) in 1625 and died at Tyburn in 1681.  He was ordained in Rome and later appointed as Archbishop of Armagh.  He was imprisoned, tried , condemned and executed in London, the final victim of the so called the ’Popish Plot’, and the last to be martyred for the faith in England.
Friday, 3rd July: St Thomas: Perhaps, 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 after Pentecost, his Apostolic work took him as far as India, where he preached and was martyred there.

OPENING THE CHURCH FOR PRIVATE PRAYER:
The church has been open for private prayer and reflection for over a week now, and we have received a steady flow of parishioners and others taking advantage of this facility.  The times of opening are given above.

New Guidelines for Non-Eucharistic funeral services in Churches.

From this weekend, “the pattern of funeral practices which, up to now, have been permitted in chapels at cemeteries and crematoria can now take place in church.”
As a principle, numbers attending should be minimised as far as possible.  Only the deceased person’s close family or household, or if these are unable to attend, close friends are permitted to attend.  Social Distancing and Sanitizing Practices should be maintained.  Congregational singing will not be allowed at this time, although recorded music will be permitted. It is important that anyone attending should not exhibit any Symptoms of COVID 19, or place themselves or anyone else at risk.
Opening of churches for the celebration of Mass from 4th July:  This will only apply to churches that currently fulfil the requirements for opening for private prayer.
The OBLIGATION to attend Mass on Sunday REMAINS SUSPENDED. Please be aware that there will be a limit on the number of people who can attend, determined by social distancing requirements.  We cannot return immediately to our customary practices.  This next step is not, in any sense, a moment when we are ‘going back to normal’.
Given there is no Sunday obligation, we ask you to consider the possibility of continuing to follow the Mass online or of attending Mass on a weekday. This will ease the pressure of numbers for Sunday and allow a gradual return to the Eucharist for more people.  When we return to Mass there will some differences in how the celebration takes place. For the time being, there will be no congregational singing and Mass will be shorter than usual. None of this detracts from the centrality of our encounter with the Risen Christ in the Eucharist. We ask everyone to respect and follow the guidance that will be issued and the instructions in each church.

OPENING THE CHURCH FOR PUBLIC WORSHIP:
I would appreciate having some idea of the number of people who might want to attend Mass in the church on Sunday 5th July. I could allocate benches for families who can attend together but I would also have to keep some benches for individuals who do not have access to the internet. Could you phone me or email me? You won’t simply be able to turn up. It must be on a first come, first served basis. I will, of course, continue to broadcast the Mass online

TODAY’S FEAST: S.S. Peter and Paul. 
On June 29 the Church celebrates the feast day of Sts. Peter & Paul. As early as the year 258, there is evidence of an already lengthy tradition of celebrating the solemnities of both Saint Peter and Saint Paul on the same day.          
Peter, who was named Simon, was a fisherman of Galilee and was introduced to the Lord Jesus by his brother Andrew, also a fisherman. Jesus gave him the name Cephas (Petrus in Latin), which means ‘Rock,’ because he was to become the rock upon which Christ would build His Church. Despite his human weaknesses, Peter was chosen to shepherd God's flock. The Acts of the Apostles illustrates his role as head of the Church after the Resurrection and Ascension of Christ. Peter led the Apostles as the first Pope and ensured that the disciples kept the true faith.  St. Peter spent his last years in Rome, leading the Church through persecution and eventually being martyred in the year 64. Tradition has it that he was crucified upside-down at his own request, because he claimed he was not worthy to die as his Lord.  Peter was buried in the catacomb on the Vatican Hill, under what is now the Basilica of St Peter.

St. Paul, often called, the Apostle of the Gentiles, wrote most of the Letters included in the writings of the New Testament, and through them we learn much about his life and the faith of the early Church. Before receiving the name Paul, he was Saul, a Jewish pharisee who zealously persecuted Christians in Jerusalem.  Saul's conversion took place as he was on his way to Damascus to persecute the Christian community there. As he was travelling along the road, he experienced a great light from heaven which blinded him. He then heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” He answered: “Who are you, Lord?” Christ said: “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.”  Saul's conversion took place as he was on his way to Damascus to persecute the Christian community there. As he was traveling along the road, he was suddenly surrounded by a great light from heaven. He was blinded and fell off his horse. He then heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” He answered: “Who are you, Lord?” Christ said: “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.”  Saul continued to Damascus, where he was baptized and his sight was restored. He took the name Paul and spent the remainder of his life preaching the Gospel tirelessly to the Gentiles of the Mediterranean world.  Eventually, he was imprisoned by the Jewish authorities and after claiming his right as a Roman citizen was sent and taken by a very circuitous route to Rome, where, after about three years, he was beheaded in the year 67.  He is buried in Rome under what is now the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls.

“Stay With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

 

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12TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A)
WEEK: JUNE  21st  - JUNE 27TH  2020

THE 12th WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A)

Jesus said “Do not be afraid, everything now hidden will be made clear.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners andfriends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK : Sr. Catherine; Vivien Higgins; Breda Barret; Margaret Lawless; Lesley  Hayes; Emma  Golden; Michael Guilfoyle; Martha McGlade; Dominic Boardman.  Antonia Patra, Kath Green, Megan Taylor 
LATELY DEAD: Victor Febrero; Joseph Mellor; Trevor Sykes; Paul Carroll, Mrs. Twoey
ANNIVERSARIES: Alan Redvers Whitehead;  Kristian Bordiuk;  Gordon Higham; Bernard and Mary Grogan, Michael McGladdery, John Coen.

COLLECTION:Envelopes: £230.00
Paid directly to the bank:
to 30th April 2020:  One off donations £495.00  Standing Orders: £310.00
to 29th May 2020:  One off donations £300.00. Standing Order:  £467.00

DONATIONS  /COLLECTIONS:many thanks for the following donations:
CAFOD: £5.00; ;Foodbank:£20.00; Conerstone:£20 ; Parish Funds: £42.00Many thanks for your kind generosity

Cheque Payment:  Please note ALL cheque payments for offertory / donations to the parish or any charities eg. CAFOD, should be made out to ‘Our Lady and St. Patrick’s Parish’, not to Fr. Phil, unless they are meant to be a personal gift.  Many thanks. 

THE JERUSALEM MASS SHEET
THE 12TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (A) 21ST JUNE 2020

THE INTRODUCTORY RITES

Entrance Hymn:

Lead, kindly Light, amid th’encircling gloom;
Lead thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home;
Lead thou me on!
Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene—one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor pray’d that thou
Shouldst lead me on.
I loved to choose and see my path; but now,
Lead thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will. Remember not past years.

So long thy pow’r hath blest me, sure it still
Will lead me on
O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone.
And with the morn those angel faces smile,
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile!

All make the Sign of the Cross as the Priest says:
In the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.        Amen.
The Priest greets everyone present.
The people respond:And with your spirit.
The Mass of the day may be introduced.

Penitential Act
The Priest invites the people to repentance using one of the Penitential Acts.

I confess to almighty God
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have greatly sinned,
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,
And, striking their breast, they say:
through my fault, through my fault,
though my most grievous fault;
therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
all the Angels and Saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord our God.

The Priest says the absolution. All reply: Amen.

Kyrie
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy on us all.

Gloria
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will. We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great glory, Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father. Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son, Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, you take away the sins of the word, have mercy on us; you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer; you are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. For you are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

The Collect
Grant, O Lord, that we may always revere and love your holy name,
for you never deprive of your guidance. Those you set firm on the foundation of your love. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Amen   

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD
First Reading
A reading from the prophet Jeremiah 20:10-13

Jeremiah said:
I hear so many disparaging me,
“Terror from every side!”
Denounce him! Let us denounce him!’
All those who used to be my friends
watched for my downfall,
‘Perhaps he will be seduced into error.
Then we will master him
and take our revenge!’
But the Lord is at my side, a mighty hero;
my opponents will stumble, mastered,
confounded by their failure;
everlasting, unforgettable disgrace will be theirs.
But you, O Lord of Hosts, you who probe with
Justice, who scrutinises the loins of heart,
let me see the vengeance you will take on them,
for I have committed my cause to you.
Sing to the Lord, praise the Lord,
for he has delivered the soul of the needy
from the hands of evil men.

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God..

Psalm                                                68:8-10. 14. 17.33-35 R v14

R)In your great love, answer me, O God.

It is for you that I suffer taunts,
that shame covers my face,
that I have become a stranger to my brothers,
an alien to my own mother’s sons.
I burn with zeal for your house
and taunts against you fall on me. (R)

This is my prayer to you,
my prayer for your favour.
In your great love, answer me, O God,
with your help that never fails:
Lord, answer, for your love is kind;
in your compassion, turn towards me. (R)

The poor when they see it will be glad
and God-seeking hearts will revive;
for the Lord listens to the needy
and does not spurn his servants in their chains.
Let the heavens and the earth give him praise,
The sea and all its living creatures. (R)      

Second Reading
A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans  5:12-15

Sin entered the world through one man, and through sin death, and thus death has spread through the whole human race because everyone has sinned. Sin existed in the world before the law was given. There was no law and so no one could be accused of the sin of ‘law-breaking’, yet death reigned over all from Adam to Moses, even through their sin, unlike that of Adam, was not a matter of breaking a law.

Adam prefigured the One to come, but the gift itself considerably outweighed the fall. If it is certain that through one man’s fault so many died, it is even more certain that divine grace, coming through the one man, Jesus Christ, came to so many as an abundant free gift.

The word of the lord.
Thanks be to God

 

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia!           Jn1:14.52
The Word was made flesh and lived among us:
to all who did accept himhe gave power to become children of God.
Alleluia!

Halle, Halle, Halle – lu – jah
Halle, Halle, Halle – lu – jah
Halle, Halle, Halle – lu – jah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah.

The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 10:26-33

Glory to you, O Lord.

Jesus instructed the Twelve as follows:
‘Do not be afraid. For everything that is now covered will be uncovered, and everything now hidden will be made clear. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the daylight; what you hear in whispers, proclaim from the housetops.
‘Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; fear him rather who can destroy both body and soul in hell. Can you not buy two sparrows for a penny? And yet not one falls to the ground without the Father knowing. Why, every hair on your head has been counted. So, there is no need to be afraid; you are worth more than hundreds of sparrows.
‘So, if anyone declares himself for me in the presence of men, I will declare myself for him in the presence of my Father in heaven. But the one who disowns me in the presence of men, I will disown in the presence of my Father in heaven.’

The Gospel of the Lord,
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

The Homily                         

The Nicene Creed                                                                                                       Stand
I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only-begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God of God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten not made,
consubstantial with the Father,
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit                    (all bow)
was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man:
For our sake he was crucified under
Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death, and was buried,
and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated on the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead,
and His kingdom shall have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, Giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son:
Who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
Who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church.
I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins,
and I look for the resurrection of the dead
and life of the world to come. Amen

The Prayer of the Faithful
Response example: Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

After the concluding prayer all say: Amen.  

 

THE LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST           
The offerings are brought to the altar. A hymn may be sung. If the Priest says the two prayers of offering aloud the response both times is:
Blessed be God for ever.

Offertory:
Bread of life, Truth eternal,
Broken now to set us free,
The risen Christ, his saving power,
Is here in bread and wine for me.

Lord, I know I am not worthy to receive you.
You speak the words and I am healed,
Here at your table, loves mystery,
One bread, one cup, one family.

Bread of life, Truth eternal,
Broken now to set us free,
The risen Christ, his saving power,
Is here in bread and wine for me.

Lord, by your cross you reconciled us to the Father,
We have only to believe.
Your sacrifice, our victory
Now by your blood we are redeemed.

Bread of life, Truth eternal,
Broken now to set us free,
The risen Christ, his saving power,
Is here in bread and wine for me.

Lord, you gave your people manna in the desert.
Still you fulfil our every need.
Lord when we hunger, Lord, when we thirst,
We come to you and we receive.

Bread of life, Truth eternal,
Broken now to set us free,
The risen Christ, his saving power,
Is here in bread and wine for me.

The people rise as the Priest says:
Pray, brethren (brother and sisters), that my sacrifice and your may be acceptable to almighty Father.

The people reply:
May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his holy Church.

PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS
Receive, O Lord, the sacrifice of conciliation and praise and grant that, cleansed by its action, we may make offering of a heart pleasing to you.
Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYER
The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.
 
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right and just.

Preface of the Eucharistic Prayer
It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Father most holy, through your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, your Word through whom you made all things, whom you sent as our Saviour and Redeemer, incarnate by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin. Fulfilling your will and gaining for you a holy people, he stretched out his hands as he endured his Passion, so as to break the bonds of death and manifest the Resurrection.

And so, with all the Angels and Saints we declare your glory, as with one voice, we acclaim.

Sanctus:
Holy, holy, holy theLord
God of endless power and might.
The earth, the heavens are full of your love.
Sing Hosanna! Glory to God!

Blessed is he, the one who is sent
in the name of God the Most High.
O holy, holy, holy our Lord
Sing Hosanna! Glory to God!

Kneel

EUCHARISTIC PRAYER III
(The Priest may use a different Eucharistic Prayer.)
You are indeed Holy, O Lord, and all you have created rightly gives you praise, for through your on our Lord Jesus Christ, by the power and working of the Holy Spirit, you give life to all things and make them holy, and you never cease to gather a people to yourself, so that from the rising of the sun to its setting, a pure sacrifice may be offered to your name. Therefore, O Lord, we humbly implore you: by the same Spirit graciously make holy these gifts we have bought to you for consecration, that they may become the Body and  Blood of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, at whose command we celebrate these mysteries. For on the night he was betrayed he himself took bread, and giving you hanks, he said the blessing, broke the bread and gave it to his disciples saying:
TAKE THIS ALL OF YOU, AND EAT OF IT,
FOR THIS IS MY BODY,
WHICH WILL BE GIVEN UP FOR YOU.
In a similar way when supper was ended, he took the chalice, and giving you thanks, he said the blessing, and gave the chalice to his disciples saying:
TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND DRINK FROM IT,
FOR THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD,
THE BLOOD OF THE NEW AND ETERNAL COVENANT,
WHICH WILL BE POURED OUT FOR YOU AND FOR MANY
FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS.
DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME.
The mystery of faith,

The people continue, acclaiming: 
We proclaim your Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come again.
Therefore, O Lord, as we celebrate the memorial of the saving Passion of your Son, his wondrous Resurrection and Ascension into heaven, and as we look forward to his second coming, we offer you in thanksgiving this holy and living sacrifice. Look, we pray, upon the oblation of your Church and, recognizing the sacrificial victim by whose death you willed to reconcile us to yourself, grant that we, who are nourished by the Body and Blood of you Son and filled with his Holy Spirit, may become one body, one spirit in Christ. May he make of us an eternal offering to you, so that we may obtain an inheritance with you elect, especially with the most blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with blessed Joseph, her Spouse, with your blessed Apostles and glorious Martyrs, and with all the Saints, on whose constant intercession in your presence, we rely for unfailing help. May this Sacrifice of our reconciliation, we pray, O Lord, advance the peace and salvation of all the world. Be pleased to confirm in faith and charity your pilgrim Church on earth, with your Servant Francis our Pope and John our Bishop, the Order of Bishops, all the clergy, and the entire people you have gained for your own. Listen graciously to the prayers of this family, whom you have summoned before you: in your compassion, O merciful Father, gather to yourself all your children scattered throughout the world. To our departed brothers and sisters and to all who were pleasing to you at their passing form this life, give kind admittance to your kingdom. There we hope to enjoy for ever the fullness of your glory through Christ our Lord, through whom you bestow on the world all that is good.

Through him, and with him, and in him, O God, almighty Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honour is yours. For ever and ever.

The people acclaim: Amen.

THE COMMUNION RITE                                            
The Priest invites all to join in the Lord’s Prayer:
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.

The Priest continues alone:
Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil, graciously grant peace in our days, that, by the help of your mercy, we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress, as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
For the kingdom,
the power and the glory are yours
now and forever.

The Priest
Lord Jesus Christ, who said to your Apostles, peace I leave you, my peace I give you, look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church, and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will. Who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.
The peace of the Lord be with you always.
And with your spirit.
The Deacon, or the Priest adds:
Let us offer each other the sign of peace.
The Priest takes the host and breaks it.

Meanwhile the people say or sing:

Lamb of God
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
grant us peace.

Kneel

The Priest shows the host to the people and says:
Behold the Lamb of God,
Behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the support of the Lamb.
Lord, I am not worthy
that you should enter under my roof
but only say the word
and my soul shall be healed.

The Priest or other minister says to each communicant:
The Body [Blood] of Christ.
Each communicant answers: Amen

THE COMMUNION ANTIPHON Ps 144:  15
The eyes of all look to you, Lord,
and you give them their food in due season.

COMMUNION HYMN:
Come and be filled as you sit at my table,
Quenching your thirst as you drink of my wine.
Bringing the memory of my dying and rising
Into your blood stream mingled with mine.

This is the bread that has come down from heaven
This is my blood for the life of the world.
Come and be filled as you sit at my table
Quenching your thirst as you drink of my wine

Bringing the memory of my dying and rising
Into your blood stream mingled with mine.
He leads us out of the power of darkness
and brings us safe to his kingdom of life

Come and be filled as you sit at my table
Quenching your thirst as you drink of my wine
Bringing the memory of my dying and rising
Into your blood stream mingled with mine.

For those in Christ, there is no condemnation
He sets them free through the Spirit, he says
Come and be filled as you sit at my table
Quenching your thirst as you drink of my wine

Bringing the memory of my dying and rising
Into you blood stream mingled with mine.
Thus shall the world know you are my disciples
If you can love and if you can forgive.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION 
Renewed and nourished
by the Sacred Body and Precious Blood of your Son,
we ask of your mercy, O Lord
that what we celebrate with constant devotion
may be our sure pledge of redemption.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen

THE CONCLUDING RITES
Announcements may be made.
Then:
Priest:The Lord be with you.
All: And with your spirit.

May almighty God bless you,
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Then the Deacon, or the Priest, says:
Go forth, the Mass is ended.
Or
Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord. 
Or

Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.                                    
Or
Go in peace
Thanks be to God.

Recessional Hymn:
I will sing the wondrous story
Of the Christ Who died for me;
How He left the realms of glory
For the cross of Calvary.
Yes, I'll sing the wondrous story
Of the Christ Who died for me,
Sing it with the saints in glory,
Gathered by the crystal sea.

I was lost, but Jesus found me,
Found the sheep that went astray,
Raised me up and gently led me,
Back into the narrow way.
Days of darkness still may meet me
Sorrow’s path, I oft may tread; but his presence still is with me
By his guiding hand I’m led.

He will keep me till the river
Rolls its waters at my feet;
Then He'll bear me safely over,
made by grace for glory meet.
Yes, I’ll sing the wondrous story
Of the Christ who died for me
Sing it with the saints in glory

Gathered by the crystal sea.

QUOTATION FROM POPE FRANCIS:    
O Mary, woman and mother, you carried the divine Word in your womb, you recounted by your life the magnificent works of God. Listen to our stories, hold them in your heart and make your own the stories that no one wants to hear. Teach us to recognize the good thread that runs through history. Look at the tangled knots in our life that paralyse our memory. By your gentle hands, every knot can be untied. Woman of the Spirit, mother of trust, inspire us too. Help us build stories of peace, stories that point to the future. And show us the way to live them together.”

TODAY IS FATHER’S DAY:
In most ‘Catholic’ countries, Father’s Day is celebrated on March 19th (St. Joseph’s day).  Here, of course, we follow the secular ‘American’ model! But it’s only fair that we should take one day a year, at least, to acknowledge the fathers of our community who have been such a positive influence on their children. At the same time, we pray for forgiveness for those who failed in their responsibilities in this regard. 

THIS WEEK’S FEASTS:
Monday 22nd St John Fisher and St Thomas More:  Two great men who gave their lives rather than accept the claims of King Henry VIII in his Act of Supremacy, that he was the Supreme Head of the Church in England. John Fisher, who died 22 June 1535, was Bishop of Rochester, and Thomas More, who died 6th July 1535, was Lord Chancellor of England.
Tuesday 23rd St Etheldreda (St. Audrey):  Born and lived in Suffolk, she founded a monastery at Ely (now Ely cathedral), where she died in 679.   She was famed for her virginity (despite having been married twice) and for her personal austerity.
Wednesday 24th The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist.  A solemnity, that is one of the most important feast days of the year, as John is revered as the forerunner of Christ.  It is counted as one of the Quarter Days of the financial year.
Saturday 27th St. John Southworth:  Born in Salmsbury in 1582.  He trained in Douai for the priesthood during the time of Catholic persecutions during the Protestant Reformation.  He returned to England to work in Lancashire.  He was caught and imprisoned in Lancaster.  He was moved to London and was hanged drawn and quartered at Tyburn at the age of 72.

OPENING THE CHURCH FOR PRIVATE PRAYER:
The church opened for private prayer on Thursday last week and will continue to be open for private prayer and reflection Monday to Saturday 12 noon - `1pm. 
It will be quite a different experience from your previous visits to church.  When you arrive.  You will be greeted by two of our stewards, not, perhaps, as they would like to do so, with a handshake or similar welcome; SOCIAL DISTANCING must be maintained.  Sanitizer hand gel will be available at the door.  When you enter you will be asked to keep to a one-way system, entering the church by the side aisle (on our Lady’s side of the church) and leaving by the side aisle on the sacristy side.  The centre aisle is out of use.  Only the central bank of pews can be used and every second and third one of those have been roped off in order to maintain social distancing.
It’s all a bit of a nuisance, but it is a step on the way to getting back to ‘normal’.

LITURGICAL COLOURS:  This Sunday Fr. Phil will be wearing Green Vestments for the first time (on a Sunday) since 25th February.  Why?  The theological virtue of Hope, is symbolised by the colour green.  Green is the colour of growing things, and of hope.  Liturgically, green is the colour of Ordinary Time, the orderly sequence of weeks throughout the year, a season in which we are neither single-mindedly penitent (in purple) nor overwhelmingly joyful (in white).
Generally we could say that White is worn for Feasts of our Lord and our Lady, and for feast day of saints who are not martyrs.  Red is for Feasts of the Holy Spirit and the Martyrs.  Purple is used in Penitential Seasons.

WELCOME:
Welcome to Fr. Lawrence Imoisili as the new priest in charge of the Divine Mercy Parish (St. Hertbert’s and Corpus Christi).

SMILE AWHILE:
A man, his wife and his mother-in-law went on vacation to the Holy Land. While they were there, the mother-in-law passed away.  The undertaker told them, 'You can have her shipped home for £5000, or you can bury her here in the Holy Land for £150.'  The man thought about it and told him he would just have her shipped home.  The undertaker asked, 'Why would you spend £5000 to ship your mother-in-law home, when it would be wonderful to have her buried here and spend only £150?'  The man replied, ‘Jesus died here and rose from the dead.  I can’t chance it with her!’

“Stay With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST (CORPUS CHRISTI)
WEEK: JUNE  14TH  - JUNE 20TH  2020

CORPUS CHRISTI

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners andfriends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK : Sr. Catherine; Vivien Higgins; Breda Barret; Margaret Lawless; Lesley  Hayes; Emma Golden; Michael  Guilfoyle; Martha McGlade;, Dominic Boardman.  Beatrice Tucker, Antonia Patra, Paul Carroll, Kath Green.
LATELY DEAD: Vera Howells;  Stephanie Finch;  Mrs Kolodzej; .Mary Fleming;  Jane McDermot; Joseph Mellor; Kathleen Rose.
ANNIVERSARIES: Terry Mills Sr; Terry Mills Jn. Mary Lowry;  John Cartmell; Raymond Wood; Kristian Bordiuk

THANKSGIVINGS: COLLECTION: Birthday Thanksgivings for Cora Overton; Denis O’Grady.
COLLECTION:   Envelopes: £335.00 (There are other donations, paid directly into the bank, that we won’t be able to report on until the end of the month.

DONATIONS  /COLLECTIONS: many thanks for the following donations:CAFOD: £35.00  £5.00; ;Foodbank:£20.00 £25.00; Cornerstone: £20 
Many thanks for your kind generosity

Cheque Payment:  Please note ALL cheque payments for offertory / donations to the parish or any charities eg. CAFOD, should be made out to ‘Our Lady and St. Patrick’s Parish’, not to Fr. Phil, unless they are meant to be a personal gift.  Many thanks. 

THE JERUSALUM MASS SHEET
THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST (CORPUS CHRISTI) (A) 14TH JUNE 2020

THE INTRODUCTORY RITES

Entrance Hymn:

Jesus you’re the one I love, you’re the one I know,
You’re the one who makes me strong, Spirit in my soul.
From the clouds of yesterday, through the night of pain,
Teach me Lord to know your way, know it once again.

Bread blessed and broken for us all,
Symbol of your love from the grain so tall.
Bread, blessed and broken for us all,
Breda of life, you give to us, bread of life for all.

May the bread we break today, may the cup we share,
Lift the burdens of our hearts, lift them everywhere;
Passing on to each of us a measure of your love,
Love to make us whole again as we share your word.

Bread blessed…

Jesus you’re the one I love; you’re the one I know,
You’re the one who makes me strong, Spirit in my soul.

All make the Sign of the Cross as the Priest says:
In the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.        Amen.
The Priest greets everyone present.
The people respond:And with your spirit.
The Mass of the day may be introduced.

Penitential Act
The Priest invites the people to repentance using one of the Penitential Acts.

I confess to almighty God
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have greatly sinned,
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,
And, striking their breast, they say:
through my fault, through my fault,
though my most grievous fault;
therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
all the Angels and Saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord our God.

The Priest says the absolution. All reply: Amen.
Lord, have mercy.                            Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.                         Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.                            Lord, have mercy.

Kyrie: Panginoon Maawa Ka

Panginoon maawa Ka, Panginoon maawa Ka
Kristo maawa, Kristo maawa Ka sa amin
Panginoon maawa Ka, Panginoon maawa Ka

Gloria
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will. We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great glory, Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father. Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son, Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, you take away the sins of the word, have mercy on us; you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer; you are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. For you are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

The Collect
O God, who in this wonderful Sacrament have left us a memorial of your Passion, grant us, we pray, so to revere the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood that we may always experience in ourselves the fruits of your redemption. Who live and reign with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Amen   

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD
First Reading
A reading from the book of Deuteronomy 8:2-3.14-16

Moses said to the people: ‘Remember how the Lord your God led you for forty years in the wilderness, to humble you, to test you and know your inmost heart – whether you would keep his commandments or not. He humbled you, he made you fell hunger, he fed you with manna which neither you nor your fathers have known, to make you understand that man does not live on bread alone but that man lives on everything that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

‘Do not forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt out of the house of slavery: who guided you through this vast and dreadful wilderness, a land of fiery serpents, scorpions, thirst; who in this waterless place brought you water from the hardest rock; who in this wilderness fed you with manna that your fathers had not known.

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God..

Psalm                                                Os 147:12-15.19-20.R.v12

R)O praise the Lord, Jerusalem!

O praise the Lord, Jerusalem!
Zion, praise to God!
He has strengthened the bars of your gates,
he has blessed the children within you. (R)

He established peace on your borders,
he feeds you with finest wheat.
He sends out his word to the earth
and swiftly runs his command. (R)

He makes his word known to Jacob,
to Israel his laws and decrees.
He has not dealt thus with other nations;
he has not taught them his decrees. (R)

Second Reading
A reading from the first letter of St Pail to the Corinthians                           10:16-17

The blessing-cup that we bless is a communion with the blood of Christ, and the bread that we bread is a communion with the body of Christ. The fact that there is only one loaf means that, though there are many of us, we form a single body because we all have a share in this one loaf.

The word of the lord.
Thanks be to God

Sequence (Shorter form)
Behold the bread of angels, sent
For pilgrims in their banishment,
The bread of God’s true children meant,
That may not unto dogs be given;
Off in the olden types of foreshowed;
In Isaac on the altar bowed,
And in the ancient paschal food,
And in the manna sent from heaven.

Come then, good shepherd, bread divine,
Still show to us thy mercy sign;
Oh, feed us still, still keep us thine;
So may we see the glories shine
In fields of immortality;

O thou, the wisest, mightiest, best,
Our present food, our future rest,
Come, make us each thy chosen guest,
Co-heirs of thine, and comrades blest
With saints whose dwelling is with thee.

Gospel Acclamation
Hanapin Mo ang kaharian ng Diyos
At ang Kanyang kabanalan
At ang lahat ay mapapasa-iyo
Alelu, Aleluya  …..repeat

The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John.
Glory to you, O Lord.

Gospel: John 6:51-58

Jesus said to the Jews:
‘I am the living bread which has come down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread, will live for ever; and the bread that I shall give is my flesh for the life of the world.’
Then the Jews started arguing with one another: ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ they said. Jesus replied:
‘I tell you solemnly, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you will not have life in you. Anyone who does eat my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I shall raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me and I live in him.
As I, who am sent by the living Father, myself draw life from the Father, so whoever eats me will draw life from me. This is the bread come down from heaven; not like the bread our ancestors ate: they are dead, but anyone who eats this bread will live for ever.’

The Gospel of the Lord,
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

The Homily                         

The Nicene Creed                                                                                                       Stand
I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only-begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God of God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten not made,
consubstantial with the Father,
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit                    (all bow)
was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man:
For our sake he was crucified under
Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death, and was buried,
and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated on the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead,
and His kingdom shall have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, Giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son:
Who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
Who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church.
I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins,
and I look for the resurrection of the dead
and life of the world to come. Amen

The Prayer of the Faithful
Response example: Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

After the concluding prayer all say: Amen.  

 

THE LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST           
The offerings are brought to the altar. A hymn may be sung. If the Priest says the two prayers of offering aloud the response both times is:
Blessed be God for ever.

Offertory:
Bread of life, Truth eternal,
Broken now to set us free,
The risen Christ, his saving power,
Is here in bread and wine for me.

Lord, I know I am not worthy to receive you.
You speak the words and I am healed,
Here at your table, loves mystery,
One bread, one cup, one family.

Bread of life, Truth eternal,
Broken now to set us free,
The risen Christ, his saving power,
Is here in bread and wine for me.

Lord, by your cross you reconciled us to the Father,
We have only to believe.
Your sacrifice, our victory
Now by your blood we are redeemed.

Bread of life, Truth eternal,
Broken now to set us free,
The risen Christ, his saving power,
Is here in bread and wine for me.

Lord, you gave your people manna in the desert.
Still you fulfil our every need.
Lord when we hunger, Lord, when we thirst,
We come to you and we receive.

Bread of life, Truth eternal,
Broken now to set us free,
The risen Christ, his saving power,
Is here in bread and wine for me.

The people rise as the Priest says:
Pray, brethren (brother and sisters), that my sacrifice and your may be acceptable to almighty Father.

The people reply:
May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his holy Church.

PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS
Grant, we pray, O Lord, that, as promised by your Son, the Holy Spirit may reveal to us more abundantly the hidden mystery of this sacrifice and graciously lead us into all truth. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYER
The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.
 
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right and just.

Preface: Mystery of Pentecost
It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God. For he is the true and eternal Priest, who instituted the pattern of an everlasting sacrifice and was the first to offer himself as the saving Victim, commanding us to make this offering as his memorial. As we eat his flesh that was sacrificed for us, we are made strong, and as we drink his Blood that was poured our for us, we are washed clean.

And so, with Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominions, and with all the hosts and Powers of heaven, we sing the hymn of your glory, as without end we acclaim:

Sanctus: Santo

Santo, Santo, Santo
Panginoong Diyos na makapangyarihan
Napupuno ang langit at lupa ng kal’walhatian Mo
Osana, Osana sa kaitaasan!
Osana, Osana sa kaitaasan!

Pinagpala ang naparirito sa ngalan ng Panginoon
Osana, Osana sa kaitaasan!
Osana, Osana sa kaitaasan!

Kneel

EUCHARISTIC PRAYER II
(The Priest may use a different Eucharistic Prayer.)
You are indeed Holy, O Lord, the fount of all holiness
Make holy, therefore, these gifts, we pray, by sending down your spirits upon them like the dewfall, so that they may become for us the Body and Blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ. At the time he was betrayed and entered willingly into his Passion, he took bread and, giving thanks, broke it, and have it to his disciples, saying:
TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND EAT OF IT,
FOR THIS IS MY BODY,
WHICH WILL BE GIVEN UP FOR YOU.

In a similar way when supper was ended, he took the chalice and, once more giving thanks, he gave it to his disciples, saying:
TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND DRINK FROM IT,
FOR THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD,
THE BLOOD OF THE NEW AND ETERNAL COVENANT,
WHICH WILL BE POURED OUT FOR YOU AND FOR MANY
FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS.

DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME.

The mystery of faith,
The people continue, acclaiming:
When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup,
We proclaim your Death, O Lord,
Until you come again.

Therefore, as we celebrate the memorial of his Death and Resurrection, we offer you, Lord, the Bread of life and the Chalice of salvation, giving thanks that you have held us worthy to be in your presence and minister to you. Humbly we pray that, partaking of the Body and the Blood of Christ, we may be gathered into one by the Holy Spirit.

Remember, Lord, your Church, spread throughout the world, and bring her to the fullness of charity, together with N. our Pope and N. our Bishop and all the clergy.

Remember also our brothers and sisters who have fallen asleep in the hope of the resurrection, and all who have died in your mercy: welcome them into the light of your face. Have mercy on us all, we pray, that with the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with blessed Joseph, her Spouse, with the blessed Apostles, and all the Saints who have pleased you throughout the ages, we may merit to be coheirs to eternal life, and may praise and glorify you through your Son, Jesus Christ.

Through him, and with him, and in him, O God, almighty Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honour is yours. For ever and ever.
The people acclaim: Amen.

THE COMMUNION RITE                                            
The Priest invites all to join in the Lord’s Prayer:
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.

The Priest continues alone:
Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil, graciously grant peace in our days, that, by the help of your mercy, we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress, as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
For the kingdom,
the power and the glory are yours
now and forever.

The Priest
Lord Jesus Christ, who said to your Apostles, peace I leave you, my peace I give you, look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church, and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will. Who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.
The peace of the Lord be with you always.
And with your spirit.
The Deacon, or the Priest adds:
Let us offer each other the sign of peace.
The Priest takes the host and breaks it.

Meanwhile the people say or sing:

Lamb of God: Kordero Ng Diyos

Kordero ng Diyos na nag-aalis                          
Ng mga kasalanan ng sanlibutan                      
Maawa Ka, maawa Ka sa amin...  (2x)

Kordero ng Diyos na nag-aalis
Ng mga kasalanan ng sanlibutan
Ipagkaloob Mo sa amin ang kapayapaan

                                                   Kneel

The Priest shows the host to the people and says:
Behold the Lamb of God,
Behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the support of the Lamb.
Lord, I am not worthy
that you should enter under my roof
but only say the word
and my soul shall be healed.

The Priest or other minister says to each communicant:
The Body [Blood] of Christ.
Each communicant answers: Amen

THE COMMUNION ANTIPHON Jn 6:57
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him, says the Lord.

COMMUNION HYMN: Sumasamba Sumasamo

Sa Iyo iaalay ang buhay at  kalakasan
Sa pagkat  ito ang nararapat  sa katulad Mong matapat

Dahil sa  pag-ibig Mo, ang buhay ko ay nagbago
Sa t’wina ang ninanais ko ay laging maglingkod  sa Iyo

Koro: Sumasamba,  sumasamo
Naghahandog sa ngalan Mo
Pagkat sa ’Yo ay nadama
Ang pagmamahal ng Ama

Sa Iyong kabanalan,  biyaya Mo  ay nakamtan
Sa Iyo ay may kagalakan at buhay na walang hanggan

Tunay Kang maginoo,  namalas ko sa kalbaryo
Buhay man  inalay Mo O Kristo, upang maligtas ang tao...  Koro 2x

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION 
Grant of Lord, we pray,
that we may delight for all eternity
in that share in your divine life,
which is foreshadowed in the present age
by our reception of your precious Body and Blood.
Who live and reign for ever and ever.
Amen

THE CONCLUDING RITES
Announcements may be made.
Then:
Priest:The Lord be with you.
All:And with your spirit.

May almighty God bless you,
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Then the Deacon, or the Priest, says:
Go forth, the Mass is ended.
Or
Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord. 
Or

Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.                                    
Or
Go in peace
Thanks be to God.

Recessional Hymn:
Guide me, O thou great redeemer,
Pilgrim through this barren land;
I am weak, but thou art mighty,
Hold me with thy powerful hand;
Bread of heaven, bread of heaven
Feed me till I want no more;
Feed me till I want no more. 

Open now the crystal fountain
Whence the healing stream doth flow;
Let the fire and cloudy pillar
Lead me all my journey through:
Strong deliverer, strong deliverer;
Be thou still my strength and shield;
Be thou still my strength and shield.

When I tread the verge of Jordan,
Bid my anxious fears subside;
Death of death, and hell's destruction
Land me safe on Canaan's side:
Songs of praises, songs of praises,
I will ever give to thee;
I will ever give to thee. 

QUOTATION FROM POPE FRANCIS:    
“ Many people suffer due to the great difficulties they endure.  We can help them by accompanying them along a journey full of compassion which transforms people’s lives.  It brings us closer to the Heart of Jesus, which welcomes all of us into the revolution of tenderness.  We pray that all those who suffer may find their way in life, allowing themselves to be touched by the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.”

THIS WEEK’S FEASTS:
Friday: The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus:  Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is devotion to Jesus Himself, but in the particular ways of meditating on his interior life and on His threefold love.  His divine love, His burning love that fed His human will, and His sensible love that affects His interior life.
The source of the modern devotion is the religious experience undergone by St Margaret Mary, which took place on June 16th 1675.  In that vision, Christ asked Margaret Mary to request that the Feast of the Sacred Heart be celebrated on the Friday after the octave of Corpus Christi.  The Sacred Heart of Jesus represents not simply His physical heart, but His love for all mankind.

OPENING THE CHURCH FOR PRIVATE PRAYER:
We are going to open the church for private prayer from Thursday of this week but only from 12 noon till 1pm (Monday to Saturday). Even with these reduced opening times we are still unable to cover some of the slots.  If you can help, please contact Fr. Phil – contact details on front of the newsletter. The slots still required to be covered are: one person for each of Monday’s slots (12.00 -12.30 & 12.30 – 1pm), two people for Thursdays from 12.30pm – 1pm, one person for Fridays from 12.00-12.30pm and two people for Fridays from 12.30pm-1pm. The reason we cannot open before Thursday is that the rope, which we have ordered from the diocese to block access to every second and third bench, hasn’t arrived yet. We could have used tape but I didn’t want the church to look like a crime scene!

TODAY’S FEAST:
The Feast of Corpus Christi, or the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, as it is known today, goes back to the 13th century, but celebrates something much older:  the institution of the Sacrament of Holy Communion at the Last Supper. While Holy Thursday is also a celebration of this mystery, the solemn nature of Holy Week and the focus on Christ’s Passion overshadows this aspect of Holy Thursday.
For centuries, after the celebration was extended to the universal Church, the feast was celebrated with Eucharistic processions. More generally, the practice has now been discontinued.

SMILE AWHILE:
One day a man decided to get as close to God as he could. He thought climbing a mountain would be the best route to get there. Once he reached the top of the mountain, he called out to God. To his amazement, God answered him loud and clear. With such an amazing opportunity to speak with God, he wanted to ask a few philosophical questions. “God, how long is a million years to you?”“It’s like a minute to you,” answered God. “What does a million dollars mean to you?” “It’s like a penny,” answered God. The man replied, “Can I have a penny?” The Lord answered, “In a minute.”

Thank you from the Deputy Leader of Oldham Council:
“I’m writing because I don’t want the incredible work of groups like yours to go unrecognised. The support St. Patrick’s has given to Oldham Foodbank is hugely appreciated. Without a doubt Oldham would be in a far worse situation if it wasn’t for the generosity, spirit and determination we have seen from residents helping those who need it with food, equipment or just a friendly word. It reminds me why we are lucky to live where we do, and how much we have to build on when the recovery begins.” (Councillor Arooj Shah).

Pastoral letter from the Bishop:
The bishop has sent a link for an audio file of his pastoral letter.
https://soundcloud.com/salford-diocese/pastoral-letter-june-2020

“Stay With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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TRINITY SUNDAY (YEAR A)
WEEK: JUNE  7TH  - JUNE 13TH  2020

TRINITY   SUNDAY (YEAR A)

THE MOST HOLY TRINITY

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners andfriends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK : Sr. Catherine; Vivien Higgins; Breda Barret; Margaret Lawless;  Lesley  Hayes;     Emma  Golden;   Michael  Guilfoyle; Martha McGlade;,  Joseph Mellor, Veera Howells, John Bahyra; Kath Green; John and Mara Bahyra;  Beatrice Tucker;  Paul Carroll.  Dominic Boardman.
LATELY DEAD: Joseph Mellor;  Kathleen Rose; Basil Ellison;  Arthur Hamer;  John Cleary;  Paul Vincent Lennon, Stephanie Finch, Jane McDermott

THANKSGIVINGS: COLLECTION: Envelopes: £75.00 (There are other donations, paid directly into the bank, that we won’t be able to report on till the end of the month).

DONATIONS  /COLLECTIONS: many thanks for the following donations:
CAFOD: £50.00  £5.00; ;Foodbank:£20.00 £5.00; Conerstone:£20  £10;
Parish Funds £80.00 (in memoriam Alice Lees – again, at least one other donation has been paid directly into the bank).
Many thanks for your kind generosity

Cheque Payment:  Please note ALL cheque payments for offertory / donations to the parish or any charities eg. CAFOD, should be made out to ‘Our Lady and St. Patrick’s Parish’, not to Fr. Phil, unless they are meant to be a personal gift.  Many thanks. 

THE JERUSALEM MASS SHEET
TRINITY SUNDAY (A) 7TH JUNE 2020

THE INTRODUCTORY RITES

Entrance Hymn:

Holy, holy, holy!
Lord God Almighty
Early in the morning
Our song shall rise to Thee
Holy, holy, holy!
Merciful and mighty
God in three persons
Blessed Trinity!
Holy, holy, holy!
Though the darkness hide thee
Though the sinful, mortal eye
Thy glory may not see
Only Thou art holy
There is none beside Thee
Perfect in power, in love and purity.

Holy, holy, holy!
Lord God Almighty
All thy works shall praise Thy name
In earth and sky and sea
Holy, holy, holy!
Merciful and mighty
God in three persons
Blessed Trinity!

All make the Sign of the Cross as the Priest says:
In the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.        Amen.
The Priest greets everyone present.
The people respond:And with your spirit.
The Mass of the day may be introduced.

Penitential Act
The Priest invites the people to repentance using one of the Penitential Acts.

I confess to almighty God
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have greatly sinned,
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,
And, striking their breast, they say:
through my fault, through my fault,
though my most grievous fault;
therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
all the Angels and Saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord our God.

The Priest says the absolution. All reply: Amen.
Lord, have mercy.                            Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.                         Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.                            Lord, have mercy.

Kyrie
Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison. Lord have mercy, have mercy on me

Gloria
Glory be to God in heaven, songs of joy and peace we bring,
Thankful hearts and voices raising, to creation’s Lord we sing:
Lord, we thank you, Lord we bless you, glory be to God our King,
Glory be to God our King.

Lamb of God, who on your shoulders bore the load of this world’s sin,
Only Son of God the Father, you have brought us peace within:
Lord, have mercy, Christ have mercy, now your glorious reign begin.
Now your glorious reign begin.

The Collect
God our Father, who by sending into the world the Word of truth and the Spirit and sanctification made known the human race your wondrous mystery,
grant us, we pray, that in profession the true faith, we may acknowledge the Trinity of eternal glory
and adore your Unity, powerful in majesty.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and reign with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
One God, for ever and ever.
Amen   

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD
First Reading
A reading from the book of Exodus          34:4-6.8-9
With two tablets of stone in his hands, Moses went up the mountain of Sinai in the early morning as the Lord had commanded him. And the Lord descended in the form of a cloud, and Moses stood with him there.
He called on the name of the Lord. The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, ‘Lord, Lord, a God of tenderness and compassion, slow to anger, rich in kindness and faithfulness.’ And Moses bowed down to the ground at once and worshipped. ‘If I have indeed won your favour, Lord,’ he said ‘let my Lord come with us, I beg. True, they are a headstrong people, but forgive us our faults and our sins, and adopt us as your heritage.’
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God..

Psalm                                                                                                  You are the blest, Lord God of our fathers.
R.   To you glory and praise for evermore.
Blest your glorious holy name.
R.   To you glory and praise for evermore.
You are blest in the temple of your glory.
R.   To you glory and praise for evermore.
You are blest on the throne of your kingdom.
R.   To you glory and praise for evermore.
You are blest who gaze into the depths.
R.   To you glory and praise for evermore.
You are blest in the firmament of heaven.
R.   To you glory and praise for evermore.

Second Reading
A reading from the second letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians
13:11-13
Brothers, we wish you happiness; try to grow perfect; help one another; Be united; live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.
Greet one another with the holy kiss. All the saints send you greetings.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
The word of the lord.
Thanks be to God

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Give the glory and the honour to the Lord
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Give the glory and the honour to the Lord.

Gospel
The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John.
Glory to you, O Lord.

Jesus said to Nicodemus,
‘God loved the world so much
that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost
but may have eternal life.
for God sent his Son into the world
not to condemn the world,
but so that through him the world might be saved.
No one who believes in him will be condemned;
But whoever refuses to believe is condemned already,
Because he has refused to believe
In the name of God’s only Son.’
The Gospel of the Lord,
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

The Homily                         

The Nicene Creed                                                                                                       Stand
I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only-begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God of God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten not made,
consubstantial with the Father,
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit                    (all bow)
was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man:
For our sake he was crucified under
Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death, and was buried,
and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated on the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead,
and His kingdom shall have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, Giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son:
Who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
Who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church.
I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins,
and I look for the resurrection of the dead
and life of the world to come. Amen

The Prayer of the Faithful
Response example: Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

After the concluding prayer all say: Amen.  

 

THE LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST           
The offerings are brought to the altar. A hymn may be sung. If the Priest says the two prayers of offering aloud the response both times is:
Blessed be God for ever.

Offertory:
Father I know that your love for me knows no bounds.
When darkness has fallen your voice from the heavens resounds;
Saying, “trust and believe, come an walk on my road to its end.”
Take me home, Father, Spirit and Son, my master and friend.

Spirit I know that your truth is spoken each day.
But power and greed change the creed leaving truth to decay.
So let the heavens resound with “Hosannas” to you Holy One.
For in you, Father, Spirit and Son the battle is won.

Jesus, I know that your love for me has no end,
My faith growing stronger each day that on you I depend.
When my doubting subsides, when I’m finally brought to my knees:
Through my prayers, Father Spirit and Son your grace is revealed.

The people rise as the Priest says:
Pray, brethren (brother and sisters), that my sacrifice and your may be acceptable to almighty Father.

The people reply:
May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his holy Church.

PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS
Sanctify by the invocation of your name, we pray, O Lord our God, this oblation of our service, and by it make of us an eternal offering to you. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYER
The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.
 
Lift up your hearts.
We left them up the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right and just.

Preface: Mystery of Pentecost
It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God. For with your Only Begotten Son and the Holy Spirit you are one God, One Lord; not in the unity of a single person, but in a Trinity of one substance. For what you have revealed to us of your glory. We believe equally of your Son and of the Holy Spirit, so that, in confessing of the true and eternal Godhead, you might be adored in what is proper to each Person, this unity in substance, and their equality in majesty. For this is praised by Angels and Archangels, Cherubim, too, and Seraphim, who never cease to cry out each day, as with one voice they acclaim:

Sanctus
Oshana, Eshanu sathatham
Oshana, oshana, oshana ( 2 )
 
Parishudhan, parishudhan,
Paramashakthan
Nirandharam muzhagunnu
Vanilevam
Ehaparakailavum makhileswara
Mahimayal nirayunnu  nirupamame
 
Oshana, Eshanu sathatham
Oshana, oshana, oshana.

Kneel

EUCHARISTIC PRAYER III
(The Priest may use a different Eucharistic Prayer.)
You are indeed Holy, O Lord, and all you have created rightly gives you praise, for through your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, by the power and working of the Holy Spirit, you give life to all things and make them holy, and you never cease to gather a people to yourself, so that from the rising of the sun to its setting, a pure sacrifice may be offered to your name. Therefore, O Lord, we humbly implore you: by the same Spirit graciously make holy these gifts we have bought to you for consecration, that they may become the Body and Blood of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, at whose command we celebrate these mysteries. For on the night he was betrayed he himself took bread, and giving you hanks, he said the blessing, broke the bread and gave it to his disciples saying: TAKE THIS ALL OF YOU, AND EAT OF IT,
FOR THIS IS MY BODY,
WHICH WILL BE GIVEN UP FOR YOU.
In a similar way when supper was ended, he took the chalice, and giving you thanks, he said the blessing, and gave the chalice to his disciples saying:
TAKE THIS, ALL OF OYU, AND DRINK FORM IT,
FOR THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD,
THE BLOOD OF THE NEW AND ETERNAL COVENANT,
WHICH WILL BE POURED OUT FOR YOU AND FOR MANY
FOR THE FORGIVNESS OF SINS.
DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME.
The mystery of faith,
The people continue, acclaiming:
We proclaim your Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come again.
Therefore, O Lord, as we celebrate the memorial of the saving Passion of your Son, his wondrous Resurrection and Ascension into heaven, and as we look forward to his second coming, we offer you in thanksgiving this holy and living sacrifice. Look, we pray, upon the oblation of your Church and, recognizing the sacrificial victim by whose death you willed to reconcile us to yourself, grant that we, who are nourished by the Body and Blood of you Son and filled with his Holy Spirit, may become one body, one spirit in Christ. May he make of us an eternal offering to you, so that we may obtain an inheritance with you elect, especially with the most blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with blessed Joseph, her Spouse, with your blessed Apostles and glorious Martyrs, and with all the Saints, on whose constant intercession in your presence, we rely for unfailing help. May this Sacrifice of our reconciliation, we pray, O Lord, advance the peace and salvation of all the world. Be pleased to confirm in faith and charity your pilgrim Church on earth, with your Servant Francis our Pope and John our Bishop, the Order of Bishops, all the clergy, and the entire people you have gained for your own. Listen graciously to the prayers of this family, whom you have summoned before you: in your compassion, O merciful Father, gather to yourself all your children scattered throughout the world. To our departed brothers and sisters and to all who were pleasing to you at their passing form this life, give kind admittance to your kingdom. There we hope to enjoy for ever the fullness of your glory through Christ our Lord, through whom you bestow on the world all that is good.
Through him, and with him, and in him, O God, almighty Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honour is yours. For ever and ever.
The people acclaim: Amen.

THE COMMUNION RITE                                            
The Priest invites all to join in the Lord’s Prayer:
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.

The Priest continues alone:
Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil, graciously grant peace in our days, that, by the help of your mercy, we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress, as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
For the kingdom,
the power and the glory are yours
now and forever.

The Priest
Lord Jesus Christ, who said to your Apostles, peace I leave you, my peace I give you, look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church, and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will. Who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.
The peace of the Lord be with you always.
And with your spirit.
The Deacon, or the Priest adds:
Let us offer each other the sign of peace.
The Priest takes the host and breaks it.

Meanwhile the people say or sing:
Lamb of God
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
grant us peace.                                                  
Kneel

The Priest shows the host to the people and says:
Behold the Lamb of God,
Behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the support of the Lamb.
Lord, I am not worthy
that you should enter under my roof
but only say the word
and my soul shall be healed.

The Priest or other minister says to each communicant:
The Body [Blood] of Christ.
Each communicant answers: Amen

THE COMMUNION ANTIPHON
Since you are children of God, God has sent into your hears the Spirit of his Son, the Spirit who cries out: Abba, Father.

COMMUNION HYMN:
Bread of life, Truth eternal,
Broken now to set us free,
The risen Christ, his saving power,
Is here in bread and wine for me.

Lord, I know I am not worthy to receive you.
You speak the words and I am healed,
Here at your table, loves mystery,
One bread, one cup, one family.

Lord, by your cross you reconciled us to the Father,
We have only to believe.
Your sacrifice, our victory
Now by your blood we are redeemed.

Lord, you gave your people manna in the desert.
Still you fulfil our every need.
Lord when we hunger, Lord, when we thirst,
We come to you and we receive the

Bread of life, Truth eternal,
Broken now to set us free,
The risen Christ, his saving power,
Is here in bread and wine for me

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION 
May receiving this Sacrament, O Lord our God, bring us health of body and soul, as we confess your eternal holy Trinity and undivided Unity.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen

THE CONCLUDING RITES
Announcements may be made.
Then:
Priest:The Lord be with you.
All:And with your spirit.

May almighty God bless you,
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Then the Deacon, or the Priest, says:
Go forth, the Mass is ended.
Or
Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord. 
Or

Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.                                    
Or
Go in peace
Thanks be to God.

Recessional Hymn:
Purify my heart,
Let me be as gold and precious silver.
Purify my heart,
Let me be as gold, pure gold.
Refiner's fire,
My heart's one desire
Is to be... holy;
Set apart for You, Lord.
I choose to be... holy;
Set apart for You, my Master,
Ready to do Your will.
Purify my heart,
Cleanse me from within
And make me holy.
Purify my heart,
Cleanse me from my sin, deep within.
Refiner's fire,
My heart's one desire
Is to be... holy;
Set apart for You, Lord.
I choose to be... holy;
Set…
Refiner's fire,
My heart's one desire
Is to be... holy;
Set apart for You, Lord.
I choose to be... holy;
Set apart for You, my Master,
Ready to do Your will.
Refiner's fire,
My heart's one desire
Is to be... holy;
Set apart for You, Lord.
I choose to be... holy;
Set apart for You, my Master,
Ready to do Your will.

QUOTATION FROM POPE FRANCIS:
“The Church is feminine because it is ‘’church’ and ‘bride’.  She is also mother; she gives life.  Bride and Mother.  The Fathers of the Church go further and say that even your soul is the bride of Christ and mother. And it is with this attitude that comes from Mary, who is Mother of the Church,  with this attitude we can understand this feminine dimension of the Church, which, when it is not there, the Church loses its identity and becomes a charitable organization or a football team, or whatever, but not the Church.......
A Church that is mother goes along the path of tenderness.  It knows the language of caresses, of silence, of the gaze that knows compassion.  This way of being a member of the Church, knowing that he or she is a mother and must go along the same path: a person who is gentle, tender, smiling, full of love.”.

THIS WEEK’S FEASTS:
Tuesday 9th June: St. Columba:  Born in Donegal about 520 and went into the Church at anearlt age.  He reluctantly left Ireland (as an exile for Christ) and founded a community on Iona from where he converted much of Western Scotland.  His followers carried the Gospel to much of northern England.
Thursday 11th June: St Barnabas (Apostle) was born in Cyprus, became a companion of St Paul in his missionary journeys before returning to Cyprus to preach the Gospel there
Saturday 13th June: St Anthony of Padua.   An Augustinian canon who became a Franciscan working in Italy. A great preacher and theologian

150 Years old this week!   
“On Sunday 4th June 1870, the present church of Our Lady and St. Patrick’s was opened for the first time for divine service. At 11am the clergy and people assembled at the old chapel (just next door) and walked in procession to the new church. Solemn High Mass was sung and, during the singing of the Gloria, the statue of Mary, the mother of the world’s Redeemer, was unveiled. The formal opening of the church was actually later in the year, on August 20th. Then, the Rt. Rev. Doctor Turner, Bishop of Salford, formally dedicated the church in the name of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Patrick. The music of the Mass, Haydn’s Imperial No. 3, was performed by the full choir (how times have changed!). Don’t forget that you can access the history of this church on the Parish website (Faith of our Fathers and Faith of our Fathers II). The Bishop was due to be celebrating the Mass with us this Sunday to mark the Jubilee, but the Corona Virus has put a stop to that! We’ll have to ask him to come later in the year when, hopefully, we will be able to be together again in church.

Other anniversaries this week!
I’m afraid that not having Setu (one of our altar servers) to inform me of the birthdays of many of our parishioners, I’m restricted to the ones I know; This week, on 11th June it’s Peter Hilton’s birthday and it also happens to be mine on the same day. Then, on 12th June, it’s Bishop John Arnold’s birthday and the 44th anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood!

OPENING THE CHURCH FOR PRIVATE PRAYER:
We are still hoping to open the church for private prayer when we are cleared to do so by the Diocese.  However, we still need more volunteers, who will work in pairs gently to encourage social distancing and to carry out the required sanitising of surfaces e.g. door handles and benches touched by visiting people.  So far, we have received twelve names of people willing to help, which means that we will only be able to open for about an hour each day, Monday to Saturday.  We were hoping to open longer, but to do so we need more volunteers.  If you can help, please contact Fr. Phil – contact details on front of the newsletter.

SMILE AWHILE:
A little boy opened the big and old family Bible with fascination, and looked at the old pages as he turned them. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible, and he picked it up and looked at it closely. It was an old leaf from a tree that had been pressed between the pages.  Mummy he cried, “Look what I’ve found”  “What have you got there” she asked.  With astonishment in his voice, the boy replied, “I’m not one hundred percent certain, but I think it’s Adam’s suit!” 
What excuse did Adam give his children for no longer living in Eden?
“Your mother ate us out of house and home!”

NEW WINDOW UPDATE:
Progress with the stained-glass window to mark our coming together as different communities:

new windownew window

It had been hoped that we would have had the windows installed by now, but I suppose we will have to blame Covid-19 for the delay. However, as you can see, work is progressing. Yes, you have to use your imagination at this stage, but the basics are there.

“Stay With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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PENTECOST   SUNDAY (YEAR A)
WEEK: MAY  31ST  - JUNE 6TH  2020

PENTECOST   SUNDAY   (YEAR A)

Come O Holy Spirit!

cross

YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners andfriends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK :Sr. Catherine; Vivien Higgins; Breda Barret; Margaret Lawless;  Lesley  Hayes;     Emma  Golden;   Michael  Guilfoyle; Martha McGlade;,  Joseph Mellor, Dominic Boardman, Veera Howells, John Bahyra; Ann Wilson Kath Green, Paul Carrol
LATELYDEAD: Alice Lees; George Greenwood; Katarina Bugalova, Paul Legowski; Beatrice Corless (Mona), Clifford Owen
ANNIVERSARIES: Frank Winterbottom;  Frank Wisniewski (Sr.);  Martin Lucas;  Rita Higham;  Michael and Catherine McGladdery;  Eileen Lomas;  Stella Paterson; 
Bessie Beswick.

THANKSGIVINGS: COLLECTION:   Envelopes: £175.00

DONATIONS  /COLLECTIONS: many thanks for the following donations:
CAFOD: £50.00  £5.00; ;Foodbank:£10.00 £5.00; Conerstone: £10; Parish Funds £120.00 (in remembrance of Alice Lees)
Many thanks for your kind generosity.

Cheque Payment:  Please note ALL cheque payments for offertory / donations to the parish or any charities eg. CAFOD, should be made out to ‘Our Lady and St. Patrick’s Parish’, not to Fr. Phil, unless they are meant to be a personal gift.  Many thanks

THE JERUSALEM MASS SHEET
PENTECOST SUNDAY (A) 31ST MAY 2020

THE INTRODUCTORY RITES

Entrance Hymn:               

VENI, Creator Spiritus,
mentes tuorum visita,
imple superna gratia
quae tu creasti pectora.

COME, Holy Spirit, Creator blest,
and in our souls take up Thy rest;
come with Thy grace and heavenly aid
to fill the hearts which Thou hast made.

Qui diceris Paraclitus,
altissimi donum Dei,
fons vivus, ignis, caritas,
et spiritalis unctio.

O comforter, to Thee we cry,
O heavenly gift of God Most High,
O fount of life and fire of love,
and sweet anointing from above.

Tu, septiformis munere,
digitus paternae dexterae,
Tu rite promissum Patris,
sermone ditans guttura.

Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts are known;
Thou, finger of God's hand we own;
Thou, promise of the Father, Thou
Who dost the tongue with power imbue.

Accende lumen sensibus:
infunde amorem cordibus:
infirma nostri corporis
virtute firmans perpeti.

Kindle our sense from above,
and make our hearts o'erflow with love;
with patience firm and virtue high
the weakness of our flesh supply.

Hostem repellas longius,
pacemque dones protinus:
ductore sic te praevio
vitemus omne noxium.

Far from us drive the foe we dread,
and grant us Thy peace instead;
so shall we not, with Thee for guide,
turn from the path of life aside.

Per te sciamus da Patrem,
noscamus atque Filium;
Teque utriusque Spiritum
credamus omni tempore.

Oh, may Thy grace on us bestow
the Father and the Son to know;
and Thee, through endless times confessed,
of both the eternal Spirit blest.

Deo Patri sit gloria,
et Filio, qui a mortuis
surrexit, ac Paraclito,
in saeculorum saecula.
Amen.

Now to the Father and the Son,
Who rose from death, be glory given,
with Thou, O Holy Comforter,
henceforth by all in earth and heaven.
Amen.

All make the Sign of the Cross as the Priest says:
In the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.        Amen.
The Priest greets everyone present.
The people respond:And with your spirit.
The Mass of the day may be introduced.

Penitential Act
The Priest invites the people to repentance using one of the Penitential Acts.

Lord Jesus, you have revealed yourself as the way to the Father:
Lord, have mercy.                                                                               Lord, have mercy.
You have poured out on your people the Spirit of truth:
Christ, have mercy.                                                                             Christ, have mercy.
You are the Good Shepherd, leading us to eternal life:
Lord, have mercy                                                                                Lord, have mercy.
The Priest says the absolution. All reply:Amen.

Kyrie
Nzambe yokela biso mawa                            
Yokela biso mawa                                         
Yokela biso mawa a a tozalikolela.

Christo yokela biso mawa
Yokela biso mawa
Yokela biso mawa a a tozalikolela.

Gloria
Alleluia kembo, kembo (x2)                                                  
O kembo, kembo                                                                    
Kembo alleluia                                                                       

1) Kembo na tata sadisi na beto kembo alleluia.                   
2) Kembo na muana sadisi na beta kembo alleluia.               

3) Kembo na mpeve santisi na beto kembo alleluia.

The Collect
O God, who by the mystery of today’s great feast sanctify your whole Church in every people and nation, pour out, we pray, the gifts of the Holy Spirit across the face of the earth and, with the divine grace that was at work when the Gospel was first proclaimed, fill now once more the hearts of believers. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Amen                                                                                                 

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD
First Reading
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles
2:1-11
When Pentecost day came round, the apostles had all met in one room, when suddenly they heard what sounded like a powerful wind from heaven, the noise of which filled the entire house in which they were sitting and something appeared to them that seemed like tongues of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, an began to speak foreign languages as the Spirit gave them gift of speech.
Now there were devout men living in Jerusalem from every nation under heaven, and at this sound they all assembled, each one bewildered to hear these men speaking his own language. They were amazed and astonished. ‘Surely’ they said ‘all these men speaking are Galileans? How does it happen that each of us hears them in his own native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; people from Mesopotamia, Judaea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phyrgia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Lybia round Cyrene; as well as visitors from Rome – Jews and proselytes alike – Cretans and Arabs; we hear them preaching in our own language about the marvels of God.’

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Psalm                                                                                                  Ps 103:1.24 29-31. 34. R.cf v30
Send forth your Spirit, O Lord
And renew the face of the earth.

Bless the Lord, my soul!
Lord God, how great you are.
How many are your works, O Lord!
The earth is full of your riches. (R)

You take back your spirit, they die,
Returning to the dust from which they came.
You send forth your spirit, they are created;
And you renew the face of the earth. (R)

May the glory of the Lord last for ever!
May the Lord rejoice in his works!
May the thoughts be pleasing to him.
I find my joy in the Lord. (R)

Second Reading
A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians
12:3-7. 12-13
No one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord’ unless he is under the influence of the Holy Spirit.
There is a variety of gifts but always the same Spirit; there are all sorts of service to be done but always to the same Lord; working in all sorts of different ways in different people, it is the same God who is working in all of them. The particular way in which the Spirit is given to each person is for a good purpose.
Just as a human body, though it is made up of many parts, is a single unit because all these parts, though many, make one body, so it is with Christ. In the one Spirit we were all baptised, Jews as well as Greeks, slaves as well as citizens, and one Spirit was given to us all to drink.

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Sequence
Holy Spirit, Lord of llight,
From the clear celestial height
Thy pure beaming radiance give.

Come, thou Father of the poor,
Come with treasures which endure;
Coe, thou light of all that live!

Thou, of all consolers best,
Thou, the soul’s delighful guest,
Dost refreshing peace bestow;

Though in toil art comfort sweet;
Pleasant coolness in the heat;
Solace in the midst of woe.

Light immortal, light divine,
Visit thoug these hearts of thine,
And our inmost being fill:

If thou take thy grace away,
Nothing pure in man will stay;
All his good is turned to ill.

Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness pour thy dew;
Wash the stains of guilt away:

Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guides the steps that go astray.

Thou, on us who evermore
Thee confess and thee adore,
With thy sevenfold gifts descend:

Give us comfort when we die;
Give us life with thee on high;

Give us joys that never end.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluya, alleluya, alleluya, alleluya (x2)

1) Mimi nasikiya ee                                       
Sauti ya Bwana ee ndani mwangu. (x2)    

2) Mafundisho ya Bwana                              
Inaleta uzima ee ndani mwangu. (x2)

Gospel
The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John.
Glory to you, O Lord.

‘In the evening of the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you,’ and showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord, and he said to them again, ‘Peace be with you.
‘As the Father sent me,
so am I sending you.’
After saying this he breathed on them and said:
‘Receive the Holy Spirit.
For those whose sins you forgive,
they are forgiven;
for those whose sin you retain,
they are retained.’

The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

The Homily                         

The Nicene Creed                                                                                                       Stand
I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God of God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten not made, consubstantial with the Father, through him all things were made: For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, (all bow) and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man: For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death, and was buried and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven, and is seated on the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and His kingdom shall have no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, Giver of life, Who proceeds from the Father and the Son: Who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, Who has spoken through the prophets. I believe in one holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead and life of the world to come. Amen

The Prayer of the Faithful
Response example: Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

After the concluding prayer all say: Amen.  

THE LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST           
The offerings are brought to the altar. A hymn may be sung. If the Priest says the two prayers of offering aloud the response both times is:
Blessed be God for ever.

The people rise as the Priest says:
Pray, brethren (brother and sisters), that my sacrifice and your may be acceptable to almighty Father.

The people reply:
May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his holy Church.

PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS
Grant, we pray, O Lord, that, as promised by your Son, the Holy Spirit may reveal to us more abundantly the hidden mystery of this sacrifice and graciously lead us into all truth.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYER
The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.
 
Lift up your hearts.
We left them up the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right and just.

Preface: Mystery of Pentecost
It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God.
For, bringing your Paschal Mystery to completion, you bestowed the Holy Spirit today on those you made your adopted children by uniting them to your Only Begotten Son. This same Spirit, as the Church came to birth, opened to all peoples the knowledge of God and brought together the many languages of the earth in profession of the one faith.
Therefore, overcome with paschal joy, every land, every people exults in your praise and even the heavenly Powers, with the angelic hosts, sing together the unending hymn of your glory, as they acclaim:

Sanctus
Nso
Nso Nso Nso Nso Nso
Oseburuwa chineke nki’igwe ndi agha a a,
Nso
Ebube gi juputara n’eligwe n’ala a
Hosanna (x4) n’elu kasi elu.
Odi Ngozi bu o-nye biara a
Nso
N’aha Onyenweanyi – Onyenweanyi

Kneel

EUCHARISTIC PRAYER II
(The Priest may use a different Eucharistic Prayer.)
You are indeed Holy, O Lord, the fount of all holiness
Make holy, therefore, these gifts, we pray, by sending down your spirits upon them like the dewfall, so that they may become for us the Body and Blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ. At the time he was betrayed and entered willingly into his Passion, he took bread and, giving thanks, broke it, and have it to his disciples, saying:
TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND EAT OF IT,
FOR THIS IS MY BODY,
WHICH WILL BE GIVEN UP FOR YOU.

In a similar way when supper was ended, he took the chalice and, once more giving thanks, he gave it to his disciples, saying:
TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND DRINK FROM IT,
FOR THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD,
THE BLOOD OF THE NEW AND ETERNAL COVENANT,
WHICH WILL BE POURED OUT FOR YOU AND FOR MANY
FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS.
DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME.

The mystery of faith.
The people continue, acclaiming:

When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup,
We proclaim your Death, O Lord,
Until you come again.

Therefore, as we celebrate the memorial of his Death and Resurrection, we offer you, Lord, the Bread of life and the Chalice of salvation, giving thanks that you have held us worthy to be in your presence and minister to you. Humbly we pray that, partaking of the Body and the Blood of Christ, we may be gathered into one by the Holy Spirit.

Remember, Lord, your Church, spread throughout the world, and bring her to the fullness of charity, together with N. our Pope and N. our Bishop and all the clergy.

Remember also our brothers and sisters who have fallen asleep in the hope of the resurrection, and all who have died in your mercy: welcome them into the light of your face. Have mercy on us all, we pray, that with the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with blessed Joseph, her Spouse, with the blessed Apostles, and all the Saints who have pleased you throughout the ages, we may merit to be coheirs to eternal life, and may praise and glorify you through your Son, Jesus Christ.

Through him, and with and in him,
O God, almighty Father,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory and honour is yours,
for ever and ever.
The people acclaim: Amen.

THE COMMUNION RITE                                            
The Priest invites all to join in the Lord’s Prayer:
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.

The Priest continues alone:
Deliver us, Lord, we pray …
For the kingdom,
the power and the glory are yours
now and forever.
Amen.

The Priest
Lord Jesus Christ … for ever and ever. Amen.
The peace of the Lord be with you always.
And with your spirit.
The Deacon, or the Priest adds:
Let us offer each other the sign of peace.
The Priest takes the host and breaks it.

Meanwhile the people say or sing:
Lamb of God

1st voice:          Meme masumu ma nsti (x2)
Eh kimeme ya kekatula masumu ma nsti (x2)
Tenor:              Tina beto
Everyone:        Nkenda a a a a a
Nkenda o o o o o
Nkenda
Bass:   1) Kimem’a ndzambi fuila nkenda
            2) Kimem’a ndzambi pesa ngemba

The Priest shows the host to the people and says:
Behold the Lamb of God,
Behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the support of the Lamb.
Lord, I am not worthy
that you should enter under my roof
but only say the word
and my soul shall be healed.

The Priest or other minister says to each communicant:
The Body [Blood] of Christ.
Each communicant answers: Amen

THE COMMUNION ANTIPHON
Acts 2:4, 11
Father, I pray that they may be one
as we also are one, alleluia.

COMMUNION HYMN:

Yalitchue yo yo yalitchue
Yalitchue yo yo yalitchue

Soloist:         O yalitchue e e kula tarame
Choir:           Yo yo yo yalitchue e
Soloist:         Yeliye yeliye e
Choir:           Kula tar me e e

2nd ref:         Mandzo malo yo yo mandzo malo
                     Mandzo malo yo yo mandzo malo

3rd ref:          Barunie e yo yo barunie
                      Barunie e yo yo barunie

 

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION 
O God, who bestow heavenly gifts upon your Church, safeguard, we pray, the grace you have given, that the gift of the Holy Spirit poured out upon her may retain all its force and that this spiritual food may gain her abundance of eternal redemption. Through Christ our Lord.
Amen

THE CONCLUDING RITES
Announcements may be made.
Then:
Priest:The Lord be with you.
All:And with your spirit.

May almighty God bless you,
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Then the Deacon, or the Priest, says:
Go forth, the Mass is ended.
Or
Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord. 
Or

Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.                                    
Or
Go in peace
Thanks be to God, alleluia, alleluia.

Recessional Hymn:

Lord, the light of your love is shining
In the midst of the darkness, shining
Jesus, Light of the world, shine upon us
Set us free by the truth you now bring us
Shine on me, shine on me

Shine, Jesus, shine
Fill this land with the Father's glory
Blaze, Spirit, blaze
Set our hearts on fire
Flow, river, flow
Flood the nations with grace and mercy
Send forth your word
Lord, and let there be light

Lord, I come to your awesome presence
From the shadows into your radiance
By the blood I may enter your brightness
Search me, try me, consume all my darkness
Shine on me, shine on me

Shine, Jesus, shine…

As we gaze on your kingly brightness,
So our faces display your likeness,
Ever changing from glory to glory;
Mirrored here may our lives tell your story.
Shine on me, shine on me.

Shine, Jesus shine

 

QUOTATION FROM POPE FRANCIS:
“Each of us can say: there is a place for me. We do not live aimlessly and without destination. We are awaited. We are precious. God is in love with us, we are his children. And he has prepared for us the most worthy and beautiful place: Paradise. Let us not forget this: the dwelling place that awaits us is Paradise. We are in transit here. We are made for Heaven, for eternal life, to live forever. Forever: it is something we cannot even imagine now. But it is even more beautiful to think that this forever will be entirely in joy, in full communion with God and with others, without any more tears, without resentment, without division or turmoil.”

‘LAUDATO SI’: This month marks the fifth anniversary of  ‘Laudato si’,Pope Francis’ great encyclical on the environment.  The Vatican is planning a special Laudato si Anniversary Year with a year- long series of initatives dedicated to the safeguarding and care of the Earth.  As Pope Francis reminds us, “All of us can co-operate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements and talents.”  What can YOU do?

SMILE A WHILE:
What time of day was Adam created?   A little before Eve!
What kind of man was Boaz, before he married Ruth ?     Ruthless!
What did Adam say the day before Christmas?    It’s Christmas Eve!

Opening of the Church for private prayer.
We still hope to be able to open the church for private prayer in the near future (when we are cleared to do so by the Diocese). But, we need many more volunteers, who will work in pairs to ensure that surfaces are cleaned after anyone has been into the church and gently to encourage those praying to keep the required distance between themselves and others. So far, I have had about ten people; this, at half an hour a time, would only enable us to open up half an hour each day (during the week) and an hour on Saturday.

Oldham Council Press Release - Friday 29th May. Military-run coronavirus testing unit in Oldham Town centre from Sunday 
A Mobile Testing Unit staffed by the army will be visiting Oldham next week to provide testing for COVID-19 for local residents (adults and children over 5 years) and keyworkers.  
The Unit will be at the Old Leisure Centre Car Park, on Rock Street, in the Town Centre for 3 days, from Sunday 31st May to Tuesday 2nd June.  
Testing will be by pre-booked appointment only and people can arrive either by car or by foot and are advised to follow the national social distancing guidelines.
 Residents wishing to book at test will be able to make an appointment through the national booking website (the NHS testing site) from the evening of Saturday 30th May. 
Employers of keyworkers can also book tests for their staff at this site, by referring staff through the national employer booking portal. Employers need to register via e-mail (portalservicedesk@dhsc.gov.uk) at the Coronavirus testing guidance site to be able to refer their employees.

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
Wednesday, 3rd June: St. Charles Lwanga and Companions.  Charles and 21 others all under the age of 25 were martyred by burning or beheading under a persecution of Christians of all denominations by the deviant King Mwanga of Uganda in 1885/7.
Thursday, 4th June: Feast Our Lord Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest. A new feast day instituted by Pope Francis last year.
Friday 5th June:  St Boniface.  An Englishman, born in Devon who evangelized the Germanic peoples.  He was martyred in the Netherlands in 754.
Saturday 6th June.  St Norbert.  Born in Germany, and after a religious experience became a priest and formed a religious community, known as the Premonstratensian (or Norbertine) Order of preachers.

“Stay With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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7TH SUNDAY OF EASTER (YEAR A)
WEEK: MAY  24TH  - MAY 30TH  2020

7th SUNDAY OF EASTER (YEAR A)

Now, Father, is the time for you to glorify me with that glory I had with you before the world was.

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners andfriends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Sr. Catherine; Vivien  Higgins;  Breda  Barret; Margaret  Lawless;   Lesley  Hayes;     Emma  Golden;   Michael  Guilfoyle; Martha McGlade; Veronica Sobieralski,  , Joseph Mellor, Veera Howells, John Bahyra; Ann Wilson; Dominic Boardman.
LATELY DEAD: Roy Eaton, Jordan Lees; Rose Dawson; Kathleen Mills, Kathleen Mayres, Doreen Whitehead, Dr, Catherine McGrother; Doreen Lesyk; George Greenwood; Fred Lees; Elizabeth Ann (Alice) Lees, Clifford Owen
ANNIVERSARIES:Stirling Smith;  Rosemary Atkins;  Kenneth John Chorley;  Frank Winterbottom;  Hilda Kilroy, Rita Higham, Eileen Lomas, Stella Paterson, Martin Lucas

THANKSGIVINGS: COLLECTION:   Envelopes: £105.00
DONATIONS  /COLLECTIONS: many thanks for the following donations:
CAFOD: £20.00  £5.00; ;Foodbank: £20.00 £10.00 £5.00; Cornerstone: £20; Parish Funds £20
Many thanks for your kind generosity.

Cheque Payment:  Please note ALL cheque payments for offertory / donations to the parish or any charities eg. CAFOD, should be made out to ‘Our Lady and St. Patrick’s Parish’, not to Fr. Phil, unless they are meant to be a personal gift.  Many thanks

THE JERUSALEM MASS SHEET
7TH SUNDAY OF EASTER (A) 24TH MAY 2020

THE INTRODUCTORY RITES

Entrance Hymn:                  

Hail the day that sees him rise, Alleluia!
to his throne beyond the skies. Alleluia!
Christ, the Lamb for sinners given, Alleluia!
enters now the highest heaven. Alleluia!

There for him high triumph waits; Alleluia!
lift your heads, eternal gates. Alleluia!
He has conquered death and sin; Alleluia!
take the King of glory in. Alleluia!

There we shall with you remain, Alleluia!
partners of your endless reign, Alleluia!
see you with unclouded view, Alleluia!
find our heaven of heavens in you. Alleluia!

Cf. Ps 26:7-9
O Lord, hear my voice, for I have called to you;
of you my heart has spoken: Seek his face;
hide not your face from me, alleluia.

All make the Sign of the Cross as the Priest says:
In the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.        Amen.
The Priest greets everyone present.
The people respond:And with your spirit.
The Mass of the day may be introduced.

Penitential Act
The Priest invites the people to repentance using one of the Penitential Acts.

Lord Jesus, you were llifted up to draw all people to yourself:
Lord, have mercy.                                                                               Lord, have mercy.
You shouldered the cross, the bear our suffering and sinfulness:
Christ, have mercy.                                                                             Christ, have mercy.
You open for your people the war from death into life:
Lord, have mercy                                                                                Lord, have mercy.
The Priest says the absolution. All reply:Amen.

Kyrie
Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison. Lord have mercy, have mercy on me.

Gloria
Glory to God! Our hearts to you we raise!
Joy and peace on earth, in highest heaven praise!
Songs of adoration, Lord to you we bring,
praising your great goodness, Father heavenly King.
Glory to God! Our hearts to you we raise!
Joy and peace on earth, in highest heaven praise.

Son of the Father, bearing this world’s sin,
Lamb of God have mercy, grant us peace within.
You, O Christ, are holy, you alone are Lord
With the Holy Spirit, evermore adored.

The Collect
Graciously hear our supplications, O Lord, so that we, who believe that the Saviour of the human reace is with you in your glory, may experience, as he promised, until the end of the world, his abiding presence among us. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Amen                                                                                                 

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD
First Reading
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles
1:12-14
After Jesus was taken up into heaven, the apostles went back from the Mount of Olives, as it is called, to Jerusalem, a short distance away, no more than a sabbath walk; and then they reached the city they went in to the upper room where they were staying; there were Peter and John, James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James and Alpaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Jude son of James. All these joined in continuous prayer, together with several women, including Mary, the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Psalm                                                                                                  Ps 26:1.4.7-8. R.v13
The Lord is my redeemer,
He is my light and salvation.

The Lord is my light and my help;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
before whom shall I shrink? (R)

There is one thing I ask of the Lord,
for this I long,
to live in the house of the Lord,
all the days of my life. (R)

O Lord, hear my voice when I call;
have mercy and answer.
Of you my heart has spoken;
‘Seek his face.’ (R)

Second Reading
A reading from the first letter of St Peter.
4:13-16
If you can have some share in the sufferings of Christ, be glad, because you will enjoy a much greater gladness when his glory is revealed. It is a blessing for you when they insult you for bearing the name of Christ, because it means that you have the Spirit of glory, the Spirit of God resting on you. None of you should ever deserve to suffer for being a murderer, a thief, a criminal or an informer; but if anyone of you should suffer for being a Christian, then he is not to be ashamed of it; he should thank God that he has been called one.

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia!
I will not leave you orphans, says the Lord; I will come back to you and your hearts will be full of joy.
Alleluia!

Gospel
The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John.
Glory to you, O Lord.

Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said:
‘Father, the hour has come: glorify your Son so that your Son may glorify you; and, through the power over all mankind that you have given him, let him give eternal life to all those you have entrusted to him. And eternal life is this: to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I have glorified you on earth and finished the work that you gave me to do. Now, Father, it is time for you to glorify me with that glory I had with you before ever the world was. I have made your name known to the men you took from the world to give me, and they have kept your word. Now at least they know that all you have given me comes indeed from you; for I have given them the teaching you gave to me, and they have truly accepted this, that I came from you, and have believed that it was you who sent me. I pray for them: I am not praying for the world but for those you have given me, because they belong to you: all I have is yours and you have is mine, and in them I am glorified. I am not in the world any longer, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you.

The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

The Homily                         

The Nicene Creed                                                                                                       Stand
I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God of God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten not made, consubstantial with the Father, through him all things were made: For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, (all bow) and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man: For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death, and was buried and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven, and is seated on the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and His kingdom shall have no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, Giver of life, Who proceeds from the Father and the Son: Who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, Who has spoken through the prophets. I believe in one holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead and life of the world to come. Amen

The Prayer of the Faithful
Response example: Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

After the concluding prayer all say: Amen.  

THE LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST           
The offerings are brought to the altar. A hymn may be sung. If the Priest says the two prayers of offering aloud the response both times is:
Blessed be God for ever.

The people rise as the Priest says:
Pray, brethren (brother and sisters), that my sacrifice and your may be acceptable to almighty Father.

The people reply:
May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his holy Church.

PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS
Accept, O Lord, the prayers of your faithful with the sacrificial offerings, that through these acts of devotedness we may pass over to the glory of heaven. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYER
The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.
 
Lift up your hearts.
We left them up the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right and just.

PREFACE II of Easter
New life in Christ
It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, at all times to acclaim you, o Lord but in this time above all to laud you yet more gloriously, when Christ our Passover has been sacrificed.
Through him the children of light rise to eternal life and the halls of the heavenly Kingdom are thrown open to the faithful; for his Death is our ransom from death, and in his rising the life of all has risen.
Therefore, overcome with paschal joy, every land, every people exults in your praise and even the heavenly Powers, with the angelic hosts, sing together the unending hymn of your glory, as they acclaim:

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord, Holy is the Lord God almighty!
Who was and is and is to come; Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord.
Blessed, blessed, blest is he who comes,
blest is he who comes in the Lord’s name.
Hosanna in the heights of heaven. Blessed, blessed, blessed is the Lord

EUCHARISTIC PRAYER II
(The Priest may use a different Eucharistic Prayer.)
You are indeed Holy, O Lord, the fount of all holiness
Make holy, therefore, these gifts, we pray, by sending down your spirits upon them like the dewfall, so that they may become for us the Body and Blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ. At the time he was betrayed and entered willingly into his Passion, he took bread and, giving thanks, broke it, and have it to his disciples, saying:
TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND EAT OF IT,
FOR THIS IS MY BODY,
WHICH WILL BE GIVEN UP FOR YOU.

In a similar way when supper was ended, he took the chalice and, once more giving thanks, he gave it to his disciples, saying:
TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND DRINK FROM IT,
FOR THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD,
THE BLOOD OF THE NEW AND ETERNAL COVENANT,
WHICH WILL BE POURED OUT FOR YOU AND FOR MANY
FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS.
DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME.

The mystery of faith.
The people continue, acclaiming:

When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup,
We proclaim your Death, O Lord,
Until you come again.

Therefore, as we celebrate the memorial of his Death and Resurrection, we offer you, Lord, the Bread of life and the Chalice of salvation, giving thanks that you have held us worthy to be in your presence and minister to you. Humbly we pray that, partaking of the Body and the Blood of Christ, we may be gathered into one by the Holy Spirit.

Remember, Lord, your Church, spread throughout the world, and bring her to the fullness of charity, together with N. our Pope and N. our Bishop and all the clergy.

Remember also our brothers and sisters who have fallen asleep in the hope of the resurrection, and all who have died in your mercy: welcome them into the light of your face. Have mercy on us all, we pray, that with the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with blessed Joseph, her Spouse, with the blessed Apostles, and all the Saints who have pleased you throughout the ages, we may merit to be coheirs to eternal life, and may praise and glorify you through your Son, Jesus Christ.

Through him, and with and in him,
O God, almighty Father,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory and honour is yours,
for ever and ever.
The people acclaim: Amen.

THE COMMUNION RITE                                            
The Priest invites all to join in the Lord’s Prayer:
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.

The Priest continues alone:
Deliver us, Lord, we pray …
For the kingdom,
the power and the glory are yours
now and forever.
Amen.

The Priest
Lord Jesus Christ, …Amen.
The peace of the Lord be with you always.
And with your spirit.
The Deacon, or the Priest adds:
Let us offer each other the sign of peace.
The Priest takes the host and breaks it.

Meanwhile the people say or sing:
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
grant us peace.                                                                                              

The Priest shows the host to the people and says:
Behold the Lamb of God,
Behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the support of the Lamb.
Lord, I am not worthy
that you should enter under my roof
but only say the word
and my soul shall be healed.

The Priest or other minister says to each communicant:
The Body [Blood] of Christ.
Each communicant answers: Amen

THE COMMUNION ANTIPHON
Jn 17:22
Father, I pray that they may be one
as we also are one, alleluia.

COMMUNION HYMN:

Father the hour has come for me to glorify your name,
I have made you known to all within my care
brought life to those you call your own
Brought love to those you call your own.

Father may they be one, Father may they all be one in us,
I will live in them as you live in me,
Through love the world will believe, through love the world will see.

Father I pray for those you gave me to be with me where I am,
That they may always know the glory that you gave me
because you loved me forever,
Because your love is for ever

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION 
Hear us, O God our Saviour,
and grant us confidence,
that through these sacred mysteries
there will be accomplished in the body of the whole Church
what has already come to pass in Christ her Head.
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
Amen

THE CONCLUDING RITES
Announcements may be made.
Then:
Priest:The Lord be with you.
All:And with your spirit.

May almighty God bless you,
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Then the Deaco, or the Priest, says:
Go forth, the Mass is ended.
Or
Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord. 
Or

Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.                                    
Or
Go in peace
Thanks be to God.

Recessional Hymn:

I the Lord of sea and sky, I have heard my people cry,
All who dwell in dark and sin my hand will save.
I who made the stars of night, I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear my light to them? Whom shall I send?

Here I am Lord. Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.

I, the Lord of snow and rain, I have borne my people’s pain.
I have wept for love of them. They turn away.
I will break their hearts of stone, give them hearts for love alone.
I will speak my words to them. Whom shall I send?

I, the Lord of wind and flame, I will tend the poor and lame.
I will set a feast for them. My hand will save.
Finest bread, I will provide till their hearts be satisfied.
I will give my life to them. Whom shall I send?

 

QUOTATION FROM POPE FRANCIS:
Contemplating the face of Christ with the heart of Mary, our mother, will make us even more united as a spiritual family and will help us overcome this time of trial.  You can decide according to your own situations whether to pray individually, in a family group or in other groups. It is easy on the internet to find good models of prayers to follow.

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray from Ascension to Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus.
Since its start in May 2016, God has grown Thy Kingdom Come from a dream of possibility into a movement. In 2019 Christians from 172 countries took part in praying ‘Come Holy Spirit’, so that friends and family, neighbours and colleagues might come to faith in Jesus Christ.  While this year may be different and mostly taken part at home, we can still get involved from home.
Thy Kingdom Come have come up with a few ways that your family and church can get involved.  Inspired by the love and kindness shown by people so far through the coronavirus pandemic, a new strand has been added to this year’s Thy Kingdom Come, which is to put your faith into action and care for those you are praying for. Whether this is a friendly phone call or sharing a book or small gift you think someone may enjoy, you can make a big difference. (see diocesan website for more details)

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
Monday: St Bede the venerable, renowned for the History of the Church in Britain.
He died in735.
Tuesday: St. Philip Neri, who founded a community that would eventually be referred
to as the Oratorians. Died 1595.
Wednesday: St. Augustine of Canterbury. Died in 605

The Post!
Yesterday, a huge bundle of post, from the last three weeks, arrived on my doorstep. So, if some of you have been wondering why I did not mention names in the anniversaries or the sick that you had sent in, this is because the Post Office have been holding on to your correspondence, some of it for as long as three weeks! Any donations sent through the post or directly to the bank have not been included yet in the amounts reported because they came in after the first part of this newsletter had been typed. The Bank statement also arrived in the same post!

Opening of the Church for private prayer.
Several churches across the Diocese have now been selected to be opened for periods during the week for private prayer. St. Patrick’s is one of the churches that has been selected for this purpose. But all must be done under certain restrictions and taking precautions to keep surfaces clean. The number of hours we will be able to leave the church open will depend on the number of volunteers who are prepared to give half an hour of their day to be monitors. We must have two monitors on duty at any time and they would be expected to ensure that surfaces are wiped down after each person has visited for private prayer. If anyone is prepared to be a monitor, please contact me either by telephone, mobile or email, giving me an idea about the time of day you would be available.

“Stay With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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6TH SUNDAY OF EASTER (YEAR A)
WEEK: MAY  17TH  - MAY 23RD  2020

SIXTH    SUNDAY   OF  EASTER (YEAR A)

Jesus said: “I shall ask the Father and he will give you another Advocate.

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners andfriends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Sr. Catherine; Vivien Higgins; Breda Barret; Margaret Lawless;  Lesley  Hayes;  Emma  Golden;   Michael  Guilfoyle; Martha McGlade; Veronica Sobieralski; Joseph Mellor; Veera Howells; John Bahyra; Ann Wilson.
LATELY DEAD: Roy Eaton, Marika Babych, Alice Lees, Frank Norcliffe, Esther Casey, Theresa Ingred Hulme, Michael John Kerling, Paul Lennon; Katherine Holdaway.
ANNIVERSARIES: Stirling Smith

THANKSGIVINGS: For the safe arrival of baby Rosie Mae Ruffle

COLLECTION: Envelopes: £115

DONATIONS /COLLECTIONS: many thanks for the following donations:
CAFOD: £20; Foodbank: £20; Conerstone: £20; Parish Funds £20
Many thanks for your kind generosity.

Cheque Payment:  Please note ALL cheque payments for offertory / donations to the parish or any charities eg. CAFOD, should be made out to ‘Our Lady and St. Patrick’s Parish’, not to Fr. Phil, unless they are meant to be a personal gift.  Many thanks. 

QUOTATION FROM POPE FRANCIS:
“The peace the world gives isolates us from others. It lulls us to sleep, and is temporary and sterile. The peace the Lord gives is lasting, fruitful, contagious. It makes us go out to create community. It is filled with hope because it looks toward Heaven.

RECOGNITION: 
Deputy Head of Blessed John Henry Newman RC College, Mr. Glynn Potts, has been appointed as Deputy Lieutenant, in assisting the Queen’s Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester,, Sir Warren Smith, as her representative of the city region. 
Deputy Lieutenants are asked to support in areas including, honours nominations, suggesting names for Royal Garden Parties, and representing the Queen at citizenship ceremonies.

‘OUR PLAN TO REBUILD: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy’.
The Catholic Bishops responded to this document on May 11th.  The following is an excerpt.
 “In dialogue with the Government, the Catholic Church will continue its engagement… and has already submitted a detailed plan, in full accordance with public health guidelines, for churches to be opened for private prayer.”

There is no date given for when this might take place and with what restrictions.

WORDS FOR TODAY'S MUSIC AT MASS

Entrance Hymn:
Alleluia, sing to Jesus, his, the sceptre, his, the throne;
Alleluia his, the triumph, his, the victory alone:
Hark, the songs of peaceful Sion thunder like a mighty flood:
Jesus, out of every nation, hath redeemed us by his blood.

Alleluia, not as orphans are we left in sorrow now:
Alleluia, he is near us, faith believes nor questions how;
Though the cloud from sight received him when the forty days were o’er,
Shall our hearts forget his promise, “I am with you evermore”.

Alleluia, King eternal, he the Lord of lords we own;
Alleluia, born of Mary, earth his footstool, heav’n his throne;
He within the veil has entered robed in flesh, our great High Priest;

He on earth both priest and victim in the Eucharistic feast.

Kyrie
Lord have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Christ have mercy. Christ have mercy.
Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy on us all.

Gloria (Peruvian):
Glory to God, glory to God, glory to the Father. To him be glory forever. Alleluia, Amen.
Glory to God…Son of the Father.
Glory to God…Glory to the Spirit.

Gospel Acclamation:
Halle, Halle, Halle.

Sanctus
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord, Holy is the Lord God almighty!
Who was and is and is to come; Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord.
Blessed, blessed, blest is he who comes,
blest is he who comes in the Lord’s name.
Hosanna in the heights of heaven. Blessed, blessed, blessed is the Lord.

Communion:
Be still and know I am with you; be still I am the Lord.
I will not leave you orphans. I leave with you my world. Be one!

You fear the light may be fading; you fear to lose your way.
Be still and know I am near you. I’ll lead you to the day, and the sun.

Be glad the day you have sorrow; be glad for then you live.

The stars shine only in darkness, and in your need I give my peace.

Recessional:
Come down O Love Divine, seek thou this soul of mine,
And visit it with thine own ardour glowing.
O comforter draw near, within my heart appear,
and kindle it thy holy flame bestowing.

O let it freely burn, till earthly passions turn to dust and ashes in its heat consuming.
And let thy glorious light, shine ever on my sight
And clothe me round, the while my path illuming.

Let holy charity mine outward vesture be
And lowliness become mine inner clothing.
True lowliness of heart, which takes the humbler part

And, o’er its own shortcomings, weeps with loathing.

“Stay With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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5TH SUNDAY OF EASTER (YEAR A)
WEEK: MAY  10TH  - MAY 16TH  2020

FIFTH    SUNDAY   OF  EASTER (YEAR A)

Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth and the life. No-one can come to the Father, except through me.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Sr. Catherine; Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan; Dominic  Boardman; Sarah  Bell;  Breda  Barret; Margaret  Lawless;   Lesley  Hayes;  Ann  Frost;   Anne  Devlin;   Emma  Golden;   Michael  Guilfoyle; Martha McGlade; , Margaret Mills,  Shirley Stanley, Rosie Barber, Veronica Sobieralski, Darrel Smith, Mildred Winterbottom, Joseph Mellor, Veera Howells, John Bahyra
LATELY DEAD: Frank Norcliffe, Ernie Rowbottom, Kath Mayers, Alfredo Dumalaog, Rose Dawson, Esther Casey, Kathleen Mills, Jordan Lees, Doreen Lesyk (née Hallett), Roy Eaton, Marika Babych, Alice Lees, Fr. Paul Dillon and Fr. Liam Comer
ANNIVERSARIES: Mary Bowden, Catherine Duddy, Michael and Catherine McGladdery

COLLECTION:   Envelopes: £115.00

DONATIONS  /COLLECTIONS: many thanks for the following donations:
CAFOD: £20 ; Foodbank: £20; Conerstone: £20; Parish Funds £20
Many thanks for your kind generosity.

WORDS FOR TODAY'S MUSIC AT MASS

Entrance Hymn:
Lead kindly light, amid the encircling gloom, Lead thou me on;
The night is dark, and I am far from home; Lead thou me on.
Keep thou my feet, I do not ask to see the distant scene; one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that thou shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose and see my path; but now lead thou me on.
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
pride ruled my will: remember not past years.

So long thy power hath blest me, sure it still will lead me on,
O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till the night is gone;
And with the morn those angel faces smile,
which I have loved long since and lost awhile.

Kyrie eleison. Christe eleison. Kyrie eleison.

Gloria:

Eh Gloria, Gloria
Eh Gloria, Gloria
Gloria nkembo ah Gloria
O Likolo nkembo ah Gloria
O nse boboto ah Gloria

1) Kun ‘olikolo o o 
Na ndzambe tata aaa
Azalisi Biso o o o

2) Kun ‘olikolo oo  
Na Ndzambe mwana a a a

Abikisi biso ooo 

3) Kun ‘olikolo o o
N’elimo santu u u u

A santisi biso o o o

 

(Basse) Nkembo
(Basse) Nkembo
(Basse) Nkembo

(Basse) Nkembo
(Basse) Nkembo
(Basse) Nkembo

(Basse) Nkembo
(Basse) Nkembo
(Basse) Nkembo

Gospel Acclamation:
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. Give the glory and the honour to the Lord.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. Give the glory and the honour to the Lord.

Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus Dominus Deus Sabaoth. Pleni sunt caeli et terra gloria tua. Hosanna in excelsis. Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini. Hosanna in excelsis.

STANDING ORDERS:  Many thanks to those people who have decided to pay their Offertory Money by Standing Order.  I will of course be able to still claim Gift Aid on your donation if you have already made a Gift Aid Declaration.  This means that your offering / donation is increased in value by 25%.
Gift Aid, can be claimed on any donation made by someone who pays income tax, provided of course they pay enough tax to cover the claim and have filled in a Declaration Form.  Anyone who would like to make a Gift Aid Declaration please contact Colin by e-mail at colinriley.rjl@gmail.com or phone Fr Phil’s mobile 07976 230 919.
For the benefit of anyone else wishing to make a Standing Order, our Bank Details are:

Our Bank Details are:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank
Account Name: SRCDTR St Mary’s with St Patrick
Sort Code 20 55 34
Account Number 50949825
Reference: St Pats Contributions  

Cheque Payment:  Please note ALL cheque payments for offertory / donations to the parish or any charities eg. CAFOD, should be made out to ‘St. Patrick’s church’, not to Fr. Phil, unless they are meant to be a personal gift.  Many thanks. 

RECENT TWEET FROM POPE FRANCIS
Let us #PrayTogether for all those who are suffering from sadness, because they are alone, do not know what future awaits them, or cannot take care of their family because they have no job. Let us pray for them today.

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS (incorrectly put in last week but correctly put in this week!)
Tuesday - St. Pancras: Suffered martyrdom under Diocletian (c304) and was buried on the Via Aurelia with a basilica over his tomb.  Tradition has it that he was only around 13 years of age at his death.
Thursday -St. Matthias.  He was chosen by the apostles to replace Judas Iscariot, so that the number of apostles should remain at twelve.
Wednesday - Our Lady of Fatima.: (Feast Day)

CAFOD launched a coronavirus emergency appeal on 30 April. The effects of coronavirus on developing countries where CAFOD works are likely to be devastating. Families without enough to eat and without access to clean water and healthcare are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus. The poorest and most marginalised communities will be pushed further into poverty. Your prayers and gifts are needed now more than ever to help protect the lives of those in poor communities. While we are not able to hold physical collections in our church, you can donate as individuals at cafod.org.uk/coronavirusappeal, or post a donation through the door of the presbytery marked “CAFOD”.  

“Stay With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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4TH SUNDAY OF EASTER (YEAR A)
WEEK: MAY  3RD  - MAY 9TH  2020

THIRD   SUNDAY   OF  EASTER (YEAR A)

Jesus said: “I am the gate to the sheepfold.  All others who have come are thieves and brigands ..... Anyone who enters through me will be safe.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners andfriends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Sr. Catherine;Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan; Dominic  Boardman;Sarah  Bell;  Breda  Barret;Roy Eaton;Margaret  Lawless;   Lesley  Hayes;  Ann  Frost;   Anne  Devlin;   Emma  Golden;   Michael  Guilfoyle; Martha McGlade; , Margaret Mills,  Doreen Lesyk,  Shirley Stanley, Rosie Barber, Veronica Sobieralski, Darrel Smith, Mildred Winterbottom
LATELY DEAD: Doreen Alicia Whitehead, Antonietta Zelenczuk; John Stanley,   Bill Ince;  Ernie Davis.. Maureen McCoy; Marie Adams;  Mary Joyce Odams; Marie Terese Hocktor;  Stephen Grimshaw; Anne Marrie McGrail, Teresa Devlin, Frank Norcliffe, Kath Mayers, Alfredo Dumalaog
ANNIVERSARIES: Ellie McDermott; Ann Vause;  Gerry Taylor

COLLECTION:   Envelopes: £40.00

DONATIONS  /COLLECTIONS: many thanks for the following donations:
CAFOD:  £5.00;    Parish Funds: £50.00
Many thanks for your kind generosity.

STANDING ORDERS:  Many thanks to those people who have decided to pay their Offertory Money by Standing Order.  I will of course be able to still claim Gift Aid on your donation if you have already made a Gift Aid Declaration.  This means that your offering / donation is increased in value by 25%.
Gift Aid, can be claimed on any donation made by someone who pays income tax, provided of course they pay enough tax to cover the claim and have filled in a Declaration Form.  Anyone who would like to make a Gift Aid Declaration please contact Colin by e-mail at colinriley.rjl@gmail.com or phone Fr Phil’s mobile 07976 230 919.
For the benefit of anyone else wishing to make a Standing Order, our Bank Details are:

Our Bank Details are:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank
Account Name: SRCDTR St Mary’s with St Patrick
Sort Code 20 55 34
Account Number 50949825
Reference: St Pats Contributions  

Cheque Payment:  Please note ALL cheque payments for offertory / donations to the parish or any charities eg. CAFOD, should be made out to ‘St. Patrick’s church’, not to Fr. Phil, unless they are meant to be a personal gift.  Many thanks. 

QUOTATIONS FROM POPE FRANCIS
If one has the answers to all the questions - that is the proof that God is not with him. It means that he is a false prophet using religion for himself. The great leaders of the people of God, like Moses, have always left room for doubt. You must leave room for the Lord, not for our certainties; we must be humble.

YEAR OF THE WORD:  Acts of the Apostles
Following Peter’s declaration of Salvation in the name of Jesus, the temple authorities arrested Peter and John and several other Nazarenes, as they were known.  The following day they were brought before the Sanhedrin.  The apostles were full of the Holy Spirit and, when they appeared before the Sanhedrin, they continued their proclamation of the Risen Messiah with such eloquence that Annas, the high priest, and his associates were so astounded they could not think how to proceed.  News of the healing of the lame man was everywhere and hundreds, even thousands of ordinary Jews, were joining their cause.  In the end they let the apostles go, with a stern warning not to preach in the name of Jesus again.  This had no effect whatsoever.  
They continued their preaching, and the community grew at an amazing rate.  They were now living a common life, sharing their wealth.  We are given an example: A Cypriot convert, whom the apostles had named Barnabas, donated the proceeds of the sale of a field he owned to the common fund.  Unfortunately, all was not to run smoothly for long. A couple called Ananias and Sapphira tried to cheat the community and, when they were challenged by Peter, they dropped down dead!
The apostles continued their preaching and found themselves in prison again.  St Luke tells us that they were miraculously released during the night by the intervention of an Angel of the Lord.  This could possibly have been an explanation used by Luke to protect a senior officer in the gaol, a convert to ‘the Way’, who had perhaps facilitated the escape. Maybe, however, it could have been an Angel of the Lord!    To be continued.......
THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
Tuesday - St. Pancras: Suffered martyrdom under Diocletian (c304) and was buried on the Via Aurelia with a basilica over his tomb.  Tradition has it that he was only around 13 years of age at his death.
Thursday -St. Matthias.  He was chosen by the apostles to replace Judas Iscariot, so that the number of apostles should remain at twelve.
Wednesday - Our Lady of Fatima.: (Feast Day)

CAFOD launched a coronavirus emergency appeal on 30 April. The effects of coronavirus on developing countries where CAFOD works are likely to be devastating. Families without enough to eat and without access to clean water and healthcare are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus. The poorest and most marginalised communities will be pushed further into poverty. Your prayers and gifts are needed now more than ever to help protect the lives of those in poor communities. While we are not able to hold physical collections in our church, you can donate as individuals at cafod.org.uk/coronavirusappeal, or post a donation through the door of the presbytery marked “CAFOD”.  

TODAY is Good Shepherd Sunday when we traditionally think of vocations. There are many different vocations, which we could perhaps describe as ministries of service to each other through which we feel a sense of fulfilment in our lives. Yes, traditionally, we tend to focus on vocations to the priesthood and the religious life. And the current crisis has flagged up again just how much these are needed; so many of our priests, for example, have had to “self-isolate” because of being over 70! But the current crisis has highlighted for us other vocations for which we must be so thankful, namely, those of nurses and care-workers, who, like Jesus, are putting their lives on the line for the rest of us. We are truly blessed by many of these vocations within our community. Thank you and thank God!

SMILE – A –WHILE 
A collector of rare books ran into an acquaintance who told him he had just thrown away an old Bible that he found in a dusty, old box. He happened to mention that Guten-somebody-or-other had printed it. ‘Not Guttenberg’ gasped the collector, ‘it would be worth a fortune’.  ‘Yes that was it’ the friend said, ‘But it was ruined, it had scribbling all over it by some chap called Martin Luther! 

“Stay With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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3RD SUNDAY OF EASTER (YEAR A)
WEEK: APRIL  26TH  - MAY 2ND  2020

THIRD   SUNDAY   OF  EASTER (YEAR A)

Now  while  he was  with  them  at  table,  he  took  the  bread  and  said  the  blessing;  then  he  broke  it  and  handed  it  to  them.  And  their  eyes  were  opened  and  they  recognised  him;  but  he  had  vanished  from  their  sight.

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Sr. Catherine;Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan; Dominic  Boardman;Sarah  Bell;  Breda  Barret;Roy Eaton;Margaret  Lawless;   Lesley  Hayes;  Ann  Frost;   Anne  Devlin;   Emma  Golden;   Michael  Guilfoyle; Martha McGlade; Irene Carr, Margaret Mills,  Doreen Lesyk, Frank Norcliffe, Joseph Mellor
LATELY DEAD: Doreen Alicia Whitehead,  Mary Joyce Oadams, Antonietta Zelenczuk and Kath Mayers
ANNIVERSARIES: Martin James Culkin;  James Andrew Fogg; Aaron; Billy  Murphy and Tony Martin

COLLECTION: Envelopes: £35.00   Loose:£0.00 Total:£35.00
Thank you all for your continued generosity.

DONATIONS  /COLLECTIONS: many thanks for the following donations:
CAFOD:  £5.00; Restoration:  £7.00.

STANDING ORDERS:  There has been considerable interest by parishioners in setting up Standing Orders with their bank as a way of continuing the day to day financial support of the parish.  As has been said earlier, we are in the fortunate position of being able financially to weather the storm for a few weeks..But it looks as though this  corona virus situation is going to last for more than a few weeks. It would be irresponsible and indeed disrespectful to those, who in the past have contributed their pennies and pounds, according to their means, not to ensure the financial stability of the parish.  Therefore, the use of Standing Orders is a way of getting us through this difficult time.
If you use online banking you can arrange a Standing Order on-line.  You will be asked to make an initial payment. (whatever you decided).  Then you will be asked to make a fixed payment (your normal donation) to be paid on a fixed date every week / month.  
The date suggested to start the fixed payment is the 7th day of each month until further notice.  This is purely for administrative purposes - Colin is not getting younger - it is easier to track and record payments if they are all made more or less at the same time.
Then you will be asked who you want to pay. That's us:

Our Bank Details are:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank
Account Name: SRCDTR St Mary’s with St Patrick
Sort Code 20 55 34
Account Number 50949825
Reference: St Pats Contributions  

The advantage of a Standing Order, is that you are in control.  You can increase / decrease or stop the payments as you wish.  The parish has no control whatsoever.  The parish will be able to claim Gift Aid on any donations made this way.  Anyone who has not made a Gift Aid Declaration already, and wishes to do so, should contact Colin Riley at colinriley.rjl@gmail.com .
If you do not have access to on-line or phone banking, Colin will provide a hard copy of a Standing Order Mandate which you can fill in and send to your bank.  Just inform the Parish Office by e-mail  colinriley.rjl@gmail.com  or leave a message on Fr. Phil’s mobile: 07976 230919 and leave your name and full postal address.

“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
Many things can divide communities: money, vanity, gossip. But the Spirit comes to save us from divisions. The Holy Spirit is the Master of harmony. He creates harmony in the community, because He Himself is harmony, the harmony between the Father and the Son.

YEAR OF THE WORD:  Acts of the Apostles
The Lectionary of the Church allows for the reading of the Acts of the Apostles as the First Reading at Mass throughout the Easter Season.  The book of Acts was written by St. Luke around the year 70 AD, Some people suggest that it was intended to be part of his Gospel account, but it was certainly regarded as a separate book when the Canon of Scripture was compiled. The book is a record of the development and growth of the Apostolic Church
Following the death of Jesus, the Apostles and the other followers of Jesus, were dumbfounded, all their hopes for a Messiah had been dashed – this despite Jesus himself having told them clearly that all this had to happen. Despite too, the evidence of the empty tomb and the witness of Mary Magdelen.   We know two of them set off from Jerusalem to their home in Emmaus. 
Then it happened.  Jesus appeared amongst them, in a closed room. ‘Look at me, touch me’, he said.  He even ate a piece of grilled fish! This was no ghost!  After this there was no stopping them.  The Acts of the Apostles tells us that they were out in the temple every day telling people about the Risen Jesus, and meeting in their homes for the Breaking of Bread.  One day Peter and John were going into the temple and met a man crippled from birth.  Peter healed him in the name of Jesus.  The man was obviously overjoyed and naturally was running around telling everyone exactly what happened.  The temple authorities were definitely not impressed.  They asked Peter, by what power they had managed to cure this man who everyone knew had been a cripple from birth.  Peter did not hold back in proclaiming that it was in the name of Jesus, who they had killed, who was now alive having risen from the dead.  He then added, ‘ there is no other name under heaven by which you can be saved!’
The temple authorities were horrified ...... they couldn’t let that go. To be continued............

FORTHCOMING  EVENTS
Sacramental Programme: postponed  till  further  notice.

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
Tuesday - St. Peter Chanel:the first martyr of Oceania, born in France in 1803, he joined the Marists and travelled to the S. Pacific. He had varied success and was clubbed to death. His martyrdom succeeded in converting all the islanders to the Catholic faith.
Tuesday - St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort: born in 1673, he founded the Congregation of the Sisters of the Divine wisdom and the Missionary Priests of Mary.
Wednesday – St. Catherine of Siena: born in Italy in 1347, she entered the Third Order of St. Dominic while still an adolescent. She brought harmony between her fellow citizens and did much for the religious life. She is a Patron of Europe.
Thursday -St. Pius V:a Dominican who became Pope in 1566, and began a reform of the Church and revival of the clergy. He built seminaries for the training of priests and the creation of a catechism of the Catholic faith.
Saturday - St. Athanasius:a Bishop of Alexandria and a fighter against Arianism, for which he was vilified and exiled several times. He died in 373.

A PRAYER FROM POPE FRANCIS:  Domus Sta. Marta, Rome
“Let us pray together for the sick, for all the people who are suffering. We seek refuge under your protection, Oh Holy Mother of God.  Do not despise our pleas- we who are put to the test – and deliver us from danger.  Oh glorious and blessed Virgin.  I thank all Christians, all men and women of good will who pray at this moment, in unison whichever religious tradition they belong to.”

SMILE – A –WHILE

“Stay With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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2ND SUNDAY OF EASTER (YEAR A)
WEEK: APRIL  19TH  - APRIL  25TH  2020

SECOND   SUNDAY   OF  EASTER  (YEAR A)

Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Sr. Catherine; Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan; Dominic  Boardman; Sarah  Bell;  Breda  Barret; Roy Eaton; Margaret  Lawless;   Lesley  Hayes;  Ann  Frost;   Anne  Devlin;    Emma   Golden;   Michael  Guilfoyle;    Martha McGlade;    Irene  Carr,   Margaret Mills, Bill Ince, Frank Norcliff
LATELY  DEAD:  Don Carr;  Sheila  Heald;  Stanislaw  Ogorek,  Stephen Grimshaw,  Mary Joyce Oadams, Stephen Mulholland, Anne Marie McGrail
ANNIVERSARIES: Maureen Sumner, Peter Jennings, Jeff Wright, William Brian Burgin, Brenda Taylor, Marion Fitzpatrick, Christopher Frankland

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:   £35.00    Loose:  £0.00    Total:  £35.00
Thank you all for your continued generosity.

DONATIONS  /COLLECTIONS: many thanks for the following donations:
CAFOD:  £5.00;    Church Expenses: £25   .

STANDING ORDERS:  There has been considerable interest by parishioners in setting up Standing Orders with their bank as a way of continuing the day to day financial support of the parish.  As has been said earlier, we are in the fortunate position of being able financially to weather the storm for a few weeks..But it looks as though this  corona virus situation is going to last for more than a few weeks. It would be irresponsible and indeed disrespectful to those, who in the past have contributed their pennies and pounds, according to their means, not to ensure the financial stability of the parish.  Therefore, the use of Standing Orders is a way of getting us through this difficult time.
If you use online banking you can arrange a Standing Order on-line.  You will be asked to make an initial payment. (whatever you decided).  Then you will be asked to make a fixed payment (your normal donation) to be paid on a fixed date every week / month.  
The date suggested to start the fixed payment is the 7th day of each month until further notice.  This is purely for administrative purposes - Colin is not getting younger - it is easier to track and record payments if they are all made more or less at the same time.
Then you will be asked who you want to pay. That's us:

Our Bank Details are:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank
Account Name: SRCDTR St Mary’s with St Patrick
Sort Code 20 55 34
Account Number 50949825
Reference: St Pats Contributions  

The advantage of a Standing Order, is that you are in control.  You can increase / decrease or stop the payments as you wish.  The parish has no control whatsoever.  The parish will be able to claim Gift Aid on any donations made this way.  Anyone who has not made a Gift Aid Declaration already, and wishes to do so, should contact Colin Riley at colinriley.rjl@gmail.com .
If you do not have access to on-line or phone banking, Colin will provide a hard copy of a Standing Order Mandate which you can fill in and send to your bank.  Just inform the Parish Office by e-mail  colinriley.rjl@gmail.com  or leave a message on Fr. Phil’s mobile: 07976 230919 and leave your name and full postal address.

“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
Pray for government leaders, scientists and politicians who are beginning to study a way out of the pandemic, though its "aftermath" has already begun. May they find the right way, always for the good of their people.

TEACHING VACANCY
The Governors at Holy Rosary are looking to appoint a committed, energetic and caring teacher to join a warm, enthusiastic team. If you would like to visit the school before you apply you will be very welcome. Please contact the office if you wish to visit. Successful applicants will be observed teaching prior to interview as part of the application process. 
Salary MPS – UPS . Hours Full Time for 12 months initially.   Starting 1st September 2020
Experience - at least 2 years experience
Applicants should be: committed to uphold the Catholic ethos of our school; an excellent classroom practitioner with experience of teaching across Key Stage Two; have high expectations of pupils’ achievement and behaviour; is able to inspire and motivate by providing high quality teaching and learning experiences; Self-motivated and able to work cooperatively as part of a team In return we can offer: friendly children who are keen to learn; a welcoming and caring catholic ethos; the opportunity to be part of a hard-working, supportive team; the opportunity for career and professional development
The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
This position is subject to an enhanced disclosure check and pre employment check in line with safer recruitment guidelines. Applications are available from the school head@holyrosary.oldham.sch.uk  Closing Date for Applications: noon on Tuesday 28th April 2020 Shortlisting: Friday 1st May 2020. Interviews: Thursday 7th May

FORTHCOMING  EVENTS
Sacramental Programme: postponed  till  further  notice.

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
Tuesday - St. Anselm: born in Italy in 1033 abbot at Bec in France and became Archbishop of Canterbury. He disagreed with the king and left many fine writings.
Thursday - St. George the Patron Saint of England:  martyred about 303 in Emperor Diocletian’s persecution. During the Crusades, he was seen to personify the ideals of Christian chivalry and King Richard 1 of  England placed his crusading army under his protection and in 1222 his feast was proclaimed a national holiday.
Friday - St Adalbert: became the second Bishop of Prague. He went to Poland then travelled as a missionary converting many in E.  Europe and was martyred there in 997.
Saturday - St. Mark: an apostle and a cousin of St. Barnabas. Traditionally he is credited with founding the Church of Alexandria in Egypt.

SMILE – A –WHILE

“Stay With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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EASTER  SUNDAY (YEAR A)
WEEK: APRIL  12TH  - APRIL  19TH  2020

EASTER   SUNDAY (YEAR A)

 

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Sr. Catherine; Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan; Dominic  Boardman; Sarah  Bell;  Breda  Barret; Roy Eaton; Margaret  Lawless;   Lesley  Hayes;  Ann  Frost;   Anne  Devlin;   Emma  Golden;   Michael  Guilfoyle; Mara  Bahyra; Joan Coop; Lina Feniuk; Martha McGlade; Irene Carr and Margaret Mills
LATELY DEAD: Don Carr; Arthur Hamer, Dr. John Kelley, Peter Boothby;  Margaret Turner, Shiela Heald, Kevin McDonagh, Ann McGough and Stanislaw Ogorek
ANNIVERSARIES: Tom and Mary Wadsworth, Joan Walkden and Peter Jennings

COLLECTION:Envelopes: £80.00  Loose:£0.00  Total:£80.00
Thank you all for your continued generosity.

DONATIONS  /COLLECTIONS: many thanks for the following donations:
CAFOD:  £5.00;  Oldham Food Bank:£20.00; Cornerstone: £20.00

STANDING ORDERS:  There has been considerable interest by parishioners in setting up Standing Orders with their bank as a way of continuing the day to day financial support of the parish.  As has been said earlier, we are in the fortunate position of being able financially to weather the storm for a few weeks..But it looks as though this  corona virus situation is going to last for more than a few weeks. It would be irresponsible and indeed disrespectful to those, who in the past have contributed their pennies and pounds, according to their means, not to ensure the financial stability of the parish.  Therefore, the use of Standing Orders is a way of getting us through this difficult time.
If you use online banking you can arrange a Standing Order on-line.  You will be asked to make an initial payment. (whatever you decided).  Then you will be asked to make a fixed payment (your normal donation) to be paid on a fixed date every week / month.  
The date suggested to start the fixed payment is the 7th day of each month until further notice.  This is purely for administrative purposes - Colin is not getting younger - it is easier to track and record payments if they are all made more or less at the same time.
Then you will be asked who you want to pay. That's us:

Our Bank Details are:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank
Account Name: SRCDTR St Mary’s with St Patrick
Sort Code 20 55 34
Account Number 50949825
Reference: St Pats Contributions  

The advantage of a Standing Order, is that you are in control.  You can increase / decrease or stop the payments as you wish.  The parish has no control whatsoever.  The parish will be able to claim Gift Aid on any donations made this way.  Anyone who has not made a Gift Aid Declaration already, and wishes to do so, should contact Colin Riley at colinriley.rjl@gmail.com .

SMILE-A-WHILE:

Joshua, a Jewish father was troubled by the way his son, Benjamin, had turned out, and went to see Rabbi Goldberg about it. 'I brought Benjamin up in the faith, gave him a very expensive bar mitzvah; it cost me a fortune to educate him, then he tells me last week he has decided to be a Christian. Rabbi, where did I go wrong?' pleaded Joshua. ‘Funny, Joshua, that you should come to me,' commented Rabbi Goldberg. 'Like you I, too, brought my boy up in the faith, put him through University; that cost me a fortune, then one day he, too, tells me he has decided to become a Christian.'  What did you do?' inquired Joshua.  'I turned to God for the answer,' replied the Rabbi.  'And what did He say’, was the next question.  'God said, 'Funny you should come to me..........'

An atheist was taking a walk through the woods. 'What majestic trees! What powerful rivers! What beautiful animals!', he said to himself. As he continued walking alongside the river he heard a rustling in the bushes. Turning to look, he saw a 7 foot grizzly charging towards him. He ran as fast as he could up the path. Looking over his shoulder he saw that the bear was closing in on him. His heart was pumping frantically and he tried to run even faster. He tripped and fell on the ground. He rolled over to pick himself up but saw the bear raising his paw to take a swipe at him. At that instant the atheist cried out: 'Oh my God!...'Time stopped.  The bear froze.  The forest was silent.  It was then that a bright light shone upon the man and a voice came out of the sky saying: 'You deny my existence for all of these years, teach others I don't exist and even credit creation to a cosmic accident.  Do you expect me to help you out of this predicament? Am I to count you as a believer?'  The atheist looked directly into the light.  'It would be hypocritical of me suddenly to ask you to treat me as a Christian now, but perhaps, could you make the BEAR a Christian?'  'Very well, 'said the voice. The light went out, and the sounds of the forest resumed.  And then the bear lowered his paw, bowed his head and spoke: 'Lord, bless this food which I am about to receive and for which I am truly thankful, Amen.'

FORTHCOMING  EVENTS
Sacramental Programme: postponed  till  further  notice.

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
EASTER WEEK is the Most Sacred Week of the Christian Year.  Each day is treated as though it was Easter Day itself.  No other Feasts or Celebrations are allowed at this time

TWEET FROM POPE FRANCIS:
I would like to pray today for pastors who need to accompany the people of God during this crisis.  May the Lord grant them the strength and ability to choose the best ways to help.

And a further Message from the Pope:  Last Friday, in an address ‘to the city and the world, Pope Francis stood alone in St Peter’s Square with the rain lashing down to lead a meditation on Jesus’ calming of the storm from St Mark’s Gospel.  ‘Thick darkness’ he said, ‘has gathered over our streets and cities; it has taken over our lives, filling everything with deafening silence’ We feel it in the air, we notice it in people’s gestures, their glances give them away.  We find ourselves afraid and lost’  ‘Why are you afraid?  Have you no faith/’ Francis said, quoting Jesus.  He went on: ‘Lord your word this evening strikes us and regards us, all of us.  In this world, that you love more than we do, we have gone ahead at breakneck speed, feeling powerful and able to do anything .....  Now that we are in a stormy sea, we implore you: ‘Wake up Lord!’’

Post Script to the article on Standing Orders:  If you do not have access to on-line or phone banking, Colin will provide a hard copy of a Standing Order Mandate which you can fill in and send to your bank.  Just inform the Parish Office by e-mail  colinriley.rjl@gmail.com  or leave a message on Fr. Phil’s mobile: 07976 230919 and leave your name and full postal address.

EASTER MESSAGE FROM FR. PHIL: 
It’s very difficult to get a sense of Easter at this time of continued lockdown. And how can we “turn on” the celebration mode when many families are losing loved ones and have not even been able to accompany them in their final hours. But there are some “green shoots” beginning to show; in China the lockdown is being relaxed, and Italy and Spain are beginning to see the death-toll level off and even fall. Here too, there’s been a slight decline in people needing critical care in hospital. Easter begins with green shoots and then we gradually become more aware of it.

“Stay With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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PALM / PASSION  SUNDAY (YEAR A)
WEEK: APRIL  5TH  - APRIL  11TH  2020

PALM  /  PASSION     SUNDAY (YEAR A)

Blessed  is  the  King  who  comes  in  the  name  of  the  Lord!  Peace  in  heaven  and  glory  in  the  highest!

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners andfriends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Sr. Catherine;Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan; Dominic  Boardman;Sarah  Bell;  Breda  Barret;Roy Eaton;Margaret  Lawless;   Lesley  Hayes;  Ann  Frost;   Anne  Devlin;   Emma  Golden;   Michael  Guilfoyle;   Mara  Bahra;   Joan  Coop;Lina  Feniuk;   Kevin  McDonough; Martha McGlade.
LATELY DEAD: Margaret Mary Turner, Sheila Heald, Peter Boothby, Arthur Hamer, Theresa Morris, Geoff Smith, Joan Taylor, Harry Hearne and Terence Oldfield.
ANNIVERSARIES: Eric  Emsis, William Sumner

COLLECTION: Envelopes:£;25.00   Loose:£;00  Total:£25.00
Thank you all for your continued generosity.

DONATIONS  /COLLECTIONS: many thanks for the following donations:
CAFOD:  £5.00;  Oldham Food Bank:£10.00; Restoration: £7.95.

PARISH  NEWS

TWEETS FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
Profoundly moved and troubled, He weeps (Jn 11:35). We ask the Lord for the grace of weeping today before all the people who are suffering the consequences of this pandemic. May today be for everyone like a Sunday of tears
Pray  togetherfor the many people who are not succeeding in coping and remain in fear because of this pandemic. May the Lord help them to have the strength to cope for the good the entire community.
We are one human family. Let us bring all hostilities to a halt. May our joint fight against the COVID-19 pandemic bring everyone to recognize the great need to reinforce brotherly and sisterly bonds.

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY is Palm / Passion Sunday and Mass will be live-streamed from St. Patrick’s at 10.00am
TUESDAY: Parish Team meeting is postponed
SATURDAY: NO CONFESSIONS - No live-streaming of a Mass
BAPTISMS: Deferred till after the crisis except in emergency
MARRIAGE: 6 months notice must be given (Diocesan requirement)

SMILE – A –WHILE

FORTHCOMING  EVENTS
Please see the church notice board for further details of the following:
Sacramental Programme: postponed  till  further  notice.

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Francis of Paola:born in Italy in 1416, he founded  congregation of hermits and was approved by the Holy See. He died in France in 1507.
St. Isidore was born in Spain 560 and brought up strictly by his brother, the Bishop of Seville. He succeeded his brother as bishop and established the discipline of the Spanish Church calling the Councils of Seville and Toledo. He was a great teacher and wrote prolifically. He died peacefully and was declared Doctor of the Church.

MARY’S  DOWRY
Because of the Corona Virus Pandemic, it is hardly surprising that the Re-dedication of England as the Dowry of Mary by the English Bishops last weekend was overlooked. Whatever the term actually means is unclear, but it is unlikely that the Blessed Mother cares more about the English than the Welsh, Scots or Irish.
English Catholics have always shown a great love and devotion to our Lady as her shrine at Walsingham  testifies, and therefore we can confidently call upon her for prayer and support in this time of trial .....................
“O Mary, you always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and hope.  We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the cross took part in Jesus' pain, keeping your faith firm.  You know what we need and we are sure you will provide so that, as in Cana of Galilee, we may return to joy and to feasting after this time of trial.  Help us Mother of Divine Love to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows to lead us through the Cross to the joy of the Resurrection.  Amen.”

STANDING ORDERS: Several parishioners have asked if they can pay their collection money by Standing Order during this time of lock-down.  The simple answer is “yes”. Anyone wishing to use this method please e-mail Fr. Phil (Philip_sumner@tiscali.co.uk)  or Colin (colinriley.rjl@gmail.com) making the request and including full name, home address and telephone number. The necessary form will then be sent to you.  Parishioners using this method may still request a box of envelopes - NOT for their offertory money, but for any occasional donations (for flowers etc) which they may want to make.  If the donor is a taxpayer, these extra donations can then be gift-aided. 

MESSAGE FROM FATHER PHIL
I pray that God keeps us all safe. While it’s strange to say Mass in an empty church each day, I have a real sense that there are many who worship with me through the internet and show their appreciation. Those who don’t have the internet are also held in our prayer.

“Stay With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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FIFTH  SUNDAY  OF  LENT  (YEAR A)
WEEK: MARCH  29TH - APRIL  4TH  2020

FIFTH    SUNDAY   OF   LENT   (YEAR A

“I  am  the  resurrection  and  the  life.  If  anyone   believes  in me,  even  though  he  dies  he  will  live,  and  whoever  lives  and  believes  in  me  will  never  die.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:  Sr. Catherine;   Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;    Dominic  Boardman;    Sarah  Bell;    Breda  Barret;    Roy  Eaton; Margaret  Lawless;   Lesley  Hayes;    Ann  Frost;    Anne  Devlin;   Emma  Golden;   Michael  Guilfoyle;   Mara  Bahra;   Joan  Coop;  Lina  Feniuk;   Kevin  McDonough. 
LATELY  DEAD:   Ida  Jones;  Kevin Nickerson. Terence Oldfield, Harry Lawless and Harry Hearne
ANNIVERSARIES: May They Rest in Peace.
COLLECTION:   Envelopes:   £0.00;     Loose:   £0.00;    Total:   £40.00
Thank you all for your continued generosity.

DONATIONS  / COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:                     
CAFOD:  £14.00;  Oldham Food Bank: £100.00 and £20.00; Cornerstone: £20  

PARISH  NEWS

TWEETS FROM  POPE  FRANCIS

“Today Jesus speaks those same words to you: “Take heart, I am here with you, allow me to enter and your life will change”

“Let us pray for the many people who are dying alone, without being able to say goodbye to their loved ones. Let us pray also for the families who cannot accompany their loved ones on that journey."

“Pray for the deceased, those who have died because of the virus. Let us pray especially for healthcare providers who have given their life in service of the sick.”

FORTHCOMING  EVENTS
Parish Team meeting on Tuesday 7th April Postponed
Sacramental Programme: postponed  till  further  notice.                             

OUR  LADY  and  ST.  PATRICK’S  WEEKLY  SERVICES

During the Corona Virus Crisis the church will be closed, in line with government guidelines.
MASSES will be live-streamed until further notice:
Weekdays at 9.30am.
SUNDAY at 10am
At the last look, 345 people/households followed Mass through this app last Sunday and 96 people/households followed Mass last Thursday. Live-screening the Mass during the week has enabled me to iron out the creases in my broadcasting technique. Some of you will have realised that the broadcast, last Sunday, crashed 4 minutes before Mass was due to start; I received a phone-call on the phone which I was using for the broadcast. I’ve now found out how to block calls while I’m broadcasting. But, on Wednesday, the broadcast crashed again when I was at the offertory of the Mass. This time it was my family who were WhatsApping! But I now mute my family while I’m broadcasting. I hope I’ve also found a better position for the camera so that you can all hear better.
SATURDAY: NO CONFESSIONS   
BAPTISM: Deferred till after the crisis except in emergency
MARRIAGE: 6 months notice must be given (Diocesan requirement)

CHURCH  CLEANING  ROTA  (Suspended)

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY:  CANCELLED: Parish Reconciliation Service.
TUESDAY;  CANCELLED ;Lenten Station Mass at St. Jospeh’s,.Mossley.
NEXT  SUNDAY:  is Palm / Passion Sunday. Mass will live-streamed from St. Patrick’s at 10.00am
NEW OFFERTORY ENVELOPES for Tax Year 2020/21 are now available.  Have been prepared and are ready for collection.  Because of the present lock-down situation it is not presently possible to distribute them.

COLLECTION MONEY: As you will see elsewhere, the collection last week amounted to £40.00!  DON'T PANIC! As a parish, we are in the fortunate position of having sufficient money in the bank to financially see us through a few weeks of this disaster. However the bills still have to be paid! The advantage of the Offertory Envelope Scheme is that even when we are not able to go to Mass we can still put our offering in the envelope until a later date.
If you have spare old envelopes, they can be used, otherwise an ordinary envelope, with the word ‘Offertory’ AND your envelope number, will do fine.  These can be handed in the usual way when this dreadful trial is over.
In the meantime, if you wish to make a donation now please email Father Phil at philip_sumner@tiscali.co.uk for details of how to arrange a direct debit or a one-off payment.

SMILE – A –WHILE

                          
THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Francis of Paola: born in Italy in 1416, he founded  congregation of hermits and was approved by the Holy See. He died in France in 1507.
St. Isidore was born in Spain 560 and brought up strictly by his brother, the Bishop of Seville. He succeeded his brother as bishop and established the discipline of the Spanish Church calling the Councils of Seville and Toledo. He was a great teacher and wrote prolifically. He died peacefully and was declared  Doctor of the Church.

A POETIC THOUGHT
As your cupboards creak and crumble as you chuckle to yourself,
And then wander off for more supplies and empty every shelf.
As you cram and stuff your freezer with the things you do not need
May your conscience sneak upon you and remind you of your greed.
We are in this thing together and this is just the start
So look deep inside your trolley and then deep inside your heart.

MESSAGE FROM FATHER PHIL
I pray that God keeps us all safe. While it’s strange to say Mass in an empty church each day, I have a real sense that there are many who worship with me through the internet and show their appreciation. Those who don’t have the internet are also held in our prayer.

“Stay With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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FOURTH  SUNDAY  OF  LENT  (YEAR A)
WEEK: MARCH  22ND - MARCH  28TH  2020

FOURTH    SUNDAY   OF   LENT   (YEAR A)

As  Jesus  went  along,  he  saw  a  man  who  had  been  blind  from  birth.  He  spat  on  the  ground,  made  a  paste  with  his  spittle,  put  this  over  the  eyes  of  the  blind  man,  and  said  to  him,  “Go  and  wash  in  the  Pool  of  Siloam”.  So  the blind  man  went  off  and  washed  himself,  and  came  away  with  his  sight  restored.

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:  Sr. Catherine;   Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;    Dominic  Boardman;    Sarah  Bell;    Breda  Barret;    Roy  Eaton;    Harry  & Margaret  Lawless;   Lesley  Hayes;    Ann  Frost;    Anne  Devlin;    Emma  Golden;   Michael  Guilfoyle;    Angela  Spencer;    Teresa  Brown;   Paul Carroll;  Joanna;   Arthur Bodden;   Lillian Watt;   Sr. Esther Armstrong;   Mara  Bahra;   Joan  Coop;  Lina  Feniuk;   Kevin  McDonough. 
LATELY  DEAD:  Dr. David  Atherton, Paul Nickerson and Leon Richards
May They Rest in Peace.

COLLECTION:  Envelopes:   £471.80;     Loose:   £315.18;    Total:   £786.98.
Thank you all for your continued generosity.

DONATIONS  / COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:                     
Restoration Fund:  £10.00;  £7.00; £5.00;  CAFOD:  £10.00; £27.21;  Fast Day Envelopes:  £104.00;   Oldham Food Bank: £10.00 and £10.00;    MISSIO:  Anyone wishing to assist the work of APF World Missions, by using the Red Missionary Boxes, please feel free to take one of the red boxes from the table at the back of church.  Just leave your name at the piety shop or sacristy

PARISH  NEWS

CORONA VIRUS (COVID 19): 

I just received this instruction in the Bishop’s Friday email to all his priests: “There are to be no public celebrations of Mass. Please do not celebrate Mass in a church which is open and accessible to people.”

TWEETS FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
Pray together today for those who are working to guarantee public services: those working in pharmacies, supermarkets, transportation, police officers, and for all those working to allow social and civil life to go ahead.

OUR  LADY  and  ST.  PATRICK’S  WEEKLY  SERVICES
This “gem church” will be open each day for private prayer and meditation from 8.30am. until 3.30pm.

NO  MASS  OR  EUCHARISTIC  SERVICE TILL FURTHER NOTICE

Sunday Mass will be livestreamed at 10am from St. Patrick’s on: https://www.periscope.tv/OLASPChurch

CONFESSION: Saturday  11.00 – 11.50am  These will still take place!    

BAPTISM: By  appointment (But no dates will be accepted in the immediate future because of the Corona Virus)
MARRIAGE: 6 months notice must be given (Diocesan requirement)

CHURCH  CLEANING  ROTA
This  week:   Week  1  -  Mary  &  Francis
Next  week:   Week  2  -  Indian  Community

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TUESDAY\; Lenten Station Mass at 7.30pm at St. Christopher’s church, Lees New Rd., Ashton  (CANCELLED)
SATURDAY:  is the start of British Summer Time. Don’t forget to move your clocks and watches FORWARD ONE HOUR!
NEXT  SUNDAY:  The Parish Reconciliation Service at 3.00pm. (CANCELLED)

SMILE – A –WHILE
When my son, William, was young, we belonged to a small country church. On Communion day, deacons would pass around the “bread and juice.” One Sunday, we attended another church that was more formal. What our church called bread and juice, this one referred to as elements, a word William didn’t understand. As Communion began, the pastor said, “If the deacons will come forward, the elements will pass among us.”William was suddenly excited. Then he leaned toward me, whispering something that caused me to burst out laughing. With all eyes on us, I took him by the hand and we made a hasty exit. All protested. “Mom, we’re going to miss the circus. The pastor said the elephants were going to pass among us! All the way to the car, he protested. “Mom, we’re going to miss the circus. The pastor said the elephants were going to pass among us!”

FORTHCOMING  EVENTS
Please see the church notice board for further details of the following:
Parish Team meeting on Tuesday 7th April at 7.30pm.
Sacramental Programme: Postponed till further notice!

THIS  WEEK’S  FEAST
St. Turibius of Mogrovejo: born in 1538, he trained as a lawyer and became a professor at the University of Salamanca. He was made Archbishop of Lima (Peru), he was an excellent choice, controlling the abuse of the clergy and protecting the poor from oppression. He learned the native Indian dialects in order to talk with the natives.

ITEMS  FROM  THE  PARISH  TEAM  MEETING  HELD  ON  FEBRUARY  27TH

“Stay With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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THIRD  SUNDAY  OF  LENT  (YEAR A)
WEEK: MARCH  15TH - MARCH  21ST  2020

THIRD    SUNDAY  OF  LENT  (YEAR A

“Whoever  drinks  this  water  will  get  thirsty  again;  But  anyone  who  drinks  the  water  that  I  shall  give  will  never  be  thirsty  again;  the  water  that  I  shall  give  will  turn  into  a  spring  inside  him,  welling  up  to  eternal  life.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:  Sr. Catherine;   Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;    Dominic  Boardman;    Sarah  Bell;    Breda  Barret;    Roy  Eaton;    Harry  & Margaret  Lawless;   Lesley  Hayes;    Ann  Frost;    Anne  Devlin;    Emma  Golden;   Michael  Guilfoyle;    Angela  Spencer;    Teresa  Brown;  Jack  Bowland;   Emily McGladdery;   John  Cummings; Paul Carroll;  Joanna;   Arthur Bodden;   Lillian Watt;   Sr. Esther Armstrong;   Mara  Bahra;   Joan  Coop;  Lina  Feniuk;   Kevin  McDonough. 
LATELY  DEAD:  Dr. David  Atherton;    Hermine Korolczuk.
ANNIVERSARIES:   Josephine Craven; George Murphy; Marie Francoise Boyi;  Romain Kibiti; Vera Melia; Lesley & John  Duffy; Robert Hendrick; Marjorie Hindle;   Francis Coop; Margaret  &  Edgar Lees; Paul   Lees,  Elijah Joseph. May They Rest in Peace.
COLLECTION:   Envelopes:   £489.61;     Loose:   £339.06;    Total:   £828.67.
Thank you all for your continued generosity.

DONATIONS  / COLLECTIONS:  
Many thanks for the following donations:                     
Restoration Fund:  £40.00 and £30.00;  CAFOD:  £1,000.00; £10.00;  £3.03;  Fast Day Envelopes:  £92.20;   Oldham Food Bank: £20.00 and £10.00;  Cornerstone £20.00;    MISSIO:  Anyone wishing to assist the work of APF World Missions, by using the Red Missionary Boxes, please feel free to take one of the red boxes from the table at the back of church.  Just leave your name at the piety shop or sacristy.

PARISH  NEWS

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY: Sacramental Programme: Mass at 10.00am in church with the topic of “We Celebrate God’s Gifts"
TUESDAY; Lenten Station Mass at 7.30pm at St. Mary’s church, Failsworth.
SATURDAY: A get together with the women of the Pitt Street Mosque has been organized by some of our women at 2.00pm here at St. Patrick's.  Any of our women who would like to join the group for an enjoyable afternoon, welcoming other women of faith, and sharing afternoon tea please add your name to the list on the table in the narthex. 

SMILE – A –WHILE
Little Susie, a six-year-old, came home from school whining, "Mommy, I've got a stomach ache." "That's because your stomach is empty," her mother replied. "You'd feel better if you had something in it." She gave Susie a snack and sure enough, Susie felt better right away. That afternoon the family's priest dropped by. While he was chatting with Susie's mum, he mentioned he'd had a bad headache all day long. Susie perked up. "That's because it's empty,"  she said. "You'd feel better if you had something in it." 

FORTHCOMING  EVENTS
Please see the church notice board for further details of the following:
Lenten Station Mass on Tues. 24th March at 7.30pm at St. Christopher’s, Lees New Road, Ashton.
The Parish Reconciliation Service before Easter at 3pm on Sunday 29th March.
Lenten Station Mass on Tuesday 31st March at 7.30pm at St Joseph’s, Mossley.
Parish Team meeting on Tuesday 7th April at 7.30pm.
Sacramental Programme:  parents’ meeting & children’s lesson at 10.00am in church on Saturday 16th May.
Sacramental Programme:  First Holy Communion on Sunday 17th May at 2.30pm in church.    

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Patrick: born about 385, as a youth he was taken captive to Ireland as a slave and worked as a herdsman. After making his escape he became a priest and became Bishop for Ireland. He preached the Gospel and converted many to the faith.  He was buried at Downpatrick.
St. Cyril of Jerusalem: became Bishop of Jerusalem in 348 and defended the faith during the Arian heresy, being exiled 3 times.. He organised the liturgy of the city of Jerusalem.

HOLY ROSARY R.C. PRIMARY SCHOOL, Fir Tree Avenue, Oldham OL8 2SR. The Governors wish to appoint a Site Manager to provide maintenance services, general assistance and security on school premises. Salary: Grade 4 (SCP12 – 17) £21,589 - £23,836 per annum. Salary: Grade 4 (SCP12 – 17) £21,589 - £23,836 per annum. Contract: Permanent starting 17th August 20.  Hours: Full Time - 36hrs 40mins per week (Term Time - Mon-Fri 7.00am-10.20am & 2.00pm-6.00 and School Holidays - 7hr 20minutes per day ) (20 days holidays plus Bank Holidays - Any holidays to be taken during school holidays). This position is subject to an enhanced disclosure check and pre employment check in line with safer recruitment guidelines. Applications should be completed on the CES application form and emailed to head@holyrosary.oldham.sch.uk by the closing date below. Visits to the school are welcomed and encouraged. Please contact the school office on 0161 624 3035 to make an appointment. Closing Date for Applications: by noon on 27th March 2020; Shortlisting: Monday 6th April 2020 Interviews: Week Beginning 21st April.

ITEMS  FROM  THE  PARISH  TEAM  MEETING  HELD  ON  FEBRUARY  27TH

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SECOND  SUNDAY  OF  LENT  (YEAR A)
WEEK: MARCH  8TH - MARCH  14TH  2020

SECOND  SUNDAY  OF  LENT  (YEAR A)

Jesus  took  Peter,  James  and  John  up  a  mountain  where  he  was  transfigured,  his  face  shone  like  the  sun  and  his  clothes  became  as  white  as  the  light.  From  a  bright  cloud  a  voice  said,  “This  is  my  Son,  the  Beloved,  he  enjoys  my  favour.  Listen  to  him.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:  Sr. Catherine;   Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;    Sarah  Bell;    Breda  Barret;    Roy  Eaton; Harry  & Margaret  Lawless;   Lesley  Hayes;     Ann  Frost;    Anne  Devlin; Emma  Golden;   Michael  Guilfoyle;    Angela  Spencer;    
Jack  Bowland;   Emily McGladdery;   John  Cummings. Paul Carroll;  Joanna,   Arthur Bodden;  Lillian Watt;   Sr. Esther Armstrong.
LATELY  DEAD:  Nicky  Burns;   Edna  O’Connell;   Nicky  James  McShane;    David Taylor, Teresa Brown.    
ANNIVERSARIES:   John  Worthington;   Regina  Wisniewski.;   John  Fogg;   Bernard  Doran.  May They Rest in Peace.

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:   £716.68;     Loose:   £427.55;    Total:   £1,144.23.
Thank you all for your continued generosity.

DONATIONS  / COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:                     
Restoration Fund:  £10.03;  CAFOD:  £30.00;  £20.00  £10.00;  £10.00;  £5.00;   Oldham Food Bank: £58.00  and £10.00;  Cornerstone £20.00;   Syro Malabar community:   £25.00 and £10.00  MISSIO:  Anyone wishing to assist the work of APF World Missions, by using the Red Missionary Boxes, please feel free to take one of the red boxes from the table at the back of church.  Just leave your name at the piety shop or sacristy.

PARISH  NEWS

TWEETS FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
“I ask you to remember me in your prayers and also the members of the Roman Curia, who this evening begin a week of Spiritual Exercises.”
“We pray, fast, and perform the works of mercy in this time of grace, so that the Lord might find our hearts ready and fill them with the victory of His love.”

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”

TUESDAY; Lenten Station Mass at 7.30pm at St. Michael’s church, Abbeyhills.
THURSDAY:  Sacramental Programme: 4th meeting – children’s and parents’ lesson at 3.00pm in Holy Rosary school.
SATURDAY:  Sacramental Programme: 4th meeting -  children’s and parents’ lesson at 10.00am in the Parish House.
SUNDAY:  Sacramental Programme: Mass at 10.00am in church with the topic of “We Celebrate God’s Gifts

SMILE – A –WHILE

FORTHCOMING  EVENTS
Please see the church notice board for further details of the following:
Lenten Station Mass on Tuesday 17th March at 7.30pm at St. Mary, Failsworth.
Lenten Station Mass on Tues. 24th March at 7.30pm  St. at Christopher’s, Lees New Road, Ashton.
Lenten Station Mass on Tuesday 31st March at 7.30pm at St Joseph’s, Mossley.      

THIS  WEEK’S  FEAST
St. Frances of Rome:  born in Rome in 1384, was married with 3 children. Known for her love of the sick and victims of the epidemics among the poor. She founded a Congregation. 

HOLY ROSARY R.C. PRIMARY SCHOOL, Fir Tree Avenue, Oldham OL8 2SR. The Governors wish to appoint a Site Manager to provide maintenance services, general assistance and security on school premises. Salary: Grade 4 (SCP12 – 17) £21,589 - £23,836 per annum. Contract: Permanent starting 17th August 20.  Hours: Full Time - 36hrs 40mins per week (Term Time - Mon-Fri 7.00am-10.20am & 2.00pm-6.00 and School Holidays - 7hr 20 minutes per day ) (20 days holidays plus Bank Holidays - Any holidays to be taken during school holidays). The role will be to: ensuring the site is secure and well-maintained including daily cleaning and minor  improvement and decoration work, supervise a range of external contractors, ensure health and safety requirements and school regulations are met at all time, manage the external cleaning service provider and support the existing cleaning staff, need excellent communication and IT skills ability to work effectively with all members of the school community. Applicants must be able to provide evidence of previous experience in the same or similar role. This position is subject to an enhanced disclosure check and pre employment check in line with safer recruitment guidelines. Applications should be completed on the CES application form and emailed to head@holyrosary.oldham.sch.uk by the closing date below. Visits to the school are welcomed and encouraged. Please contact the school office on 0161 624 3035 to make an appointment. Closing Date for Applications: by noon on 27th March 2020; Shortlisting: Monday 6th April 2020 Interviews: Week Beginning 21st April.

ITEMS  FROM  THE  PARISH  TEAM  MEETING  HELD  ON  FEBRUARY  27TH

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FIRST  SUNDAY  OF  LENT  (YEAR A)
WEEK: MARCH  1ST - MARCH  7TH  2020

FIRST  SUNDAY  OF  LENT  (YEAR A)

Tell  these  stones  to  turn  to  loaves;
Man does not live on  bread alone but from every word that comes from the  mouth of God.

If you are the Son of God throw yourself down;      
You must not put the Lord your God to the test.

I will give you all these if you fall at my feet and worship me;
Be off Satan for scripture says you must worship the Lord your God, and serve him alone. Then the devil left him, and angels appeared and looked after him.

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:  Sr. Catherine;   Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;    Sarah  Bell;    Breda  Barret;    Roy  Eaton;    Harry  & Margaret  Lawless;   Lesley  Hayes;     Ann  Frost;    Anne  Devlin;    Mark  Wilson;    Emma  Golden;    Angela  Spencer;   Kath  Tierney;   Teresa  Brown;  Jack  Bowland;   Emily McGladdery;   John  Cummings.
LATELY  DEAD:  Nicky  Burns;   Edna  O’Connell;   Nicky  James  McShane. 
ANNIVERSARIES:  Mary  Heaton;   Judith  Warburton;   Bernard  Doran;   John  Joceylin;        Norman  &  Austin  Hussey;   Dr.  John  Duddy.                      
May They Rest in Peace.

THANKSGIVING  MASSES  will be offered for:  a birthday;  for Colum Malone, Dan Aherrn, Ann and Ken Freakley; and in thanksgiving to our Lord and our Lady for healing.

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:   £633.05;     Loose:   £416.60;    Total:   £1,049.65.
Thank you all for your continued generosity.

DONATIONS  / COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:                     
CAFOD:  £100.00;  £10.00  £5.00;  £1.76;  £1.00;   Oldham Food Bank: £20.00;  £10.00 and £10.00;   Cornerstone  £40.00 and £30.00;  Thanks also for donations of £20.00 and  600 euros.  MISSIO:  Anyone wishing to assist the work of APF World Missions, by using the Red Missionary Boxes, please feel free to take one of the red boxes from the table at the back of church.  Just leave your name at the piety shop or sacristy.

PARISH  NEWS

Congratulations and best wishes to Sheila Mills (nee McGladdery) on your 80th birthday.

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TUESDAY\; Lenten Station Mass at 7.30pm at Ss. Aidan and Oswald, Royton.
FRIDAY:  CAFOD Lent Family Fast Day is the 60th anniversary of the first Family Fast Day and is an opportunity to reach out and support highly-skilled local experts around the world who help the poorest members of our global family. Please collect your Family Fast Day envelope this week and give whatever you can to help experts like Sister Consilia - a nun and trained pharmacist who treats people in rural Zimbabwe - continue their vital work

SPECIAL NOTICE: ‘Women Growing together’ Join this group in celebrating and empowering local women of all ages and different beliefs. Guest speakers and refreshments.  An opportunity to interact, network and share a light meal.  Organised by the Oldham Interfaith Forum..
6pm. The Chadderton Suite, Oldham Civic Centre.  Thursday 19th March .

SMILE – A –WHILE
What did the strawberry do when it crossed the road?  It made a traffic jam!!
What did one ocean say to another ocean?  Nothing, they just waved!
Why did the scientist put a knocker on his door? He wanted the No-bell prize!
Thanks, Alexa!!

FORTHCOMING  EVENTS
Please see the church notice board for further details of the following:
Lenten Station Mass on Tuesday10th March at 7.30pm at St. Michael’s, Abbeyhills.
Sacramental Programme: 4th meeting – children’s and parents’ lesson at 3.00pm in Holy Rosary school on Thursday 12th March.
Sacramental Programme: 4th meeting -  children’s and parents’ lesson at 10.00am in the Parish House on Saturday 14th March.
Sacramental Programme : Mass at 10.00am in church on Sunday15th March with the topic of “We Celebrate God’s Gifts”.
Lenten Station Mass on Tuesday 17th March at 7.30pm at St. Mary, Failsworth.
Lenten Station Mass on Tues. 24th March at 7.30pm  St.Christopher’s, Lees New Road, Ashton.
Lenten Station Mass on Tuesday 31st March at 7.30pm at St Joseph’s, Mossley.      

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS

St. Casimir: the son of the King of Poland, he was born in 1458, and became known for his practice of Christian virtues especially chastity and love of the poor. He died at 26 of a lung disease and is remembered for his love of the Eucharist and the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Ss. Perpetua and Felicity: both died in Carthage in 203 in the persecution of Septimus Severus – the account of their lives, written by themselves and eye-witnesses, survives.

Colin’s Luxury Lenten Lentil Bake. (As a penance: Say that again, twice and quickly)
Ingredients: 1 tbsp; 1 lge onion;2 carrots, 2 celery stalks, 1 red pepper ( seeds removed), 2 garlic cloves; 1 tbsp hot curry powder, 1 tbsp tomato purée,  1 tin lentils, 5000ml vegetable stock, 4 free-range eggs, handful fresh coriander, chopped, salt and freshly ground black pepper, pinch paprika, tomato, cucumber, naan bread..
Method: Finely chop all the vegetables and crush the garlic cloves.  Drain tin of lentils. Heat the oil in a large frying pan with a lid over a medium heat.  Add the onion, garlic, carrot, celery and pepper and gently fry, for 8-10 minutes, until softened and starting to take on colour. Add the tomato purée and curry powder and cook for five minutes. Add the lentils and the stock and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to simmer for 10 minutes. Make sure the mix does not stick to the pan.  When the mix is firm (not sloppy) place into an oven proof dish.  Make four 'wells' in the lentil mixture and crack an egg into each hole.  Place dish into pre-heated oven (180 degrees) until the eggs are cooked to your liking. Sprinkle with coriander and season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add a pinch of paprika to the top of each egg. To serve, carefully spoon a portion of the lentils with an egg onto each plate. Serve with warmed naan bread and tomato and cucumber slices. 

Quotation for Lent: In the matter of almsgiving, not only the rich but those of average means and the poor are able to play their part.  Those who are unequal in their capacity to give can be equal in the love in their hearts. (Pope St. Leo the Great).

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7TH  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME  (YEAR A) 
WEEK:  FEBRUARY 23RD - FEBRUARY 29TH 2020

7TH  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME  (YEAR A)

“Love  your  enemies  and  pray  for  those  who  persecute  you;  in  this  way  you  will  be  sons  of  your  Father  in  heaven,  for  he  causes  his  sun  to  rise  on  bad  men  as  well  as  good  and  the  rain  to  fall  on  honest  and  dishonest  men  alike.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:  Sr. Catherine;   Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;    Sarah  Bell;    Breda  Barret;    Roy  Eaton; Harry  & Margaret  Lawless;   Lesley  Hayes;     Ann  Frost;    Anne  Devlin;   Mark  Wilson;   Emma  Golden;    Michael  Guilfoyle;   Lilian  Watt;   baby  Noah  Kenneally;   Angela  Spencer;   Kath  Tierney.  
LATELY  DEAD:  Jean  Lamb;    Marie  Jubb;   Wendy  Marley;   Madeleine  Inianga, Teresa Brown.      
ANNIVERSARIES:  Hannah  Sexton;   Joseph  Diveney;  Anna  &  Stirling  Smith;    Kitty  Finegan;      Thomas  Finegan.  
May They Rest in Peace.

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:   £574.10;     Loose:   £312.17;    Total:   £886.27
Thank you all for your continued generosity.

DONATIONS  / COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:                     
CAFOD:  £10.00;  £7.00  £5.00;  £5.00a cheque for £75.00 in memory of the late Marie Jubb has been sent direct.  Food Bank £10.00..  (MISSIO:  Anyone wishing to assist the work of APF World Missions, by using the Red Missionary Boxes, please feel free to take one of the red boxes from the table at the back of church.  Just leave your name at the piety shop or sacristy.

PARISH  NEWS

“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
“To follow Jesus we must take three steps: draw close to Him to know Him better, confess - with the strength of the Holy Spirit - that He is the Son of God, and accept the path of humility and humiliation that He chose for the redemption of humanity.”
“The option for the poor and the abandoned motivates us to liberate them from material poverty and to defend their rights, but also to invite them to friendship with the Lord, who loves them and has given them immense dignity.”

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TUESDAY\;  Shrove Tuesday or “Pancake Day” is a way of using up fatty foods, eggs, sugar etc. before the start of the season of Lent. In some Catholic countries it is called Mardi Gras or “Fat Tuesday” and is a day of carnivals and parades.
WEDNESDAY:  Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent, a day of fast and abstinence.
THURSDAY:  Parish Team meeting at 7.30pm in the Parish House.
SATURDAY:  Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 10.30 – 11.

SMILE – A –WHILE
Having lost most of his hearing a number of years ago, this elderly man goes to the doctor to be fitted with hearing aids which promise to allow him to hear 100%. A month later, he returns to the doctor for a check up on his progress. The doctor tells him that his hearing is perfect and asks if his family is pleased. The man says, "Oh, I haven't told them about the hearing aids yet. I just sit around and listen to them talk. I've changed my will three times!

FORTHCOMING  EVENTS
Please see the church notice board for further details of the following:
Lenten Station Mass on Tuesday 3rd March at 7.30pm at Ss. Aidan and Oswald, Royton/
CAFOD Family Fast Day on Friday 6th March.
Lenten Station Mass on Tuesday10th March at 7.30pm at St. Michael’s, Abbeyhills.
Sacramental Programme: 4th meeting – children’s and parents’ lesson at 3.00pm in Holy Rosary school on Thursday 12th March.
Sacramental Programme: 4th meeting -  children’s and parents’ lesson at 10.00am in the Parish House on Saturday 14th March.
Sacramental Programme : Mass at 10.00am in church on Sunday15th March with the topic of “We Celebrate God’s Gifts”.
Lenten Station Mass on Tuesday 17th March at 7.30pm at St. Mary, Failsworth.
Lenten Station Mass on Tues. 24th March at 7.30pm  St.Christopher’s, Lees New Road, Ashton.
Lenten Station Mass on Tuesday 31st March at 7.30pm at St Joseph’s, Mossley.      

The Lectionary:  In line with the Bishop's declaration of the Year of the Word and our own bishop's initiative in the Hope in the Future programme 'Living the Sunday Eucharist', the following article has been produced and is well worth reading:

LITURGY OF THE WORD: Lectionary v Bible
One of the richest products of the liturgical reform of the Second Vatican Council was the book we call the “Lectionary.” Literally this simply means “A Book of Readings”, and it describes the arrangement of the bible passages that we hear at Mass on Sundays, weekdays and in the celebration of the Sacraments. There is something very special about the Lectionary: it differs from the Bible as a book because passages are not read in the order found in the Bible, nor are they read at random. There is a very careful structure to the passages we hear! This is not all a product of Vatican II: the earliest “Lectionaries” date way back into the first millennium of the Church, and consist of lists of bible passages to be read on certain days. So, for example, the different Gospels we read today for the Vigil, Midnight, Dawn and Day Masses of Christmas have been set as such for hundreds of years! What the Vatican II Lectionary does is extend this, making sure that in the course of a three-year cycle someone coming to Mass every Sunday will hear most of the four Gospels, most of the letters of Saints Paul, Peter, James and others, and a very rich selection of passages from the Old Testament. There is nothing to stop you reading the Bible at home, starting at Genesis and working your way through to the Apocalypse, but in the proclamation of the Word of God at Mass we allow the Church to guide our reading, so that we may be helped in our listening to, and understanding of the love of God revealed through the Word.

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6TH  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME  (YEAR A) 
WEEK:  FEBRUARY 16TH - FEBRUARY 22ND 2020

6TH  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME  (YEAR A)

“.....the  man  who  infringes  even  one  of  the  least  of  these  commandments  and  teaches  others  to  do  the  same  will  be  considered  the  least  in  the  kingdom  of  heaven;  but  the  man  who  keeps  them  and  teaches  them  will  be  considered  great  in  the  kingdom  of  heaven.

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:  Sr. Catherine;   Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;    Sarah  Bell;    Breda  Barret;    Roy  Eaton;    Harry  & Margaret  Lawless;   Lesley  Hayes;     Ann  Frost;    Anne  Devlin;   Mark  Wilson;   Emma  Golden;     Paul  Carroll;    Ian  Curley;   Michael  Guilfoyle;   Lilian  Watt;   baby  Noah  Kenneally.
LATELY  DEAD:  Sally  Quarmby;   Marie  Jubb;   Damien  Sheeran;   Kath  Tierney;
Terry  Kenneally;    Winnie  Myron;   Tim  Steffiuk;   Malcolm.      
ANNIVERSARIES:  Alice  Dutson;     Henryk  Sobieralski;   Una  Lester.
May They Rest in Peace.

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:   £623 60;     Loose:   £260.13;    Total:   £883.73
Retiring Collection for Catholic Association for Racial Justice:  £106 23
Thank you all for your continued generosity.

DONATIONS  / COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
CAFOD:  £10.00;  £7.00  £5.00;  £1.00;   Oldham Food Bank: £10.00;   Cornerstone:  £20.00;     Missio  £50.00. MISSIO:  Anyone wishing to assist the work of APF World Missions, by using the Red Missionary Boxes, please feel free to take one of the red boxes from the table at the back of church.  Just leave your name at the piety shop or sacristy.

PARISH  NEWS
Minutes of St Patrick’s Finance Meeting,11th February 2020
Presentation of Financial Report:  Cyril Clarke, the parish accountant, gave an overall view of the Annual Financial Statement, presented to the diocese for the year ending 31st December 2019.  The following points were raised: 1) Cash in bank at the start of the year: £69,792.33.
Cash in bank at the end of the year:   £53,815.99. Difference: -£15,976.34.
The negative balance was attributed mainly to unexpectedly heavy maintenance costs over the year, particularly with regard to the car park barrier and the reconstruction of the shed in the church garden. The analysis  of income and expenditure was accepted as a true record.
2)  In the Analysis of Income /expenditure, Cyril pointed out:  a) The Tax Refunds on Gift Aided income had produced an income of £8,564.22 from the government.  This indicates the importance of using the Offertory Envelope Gift Aid Scheme by taxpaying members of the congregation. b) The income from Fr. Phil’s ministry activities brought in £8,039.93. The amount paid by the parish to Fr. Phil amounted to £5,047.71. c) The amount paid to the diocese as our Diocesan Levy was £16,665.26.  This fee is now calculated at a percentage, set by the diocese, of the  money received as collection on Sunday. 
The foreseeable planned spending for 2020 includes:
i) The new stained glass window, planned as part of our Jubilee Celebrations.  ii)   Investigation and correction of a leak problem in the church roof. iii)    Investigation and correction of a leak problem in the double glazed windows in the presbytery (particularly in Fr. Phil’s sitting room). iv)  Reconstruction of the en suite facility in Fr. Phil’s bedroom. These projects were agreed

NOTE: Faith of our Fathers 2 booklets are still available from the piety shop: Suggested donation: £5.00.

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FORTHCOMING  EVENTS
Please see the church notice board for further details of the following:
Parish Team meeting on Thursday 27th February at 7.30pm.
Lenten Station Mass on Tuesday 3rd March at 7.30pm at Ss. Aidan and Oswald, Royton/
CAFOD Family Fast Day on Friday 6th March.
Lenten Station Mass on Tuesday10th March at 7.30pm at St. Michael’s, Abbeyhills.
Sacramental Programme: 4th meeting – children’s and parents’ lesson at 3.00pm in Holy Rosary school on Thursday 12th March.
Sacramental Programme: 4th meeting -  children’s and parents’ lesson at 10.00am in the Parish House on Saturday 14th March.
Sacramental Programme : Mass at 10.00am in church on Sunday15th March with the topic of “We Celebrate God’s Gifts”.
Lenten Station Mass on Tuesday 17th March at 7.30pm at St. Mary, Failsworth.
Lenten Station Mass on Tues. 24th March at 7.30pm  St.Christopher’s, Lees New Road, Ashton.
Lenten Station Mass on Tuesday 31st March at 7.30pm at St Joseph’s, Mossley.      

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
The Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order; born in Florence, these seven men lived the life of hermits, before founding the 0rder in 1304. On this date St. Alexis Falconieri died.
St. Peter Damian; born in 1007 Peter became a hermit before taking part in a reform of the Church then became Bishop of Ostia and was immediately venerated as a saint.
The Chair of St. Peter; this feast of the See of Rome has been kept from the 4th century and celebrates the unity of the Church gathered around Peter, the Prince of the Apostles.

ITEMS  FROM  THE  PARISH  TEAM  MEETING  ON  JANUARY  23RD

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5TH  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME  (YEAR A) 
WEEK:  FEBRUARY 9TH - FEBRUARY 15TH 2020

5TH  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME  (YEAR A)

“A  city  built  on  a  hill-top  cannot  be  hidden.  No  one  lights  a  lamp  to  put  it  under  a  tub; they  put  it  on  the  lamp-stand  where  it  shines  for  everyone  in  the  house.  In   the  same  way,  your  light  must  shine  in  the  sight  of  men,  so  that,  seeing your  good  works,  they  may  give  the  praise  to  your  Father  in  heaven.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:  Sr. Catherine;   Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;   Andrea  Spencer;    Sarah  Bell;    Breda  Barret;    Roy  Eaton;    Angela  Spencer;   Harry & Margaret  Lawless;   Lesley  Hayes;     Ann  Frost;    Anne  Devlin;   Mark  Wilson;   Emma  Golden;   Peter  Hilton;   Paul  Carroll;   Ian  Curley;   Michael  Guilfoyle;   Lilian  Watt;   baby  Noah  Kenneally.
LATELY  DEAD:  Marie  Jubb;     Mary McDermott;    Edu  Dumadapat,  William Cooke;   Kath Teirney; Terence  Kenneally.
ANNIVERSARIES; Arthur Haynes; Margaret Mahady; Una Lester; Romeo Tee;
Henrique Novais; Louis de Melchor; Elizabeth and John Riley.
(May they rest in peace)

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:   £483.55;     Loose:   £423.68;    Total:   £907.23.
Thank you all for your continued generosity.

DONATIONS  / COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund:  £0.00    Gift Aided:  £0.00.                      
CAFOD:  £10.00, £7.00 and £3.00;   Oldham Food Bank: £10.00;   Cornerstone:  £10.00;   Caritas:   £5.00.  
MISSIO:  Anyone wishing to assist the work of APF World Missions, by using the Red Missionary Boxes, please feel free to take one of the red boxes from the table at the back of church.  Just leave your name at the piety shop or sacristy.

PARISH  NEWS

FROM  THE  DIOCESE
Safeguarding  Officer  Appointment Type: Full time, permanent.
Working Hours: 35 hours per week, flexible working will be required to include evening and weekend work. Location: Cathedral Centre, 3 Ford Street, Salford, M3 6DP
Salary: £42,000- 45,000 per annum based on skills and experience
The Diocese is seeking to recruit a suitably experienced and qualified practitioner to join our Safeguarding Team. They will be a highly motivated and well-organised professional, able to contribute to the development and implementation of safeguarding policies and strategies throughout the Diocese. They will have a practical working knowledge and experience of safeguarding and the ability to relate this experience to providing advice and support.
The closing date for this role is 12 noon on Friday 21st February 2020
To find out more about the role and how to apply, please visit our vacancies page: www.dioceseofsalford.org.uk/news/vacancies

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY: is a Day of Prayer for Racial Justice and there will be a basket at the back of church if you wish to make a donation. The beneficiary is the Catholic Association for Racial Justice.

SMILE – A – WHILE

FORTHCOMING  EVENTS
Please see the church notice board for further details of the following:
Parish Team meeting on Thursday 27th February at 7.30pm.
CAFOD Family Fast Day on Friday 6th March.
Sacramental Programme: 4th meeting – children’s and parents’ lesson at 3.00pm in Holy Rosary school on Thursday 12th March.
Sacramental Programme: 4th meeting -  children’s and parents’ lesson at 10.00am in the Parish House on Saturday 14th March.
Sacramental Programme : Mass at 10.00am in church on Sunday15th March with the topic of “We Celebrate God’s Gifts”.

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Scholastica:  the sister of St. Benedict, was born about 480 in Italy. She dedicated her life to God, forming a community of contemplative religious.  She died at Monte Cassino.
Our Lady of Lourdes: in 1858, Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubirous near Lourdes (France). Through her, Mary called sinners to penance and there arose a spirit of prayer and charity in helping the poor and the sick.
Ss. Cyril and Methodius: were brothers and missionaries who took the Gospel to the Slavs, translated liturgical books into the Slavonic language.  Both died in the late 9th century.

ITEMS  FROM  THE  PARISH  TEAM  MEETING  ON  JANUARY  23RD

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THE  PRESENTATION  OF  THE  LORD (YEAR A) 
WEEK:  FEBRUARY 2ND - FEBRUARY 8TH 2020

THE  PRESENTATION  OF  THE  LORD (YEAR A)

Simeon:  “Now,  Master, you  can  let  your  servant  go  in  peace,  just  as  you  promised;   because  my  eyes  have  seen  the  salvation  which  you  have  prepared  for  all  the  nations  to  see;  a  light  to  enlighten  the  pagans  and  the  glory  of  your  people  Israel.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:  Sr. Catherine;   Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;   Andrea  Spencer;    Sarah  Bell;    Breda  Barret;    Roy  Eaton;    Angela  Spencer;   Harry & Margaret  Lawless;   Lesley  Hayes; Ann  Frost;    Anne  Devlin;   Mark  Wilson;   Emma  Golden;   Peter  Hilton;   Paul  Carroll;   Terence  Kenneally;   Ian  Curley;   Michael  Guilfoyle;   Lilian  Watt;   baby  Noah  Kenneally.
LATELY  DEAD:    Kath Tierney,   Marie Jubb;    Madeline  Summerscales,   Dennis Walsh;   Anthony Jordon,;  Celine McGratton;
ANNIVERSARIES:  Peter Crosby;   Maria Marrone;  Tina Dadamo;  Michelle Kowel; Terry Mills;   Michael McGladdery;   Patricia Joceylin;   Ofelina Vieira;   Herminio Moleta; Avelineo,  Alice  and  Alsino  Batista. Sue Kemmeally.
May They Rest in Peace.

A  THANKSGIVING MASS  will be offered for the intentions of Akhil Abraham and 'For all God's Blessings'.

COLLECTION:  Envelopes:  £527. 23;  Loose: £318.45; Total: £845.68
Retiring  collection  for  Caritas:  £383.76
Thank you all for your continued generosity.

DONATIONS  / COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund:  £0.00    Gift Aided:  £0.00.                      
CAFOD:  £10.00 and £5.00;   Oldham Food Bank: £10.00;   Cornerstone:  £10.00;   Flowers:  £10.00.

PARISH  NEWS

  • CAFOD  DONATIONS: Please note that the Wall Box for donations, at the back of the church has been damaged by thieves and cannot now be opened.  DO NOT USE THIS BOX. All donations should be put in a CAFOD envelope (on the table at the back of church) and handed in to the piety shop or sacristy.
  • On the front of the Mass Offering envelope, will parishioners please carefully check that they have ticked the correct intention i.e. sick, lately dead, anniversary or private intention..
  • Faith of our Fathers 2:  A history of the developments in the parish over the last 20 years, containing photographs, testimonies and articles. Now available at the piety shop. Suggested donation of £5.00 to defray the cost of printing.  An on-line copy is available, free of charge, on the parish web-site in ‘parish histories’ section.

TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS

  • “If we lose our memory, we destroy our future. May the anniversary of the Holocaust, the unspeakable cruelty that humanity learned of 75 years ago, serve as a summons to pause, to be still and to remember. We need to do this, lest we become indifferent.”
  • “The Beatitudes are the "identity card" of a Christian. They are not about the joy that passes, but about happiness that knows how to live side by side with suffering.”


“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY: Today the Church celebrates the feast of the Presentation of the Lord which occurs forty days after the birth of Jesus and is also known as Candlemas day, since the blessing of candles is included in today's liturgy.  It is also the anniversary of the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop John.
NEXT  SUNDAY is a Day of Prayer for Racial Justice and there will be a basket at the back of church if you wish to make a donation. The beneficiary is the Catholic Association for Racial Justice.

SMILE – A – WHILE

  • Frank went to  a psychiatrist and said, I keep thinking I’m a horse.” “I’m sure I can cure you,” the psychiatrist replied, “but it’ll cost you a lot of money.” “Well, money’s no object, Frank replied, “because I’ve just won the Grand National!”
  • Advertisement in the gardening section of an Irish newspaper:  Don’t kill yourself in your garden. Let us do it for you.
  • Mother: “Be quiet! You two children are always quarrelling. Why can’t you agree once in a while?”  Mary: We do agree. Jimmy wants the biggest apple – and so do I”.

FORTHCOMING  EVENTS
Please see the church notice board for further details of the following:
Parish Team meeting on Thursday 27th February at 7.30pm.
Sacramental Programme: 4th meeting – children’s and parents’ lesson at 3.00pm in Holy Rosary school on Thursday 12th March.
Sacramental Programme: 4th meeting -  children’s and parents’ lesson at 10.00am in the Parish House on Saturday 14th March.
Sacramental Programme : Mass at 10.00am in church on Sunday15th March with the topic of “We Celebrate God’s Gifts”.

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Blaise:  little is known about him except that he was Bishop of Armenia in the 4th century and is associated with the healing of throats.
St. Ansgar:  the missionary of Scandinavia who set out in 826 to preach the Gospel in Denmark, despite great difficulties but he persevered in his mission until he died in 865.
St. Agatha:  martyred in Sicily in the persecution of Decius (240 – 251).
St Paul Miki & Companions are Japanese martyrs. Towards the end of the 16th century there began a persecution of the church in Japan. Among those arrested were Paul Miki, a young Jesuit, and 25 others some as young as 13 and sent to Nagasaki where they were crucified.
St. Jerome Emilani: started adult life as a soldier but after capture and imprisonment he left his military career and began to serve the poor. He founded the “Order of Clerks Regular of Somaschi to serve the poor and needy. He died in 1537.
St. Josephine Bakhita: born in Sudan in 1869, she was kidnapped, sold as a slave and taken to Italy where she entered the Institute of Mary Magdalene of Canossa, and took part in the community life of prayer, cooking, sewing, and attending to the door. She died in 1947.

ITEMS  FROM  THE  PARISH  TEAM  MEETING  ON  JANUARY  23RD

  • Hope in the Future: The team studied the leaflets prepared by Colin and approved  them to be used at the meeting of lay ministers in a few weeks time.  This was after the following additions were made to the leaflet for Eucharistic Ministers:  i) Ministers should take their place in the sanctuary during the Sign of Peace in order to be in position in time for the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God). ii) Ministers should wipe the chalice on both sides – inside and out – when giving communion with the chalice.  iii) Ministers taking communion to the sick should not keep the Blessed Sacrament at home overnight before taking communion. (This is an instruction from the Bishop).
  • The team then considered the Ministry of Music.  Generally it was thought that the music at the Parish Mass, hymns etc.) is enjoyed and sung well.  It was suggested that we might consider singing the Responsorial Psalm.  It was agreed that this might take place, but not every week, and after consultation with Steve, the parish organist.

“Stay With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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3RD  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME (YEAR A) 
WEEK:  JANUARY 26TH - FEBUARY 1ST 2020

2ND  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME (YEAR A)

“This  is  the  one  I  spoke  of  when  I  said  :  A  man  is  coming  after  me  who  ranks  before  me  because  he  existed before  me ....... he  is  the  one  who  is  going  to  baptise  with  the  Holy  Spirit”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:  Sr. Catherine;   Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;   Sarah  Bell;   Breda  Barret;    Roy  Eaton;    Angela  Spencer;   Harry & Margaret  Lawless;   Lesley  Hayes;     Ann  Frost;    Anne  Devlin;   Mark  Wilson;   Emma  Golden,    Peter Hilton,   Paul Carroll;    Marie Jubb;     Kath  Tierney;   Terrence  Kenneally.
LATELY  DEAD:  Madeline  Mary  Summerscales;   Kenneth  Winger;   Rita  Lowe;   Jack  Lawton;   Tim  McCormack.
ANNIVERSARIES:  Catherine & Lewis  Laverty;   Joao  Luis  Silva;   Joe  Rimmer;   Victoria Otoghile. 
May They Rest in Peace.   

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:   £611.66   Loose   £423.37   Total:   £1,035.03
Thank you all for your continued generosity.

DONATIONS  / COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund:.£8.78;     CAFOD   £10.00;  £7; £1.00;   Oldham Food Bank  £10.00 and £10.00;  Cornerstone £10.00;  Missio  £34.64.

PARISH  NEWS

TWEET FROM POPE FRANCIS
“Ecumenical hospitality requires a willingness to listen to other Christians, paying attention to their personal stories of faith and to the history of their community.”
“This year, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was dedicated to the theme of hospitality.”

SMILE – A – WHILE

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY is Caritas Sunday and there will be a retiring collection after each Mass for Caritas Diocese of Salford. Formerly the Catholic Children’s Rescue Society (founded in 1886), Caritas Diocese of Salford has now expanded to respond to many areas of need in our parishes, from our work with the homeless, with children, families and the wider community, and in welcoming refugees. This time last year, thanks to your help, our appeal raised £29,833, which went directly to fund where the need was greatest; namely work with Children and Families in our Bolton Young Parents’ Home; work with Homeless people at Cornerstone Day Centre; and their work with Refugee education and integration.

FORTHCOMING  EVENTS
Please see the church notice board for further details of the following:
Sacramental Programme: 4th meeting – children’s and parents’ lesson at 3.00pm in Holy Rosary school on Thursday 12th March.
Sacramental Programme: 4th meeting -  children’s and parents’ lesson at 10.00am in the Parish House on Saturday 14th March.
Sacramental Programme : Mass at 10.00am in church on Sunday15th March with the topic of “We Celebrate God’s Gifts”.

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Angela Merici:  born in Italy around 1470, she entered the Order of St. Francis and gathered girls around her to share the work of charity. She founded the Ursulines (who were devoted to education of poor girls in Brescia in 1535 and died in 1540.
St. Thomas Aquinas: born in Italy around 1225, entered the Dominican Order and studied under St. Albert the Great in Cologne, an outstanding writer and teacher of philosophy.
St. John Bosco:  born near Turin in 1815, he was ordained priest and laboured to improve the education of young people, founding a religious congregation (the Salesians) for this purpose.

YEAR OF THE WORD: Pope Francis has designated today as the start of this special year., when we are asked to pay special attention to the Word of God in the Scriptures.  The Parish Team are in the process of organising an event, later in the year, in order to help parishioners join in this celebration.

WORLD HOLOCOST DAY is on 27th January.  Many Christians will be keeping this in their thoughts and prayers at this time.

“Stay With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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2ND  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME (YEAR A) 
WEEK:  JANUARY 19TH - JANUARY 25TH 2020

2ND  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME (YEAR A)

“This  is  the  one  I  spoke  of  when  I  said  :  A  man  is  coming  after  me  who  ranks  before  me  because  he  existed before  me ....... he  is  the  one  who  is  going  to  baptise  with  the  Holy  Spirit”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:  Sr. Catherine;   Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;   Sarah  Bell;   Breda  Barret;    Roy  Eaton;    Angela  Spencer;   Harry & Margaret  Lawless;   Lesley  Hayes;     Ann  Frost;    Anne  Devlin;   Mark  Wilson;   Emma  Golden, Sr. Regina, Doris Wild, Baby Ruby Lee Farrow, Peter Hilton, Marie Jubb;   Sister  Eileen, Kath Tierney
LATELY  DEAD:  Richard Teefy, Carole Barnes, Anthony Richard Warburton, Teresa Flannigan,  Christtine  Barnes (former  teacher  at  St. Alban’s and St. Augustine’s schools); Teresa, Maureen and Veronica Crane and Sue Boothroyd.
ANNIVERSARIES;  Joe Rimmer, Olga Tyl,  Michael Mahady. May They Rest in Peace.   

COLLECTION:   Envelopes  £564.01   Loose   £519.58  Total:   £1083.59
Thank you all for your continued generosity.

DONATIONS  / COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
CAFOD  £10;   Oldham Food Bank  £10;   Cornerstone £10.

PARISH  NEWS

TWEET FROM POPE FRANCIS:
“The Lord has so much compassion, He involves Himself in our problems. Let us often repeat this simple prayer: Lord, I am a sinner, have mercy on me, have compassion for me.”
“Jesus had authority because there was consistency in what he taught and what he did, in how he lived. Authority is seen in this: consistency and witness”

SMILE – A – WHILE
Father Michael, of St Mary's church began his sermon with this story: 'I was on a plane last week, from Edinburgh to London, when we ran into some very severe weather which resulted in turbulence.  As it got worse, the passengers became more and more alarmed, and even the airline stewards began to look concerned.  Finally, one of them noticed that I had 'Reverend' in front of my name on the passenger list, so she approached me, and said, 'Sir, this is really frightening. Do you suppose you could, I don't know.........do something religious?'  So I took up a collection,' said Father Michael with a grin.
Father Phil (not that one), told the congregation, 'Next week I plan to preach about the sin of lying. To help you all understand my sermon, I want you all to read Mark, chapter 17.'  The following Sunday, as he prepared to deliver his sermon; Fr Phil asked for a show of hands, he wanted to know how many people had read Mark 17. Almost every hand went up.  ‘That’s great’ he said, ‘except, St Mark’s Gospel only has 16 chapters ...... NOW, about lying!

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY is a Day of Prayer for Peace.
THURSDAY:  Parish Team meeting on at 7.30pm in the Parish House.
SATURDAY: End of Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity.
NEXT SUNDAY is Caritas Sunday and there will be a retiring collection after each Mass for Caritas, Diocese of Salford. Formerly Catholic Children’s Rescue Society (founded in 1886), Caritas, Diocese of Salford, has now expanded to respond to many areas of need in our parishes, to include our work with the homeless, with children, families and the wider community, and in welcoming refugees. This time last year, thanks to your help, our appeal raised £29,833, which went directly to fund where the need was greatest; namely work with Children and Families in our Bolton Young Parents’ Home; work with Homeless people at Cornerstone Day Centre; and their work with Refugee education and integration.

FORTHCOMING  EVENTS
Please see the church notice board for further details of the following:
Sacramental Programme: 4th meeting – children’s and parents’ lesson at 3.00pm in Holy Rosary school on Thursday 12th March.
Sacramental Programme: 4th meeting -  children’s and parents’ lesson at 10.00am in the Parish House on Saturday 14th March.
Sacramental Programme : Mass at 10.00am in church on Sunday15th March with the topic of “We Celebrate God’s Gifts”.

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Fabian: chosen as Bishop of Rome in 236, he gave leadership when the Emperor Decius decided to restore pagan worship and he died a martyr  being buried on the Via Appia.
St. Sebastian; a native of Milan, he was martyred in Rome  and buried on the Appian Way.
St. Agnes; martyred at age of 12 or 13 around the year 300.
St. Vincent: a deacon from Spain who died in the persecution of Diocletian.
St. Francis de Sales: born in 1597, he was ordained priest and worked for the Church by distributing printed essays on the Catholic faith. As Bishop of Genoa, he was exemplary in his pastoral care.

THANK YOU
We have had letters of thanks from both the Oldham Food Bank and Cornerstone for our recent donations, totalling over £2000.  Our help is so greatly appreciated by those on the front line, fighting against poverty and homelessness on our own door step.

UNCLAIMED CHRISTMAS  DRAW PRIZES

3

£50

Marie Williams

1761

7

Box Roses Chocs

J. Leach

1599

Unclaimed Prizes will be kept until February 1st 2020 after which they will be recycled.

JUST  A  PRAYER
Just a little word of kindness, just a little word of love,
Just a little smile of tenderness are all blessings from above.
Just a little thought of comfort, just a token that you care,
Just a little gesture of sympathy may be answer to a prayer.
Just a little smile of happiness and a little song of peace.
Just a word of praise at eventide will give the soul release.
For the little bit of kindness and the little bit of care.
The little bit of tenderness are the essence of a prayer.

“Stay With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD (YEAR A) 
WEEK:  JANUARY 12TH - JANUARY 18TH 2020

THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD (YEAR A)

A voice spoke from heaven
’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:  Sr. Catherine;   Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;   Sarah  Bell;   Breda  Barret;    Roy  Eaton;    Angela  Spencer;   Harry & Margaret  Lawless;   Lesley  Hayes;     Ann  Frost;    Anne  Devlin;   Mark  Wilson;   Emma  Golden, Sr. Regina, Doris Wild, Baby Ruby Lee Farrow, Peter Hilton, Paul Carroll. Marie Jubb.
LATELY  DEAD:  Richard Teefey, Maureen Arthur, Michael Winterburn.
Rita Lowe (Walsingham Association)
ANNIVERSARIES Margaret Grudzien, Judith Dwyer, Sergio Auxtero, Margaret Blachburn, Joe Beswick, Anthony Holland, Paddy Joe Canny, Alan Henthorn, Myron Patra, Ron Kain, Mary and Robert McFall,.
May They Rest in Peace.   

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:   £610.90;    Loose   £361.75;    Total:   £972.65.
Thank you all for your continued generosity.

DONATIONS  / COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund:.£0.00.  Christmas Donation from Polish Community £750.58  CAFOD   £22.03,  £10;   Oldham Food Bank  £10;   Cornerstone £20.

PARISH  NEWS
Shop sale:  all 2020 Catholic calendars and children’s books have been reduced to less than half price.

TWEET FROM POPE FRANCIS:
Salvation is in the name of Jesus. We must testify to this.  He is the only Saviour.

SMILE – A – WHILE
Two beggars were sitting on a park bench in Ireland.  One was holding a cross and the other a Star of David.  Both were holding hats to collect contributions.  People walked by, lifted their noses at the man with the Star of David and dropped money into the hat of the man with the cross.  Soon, the hat of the man with the cross was filled and the hat of the man with the Star of David was empty. Father O'Malley, the priest, was watching for a while and then approached the men. He said to the man with the Star of David, 'Don't you realize that this is a Catholic country?  You'll never get any contributions holding a Star of David.'  The man turned to the one with the cross and said, 'Moishe, can you imagine, this guy is trying to tell us how to run our business?'

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY  is the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, (End of the Christmas Season)
: Sacramental Programme: Mass in church at 10.00am with the theme: “We Are People Who Celebrate God’s Word”.
SATURDAY: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins.

THANK YOU
We have had letters of thanks from both the Oldham Food Bank and Cornerstone for our recent donations, totalling over £2000.  Our help is so greatly appreciated by those on the front line, fighting against poverty and homelessness on our own door step..

FORTHCOMING  EVENTS
Please see the church notice board for further details of the following:
Parish Team meeting on Thursday 23rd January at 7.30pm.
Sacramental Programme: 4th meeting – children’s and parents’ lesson at 3.00pm in Holy Rosary school on Thursday 12th March.
Sacramental Programme: 4th meeting -  children’s and parents’ lesson at 10.00am in the Parish House on Saturday 14th March.
Sacramental Programme : Mass at 10.00am in church on Sunday15th March with the topic of “We Celebrate God’s Gifts”.

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St  Hilary (Bishop and Doctor of the Church). : Born of pagan parents in Poitiers in France in 315; he and his family were baptised, and shortly afterwards Hilary was chosen as bishop of Poitiers; he fought strenuously against Arianism, being exiled to Phrygia for this. He died in 367, after publishing works outstanding in their doctrine.
St. Anthony (Abbot): Inspired by the words of the Lord “Sell everything you own and give it to the poor” Anthony retired to the Egyptian desert at the age of twenty; he attracted many followers, who shared his ascetic life, and bequeathed to the Church an example of life spent in solitude and total devotion to prayer. He died in the year 356, aged about 105 

2020 AT ST PATRICKS
2020 looks like it is going to be  a full and exciting year, as usual, for our parish community.
We began the year with Holy Mass with around 200 people meeting to seek God’s blessing on the year and to celebrate the Feast of Mary, the Mother of God. In the early part of the year the Parish Team, together with Fr. Phil, will be planning our next Ten Year Plan, as required by our Parish Mission Statement. The main event planned for 2020 is of course our 150th anniversary of the opening of this church in June. Plans are already underway, which involve the installation and dedication by the bishop of  the new ‘Unity’ Window.  The   booklet ‘Faith of our Fathers 2’ which  gives details of the changes and development of the parish over the last 20 years should be out in about a month or so. We expect that our practice of a fundamental option for the poor, as stated in our Mission Statement will continue.  Our charitable giving last year was exceptional.  All in all it looks as though we are going to be busy about the Lord’s work ........ again.

UNCLAIMED CHRISTMAS  DRAW PRIZES

3 £50 Marie Williams 1761
7 Box Roses Chocs J. Leach 1599

Unclaimed Prizes will be kept until February 1st 2020 after which they will be recycled.

“Stay With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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THE  EPIPHANY  OF  THE  LORD (YEAR A) 
WEEK:  JANUARY 5TH - JANUARY 11TH 2020

THE  EPIPHANY  OF  THE  LORD  (YEAR A)

.......they  saw  the  child  with  his  mother  Mary,  and  falling  to  their  knees  they  did  him  homage.  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:  Sr. Catherine;   Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;   Andrea  Spencer;   Sarah  Bell;   Breda  Barret; Roy Eaton;    Angela  Spencer; Michael O’Connor;   Harry & Margaret  Lawless;   Lesley  Hayes;     Ann  Frost; Anne  Devlin; Mark  Wilson; Emma  Golden;   Rita  Wells, Sr. Regina, Doris Wild, Baby Ruby Lee Farrow, Peter Hilton. 
LATELY  DEAD:  Richard Teefey, Lucy Thornhill, Christopher Eames    
ANNIVERSARIES:   James & Hannah  Sexton;   James  Fogg (Snr.);  Dorothy & Keith      Taylor -  Holroyd;   Janet  Shaw; Patrick and Margaret Kelley, Laura Silva, Joanna Felismina Jesus, Frances Atkinson, Nathan McLean.  May They Rest in Peace.                                                   

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:   £477.17;    Loose   £426.91;    Total:   £904.08.
Thank you all for your continued generosity.

DONATIONS  / COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £20. CAFOD   £21, £10;   Oldham Food Bank  £10;   

PARISH  NEWS

TWEETS FROM POPE FRANCIS:
Let us ask for the Grace to live this New Year with the desire to take others to heart and to care for them.

SMILE – A – WHILE
After Quasimodo's death, Bishop Thomas of the cathedral of Notre Dame sent word through the streets of Paris that a new bell ringer was needed. The bishop decided that he would conduct the interviews personally and went up into the belfry to begin the screening process.  After observing while several applicants demonstrated their skills, he decided to call it a day.  Just then a lone, armless man approached him and announced that he was there to apply for the bell ringer's job.  Bishop Thomas was incredulous. 'You have no arms..’ No matter,' said the man, 'observe!' He then began striking the bells with his face, producing a beautiful melody on the carillon. The bishop listened in astonishment, convinced that he had finally found a suitable replacement for Quasimodo. Suddenly, while rushing forward to strike a bell, the armless man tripped and plunged headlong out of the belfry window to his death in the street below. The stunned bishop immediately rushed down the stairways. When he reached the street, a crowd had gathered around the fallen figure, drawn by the beautiful music they had heard only moments before. As they silently parted to let the bishop through, one of them asked, 'Bishop, who was this man?'  'I don't know his name,' the bishop sadly replied, 'but his face rings a bell.'

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY  is the feast of the Epiphany of the Lord, a Holyday of Obligation, which has been transferred from January 6th.
THURSDAY: Sacramental Programme:  3rd meeting – children & parents’ lesson at 3.00pm in Holy Rosary school.
SATURDAY: Sacramental Programme: 3rd meeting – children & parent’s lesson at 10.00am in the Parish House.
SUNDAY: Sacramental Programme: Mass in church at 10.00am with the topic “We Are People Who Celebrate God’s Word”.

FORTHCOMING  EVENTS
Please see the church notice board for further details of the following:
Parish Team meeting on Thursday 23rd January at 7.30pm.
Sacramental Programme: 4th meeting – children’s and parents’ lesson at 3.00pm in Holy Rosary school on Thursday 12th March.
Sacramental Programme: 4th meeting -  children’s and parents’ lesson at 10.00am in the Parish House on Saturday 14th March.
Sacramental Programme : Mass at 10.00am in church on Sunday15th March with the topic of “We Celebrate God’s Gifts”.

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Raymond of Penyafort: at the age of 47, he became a Dominican and then confessor to the pope and collated the decrees of popes and councils. He also wrote a book on the Sacrament of Penance for the use of priests. He died, aged about 100, in 1275.
St Raymond is recognised as the patron saint of canon lawyers.

THE FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY is also known as ‘The Manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles’  There are several times in the scriptures when Christ is manifest or shown to unbelievers.  The first we celebrate is this feast of the Epiphany.  Next week, another manifestation: ‘The Baptism of the Lord’ and there are other times too such as the Wedding at Cana in Galilee..
The Epiphany also marks ‘twelfth night’ the end of the Christmas Season ..... or does it?  Well , it did before Pope Saint Paul VI altered the General Calendar of the Roman Church on February 14th 1969 when the official end to the Christmas Season became  the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.
In the Middle Ages, the Christmas Season went on until Candlemas, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (February 2nd).  There would be a few buckets full of pine needles if we still had to keep our Christmas Trees up that long now!

UNCLAIMED CHRISTMAS  DRAW PRIZES

3

£50

Marie Williams

1761

7

Box Roses Chocs

J. Leach

1599

12

Btl Schloer Grape Juice

Cathy J. B.

4509

Unclaimed Prizes will be kept until February 1st 2020 after which they will be recycled.

“Stay With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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THE  HOLY  FAMILY  OF  JESUS, MARY & JOSEPH   (YEAR A) 
WEEK:  DECEMBER 29TH 2019 - JANUARY 4TH 2020

THE  HOLY  FAMILY  OF  JESUS,  MARY  &  JOSEPH   (YEAR A)

“.......when  Joseph  learnt  that  Archelaus  had  succeeded  his  father  Herod  as  ruler  of  Judaea,  he  was  afraid  to  go  there,  and  being  warned  in  a  dream  he  left  for  the  region  of  Galilee.  There  he  settled  in  a  town  called  Nazareth.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:  Sr. Catherine;   Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;   Andrea  Spencer;   Sarah  Bell;   Breda  Barret; Roy  Eaton;    Angela  Spencer; Michael O’Connor; Harry & Margaret  Lawless;   Lesley Hayes; Ann Frost; Anne Devlin; Mark Wilson; Emma Golden; Rita Wells
LATELY  DEAD:   Mary  McDermott;   Peter  Gartside.     
ANNIVERSARIES:   Markijanas  Sokolovas; Dennis  Buckley; Margaret  Daley;   Margaret  Hywel. May They Rest in Peace. 

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:   £1,105.27;    Loose   £1,416.30;    Total:   £2,521.57 (including Christmas)  Thank you all for your continued generosity.

DONATIONS  / COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £100.00  (from the Filipino Dance Group) and  £11.77   Gift Aided:  £0.00.                      
CAFOD   £20.00;  £10.00;  £7.10;   Oldham Food Bank  £50.00;  £10.00;   £10.00;   Cornerstone  £27.29;   £20.00;  £10.00.

PARISH  NEWS

TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
“Dear brother, dear sister, if your hands seem empty, if you think your heart is poor in love, this night is for you. The grace of God has appeared to shine forth in your life. Accept it and the light of Christmas will shine forth in you.”
“The nativity scene reminds us how important it is to stop and contemplate. Because only when we recollect ourselves can we embrace what counts in life. Only if we leave the noise of the world outside can we open ourselves to listening to God, who speaks in silence.”

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FORTHCOMING  EVENTS
Please see the church notice board for further details of the following:
Sacramental Programme:  3rd meeting – children & parents’ lesson at 3.00pm in Holy Rosary school on Thursday 9th January.
Sacramental Programme: 3rd meeting – children & parent’s lesson at 10.00am in the Parish House on Saturday 11th January.
Sacramental Programme: Mass in church at 10.00am on Sunday 12th January with the topic
“We Are People Who Celebrate God’s Word”.
Parish Team meeting on Thursday 23rd January at 7.30pm.

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Sylvester I: became Pope in 314 in the reign of the Emperor Constantine and fought against heresies.
Ss. Basil the Great & Gregory Nazianzen: close friends and of the Eastern church in the 4th century. Basil was Bishop of Caesarea and promoted the monastic life. Gregory was Bishop of Constantinople – he retired to a monastery.
The Most Holy Name of Jesus: the greatest promoters of this devotion were St. Bernardine of Siena and St. John of Capistrano. As the devotion was new, he was accused before the pope but was successfully defended by John.

CHRISTMAS  PRIZE  DRAW

1

£200  CASH

3911

NIGE  YEO

2

£100  CASH

1615

M.  FERRARA  (TERESA)

3

£50  CASH

1761

MARIE  WILLIAMS

4

1 LT. BTL FAMOUS GROUSE  WHISKY

2135

E.  GRANELLI

5

RINGTON’S XMAS HAMPER

6431

ANGELA  AGUSTIN

6

BOTTLE  OF  RED  WINE

2516

SUSAN  LEES

7

BOX OF ROSES CHOCOLATES

1599

MR. J. LEACH

8

BOTTLE  OF  WHITE  WINE

3435

M. McGLADDERY

9

BOX  OF  QUALITY  STREET

6656

LISA  LEE

10

BOTTLE  OF  RED  WINE

4000

YVONNE  ASHWORTH

11

PACK OF CHRISTMAS CHUTNEYS

10

P.  HIGSON

12

BTL SCHLOER GRAPE JUICE

4509

CATHY  J - B

13

FOX’S  BISCUIT  SELECTION

2401

AIMEE  MASON

14

TRAD. ENGLISH TEA & CADDY

6221

LOUISE  CLARKE

15

SCOTTISH SHORTBREAD SELECTION

5321

E.  P.

Prizes can be collected from church on receipt of the winning counterfoil. Those not claimed by January 31st will be “re–cycled”.

WITH  BEST  WISHES  FOR  A  HAPPY, SUCCESSFUL  AND  HEALTHY  2020  TO  ALL  OUR  READERS

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4TH  SUNDAY  OF  ADVENT   (YEAR A) 
WEEK:  DECEMBER  22ND   -   DECEMBER 28TH  2019

4TH   SUNDAY  OF  ADVENT   (YEAR A)

The  angel  said:  “Joseph,  son  of  David,  do  not  be  afraid  to  take  Mary  home  as  your  wife,  because  she  has  conceived  what  is  in  her  by  the  Holy  Spirit.  She  will  conceive  and  give  birth  to  a  son  and  they  will  call  him  Emmanuel,  a  name  which  means  ‘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:  Sr. Catherine;   Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;   Andrea  Spencer;   Sarah  Bell;   Breda  Barret;    Roy  Eaton;    Angela  Spencer;      Michael O’Connor;   Harry & Margaret  Lawless;   Lesley  Hayes;     Ann  Frost;    Anne  Devlin;   Mark  Wilson;   Emma  Golden;   Rita  Wells. 
LATELY  DEAD:   Mary  McDermott;   Peter  Gartside;   Joan  Mullaney;   Dale  Kremner-Wood;   Kathleen  McBegarty.     
ANNIVERSARIES:   Henriett  Monteiro;   Destoliano  Carvalho;   Mary  Dillamore;   Wilfred & Raymond  Brooks;   Frances  Michailuk;    Herbert & Nellie  Hilton;   Robert  & Kathleen  Shepherd;   Nick  Kuczeresky;   Julie  White.   Claire  Higham. May They Rest in Peace.                  

IN  THANKSGIVING  FOR:  recovery from sickness within the family.

CHRISTMAS  MASSES  FOR: Anthony  Flatley;   Jeff  Wright;  the Doyle family.

COLLECTION:  Envelopes:   £602.28;    Loose   £365.08;    Total:   £967.36.
Thank you all for your continued generosity.

DONATIONS  / COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund:   £32.00;  £100.00;  £10.00;  £8.16. Gift Aided:  £0.00.  
CAFOD   £16.39 and  £10.00;   Oldham Food Bank  £10.00;  £10.00;    Sanctuary flowers  £10.00;   Cornerstone  £30.00  and  £10.00.

PARISH  NEWS

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY:   the Christmas Draw will take place after the 10.00am Mass. Please make sure that you hand in your completed counterfoils before the start of Mass

LIVE SIMPLY: RECIPES: Our plan to publish easy 'living simply' recipes seems to have been neglected over the weeks, so we have decided to revive it.  Parishioners with favourite recipes of  of their own can forward them to the office for possible inclusion in the newsletter. We begin our series with: Bishop John's Rice and Veg.
Ingredients: Rice (enough), chopped onion, squashed garlic clove, leftover vegetables, veg. stock, olive oil.
Method: Heat onion and garlic in the oil.  After a couple of minutes add the vegetables.  Remove from pan and add the rice, heating it until it absorbs the oil.  Add vegetable stock and bring to the boil.  Put the vegetables back in, then transfer to a casserole dish.  Cook in the oven at 180 degrees, covered, for about 35 minutes, until the rice is cooked through.  When rice is ready, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and black pepper.  Enjoy!

FORTHCOMING  EVENTS
Please see the church notice board for further details of the following:
Parish Team meeting on Thursday 23rd January at 7.30pm.

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. John of Kanty: born in Poland in 1390, after ordination he taught at university and was a good example of learning, erudition, charity and holiness.
St. Stephen: the first Christian martyr, a Jew and was stoned to death.
St. John: the son of Zebedee and Salome, brother of apostle James, he wrote a Gospel and was the longest living apostle and the only one not to die a martyr.
The Holy Innocents: Christian feast in remembrance of the massacre of young children in Bethlehem by King Herod in his attempt to kill the infant Jesus. The slain children were regarded by the early church as the first martyrs,

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A  HAPPY,  HOLY,  AND  PEACEFUL   CHRISTMAS  TO  READERS  OF  THE  NEWSLETTER

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3RD  SUNDAY  OF  ADVENT   (YEAR A) 
WEEK:  DECEMBER  15TH   -   DECEMBER 21ST  2019

3RD  SUNDAY  OF  ADVENT   (YEAR A)

“.......the  blind  see  again,  and  the  lame  walk,  lepers  are  cleansed,  and  the  deaf  hear,  and  the  dead  are  raised  to  life  and  the  Good  News  is  proclaimed  to  the  poor;  and  happy  is  the  man  who  does  not  lose  faith  in  me.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:  Sr. Catherine;   Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;   Andrea  Spencer;   Sarah  Bell;   Breda  Barret;    Roy  Eaton;    Angela  Spencer;      Michael O’Connor;   Harry & Margaret  Lawless;   Lesley  Hayes;   Peter  Gartside;    Ann  Frost;    Anne  Devlin;   Mark  Wilson;   Emma  Golden. 
LATELY  DEAD:   Mary  McDermott;    Maureen  Teresa  Wroe;   Eileen  Rankin;   Hilda  Coles;   Jaden  Okoye;   Joseph  Sebastian.   
ANNIVERSARIES:   Vincent & Ethel  Concannon;    Patrick & Mary  Glenfield;   Patricia  Locke. May They Rest in Peace.                  

IN  THANKSGIVING  FOR:  the birthdays of   Fred  Dyson  and  Anna  Biczo.

CHRISTMAS  MASSES  FOR:  Dawn Cookson – Martinez 7 baby Robbie;   Sophie  Royale;   Fr.  R. McKee;   Fr.  Derek  Woodhead;   Margaret  Wright;   Michael  Laverty;   Michael & Lorraine;   Cora  Overton;     Steph  Keogh;   Beatrice  Tucker.                                   

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:   £557.74;    Loose   £480.09;    Total:   £1,037.83.
Thank you all for your continued generosity

DONATIONS  / COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund:   £20.00,  £12.86  and  £10.45. Gift Aided:  £0.00.
CAFOD   £10.00  and  £7.39;   Oldham Food Bank  £10.00;   Missio  £51.00,  £6.16 and £5.79;     Cornerstone  £20.00.

PARISH  NEWS

CHRISTMAS  FAYRE  |PRIZE  RAFFLE
All numbers are white / yellow tickets and of the 15 prizes, there are only five unclaimed. These will be kept in the piety shop until January 1st after which they will be “recycled”.

3 RINGTON’S  CHRISTMAS  BREAKFAST  SET

139

 

6 ROSES  CHOCOLATES

216

 

7 CHRISTMAS  PRESERVES

258

 

10 FOX’S  BISCUITS

253

 

12 SCOTTISH  SHORTBREAD

262

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY:  The Parish Advent Reconciliation Service at 3.00pm.
NEXT  SUNDAY:  the Christmas Draw will take place after the 10.00am Mass. Please make sure that you hand in your completed counterfoils before the start of Mass.

LIVE SIMPLY: RECIPES: Our plan to publish easy 'living simply' recipes seems to have been neglected over the weeks, so we have decided to revive it.  Parishioners with favourite recipes of  of their own can forward them to the office for possible inclusion in the newsletter. We begin our series with: Bishop John's Rice and Veg.
Ingredients: Rice (enough), chopped onion, squashed garlic clove, leftover vegetables, veg. stock, olive oil.
Method: Heat onion and garlic in the oil.  After a couple of minutes add the vegetables.  Remove from pan and add the rice, heating it until it absorbs the oil.  Add vegetable stock and bring to the boil.  Put the vegetables back in, then transfer to a casserole dish.  Cook in the oven at 180 degrees, covered, for about 35 minutes, until the rice is cooked through.  When rice is ready, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and black pepper.  Enjoy!

FORTHCOMING  EVENTS
Please see the church notice board for further details of the following:
Christmas Services:   the First Mass of Christmas will be at 8.00pm on Christmas Eve, preceded by a Carol Service starting at 7.30pm. The Parish Mass of Christmas will be at the usual time of 10.00am.  There will be no evening Mass.
Parish Team meeting on Thursday 23rd January at 7.30pm.

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
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”.

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2ND  SUNDAY  OF  ADVENT   (YEAR A) 
WEEK:  DECEMBER  8TH   -   DECEMBER 14th    2019

2ND   SUNDAY  OF  ADVENT   (YEAR A)

“I  baptise  you  in  water  for  repentance,  but  the  one  who  follows  me  is  more  powerful  than  I  am,  and  I  am  not  fit  to  carry  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:  Sr. Catherine;   Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;   Andrea  Spencer;   Sarah  Bell;   Breda  Barret;    Roy  Eaton;    Angela  Spencer;      Michael O’Connor;   Harry & Margaret  Lawless;   Lesley  Hayes;   Peter  Gartside;    Ann  Frost;    Anne  Devlin;   Mark  Wilson. 
LATELY  DEAD:   Mary  McDermot;    Nick  Walmsley.   
ANNIVERSARIES:   Elizabeth  Lucas;   Michael  McGrother;   Piotr & Anna  Kopacz; Charlie  Kopacz;   Zofia  Fillingham;   Richard  Charles  Alty.   May They Rest in Peace.                   

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:   £554.06;    Loose   £400.25;    Total:   £954.31.
Thank you all for your continued generosity

DONATIONS  / COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund:   £4.51. Gift Aided:  £0.00.
CAFOD   £44.53  and  £10.00;   Oldham Food Bank  £10.00;   Missio  £3.12;  Retired Priests’ Fund  £20.00.

PARISH  NEWS

CHRISTMAS  FAYRE
Many thanks to the organisers, stall holders, volunteers and supporters for an enjoyable afternoon which raised a wonderful profit of £1,240 for church funds. The entertainment was excellent - possibly a few 'Britain's Got Talent' contestants there!

PRIZE  RAFFLE
All numbers are white / yellow tickets and of the 15 prizes, there are only five unclaimed. These will be kept in the piety shop until January 1st after which they will be “recycled”.

3

RINGTON’S  CHRISTMAS  BREAKFAST  SET

139

6

ROSES  CHOCOLATES

216

7

CHRISTMAS  PRESERVES

258

10

FOX’S  BISCUITS

253

12

SCOTTISH  SHORTBREAD

262

CORNERSTONE: are making a special appeal for bags! Yes, BAGS: Full of used / new hats /gloves / sanitary & hygiene products / hand gel / tissues / wipes etc.  They will hand them on to women and men who are homeless.  If over the next two weeks you can drop them off at the church, we will get them to Cornerstone.  Many thanks.

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
NEXT  SUNDAY:  The Parish Advent Reconciliation Service  will be at 3.00pm.

TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
The Church exists to keep alive in people’s heart the memory that God loves them. It exists to tell everyone, even those furthest away: “God doesn’t forget you, He cares about you”.
Today the Church praises stability. “Trust in the Lord forever, because the Lord is an eternal Rock” (Isa 26:4). Those who trust in the Lord will always be safe, because their foundations are sunk into the Rock.
Let us pray for all the pastors of the Church, that they might guide the flock entrusted to them with the same firmness and tenderness of the Good Shepherd.

FORTHCOMING  EVENTS
Please see the church notice board for further details of the following:
Christmas Services:   the First Mass of Christmas will be at 8.00pm on Christmas Eve, preceded by a Carol Service starting at 7.30pm. The Parish Mass of Christmas will be at the usual time of 10.00am.  There will be no evening Mass.
Parish Team meeting on Thursday 23rd January at 7.30pm.

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Damasus I: born in Spain, he became pope in 366 and encouraged devotion to the Roman martyrs, writing verses to adorn their resting places.
St. Lucy: a Sicilian martyr who died in the persecution of Diocletian. An example of innocence and faithfulness, her cult was popular in the early Church.
St. John of the Cross: born in 1542, he was a Carmelite friar who reformed the Order.

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A husband is advised by a psychiatrist to assert himself. "You don't have to let your wife henpeck you. Go home and show her you're the boss." The husband takes the doctor's advice. He rushes home, slams the door, shakes his fist in his wife's face, and growls, "From now on, you're taking orders from me. I want my supper right now, and when you get it on the table, go upstairs, and lay out my best clothes. Tonight, I'm going out with the boys, and you are going to stay at home where you belong. And another thing, guess who's going to comb my hair, give me a shave, and tie my necktie?" His wife says calmly, "The undertaker."

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

1ST  SUNDAY  OF  ADVENT   (YEAR A)

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

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

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

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

PARISH  NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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