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

“Stay With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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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.”

SMILE – A – WHILE

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

“Stay With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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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

“Stay With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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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”.

ITEMS  FROM  THE  PARISH  TEAM  MEETING  HELD  ON  NOVEMBER 28TH  

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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.

SMILE – A – WHILE
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.

SMILE – A – WHILE

“Stay With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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