23RD SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME  (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  SEPTEMBER 8TH  - SEPTEMBER 14TH 2019

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“If  anyone  comes  to  me  without  hating  his  father, mother,  wife,  children,  brothers,  sisters,  yes  and  his  own  life  too,  he  cannot  be  my  disciple.  Anyone  who  does  not  carry  his  cross  and  come  after  me  cannot  be  my  disciple.”

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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;    Dennis  Turner;   David  Daka;   Frank  Booth;    John  Green;    Rita  Lowe;   Linda  Coulter;   Theresa  Murtagh;   Paddy  Boland;   Maureen  Smith;   Ann  Frost;   Patricia  Haines.
LATELY  DEAD:   Mariea  Marrone.
ANNIVERSARIES:  Anthony  Kitto. May  they  Rest  in  Peace

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £548.11;    Loose:  £312.01;    Total:  £860.12.
Retiring collection for St. Patrick’s Missionary Society:  £540.68
Thank you all for your continued generosity
DONATIONS  / COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £6.80 Gift Aided:  £0.00
CAFOD:  £30.00  and  £10.00;  Oldham Food Bank £10.00;   Missio  £18.93.   

PARISH  NEWS:
The following statement was released August 29, 2019, by Bishop John Arnold, lead Catholic Bishop for the Environment in England and Wales. Sunday 1st September marks the “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.” This day of prayer was instituted in the Catholic Church in 2015 by Pope Francis, although it has been celebrated in the Orthodox Church since 1989. It also marks the start of the “Season of Creation,” which unites Christians in prayer and action for the protection of our common home. The Season of Creation ends on 4 October, the feast day of St Francis of Assisi. During this season we are encouraged to deepen our relationship with God, our neighbour, and the earth we share, being ever more attentive to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. Especially at this time, with attention on the fires in the Amazon Rainforest, we pray for those in positions of power and influence to be effective ‘guardians of God’s creation,’ which includes all of us who exercise influence as consumers. We also pray for those who are involved in the preparations for the Synod on the Amazon, that their discussions will be fruitful in highlighting the challenges faced in the region and bringing more people to the Good News of Jesus Christ. We all have our part to play in caring for our common home, and in our recent statement, “Guardians of God’s Creation” we encourage a Christian spirituality of ecology, and a call to a new lifestyle, beginning in personal and family life. As disciples, we are invited to be part of the redeeming mission of Christ and to approach our task with joy and gratitude. “Rather than a problem to be solved, the world is a joyful mystery to be contemplated with gladness and praise [Laudato Si’, 12].”We invite you to pray with us, especially on 1 September, but throughout the Season of Creation.

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY:  We welcome back Fr. Phil and hope that he enjoyed his well-earned break.
We thank Fr Joseph Archibong of St Patrick's Missionary Society (the Kiltegan Fathers)) who offered the Sunday Masses for us and made an appeal on behalf of his community. Fr. Phil will keep the appeal open for two weeks for the benefit of those who might not have had money with them on the day. Any donations should be put in an envelope marked 'Appeal' and put in the collection plate as usual.  Any cheques should as always be made out to 'St. Patrick's Church'. At the end of the 10.00am Mass, he thanked the Indian choir and our organist Steve, then serenaded us with the Abba hit “Thank you for the Music” which all the congregation joined in with enthusiastically, before giving him rapturous applause. 
Today (September 8th) is celebrated by most Christians as  Our Lady's Birthday.  However, it is not kept this year as it falls on Sunday which like all Sundays is a Solemnity in honour of the Resurrection of the Lord, and therefore takes precedence.  However, a member of the Indian community has donated the special floral arrangement on our Lady's altar, which is a fine tribute in honour of Mother Mary.  Thank you.

FORTHCOMING  EVENTS
Please see the church notice board for further details of the following:
Parish Team meeting on Thursday 26th September at 7.30pm.
A Mass celebrated by the bishop for LGBT+ Catholics, friends and families on Saturday 12th October at 3.00pm at the church of the Holy Name, 336-339 Oxford Road, Manchester (next door to the Catholic Chaplaincy). 

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Peter Claver: born in Spain in 1580, he studied at Barcelona university and became a Jesuit. He joined the Jesuit mission in Columbia and ministered to the slaves arriving from Africa in the most dreadful conditions. He referred to himself as the “servant of the slaves” and continued this work until his death in 1654.
St. Ambrose Barlow: born in 1585 at Barlow Hall in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, he became a Benedictine after studies at Douai and Valladolid, before returning to Manchester to work for the Catholics of this region. He was famed for his preaching and love of the poor, walking long distances in order to fulfil his ministry. He was imprisoned at least four times before his final arrest and execution at Lancaster in 1641. His skull is preserved at Wardley Hall and his jaw-bone at St. Ambrose, Chorlton-cum-Hardy.
St. John Chrysostom: given the name Chrysostom (“Golden Mouth”), because of his excellent preaching, He was born in Antioch in 349 and after a glowing career as priest was made Bishop of Constantinople. Here, because of his preaching and care for justice he faced opposition from the Imperial court and was twice exiled.

SMILE – A – WHILE
Did you hear about the about the Southern Baptist who was in the habit of sneaking to the race track to bet on the horses? One day he was losing badly when he saw a priest step onto the track, walk up to line-up and bless one of the horses on the forehead. The horse was a long shot, but the Southern Baptist thought, "With the priest's blessing, surely this horse will win." He placed a small bet and, sure enough, the horse came in first. At the next race, the priest stepped onto the track and blessed another horse's forehead. Even though this horse was also a long shot, the Southern Baptist was a little bolder this time and placed a larger bet on that horse. Again, it won. A third time, the priest stepped onto the track and blessed a horse on the forehead. Like the others, this horse was also a long shot. The Southern Baptist placed an even larger bet this time and, sure enough the horse won. This pattern continued throughout the day with the priest blessing the forehead of a long shot horse, the Southern Baptist placing larger and larger bets and the horse always winning. At the last race of the day, the Southern Baptist thought, "I have got to go for broke here." With great anticipation, he watched as the priest stepped onto the field one more time, walked up to the line-up and blessed the forehead, eyes, ears and hooves of one of the horses. The Southern Baptist ran to the ticket counter and bet all he had on that horse. The horse came in dead last! As he was walking out, he saw the priest. Walking up to him, he demanded, "What happened? All day long you blessed horses and they won, even though they were long shots. Then at the last race you blessed a horse, I bet everything and the horse lost.""That's the problem with you Protestants," said the priest. "You can't tell the difference between a simple blessing and the Last Rites.


“Stay With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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22ND SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME  (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  SEPTEMBER 1ST  - SEPTEMBER 7TH 2019

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“... when you have a party invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; that they cannot pay you back means that you are fortunate, because repayment will be made to you when the virtuous rise again."

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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;  Dennis  Turner;   David  Daka;  Frank Booth; John Green; Rita Lowe; Linda Coulter; Theresa Murtagh; Paddy Boland; Maureen Smith.
LATELY  DEAD:  Marjorie Christopher; Maura Higgins; Paula Pitilla; Perla Josol Umusig.
ANNIVERSARIES:  John Chorley, Czeslaw Tyl; Regina Wisniewski.     
May  they  Rest  in  Peace
IN THANKSGIVING FOR A NEW JOB; Sara Daniel
COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £530.60;    Loose:  374.58;    Total:  £905.18.
Thank you all for your continued generosity

DONATIONS  / COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £11.12  Gift Aided:  £0.00
CAFOD:  £21.16;  Oldham Food Bank £10.00; Missio £16.69; Caritas; £10.00 

PARISH  NEWS

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY: We welcome Fr Joseph Archibong of St Patrick's Missionary Society (The Kiltegan Fathers) who will be offering the Sunday Masses for us and also making an appeal on behalf of his community. The community was founded in 1932 in Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow, Ireland and works mostly in Africa and South America. They are and international organisation bringing the faith to places where Christ is not known as well as growing Churches. I am certain that we will be giving Fr Joe our usual warm welcome and will be as generous as we can for his appeal. Fr Joe will keep the appeal open for a further two weeks for the benefit of those who might not have money on them on the day.

“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
“Whoever draws near to God will not stumble, but strives ahead: beginning anew, trying again, rebuilding.”
“We ask for the grace not to be lukewarm Christians, living on half measures, letting love grow cold”
“Saint John the Baptist who bore witness to the Messiah by dying for the truth, pray for us!”

FORTHCOMING  EVENTS
Please see the church notice board for further details of the following:
Parish Team meeting on Thursday 26th September at 7.30pm.

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Gregory the Great: born in Rome in 540, he became a civil servant and eventually Prefect of the City. He entered the Abbey of St. Andrew and was ordained deacon. Elected Pope in 590, he was skilled in preaching, writing and caring for the poor. He is called the “Apostle of England” because he sent Augustine to minister there after encountering English slaves in the Forum.
St. Cuthbert: born about 634 in Northumberland, by tradition, a shepherd boy he became a monk and prior at Melrose. After the Synod of Whitby, he became prior of Lindisfarne and won over the community to Roman customs. He left the monastery to live in solitude on the island of Inner Farne. For his last two years, he was bishop of Lindisfarne but returned to his island to die. He is remembered as the most popular of the Anglo-Saxon saints of N. England.

SMILE – A – WHILE
On their way to get married, a young Catholic couple is involved in a fatal car accident. The couple found themselves sitting outside the Pearly Gates waiting for St. Peter to process them into Heaven. While waiting, they began to wonder: Could they possibly get married in Heaven? When St. Peter showed up, they asked him. St. Peter said, "I don't know. This is the first time anyone has asked. Let me go find out,'" and he left. The couple sat and waited, and waited. Two months passed and the couple were still waiting. While waiting, they began to wonder what would happen if it didn't work out; could you get a divorce in heaven? After yet another month, St. Peter finally returned, looking somewhat bedraggled. "Yes," he informed the couple, "You can get married in Heaven." "Great!" said the couple, "But we were just wondering, what if things don't work out? Could we also get a divorce in Heaven?" St. Peter, red-faced with anger, slammed his clipboard onto the ground. "What's wrong?" asked the frightened couple. "OH, COME ON!" St. Peter shouted, "It took me three months to find a priest up here! Do you have any idea how long it'll take me to find a lawyer?"

The story of Adam and Eve was being carefully explained in the children's Sunday School class. Following the story, the children were asked to draw some picture that would illustrate the story. Little Bobby drew a picture of a car with three people in it. In the front seat was a man and in the back seat, a man and a woman. The teacher was at a loss to understand how this illustrated the lesson of Adam and Eve. Little Bobby was prompt with his explanation. "Why, this is God driving Adam and Eve out of the garden!"


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21ST SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME  (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  AUGUST 25TH  - AUGUST 31ST 2019

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“... men from the east and west, from north and south, will come to take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God.Yes, there are those now last who will be first, and those now first who will be last."

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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;    Peter  Gartside;   Michael O’Connor;   Maura  Higgins; Dennis  Turner;   David  Daka;  Frank Booth; John Green;Rita Lowe; Linda Coulter; Theresa Murtagh; Paddy Boland; Maureen Smith.
LATELY  DEAD:  Marjorie Christopher; Vincent Stott.
ANNIVERSARIES:  Edward Wild; Patrick & Mary Coen; Louisa Smith; Fermina R. Moniza; Joho Luiz Silva  James  &  Mary  Bowman.      May  they  Rest  in  Peace
BIRTHDAY  ANNIVERSARY of Robbie & Ena Sweeney 
COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £530.60;    Loose:  374.58;    Total:  £905.18.
Thank you all for your continued generosity

DONATIONS  / COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £100.00  and  £5.94 Gift Aided:  £0.00
CAFOD:  £21.06 and £10.00;  Oldham Food Bank £10.00;   Cornerstone  £50.00 and £20.00; Missio £16.85 

PARISH  NEWS

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
On Monday 26th August, Mass will  be celebrated at 11.00am in St. Mary’s R.C cemetery (Wardley) and St. Joseph’s R.C. cemetery (Moston)
SATURDAY; Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 10.30 - 11.45am.
NEXT SUNDAY (SEPT 1ST): We welcome Fr Joseph Archibong of St Patrick's Missionary Society (The Kiltegan Fathers) who will be offering the Sunday Masses for us and also making an appeal on behalf of his community. The community was founded in 1932 in Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow, Ireland and works mostly in Africa and South America. They are and international organisation bringing the faith to places where Christ is not known as well as growing Churches. I am certain that we will be giving Fr Joe our usual warm welcome and will be as generous as we can for his appeal. Fr Joe will keep the appeal open for a further two weeks for the benefit of those who might not have money on them on the day.

FORTHCOMING  EVENTS
Please see the church notice board for further details of the following:
Parish Team meeting on Thursday 26th September at 7.30pm.

“Stay With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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19TH  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME  (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  AUGUST 11TH  - AUGUST 17TH 2019

19TH  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME  (YEAR  C)

“.......if  the  householder had known at  what  hour  the  burglar  would  come,  he  would  not  have  let  anyone  break  through  the  wall  of  his  house.  You  too  must  stand  ready,  because  the  Son  of  Man  is  coming  at  an  hour  you  do  not  expect.”

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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;    Peter  Gartside;   Michael O’Connor;   Maura  Higgins;   Leslie  Hayes;   Veronica  Short;   Anne  Frost;   David  Atherton (Snr);   Dennis  Turner;   David  Daka;  Mathew  M.  J.
LATELY  DEAD:  Anna  Rausz;     Bernard  Fernandes;   Burtie  Barrows;   Irene  Simm.
ANNIVERSARIES:   Mary  Whittaker;    Mary  Frances  Park;   Noel  Lyons; Carthage  Minnock;   James  &  Mary  Bowman.      May  they  Rest  in  Peace
BIRTHDAY  ANNIVERSARY  MASS  for  Catherine  Brown.

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £616.56;    Loose:  £391.16;    Total:  £1,007.72.
Thank you all for your continued generosity
DONATIONS  / COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £20.00  and  £11.12 Gift Aided:  £0.00                       
CAFOD:  £10.00;  Oldham Food Bank £10.00;   Cornerstone  £20.00;  altar  flowers  £20.00; 

PARISH  NEWS

 “WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY  sees the reception into Church of Daniel Jones during the 10.00am Mass. Welcome into our parish community and we wish you many future blessings.
On Monday 26th August, Mass will  be celebrated at 11.00am in St. Mary’s R.C cemetery (Wardley) and St. Joseph’s R.C. cemetery (Moston)

“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
“The Lord invites all of us to conquer resentment with love and forgiveness, and to live the Christian faith with consistency and courage.”
“Thank you for the joy with which you have offered your lives. Thank you for all the times you welcomed those who have fallen, caring for their wounds and showing tenderness and compassion.” To My Brother Priests
“Indigenous peoples, with their variety of languages, cultures, traditions, and ancestral knowledge, remind us that we are all responsible for the care of Creation, which God has entrusted to us.”
“In the midst of all those passing things in which we are so caught up, help us, Father, to seek what truly lasts: your presence and that of our brother or sister.”

 

FORTHCOMING  EVENTS
Please see the church notice board for further details of the following:
Parish Team meeting on Thursday 26th September at 7.30pm.

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS

SMILE – A – WHILE

”Stay With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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18TH  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME  (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  AUGUST 4TH  - AUGUST 10TH 2019

18TH  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME  (YEAR  C)

"Watch  and  be  on  your  guard  against  avarice  of  any  kind,  for  a  man’s  life  is  not  made  secure  by  what  he  owns,  even  when  he  has  more  than  he  needs.........So  it  is  when  a  man  stores  up  treasure  for  himself  in  place  of  making  himself  rich  in  the  sight  of  God.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:  Sr. Catherine;  Allison  Wild;  Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;   Andrea  Spencer;   Sarah  Bell;   Breda  Barret;    Roy  Eaton;     Angela  Spencer;    Peter  Gartside;   Michael O’Connor;   Leslie  Hayes;   Veronica  Short;   Anne  Frost;   David  Atherton (Snr).
LATELY  DEAD:    Rose  Hough;   Beryl  Knipe;   Michael  Tierney;   Margaret  Hewetson;   Anthony  Smith;     Anna  Rousz;   Jean  Raymond.
ANNIVERSARIES:   Nellie  Hilton;  Tony Martin; Monica  Sullivan.
May  they  Rest  in  Peace

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £528.79;    Loose:  £306.23;    Total:  £835.02 Thank you all for your continued generosity
DONATIONS  / COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £30.00,  and  £12.60 Gift Aided:  £0.00                       
CAFOD:  £16.25, £10.00 and  £7.00;  Oldham Food Bank £10.00.

PARISH  NEWS

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
SATURDAY:  the wedding of Michael Bernard Cawley and Millie Rose Marie Cawley takes place at 3.00pm. Congratulation and best wishes to the happy couple.
NEXT  SUNDAY:  sees the reception into Church of Daniel Jones during the 10.00am Mass.

“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
“Let us pray that the Lord will free the victims of human trafficking and help us to respond actively to the cry for help of so many of our brothers and sisters who are deprived of their dignity and freedom.”
“The Lord does not perform wonders with those who believe themselves to be just, but with those who know they are in need and are willing to open their hearts to Him.”
“As a young soldier, St Ignatius of Loyola, whom we remember today, thought of his own glory. But then he was attracted by the glory of God, which gave meaning to his life.”

FORTHCOMING  EVENTS
Please see the church notice board for further details of the following:
Parish Team meeting on Thursday 26th September at 7.30pm.

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major: the doctrine of Mary, Mother of God, was proclaimed at the Council of Ephesus in 43i. Afterwards, Pope Sixtus III erected a basilica on the Esquiline Hill in Rome to honour her, known as St. Mary Major.
St. Sixtus II and Companions; he became Pope in 257. Celebrating Mass in the catacombs, he and his deacons were arrested and executed there and then.
St. Cajetan: a brilliant lawyer, he founded the Congregation of Clerks Regular to work with the poor and needy. The Order spread and its work embraced the earliest “credit unions” to assist the poor. He died in 1547.
St. Dominic: born in 1170 in Spain, he became a priest and after preaching against the Albigensians he founded the Dominicans to continue his work.
St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross: born in 1891, Edith Stein was killed in Auschwitz gas chamber in 1942. A convert from Judaism, she became a Discalced Carmelite and embraced in her life the cross of Christ. Canonised by Pope John Paul II in 1998, she was declared a Patron of Europe.
St. Lawrence was a deacon in Rome in the time of Sixtus II. He was responsible for the charitable work of the Church. When arrested, he was asked for the Church’s treasure: his answer was to point to the poor he served.

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Little Johnnie desperately wanted a bright red wagon for Christmas. His friends were writing letters to Santa Claus, but Johnnie decided to go one better. “Dear Jesus,” he wrote. “If I get a red wagon for Christmas, I won’t fight with my brother Jake for a year.” Then Johnnie thought, “Oh no, Jake is such a brat, I could never, ever keep that promise”. So Johnnie threw away the letter and started again. “Dear Jesus, if I get a red wagon for Christmas, I will eat all my vegetables for a year.” Then Johnnie thought, “Oh, no, that means spinach, broccoli and asparagus. Yuck! I could never ever keep that promise”. Suddenly Johnnie had an idea. He went downstairs to the living room. From the mantel above the fireplace, he grabbed the family’s statue of the Virgin Mary. Taking the statue to the kitchen he wrapped it in newspapers and stuffed it into a grocery bag. He took the bag upstairs to his room, opened the door and placed the package in the farthest, darkest corner. He then closed the door, took a new sheet of paper and wrote, “Dear Jesus, if you ever want to see your mother again…”

A pious man, who had reached the age of 10suddenly stopped going to the synagogue. Alarmed by the old fellow's absence after so many years of faithful attendance, the Rabbi went to see him. He found him in excellent health, so the Rabbi asked, "How come after all these years we don't see you at services anymore?" The old man lowered his voice. "I'll tell you, Rabbi," he whispered. "When I got to be 90, I expected God to take me any day. But then I got to be 95, then 100, then 105. So, I figured that God is very busy and must have forgotten about me, and I don't want to remind Him.

A Sunday School teacher asked her class why Joseph and Mary took Jesus with them to Jerusalem.A small child replied: "They couldn't get a baby sitter."

“Stay With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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17TH  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME  (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  JULY 28TH  - AUGUST 3RD 2019

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“Ask,  and  it  will  be  given  to  you;  search  and  you  will  find;  knock  and  the  door  will  be  opened  to  you.  For  the  one  who  asks  always  receives;  the  one  who  searches  always  finds;  the  one  who  knocks  will  always  have  the  door  opened  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;  Allison  Wild;  Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;   Andrea  Spencer;   Sarah  Bell;   Breda  Barret;    Roy  Eaton;    Eddie  Day;   Angela  Spencer;    Peter  Gartside;   Michael O’Connor;   Leslie  Hayes;   Veronica  Short;   Rose  Hough.
LATELY  DEAD:  Michael  Tierney;   Canon  Paul  Mitcheson;   John  Burke;   Gerard  Glynn;   Eileen  Rigby.     
ANNIVERSARIES:   Barbara  Doyle;   Ellen  Brierley;   in memorium of the 60th anniversary of the marriage of Dorothy (nee Sexton)  and John Fogg. May  they  Rest  in  Peace

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £611.20;    Loose:  £302.93;    Total:  £914.13. Thank you all for your continued generosity

DONATIONS  / COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £30.00  and  £11.61 Gift Aided:  £0.00
CAFOD:  £33.75;  and   £10.00;  Oldham Food Bank £10.00;  Sea  Sunday  £10.00;  Cornerstone  £20.00;  grateful thanks to the parishioner who donated £800.00 towards the cost of a church defibrillator.

PARISH  NEWS

SMILE – A – WHILE
Sister Marry was truly a religious woman. Besides for her duties as a nun, she was also very active in various hospitals visiting sick patients and taking care of all their needs. So it was no surprise that one day when she ran out of gas, the only container she could find to put the gas into was a bedpan. Sister Mary happily walked two blocks to the closest gas station filled up the bedpan with gas and headed back to her car. Luck would have it that as Sister Mary started tipping the gas into the fuel tank, the traffic light turned red and she had quite a large audience witnessing the spectacle. Just when she finished pouring in the last drops of gas a fellow opened up his window and hollered, “I swear! If that car starts I’m becoming a religious man!”
 
“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
WEDNESDAY: Day of Prayer for Vocations for the parish.
Prayer  For  Vocations:  God our Father, You have chosen to call men and women in every age to reveal your love and make known the reality of the Incarnation. You invite ALL people to follow You in a life of love and service in Your Church. Enkindle in us a true sense of vocation. Grant, Lord, that those whom You call to enter the priesthood may accept generously so that the Sacrifice of the Mass will continue to be offered throughout the world. May priests and religious be constantly be given to Your Church so that people in need will always enjoy, through them, Your ministry of healing and find your help. Give us Your grace to recognise the path You are inviting us to take and the courage to respond. We make our prayers through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen

“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
“Jesus looks for witnesses who say to Him every day: "Lord, you are my life".”
“Today's Gospel reminds us that the wisdom of the heart lies in knowing how to combine contemplation and action. Let us ask for the grace to love and serve God, and our brothers and sisters, with the hands of Martha and the heart of Mary.”
“Today, the Feast of OurLady of Mount Carmel, we contemplate the Virgin who stands beside the Cross of Christ. That is also the place of the Church: close to Christ.”

FORTHCOMING  EVENTS
Please see the church notice board for further details of the following:
Parish Team meeting on Thursday 26th September at 7.30pm.

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Martha is the sister of Mary and Lazarus who received the Lord into her house.. At her request Jesus raised her brother from the dead.
St. Peter Chrysologus: Bishop of Ravenna in the early 5th century. He used short homilies as a way of instructing the faithful and wrote texts.
St. Ignatius of Loyola: born in 1491. After life in the army, he pursued a spiritual life. He studied in Paris and gathered people around him who later became the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). They were effective in teaching.
St. Alphonsus Liguori: after being a lawyer, he became a priest and founded the Redemptorists. He wrote texts and combated Jansenism, dying in 1787.
St. Eusebius of Vercelli: a 4th century bishop who preached and worked against Arianism but was exiled for his for this and suffered greatly.
St. Peter Julian Eymard: born in France in 1811, he was ordained and founded the “Priests of the Blessed Sacrament”. He died in 1868.

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Stained Glass Window.  It is understood that subject to the approval of the Historic Churches Commission, which is anticipated, the window will be installed by June 4th, the 150th anniversary of the opening of the present church. Sunday 7th July will be a celebration at which the Bishop is to be invited to celebrate the Mass and to bless the window.  Unfortunately, the cost of the window has increase by £2,000 to £12,000.  This is probably because the design is rather more complex to create than previous windows have been.
Homeless Support in Oldham:  A notice concerning a support group for homeless people requesting support and donations was presented to the team.  Whilst some support for the scheme was expressed it was not thought appropriate to pursue the matter further as we already support Caritas, Cornerstone Catholic charities, and the Oldham Food Bank.  Also, there are Christian and Muslim Charities working together in action to provide accommodation for the homeless in Oldham.

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16TH  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME  (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  JULY 21ST  -  JULY  27TH  2019

16TH  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME  (YEAR C)

Jesus at the home of Martha and Mary.
Jesus said that Mary has chosen the better part.

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:  Sr. Catherine;  Allison  Wild;  Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;   Andrea  Spencer;   Sarah  Bell;   Breda  Barret;    Roy  Eaton;    Eddie  Day;   Angela  Spencer;     Peter  Gartside; Michael O’Connor;        Maura  Higgins;    Mr. M. T. Jose;   Christal  Abraham;   Andrew  Hamilton;   Ann  Freakly, .Leslie Hayes, Veronica Short,Michael Tierney
LATELY  DEAD:  Vanessa Denny,   
ANNIVERSARIES: Alice Veronica Chorley, Juanito Moniza Jn.,Rose McGladdery,Antonietta Hordynski, Elizabeth Mc Grane, Fatima Pitra,
Carlos and Rosita Varela Pinto, Joseph Mathew,  Robert and Mary McFall,
Joe Grenfield.

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £555.71; Loose:  £377.84;    Total:  £933.55.
Thank you all for your continued generosity

DONATIONS  / COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
SEA SUNDAY:£303.13 Redecoration  Fund: £.5.28 CAFOD:  £30; £10 Oldham Food Bank £10.00 and £30.00 Missio: £12.67 Cornerstone: £25.00

PARISH  NEWS

SMILE AWHILE: 
Charity Begins at Church
After the church service, seven year old Brian said to the preacher: 'When I grow up, I'm going to give you some money.' 'Well, thank you, 'the preacher replied, 'but why?' 'Because my daddy says that you're one of the poorest preachers we've ever had.'
Father O'Malley was driving down to Blackpool when he got stopped for speedimg  just as he arrived. The highway patrol officer smelled alcohol on the priest's breath and then saw an empty wine bottle on the floor of the car. He said, 'Father, have you been drinking?' 'Only water', replied Father O'Malley. The policeman asked, 'Then how come I can smell wine?' The priest looked at the bottle and said, 'Good Lord! He's done it again.'

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
It’s Holiday Time!!
CONGRATULATIONS!!  To all those who graduated from the various Universities this last week.  Well done!!

“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
"To live joyfully we must let go of anger, wrath, violence, and revenge."
"It is by loving that the God-who-is-Love is proclaimed to the world."
"Lord Jesus, cast forth the shadow of your cross over peoples at war: may they learn the way of reconciliation, dialogue and forgiveness.

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

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Mary Magdalene: Disciple  of Christ and first to see the Risen Lord
St. Bridget of Sweden: Born 1303.  Mother of eight children.  After the death of her husband, she founded the Bridgettine Order.
Saint Sharbel Makhluf: Son of a Lebanese peasant who at the age of 23 joined a monastery, later becoming a hermit.  Had a reputation for holiness, and was much sought for council and blessing.
St James:  Son of Zebedee and brother of John.  First bishop of Jerusalem and martyred there by Herod.  Relics venerated at Compostela in Spain.
Saint Joachim and Saint Anne:  An old tradition dating from the second century gives these as the names of the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

ITEMS  FROM  THE  PARISH  TEAM  MEETING  HELD  IN  JUNE

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15TH  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME  (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  JULY 14TH  -  JULY  20TH  2019

15TH  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME  (YEAR C)

A  priest  and  a  Levite  both  passed  him  by  but  a  Samaritan bandaged  his  wounds,  pouring  oil  and  wine  on  them  then  carried  him  to  the  inn  and  looked  after  him.  He proved  himself a neighbour to  the  man  and  Jesus  told the  lawyer,  “Go,  and  do  the same  yourself.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:  Sr. Catherine;  Allison  Wild;  Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;   Andrea  Spencer;   Sarah  Bell;   Breda  Barret;    Roy  Eaton;    Eddie  Day;   Angela  Spencer; Peter  Gartside; Michael O’Connor; Maura  Higgins; Mr. M. T. Jose; Christal  Abraham;   Andrew  Hamilton; Ann  Freakly.
LATELY  DEAD: Jean Newton   
ANNIVERSARIES:  Alice Veronica Chorley, Marian Turner, Teresa Platt. Gordon Mills, Olga and Czeslaw Tyl, Margaret Hywel. George Kerr.

THANKSGIVING:  Steph Keogh (birthday), Bridie Murphy (birthday),
Sr M. Agnieszka (Agnes) Giborowska (diamond jubilee religious profession).           
COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £614.60;    Loose:  £408.50;    Total:  £1,023.10.
Thank you all for your continued generosity

DONATIONS  / COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £5.05,  ££4.40 Gift Aided:  £0.00
CAFOD:  £19.51, £10.00, £20.00;  Oldham Food Bank £10.00 and £30.00
Missio: £10.11,  £50.00

PARISH  NEWS

SMILE – A – WHILE
A minister parked his car in a no-parking zone in a large city because he was short of time and couldn’t find a space with a meter.
Then he put a note under the windshield wiper that read: “I have circled the block 10 times. If I don’t park here, I’ll miss my appointment. Forgive us our trespasses.”
When he returned, he found a parking ticket from a police officer along with this note: “I’ve circled this block for 10 years. If I don’t give you a ticket I’ll lose my job. Lead us not into temptation.”

A vicar is walking down the street one day when he notices a very small boy trying to press a doorbell on a house across the street. However, the boy is very small and the doorbell is too high for him to reach. After watching the boy’s efforts for some time, the vicar moves closer to the boy’s position. He steps smartly across the street, walks up behind the little fellow and, placing his hand kindly on the child’s shoulder leans over and gives the doorbell a solid ring. Crouching down to the child’s level, the vicar smiles benevolently and asks, “And now what, my little man?” To which the boy replies, “Now we run!”

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY:  is ‘Sea Sunday’, when the Church prays for all those who live and work at sea. Without them, we would not have most of the items we buy in the shops. Today’s second collection is for Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea), the Church’s official maritime welfare agency. It supports seafarers both practically and spiritually. This collection is vital to enable it to continue its work, so please give generously and remember seafarers in your prayers. Thank you. To donate online please visit www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk.

“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
We pray for the sick who are left to die.  A society is human if it protects life, every life from its beginning to its natural end, without choosing who is worthy to live or who is not.  (12.30pm. 10th July 2019).

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

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Bonaventure: born in Italy in 1218, he entered the Franciscan Order and obtained a Master’s degree in Philosophy in Paris. He eventually became Minister General of the Order and Cardinal Bishop of Albano near Rome. He is remembered for his spiritual work and teaching.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the principal Patron of the Diocese and our church. The Sacred Scriptures speak of the beauty of Mount Carmel, where the prophet Elijah defended the faith of the people of Israel in the living God. In 1156 a group of hermits settled there and afterwards set up the Carmelite Order to live a contemplative life under the patronage of the Mother of God.
St. John Plessington; the family came from Plessington, near Burnley. He was born in 1634, studied for the priesthood at Valladolid, then worked at Holywell in North Wales, before moving to Cheshire. He was arrested, tried and executed in Cheshire in 1679.
St. Apollinaris was thought to be a disciple of St. Peter and the first bishop of Ravenna (Italy), dying near the end of the first century.

ITEMS  FROM  THE  PARISH  TEAM  MEETING  HELD  IN  JUNE

”Stay With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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14TH  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME  (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  JULY 7TH  -  JULY  13TH  2019

14TH  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME  (YEAR  C)

“The  harvest  is  rich  but  the  labourers  are  few,  so  ask  the  Lord  of  the  harvest  to  send  labourers  to  his  harvest.  Start  off  now,  but  remember,  I  am  sending  you  out  like  lambs  among  wolves.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:  Sr. Catherine;  Allison  Wild;  Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;   Andrea  Spencer;   Sarah  Bell;   Breda  Barret;    Roy  Eaton;    Eddie  Day;   Angela  Spencer;     Peter  Gartside;     Michael O’Connor;        Maura  Higgins;   Leslie  Hayes;   Mr. M. T. Jose;   Christal  Abraham;   Andrew  Hamilton;   Ann  Freakly.

LATELY  DEAD:    Mary  Grogan;   Mychailo  Semko;   Michael  Patterson;   Mary  Slater;   Martin  Heslin.

ANNIVERSARIES:  Marta  Lourdes  Barros;   Mick  McGinn;  Herbert  Hilton; William  &  Helen  Shepherd;   Cliff  Bridgehouse;   Patricia  Mainwaring;   Kathleen  O’Donnell;   Badirou  Bachabi;   Gordon  Mills.

BIRTHDAY  MEMORIES  FOR  Mary  Frances  Park,  Amy  Sexton  and Pauline Weeks.

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £687.41;    Loose:  £350.02;    Total:  £1,037.43.
Thank you all for your continued generosity

DONATIONS  / COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £28.50  and  £14.45  Gift Aided:  £0.00                       
CAFOD:  £30.00;  £16.13;  £10.00;  Oldham Food Bank £10.00 and £10.00;  altar flowers £10.00.

PARISH  NEWS

SMILE – A – WHILE
An atheist complained to a friend, "Christians have their special holidays, such as Christmas and Easter; and Jews celebrate their holidays, such as Passover and Yom Kippur; Muslims have their holidays. EVERY religion    has its holidays.  But we atheists," he said,  "have no recognized national holidays.  It's an unfair discrimination."  His friend replied, "Well,...why don't you celebrate April first?"

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
FRIDAY:  “Life in Spirit Seminars” in the church every Friday evening from 7.00 – 9.00pm for seven weeks. Speakers: Fr. Phil, Fr. Jude and David Booth. All welcome.
SATURDAY:  An afternoon Deanery Music Workshop in church.
NEXT  SUNDAY  is Sea Sunday, when the Church prays for all those who live and work at sea. There will be a retiring collection for Stella Maris, Apostleship of the Sea, the official maritime welfare agency of the Catholic Church. It provides practical and spiritual support to seafarers visiting our ports. As it is dependent on voluntary donations, please give generously. For more information about its work, visit www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk.

“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
“In difficult times, even more than in times of peace, the priority for believers is to be united to Jesus, our hope.”
“We all go through difficult days at times, but we must always remember that life is a grace. It is the miracle that God drew forth from nothing.”
“Through your attention to the little ones and to the poor, you can kindle stars in the night for those who suffer.”

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

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Augustine Zhao Rong & Companions: this feast also celebrates the 119 Chinese martyrs who died between 1648 to 1930. Augustine was a Chinese pries. Having first been a soldier who accompanied a priest to Beijing, he was moved by his patience and had asked to be baptised. He was sent to the seminary and ordained a priest. Arrested, he suffered the most cruel tortures and died in 1815.
St. Benedict: the “Father of Western Monasticism”. Born in Italy in 480, he gathered followers before moving south to Monte Cassino where he founded his most famous monastery and composed his Rule, still the most indispensable guide of the Benedictine Order.
St. Henry was born in 973. After succeeding his father as Duke of Bavaria, he was elected Holy Roman Emperor at the age of 41. He concentrated on the good of his people, building monasteries and helping the poor. He was also dedicated to fostering missionary activity, dying in 1024.

ITEMS  FROM  THE  PARISH  TEAM  MEETING  HELD  IN  JUNE

(to be continued next week)

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SAINTS  PETER  AND  PAUL  (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  JUNE 30TH  -  JULY 6TH  2019

ST.  PAUL: “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  it  to  me  on  that  Day.”

SAINTS  PETER  AND  PAUL  (YEAR  C)

ST  PETER:  “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.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:  Sr. Catherine;  Allison  Wild;  Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;   Andrea  Spencer;   Sarah  Bell;   Breda  Barret;    Roy  Eaton; Eddie  Day;   Angela  Spencer;   Peter  Gartside;   Joan  Mullany;   Maureen & Christie  Smith;   Paddy & Peter  Boland;   Mila  Moleta;   Michael O’Connor;   Jacqueline  Green;    Betty  Curran & friend;      Leslie  Hayes;   Mr. M. T. Jose;
Christal  Abraham.
LATELY  DEAD:    Mary  Grogan;   Terrance  Woods;   Audrey  Cosgrave;   Patrick  Ayr.  
ANNIVERSARIES:    Herbert  Hilton;    Kathleen  Street;   John  Cartmell;           Jimmy  Fogg;   Eileen  &  Esther  Parkinson;   Michael  McGladdery (Snr);   Patricia  Mainwaring. May  they  Rest  in  Peace

IN  THANKSGIVING  FOR  prayers answered.
COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £685.42;    Loose:  £287.02;    Total:  £972.44.
Thank you all for your continued generosity

DONATIONS  / COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £6.45 Gift Aided:  £8.00
CAFOD:  £30.00;  £20.00;  £15.10.;  Oldham Food Bank £10.00;  Ecclesiastical Education Fund £10.00;   Cornerstone  £20.00.

PARISH  NEWS

HOPE  IN  THE  FUTURE  PRAYER
God, our loving Father, we thank you for blessing our parish with all that we need to respond to our vocation to be a missionary community in our locality. We thank you for all our parish members who, in response to your call give of themselves so freely to enrich our parish life in the ways of love and service. We ask you now to pour out afresh the gifts of your Spirit upon each one of us that we may be inspired to serve you in new and creative ways as missionary disciples, bringing your Light to the world. We ask your blessing upon us as we journey together in hope, through Christ our Lord.   Amen.

“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
“Pray for all Priests and for my Petrine Ministry, that every pastoral action may be sealed with the love that Christ has for every person.”
“Jesus looks at us, loves us and awaits us. He is all heart and all mercy. Let us go with confidence to Jesus. He always forgives us.”
“How many times, in prayer, do we limit ourselves to asking for gifts and listing requests, forgetting that the first thing we should do is praise God’s name, adore Him, and then go on to acknowledge His living image in our brothers and sisters.

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY:  Summer Fun Day at St. Patrick’s School, Lee Street at 1.00pm. There will be fun games, barbeque, burgers, hot dogs, ice cream and cold drinks. Entrance fee: Family of 4- £1.50; Adult- 50p.; Child-25p.
ALSO, Polish Confirmations take place during the 12.30 Polish Mass, celebrated by a Polish bishop.
WEDNESDAY:  a discussion: “The Dignity of Human Life” at 7.30pm in Christ Church Parish Hall, Block Lane, Chadderton OL8 7QB. Entrance is free by booking in advance and can be made on website www.oldhaminterfaith.org.uk, or by telephone 0161 624 6733.
FRIDAY:  “Life in Spirit Seminars” in the church every Friday evening from 7.00 – 9.00pm for seven weeks. Speakers: Fr. Phil, Fr. Jude and David Booth. All welcome.

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

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Oliver Plunkett was born in Ireland in 1625 and died at Tyburn in 1681. Ordained in Rome, he was appointed Archbishop of Armagh. He held synods and promoted the reforms initiated by the Council of Trent. Imprisoned in Dublin, he was tried, condemned and executed in London, a victim of the “Popish Plot” and the last person to be executed for his faith in England.
St. Thomas: unfairly remembered as “Doubting Thomas”, tradition has it that he then preached in India and was martyred there.
St. Elizabeth of Portugal: born into the royal family of Aragon in 1271, she is known for her care of the poor. After the death of her husband, she gave away her worldly goods and joined the Third Order of St. Francis. She died in 1336.
St. Anthony Zaccaria: born in Italy in 1502, he was ordained priest and founded the Barnabites to imitate the work of Paul and Barnabas in preaching. He died in 1539.
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St. Maria Goretti: born into a poor family in Italy in 1890, she spent her childhood helping her mother. She was much given to prayer, and while defending her chastity against a neighbour trying to rape her, she was fatally stabbed. She forgave her attacker before she died, the following day. 

SMILE – A – WHILE
Seamus and Michael, two boyos from County Clare, Ireland went on holiday to Rome.  After a quick look around the Vatican they made for the nearest bar.  Seamus asked the barman for two pints of “heavy”.  “Heavy, we don't stock that”, said the barman. Michael chipped in, 'We've just seen where the Pope lives, what does he drink?” The barman sensing a sale after all says, 'He likes a glass of Crème de Menthe whenever he drinks here'.  'That'll do us', says Seamus, 'give us two pints of that, then'.  Two large glasses of Crème de Menthe duly arrive. 'What do you think? Michael asks his drinking companion. 'It's a bit like drinking Polar Mints', his companion replies. 'Ah well, who cares?  Another two pints of Crème de Menthe please.'  Michael says to the barman. They wake up in the morning, in a terrible state.  Sometime later Seamus ponders, 'They say the Pope drinks that green stuff, no wonder they carry him around in a chair.'

A college drama group presented a play in which one character would stand on a trap door and announce, “I descend into hell!”A stagehand below would then pull a rope, the trapdoor would spring, and the actor would drop from view. The play was well received. When the actor playing the part became ill, another actor who was quite overweight took his place. When the new actor announced, “I descend into hell!” the stagehand pulled the rope, and the actor began his plunge, but became hopelessly stuck.

“Stay With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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THE  MOST  HOLY  BODY  AND  BLOOD  OF  CHRIST   (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  JUNE 23RD  -  JUNE 29TH  2019

THE  MOST  HOLY  BODY  AND  BLOOD  OF  CHRIST

Then  he  took  the  five  loaves  and  the  two  fish,  raised  his  eyes  to  heaven,  and  said  the  blessing  over  them;  then  he  broke  them  and  handed  them  to  his  disciples  to  distribute  among  the  crowd.  They  all  ate  as  much  as  they  wanted,  and  when  the  scraps  remaining  were  collected  they  filled  twelve  baskets

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:  Sr. Catherine;  Allison  Wild;  Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;   Andrea  Spencer;   Sarah  Bell;   Breda  Barret;    Roy  Eaton; Eddie  Day;   Angela  Spencer;   Peter  Gartside;   Joan  Mullany;   Maureen & Christie  Smith;   Paddy & Peter  Boland;   Mila  Moleta;   Michael O’Connor;   Jacqueline  Green;    Betty  Curran & friend;      Leslie  Hayes.
LATELY  DEAD:    James  Meaney;   Terence  Macdonagh;   Mary  Grogan;   Terence  Woods.  
ANNIVERSARIES:   Michael  McGladdery (Snr);   Annie  Brierley;   Jack  Mullin. May  they  Rest  in  Peace

IN  THANKSGIVING  FOR  favours received from the Blessed Virgin Mary.

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £652.01;    Loose:  £469.81;    Total:  £1, 121.82.
Thank you all for your continued generosity

DONATIONS  / COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £8.68 Gift Aided:  £8.00
CAFOD:  £29.01;  Oldham Food Bank £10.00;  Ecclesiastical Education Fund £20.00;   altar  flowers  £20.00.

PARISH  NEWS


“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY:  If you still wish to make a donation to the Ecclesiastical Education Fund, please put your offering in an envelope labelled EEF and hand it in at church. The Collection will remain open for a further 1 week.
TUESDAY:  the wedding of Dominic Patrick McDonagh and Ellie May Cawley takes place at 1.30pm. Congratulations and Best Wishes to the happy couple.
THURSDAY: Parish Team meeting  at 7.30pm in the Parish House.
FRIDAY:  “Life in Spirit Seminars” in the church every Friday evening from 7.00 – 9.00pm for seven weeks. Speakers: Fr. Phil, Fr. Jude and David Booth. All welcome.
SATURDAY:  the wedding of Mark Thomas Wadsworth and Joanna Drela takes place in the afternoon. Congratulations and Best Wishes to the happy couple.
NEXT  SUNDAY: Polish Confirmations during the 12.30pm Mass.
ALSO:  Summer Fun Day at St. Patrick’s School, Lee Street at 1.00pm. There will be fun games, barbeque, burgers, hot dogs, ice cream and cold drinks. Entrance fee: Family of 4- £1.50; Adult- 50p.; Child-25p.


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

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Cyril of Alexandria: born in Alexandria in 370, he became Patriarch of the city and fought against heresies and presided over the Council of Ephesus.
St. John Southworth: Salmesbury, in the north of the diocese, was the seat of the Southworth family, and John was born there in 1582. He trained in Douai, and returned to England, carrying out his missionary work in Lancashire. He was arrested and imprisoned in Lancaster Castle, before being moved to London. There he was released on condition he left the country, but was found ministering to plague victims. Arrested again, aged 72, he was executed at Tyburn. His body is in Westminster Abbey.

SMILE – A – WHILE
Whilst driving through Wales, I came across a farmer selling goods by the roadside. He had carrots, onions, potatoes, paracetamol and cough medicine. I asked him why was he selling paracetamol and cough medicine. He replied  “I'm a farmer see!”

I would give my dad what he really wants on Father's Day, but I can't afford to move out yet.

My uncle had his back covered in lard. After that, he went down hill fast

“Stay With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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THE  MOST  HOLY  TRINITY   (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  JUNE 16TH  -  JUNE 22ND  2019

THE  MOST  HOLY  TRINITY   (YEAR  C)

Alleluia,  Alleluia.  Glory  be  to  the  Father,  and  to  the  Son,  and  to  the  Holy  Spirit,  the  God  who  is,  who  was,  and  who  is  to  come.  Alleluia!

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:  Sr. Catherine;  Allison  Wild;  Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;   Andrea  Spencer;   Sarah  Bell;   Breda  Barret;    Peter  Gartside;   Alice  Lees;   Patrick  Ayr;   Tohon  Hermann;   Tarcicius  A.  Gnanhoui;    Joan  Mullany;   Maureen & Christie  Smith;   Paddy & Peter  Boland;   Mila  Moleta;   Michael O’Connor;   Jacqueline  Green;   Betty  Curran & friend.       
LATELY  DEAD:    Bernard  Richardson;    Badirou  Bachabi;   Vanessa  Denny;   Maria  Lourdes  Barbosa.  
ANNIVERSARIES:   Marie  Polis;  Terry  Mills (Snr);  Terry  Mills (Jnr);   Marie  Bell;   Bernard  Guzman;   Kathleen  &  Andrew  Curran;   Raymond  Wood;   Fermina  Moniza;   Alan  Redvers  Whitehed. May  they  Rest  in  Peace

IN  THANKSGIVING  FOR  the 40th birthday of Koffi  Brou  Diane.

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £710.57;    Loose:  £351.08;    Total: £1,061.65.
Thank you all for your continued generosity

DONATIONS  / COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £20.00;  £20.00;  £5.00; £4.00  Gift Aided: £8.00 
CAFOD:  £30.00  and  £11.50;  Oldham Food Bank £10.00;  Ecclesiastical Education Fund £10.00.

PARISH  NEWS

“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
“Holy Spirit, our harmony, You who make us one body, infuse your peace in the Church and in the world!”

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY:  If you still wish to make a donation to the Ecclesiastical Education Fund, please put your offering in an envelope labelled EEF and hand it in at church. The Collection will remain open for a further 2 weeks.
FRIDAY:  “Life in Spirit Seminars” in the church every Friday evening from 7.00 – 9.00pm for seven weeks. Speakers: Fr. Phil, Fr. Jude and David Booth. All welcome.
SATURDAY:  Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament :  10.30 – 11.45.
ALSO, the wedding of Calum James Mulryan and  Kayleigh Linda Louise Cox takes place in church. Congratulations and best wishes to the happy couple.
ALSO, International Mass in Salford Cathedral at 2.00pm. – everyone welcome.

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This is a small copy of the new  “parish” stained glass window. Copies of the coloured version are on display at the back of church.
We are aware that the dates are wrong; for St Patrick’s, it should read 1858, not 1852, but that will be changed, and a date added for St. Mary’s (1836).

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

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Romuald: when his father killed a man, Romuald lived life doing penance for the crime. He was a hermit, founding monasteries and restoring solitary religious life. He died, aged 75 in 1027.
St. Alban: Britain’s first saint. He died in a persecution in the mid 3rd century. He was  a pagan soldier who sheltered a priest and was converted. He dressed as the priest, and was executed in his place.
St. Aloysius Gonsaga: born into a noble Italian family in 1568, he became a Jesuit aged 17. He helped the victims of the Roman plague in 1591, but contracted it and died at the age of 23.
Ss. John Fisher& Thomas More: John was born at Beverley in 1469 and died at London in 1535. He was Bishop of Rochester and combined pastoral ministry with study and writing in defence of Catholic doctrine. Thomas was born in London in 1478 and died there in 1535. An Oxford scholar, he became Speaker and Lord Chancellor. Both were drawn into conflict with Henry VIII over his remarriage and papal supremacy. Both were imprisoned and beheaded for treason.

ITEMS  FROM  THE  PARISH  TEAM  MEETING  HELD  IN  MAY
Hope in the Future: The final part of Hope in the Future (Part 2) concerns the setting up of Parish Shared Leadership Teams and a Finance Committee.  However, as we have had both in the parish (i.e. Parish Team and Finance Committee) for the last 20 years, both of which seem to work perfectly well, it was not felt that further discussion on this aspect of Hope in the Future (Part 2) was needed.  Two members of the team – Sharon and Margaret, offered to resign, according to the requirements of the constitution, having come to the end of their three year period.  Therefore nominations for the vacancies will be put to people of the parish in the next week or two.  Both Sharon and Margaret have indicated that they will put themselves forward for re-election if a ballot is required.  All candidates will need another member of the parish as a sponsor. 

SMILE – A – WHILE
Whilst driving through Wales, I came across a farmer selling goods by the roadside. He had carrots, onions, potatoes, paracetamol and cough medicine. I asked him why was he selling paracetamol and cough medicine. He replied  “I'm a farmer see!”

I would give my dad what he really wants on Father's Day, but I can't afford to move out yet.

My uncle had his back covered in lard. After that, he went down hill fast.

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PENTECOST  SUNDAY    (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  JUNE 9TH  -  JUNE 15TH  2019

PENTECOST  SUNDAY    (YEAR  C)

Pentecost  Day came  round,  the apostles  had  all  met  in  one  room,  when  suddenly  they  heard  what  sounded  like  a  powerful  wind  from  heaven..
.....and  something  appeared  to  them  that  seemed  like  tongues  of  fire;  these  separated  and  came  to  rest  on  the  head  of  each  of  them.

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:  Sr. Catherine;  Allison  Wild;  Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;    Michelle  Hanson;   Andrea  Spencer;   Sarah  Bell;   Breda  Barret;    Peter  Gartside;   Dominic  Kabaku;   Bernard  Richardson;   Alice  Lees;   Patrick  Ayr;   Tohon  Hermann;   Tarcicius  A.  Gnanhoui;    Joan  Mullany;   Maureen & Christie  Smith;   Paddy & Peter  Boland.    
LATELY  DEAD:     Badirou  Bachabi;   Vanessa  Denny.
ANNIVERSARIES:  Margaret & Edgar  Lees;   Paul  Lees;   Jeff  Wright;   Joseph  Boyle;   Gerard  McConville;   Brigid  McConville;   Marian Mundy;   Patricia  Churchill;   V.  V.  Thomas;     Mr. & Mrs.  George;   Terry  Mills (Snr);   Terry  Mills (Jnr). May  they  Rest  in  Peace

IN  THANKSGIVING  FOR  Georgie Mae’s baptism and the many favours granted.

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £886.14;    Loose:  £320.32;    Total:  £1, 206.46. Thank you all for your continued generosity

CONGRATULATIONS to Philip Thomas Sumner who celebrates his 43rd anniversary to the Sacred Priesthood on Wednesday (June 12th). He was ordained on June 12th 1976. The day before, on Tuesday, he celebrates his 60 something birthday. Best wishes Fr. Phil and many grateful thanks for all that you do for our church.

DONATIONS  / COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £20.43;  £10.19;  £8.47 Gift Aided:  £0.00. CAFOD:  £30.00  and  £22.85;  Oldham Food Bank £10.00;   Missio  £98.07 and £5.14;  Ecclesiastical Education Fund £25.00;  £20.00; 10.00;  £1.00.

PARISH  NEWS

“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
“May you be witnesses of freedom and mercy, allowing fraternity and dialogue to prevail over divisions.”

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY:  If you still wish to make a donation to the Ecclesiastical Education Fund, please put your offering in an envelope labelled EEF and hand it in at church. The Collection will remain open for a further 3 weeks.
FRIDAY:  “Life in Spirit Seminars” in the church every Friday evening from 7.00 – 9.00pm for seven weeks. Speakers: Fr. Phil, Fr. Jude and David Booth.
*A sketch of our new stained glass window has arrived – there will be a small black and white copy in next week’s newsletter and there is a coloured version in the narthex. We are aware that the dates are wrong; for St Patrick’s, it should read 1858, not 1852. but that will be changed, and a date added for St. Mary’s (1836).

SMILE – A – WHILE
I am not a believer in seances, but I went to one just to see what they are like. The psychic was doing his thing and grinning from ear to ear. I assumed his merriment was due to the fact that he was fooling a gullible public and gave him a poke in the nose. You can probably guess the rest. I was arrested for striking a happy medium.

"Madame Fortune Teller, tell me: Are there golf courses in heaven?" "I have good news, and I have bad news." "What's the good news?" "The good news is that the golf courses in heaven are beautiful beyond anything you could imagine!" "That's wonderful." "And you'll be teeing off at 8:30 tomorrow morning."

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

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Barnabas: born in Cyprus, he was a companion of St. Paul on his journeys, before returning to Cyprus, to preach the Gospel. His name means “Son of Encouragement.”
Dedication of the Cathedral: in celebrating this feast, we remember that it is the Mother Church of the whole diocese, containing the cathedra which is the symbol of the pastoral leadership and authority of our bishop. St. John’s was built in 1847, and named as Cathedral on the formation of the Diocese in 1850.

ITEMS  FROM  THE  PARISH  TEAM  MEETING  HELD  IN  MAY

“Stay  With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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SEVENTH  SUNDAY  OF  EASTER    (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  JUNE 2ND  -  JUNE 8TH  2019

SEVENTH  SUNDAY  OF  EASTER    (YEAR  C)

Jesus  raised  his  eyes  to  heaven  and  said:  “Holy  Father,  I  pray  not  only  for  these,  but  to  those  also  who  through  their  words  will  believe  in  me.  May  they  all  be  one.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:  Sr. Catherine;  Allison  Wild;  Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;    Michelle  Hanson;   Andrea  Spencer;   Sarah  Bell;   Breda  Barret;    Peter  Gartside;   Dominic  Kabaku;   Bernard  Richardson;   Alice  Lees;   Patrick  Ayr;   Tohon  Hermann;   Tarcicius  A.  Gnanhoui.     
LATELY  DEAD:    Anthony  Mills;   Emily  Wright.
ANNIVERSARIES:   Dorothy  Fitzpatrick;    Bessie  Beswick;   Susi  Ihln. May  they  Rest  in  Peace

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £619.28;    Loose:  £303.27;    Total:  £922.55.
Retiring Collection for Ecclesiastical Education Fund:  £84.85
Thank you all for your continued generosity.

DONATIONS  / COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £7.96 Gift Aided: £0.00. CAFOD:  £20.00,  and  £10.36;  Oldham Food Bank £15.00; altar flowers  £10.00.

PARISH  NEWS

“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
“In our lives there are crosses, there are difficult moments. But in these difficult moments we feel that the Holy Spirit helps us to go forward and to overcome the difficulties.”
“Tomorrow I will go to Romania as a pilgrim, to walk together with our brothers of the Romanian Orthodox Church and with the Catholic faithful. I ask you, please, to pray for me.”
“With His ascension the risen Lord draws our gaze to Heaven, to show us that the goal of our journey is the Father.”

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY:  If you still wish to make a donation to the Ecclesiastical Education Fund, please put your offering in an envelope labelled EEF and hand it in at church. The Collection will remain open for a further 3 weeks.
NEXT SUNDAY is Pentecost Sunday (Whit Sunday).

SMILE – A – WHILE
“I said to the gym instructor: ‘Can you teach me to do the splits?’ He said: ‘How flexible are you?’ I said: ‘I can’t make Tuesdays’.”
A woman gets on a bus with her baby. The bus driver says: “Ugh, that’s the ugliest baby I’ve ever seen!” The woman walks to the rear of the bus and sits down, fuming. She says to a man next to her: “The driver just insulted me!” The man says: “You go up there and tell him off. Go on, I’ll hold your monkey for you.”
Two aerials meet on a roof - fall in love - get married. The ceremony was rubbish - but the reception was brilliant.
A priest, a rabbi and a vicar walk into a bar. The barman says, "Is this some kind of joke?"

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

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Charles Lwanga: the ruler of Uganda (1885-7) persecuted Christians of all denominations – among those were Charles and 21 companions, pages at the court, and for refusing to acquiesce to the impure desires of the ruler. All aged under 25, the 22 Catholic martyrs were burned or beheaded.
St. Boniface: born in Devon about 675, and was killed in the Netherlands in 754. After years as monk and teacher, he went to evangelise the Germanic people. Ordained bishop, he founded monasteries and established dioceses, presided at synods and liaised with kings. He was a determined missionary, church organiser and reformer.
St. Norbert: born in Germany in 1080, he led a life of empty pleasures. About 1115 he had an experience after which he became a priest and began preaching. He began the Norbertine Order, became Archbishop of Magdeburg, and died in 1134.

ITEMS  FROM  THE  PARISH  TEAM  MEETING  HELD  IN  MAY

“Stay  With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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SIXTH  SUNDAY  OF  EASTER    (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  MAY 26TH  -  JUNE 1ST  2019

SIXTH  SUNDAY  OF  EASTER    (YEAR  C)

Jesus  said  to  his  disciples:  “If  anyone  loves  me  he  will  keep  my  word,  and  my  Father  will  love  him,  and  we shall  come  to  him  and  make  our  home  with  him.  Peace  I  bequeath  to  you,  my  own  peace  I  give  you,  a  peace  the  world   cannot  give,  this  is  my  gift  to  you.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:  Sr. Catherine;  Allison  Wild;  Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;    Michelle  Hanson;   Andrea  Spencer;   Sarah  Bell;   Breda  Barret;     Vanessa;    Peter  Gartside;   Dominic  Kabaku.     
LATELY  DEAD:   Mary  Graham. 
ANNIVERSARIES:   Dorothy  Fitzpatrick;    Eliza  Bell;    Charlie  Bell;   Patrick  Joseph  McGrady;   Susan  Anne  Kennealey;   Kenneth  John  Chorley. May  they  Rest  in  Peace

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £566.55;    Loose:  £696.75;    Total:  £1,263.30.
Thank you all for your continued generosity.

DONATIONS  / COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £9.15  and £5.00. Gift Aided:  £0.00.
CAFOD:  £30.00, £22.45 and  £4.00;  Oldham Food Bank £10.00;  Cornerstone £20.00 and £10.00..

PARISH  NEWS

“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
“Every creature has a function, none is superfluous. The whole universe speaks the language of God's love, of His boundless affection for us: soil, water, mountains, everything is God's caress.”
“We pray for those who live with severe illness. Let us always safeguard life, God's gift, from its beginning until its natural end. Let us not give in to a throwaway culture.”
“We pray for the Catholics in China. May Our Lady of Sheshan help them witness to the faith, in communion with the universal Church, and to persevere in unity despite the wounds and the trials, trusting in the hope that does not disappoint.”
 
“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY: the Polish children make their First Holy Communion during the 12.30pm Mass.
SATURDAY:  the wedding of Courtney André Samms and Chisolum Constance Anakwenze takes place at 2.00pm. Congratulations and best wishes to the happy couple.

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

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Augustine of Canterbury: in 597 Pope Gregory the Great sent Augustine, then a monk of the monastery of St. Peter on the Celian Hill in Rome, to evangelise the people of Britain. Despite turning back once, he succeeded in converting King Ethelbert,  and founding the See of Canterbury. He died in 605.
St. Justin was born in Samaria in about 110, and on becoming a Christian wrote two works in defence of Christianity - the Apology and the Dialogue with Trypho which give us much information on the practices of the earliest Christian communities.  In an age when Christianity sought to keep itself to itself, he stands out as one brave enough to speak the truth to pagans, boldly and uncompromisingly.  In about 165, he was arrested and condemned to death.

SMILE – A – WHILE
Each Wednesday I visit Mrs Evans, an elderly lady who cannot make it to Sunday services. She blesses me, and I often mention her in my sermons. On this particular Wednesday I wanted to get her thoughts on heaven for the Sunday message. After our normal greetings and having some tea I asked her if she thinks about the hereafter. She relied "Oh yes Father, I think of it quite often." Considering her age I was not taken aback by her response but asked her if she thought about it more upon waking up in the morning or at night before retiring? She responded "Neither, I think about it throughout the day, but usually in the hallway leading to the bedroom. I stop halfway down the hall and wonder, what am I here after?"

A small boy is sent to bed by his father. Five minutes later...."Da-ad...."
"What?" "I'm thirsty. Can you bring a drink of water?" "No. You had your chance. Lights out." Five minutes later: "Da-aaaad....." "WHAT?" "I'm THIRSTY. Can I have a drink of water??" "I told you NO!" If you ask again, I'll have to spank you!!"
Five minutes later......"Daaaa-aaaad....." "WHAT!" "When you come in to spank me, can you bring a drink of water?

A minister parked his car in a no-parking area in a large city because he was short of time and couldn't find a space with a meter. Then he put a note under the windscreen wiper that read: "I have circled the block 10 times. If I don't park here, I'll miss my appointment. Forgive us our trespasses." When he returned, he found a summons from a police officer along with this note "I've circled this block for 10 years. If I don't give you a ticket I‘ll lose my job. Lead us not into temptation."

A priest waited in line to have his car filled with petrol just before a long Bank Holiday weekend. The attendant worked quickly, but there were many cars ahead of him. Finally, the attendant motioned him toward a vacant pump. "Father," said the young man, "I'm so sorry about the delay. It seems as if everyone waits until the last minute to get ready for a long trip." The minister chuckled, "I know what you mean. It's the same in my business.”

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FIFTH  SUNDAY  OF  EASTER    (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  MAY 19TH  -  MAY 25TH  2019

FIFTH  SUNDAY  OF  EASTER    (YEAR  C)

“I  shall  not  be  with  you  much  longer,  I  give  you  a  new  commandment:  love  one  another,  just  as  I  have  loved  you,  you  must  also  love  one  another.  By  this love you  have  for  one  another,  everyone  will  know  that  you  are  my  disciples.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:  Sr. Catherine;  Allison  Wild;  Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;    Michelle  Hanson;   Andrea  Spencer;   Sarah  Bell;   Breda  Barret;     Cecile  Kouaye;   Helen  Roy;   Kathy  Brock.   Vanessa.       
LATELY  DEAD:     Michael  O’Donnell;    Edobor  Morgan  Otoghile.
ANNIVERSARIES:   Mark  Tesz;   James  Fogg;   Alfred  N’Gouary.   
May  they  Rest  in  Peace

IN  THANKSGIVING  FOR  the birthday of Ivan Lokadi.

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £566.81;    Loose:  £351.86;    Total:  £918.67.
Thank you all for your continued generosity.

DONATIONS  / COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £9.11  and £5.44. Gift Aided:  £0.00.                       
CAFOD:  £40.00 and  £15.19;  Oldham Food Bank £10.00;  altar flowers £5.00.

PARISH  NEWS

 “TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
“God proposes Himself, He never imposes Himself; He enlightens us, but never blinds us.”
“God has placed this plan in our hearts and in all creation: to love Him, our brothers and sisters, and the whole world, and to find true happiness in this love.”
“Let yourself be transformed and renewed by the Holy Spirit, in order to bring Christ into every environment and to give witness to the joy and youthfulness of the Gospel!”

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY: the children on the Sacramental Programme will make their First Holy Communion at 2.30pm.
THURSDAY: Parish Team Meeting in the Parish House at 7.30pm.
SATURDAY:  after the 12 noon Mass, there will be the public praying of the Holy Rosary.

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

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Bernardine of Siena: born in Italy in 1380, he became a Franciscan and was ordained priest in 1404. He gained a reputation as a great preacher, and propagated devotion to the holy name of Jesus. He died in 1444.
St. Christopher Magallanes: born to a Mexican farming family, he worked as a shepherd in his youth. He was ordained priest, and helped to found schools, a newspaper, catechism centres for children and adults, carpentry shops and an electric plant. He was arrested and shot without trial on his way to celebrate Mass in 1927.
St. Rita of Cascia: despite an early desire to enter religious life, she was married at the age of 18. After the violent death of her abusive husband, and the death of her children, she joined the Augustinian monastery of Cascia, Italy, at the age of 36. She lived as a wife, mother, widow, and nun, buried her family and helped bring peace to her city.
St. Bede the Venerable was born in north-east England in 673, and was educated by the Benedictines. He joined the monastery and began a life of great erudition, producing many writings. He particularly worked on the interpretation of the Scriptures and the history of the Church in Britain. He died in 735.

SMILE – A – WHILE
An Airbus 380 is on its way across the Atlantic. It flies consistently at 800 km/h in 30,000 feet, when suddenly a Eurofighter with Tempo Mach 2 appears. The pilot of the fighter jet slows down, flies alongside the Airbus and greets the pilot of the passenger plane by radio: "Airbus flight, boring flight isn’t it? Take care and have a look here!” He rolls his jet on its back, accelerates, breaks through the sound barrier, rises rapidly to a dizzying height, only to swoop down almost to sea level in a breathtaking dive. He loops back next to the Airbus and asks, "Well, how was that?"The Airbus pilot answers: "Very impressive, but now have a look here!" The jet pilot watches the Airbus, but nothing happens. It continues to fly stubbornly straight, with the same speed. After five minutes, the Airbus pilot radioed, "Well, what are you saying now?" The jet pilot asks confused: "What did you do?" The other laughs and says, "I got up, stretched my legs, went to the back of the plane to the bathroom, got a cup of coffee and a cinnamon cake and made an appointment for the next three nights - in a 5 Star  hotel, paid for by my employer. " The moral of the story is: When you are young, speed and adrenaline seem to be great. But as you get older and wiser, comfort and peace are not to be despised either. This is called S.O.S.:
Slower, Older, Smarter.

How long did Cain hate his brother?   As long as he was Abel.

BBC NORFOLK 
Stewart White: Who had a worldwide hit with What A Wonderful World? 
Contestant: I don't know. 
White: I'll give you some clues: what do you call the part between your hand and your elbow? 
Contestant: Arm. 
White: Correct. And if you're not weak, you're...? 
Contestant: Strong. 
White: Correct - and what was Lord Mountbatten's first name? 
Contestant: Louis. 
White: Well, there we are then. So who had a worldwide hit with the song What A Wonderful World? 
Contestant: Frank Sinatra?

“Stay  With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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FOURTH  SUNDAY  OF  EASTER    (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  MAY 12TH  -  MAY 18TH  2019

FOURTH  SUNDAY  OF  EASTER    (YEAR  C)

“The  sheep  that  belong  to  me  listen  to  my  voice;  I  know  them  and  they  follow  me.  I  give  them  eternal  life;  they  will  never  be  lost  and  no  one  will  ever  steal  them  from  me.  The  Father  who  gave  them  to  me  is  greater  than  anyone,  and  no  one  can  steal  from  the  Father.  The  Father  and  I  are  one.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:  Sr. Catherine;  Allison  Wild;  Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;    Michelle  Hanson;   Andrea  Spencer;   Sarah  Bell;   Breda  Barret;     Cecile  Kouaye;   Helen  Roy;   Kathy  Brock.   Vanessa.
LATELY  DEAD:       Norman  &  Austin  Hussey  &  Judith;   Joanne  Hemsley;   Ann  McShane;   Luis  Silva.
ANNIVERSARIES:   Frank  Wisniewski (Snr);   Robert  Hendrick;   Robert  Lomax;  Terence  Charles  Higgins;   Jenny  Stubbs;   Tony  Martin;   James  Fogg. May  they  Rest  in  Peace.

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £665.28;    Loose:  £305.37;    Total:  £970.65.
Thank you all for your continued generosity.

DONATIONS  / COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £65.66  and £11.74. Gift Aided:  £0.00.
CAFOD:  £11.80;  £40.00;  £10.00;  Oldham Food Bank £20.00 and £10.00;  Cornerstone  £20.00;  Missio  £14.15  and  £7.72;  £65.66 in donations in memory of Austin Hussey RIP.

PARISH  NEWS

“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
“Mother Teresa, we ask you to intercede with Jesus, that we too may obtain the grace to be attentive to the cry of the poor, the sick, the outcast and the least of our brothers
and sisters.”“May St Joseph, the humble workman of Nazareth, direct us toward Christ, support the sacrifice of those who do good, and intercede for those who have lost their job or who are not successful in finding a job.”

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY  is the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.   A mandatory retiring collection will be taken for the Ecclesiastical Education Fund (EEF).
SATURDAY: Sacramental Programme: parents’ meeting & children’s lesson at 10.00am in church.
ALSO, on all Saturdays in May, after the 12 noon Mass, there will be the public praying of the Holy Rosary.
ALSO, the wedding of Ryan Anthony O’Donnell and Alison Marie O’Connor will take place at 3.00pm.  Congratulations and best wishes to the happy couple.
NEXT SUNDAY,  the children on the Sacramental Programme will make their First Holy Communion at 2.30pm.

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

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
Our Lady of Fatima: Our Lady appeared 6 times to 3 shepherd children, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta between May 13th and October 13th 1917, in the little village of Fatima (Portugal). The message given is one of repentance, so that the world may be transformed into a place of grace and peace willed by Almighty God.
St. Matthias: chosen by the apostles to take the place of Judas so that the number of apostles might remain as 12. Tradition has it that he went to preach in Ethiopia.
St. John I: Pope at the start of the 6th century when the Roman Empire was split. He was accused of plotting and imprisoned for the rest of his life, so is honoured as a martyr.

FINAL  MINUTES  FROM  THE  PARISH  TEAM  MEETING  IN  APRIL
Stained Glass Window.  No further information available.  John Green to be asked to pursue the matter with the window specialists
Vegetarian meals:  The first of the menus for vegetarian meals has been received and has been printed in the newsletter.  More are required.  They should be easy and tasty and preferably inexpensive.  The idea being to encourage a reduction in meat eating, as this is the most environmentally unfriendly form of food preparation.
Photographs of children from St. Patrick’s on the sacramental programme have not been taken. It was noted that this was because of the large number of children and it had been left too late to make a display possible now.  The possibility of holding two First Communion Masses was considered, but in the end it was decided that there should be enough seating in church for just one Mass although it might be a little bit ‘cosy’.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament:  Colin announced that after Exposition on Saturday 27th May, he will no longer be able to take this service as he feels he is becoming increasingly unsteady.  It is hoped to be able to train a replacement(s) before the end of June.

SMILE – A – WHILE
One Sunday morning, a mother went in to wake up her son. 'Wake up, son. It's time to go to Church!' ‘But why, Mother? I don't want to go.’ ‘Give me two reasons why you don't want to go.' 'Well, one they all hate me at Church, and two the sermons are boring!' 'Those are not good reason for not to going to Church. Get up and get ready.' 'Give me two reasons why I should go to Church.' 'Well, for one, you're 55 years old. And for another, you're the Pastor!'

What excuse did Adam give his children about why he no longer lived in Eden?   Your mother ate us out of house and home!

What did Adam say the day before Christmas? It’s Christmas, Eve!

“Stay  With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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THIRD  SUNDAY  OF  EASTER    (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  MAY 5TH  -  MAY 11TH  2019

THIRD  SUNDAY  OF  EASTER    (YEAR  C)

Jesus  called  out,  “Have  you  caught  anything, friends?”  And  when  they  answered,  “No”,  he  said,  “Throw  the  net  out  to  starboard  and  you’ll  find  something.”  So  they  dropped  the  net,  and  there  were  so  many  fish that  they  could  not  haul  it  in. The  disciple  Jesus  loved  said  to  Peter,  “It  is  the  Lord.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:  Sr. Catherine;  Allison  Wild;  Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;    Michelle  Hanson;   Andrea  Spencer;   Sarah  Bell;   Breda  Barret;   Peter  Wakerley;   Adam  Tattersall;   Christine  Plummer;  Cecile  Kouaye;   Helen  Roy;   Kathy  Brock.       
LATELY  DEAD:     Margaret  Woodcock;   Bridget  Lamb;   Son  Patterson;   Michael;   Ann  McShane.     
ANNIVERSARIES:   Danny  McGarrigle;   Aaron;   Catherine  Duddy;   Mary  Bowden;   Anes & James  Killeen;   Mary  Joceylin;   Duncan  Deva;   James  Andrew  Fogg;   Billy  Murphy;   Francis  Connolly;   Terry  Mills (Snr);   Michael & Catherine  McGladdery. May  they  Rest  in  Peace.

IN  THANKSGIVING TO:  the Blessed Virgin Mary for favours received.

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £516.35;    Loose:  £419.45;    Total:  £935.80.
Thank you all for your continued generosity.

DONATIONS  / COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £19.75. Gift Aided:  £0.00. 
CAFOD:  £16.20  and  £10.00;  Oldham Food Bank £40.00; Cornerstone  £50.00; CARITAS £40.00.  

PARISH  NEWS

“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
“In many countries May is the month of Mary. May the Mother of God accompany us and protect Christians in fighting against the forces of evil. Let us entrust ourselves to her and pray for the Church and for peace in the world.”

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
SATURDAY: on all Saturdays in May, after the 12 noon Mass, there will be the public praying of the Holy Rosary.
ALSO, the wedding of Steven Richard Raczkowski and Clare Suzanne Lucy Bowskill.  Congratulations and best wishes to the happy couple.

SMILE – A – WHILE
A distraught senior citizen phoned her doctor's office."Is it true," she wanted to know, that the medication you prescribed has to be taken for the rest of my life?"
"'Yes, I'm afraid so,"' the doctor told her. There was a moment of silence
before the senior lady replied, "I'm wondering, then, just how serious is my condition
because this prescription is marked 'NO REFILLS'.." 

An older gentleman was on the operating table awaiting surgery and he insisted that his son, a renowned surgeon, perform the operation. As he was about to get the anaesthesia, he asked to speak to his son. "Yes, Dad, what is it?" "Don't be nervous, son; do your best, and just remember, if it doesn't go well, if something happens to me, your mother is going to come and live with you and your wife..."    

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

MINUTES  FROM  THE  PARISH  TEAM  MEETING  IN  APRIL

(to be continued next week)

“Stay  With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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SECOND  SUNDAY  OF  EASTER    (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  APRIL 28TH  -  MAY 4TH  2019
(DIVINE  MERCY  SUNDAY)

SECOND  SUNDAY  OF  EASTER

“Peace  be  with  you.  Thomas,  put  your  finger  here;  look,  here  are  my  hands. Give  me  your  hand;  put  it  into  my  side.  Doubt  no  longer,  but  believe. Happy  are  those  who  have  not  seen  and  yet  believe.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:  Sr. Catherine;  Allison  Wild;  Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;    Michelle  Hanson;   Andrea  Spencer;   Sarah  Bell;   Breda  Barret;    Bridie  Murphy;   Lyne   Middleton.;   Peter  Wakerley;   Adam  Tattersall;   Christine  Plummer.        
LATELY  DEAD:     Patricia  Abrantes  Semedo;    Margaret  Woodcock;   Tom  Parkinson.      
ANNIVERSARIES: Brenda  Taylor;   James  Fogg (Jnr.);   V. L.Thomas;
Peter  Jennings;     T.  Philip;   Dawn  Cookson-Martinez & baby  Robbie.May  they  Rest  in  Peace.

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £935.42;    Loose:  £634.34;    Total:  £1,569.76.
Good Friday Retiring Collection for the Shrines of Palestine:  £63.64 Thank you all for your continued generosity.                                        

DONATIONS  / COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £10.32. Gift Aided:  £0.00.
CAFOD:  £140.00; £25.47; £20.00; £10.00; £5.00;  Missio  £16.82;  Cornerstone  £20.00.   

CONGRATULATIONS , best wishes  & love to parishioner Margaret Emsis as she celebrates her 80th birthday. A Mass will be offered for your intentions.

PARISH  NEWS

Ingredients: 1 large onion (finely diced); 2 tablespoons olive oil; 4 teaspoons tomato puree, 1 tin chopped tomatoes; chopped garlic cloves and curry powder to taste; any vegetables you prefer (root vegetables, peas or beans, courgettes etc. spinach to garnish if required.

Method: Prepare vegetables of choice by peeling and chopping as required (put aside). Prepare sauce: 1) Sweat off onion until soft (without colour). 2) Add spices , chopped tomatoes and tomato puree – cook for a couple of minutes. 3) Add half pint water or vegetable stock. Add prepared vegetables, root veg. first by about 10 minutes (they take longer to cook). 4) Simmer for about 20 minutes. A few minutes before serving, add a little chopped spinach, if you like.

Enjoy! Cook’s Tip: By changing spices and herbs it is possible to make a pasta or chilli sauce!


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

Hope in the Future:  It was noted that much of the minutes of the last meeting regarding Hope in the Future had not appeared in the newsletter. The particular part referred to the use of the app ‘Universalis’ as a means of improving both our private and public prayer life.  Peter will be asked to remedy this before the next meeting, as the team felt that Fr. Phil should let people know about this app
In the Future:  Frank Wisniewski explained that the next stage of the Hope in the Future programme suggested that we reflect on several aspects of our spiritual life and development in line with the Hope in the Future programme:
Vigour: It was thought that whilst we care very much for the success of the Hope in the Future project, it is difficult to get massively enthusiastic about things suggested in the programme, which as a parish, we do already, and have done for some time.
Prayer life: It was thought that there was a great variety of opportunities for development of our prayer life in the parish: i) The church is open every day for private prayer and meditation. Ii) Terence said that he had been to the 6pm Mass on Sunday for the first time and that he had found it to be a good experience, complementing the 10am Parish Mass and giving everyone a choice of liturgical styles..  The May and October Rosary Devotions were given as an example of our shared prayer life, and the Charismatic Prayer Group as a further example of variety and choice. Iii) The daily prayer app ‘Universalis’ was suggested as a way of combining personal and public prayer time.  The app provides for the text of the Divine Office throughout the day, as well as the order of the Mass and readings for the day.  All information about the day e.g. regarding saint’s days etc. can also be found.  It was suggested as a good way to pray Morning and Evening Prayer together or privately and an awful lot cheaper and convenient than a Missal or Breviary.
Service / Ecumenism: There is an active interfaith group within the parish.  This work is more prevalent that ecumenism in this parish, probably because of our town centre location and particular circumstances.
Aggiornamento:  The nature of our social events has changed over time.  The best example being the Christmas and Summer Fayres, which are no longer purely money raising events.  Today they tend to be entertaining and an opportunity for people to have fun together.

SMILE – A – WHILE
Why didn’t they play cards on the Ark? Because Noah was always standing on the deck

“Stay  With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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EASTER  SUNDAY    (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  APRIL 21ST  -  APRIL 27TH  2019

EASTER  SUNDAY    (YEAR  C)

Simon  Peter  went  right  into  the  tomb,  saw  the  linen  cloths  on  the  ground,  and  also  the  cloth  that  had  been  over  his  head;  this  was  not  with  the  linen  cloths  but  rolled  up  in  a  place  by  itself.  He saw  and  he  believed.

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:  Sr. Catherine;  Allison  Wild;  Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;    Michelle  Hanson;   Andrea  Spencer;   Sarah  Bell;   Breda  Barret;     Alison  Smith;   Billy  Connolly;    baby  Ethan;   Maria  Ochmann;   Bridie  Murphy;   Lyne   Middleton.;   Peter  Wakerley;   Adam  Tattersall;   Christine  Plummer.      
LATELY  DEAD:     Tom  Parkinson; Eileen  Godkin.
ANNIVERSARIES:   William & Maureen  Sumner;   Lorna  Phillips;   Christopher  Frankland;   Martin  Lucas;   Michael  Rubacha;   Daniel & Sarah  Breslin; T.  Philip. May They Rest in Peace

EASTER  MASS  FOR   Mary  Frances  Park.

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £620.50;    Loose:  £458.66;    Total:  £1,079.16.
Thank you all for your continued generosity.                                        
DONATIONS  / COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £100.00, £10.00 and £7.60. Gift Aided:  £0.00
CAFOD:  £20.11  and  £10.00;  Altar  Flowers  £30.00;  £20.00;  £5.00;  £20.00; £10.00; £20.00; £5.00; £13.49;  Missio  £17.11;  Cornerstone  £20.00.

PARISH  NEWS

 “TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
“Today we unite in prayer with the people of France, as we wait for the sorrow inflicted by the serious damage to be transformed into hope with reconstruction. Holy Mary, Our Lady, pray for us.
“In the Eucharist you really meet Jesus, share His life, feel His love; there you experience that His death and resurrection are for you”.

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
SATURDAY:  the wedding of parishioners Franciszek Walter Wisniewski and Lynn Marie Nicholls takes place at 3.00pm. With love and best wishes to the happy couple from members of the Parish Team and the church choir.

“SMILE – A – WHILE”
Lionel phones his mother living in Leeds, Yorkshire, UK.'Mum, how are you?' he asks. 'Not too good,' answers Lionel's mother, 'I've been very weak.' Lionel, concerned asks, 'Why are you so weak, mother?'
She says, 'Because I haven't eaten in 23 days' Lionel stammers, 'That's terrible. Why haven't you eaten in 23 days?' His mother replies, 'Because I didn't want my mouth to be filled with food if you should phone.'

While assembling furniture, Liz asked her friend's six-year-old son, Ricky, to bring her a screwdriver. 'Do you want a 'Daddy' screwdriver or a 'Mummy' screwdriver?'  Ricky politely inquired. Confused by the question, Liz responded with, 'Bring me a 'Mummy' screwdriver.' Ricky returned and handed her a butter knife.

What do you get if you pour boiling water down a rabbit hole? A hot cross bunny.  

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

EASTER  TRADITIONS  AROUND  THE  WORLD
Known in Spain as Semana Santa, or Holy Week, Easter is observed for an entire seven days on the Iberian peninsula. Celebrations begin during the last week of Lent, and it is marked by huge and elaborate religious processions in nearly every single town and village across the country. People parade through the streets in costumes or in hooded robes, carrying intricate religious floats depicting difference scenes from the bible, while often accompanied by live music.
Much like in Spain, many of France's Easter customs stem from Catholic tradition and as such the holiday is usually a more religious affair than the UK's. One such tradition dictates that church bells stop ringing around Easter as a mark of respect for Jesus' death, and to explain their silence children are told the bells have flown to Rome to be blessed by the Pope. On the morning of Easter Sunday - Jesus' resurrection - the bells then fly back to France loaded with sweet treats which they drop into gardens for the children. Once the bells have begun to rung, the Easter egg hunt - or "chasse aux oeufs" - begins.
Good Friday and Easter Monday are both public holidays in Germany, and they celebrate by lighting bonfires around sunset on Holy Saturday. Some places have turned the "osterfeuer" (Easter bonfire) into mini festivals with stands selling sausages, wine and funfair rides while other communities stuff huge bales of straw into a wooden wheel, set it on fire and roll it down a hill (known as the Osterrad). Other traditions include decorating an "Easter tree" with hand painted eggs, known as the Ostereierbaum.
Unsurprisingly the Pope leads the Easter celebrations in Italy, holding a huge mass on Good Friday at St. Peter's Basilica where the Via Crucis, or Station of the Cross, is celebrated. During the mass, a huge crucifix made out of burning torches is raised in the night sky. 
Devout Catholics in the Philippines will volunteer to be "crucified" on Good Friday to reenact Jesus' suffering, in a particularly gruesome practice that has been condemned by the church. Thousands watch the reenactment, known as the San Pedro Cutud Lenten Rites, in the province of Pampanga, in which believers are nailed to crosses to atone for their sins or pray for others. Penitents volunteer to have nails measuring two inches long hammered into their palms and feet by people dressed as Roman centurions and nailed to a cross. They are only taken down from the cross once they feel atoned of their sins. The practice, which is believed to date to the 1950s, also sees other penitents flagellate themselves using bamboo sticks tied to a rope.

WISHING  A  HOLY  AND  HAPPY  EASTER  TO  READERS  OF  THE  NEWSLETTER

“Stay  With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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PALM / PASSION  SUNDAY    (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  APRIL 14TH  -  APRIL 20TH  2019

PALM / PASSION  SUNDAY    (YEAR  C)

.....and  as  he  rode  along  they  spread  their  garments  on  the  road  and  began  to  rejoice  and  praise  God  with  a  loud  voice  for  all  the  mighty  works  that  they  had  seen,  saying  “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 and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:  Sr. Catherine;  Allison  Wild;  Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;    Michelle  Hanson;   Andrea  Spencer;   Sarah  Bell;   Breda  Barret;     Alison  Smith;   Billy  Connolly;    baby  Ethan;   Maria  Ochmann;   Bridie  Murphy;   Lyne   Middleton.       
LATELY  DEAD:     Austin  Hussey;    Morgan  Woods;   Palma  Garnes.          
ANNIVERSARIES:   Clementine  Ndikumana;   Eric  Emsis;   Laura  Silva;   Jeff  Wright;   Kevin  Minnock;   William  Brian  Bergin;   Thomas  O’Brien;   George  Brierley;  Mmoniemang  Zechner.  May They Rest in Peace

EASTER  MASSES  FOR  Margaret  Green;  Michael & Lorraine;  Beatrice  Tucker;   Sophie  Royales;  Christine & Roy;   Margaret  Wright;  Cora  Overton;  Mary & Denis O’Grady;  Judith  Howe (on the occasion of her being received into the Church).                       

CONGRATULATIONS and best wishes to two former parishioners who celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary - Gerard Guilfoyle and Rosemary McGladdery were married at St. Patrick’s in 1969 by Fr. Devany. A Mass will be offered for your intentions. Also, for the Golden Wedding Anniversary of Ian and Martha Smith.

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £622,25;    Loose:  £376.52;    Total:  £998.77.
Thank you all for your continued generosity.                                        
DONATIONS  / COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £100.00, £20.00 and £9.45. Gift Aided:  £0.00
CAFOD:  £18.00  and  £10.00;  Altar  Flowers  £10.00;  £10.00;  £5.00;  Oldham Food Bank £10.00;  Missio  £19.92;  Cornerstone  £20.00.   

PARISH  NEWS

“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
“Lent invites us to look upward with prayer, which frees us from a horizontal, flat life, where we find time only for our ego, but forget God.”

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY,  is Palm / Passion Sunday. The 10.00am service will start in the Parish House garden and the people will then process into church with their palms.
GOOD  FRIDAY:  a mandatory retiring collection will take place after the service for the Holy Places of Palestine.

“SMILE – A – WHILE”
"Madame Fortune Teller, tell me: Are there golf courses in heaven?" "I have good news, and I have bad news." "What's the good news?" "The good news is that the golf courses in heaven are beautiful beyond anything you could imagine!" "That's wonderful." "And you'll be teeing off at 8:30 tomorrow morning."

Father explaining beginning of world to son.-In the beginning of the world, Adam was born. Was he born in the morning? No, a little before Eve. A rib was taken from his side while he slept, and that was Eve.Didn´t he need the rib? It was a spare rib. Boy starts to cry.
-”I´ve got a pain in my side. Oh daddy, I think I´m going to have a wife.

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

ITEMS  FROM  MEETING TO DISCUSS BISHOP’S LETTER ON THE ENVIRONMENT
Property insulation:  It was agreed that all possible means of reducing energy costs: gas/electricity etc have been investigated and often implemented on parish property.  The question of Solar Panels was raised and it was explained that we have been refused permission to put solar panels on the church by the Historic Churches Commission.  It was suggested that the Bishop might be asked to approach them, as he is the representative of the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales on Environment matters, to suggest that they reconsider.  The possibility of Solar Tiles was discussed and John Green agreed to investigate.  The question was asked, if there was anyone amongst the congregation who might be able to give advice, without pressure or prejudice, on the question of Domestic Solar Panels.  It was not known, but was agreed to put the question in the newsletter.
Replacing light bulbs:  It was stressed that the energy saving made by replacing spent light bulbs with LED lamps was well worth the investment.  The cost of the lamps is more than that of the old tungsten lamps or the many florescent types, but is well worth doing because of the saving in fuel costs.  The parish is pursuing this practice already.

HOLY WEEK, the most solemn week of the Christian year, begins today.  Palm Sunday, we celebrate the Lord’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem.  The following three days we hear at Mass the salient parts of Isaiah’s song of the Suffering Servant and in the Gospel readings the events leading to the Lord’s arrest: Mary, sister of Lazarus anoints Jesus (for burial) with expensive ointment – Judas makes the decision to betray Jesus – Judas takes the money, the other disciples prepare for the Passover meal. 
The SACRED TRIDUUM ends the week: Holy (Maundy ) Thursday, The Mass of the Lord’s Supper, marks the institution of the Holy Eucharist when we are reminded of the Lord’s  command to ‘Serve one another’.
Good Friday, probably from the Old English for ‘God’s Friday’ marks our solemn celebration of our Lord’s death on the Cross, when we walk with Him on the Via Dolorosa, leading to His sacrifice for our sins.
Holy Saturday is a ‘dead’ day.  There are no sacraments celebrated today.  The church is open, but the tabernacle is empty.  A time for thinking, a time for prayer, a time for wondering …….. then in the evening, the light appears and all is revealed! He is Risen!! 
The Easter Vigil Mass explains it all.
The Sacred Triduum should be celebrated as one event.  It involves an awful lot of churchgoing, but what a wonderful and meaningful way to end Lent, and begin our celebration of the ‘Feast of all Feasts’.

“Stay  With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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5TH  SUNDAY  OF  LENT    (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  APRIL 7TH  -  APRIL 13TH  2019

5TH    SUNDAY  OF  LENT    (YEAR  C)

“Woman,  where  are  they?  Has  no  one  condemned  you”  “No  one,  sir”  she  replied.  “Neither  do  I  condemn  you,”  said  Jesus.

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:  Sr. Catherine;  Allison  Wild;  Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;    Michelle  Hanson;   Andrea  Spencer;   Sarah  Bell;   Breda  Barret;     Alison  Smith;   Billy  Connolly;    baby  Ethan;   Maria  Ochmann.     
LATELY  DEAD:   Austin  Hussey;    Fr.  Myles  Sheahan;   Morgan  Woods. ANNIVERSARIES:   Harry  Doran;   James  Cavannagh;   Myron  Patra; Timothy  Killeen. 
May They Rest in Peace.

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £579.70;    Loose:  £307.86;    Total:  £887.56.
Thank you all for your continued generosity.                                        
DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £14.55 and £2.30. Gift Aided:  £0.00
CAFOD:  £24.39;  £20.00;  £10.00;  Altar  Flowers  £50.00;  £14.30;  £10.00.

PARISH  NEWS

“SMILE – A – WHILE”

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY, Reconciliation Service in church at 3.00pm.
TUESDAY: Deanery Station Mass at Our Lady and St. Patrick’s church, Oldham, at 7.30pm. The car park at the Sixth Form College will be open for the benefit of parishioners and visitors from 5.00pm on the day of the Deanery Lenten Station Mass.
THURSDAY: Parish Team meeting at 7.30pm in the Parish House.
NEXT  SUNDAY  is Palm / Passion Sunday. The 10.00am service will start in the Parish House garden and the people will then process into church with their palms.

“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS  
“When we pray, let us recall that we do so with Jesus. Jesus is our courage. Jesus is our security, who in this moment intercedes for us.”
“If you are young in years, but feel weak, weary or disillusioned, ask Jesus to renew you. With him, hope never fails.”
“Christ is alive! He is our hope, and in a wonderful way he brings youth to our world.”

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

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Stanislaus became Bishop of Krakow in Poland in 1071, and immediately took a stand against the brutality of King Boleslaus, eventually excommunicating him. Boleslaus replied by killing Stanislaus himself in 1097.
St. Martin I: born in Italy, having become Pope he called the Lateran Council in 649 to decree against the Monothelite heresy, but was abducted by the Emperor and died in exile in the Crimea in 655.

ITEMS  FROM  MEETING TO DISCUSS BISHOP’S LETTER ON THE ENVIRONMENT
Dietary Changes:  It was noted that one way of reducing greenhouse gasses would be to encourage a reduction in the amount of meat produced and eaten as food. It was suggested that a pure vegetarian diet would, at the moment, be difficult to achieve because it is thought by many to be unappetizing and difficult to prepare. One of those present, Clare, who works preparing school meals said that these were misconceptions. She and others offered to produce a few vegetarian and other non-meat recipes which could be printed in the parish newsletter.  This was agreed by all present. It was also mentioned that fish could be used to reduce the consumption of animal meat.  It was pointed out that the cooking of vegetables and fish needs much less energy and time than cooking meat. It was also agreed that a ‘tasting session’ for some of the proposed vegetarian recipes could be organized at the back of church after one of the 10am Masses on Sunday. 
Allotments:  It was suggested that the parish schools should be asked to consider planting vegetables in the school grounds.
Fr Phil said that he would be willing to turn his back garden lawn into a couple of allotments if parishioners could be found to tend them.
Plastic usage:  Every effort should be made to reduce plastic usage.  It was noted that we as a parish have already started to use less plastic e.g. We now use paper rather than plastic bags for the Christmas/Summer Fayres, our disposable cups and plates are now recyclable.  (We still have a few plastic coffee cups but they will be replaced by recyclable ones). 
Car-sharing:  It was agreed that parishioners should be encouraged to share their cars with other car drivers where possible.  It was recognised that this is not always easy.
(to be continued next week)

“Stay  With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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4TH  SUNDAY  OF  LENT    (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  MARCH 31ST  -  APRIL 6TH  2019

4TH    SUNDAY  OF  LENT    (YEAR  C)

“My  son,  you  are  with  me  always  and  all  I  have  is  yours.  But  it  is  only  right  we  should  celebrate  and  rejoice,  because  your  brother  here  was  dead  and  has  come  to  life;  he  was  lost  and  is  found.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:  Sr. Catherine;  Allison  Wild;  Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;    Michelle  Hanson;   Andrea  Spencer;   Sarah  Bell;   Dorothy  Fogg;      Roy  Eaton;   Breda  Barrett.     
LATELY  DEAD:   Bernard  Doran;        
ANNIVERSARIES:   William  Melia;   May They Rest in Peace.

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £673.92;    Loose:  £325.10;    Total:  £999.02.
Thank you all for your continued generosity.

DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £40.00;  £32.81;  £12.76;  £7.99. Gift Aided:  £0.00
CAFOD:  £38.18;  £10.00;  £10.00;  £5.00;  £2.00;  Altar  Flowers  £10.85;   Cornerstone  £20.00;  Missio  £100.00.

PARISH  NEWS

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY, is also known as Laetare Sunday. “Laetare” means “Rejoice” was considered a day of relaxation from the normal rigours of Lent. This Sunday gets its name from the first few words of the traditional Latin entrance (Introit) for the Mass of the day. "Laetare Jerusalem" ("Rejoice, O Jerusalem") is Latin from Isaiah 66:10. Flowers are allowed on the altar and the priest can wear rose-coloured vestments. This year, it is also Mothering Sunday.
TUESDAY: Deanery Station Mass at St. Anne’s church, Ashton, at 7.30pm.

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

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Francis of Paola: born in Italy in 1416, he founded a congregation of hermits.
St. Isidore: born in Spain in 560, he became a bishop. He was a great teacher & writer
St. Vincent Ferrer: born in 1350, he became a Dominican, preaching in Spain.

ITEMS  FROM  THE  PARISH  TEAM  MINUTES  HELD  IN  MARCH

“SMILE – A – WHILE”
Centuries ago, God came down, went to the Germans and said, "I have Commandments that will help you live better lives." Germans ask, "What are Commandments?" And the Lord says, "Rules for living.” "Can you give us an example?" God says, "Thou shalt not kill." "Not kill? We're not interested."
So God went to the Italians and said, "I have Commandments..." The Italians wanted an example and the Lord said, "Thou shalt not steal." “Not steal? We're not interested." Next the Lord went to the French saying, "I have Commandments..." The French wanted an example and the Lord said, "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife." And the French were not interested. God then went to the Jews and said, "I have Commandments..." "Commandments," said the Jews, "How much are they?” "They're free." "We'll take 10."

“Stay  With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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3RD  SUNDAY  OF  LENT    (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  MARCH 24TH  -  MARCH 30TH  2019

3RD    SUNDAY  OF  LENT    (YEAR  C)

“.....for  three  years  now  I  have  been  coming  to  look  for  fruit  on  this  fig  tree  and  finding  none. 
Cut  it  down;  why  should  it  be  taking  up  the  ground?

“.....leave  it  one  more  year  and  give  me  time  to  dig  round  it  and  manure  it;  it  may  bear  fruit  next  year,  if  not,  then  you  can  cut  it  down

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:  Sr. Catherine;  Allison  Wild;  Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;    Michelle  Hanson;   Andrea  Spencer;   Sarah  Bell;   Dorothy  Fogg;      Roy  Eaton;   Breda  Barrett.     
LATELY  DEAD:   Bernard  Doran;   Norman  Hussey;   Kathleen  Grady;   Alison  Maria  Do  Ceu  Reis  Fonseca;   Chris  Michael  Lennox.      
ANNIVERSARIES:   Regina  Wisniewski;   Michael  Street;   Vera  Melia; Michael  Hywel;   Romain  Kibiti;   John  &  Mary  Fogg. May They Rest in Peace. 

BIRTHDAY  ANNIVERSARY  OF  Barry  &  Trevor  Williams. 

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £673.92;    Loose:  £325.10;    Total:  £999.02.
Thank you all for your continued generosity.                                        
DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £40.00;  £32.81;  £12.76;  £7.99.  Gift Aided:  £0.00
CAFOD:  £38.18;  £10.00;  £10.00;  £5.00;  £2.00;  Altar  Flowers  £10.85; Cornerstone  £20.00;  Missio  £100.00.

PARISH  NEWS

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TUESDAY: Deanery Station Mass at St. Edward’s church, Lees, at 7.30pm.
THURSDAY:  There should have been a meeting last Thursday to discuss our Parish response to the bishop’s pastoral letter on the environment, but this was not put in the newsletter last week. So, it has been transferred to this evening at 7.30pm in the dining room of the Parish House.
SATURDAY:  Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament  10.30 – 11.45am.
ALSO it is the start of British Summer Time. Don’t forget to move your clocks and watches FORWARD ONE HOUR.

“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS  
“If we abandon the law of love, the law of the strongest over the weakest will be asserted”
“Today we think of people with Downs Syndrome. May they be welcomed, appreciated, and never discarded, right from their mother's womb.”
“Saint Joseph, spouse of the Virgin Mary, watch over the whole Church always, and protect Her in every moment.”

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

ITEMS  FROM  THE  PARISH  TEAM  MINUTES  HELD  IN  MARCH

“SMILE – A – WHILE”

Centuries ago, God came down, went to the Germans and said, "I have Commandments that will help you live better lives." Germans ask, "What are Commandments?" And the Lord says, "Rules for living.” "Can you give us an example?" God says, "Thou shalt not kill." "Not kill? We're not interested."
So God went to the Italians and said, "I have Commandments..." The Italians wanted an example and the Lord said, "Thou shalt not steal." “Not steal? We're not interested." Next the Lord went to the French saying, "I have Commandments..." The French wanted an example and the Lord said, "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife." And the French were not interested. God then went to the Jews and said, "I have Commandments..." "Commandments," said the Jews, "How much are they?” "They're free." "We'll take 10."

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2ND  SUNDAY  OF  LENT    (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  MARCH 17TH  -  MARCH 23RD  2019

2ND   SUNDAY  OF  LENT    (YEAR  C)

“This  is  my  Son,  the  Chosen  One.  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;  Allison  Wild;  Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;    Michelle  Hanson;   Andrea  Spencer;   Sarah  Bell;   Dorothy  Fogg;   Chris  Lennox;   Roy  Eaton.     
LATELY  DEAD:   Bernard  Doran;   Norman  Hussey;   Judith  Warburton.   
ANNIVERSARIES:   Lesley  Duffy;   John  Patrick  Duffy;   George  Brooks;   Bridget  Sheeny. 

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £633.95;    Loose:  £338.48;    Total:  £972.43.
Thank you all for your continued generosity.

DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £11.25 Gift Aided:  £0.00
CAFOD: £40.00;  £19.00;  £10.00;   Oldham Food Bank  £10.00.

PARISH  NEWS

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY:  Sacramental Programme:  celebration – ‘We Celebrate God’s Gifts’ at the 10.00am Mass in church. It is also the feast day of St. Patrick, one of the patrons of our church.
TUESDAY: Deanery Station Mass at St. Joseph’s church, Shaw,  at 7.30pm.
Holy Name Church Research
We have been asked if parishes would publish the newsletter insert below on behalf of the heritage research project working for the Holy Name Church, Manchester. 
Do you have memories, stories or photographs of events that happened at the Holy Name Church when it was a Parish, from the years 1940-1990? We are looking for stories to explore the rich heritage of the Church and to better understand the connection it had with the local community. If you have anything at all to share please get in touch with Amy holynamestory@gmail.com , 07960 975 133. 

“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS  
“I ask everyone to remember in prayer both myself and my collaborators in the Roman Curia, who this evening will be beginning the week of Spiritual Exercises.

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

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Patrick: born in Scotland in 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 after becoming Bishop for \Ireland, he preached the Gospel and converted many to the faith. He died in about 461 and was buried at Downpatrick. He used the shamrock to explain the Trinity, is the Patron Saint of Ireland and one of our church’s patrons also.
St. Cyril of Jerusalem became Bishop of Jerusalem in 348. He is famed for the catechetical instructions he gave to candidates for baptism. He was vigorous in the defence of the faith during the Arian heresy, being exiled three times. He organised the liturgy of Jerusalem, especially in the observation of Holy Week.
St. Turibius of Mongrovejo: born in 1538, he trained as a lawyer and became professor at the University of Salamanca. In 1580 he was chosen to be Archbishop of Lima (Peru). Despite his initial resistance, he went on to be an excellent choice, controlling the abuses of the clergy and using his authority to protect the poor from oppression. He made special efforts to learn the native Indian dialects, so that as he visited his diocese he could talk directly with his people. He died in 1606.

“SMILE – A – WHILE”
There was a preacher who fell in the ocean and he couldn’t swim. When a boat came by, the captain yelled, “Do you need help, sir?” The preacher calmly said “No, God will save me.” A little later, another boat came by and a fisherman asked, “Hey, do you need help?” The preacher replied again, “No God will save me.” Eventually the preacher drowned & went to heaven. The preacher asked God, “Why didn’t you save me?” God replied, “Fool, I sent you two boats!”

Richard, my friend's little grandson came home from Sunday School and I asked him what they had studied. His reply was, 'Nothing.' So I asked him, 'Didn't you study Jesus?' Richard's reply was, 'No, he wasn't even there.'

LA FHEILE PADRAIG 2019 – MASS AGUS SEISIUN
at 7.00pm in Salford Cathedral on Monday 18th March.

“Stay  With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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1ST  SUNDAY  OF  LENT    (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  MARCH 10TH  -  MARCH 16TH  2019

1ST  SUNDAY  OF  LENT    (YEAR  C)

If you are the Son of  God,
tell this stone to turn into a loaf
 
Man does not live on bread  alone
....I will give you all this power
and the glory of these kingdoms
        

You must worship the Lord your
God  
and serve him alone

....throw yourself down from here,
He will put his angels in charge
         

You must not put the Lord your God
to the test

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:   Sr. Catherine; Allison  Wild; Vivien  Higgins;Elizabeth  Flanagan; Dominic  Boardman;Michelle  Hanson; Andrea  Spencer; Sarah  Bell;    Brenda  Linn; Billy  Connolly.
LATELY  DEAD:   Bernard  Doran;   Norman  Hussey;   Edna  Moore.   
ANNIVERSARIES:   Sidolyne  Chiappi;   Robert  Hendrick;   Josephine  Craven;   James & Ann  Whelan;   Patricia  Locke;   John  Fogg.

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £518.31;    Loose:  £382.67;    Total:  £900.98.
Thank you all for your continued generosity.                                        

DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £8.85  and  £5.00 Gift Aided:  £0.00
CAFOD: £21.00;  £20.00;  £10.00;   altar flowers  £5.00;  Oldham Food Bank £40.00; Cornerstone  £20.00  and  £20.00.

PARISH  NEWS

PRAYER  TO  ST.  JOSEPH,  THE  PATRON  OF  THE  MONTH  OF  MARCH
Saint Joseph, pattern of all who are devoted to toil, obtain for me the grace to toil in the spirit of penance, order thereby to atone for my many sins; to toil conscientiously,
 putting devotion to duty before my own inclinations; to labour with thankfulness and joy, deeming it an honour to employ and to develop, by my labour, the gifts that I have received from Almighty God; to work with order, peace, moderation, and patience, ever shrinking from weariness and difficulties; to work above all with a pure intention and with detachment from self, having always before my eyes the hour of death and the accounting which I must then render of time ill-spent, of talents unemployed, of good undone, and of my empty pride in success, which is so fatal to the work of God. All for Jesus, all through Mary, all in imitation of thee, O Patriarch Joseph! This shall be my motto in life and in death.   Amen.

“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS  
“At the beginning of Lent, it would do us good to ask for the grace to preserve the memory of all that the Lord has done in our lives, of how He has loved us.”

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TUESDAY: Deanery Station Mass at Corpus Christi church, Hollinwood,  at 7.30pm.
WEDNESDAY:  Oldham Interfaith Forum cordially invites you to the screening of 'The Sultan & the Saint'. Based on the book titled 'The Saint and the Sultan' by Paul Moses. The movie is a documentary which tells the story of a meeting between St. Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt on a bloody battlefield during the crusades.  The screen time is 56 minutes which will be followed by a discussion. Refreshments will be available from 7.00 to 7.30pm. Time: 7.00 - 9.00pm. at The Honeywell Centre,  Hadfield Street (Off Ashton Road) Oldham OL8 3BP. Entry is FREE but please book your place via our website:www.oldhaminterfaith.org.uk
THURSDAY:  Sacramental  Programme:  4th meeting – children’s and parent’s lesson  in Holy Rosary school at 3.00pm.
SATURDAY:  Sacramental Programme:   4th meeting – children’s and parent’s lesson in Our Lady & St Patrick’s Parish House at 10.00am.
NEXT  SUNDAY:  Sacramental Programme:  celebration – ‘We Celebrate God’s Gifts’ at the 10.00am Mass in church.

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

“SMILE – A – WHILE”

“Stay  With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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8TH  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME    (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  MARCH 3RD  -  MARCH 9TH  2019

8TH   SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME    (YEAR  C)

....... never   admit   defeat;  keep  on  working  at  the  Lord’s  work  always,  knowing  that,  in  the  Lord,  you  cannot  be  labouring  in  vain.

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:   Sr. Catherine;     Allison  Wild;      Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;     Ezbilto  Bulioieseclue;   Michelle  Hanson;   Andrea  Spencer;   Sarah  Bell;    Brenda  Linn;    Billy  Connolly. 
LATELY  DEAD:   Una  Lester;   Norman  Hussey;   Theresa  Hart;   Maria  Capuno;    Celso  Padua;    John  Fitsimmons. 
ANNIVERSARIES:   Joao  Luiz  Lopes;   Claudia  Moreira;   Shaun  Caine;     Hannah  Sexton;   Catherine (Kitty)  Finnegan;   Peter  Crosby;   Gertrude  Ndagijimana. May they Rest in Peace.

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £425.46;    Loose:  £359.50;    Total:  £784.96.
Thank you all for your continued generosity.                                        
DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £18.83;  £17.35;  £12.05 Gift Aided:  £0.00
CAFOD: £60.00;  £16.22;  £10.00;   altar flowers  £10.00.

PARISH  NEWS

“BITS  &  PIECES”
Oldham Interfaith Forum cordially invites you to the screening of 'The Sultan & the Saint'. Based on the book titled 'The Saint and the Sultan' by Paul Moses. The movie is a documentary which tells the story of a meeting between St. Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt on a bloody battlefield during the crusades.  The screen time is 56 minutes which will be followed by a discussion. Refreshments will be available from 7.00 to 7.30pm.
Time: 7.00 9.00pm
Date: Wednesday 13th March
Venue: The Honeywell Centre, 
Hadfield Street (Off Ashton Road) Oldham OL8 3BP 
Entry is FREE but please book your place via our website:www.oldhaminterfaith.org.uk

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
THURSDAY:  Parish Team meeting at 7.30pm in the Parish House.

“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
“All abuse is always an eyesore. In the justified rage of the people, the Church sees the reflection of the wrath of God. We have a duty to listen attentively to this silent cry.”
“Lord, focus our gaze on what is essential, make us strip ourselves of everything that does not help to make the Gospel of Jesus Christ transparent”

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

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Casimir: the son of the King of Poland, Casimir was born in 1458, and became known for his practice of the Christian virtues, especially chastity and the love of the poor. He died aged 26 of a lung disease and is especially remembered for the love of the Eucharist and the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Ss. Perpetua and Felicity: these two martyrs died in Carthage in 203, in the persecution under Septimus Severus. The account of their lives, partly written by the saints themselves, and by eyewitnesses, survives.
St. John of God: another saint like St. Francis of Assisi and St. Ignatius of Loyola, who gave up a promising military career to serve God and the poor. Portuguese, he founded a hospital in Seville, where he was outstanding in his love for the sick and needy. He died in 1550.
St. Frances of Rome was born in Rome in 1384, was married and had three children. She was known for her love of the sick, ministering to the victims of the frequent epidemics among the poor. She founded a congregation to continue this work.

ITEMS  FROM  THE  PARISH  TEAM  MINUTES  HELD  IN  FEBRUARY

“Stay  With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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7TH  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME    (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  FEBRUARY 24TH  -  MARCH 2ND  2019

7TH   SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME    (YEAR  C)

Do   not  judge  and  you will  not  be  judged   yourselves;  do  not  condemn,  and  you  will  not  be  condemned  yourselves;  grant  pardon,  and  you  will  be  pardoned;  give  and  there  will  be  gifts  for  you..... because  the  amount  you  measure  out  is  the amount  you  will  be  given  back.

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:   Sr. Catherine;     Allison  Wild;      Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;     Ezbilto  Bulioieseclue;   Michelle  Hanson;   Andrea  Spencer;   Sarah  Bell;    Brenda  Linn;    Billy  Connolly. 
LATELY  DEAD:   Una  Lester;   Norman  Hussey;   Theresa  Hart;   Maria  Capuno;    Celso  Padua;    John  Fitsimmons. 
ANNIVERSARIES:   Joao  Luiz  Lopes;   Claudia  Moreira;   Shaun  Caine;     Hannah  Sexton;   Catherine (Kitty)  Finnegan;   Peter  Crosby;   Gertrude  Ndagijimana. May they Rest in Peace. 

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £425.46;    Loose:  £359.50;    Total:  £784.96.
Thank you all for your continued generosity.                                        
DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £18.83;  £17.35;  £12.05 Gift Aided:  £0.00
CAFOD: £60.00;  £16.22;  £10.00;   altar flowers  £10.00.

PARISH  NEWS

MINUTES OF ST. PATRICK’S FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING
Cyril Clarke, the Parish Bookkeeper, gave an overall view of the parish finances as shown on the Annual Financial Statement, presented to the diocese for the year ending 31st December 2018.  The following points were raised:
Total cash in the bank at the start of the year: £37,348.62
Total cash in the bank at the end of the year:        £69,792.33
Difference:        £32,443.71.
This positive balance was attributed mainly to the VAT reclaimed by John Green on eligible works. John explained that there was still more VAT to be reclaimed from payment of the monies retained for the lighting and the architectural contracts. The analysis of income and expenditure were approved as a true record.  The foreseeable planned spending for 2019, i.e. i) The new stained glass window.  Ii) Church roof maintenance.  Iii) Work on the conservatory in the presbytery garden, amounting to approximately £20,000 in total was approved.
Special thanks were given to John Green for his excellent work reclaiming VAT, and to Cyril Clarke for his careful and efficient preparation of the Parish Accounts.

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY:   The National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, along with Relics of Saints Jacinta and Francisco will visit the Cathedral (yesterday and today). A whole series of events and services are planned across the two days. Devotions are encouraged between services and all are welcome to celebrate this once in a lifetime visitation.

“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
“I invite you to pray during these days for the Meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church, an event that I want to be a powerful gesture of pastoral responsibility in the face of an urgent challenge of our time.”
“Christians promote peace, starting with the community in which they live.”
“Lord, deliver us from the temptation to want to save ourselves, and our reputations; help us to acknowledge our guilt and to seek humble and concrete answers together, and in communion with all the People of God.”
“We ask the Holy Spirit to support us these days and to help us transform this evil into an opportunity for consciousness and purification.”

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

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. David was born in Cardigan (Wales) around 520. According to tradition, David was the son of King Sant of South Wales and St. Non. He was ordained a priest and later studied under St. Paulinus. He founded monasteries, known for their austerity of life until being made a bishop and primate of Wales. He settled his see at Mynyw (Menevia) in south-west Wales and died there in about 588.

ITEMS  FROM  THE  PARISH  TEAM  MINUTES  HELD  IN  FEBRUARY

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6TH  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME    (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  FEBRUARY 17TH  -  FEBRUARY 23RD  2019

6TH   SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME    (YEAR  C)

"A   blessing  on  the  man  who  puts  his  trust  in  the  Lord, with  the  Lord  for  his  hope.  He  is  like  a  tree  by  the  waterside  that  thrusts  its  roots  to  the  stream:  its  foliage  stays  green;  it  has  no  worries  in  a  year  of  drought,  and  never  ceases  to  bear  fruit.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:   Sr. Catherine;     Allison  Wild;      Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;     Dominic  Boardman;   Mary  Garvey;   Theresa  Hart;   Norman  Hussey;    Ezbilto  Bulioieseclue;   Michelle  Hanson;   Andrea  Spencer;   Sarah  Bell.
LATELY  DEAD:    Una  Lester;   Duncan  Crawford;   Ray  Hart;   Sam  Ward;   Anna  O’Connor;   Alice  Karpasides;   Tina  Da  Damo.  
ANNIVERSARIES:  Brenda  Hanson;   Zofija  Jan  Ivan  Jadinga  Albert. May they Rest in Peace.
IN  THANKSGIVING  FOR  favours  received. 

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £516.53;    Loose:  £381.14;    Total:  £897.67.
Thank you all for your continued generosity.                                        
DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £12.10 and £10.00  Gift Aided:  £0.00
CAFOD: £60.00;  £33.00;  £20.00;  £10.00   Cornerstone:  £40.00 and £20.00; Oldham  Food  Bank:  £40.00 and £20.00.

PARISH  NEWS

“SMILE – A – WHILE”
(The visiting Bible school supervisor asks little Johnny during Bible class, "Who broke down the walls of Jericho?" Little Johnny replies, "I dunno, but it wasn't me!" The supervisor, taken aback by Johnny's lack of basic Bible knowledge goes to the school principal and relates the whole incident. The principal replies, "I know Little Johnny as well as his whole family very well and can vouch for them; if Little Johnny said that he did not do it, then I, as principal is satisfied that it is the truth." Even more appalled, the inspector goes to the regional Head of Education and relates the whole story... After listening he replies: "I can't see why you are making such a big issue out of this; just get three quotes and fix the blinking wall!"

If Mary had Jesus, and Jesus is the lamb of God, does that mean Mary had a little lamb?

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY  is Racial Justice Sunday.  Prayer for those facing exploitation:
O God, gracious God, from your abundance all gifts and skills are bestowed, making us participants in your work of creation. By the word of your Son, confront our greed, challenge us when we treat people as means of profit, or discriminate unjustly against our fellow human beings. Raise us up to new life in your service that in all our works begun, continued and ended in you we may glorify your holy name. Through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord.   Amen
Do you want to transform refugees’ lives and and galvanise your parish? Why not answer Pope Francis’s call and sponsor a refugee family?.
SATURDAY:  Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 10.30 – 11.45am.

“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
“A generous attitude towards the sick is salt of the earth and light of the world. May Our Lady of Lourdes help us to practice it, and obtain peace and comfort for all those who suffer.”
“Thousands of children, forced to fight in armed conflicts, are robbed of their childhood. Let us stop this abominable crime.”

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

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Peter Damian: born in 1007, he became a hermit before taking part in a great reform of the Church. He was made Bishop of Ostia and on his death in 1072 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. It celebrates the unity of the Church gathered around Peter, the Prince of the Apostles.
St. Polycarp was one of the “second-generation” Christians – a disciple of the Apostles. He became Bishop of Smyrna, but was arrested in Rome and burned to death for his faith.

ITEMS  FROM  THE  PARISH  TEAM  MINUTES  HELD  IN  FEBRUARY

(to be continued next week)

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5TH  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME    (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  FEBRUARY 10TH  -  FEBRUARY 16TH  2019

5TH    SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME    (YEAR  C)

“Put  out  into  deep  water and  pay  out  your  nets  for  a  catch”.....they  netted  such  a  huge  number  of  fish  that  their  nets  began  to  tear.....”Do  not  be  afraid;  from  now  on  it  is  men  you  will  catch.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:   Sr. Catherine;     Allison  Wild;      Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;
Fr. Lionel Devaney;   Emily  McGladdery;    Dominic  Boardman;   Mary  Garvey;   Theresa  Hart;   Norman  Hussey;   Sr.  Collette;   Ezbilto  Bulioieseclue;   Michelle  Hanson;   Andrea  Spencer;   Sarah  Bell;   Duncan  Crawford.
LATELY  DEAD:    Arthur  Bowskill;   Mary  Catherine  Ward;   June  Cave;  Shaun.
ANNIVERSARIES:    Henryk  Sobieralski;   John  Kendrick;   Czestaw  Bulioieseclue;   Romeo  Tee;   Herminio  Moleta.  May they Rest in Peace.                                                                               
BIRTHDAY  MEMORIES  OF  Arthur  Haines  and  Irene  Watson.                  
COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £571.77;    Loose:  £343.99;    Total:  £915.76.
Thank you all for your continued generosity.                                        
DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £7.53 Gift Aided:  £0.00
CAFOD: £60.00;  £11.87;  £10.00;   Cornerstone:  £20.00;  Caritas:  £5.00;  Oldham  Food  Bank:  £10.00 and £10.00.

PARISH  NEWS

“SMILE – A – WHILE”
Johnny was asked by his mother what he had learned in Sunday School. "Well, mum, our teacher told us how God sent Moses behind enemy lines on a rescue mission to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. "When he got to the Red Sea he had his engineers build a pontoon bridge and all the people walked across safely. Then he used his walkie-talkie to radio headquarters for reinforcements. They sent bombers to blow up the bridge and saved the Israelites." "Now, Johnny, is that really what your teacher taught you?" his mother asked. "Well, no, mom, but if I told it the way the teacher did, you'd never believe it."

There was an old woman on a plane, sitting next to the Pope. It was stormy outside, and the plane was being rocked by some severe turbulence. So this kindly old lady looked upon Death's door, and said to her papal neighbour. 'Father, surely you can do something about this...' To which the Pope replied, 'Sorry lady, I'm in
sales, not management.'

The priest was preparing a man for his long day's journey into night.
Whispering firmly, the priest said, "Denounce the Devil! Let him know how little you think of his evil!" The dying man said nothing. The priest repeated his order. Still the dying man said nothing. The priest asked, "Why do you refuse to denounce the Devil and his evil?" The dying man said, "Until I know where I'm heading, I don't think I ought to aggravate anybody!"

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY:  the baptism and christening of Eva Wearing takes place during the 10.00am  Mass. We welcome her into our parish community and wish her many future blessings.

NEXT  SUNDAY  is Racial Justice Sunday. 

Prayer for those facing exploitation:
O God, gracious God, from your abundance all gifts and skills are bestowed, making us participants in your work of creation. By the word of your Son, confront our greed, challenge us when we treat people as means of profit, or discriminate unjustly against our fellow human beings. Raise us up to new life in your service that in all our works begun, continued and ended in you we may glorify your holy name. Through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord.  Amen.

“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
“ I am about to leave for the United Arab Emirates. I am visiting that Country as a brother, in order to write a page of dialogue together, and to travel paths of peace together. Pray for me!”
“Human trafficking is a terrible violation of human dignity. Let us open our eyes to this shameful scourge and commit ourselves to fighting it.”

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

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
Our Lady of Lourdes: in 1858Our Lady appeared to a poor peasant girl called Bernadette Soubirous near Lourdes in France, in the grotto of Massabielle at the foot of the Pyrenees. Through the poor child, Mary called sinners to penance and thereby there arose in the Church a marvellous spirit of prayer and charity, especially in helping the poor and the sick.
St. Cyril and St. Methodius: brothers and missionaries who carried the Gospel into the Slavonic countries. They translated the liturgical books into the Slavonic language, inventing a new script, Cyrillic, to do so. Cyril died in 869, Methodius in 885.  

EXCERPTS  FROM  A  LETTER  RECEIVED  BY  MRS.  HALLIWELL
We would like to congratulate you, your staff and your pupils on the very high level of progress that pupils in your school demonstrated in the reading, writing and mathematics key Stage 2 assessments last year. Your school’s results show progress scores of 4,7, 5.6 and 4.9 – this means that your pupils make is amongst the top 3% of schools in England. Thank you for producing such high standards through your hard work and professionalism.
With best wishes, yours sincerely
Rt. Hon. Damian Hinds (Secretary  of State for Education) 
Rt. Hon. Nick Gibb (Minister of State for School Standards.

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4TH  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME    (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  FEBRUARY 3RD  -  FEBRUARY 9TH  2019

4TH    SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME    (YEAR  C)

Love  is  always  patient  and  kind;  it  is  never  jealous;  love  is  never  boastful  or  conceited;  it  is  never  rude  or  selfish;  it  does  not  take  offence,  and  is  not  resentful.  Love  takes  no  pleasure  in  other  people’s  sins  but  delights  in  the  truth;  it  is  always  ready  to  excuse,  to  trust,  to  hope,  and  to  endure  whatever  comes. In  short,  there  are  three  things  that  last:  faith,  hope  and  love;  and  the  greatest  of  these  is  love.

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:   Sr. Catherine;     Allison  Wild;      Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan; Fr. Lionel Devaney;   Emily  McGladdery;    Dominic  Boardman.

LATELY  DEAD: Calleen  McAllister;   Fr.  Daniel  O’Leary;   Colette  Garratt;  
Monica  Hyland;  Redmond  Tully.

ANNIVERSARIES: Patricia  Joceylin; Joe  Jacewicz; John  Kendrick.    
May they Rest in Peace.                    

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £588.90;    Loose:  £346.75;    Total:  £935.65.
Retiring Collection for Caritas Diocese of Salford:  £408.68
Thank you all for your continued generosity.                                        

DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £7.27 and £5.59 Gift Aided:  £0.00
CAFOD: £60.00;  £20.00; £20.00; £21.05; £10.00; £6.64; Cornerstone:  £50.00

PARISH  NEWS
The Charismatic Prayer Group meets every Friday for praise and worship in church from 7.00 – 9.00pm.  Contact 079701 88673. Everybody is welcome.

“SMILE – A – WHILE”
A Jewish lady named Mrs. Rosenberg who many years ago was stranded late one night at a fashionable resort - one that did not admit Jews .The desk clerk looked down at his book and said, "Sorry, no room. The hotel is full." The Jewish lady said, "But your sign says that you have vacancies." The desk clerk stammered and then said curtly, "You know that we do not admit Jews. Now if you will try the other side of town..." Mrs. Rosenberg stiffened noticeably and said, "I'll have you know I converted to your religion." The desk clerk said, "Oh, yeah, let me give you a little test. How was Jesus born?" Mrs. Rosenberg replied, "He was born to a virgin named Mary in a little town called Bethlehem." "Very good," replied the hotel clerk. "Tell me more." Mrs. Rosenberg replied, "He was born in a manger."
“That's right," said the hotel clerk. "And why was he born in a
manger?" Mrs. Rosenberg said loudly, "Because a jerk like you in the hotel wouldn't give a Jewish lady a room for the night!"

While I was in hospital I had to go for an x-ray. As I was sitting waiting to be seen, the lad next to me says," Fair fae yer honest sonsieface! Great chieftain o' the puddin race!!" I was like, eh? I turned my head round to the lady sat on my other side, she said, "Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie, O, what a panic's in thy breastie!". As I grabbed the next doctor walking past I said, "Here, doc, is this the psychiatric ward?" He says," No this is the burns unit!” (Burn’s night was on Friday Jan. 25th)

A mother was teaching her three year old daughter The Lord's Prayer. For several evenings at bedtime, she repeated it after her mother. One night she said she was ready to solo. The mother listened with pride, as she carefully enunciated each
word right up to the end..."And lead us not into temptation", she prayed, "but deliver us some e-mail, Amen."

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TUESDAY:  is Chinese New Year and is also known as the Spring Festival. This is the year of the pig and pigs are a symbol of wealth. So, to our Chinese friends  -             
Xin  nian  kuai  le  (Happy New Year).
THURSDAY :  Parish Team meeting at 7.30pm in the Parish House.
NEXT  SUNDAY:  the baptism and christening of Eva Wearing takes place during the 10.00am Mass. We welcome her into our parish community and wish her many future blessings.

“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS
“May the Lord give us the grace of memory and of hope, in order to go forward with perseverance on the journey of our life.”
“Don Bosco had the courage to look at reality with human eyes and with the eyes of God. May every priest imitate him by seeing reality with human eyes and with the eyes of God.”
“The secret to navigating life well is to invite Jesus on board. The helm of life should be given to Him, so that He can direct the route.”

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

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Agatha was martyred in Sicily in the persecution under Emperor Decius (240 – 251). Devotion to her was strong from the earliest times.
St. Paul Miki and Companions were Japanese martyrs. Towards the end of the 16th century, the Emperor Hideyoshi began a persecution of the Catholic Church and among those arrested were Paul Miki, a young Jesuit, and 25 others, some as young as 13. They were taken to Nagasaki where they were crucified in 1597.
St. Jerome Emiliani: like other saints, Jerome started adult life as a soldier, but after capture and imprisonment he left his military career and began to serve the poor and needy  by founding the “Order of Clerks Regular of Somaschi”. He died in 1537.
St. Josephine Bakhita: born in Sudan in 1869, she was kidnapped, sold as a slave and taken to Italy. There she became a Catholic and entered the Institute of St. Mary Magdalene of Canossa, where she took part in the community life of prayer, cooking sewing, embroidery and attending to the poor. Her humility, simplicity and constant smile won the hearts of all the citizens. She died in 1947.

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Lenten Station Masses:  The dates for the Station Masses this year:

12th March:  Corpus Christi, Hollinwood
19th March:  St Joseph’s, Shaw
26th March:  St Edward’s, Lees.
2nd   April:  St. Anne’s, Ashton.
9th   April:  Our Lady and St Patrick’s, Oldham.
All Masses are on Tuesday and start at 7.30pm

Parish History/Archives:  It was noted that we have found no written evidence of the history of Holy Rosary parish, by way of log books etc.  It was agreed that Fr. McKie and other former parish priests should be consulted to determine if these documents existed when he was there.  Also, parishioners could be approached for memories and memorabilia.

“Stay  With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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3RD  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME    (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  JANUARY 27TH  -  FEBRUARY 2ND  2019

3rd   SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME    (YEAR  C)

“The  spirit  of  the  Lord  has  been  given  to  me,  for  he  has  anointed  me.  He  has  sent  me  to  bring  the  good  news  to  the  poor,  To proclaim  liberty  to  captives  and  to  the  blind  new  sight,  to  set  the  downtrodden  free,  to  proclaim  the  Lord’s  year  of  favour.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Sr. Catherine;   Frank   Norcliffe; Sr.  Magdalena;   Allison  Wild; Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan;   Fr. Lionel Devaney;   Emily  McGladdery.
LATELY  DEAD: Fr.  Tom  Cullinan  OSB;   Michael  O/Reilly;   Ernest  Cotton; Carmela  Giglio-Ferrara; Margaret  Tindall.
ANNIVERSARIES: Margaret  Rainsford;   Joe  Rimmer;   Michael  King;    Peter & Antonietta  Hordynski;   Laura  Marie  Dabrowski; Terry  Mills; Frank  Turner; Trish  Connolly;   Michael  McGladdery;Catherine & Lewis  Laverty. May they Rest in Peace.

IN  THANKSGIVING  FOR:  the blessing of a home;  birthday memories of Susan Anne Kenneally and also of Alfonso Ferrara and Antonietta Hordynski.                     

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £528.46;    Loose:  £332.16;  Total:  £860.62
Thank you all for your continued generosity.                                        

DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £200.00;  £12.02;  62p Gift Aided:  £0.00
CAFOD: £60.00;  £20.00; £19.89; £10.00;   Food Bank: £20.00.

PARISH  NEWS

“SMILE – A – WHILE”
It seems that there was a little old church out in the countryside: painted white and with a high steeple. One Sunday, the pastor noticed that his church needed painting. He checked out the Sunday ads and found a paint sale. The next day, he went into town and bought a gallon of white paint. He went back out to the church and began the job. He got done with the first side. It was looking great. But he noticed he had already used a half gallon. He didn't want to run back in town and being the creative person that he was, he found a gallon of thinner in the shed out back, and began to thin his paint. It worked out great. He finished the remaining three sides with that last half gallon of paint. That night, it rained: it rained hard. The next morning when he stepped outside of the parsonage to admire his work, he saw that the first side was looking great, but that the paint on the other three sides had washed away. The pastor looked up to the sky in anguish and cried out, "What shall I do?"
A voice came back from the heavens saying, "Repaint, and thin no more!"

The Baptist preacher just finished his sermon for the day and proceeded toward the back of the church for his usual greetings and handshaking as the congregation left the church. After shaking a few adult hands he came upon the seven year old son of one of the Deacons of the church. "Good morning, Jonathan," the preacher said as he reached out to shake Jonathan's hand. As he was doing do he felt something in the palm of Jonathan's hand. "What's this?" the preacher asked. "Money," said Jonathan with a big smile on his face, "It's for you!" "I don't want to take your money, Jonathan," the preacher answered. "I want you to have it," said Jonathan. After a short pause Jonathan continued, "My daddy says you're the poorest preacher we ever had and I want to help you."

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY there will be a mandatory retiring collection at both Masses for Caritas Diocese of Salford. Caritas Diocese of Salford is the official charity of the Diocese. Our vision is that the lives of all people should be free from poverty, disadvantage and discrimination. Our purpose is to help the most vulnerable children, young people and adults in our communities to transform their lives and fulfil their potential. In 2008, Caritas Diocese of Salford was created by Bishop Terence Brain and in April 2010, incorporated the work of CCRS, CWS and Catholic Family Care in order to bring together the work of individual charities created over the past 125 years. In 2011, St Joseph’s Mission to the Deaf, Justice and Peace and Racial Justice also joined Caritas, widening the remit of the charity’s work.
ALSO, in the UK and around the world, today has become known as Holocaust Memorial Day, a day when we remember all those countless numbers of people who have been affected by genocide. Why January 27th?  This is the date when, in 1945, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the concentration camps, was liberated from the Nazis. 

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

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Thomas Aquinas was born of wealthy parents in Italy in 1225. He was a brilliant student and became a Dominican against his parents’ wishes. He received a Doctorate and wrote many important books. He died in 1274 and is the patron of students and universities.
St. John Bosco was born in Italy in 1815. Having lost his father, the family was poor and he worked on the family farm. He left home and got a job at a vineyard before studying for the priesthood and was ordained in 1841. He worked tirelessly for poor boys who were employed as apprentices before dying in 1888.

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2ND  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME    (YEAR  C)
WEEK:  JANUARY 20TH  -  JANUARY 27TH  2019

2ND  SUNDAY  IN  ORDINARY  TIME    (YEAR  C)

“People  generally serve  the  best  wine  first,  and  keep  the  cheaper  sort  till  the  guests  have  had  plenty  to  drink;  but  you  have  kept  the  best  wine  till  now.”

YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK:   Sr. Catherine;   Frank   Norcliffe;    Sr.  Magdalena;   Allison  Wild;   Patricia  Haines;   Vivien  Higgins;  Elizabeth  Flanagan.
LATELY  DEAD:   Frances  Atkinson.
ANNIVERSARIES:   Kit  Auyfung  Sur  Chong  Hsw;   Olga  Tyl;  Michael & Margaret  Mahady;   Joe  Rimmer;   Mrs.  Hui  Lee  Yuet  Ying;   Victoria  Otoghile. May they Rest in Peace.

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £587.55;    Loose:  £409.90;    Total:  £997.45
Retiring Collection for SPUC:  £132.47
Thank you all for your continued generosity.                                        

DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration  Fund: £16.00  and  £13.15  Gift Aided:  £0.00
CAFOD: £60.00;  £15.01 and £10.00;   Food Bank: £20.00;  grateful thanks to our esteemed Polish community for the latest donation of £800.00.

IN  THANKSGIVING  FOR:  the blessing of a home.

PARISH  NEWS

“The Schools’ Minister Nick Gibb MP has been in contact with me explaining that several schools in Oldham have increased the proportion of pupils achieving standards in reading, writing and mathematics at KS2.
Your school received a particular mention and that’s why I am writing to congratulate you and your staff. I know schools are finding it difficult to balance their books and teachers don’t always receive the praise they deserve, but I would like to offer my thanks to everyone involved on behalf of pupils and parents.”

“I am writing to let you know of my intention to retire from my post as Head Teacher at St Patrick’s at the end of this academic year. This has been a difficult decision but I do feel it is the right one.  It has been a privilege to have been Head Teacher at St Patrick’s and I will take with me many fond memories. It has been an honour to lead such a wonderful school. The children here are delightful and their enthusiasm and boundless energy make the job so rewarding. I am also grateful to you, the parents at St Patrick’s, who have treated me with great respect and kindness and supported me in my endeavours.  I have enjoyed being part of the journey that St Patrick’s has been on but I could not have done it without the team of hard working and committed professionals we have in school. I know they will continue to work hard to enable St Patrick’s to continue on its successful path.

“Stay  With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
SATURDAY: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 10.30 – 11.45am.

THE DESIGN FOR THE NEW WINDOW
It will be in colour and represent the history of the three churches which are now the parish of Our Lady and St. Patrick. i.e. St. Mary’s, Holy Rosary and Our lady of Mount Carmel and St. Patrick. The design shows the three church buildings, the mosaic from Holy Rosary, the Pieta from St. Mary’s and the Royal Oldham Hospital (now the site of the 6th Form College) with nurses and miners who frequented the churches in the past.

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

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Agnes of Rome was born in 291 AD and raised in a wealthy Christian family. Agnes was very beautiful and her hand in marriage was highly sought after. She was condemned to death for being a Christian and was beheaded at the age of 12 or 13. She was buried beside the Via Nomentana in Rome. Her bones are currently conserved beneath the high altar in the church of Sant'Angese fuori le mura in Rome, which was built over the catacomb that held her tomb.
St. Vincent:  Born at Huesca, Spain, he became a deacon and served St, Valerius at Sarsgossa until their martyrdom at Valencia during the persecutions under Emperor Diocletian, St Valerius was exiled, but Vincent was cruelly tortured because he would not surrender the holy books
St. Francis de Sales was born to a noble family near Geneva in 1567. He was both intelligent and knew for years he had a vocation to the priesthood, but kept it from his family. He was ordained and elected provost of the Diocese of Geneva before becoming Bishop of Geneva.
Ss. Timothy and Titus: Timothy was a friend of St. Paul and travelled widely. According to tradition, he went to Ephesus, became its first bishop, and was stoned to death there when he opposed a pagan festival in honour of Diana. Titus was a disciple  of St. Paul who was sent to Greece, where he successfully reconciled the Christian community and was later left on Crete to help organize the Church, although he soon went to Dalmatia, Croatia. He served as the first bishop of Crete and was buried there.

“SMILE – A – WHILE”

Julio Iglesias was on UK television with British TV host Anne Diamond. He used the word “manyana” (pronounced “”man-yana”). Diamond asked him to explain what it meant. He said that the term means;; “Maybe the job will be done tomorrow; Maybe the next day; Maybe the day after that, or perhaps next week; Next month; Next year. Who really cares?” The hgost turned to speak to Albert Yatapingu from the Aboriginal Gumbaingeri Tribe who was also on the show. She asked him if there was an equivalent term in his native language. “Nah”, he replied, “In Auistralia we don’t have a word to describe that degree of urgency.”

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

FEAST  OF  THE  HOLY  FAMILY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Stay  With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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

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

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

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

FEAST  OF  THE  HOLY  FAMILY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS

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

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

“Stay  With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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

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

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

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

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

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

PARISH  NEWS

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

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

“Stay  With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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

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

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

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

CHRISTMAS  “SMILE – A – WHILE”

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

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

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

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

THIRD  SUNDAY  OF  ADVENT    (YEAR  C)

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

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

PARISH  NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“SMILE – A – WHILE”

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

SECOND  SUNDAY  OF  ADVENT    (YEAR  C)

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

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

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

CHRISTMAS  FAYRE  PRIZE  RAFFLE


1

FOOD  HAMPER

436  -  440

2

TOWER  OF  TREATS

456  -  460

3

BOTTLE  OF  RED  WINE

31  -  35

4

BOX  OF  QUALITY  STREET

416  -  420

5

BAYLIS  AND  HARDING  PAMPER  KIT

441  -  445

BOTTLE  OF  WHITE  WINE

61  -  65

7

MORRISON’S  TEA  AND  BISCUIT  SET

446  -  450

8

ROYAL  JELLY  BEAUTY  SET

321  -  325

9

BOX  OF  ROSES  CHOCOLATES

141  -  145

10

MAGIC  SET

51  -  55

11

GLAM  NAILS  MANICURE  SET

336  -  340

12

SHOWER  GEL  SET

126  -  130

13

ISIS  BLUE  ENERGY  MEN’S  PAMPER  KIT

91  -  95

14

RINGTON’S  HAMPER

241  -  245

15

SLIMLINE  DVD  PLAYER

401  -  405

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

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

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

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

ITEMS  FROM  THE  PARISH  TEAM  MINUTES  HELD  IN  NOVEMBER

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

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

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

FIRST  SUNDAY  OF  ADVENT    (YEAR  C)

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

PARISH  NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

ITEMS  FROM  THE  PARISH  TEAM  MINUTES  HELD  IN  NOVEMBER

(to be continued next week)

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

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

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

CHRIST  THE  KING    (YEAR  B)

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

Blessings  on  the  coming  kingdom  of  our  father  David. Alleluia

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

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

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

PARISH  NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

“SMILE – A – WHILE”

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

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

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

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