sunday 18 january 2015 - Our Lady and St. Christopher's

OUR LADY AND ST. CHRISTOPHER’S
CATHOLIC CHURCH
Serving Romiley, Bredbury, and Woodley
52 Barrack Hill, Romiley, Stockport, Cheshire. SK6 3BA
Tel: 0161-430 2704 www.ourladyandstchristophersromiley.org
e-mail: [email protected]
PARISH PRIEST:
Canon Michael Gannon VG
ASSISTANT PRIEST:
Father Edmund Montgomery
SUNDAY 18 JANUARY 2015
DAY OF SPECIAL PRAYER FOR WORLD PEACE
MESSAGE FROM FATHER MICHAEL
Today is a day of special prayer for world peace; we are asked to pray for peace in our troubled world and to promote
the conditions which lead to peace. The desire for peace begins in the human heart so today is also an opportunity to
examine our own attitudes. The call to be “Peacemakers” is addressed to all who follow Christ. We also remember
those who continue to be affected by the recent tragic events in France and pray for forgiveness and healing for all
concerned at this time. Today also is the start of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which will culminate in our
parish with the Churches Together Service next Sunday in church to which all are welcome. May God bless us all in the
week ahead.
SACRED LITURGY THIS WEEK
The month of January is dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus.
Sunday Readings: Cycle B. Weekday Readings: Cycle I. Psalter: Week II Parish Mass Book 1 Page 127
The Pope’s intentions for January: Openness to the Word of God; for migrants and refugees; for expectant mothers.
MASS TIMES and INTENTIONS (this week)
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Sunday
18
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
19
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20
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21
nd
22
rd
23
Saturday
24
Sunday
25th
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Vigil Mass of the following: 6.30 pm
SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
9.00 am
11.00 am
Feria
Requiem Mass
10.15 am
Feria
7.30 pm
St.Agnes,V.M.
9.15 am
St Vincent, Deacon and Martyr
9.15am
Feria
8.15 am
People of the Parish
Peter Lambourne
Oluyomi Lawson RIP
Olive Booth RIP
Margaret Spencer RIP
Fr Terry Hillhouse
Cyril & James Liddy RIP
In Harrytown Chapel
St Francis de Sales,B.D.
Vigil Mass of the Following
THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Sarah O`Hagan RIP
Stephen Gill
People of the Parish
Kevin Slim RIP
SACRAMENTS and OTHER LITURGIES (usual schedule)
Adoration of the Holy Eucharist
Mon, Wed, Thurs
Tuesday
Saturday
Sunday
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Mon – Fri
Saturday
Sunday
Liturgy of the Hours
Mon, Tues, Wed.
Tuesday
Saturday
Sunday
Mary
9.15 am
6.30 pm
9.00 am
11.00 am
8.15-8.55 am
6.30 – 7.25 pm
5.30 – 6.20 pm
8.00 – 8.50 am
upon request after Mass
5.45– 6.20 pm
10.20 – 10.50 am
8.55 am Morning Prayer
7.10 pm Evening Prayer
9.00 am Morning Prayer; 5.30 pm Evening Prayer
8.00 am Morning Prayer
Moi
CONFIRMATION 2015
The date allocated by Bishop Mark to visit Our Lady & St
Christopher’s to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation
for our young people and those of Holy Spirit, Marple, is 9
July 2015. Please note this date now – more information
later
HEALING SERVICE
led by Fr. Jim McManus C.Ss.R (Redemptorist Priest) Friday
23rd January, 7.30 p.m. at Our Lady & the Apostles church,
Edgeley. Join us in praying for health in body, mind and
spirit and those we love. See poster in porch.
THIS YEAR THE MASS FOR MARRIAGE & FAMILY
LIFE with Bishop Mark will be celebrated at noon on
Saturday 14th February at St Columba’s, Chester (Newhall
Road, Plas Newton, Chester CH2 1SA). All married couples
and families are welcome but if you are a couple
celebrating a significant wedding anniversary (silver, pearl
ruby, golden or platinum) and you wish to attend, then
please let Fr Michael know by the 2nd of February and he
will arrange for a special invitation to be sent to you on
behalf of the Bishop. Please see poster.
ADORATION & PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
Now we are back to ‘normal’ after the disruption of the
renovation of the presbytery, we return to the regular
schedule of prayer and devotions in the parish beginning
Monday morning with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
from 8.15 am concluding with Morning Prayer at 8.55 am,
and Mass celebrated at 9.15 am. Perhaps take this New
Year as an opportunity to make a good resolution to make
more space and time for God in prayer. Reverence to God
adds hours to the day!
MARRIAGE MATTERS
(www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk)
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (1 Samuel 3:3-10, 19 1
Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20 John 1:35-42)
Welcomed in His name
When Andrew and Simon Peter met Jesus, they asked Him:
“Rabbi, where do you live?” He said: “Come and see.” They
went, and stayed for the rest of the day. Did Mary, His
mother, return to find strangers in her house and welcome
and serve them in her Son’s name? Do we welcome and
serve one another in His name?
REQUIESCANT + IN PACE
Those who have died recently: Katharine Rose, Winnie
Rollinson, Margaret Spencer, Christine Mangan, Mary
Thornley, Olive Booth.
Those whose anniversaries occur around this time: Robert
Oxford House, Caroline Flood, Elizabeth Taylor, John
Melling, Brenda Melling, Florence Bardsley, Olive Holland,
James Timblin, David Gregg, Alma Toy, Eileen Bradburn, Fr
Terry Hillhouse, Gerard Grady, John Kearney, John
McAuley, Dorothy Turner, John Welsby, Olivia Ruiz,
Kathleen Monaghan, Agnes Tipping, Christina McCumaskey.
May they rest in peace.
RETIRED PRIEST`S FUND
This weekend the annual collection for the Retired Priest`s
Fund will be held. In the time I have been with you I have
been overwhelmed by the generosity of the people of the
Diocese towards the Retired Priest`s Fund. With your help
we can build up the Fund to meet the future needs of our
sick and retired priests.
Special envelopes are available for you to use. A leaflet
about the Fund is also available which explains how to
make a regular donation to the Fund by Standing Order, or
how you can make your donation by cheque. It also
explains how to take advantage of Gift Aid for your
donations to the Fund. I ask that you give as generously as
you can to this very worthy cause and would also like to
express my sincere gratitude for your continued support.
With every blessing, +Mark, Bishop of Shrewsbury.
FORTHCOMING EVENTS
CHURCHES TOGETHER ANNUAL SERVICE
This year we are delighted to be hosting the Churches
Together in Bredbury, Romiley and Woodley’s Annual
Service to mark the end of the week of prayer for Christian
Unity. The time of prayer is 6.30pm on Sunday 25 January,
here in Church, and will be led by Fr Michael, with an
opportunity for the various Christian ministers to recommit to the spiritual and ecumenical vision of unity
amongst all the followers of Jesus Christ. All welcome!
PARISH FAMILY WEEKEND 1-3 MAY 2015
Following the success of last year’s event for families, the
Barn at Savio House has again been booked for the next
May bank holiday weekend. Young families are invited to
come together for a Family Fun Weekend - it is aimed at
Mums & Dads and primary school aged children. Dormitory
sleeping arrangements: two dormitories. one male, one
female, (mums & daughters, fathers & sons). In addition
there are 3 twin rooms separate to the dormitories. Cost
£45 per person including all meals cooked on a volunteer
basis. Booking forms will be available in the New Year but it
would be helpful at this stage if you could please let Fr
Michael or Fr Edmund know if you are interested.
HOUSEBOUND AND THE SICK
Please pray for: Fr Peter Coyle, Philip Smith, Brian Rogers,
Christine Beswick, Hillary Rustage, Kieran O’Brien, Fr. Jim
Farrell, Theresa Travis, Debbie Sainsbury, Dorothy Cornelly,
Lionel and Jenny Rawlings, Anna Maria Bolton, Matthew
Norman, Billy Lingard, Patricia Kelly, Winnie Monk, Ingrid
Kucak, Jadar Jones, Michael Christie, Sonia Faure, Wilfred
Hartley, Mandy Keane, Joyce Osbourne, Michael O’Sullivan,
Bob and Mary Parker, Katelyn Reilly, Margaret Smith,
Matthew Swallow, Amy Harris, Audrey Wilson, Christine
Colley, Elizabeth Brown, Charlie Pigram, Bridget Robertson,
Eileen Powell, Michael Walsh, Valerie Gahan, Christopher
Wilkinson, Michelle Wright, Kath Rose, Elsie Edwards, Betty
Kenny, Roger Armistead, Joshua Goddard, Ann Platt,
Monica Jackson, Deirdre Nausen, Joan Donald, Audrey
Tynam, Gerard Davies, Gloria Flynn, Ronald Evans, Irene
Daughney, David Moss and KIrsty Czyzewsky. We commend
them all to the prayers of our Lady, Health of the Sick and
St Christopher.
JUSTICE & CHARITY
VOLUNTEERING
MISSIO (APF) – an urgent appeal
Please see the insert in this week`s Newsletter.
CLEANING TEAMS
We still require new volunteers!! If you are able to help,
please be in touch!
SUPPORT AND CHAPLAINCY
NEWSLETTER & WEBSITE
PARISH WEBSITE
The site is updated weekly with any relevant news and the
newsletter/Wednesday word article is uploaded at the
same time. If anyone has any news, photos or articles to go
on the site please let me know. I’m also keen to get
feedback on the site – what you like, anything that you
would like to see, any suggested changes, etc. Matthew
Standing, e-mail [email protected]
N.B.STAMPS
The Medical Missionary Sisters can no longer use stamps as
John Dixon has had to retire from trading them. Over 50
years he has raised £50,000. In 2014 - £4214. This year
£2,027, an amazing achievement when electronic
communication is so prevalent. Many thanks.
And thank you to Stella for overseeing this in church.
Please do not leave stamps in the porch or back of church.
MARRIAGE CARE
If you are going through difficulties in your relationship
Stockport Marriage Care offer a confidential Counselling
service. You can contact them on 0800-389-3801.
HOSPITAL CHAPLAINCY
If a relative or friend is in hospital please ensure that you
contact the chaplaincy office to let them know that they
will need that spiritual care and support, and if they are
catholic, to receive Holy Communion, and if necessary the
Sacrament of the Sick. You can do this directly by calling the
chaplaincy on 419-5889.
FINANCES
Sadly Bob and I will be leaving the parish in a couple of
weeks time and moving to West Yorkshire near to our
daughter and family. We have enjoyed seven years at Our
Lady and St Christopher`s so much, meeting many lovely
people and making firm friends. We feel truly blessed.
However on to pastures new where God willing we hope
and pray that our new parish of SS Thomas Moore and John
Fisher in Menston, Ilkley will make us as welcome as you
have, Bob and I both agree that Our Lady and St
Christopher`s will always have a very special place in our
hearts.
Pat and Bob Saunders
WEEKLY FINANCE
Last week’s collection: £768.41
CAFOD:
TIME TO SAY GOODBYE
£28.67
Building Fund to date: £324,662.31
Standing Orders for December raised £2006
Thank you for your generosity
BIG GROUP FUND RAISING CHALLENGE
Just a reminder that it is not too late to join in with the
challenge. If you are interested in taking part then please
add your details to the list in the porch or speak to Susan
Carr /Colleen Caldwell. Thank you for your support.