Fr Bill Fitzgerald: 427 4922

22nd October 2017




First Reading: (Isaiah 45:1.4-6)

The return of the people from exile – a return made possible by King Cyrus – is seen as a sign of God’s love for his people, Israel, and of his Lordship over all people.

Second Reading: (Thessalonians 1:1-5)

Here we see Paul’s concern for the Christians at Thessalonika.

Gospel: (Matthew 22:15-21)

This is the story of an effort by the enemies of Jesus to trap him into saying something incriminating.


Pope Francis’ prayer intention for October: That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.



22nd October  


 26th October


Cecilia Lucas & Ken Bowker



Patricia McDonough




Intentions of the Palestinian People



27th October    

James Casey


23rd October


28th  October 


Eucharistic Service


Persecuted Christians


24th October


29th October



Eucharistic Service





Private Intention (M.D)



25th October





Effie Fotheringham






 Mon, Tues, Weds Thurs, Fri. – 10.30.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Last Saturday of the month 10am-10.50am.


By appointment

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Saturdays 5.15pm-5.50pm and last Saturday of the month 10am-10 50am










Those who are sick:

Please pray for Hannah Louise Morley, Bill Davies, Christopher Brown, Stuart Madden, Christopher Clifford, James Tanner, Annie Shufflebotham, Dick Howell, Marie Sidebottom, Anita Carter, Malcolm Garrett, Libby Webb, Nina Noworyta, Lilian Banwell, Fr.John Cairns, Jim Mottram, Marie Hayes, Canon Harry Stratton, George Williams, Celia Walker, Ruth Grace Crosby, Jarek Tomaszewski, Emily Small, Chris Henry, Ann Crossley.



A warm welcome to everyone. If you are new to the parish, please fill in a card and give it to Fr Bill. We shall be glad to visit you and make you as welcome as possible.

                  The Diocese of Shrewsbury is a Registered Charity No. 234025







FATHER BILL writes: Pastorally things are continuing to grow, it is great to see an increasing number of families taking their children along to the 9am Sunday Mass and Children’s Liturgy. This is a terrific grounding for the children, helping them to integrate even more into the Community of the Parish. On Tuesday morning I did a Communion round of some of the Nursing Homes with Angela Gill. We visited 8 residents with Holy Communion and celebrated the Sacrament of Anointing.  In Advent I would like a Parish Group to join with me as we visit these Homes, to sing some carols, read the Christmas stories and share some Prayers. (so watch this space for more information), We have seven children registered for the “First Sacraments Programme. The Programme will begin for the children in mid-January.  I would like to have an initial Meeting with Parents before Christmas.  Would parents with children registered, give me an idea what day in the week and what time would be good for a Meeting?  The month of November is fast approaching and it is customary to pray for the dead of our Families and Parish.  I have produced a special November Dead List Sheet, which is placed inside an envelope, and is available on the table in the Church Foyer.  I would invite each family to take one, write in your list of deceased on the sheet, place it in the envelope and return. There will be a basket in front of the Altar to receive them.  If you wish to put a Mass Offering in the returned envelope that is acceptable.  The 6pm and 9am Weekend Masses during November will be offered for the Holy Souls. With regards to Mass Intentions for weekdays and weekend Masses, as from end of November I will expect donors to share these Masses, which means there will be more than one intention listed for a particular Mass. This change is necessary due to the fact that we have dropped three Masses and also that there are more Intentions requested than Masses available at which Intentions can be celebrated. Most Parishes nowadays have a number of Intentions for any particular Mass.  (Any issues with this arrangement, speak with Father Bill, not the Newsletter Editor).  I’ve not yet had the go-ahead for the refurbishment of the Presbytery. I am told that it must be approved by the Diocesan Board of Planning and Finance, which meets every six weeks, which means it will be mid-November before a decision is made on the submitted estimate. Father Bill will write again next week, in the mean time thanks for the tremendous support.

ADVENT MARKETS: There will be a Planning Meeting for the Advent Markets, this Wednesday 25th October at 7pm in the Meeting Room. All people and ideas welcome!

LIMITED EDITION PARISH CALENDAR: Orders can be placed this weekend. Only 70 copies available!!

THE SEED COMMUNITY CAFÉ at the Methodist Church - Official Opening by the Mayor 26th October.

NEWSLETTER:  Please let us have items for the newsletter by Wednesday evening latest. These can be given to Father or left in pigeonhole “A” for the attention of Mary Abbott. Many thanks.

THE SICK LIST:  Please let us know if you know of someone who needs to be on the Sick List, also we would be grateful to know of anyone who has been on the list for a long time and perhaps no longer wishes to remain on the list.   Many thanks.

   PARISH EVENTS:  We have a parish diary in the sacristy to record events.  If you are organising an event please speak to Fr Bill before entering it in the diary. This includes Christenings, Confirmation and First Holy Communion Programmes and will avoid any doubling up of events.   Please do not write in the Liturgical Diary or the Mass Intentions Diary.    Many thanks for your co-operation.



POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTION FOR OCTOBER  is on the front of the newsletter.

WORLD MISSION SUNDAY: Today we pray for the Church in her mission to bring Christ to all peoples.

NEXT SATURDAY – the last Saturday of the month,we will have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 10am-10.50am followed by Mass at 11am. Sacrament of Reconciliation during Adoration.

MINISTERS OF THE WORD:  Please pick up new Rotas for November/December from the tray at the back of Church.  Thank you for your continued service to the parish through this Ministry.

OCTOBER IS THE MONTH OF THE ROSARY:  Please try to join us for the public offering of

one decade of  the Rosary after the Weekday Services and Masses, to honour the Mother of God and to seek her intercession for our personal intentions and for our troubled world.

BIBLE SUNDAY ECUMENICAL SERVICE – October 29th at Marple Methodist Church. Speaker: Hannah Dobbins of the Bible Society. All welcome.



BIBLE SOCIETY COFFEE MORNING – Friday 27th October at Mellor Parish Centre, 10am-12noon.

Bring and Buy stall of Christian Books.

BOOK SALE: Books including children’s books priced from 50p-£1.   Boxed sets £2.50p. There are also videos/DVDs/CDs at 50p each. Money collected so far £332.  Many thanks for your continued support.

SUPPORT FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS: As you know Christians are suffering terrible discrimination and persecution throughout the world and we want to continue to offer them prayerful and practical support. Please help our fellow Christians to know that they are not forgotten. Basket for donations remains at the back of Church. A big thank you to all who regularly contribute. Your generosity is very much appreciated. Please continue to pray for them.

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