Fr.Bill Fitzgerald 427:4922

17th March 2019



First Reading: (Genesis 15:5-12 17-18)

God enters into a Covenant with Abraham, the man of faith.

Second  Reading (Philippians 3:17-4:1)

Christ will transfigure our bodies into copies of his glorious body.

Gospel:  (Luke 9:28-36)

As Jesus prayed, the aspect of his face was changed.


Pope Francis’ prayer intention for March: That Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and have their rights respected.





17th March

Win Bland




21st March

Persecuted Christians




18th March

Eucharistic Service




22nd March

Christine Blundell




19th March

Eucharistic Service and





23rd March  

er   Eucharistic Service  




20th March

Dorothy Hooper





24th March


Private Intention


One decade of the Rosary

Mon, Tues, Weds Thurs, Fri. – 10.30.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Adoration and Rosary

Last Saturday of the month 10am-10.50am.

Tuesdays 4pm-5pm


By appointment

Sacrament of Reconciliation



Saturdays 5.15pm-5.50pm and last Saturday of the month.



Standing Orders (February) £1055.70p


Those who are sick:

Please pray for Bill Davies, Christopher Brown, Stuart Madden, Christopher Clifford, James Tanner, Annie Shufflebotham, Marie Sidebottom, Malcolm Garrett, Libby Webb, Nina Noworyta, Fr.John Cairns, Marie Hayes,  George Williams,  Ruth Grace Crosby, Jarek Tomaszewski, Emily Small, Ann Crossley,  Kathryn Smith, Pauline Walton, Steven Platts, Geoffrey Lord, Fr.Kevin Gradwell, Clare Hadlow, Pauline Magrath, Kathleen Jones, Father Pat Munroe, Angela Kendrick Snr.


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


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Fr.Bill writes…  We have gently eased ourselves into this year’s Lenten Season through the liturgy of Ash Wednesday and the encouragement given to us in the readings of the First Sunday of Lent.  Pope Francis in

his Lenten Message focuses on three subjects, the redemption of creation, the destructive power of evil and the healing power of repentance and forgiveness. God has given this great Season of Lent so that we can prepare worthily to celebrate the Easter Pascal Events.  As we continue the Lenten Journey through the second week of Lent we are remembering the call of Cafod to be with the poor and needy of our world on that journey. Lent is also a season when we are encouraged to pause and take time aside, as we saw Jesus do in last Sunday’s Gospel, to have some special time with God on a one to one. On Sunday afternoons at 4pm there are Stations of the Cross here at Holy Spirit to which everybody is welcome, and also Adoration and Rosary on Tuesday Evenings 4pm-5pm. The First Sacraments Programme got underway this Saturday evening with Fr.Bill taking the first session.  The Programme will continue on Saturdays March 23rd/30th and Saturdays April 6th and May 11th. All Sessions to begin at 5.10pm and end at 5.45pm. “First Confessions” will be celebrated on Saturday May 18th at 4.45pm.  Fr.Bill and Anna Ashton will share the delivery of the First Sacraments Programme this year here at Holy Spirit.  The Programme for First Sacraments is also underway at St.Bernadette’s in Brinnington, so please pray for the Parents and Candidates of both Parishes.  We will shortly be coming to the end of the Financial YearThere will be

a New Series of weekly envelopes for those who use them, it is good to let us know if we have your correct address? If you are a “Tax Payer” do you still pay Tax? If not you need to let us know if there is no change then you don’t need to do anything. This is also a good time of year to consider your financial weekly gift to the Parish!!  If you are a Tax Payer are you part of the Gift Aid Scheme?

Fr.Bill will write again next week.





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

WEEKDAY SERVICES: Please note Service of the Word and Communion will be at 4pm this Tuesday followed by Adoration for half an hour. No Service on Tuesday morning.

LENT DAY OF RECOLLECTION at Our Lady and St.Christopher’s. Romiley on Saturday 30th March 10am-3pm.  More details next week.

CHURCHES TOGETHER LIST OF LENTEN ACTIVITES is available at the back of Church.

MINISTERS OF THE WORD:  Please pick up new Rotas for March/April from the tray at the side of the newsletter tray.  Readers for Holy Week will be arranged later. Thank you for your continued service to the Parish through this ministry.





CAFOD LENT FAST DAY is on Friday 15th March. Special Envelopes are available in the Church Foyer

for your donations through Lent.

BOOK SALE: Books including children’s books priced from 50p-£1.   Boxed sets £2.50p. There are also videos/DVDs/CDs at 50p each.  Proceeds to Our Mission in Zambia.  Many thanks for your continued support.

SUPPORT FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS: Our fellow Christians are suffering terrible persecution throughout the world and we want to continue to offer them prayerful and practical support. Please help them 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. Please continue to pray for them.



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