Fr.Bill Fitzgerald 427:4922

17th November 2019




First Reading: (Malachi 3:19-20)

For you the sun of righteousness will shine out.

Second Reading :(2 Thessalonians 3:7-12)

Do not let anyone have food if he refuses to work.

Gospel: (Luke  21:5-19)

Your endurance will win you your lives.


Pope Francis’s prayer intention for November: That a spirit of dialogue, encounter, and reconciliation emerge in the Near East, where diverse religious communities share their lives together.







17th November

Peter Turner


Annie & John Conboy




21st November

Matthew & Winifred Delaney



18th November

Eucharistic Service




22nd November

Eucharistic Service





19th November

Wilson/Burley Families

Adoration & Rosary




23rd  November

Eucharistic Service.



20th November

Win Bland




24th November

Brian Abbott 



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.


£419.07p   Standing  Orders (October) £1019.37p


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, Fr.Kevin Gradwell, Clare Hadlow, Pauline Magrath, Kathleen Jones, Father Pat Munroe, Audrey Turner, Renata Broda, Mary Foster, Gino Belli.


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


Data Protection Privacy Notice. The Parish of Holy Spirit, Marple sometimes collects personal information about parishioners. All personal information is collected, processed and stored in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulations. This is retained only as necessary and used by the Parish/Diocese for the benefit of the Parish and for legitimate reasons such as administrative and religious purposes. You can read our full privacy notice at www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/about-us/ privacy-notice


A/C details:Account Name: “The Holy Spirit Development Account” Account No. 58710368                                                     Sort Code 30 15 52





Fr.Bill  writes: Thanks to all who shared in the “Acts of Remembrance” last weekend at the Vigil and Sunday Morning Masses. For some Parishioners it was their first experience of an “Act of Remembrance” which surprised Fr.Bill, and they felt it was so moving and appropriate. The Act of Remembrance is meant for the “Common Man” so to speak, so it is not owned by any religious denomination or political persuasion perhaps that is why there is such a great turnout each year across the country at local cenotaphs. Thanks to all in our Congregation who supported the Annual Poppy Appeal, it is much appreciated by the local British Legion Association. This weekend across the Diocese the annual Collection for the Diocesan PriestsTraining Fund is being taken up. Those who are part of the Five Year “Mission Together Initiative” are already contributing on a monthly basis. Fr.Bill would encourage anyone not in the “Mission Together Initiative” to consider making a donation. There is a Basket on the Table in the Church Foyer.  If  you can Gift Aid your donation, then please use one of the Special Training Fund Envelopes provided in the basket. The funding and training of future priests is now very much the responsibility of “The Laity” in the various Parishes of the Shrewsbury Diocese. This Saturday was the first meeting of the re-established SVP Conference. We could of course do with many more members, so do please think about becoming a member. (Speak with Fr.Bill).  This Sunday the Parish of Holy Spirit is hosting a Parish Meeting to which all our Parishioners and Friends of the Parish are warmly invited. There is still a pre-agenda sheet on the Table in the Church Foyer; if you have an Agenda Item you wish raised at the Meeting place it on the pre-agenda sheet. There will be Light Refreshments at 1pm in the Meeting Room and as near as possible to 1.30pm the “Parish Meeting” will begin in the Church. Fr Bill would encourage you personally to come, and support Your Parish. You will also find an attached sheet to the Weekly Newsletter giving you a Diary with the dates of a number of events happening here at Holy Spirit during the Advent Season 2019 which will begin on Sunday 1st December to Tuesday 24th December.  Fr.Bill would encourage Parishioners and Friends of the Parish to support these Advent Events where possible. Fr.Bill will presently make available/Dates and Times of the Advent and Christmas 2019 Church Masses and Services

There will be no Parish Grand Raffle this Advent/Christmas Fr.Bill is conscious that in the recent past, there has been a lot of calls on Parishioners’ Finances to support so many deserving causes and Parishioners now need to spend their hard earned money on their family preparations for Christmas.  The Envelopes for November in support of Phase 2 of the Redevelopment are now available from the Table in the Church Foyer. The Monies raised via the Fund since we began in June have now reached in excess of 9K this is entirely due to Monthly donations via the “Special Monthly Envelopes” + a number of very generous “One Off Donations.

Fr.Bill has received an estimate” from D&E Windows Ltd (a company who has done much work for the Diocese) for the New Entrance.  The “estimate” amountsto 33K this includes Vat/Architects Fees. In our Development Fund we currently have approximately a third of this amount raised, so things are looking positive going forward.  Fr.Bill  has invited the Diocesan Financial Secretary to come and pay him a visit at Holy Spirit,  Mrs Lawrence is not familiar with the Church or its surrounds, so it would be good for her to know what our plans are as we will be asking the Diocesan Board of Finance & Planning for permission to carry out the work, when we have sufficient monies in the A/C and Mrs Lawrence is Chair of the Board.     .     Fr.Bill will write again next week.

ANNUAL FAIRTRADE FAIR –  Saturday 23rd November, 10.30am-3pm at the Masonic Guildhall, 169-171 Wellington Road., Stockport SK1 3UA. Usual variety of fairly traded goods, musical entertainment, chocolate treasure hunt, refreshments, children’s activities and raffle. See flyers.

CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHT SWITCH ON -  Friday 29th November in Marple Precinct at 6pm, from 5pm carols with local schools and Santa’s sleigh arriving. There will be stalls from the “Make it Marple” Group.

THE SEED COMMUNITY CAFÉ at Marple Methodist Church, Church Lane, Marple offer help with using computers and the internet, every Thursday 11am-12noon.

ELECTION HUSTINGS – Saturday 30th November 10am-12.30pm at Dialstone Methodist Church, SK2 7LQ in our constituency. See poster on Churches Together notice board.





POPE FRANCIS’S PRAYER INTENTION for November is on the front of the newsletter.




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

PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS: Please continue to pray and support our fellow Christians suffering persecution throughout the world. We want them to know that they are not forgotten.

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