Fr. Bill Fitzgerald 427:4922

17th December 2017




First Reading: (Isaiah 61:1-2.10-11)

The writer declares that he has been sent by God to usher in the age of salvation.  Jesus used this prophecy to announce the programme of his own ministry.

Second Reading: (1 Thessalonians 5:16-24)

St.Paul tells the Thessalonians how they ought to live as they await the second coming of Christ.

Gospel:  (John 1:6-8.19-28)

John the Baptist declares that he is not the Saviour. His task is to prepare the way for the Saviour, who is already among the people, though they do not recognise him.


Pope Francis’ prayer intention for December: That the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith and forming the new generation.



17th December


21st December




Gerald Kendrick



Cornelius & Margaret Lane






22nd December

Mary Kennedy


18th December


23rd  December


Eucharistic Service


Heather Griffiths


19th  December


24th December


Eucharistic Service



Vigil 8pm

Mary Bowles

Annie and John Conboy



20th December





Trish Adams






 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








Standing Orders (November)  £1,049.50p



Those who are sick:

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


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: Last weekend saw the first real snow of the Winter, we got off lightly enough compared with areas not far distant from us. My previous parish in Shropshire had 8+ inches of snow and temperatures going down to -13c; a good job I got out when I did.  We are now in the third week of Advent. The Scripture readings this Sunday speak to us of John the Baptist’s mission to light up the way by his preaching in preparation for the coming of Christ. We need to prepare ourselves spiritually, so that we can be happy recipients of what the Good News has to offer; we might consider celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation! I have made plenty of time available for you to do this, see the published times of the Advent and Christmas Services elsewhere in this Newsletter. Being ready means being prepared, and another step along the way is our “Advent Carol Service” on this Sunday afternoon at 4pm, where I hope to see a packed Church for the Service and then some fellowship after the Service ends.  This past week on Wednesday I spent the day at St.Bernadette’s School, Brinnington, starting off with the end of term Mass at 9.15am then through the remainder of the morning meeting the various classes of the children for a chat around the Crib, which was most informative, throwing a whole new light on the Christmas Story. Then it was the Staff Christmas Lunch followed by the School Christmas Production, after all of that I wanted to phone Mammy to say “come and pick me up”, but I awoke from the lovely dream with someone speaking in my ear, saying “Fr.Bill ….could  you possibly take my Draw Tickets I can’t remain after the 10.30am Mass on Sunday for the Draw.  It is such lovely moments that make up Advent, may you experience many of them in this the final week of Advent.

Fr.Bill will write again next week as we journey from Advent over the Threshold into the Christmas Season.

FINAL ADVENT MARKET: this weekend after Mass.

FESTIVAL OF CAROLS AND READINGS – this Sunday at 4pm followed by mince pies and mulled wine in the Meeting Room.  We hope you will all come along.

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE: The Draw will take place after the Carol service .

CHURCH CLEANING FOR CHRISTMAS – will be on Friday 22nd December after the 10am Mass. Everyone welcome. Please come to help.  Thank you.

CAFOD FUN RUN AT BOLLINGTON- 27th December: One of our parishioners, Maria Rushton, is taking part and is asking for your support. Sponsor Forms and information are at the back of Church.  You are also invited to join her on the run. Donations can be left in pigeonhole “R” Thank you.

CHRISTMAS MAIL:  Please check  pigeonholes for your Christmas Mail. 

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.



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

CHILDREN’S LITURGY GROUP – CHRISTMAS NATIVITY: This will take place during the 9.30am Mass on Christmas Day. Final  rehearsals today and 24th December after the 9am Mass.  (Louise 427 5616)

FINAL CHOIR PRACTICE –  Thursdays 21st December at 7.30pm in preparation for the First Mass of Christmas.

MINISTERS OF THE WORD: Please pick up new Rotas for January and February 2018. Many thanks for your continued service to the parish through this Ministry.

ADVENT PIANO MUSIC: Tony will play a 10 minute programme of celebratory music at 5.45pm before each Saturday Vigil Mass.  The list of pieces is on the notice board.



Sunday -    December 17th     4pm   Advent Carol Service

Friday -     December  22nd   5pm-7pm  Exposition – Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Saturday – December 23rd   10am Exposition – Sacrament of Reconciliation.    11am Mass

                                                  6pm Vigil Mass

Sunday -    December 24th    9am Mass      8pm Vigil and 1st Mass of Christmas (Sung Mass)

Monday -  December 25th    9.30am Christmas Day  (note change of time)



WELLSPRING: We have been  invited to a Christmas Carol Concert at St.Mary’s Church, Marketplace, Stockport this Tuesday 19th December at 1.30pm.

ZAMBIA:  A bigThank you” to the parishioner who has donated £500 to our special Jubilee Appeal for our Mission in Zambia, enabling us to send another cheque this Christmas. Thank you for your tremendous, continued support over so many years which is very much appreciated.  You are assured of the prayers of  Fr.Cullen and all the people there.

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 £344. 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 this Christmas. 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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