Fr.Bill Fitzgerald 427:4922

27th May 2018




First Reading: (Deuteronomy 4:32-34.39-40)

Moses reminds the people of the close and loving relationship God established with them, and of the obligations and blessings that flow from such a relationship.

Second  Reading (Romans 8:14-17)

Through the in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit, we have become children of God and co-heirs with Christ his Son.

Gospel  (Matthew 28:16-20)

In his last appearance to his apostles, Jesus commissions them to preach the Gospel to all peoples, and promises to be with them to the end of time.


Pope Francis’ prayer intention for June: That social networks may work towards that inclusiveness which respects others for their differences.






27th May

Violet Kan Hai




31st May

Thanksgiving (Harrison)




28th May    Bank Holiday

Eucharistic Service



1st June

Thanksgiving (O’Niell)



29th May

Eucharistic Service



2nd June

Eucharistic Service



30th May

Special Intention (Grime)




3rd June

Intens., of Celia Walker



One decade of the Rosary

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 (April) £1129.50p




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, Fr.John Cairns, Marie Hayes,  George Williams, Celia Walker, Ruth Grace Crosby, Jarek Tomaszewski, Emily Small, Chris Henry, Ann Crossley,  Kathryn Smith, Pauline Walton, Doreen Callaghan, Steven Platts, 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










Fr Bill writes … In all areas it is shaping up as a glorious weekend as we have celebrated “First Holy Communions” and had splendid weather to match the joy of the celebration. I would like to congratulate the 15 children who celebrated their First Holy Communion this weekend, and thank their parents/guardians for supporting them in such a big step.  A big thank you to our catechists Jane Bennett and Anna Ashton for their wonderful work in preparing the children and for the time given. The next few months here at Holy Spirit will be busy on the refurbishment front: on Monday 4th June work will begin on a total refurbishment of the Presbytery, this should not cause any disruption to Church Services, as skips will be parked in the back car park and building materials will be stored on site (in the Presbytery). The work schedule is set out for six weeks, and speaking with the contractors, I am confident they will be as near as possible to that schedule. The work on the Church roof and the reordering of the toilets will begin on July 10th: this work is scheduled over a seven week period and is somewhat more difficult than the Presbytery refurbishment as the contractors attempt to find and remedy the sources of the various leaks on the Church Roof.  We had a lovely Sung Vigil Mass last weekend for the “Feast of Pentecost” and also Feast of our Parish “Holy Spirit”.  A big thank you to all our musicians and choir members for the time given in preparation.  I am conscious that I need to have a meeting with Eucharistic Ministers and Readers: I am proposing two times on Saturday June 9th 11.45am or 4.30pm, so if Readers and Eucharistic Ministers would speak to me over the next couple of weekends giving me their preference, then I can decide a time.  We also need some more Eucharistic Ministers and Readers so if you would like to join either Ministry speak with Fr.Bill.      Fr.Bill will write again next week

LADIES TUESDAY EVENING WALKS start on 5th June. Meet at Church at 6.45pm. All ladies welcomes. Details from Sue on 426.0097.

HCPT MANCHESTER REGION wish to thank Parishioners for their generosity and have brought back Lourdes water which is available in the porch for you to take home.

LOW PAY AND BENEFITS AND HOW THEY DRIVE PEOPLE INTO DEBT: Talk by Gareth Thompson of Christians against Poverty – Marple United Reformed Church, Hibbert lane, Marple, on Saturday 2nd June at 10.30am.  Coffee from 10am. See poster and flyers.

UNDERSTANDING DEMENTIA: Workshop by Mark Perry (Dementia Training Officer for Stockport) Thursday June 7th at the Ridge Methodist Church. Contact Rev.Graham Hawley on 0161 449 5647 or email margarm@talktalk.net to reserve a place.  See  poster on Churches Together notice board.

CATHOLIC PRESS:  Please consider buying a Catholic Paper to keep in touch with what is happening in the Church and the world that affects us as Catholics, and to help keep the Catholic Press publishing.




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

FIRST COMMUNICANTS: Congratulations to the 15 children who made their First Holy Communion yesterday.  Please continue to pray for them.




“THE SPIRITANS” (HOLY GHOST FATHERS) :  A letter of thanks has been received following the Special Collection, which has been posted on the notice board.

COBDEN CROSS APPEAL: St.Paul’s, Strines,  on the mornings of June 7th and 10th   See poster.

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY BOXES:  A cheque for £184 has been sent off . Thank you for your generosity.

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 £370.    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. Your generosity is very much appreciated. Please continue to pray for them.



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