Fr.Bill Fitzgerald 427:4922

6th October 2019



First Reading: (Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4)

The upright man will live by his faithfulness.

Second Reading :(2 Timothy 1: 6:8, 13-14)

Never be ashamed of witnessing to the Lord.

Gospel: (Luke 17:5-10)

If only you had faith!


Pope Francis’s prayer intention for October: That the breath of the Holy Spirit engender a new missionary “spring” in the Church.





6th October

John Brown





10th October

Eucharistic Service


12 noon

7th October

REQUIEM Frank Riley



11th October

Richard& Mary Blundell




8th October

Thanksgiving (Hennessy)

Adoration and Rosary





12th October

Eucharistic Service



9th October

Eucharistic Service






13th October

Jack Leeson

Geoffrey Lord




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.




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 and Peter 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


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








Fr.Bill  writes: As I moved about last Sunday afternoon from Stall to Stall at the “Climate Crisis afternoon” which was successfully held at Marple 6th Form College, and looking out of the window at the incessant heavy rain, it was not difficult to see that our Climate Conditions are changing, and this change is in part due to our lifestyle choices. It was good to see a number of our Parishioners attending on Sunday. I have recently paid a visit to Mollie Bentley who is currently resident at “Sunrise” Care Home in Hale Barns. She is currently mourning the death of her daughter Cathy whose funeral took place in mid-September after a lengthy illness. If anyone would care to pay Mollie a visit, Fr.Bill can supply the address of “Sunrise” Care Home. Mr.Anthony O’Brien the Diocese of Shrewsbury Safeguarding Officer will visit the Parish on Saturday October 19th at 11am to verify the DBS Papers for those who have signed up for membership of the new Parish SVP Conference.  If there is anyone else who would like to sign up for membership of the New Parish SVP Conference speak with Fr.Bill this weekend. Once the DBS Papers are verified and subsequent clearance received the New SVP Conference will then be formed, and fit for purpose. The newly formed Parish SVP Conference will play a major role in helping Fr.Bill to fulfil the Pastoral Ministry of the Church in the Parish.

This Monday at 12 noon we celebrate the Requiem Mass of Frank Riley of the Parish, and later in the afternoon at 2pm, Fr.Bill will celebrate the Opening Mass of the 2019/20 Academic Year at St.Mary’s Primary School, Marple Bridge.  The various contractors who carried out Phase 1 of the refurbishments to the Church and Presbytery have now completed the various “snaggings” which were part of the twelve months inspection period, prior to the Diocese releasing the final payents for the works carried out. The completion of Phase 1 contracts will now enable us in due course, once the monies from the “parish monthly fundraising” come on stream, to begin the various stages of “Phase 2  The September 2019 Monthly Envelopes are still available from the Table in the Church Foyer and will be counted this coming week.  Last Friday, October 4th was the Autumn Cafod Family Fast Day” Cafod Envelopes are available on the tables in the Church Foyer.

Fr.Bill will write again next week.





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

READERS’ TRAINING DAY – Saturday October 19th  10.30-1pm at St.Christopher’s Romiley.

CAFOD “Faith in Action” Retreat Day – Saturday November 2nd at Savio House, Bollington. 10am-4pm.Details and means of booking in letter at the back of Church.  Marian Thompson (427.7254) can offer a lift if needed.





CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY – was on Friday 4th October. Special envelopes are available in the Foyer for your donations.

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.

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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