Fr.Bill Fitzgerald 427:4922

11th March 2018





First Reading: (2 Chronicles 36:14-16 19-23)

Because of their sins God allowed his people to be exiled to Babylon.  But his mercy is seen in their homecoming.

Second Reading: (Ephesians 2:4-10)

It is not through our own efforts that we are saved, but through the love and mercy of God.

Gospel: (John 3:14-21)

In his love for us, God sent his son into the world, not to condemn us, but to save us.


Pope Francis’ prayer intention for  March: That the Church may appreciate the urgency of formation in spiritual discernment, both on the personal and communitarian level.



11th March


15th March



Deborah Deaville



Amelia Webb



12th March

Eucharistic Service



16th March

Win Bland



13th March

Eucharistic Service



17th March

Eucharistic Service



14th March

Lilian Banwell




18th March

Jim McNulty



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

STATIONS OF THE CROSS                                          


Sundays throughout Lent at 4pm







Please pray for Gregory Sheehan who died recently.  May he rest in peace.


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.


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:  Thankfully  we seem to have got rid of “The Beast from the East” not in some areas of the UK without the loss of life. The Parish Community said farewell to Brian Platt last Wednesday with a well attended Requiem Mass. We also record the untimely death of Gregory Sheehan, funeral arrangements are pending. We extend deepest sympathies to his family and partner.  We also remember the family of Mel Reavie of  St.Bernadette’s Parish, who has died after a longish battle with cancer, again her funeral is being arranged for St.Bernadette’s , Brinnington.  Last weekend the Candidates for “The First Sacraments” had their initial meeting on Saturday Evening at 5.15pm here at Holy Spirit; there are 16 Candidates this year which is great news for the Parish Community, as most of the Candidates are reasonably regular church goers.  “Our Mission Together Project” is within a few hundred pounds of reaching 50% of the goal of 100K, this is thanks to the generosity of 31 families from the Parish that Fr.Bill has shared the vision with. This amount of almost 50K is made up of donations some reasonably large, some medium sized, and a number of smaller donations. These Donations in some cases are spread out monthly over five years, others are paid annually over five years, others are a one off donation.  Some are paid in Cash, others by Cheque, and others again by Direct Debit or Standing Order, some are gift aidable as the donor is a Tax Payer, quite a number are not as the donor is not a Tax Payer.  As you will gather, there are many ways to give if you can afford to. I must emphasise as leader of the Community that nobody should give monies to the Project if that was to cause hardship in their family finances, neither does “Mission Together” mean cancelling your personal donations to the Charity of your choice.  Fr.Bill has now set up a team to help him to complete the sharing of the Vision, so you may receive a call from a team member offering to share the vision with you.  Again, the choice is yours as to whether you wish to participate or not, so please be courteous if you receive a call from a team member, they are volunteering at Fr.Bill’s invitation, and thanks to those who joined the team to help Fr.Bill.

Fr.Bill will write again next week.

NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS & PILGRIMAGE – 7th/9th SEPTEMBER:  Booking Forms are now available and need to be returned to our Diocesan Curial Offices. It is anticipated that bookings will come mainly through Parishes. Names are transferable where there may be a change of delegate within the Parish. The cost per delegate is £40 for the Friday event (Lunch included) and £40 for the Saturday (Lunch not included). I am happy to pay the £40 for any delegates who may wish to attend either the Friday or Saturday. I am not aware of any transport arrangements having been made at a Deanery level, but I would be surprised if this did not happen nearer the time. If anyone would like to attend the Congress please let Fr.Bill know as soon as possible, so that we can  get your Booking Form filled in and sent to the Curial Offices. On the other hand if anyone wants to download the Booking Form from the Diocesan Website and send it themselves Fr.Bill will still pay the £40 for you, just let him know you’ve sent in the Booking Form, these are the details: www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/catholic-faith/the-new-evangelisation/adoremus. I certainly hope that the Parish of Holy Spirit, Marple will be represented among the Delegates, at this National Eucharistic Conference. Fr,Bill is recommending that potential Delegates opt for attending on Friday September 7th as our sister Parish of St.Bernadette’s, Brinnington is doing. 

EASTER LILIES:  If you would like to donate a lily for the Altar this Easter in memory of a loved one, please leave your donation of £2.50p per lily in an envelope clearly marked with the name of the person to be remembered, and leave in pigeon hole “M”. Names of all remembered will be on display in Church throughout Eastertide.


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

MOTHERS’ DAY: Today we remember in prayer and with love and gratitude all our Mothers, alive or dead.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS – NONE TODAY – resuming again next weekend.

LENTEN PIANO MUSIC:  Tony will play a 10-minute Programme of reflective piano music at 5.45pm. CHOIR FOR EASTER:  Practices on Thurdays 15th and 22nd March, at.7.30pm.

NORTH CHESHIRE SERRA: The next Talk is on Thursday 15th March when Judge Gerard Humphries will speak about the influence of St.Paul on the Church – in the Parish Hall at Christ Church, Heald Green. Mass is at 7.30pm followed by a light supper and the Talk. Visitors are most welcome. Please  ring Gerry Lanigan on 428.9103 to book in.

HOLY WEEK SERVICES:  HOLY THURSDAY: 7.30pm. Watching before the Blessed Sacrament until 10pm followed by Night Prayer.  GOOD FRIDAY: Stations of the Cross at 10am. Solemn Liturgy of the Passion at 3pm.  HOLY SATURDAY – EASTER VIGIL and FIRST MASS OF EASTER: 8pm


FIRST SACRAMENTS PROGRAMME 2018: Preparation Sessions continue on Saturdays 17th and 24th March at 5.15pm.



THANK YOU:  Many thanks to the parishioner who has donated £10 to our Mission in Zambia. Your generosity is very much appreciated and will help the poorest and most needy there.

EASTER CHICKS – will be on sale again this year priced £1.50p All proceeds to Aid to the Church in Need.







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 £354.  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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