Fr.Bill Fitzgerald 427:4922

13th January 2019





First Reading: (Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7)

Here is my servant in whom my soul delights.

Second  Reading (Acts 10:34-38)

God anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit and with power.

Gospel:  (Luke 3:15-16, 21-22)

The Holy Spirit of God came down upon Jesus, the beloved Son of God at his Baptism in the River Jordan.


Pope Francis’ prayer intention for January: That young people, especially in South America, follow the example of Mary and respond to the call of the Lord to communicate the joy of the Gospel to the world.






13th January

Thanksgiving (Thompson)

Audrey and James Fishwick




17th January

Herring/Donellon/Leete family.




14th January

Eucharistic Service



18th January

Tony Durkin





15th January

Eucharistic Service





19th January

   Eucharistic Service       



16th January

Christopher Cassin




20th January

John & Mary Downs



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





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, Gino Belli, Geoffrey Lord, Fr.Kevin Gradwell, Clare Hadlow, Pauline Magrath, Kathleen Jones, John Kinsman.


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 ….  Fr.Bill is returning to Pastoral Duties this weekend after a pleasant vacation; it seems a little odd as the Christmas and New Year celebrations seem a long time past. However, it is upward and onward for 2019, with a considerable amount of work to be tackled on the Pastoral front, as well as a lot to be done still by way of refurbishment to the plant here at Holy Spirit.  I will be planning for a Parish Meeting which I intend to convene in February, at which Parish Finances among other things will be up for discussion.  There are still substantial repairs to be carried out at the Church, by way of new Front Doors, and New Roofing to the Sacristy and Presbytery.  The First Sacraments and Confirmation Programmes will need to get up and running in both Holy Spirit and St.Bernadette’s during the Lenten Season.  In St.Bernadette’s we need to set in motion the procedure for the appointment of New Head Teacher, advertisements will be posted prior to the School Easter Holiday, with a view to appointing a new Head Teacher who will take up the Post in the Autumn Term of 2019.  I would also invite Parishioners and Friends of the Parish to let me know of anybody who is Housebound and needs to receive a visit with Holy Communion (of whom we are not currently aware) and also of anyone who becomes temporarily or permanently housebound going forward. I would also like to thank Fr.Jim Robinson and Fr.Dermot Byrne for supplying the Weekend Masses while I was on vacation. I am sure it is good for you the Parishioners to have a change of celebrant every now and again.

Fr.Bill will write again next week.

GOLDEN WEDDING:  Frank and Marian Thompson are celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary at the vigil Mass. They would love you to join them in the Meeting Room after Mass for a celebratory drink and nibbles.

STEPPING HILL HOSPITAL CHAPLAINCY – Volunteer Recruitment: The Chaplaincy Team is hoping to recruit a number of people to join the existing team who visit the hospital wards. There will be a six-week Course offered free of charge, on Wednesdays 2pm-4pm 27th February – 3rd April 2019. If you are interested please contact the Chaplaincy on0161 419 5889 or hospital.chapel@stockpory.nhs.uk.  See notice board.





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

SERRA CLUB OF NORTH CHESHIRE: The next Meeting is this Thursday 17th January when Pauline Lloyd will give a Talk on the Churches in Northern England. Everyone is very welcome. The Meetings are in the Parish Hall, Christ Church, Heald Green, Mass is at 7.30pm followed by a light supper and the Talk, Please book via Gerry Lanigan on 428.9103.

CHURCHES TOGETHER JOINT SERVICE – Sunday January 20th at Marple Methodist Church at 6.30pm. Revds Annette Haigh and Annette Sharp are taking over the Chair from Rev.Daniel Currie. They would welcome your support and prayers.

MINISTERS OF THE WORD:  Rotas for January/February 2019 are in the tray next to the Newsletter tray for you to collect. Many thanks for your continued service to the Parish through this ministry.





SPUC APPEAL:  The White Flower Appeal last weekend raised £324.48p. SPUC thanks you for your generosity and support for their vital work to protect all unborn children and their mothers.

OUR MISSION IN ZAMBIA:  We have sent a Christmas Donation of £700 to Father Cullen made up from an anonymous donation and from our Mission Account.  Our Account is now empty and we restart our fundraising again!  Father Cullen is extremely grateful for all your help and support which will go to help the poorest and most needy there in Zambia, and promises you all a remembrance in his prayers and Masses.

CHURCHES TOGETHER ANNUAL Sponsored Walk for the Wellspring – Saturday January 26th starting here at Holy Spirit at 9.45am. Some of the Rambling Group are walking and would welcome you to join them or to sponsor them. Forms are at the back of Church. More details from Marian on 427.7254.

BOOK SALE: Books including children’s books priced from 50p-£1.   Boxed sets £2.50p. There are also videos/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. Your generosity is very much appreciated. Please continue to pray for them.



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