Fr.Bill Fitzgerald 427:4922

22nd July 2018

16th Sunday of the Year




First Reading: (Jeremiah 23:1-6)

The leaders of Israel are indicted for their neglect of the people, but better leaders are promised.

Second  Reading: (Ephesians 2:13-18)

By his death Christ broke down the wall between Jews and Gentiles, and united all peoples as children of the one Father.

Gospel:  (Mark 6:30-34)

We see the care of Christ for his apostles as well as his compassion for the ordinary people.


Pope Francis’ prayer intention for July: That priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in their friendship with their brother priests.






22nd July

Ted and Margery Foulkes

Margaret Conroy




26th July

Thanksgiving (Abbott)




23rd July

Eucharistic Service





27th July

Celia Walker




24th July

Eucharistic Service





28th July

Beatrice Nield



25th July  

Peter Arnfield




29th July

Ken Rain

Annie and John Conboy



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, Dick Howell, Marie Sidebottom, Malcolm Garrett, Libby Webb, Nina Noworyta, Fr.John Cairns, Marie Hayes,  George Williams,  Ruth Grace Crosby, Jarek Tomaszewski, Emily Small, Chris Henry, Ann Crossley,  Kathryn Smith, Pauline Walton, Steven Platts, Gino Belli, Geoffrey Lord, Fr.Kevin Gradwell, Clare Hadlow.




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…  We can have few complaints about the quality of the weather this Summer, it would be good however, if we could continue to enjoy it for a bit longer into the School Holidays.  Last weekend I had a visit from the “Music Group” at my former parish in Shropshire. They led the music at the 9am Mass here at Marple last Sunday, and they were delighted with the warm reception they received.  It would be great if we could encourage a group of “Musicians” to come together here in Holy Spirit on a regular basis to lead Church Music.  We also celebrated the Requiem Mass for Celia Walker on Wednesday last; it was a great celebration of her life, thanks to everyone who celebrated and took part in the Requiem.  Renovation work on the Church toilets is making steady progress, and it should be concluded by the end of July.  The second phase of works will then begin with tackling the Church Roof, to find out the source of the continuous leaks, where a number of previous attempts have failed, again, this work should be concluded by the end of August.  The Church toilets are currently out of use, so please feel free to use the Presbytery toilets.  Most parishioners have had a look at the newly refurbished Presbytery, and are satisfied that a satisfactory job has been done by the contractors for the 50k spent on the project.  Fr.Bill is slowly finishing the decorating and expects to be in residence by early September. (If you’ve not yet had a look at the revamped Presbytery, please feel free to do so this weekend).         Fr.Bill will write again next week.

THANK YOU:  Tony Walker and all the family would like to thank you all for your prayers and messages of sympathy, for your donations to Arthritis Research in memory of Celia, and for joining them at Mass to celebrate Celia’s life.  Your kindness and support at this sad time is very much appreciated.

CHURCH KNEELERS:  It would be much appreciated by the Apparitors if you could put the kneelers back on your seat after Mass. Thank you for your co-operation.

LUNCH CLUB that meets at Marple United Reformed Church, Hibbert Lane, on Mondays and Fridays is staffed by local volunteers mainly from the local churches. The Club is for older people and provides a 2-course meal along with good company and some entertainment. They are looking for people to help COOK ON A MONDAY, once a month. Could this be you!!! They would be most grateful for your help. Some training in Food Hygiene would be helpful but could be organised. Please contact Joan Brown 0161 427.8757 or 07717033219 if you would like to help.

COUNTING TEAMS: Please collect new Rotas for July 22nd – December 30th from the pigeon holes. We are very grateful for your continuing support.

CLEANING TEAMS: Please collect new Rotas from the pigeon holes. Thank you for all your help.

LADIES TUESDAY EVENING WALKS: Meet at Church at 6.45pm. All ladies welcomes. Details from Sue on 426.0097.

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  JULY is on the front of the newsletter.

“HAVE YOU GOT TIME”?             A quiet morning at Ridge Methodist Church, Saturday July 21st, 10am-12.15pm (Coffee from 9.30am). See poster on Churches Together notice board.




CHRISTIAN AID WEEK STREET COLLECTION this year raised £8248.28p. Elizabeth Paxton who co-ordinates the whole of our Churches Together area wrote: “I am really delighted with this amount, and though down on last year’s figure I think it is tremendous. It is the result of such hard work from so many”.

STOCKPORT FOUNDATION TRUST – Stepping Hill HospitalCHARITY NIGHT, Friday 14th September at St.Peter’s Parish Centre, Hazel Grove.  All proceeds to the E1 Stroke Unit and Urology Unit. Unfortunately our DJ has had to cancel – we need someone to step into his shoes. Please contact Christine Fox on 07552.676264 or email chris.fx@hotmail.co.uk. if you can help.

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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