Fr.Bill Fitzgerald 427:4922

18th November 2018

33rd  Sunday of the Year





First Reading: (Daniel 12:1-3)

This is part of a vision of the prophet Daniel about the end of time. It introduces the belief in a resurrection of the dead and in retribution after death.

Second  Reading: (Hebrews 10:11-14.18)

This reading insists on the superiority of Christ’s sacrifice over all the sacrifices of the Old Law.

Gospel:  (Mark 13:24-32)

This talks about the second coming of Christ, the time of which is known only by God.


Pope Francis’ prayer intention for November: That the language of love and dialogue may always prevail over the language of conflict.





18th November

Margaret Maxwell

Annie & John Conboy

Parishioners      -   Holy Souls



22nd November

David Sharp (Sick)



19th November

Eucharistic Service



23rd November

Celia Walker

Holy Souls




20th November

Eucharistic Service

Adoration and Rosary



24th November

Cath Bocking

Adoration at 10am




21st November

David Bowles





25th November

Ken Bowker and Cecelia Lucas

James Casey



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.


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: Last weekend we celebrated “Remembrance Day” both locally, Nationally, and Internationally, we were especially remembering one hundred years since the guns fell silent, ending the hostilities of the 1914/18 First World War.  It was wonderful to see how the children led the “Service of  Remembrance” at the 9am Sunday Mass, a big thank you to all involved. On the Sacramental front we so far have four candidates registered for the “First Sacraments Programme”. Can I remind parents that if your child is attending a state school or a school of another denomination they are equally as eligible as children attending Catholic schools to register for the “First Sacraments Programme.  There are no candidates so far registered for the “Confirmation Programme” again eligible  candidates are those in Year 9 or any pupils in the above years at any Secondary Schools that have made a personal decision to be Confirmed.  Details of the Programmes for “First Sacraments and Confirmation” will be available early in 2019   On the repairs front, the Church Roof is now complete, I have been reassured that any portions of the roof that were considered at risk of leaking have been replaced, I guess the upcoming Winter weather conditions will provide the ultimate test, but I am confident we have solved the leak issue.  I am now focusing attention on the Sacristy and Presbytery roofs.  We worked on the premise last Spring when we began the Presbytery refurbishment that the roofs of the Presbytery and Sacristy seemed to be watertight, so if it is not broken don’t fix it; I am afraid that is no longer the case, the Diocesan Property Manager is in the process of acquiring three separate estimates, so that a contract package can be put together to replace both roofs as soon as is feasible. I will at our January 2019 Parish Meeting bring to the table a full financial update of monies already spent since my arrival on refurbishment to the Presbytery and Church, plus monies raised via Mission Together as well as via the Weekly Offertory and other income, so that Parishioners and Friends of the Parish can see where we are up to financially. I am thankful to so many Parishioners and Friends of the Parish for their positive comments regarding the Church and Presbytery refurbishments.          Fr.Bill will write again next week.

CHRISTMAS DAY DINNER: Our Lady and St.Christopher’s Parish are providing a FREE Christmas Day Dinner for anyone who finds Christmas a difficult time. {Please  contact Fr.Michael Gannon on 0161 430 2704 if you would like to attend. See Poster on the Notice Board.




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

DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE POOR:  Today we are asked to pray for all the poor and needy of the world.

ADVENT DAY OF RECOLLECTION:  You are warmly invited to attend an Advent Day of Recollection at Our Lady and St.Christopher’s  Romiley on Saturday December 1st 10am-3pm. It’s entitled “A New Beginning”. The Day will start with Mass in Church and then move to the Parish Centre for the rest of the day. Confessions will be available at the end of the afternoon session. Tea and Coffee will be available – please bring your own packed lunch.  Father Paul Keane, Vice Rector of Oscott College will lead the Day. He is a gifted and well-known Speaker, and we are extremely fortunate that he is able to guide our spiritual preparation for Christmas. If you would like to attend  please call  Coleen Caldwell on 494.5759.




CAFOD HARVEST FAST DAY APPEAL: This raised £850. Many thanks for all your contributions. Copies of the CAFOD World Gifts Catalogue are available at the back of Church.

STOCKPORT ANNUAL FAIRTRADE FAIR – next Saturday 24th November 10.30am-3.30pm at the Guildhall on A6 opposite Stockport College. Lots of different Fairtrade stalls with items suitable for Christrmas presents.

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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