Fr Bill Fitzgerald: 427 4922

15th October 2017




First Reading: (Isaiah 25:6-10)

The image of a banquet describes the blessings God wishes to bestow, not only on Israel, but on all nations. Second Reading: (Philippians  4:12-14 19-20)

Paul thanks the Philippians for their support but says that his real strength comes from the Lord.

Gospel: (Matthew 22:1-14)

Isaiah’s promise is fulfilled in Jesus: through him all God’s people are invited to the banquet feast of the Kingdom.


Pope Francis’ prayer intention for October: That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.



15th October  


 19th October


Jack Leeson and Nora Platt


Frank Maher






20th October    

Wade Family


16th October


21st  October 


Eucharistic Service


Eucharistic Service


17th October


22nd October



Thanksgiving (Harrison)



Cecilia Lucas/Ken Bowker Parishioners


18th October




Eucharistic Service






 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 Hannah Louise Morley, Bill Davies, Christopher Brown, Stuart Madden, Christopher Clifford, James Tanner, Annie Shufflebotham, Dick Howell, Marie Sidebottom, Anita Carter, Malcolm Garrett, Libby Webb, Nina Noworyta, Lilian Banwell, Fr.John Cairns, Jim Mottram, Marie Hayes, Canon Harry Stratton, George Williams, Celia Walker, Ruth Grace Crosby, Jarek Tomaszewski, Emily Small, Chris Henry, Ann Crossley.



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: Each week that I write I can feel myself getting more pastorally involved in the workings of the Parish, and that is how it should be, Parishioners and their Priest working as a team. Tuesday  evening last I attended St.Bernadette’s Local Missionary Area Autumn Meeting.  (These were previously known as LPAs areas) and during the next year from Advent 2017 to Advent 2018 these areas will pastorally become Local Missionary Areas.  St.Bernadette’s does have an appointed Parish Representative in Tina Cain, while Holy Spirit which is in a different Pastoral Local Missionary Area does not, so I will be approaching Parishioners with a view to appointing someone to accompany me to the Local Missionary Area Meetings. I am conscious that we need a New Votive Candle Stand - this replacement will be an “Electrical Votive Candle Stand” this is by way of preparation for the replacement of the carpet in the Sanctuary area, which over the years has been damaged by the wax votive lights and the Altar Servers’ processional candles.  The four sky lights on the left hand side of the Church as you enter are due for repair, so once they are fixed, we can look at the flooring in the side aisles.  I have also been looking ahead to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Mass times, and so I am suggesting the following: CHRISTMAS EVE: St.Bernadette’s 6pm. Holy Spirit 8pm CHRISTMAS DAY: Holy Spirit: 9.30amSt.Bernadette’s 11am. Father Bill is happy to receive comments on the above suggestions. Also on Tuesday last Father Bill attended a full day’s Training Seminar on “Building a Culture of Safe Guarding” towards Children and Vulnerable Adults, this was Module Two, so the Diocese of Shrewsbury Clergy are up to date with the national programme of training.  Father Bill will write again next week.

ADVANCE NOTICE – ADVENT MARKETS: There will be a Planning Meeting for the Advent Markets, on Wednesday 25th October at 7pm in the Meeting Room. All people and ideas welcome!

LIMITED EDITION PARISH CALENDAR: Orders will be taken for the Parish Calendar using images from the Photo Exhibition, at next weekend’s Masses. Only 70 will be produced so don’t miss out on this opportunity.

RAMBLING GROUP SPRING BREAK – March 20th-22nd  at the Netherwood Hotel, Grange over Sands, Cumbria. Cost £150 for shared room £170 for single room. Non refundable desposit of £35 per person to Frank Hollingworth, to reserve a place.

THE SEED COMMUNITY CAFÉ at the Methodist Church is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am-2pm. See poster on Churches Together Notice Board.  Official Opening by the Mayor 26th October.

TAIZE SERVICE – Marple Methodist Church – tonight at 6.30pm. See poster on notice board.

APPLE DAY – Saturday 21st October 2pm-3.30pm:  To celebrate this National Day, at the Community Orchard on the Recreation Ground at Oldknow Road, Marple, there will be various activities involving apples!

NEWSLETTER:  Please let us have items for the newsletter by Wednesday evening latest. These can be given to Father or left in pigeonhole “A” for the attention of Mary Abbott. Many thanks.

THE SICK LIST:  Please let us know if you know of someone who needs to be on the Sick List, also we would be grateful to know of anyone who has been on the list for a long time and perhaps no longer wishes to remain on the list.   Many thanks.

   PARISH EVENTS:  We have a parish diary in the sacristy to record events.  If you are organising an event please speak to Fr Bill before entering it in the diary. This includes Christenings, Confirmation and First Holy Communion Programmes and will avoid any doubling up of events.   Please do not write in the Liturgical Diary or the Mass Intentions Diary.    Many thanks for your co-operation.



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

OCTOBER IS THE MONTH OF THE ROSARY:  Please try to join us for the public offering of

one decade of  the Rosary after the Weekday Services and Masses, to honour the Mother of God and to seek her intercession for our personal intentions and for our troubled world.

WEEKDAY MASS TIMES: Please note there will be Mass this Tuesday at 10am and Eucharistic Service on Wednesday.

BIBLE SUNDAY ECUMENICAL SERVICE – October 29th at Marple Methodist Church. Speaker: Hannah Dobbins of the Bible Society. All welcome.



CAFOD: Please put your envelopes in the basket at the back of Church. Thank you.

BIBLE SOCIETY COFFEE MORNING – Friday 27th October at Mellor Parish Centre, 10am-12noon.

Bring and Buy stall of Christian Books.

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 £332.  Many thanks for your continued support.

SUPPORT FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS: As you know Christians are suffering terrible discrimination and persecution throughout the world and we want to continue to offer them prayerful and practical support. Please help our fellow Christians 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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