Fr.Bill Fitzgerald 427:4922

20th May 2018







First Reading: (Acts 2:1-11)

Luke describes the  descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles, and the effect it had on them.

Second  Reading (1 Corinthians 12:3-7.12-13)

The Holy Spirit gives different gifts to different people, for the good of the Church, the Body of Christ.

Gospel  (John 20:19-23)

The risen Jesus gives the gift of the Holy Spirit to his disciples and inaugurates the mission of the Church.


Pope Francis’ prayer intention for June: That social networks may work towards that inclusiveness which respects others for their differences.






20th May

Gregory Sheehan




24th May

Joe Dwan




21st May

Eucharistic Service





25th May

Persecuted Christians




22nd May

Eucharistic Service


12 noon


26th May

First Communion Mass




23rd May

Josie McGowan




27th May Trinity

Violet Kan Hai



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, Celia Walker, Ruth Grace Crosby, Jarek Tomaszewski, Emily Small, Chris Henry, Ann Crossley,  Kathryn Smith, Pauline Walton, Doreen Callaghan, Steven Platts, Gino Belli.


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 … We are celebrating the wonderful “Feast of Pentecost” this weekend, a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our Parish and Diocese. This great feast will mark the end of the Easter Season. A big thank you to all who supported the “Spiritan Appeal” last weekend, and to those who welcomed and looked after Fr.Desmond Wilson who made the appeal. This weekend is the last preparatory session for the “First Holy Communion” children and on Saturday morning next they will celebrate their First Holy Communion at 12 noon.  Unfortunately we have to confine attendance at the Mass to the Communion Candidates and their Families, as we have 14 Candidates  Last weekend Fr.Bill was acting Chaplain to the Catenian National Conference held at Telford, John Hogan from St.Paul’s, Poynton, was installed as National Association President.  On Tuesday last I had a series of Meetings with Richard Crawford and Keith Eastwood from the Diocesan Board of Planning and Finance along with the two Building Firms who submitted successful tenders for the refurbishment of the Presbytery along with the refurbishment of the Church Toilets and repairs to the Church Roof.  The work on the Presbytery will begin on June 4th to be completed in 6/7 weeks. The work on the Church is scheduled to begin on July 16th to be completed in 6/7 weeks. This is very good news for the Parish as we move forward into the 51st year of Holy Spirit as a Catholic Community.  It is also very much possible because of the amount of monies so generously pledged by those Parishioners and Friends of the Parish who supported “Our Mission Together” Once these two pieces of work are completed, we will then plan as a Parish the decoration of the inside of the Church, new carpets etc.   “OUR MISSION TOGETHER the amount raised currently stands at 122k and this leaves the Parish with 44k.  There are still about 10 Parishioners who filled in a Card on Completion Sunday expressing a wish to make a Pledge, and who have still to submit their promised pledge, so we invite you to do so as soon as possible, we will then be able to give a final figure for the amount Holy Spirit has raised, as I have already stated, Holy Spirit has begun drawing down monies from the 44k for the Church Roof. Pledges yet to be submitted can be posted directly to the Curial Offices or given personally to Fr.Bill or posted through the Presbytery Letter Box.

LOW PAY AND BENEFITS AND HOW THEY DRIVE PEOPLE INTO DEBT: Talk by Gareth Thompson of Christians against Poverty – Marple United Reformed Church, Hibbert lane, Marple, on Saturday 2nd June at 10.30am.  Coffee from 10am. See poster and flyers.

UNDERSTANDING DEMENTIA: Workshop by Mark Perry (Dementia Training Officer for Stockport) Thursday June 7th at the Ridge Methodist Church. Contact Rev.Graham Hawley on 0161 449 5647 or email margarm@talktalk.net to reserve a place.  See  poster on Churches Together notice board.

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  JUNE is on the front of the newsletter.

TODAY WE CELEBRATE THE  FEAST OF PENTECOST and our Parish Feast Day, come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love.

FIRST COMMUNICANTS: Please pray for our children who are preparing for First Holy Communion, next weekend.



“THE SPIRITANS” (HOLY GHOST FATHERS) :  Following Fr.Desmond Wilson’s visit last weekend, the Special Collection at the two Masses totalled £661.56p.  Our cheque for this amount has been sent to them. Thank you for your generosity.

COBDEN CROSS APPEAL: St.Paul’s, Strines,  on the mornings of June 7th and 10th   See poster.

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 £368.    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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