10th December 2017



First Reading: (Isaiah 40:1-5. 9-11)

The people are urged to prepare a way for the Lord who is coming to save them.

Second Reading: (2 Peter 3:8-14)

If the Lord appears to be slow in coming, it is to give people an opportunity to be ready to meet him when he comes.

Gospel:  (Mark 1:1-8)

John the Baptist urges the people to prepare for the imminent coming of the Saviour.


Pope Francis’ prayer intention for December: That the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith and forming the new generation.



10th December


14th December




Annie and John Conboy



Will and Angela Bee






15th December

Family & Friends (Abbott)


11th December


16th December


Eucharistic Service


Albert McDermott


12th  December


17th December


Eucharistic Service





Gerald Kendrick


13th December






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


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: Last weekend we stepped over the threshold of the “New Liturgical Year” with the start of the Advent Season. This period of four weeks is about waiting patiently, but at the same time, preparing ourselves spiritually to celebrate the new life that will come with the Infant’s birth.  A number of parishioners along with Fr.Bill, went to Arbour Court Nursing Home on Sunday last for an “Advent Service” and it was a joyful event. We were warmly received by residents and staff; thanks to all who came along to sing. On Friday December 1st I was present at St.Bernadette’s School, Brinnington for the Section 48 Inspection and in keeping with their last four OFSTED Inspections, the School is in a very good place, so well done to all involved.  The Advent Markets got off to a great start last weekend. There are still plenty of Raffle Tickets available and excellent prizes. Thanks to all our helpers who have set up the Markets and look after the stalls etc., it is appreciated.  .      Fr.Bill will write again next week.

ADVENT MARKETS:  next weekend after Mass.

FESTIVAL OF CAROLS AND READINGSSunday 17th December at 4pm followed by mince pies and mulled wine in the Meeting Room.  We hope you will all come along.

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE: The Draw will take place after the Carol service on 17th December.

CHURCH CLEANING FOR CHRISTMAS – will be on Friday 22nd December after the 10am Mass. Everyone welcome. Please come to help.  Thank you.

CHRISTMAS MAIL:  Please check  pigeonholes for your Christmas Mail. 

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS: The Government made an Election Pledge to abolish the Faith Schools Cap. Justine Greening (Secretary of State for Education) is understood to be considering making a U-turn on the Policy. To

oppose this and to protect Catholic Education go to (Catholicnews.org.uk/education-cap) or contact William Wragg our MP.

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.



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

WEEKDAY MASSES: Please note there will be NO MASS on Wednesday next week. Eucharistic Service at 10am. See below for full details of Advent Services – dates and times.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY GROUP – CHRISTMAS NATIVITY: This will take place during the 9.30am Mass on Christmas Day.  We will rehearse after the 9am Mass for approximately 30 minutes, on Sundays 10th 17th and 24th December. Children must try to make all four rehearsals. Contact Louise Perry on 0161 427 5616 if you have any questions.

CHOIR PRACTICES   Thursdays 14th and 21st December at 7.30pm in preparation for the First Mass of Christmas. New members welcome.

ADVENT PIANO MUSIC: Tony will play a 10 minute programme of celebratory music at 5.45pm before each Saturday Vigil Mass.  The list of pieces is on the notice board.



Saturday – December 16th    10am Exposition – Sacrament of Reconciliation     11am Mass

Sunday -    December 17th     4pm   Advent Carol Service

Friday -     December  22nd   5pm-7pm  Exposition – Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Saturday – December 23rd   10am Exposition – Sacrament of Reconciliation.    11am Mass

                                                  6pm Vigil Mass

Sunday -    December 24th    9am Mass      8pm Vigil and 1st Mass of Christmas (Sung Mass)

Monday -  December 25th    9.30am Christmas Day  (note change of time)




SPECIAL COLLECTION – TRAINING FOR THE PRIESTHOOD:  This totalled £390.03p and our cheque has been sent to the Diocese. Many thanks.

WELLSPRING: A letter of thanks has been received, acknowledging our cheque for £1532.32p which has been placed on the Notice Board. Also the letter contains an invitation to a Christmas Carol Concert at St.Mary’s Church, Marketplace, Stockport on Tuesday 19th December at 1.30pm.

JUBILEE APPEAL – ZAMBIA:  A  huge “Thank you” to everyone who has supported our special Jubilee Appeal for our Mission in Zambia:  Because of your generosity we are now sending a cheque for £2000.  A big thank you to the parishioner who has donated £500 to enable us to reach this wonderful figure which will be of so much help to the most needy there. Another “thankyou” to the parishioner who has donated £30 for Zambia which will start us off again with our continued fundraising. Your generosity is very much appreciated.

TRAIDCRAFT TROLLEY – this weekend after Mass.

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 £341. 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 this Christmas.

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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