Fr.Bill Fitzgerald 427:4922

20th January 2019





First Reading: (Isaiah 62:1-5)

The Lord rejoices in his people.

Second  Reading (1 Corinthians 12:4-11)

The Holy Spirit distributes gifts to different people just as he chooses.

Gospel:  (John 2:1-11)

Jesus’ first miracle at the Wedding Feast at Cana.


Pope Francis’ prayer intention for January: That young people, especially in South America, follow the example of Mary and respond to the call of the Lord to communicate the joy of the Gospel to the world.






20th January

John and Mary Downs




24th January

James & Francis  





21st January

Eucharistic Service



25th January

Persecuted Christians





22nd January

Eucharistic Service

Adoration and Rosary





26th January

   Albert McDermott

Adoration and Confession     



23rd January

Thanksgiving (Birch)




27th January


Maureen O’Donoran


One decade of the Rosary

Mon, Tues, Weds Thurs, Fri. – 10.30.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Adoration and Rosary

Last Saturday of the month 10am-10.50am.

Tuesdays 4pm-5pm


By appointment

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Saturdays 5.15pm-5.50pm and last Saturday of the month 10am-10 50am



Standing Orders (December) £1041.70p



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, Geoffrey Lord, Fr.Kevin Gradwell, Clare Hadlow, Pauline Magrath, Kathleen Jones, John Kinsman.


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 ….  Liturgically we have returned to “Ordinary Time”, as I am often heard to say that there is nothing Ordinary about it, for indeed we celebrate some of the most beautiful “Feast Days” of the Liturgical Year during this season. We are also beginning to plan for “First Sacraments”. We have Five Candidates so far signed up, any boy or girl who are Catholic, and have reached the age of Seven or older, are eligible Candidates, if they attend local Primary Schools, Catholic, other Denominational or State. Registration Forms are on the Table in the Church Foyer, simply take the registration Form, fill it in and return it to Fr.Bill. Preparations will commence before the start of the Lenten Season. Confirmation is locally scheduled for July 10th at Our Lady & St.Christopher’s, Romiley.  Candidates are any Catholic Boys/Girls, Year 9 or above at any Secondary Catholic or other Denominational Schools, or any Adults wishing to receive Confirmation.  We have no Registered Candidates so far. Registration Forms are on the Table in the Church Foyer; Candidates please take one fill it in and return to Fr.Bill; if there are any Candidates, Fr.Bill will meet up with them after Easter for a time of preparation.  St.Vincent De Paul, Parish Conference; I had intended to hold an initial Meeting before Christmas, but due to an over run on Church building work, it did not take place, so I am now proposing to hold an initial Meeting on Thursday Morning, January 31st after the 10am Mass at 10.45am.  The Meeting will simply be an occasion for anyone who is interested in joining the Parish SVP Conference to hear more about the SVP. The fact that you attend the initial Meeting does not commit you in any way, to becoming a member.  I have a pre-contract Meeting regarding the replacement of the Presbytery and Sacristy Roofs.  Tenders were received prior to Christmas, the Diocesan Property Manager/Architect and myself had a Telephone Conference while I was in Portugal regarding the Tenders and we are happy with one of the several tenders submitted, so we are ready to progress the work. I will announce the start date next weekend. Once this section of roofing is completed this should ensure for a long time to come that the Church, Sacristy and Presbytery are watertight.

Fr.Bill will write again next week.





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

PEACE SUNDAY: The Theme for the 2019 World Peace Day message is timely and pertinent: “Good politics serves peace”.  The press announcement from the Vatican states “Political responsibility belongs to every citizen, and in particular to those who have received the mandate to protect and govern. There is no peace without mutual trust. Political commitment which is one of the highest expressions of charity, brings concern for the future of life and the planet, of the youngest and the smallest, in their thirst for fulfilment”.

CHURCHES TOGETHER JOINT SERVICE – this Sunday January 20th at Marple Methodist Church at 6.30pm. Revds Annette Haigh and Annette Sharp are taking over the Chair from Rev.Daniel Currie. They would welcome your support and prayers

FOOTSTEPS is a Series of Talks and Presentations by invited Speakers who can help us as we journey in our Christian faith. – the next one is on Tuesday 29th January at 8pm at St.Peter’s Parish, Hazel Grove. Fr.Eamonn Mulcahy will speak on “The challenge of Pope Francis: becoming missionary disciples in a missionary parish for a missionary Church”.




WOOD STREET MISSION: A letter of thanks has been received following our cheque for £1,115.44p which has been placed on the Notice Board.

OUR MISSION IN ZAMBIA:  We have sent a Christmas Donation of £700 to Father Cullen made up from an anonymous donation and from our Mission Account.  Our Account is now empty and we restart our fundraising again!  Father Cullen is extremely grateful for all your help and support which will go to help the poorest and most needy there in Zambia, and promises you all a remembrance in his prayers and Masses.

CHURCHES TOGETHER ANNUAL Sponsored Walk for the Wellspring – Saturday January 26th starting here at Holy Spirit at 9.45am. Some of the Rambling Group are walking and would welcome you to join them or to sponsor them. Forms are at the back of Church. More details from Marian on 427.7254.

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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