Fr.Bill Fitzgerald 427:4922

10th  March 2019



First Reading: (Deuteronomy 26:4-10)

The creed of the chosen people.

Second  Reading (Romans 10:8-13)

The creed of the Christian.

Gospel:  (Luke 4:1-13)

Jesus was led by the Spirit through the wilderness and was tempted there.


Pope Francis’ prayer intention for March: That Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and have their rights respected.




10th March

Deborah Deaville

Charles Herring




14th March

Alice & Joseph Magrath




11th March

Eucharistic Service




15th March

Intentions of Bell Family

Funeral Service

Stephen Charles Daniel




12th March

Eucharistic Service

Adoration and Rosary




16th March  

er   Eucharistic Service  




13th March

Special Intention (Harrison)





17th March

Win Bland



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.




Please pray for Stephen Charles Daniel who died recently – Funeral Service, Friday at 11am

   May he rest in peace.

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, Father Pat Munroe, Angela Kendrick Snr.


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


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Fr.Bill writes…  On Ash Wednesday which we celebrated on Wednesday of this week, we journeyed over the threshold into the 2019 Lenten Season.  We celebrated the start of our Lenten journey in our Catholic Primary and Secondary Schools with a Service of Ashes and in our Parish with Mass along with the blessing and distribution of ashes.  (Ash Wednesday was not a Holy Day of Obligation).  These forty days are an opportunity for us to reflect on our Faith Journey as we endeavour to make progress on that journey amidst all the happenings of our daily lives. Many travellers on that journey have found that attention to detail on smaller issues is more an attainable goal than burdening ourselves with unattainable goals.  In all of the Marple Churches Together during this Lenten Season  there are a wide range of Lenten Services to which you are invited. The list of Services is available from the table in the Church Foyer so please take one. Here at Holy Spirit on Wednesday March 27th and Wednesday April 10th at 7.30pm to 9.30pm there will be an opportunity to discuss the Pope’s encyclical “Laudato Si” on Global Healing, caring for our (your) planet.

On Sunday evenings at 4pm there will be Stations of the Cross here at “Holy Spirit”.  This weekend at both our Masses members of our Parish Cafod Group will invite support for our Cafod Parish Lenten Fundraising Effort. The Programme of Preparation for the First Sacramentswill begin on Saturday 16th March and continue on Saturdays 23rd, 30th and 6th April. The Sessions will begin at 5.10pm and end at 5.45pm.  Then after Easter on May 11th again at 5.10pm there will be a final session to prepare for “First Forgiveness” which we will celebrate the following Saturday May 18th at 4.45pm. Last weekend we began the “First Sacraments Programme” at St.Bernadette’s, Brinnington, where we have  17 Candidates.  I ask our Parishioners here at Holy Spirit to pray for the Candidates of both parishes, it is a very special time for Candidates and their Families and Parishes. 

Fr.Bill will write again next week.

THANK YOU:  A big “Thank You” to everyone who supported our Quiz Night. We raised a fantastic £1,466.60p which will all go to CAFOD.




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

CHURCHES TOGETHER LIST OF LENTEN ACTIVITES is available at the back of Church, please take a copy.

MINISTERS OF THE WORD:  Please pick up new Rotas for March/April from the tray at the side of the newsletter tray.  Readers for Holy Week will be arranged later. Thank you for your continued service to the Parish through this ministry.




CAFOD LENT FAST DAY is on Friday 15th March. There will be an Appeal this weekend 9th/10th March.

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. We recently sent a cheque to Aid to the Church in Need, N.W. Office for £308.85p from our basket collection, see “Thank you” letter

on the notice board. Please continue to pray for them.



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