Fr.Bill Fitzgerald 427:4922

19th  May 2019



First Reading: (Acts 14:21-27)

They gave an account to the Church of all that God had done with them.

Second  Reading (Apocalypse 21:1-5)

God will wipe away all tears from their eyes.

Gospel:  (John 13:31-35)

I give you a new commandment: love one another.


Pope Francis’ prayer intention for May: That the Church in Africa, through the commitment of its members, may be the seed of unity among her peoples and a sign of hope for this continent.






19th May

Joan Davis

Ian Robb and family





23rd May

Joe Dwan



20th May

Eucharistic Service




24th May

Margaret O’Neill




21st May

Eucharistic Service

Adoration and Rosary




12   25th May


Thanksgiving -Cattigan





22nd May

May Green





26th May

Violet Kan Hai



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 Arnold Roberts who died last week. May he rest in peace.

 Requiem at St.Mary’s Catholic Church, Glossop at 11am Thursday 30th May.


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, Audrey and Peter Turner.


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


The Diocese of Shrewsbury is a Registered Charity No. 234025

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Fr.Bill writes… This past week we have enjoyed some lovely warm Summer weather, I am sure it lifted the mood of those Candidates who began examinations across the various schools and colleges in the region. As a Parish we have been remembering all the Candidates in prayer through the intercession of Our Lady in this month of May, a special month of devotion to her. On our Notice Board there are various “Posters” advertising forthcoming events which Parishioners and Friends of the Parish may wish to be part of.  Sunday June 2nd is the Annual SVP Fundraising Walk, this will begin from: The Coffee Shop at Higher Poynton SK12 1TE at 12 noon. It will proceed along the Middlewood Way, Macclesfield Canal. It is a suitable event for Families. The monies raised will go towards the SVP Summer Camp for Families from “Deprived Areas” and this will be the 82nd hosting of such a Camp. June 7th to 9th there is the “Northern Catholic Conference” being held at Liverpool Hope University. (Full details of both the above events are on the Posters on the Notice Boards in the Church Foyer.) “Healing Mission” May 30th-June 2nd 2019. The Stockport Local Missionary Area LPA is holding a Healing Mission on the above dates. The “Healing Mission” will be led by the “Little Way Healing Ministries. Fr.Laurence Brassil OSA – Mrs.Pauline Edwards and Team. It will be based at “Our Lady and the Apostles”, Shaw Heath, Stockport.  The Mission will only be a success if the neighbouring parishes support it. (See Poster on Notice Board). I would also draw your attention to the List of Fundraising Events in support of the Wellspring Centre (see poster on notice board).  Sue Tucker would like to thank all the Parishioners/Friends of Holy Spirit who kindly completed the recent Health Care Services for Care Homes Study it is much appreciated. A copy of the results will be made available later in the Year.  Fr.Bill hopes to launch the proposed fundraising scheme for Phase 2 interior refurbishment of the Church, followed by refurbishment of the Church grounds by early June.  Fr.Bill is conscious that 35% of Parishioners are committed to five year pledges that they made as part of the “Mission Together” endeavour. The parish has already used this money £55,034 along with the Parish Central Fund reserves of £130,000. Our total spend on Church/Sacristy/Presbytery/Roof repairs + Church Toilets + full refurbishment to the Interior of the Presbytery stands at £250k. This means that we owe the Diocese £20k to begin with, and we need approximately another £80k to complete Phase 2 renovations to Church Interior and Church Grounds. There are four  things I would like to mention with regard to the Proposed Fundraising Campaign to complete Phase 2:  (A) To invite those who made a 5 Year Pledge to Mission Together, to see it through to the end, as the Diocese have trusted us and given the money up front for Roof repairs. (B) A sizeable number of Parishioners for all sorts of reasons, did not want to be a part of Mission Together and Fr.Bill respects their decision; I would ask any Parishioners who did not choose to be part of Mission Together to consider making a Monthly Pledge to our Parish Fundraising Campaign. Speak with Fr.Bill if you wish to do so.  (C) The Parish will make available monthly envelopes for anyone who wishes to save up through the month and on the last Sunday of each Month you can submit your “Fundraising Envelope”.  I hope to have the Special Monthly Envelopes available by the start of June.  (D) I want to assure Parishioners and Friends of Holy Spirit that all the monies donated, will be spent right here at Holy Spirit.      Fr.Bill will write again next week.

            MARPLE CARNIVAL – June 15th:  Can you help for a while during the day at the Churches Together tents? There are a variety of tasks. Please look at the sheets on the back table and sign up if you are able.

   ARTS AND CRAFTS TEXTILES:  A Talk by Rev.Ann Hyde in St.Martin’s Church, Friday June 7th at 7.30pm/£6 at the door – all welcome.




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

MAY IS THE MONTH OF MARY: Let us pray to our Holy Mother, seeking her intercessions for all our needs and the many needs of our world.  Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.

CHOIR FOR PENTECOST – Thursday 6th June at 7.30pm to prepare for our Parish Feastday.

CHURCHES TOGETHER Ascension Day Service – Thursday May 30th St.Martin’s Church at 7.30pm.

“THE KINGDOM COME  Join with churches in the area in prayer and worship on eve of Pentecost, June 8th at 7.30pm at All Saints Church.



BOOK  SALE: Books including children’s books priced from 50p-£1.   Boxed sets £2.50p. There are also 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 this Easter. Basket for donations remains at the back of Church. A big thank you to all who regularly contribute. Please continue to pray for them.






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