Fr.Bill Fitzgerald 427:4922

23rd September 2018

25th  Sunday of the Year




First Reading: (Wisdom 2:12.17-20)

The godless plot to do away with the Just One, because his blameless life is a reproach to them.

Second  Reading: (James 3:16-4:3)

Jealousy, ambition, and self-seeking lead to disharmony and fighting. Gentleness, reasonableness, and mercy lead to peace.

Gospel:  (Mark 9:30-37)

Jesus tells his apostles that he will suffer bitter humiliation and death, and says that true greatness shows itself in service towards the weaker members of the community.


Pope Francis’ prayer intention for September: That young people in Africa may have access to education and work in their own countries. For October: That consecrated religious men and women may stir themselves and be present among the poor, the marginalized, and those who have no voice.







23rd  September

Margaret Matthews




27th September

Birch/ Holden Family




24th September

Eucharistic Service



28th September

Requiem Dick Howell



25th September

Eucharistic Service



29th September

Sonia Mee




26th September

Brian Abbott




30th September

Ken Rain



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





Please pray for Dick Howell who died recently – Requiem on Friday 28th September at 11.30am

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, Gino Belli, Geoffrey Lord, Fr.Kevin Gradwell, Clare Hadlow, Pauline Magrath..

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: This Saturday afternoon I have been at St.Mary’s Catholic Church,Harvington Hall, Birmingham, for the celebration of the wedding of some friends of mine; St.Mary’s is a place of Pilgrimage for many, and dates back to reformation times. On Tuesday morning last I celebrated the Mass of welcome for the New Intake at Harrytown Catholic High School, and it was an encouraging occasion. On Thursday next I will celebrate a whole School Mass at St.Bernadette’s, Brinnington to mark the beginning of the Academic Year.  On the Parish front, Schofields the main Church Contractors, have completed the installation of the “Skylights” and they have been made water tight by the Roofers.  The “Central Portion of the Roof” where some water was lodging underneath the Main Skin was examined by “Tramfelt” a specialist independent firm, during the week. They found that the Main Skin of the roof is not damaged, but as expected some water has got underneath it, as there are a number of stagnant water pools that have formed on the main roof, and these are areas that eventually become leaks.  The next phase of the work will be to prevent these stagnant pools from forming; during the heavy rains of this past week, there was still a slight leak on the right hand side of the Church close to the Skylight, this clearly came from a stagnant pool of water on the main roof in the immediate vicinity of that Skylight.  Work will continue until the building is fully watertight. As I write this piece, the Church Toilets look as if they will be finished and ready for use this weekend; the builders still have some further outside work to complete, and should be off site by mid-October at the latest. Last Sunday afternoon, there was a good turnout for the Dedication of the New Cross at Cobden, and a good representation from Holy Spirit, which was pleasing.  Fr.Bill and Marian Thompson played an active part in preparing and delivering the Dedication Service.  Our Appeal for Altar Servers continues, and a number of this year’s First Communion Class will begin their training shortly; we still have room for plenty more, so do not be shy children, give the training a go.  Last week I mentioned the Annual Collection for the Priests’ Training Fund.   I explained that anyone who is  contributing to Mission Together was already contributing, if they wish to contribute further that is a decision for them personally. Those who are not involved in “Mission Together” then this is your chance to make your annual contribution. If you pay Tax then please if you can “Gift Aid” your donation by using the Special Envelopes provided on the table in the Church Foyer. The Cafod Autumn Family Fast Day will be on Friday 4th October and Parish Organisers for Cafod will make an appeal at the Weekend Masses on September 29th/30th.   Fr.Bill will write again next week.

NEW ADDRESS:  Fr.Michael Dyson, former Parish Priest here at Holy Spirit. has recently moved house. His new address is 15, Smithy Croft, Finney Lane, Heald Green, Stockport SK8 3PT.

THANK YOU: Frank and Sue Hollingworth thank you all for your prayers for the safe delivery of their first grandchild. Sarah gave birth to a baby boy last week and mother and child are doing well.

LATEST PARISH ACCOUNTS  have recently been finalised and are now posted on the Notice Board.

ADVANCE BOOKING FOR  “ME AND MY GIRL“  Plaza Theatre, Stockport on Tuesday 16th October at 7.15pm. Tickets £15. List for names and telephone number is on the Ladies’ Notice Board. payments/queries to Pat Marney  427 7121 or Sue Hollingworth 426.0097. {Cheques payable to “Stockport Operatic Society”).

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.




WEEKDAY MASSES:  Mass on Friday is the Requiem Mass for Dick Howell, at 11.30am, followed by burial at St.Mary’s , Marple Bridge at 1.30pm.  Saturday we have our Monthly Adoration and Confessions at 10am followed by Mass at 11am.

THE SEASON OF CREATION: September 1st – October 4th. Please take a sheet for prayers and local information for use during this time. You will find these at the back of Church.



THANK YOU:  Tony Walker and all the family would like to thank you for your donations to Arthritis Research in Memory of Celia, which totalled £1,100. Your generosity is very much appreciated.

CAFOD FAST DAY will be on Friday 5th October. More details next week.

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.