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Please note. Canon John Gibson will be celebrating Mass from Monday 4th to Friday 8th March at 9:15 a.m. each day.

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ST. MARY &

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS’,

STELLA.

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Priest in Charge: Rev. Fr. J. G. Rose                                                           www.stellachurch.co.uk Facebook: Stella Church

Third Sunday of Lent.   3rd March, 2024.

Saturday 2nd March                    Vigil Mass.     5.00 p.m.Living & Deceased Members of the Todd Family.
Sunday 3rd March                       3rd of Lent. 10.00 a.m.The November Book.
Monday 4th                          9:15 a.m. 
Tuesday 5th                (St. Gregory of Narek.)9:15 a.m. 
Wednesday 6th              9:15 a.m. 
Thursday 7th          9:15 a.m. 
Friday 8th (St. David.)9:15 a.m. 
Saturday 9th March                 Vigil Mass.          5.00 p.m.Muriel Hirst.
Sunday 10th March                  4th of Lent.10.00 a.m.Lily Rochester.

Confessions:- Sorry, no Confessions this week; Exposition & Stations: Sorry, no Exposition or Stations this week.

Please pray for: the sick – Mark Armstrong; Joyce Madine; Doreen Hodgson; Jessica Rich; Annie O’Connor; Natasha Rose; D. C.; Matthew Stewart; Margaret March; Bocis Buiuc; Avril & Paul Kimmitt; Robert McDarby & Pat Brewster.

Offertory Procession:- This week:- Sat.: Logan Dalziel  & Family;        Sun.: Isobel Snowball & Family;

                                       Next week:- Sat.: Emmie Fitzgerald & Family;   Sun.: Lucas Wheeler & Family. 

200 Club Winner. This week’s winner: A. Mengozzi, no. 94. Congratulations Amedea!

First Holy Communion Programme 2023/24.

Please keep our children and their families in your prayers as they continue their preparations for receiving Jesus in Holy Communion in June:- Anya Armstrong; Izzy Batsford; Ava Baxter; Isaac Beadling;  Clara Cantrill; Leon Chmiel; Emily Coleman; Molly Coyne; Finlay Curry; Logan Dalziel; Luis Deacon; Pippa Dobson; Thea Exley; Emmie Fitzgerald; James Foster; Carys French; Lucha Hamilton; Kristian Hutchinson; Euan Kimmitt; Bert Lamb; Anna Langford; Emily Langley; Lewie Miller; Henry Phipps; Amber Preece; Thomas Rafferty; Isaac Rawlinson; Isaac Rosa; Aila Shaw; Katie Smith; Isobel Snowball; Phoebe Stephenson; Agnes Thew; Ilianna Thompson; Lucas Wheeler; Ella Williams; Ella Wilson.  

Welcome!

We warmly welcome my uncle, Canon John Gibson, who will be crossing the Pennines from his retirement abode to celebrate our Masses with us and for us this weekend. My thanks once again, to him.

 Thank you also to Fr. Noel, who kindly celebrated our Masses here at Stella last weekend. Many of you will remember Fr. Noel from the years that he served here at Stella… …what you may not know is that Fr. Noel celebrated his eighty-seventh birthday around Christmas time! As you saw last weekend, he’s still going strong!

Parish Monthly Second Collection.

Just a reminder that this weekend sees the beginning of the month of March… …the weeks and months seem to be flying by at the moment! Consequently, there will be our usual monthly Parish Second Collection. The March collection will be taken for the Diocesan Development Fund. If you have a Gift Aid with our parish, please remember to use your yellow envelope for this collection.

As usual, our second collection will be taken immediately after Holy Communion.

Already looking towards Easter?!

It’s not just the children who are already looking towards Easter, with the next set of holidays, Easter bunnies and chocolate eggs, the Church is too, here at Stella! The palms for our Palm Sunday celebrations have arrived and the new Paschal Candle for our Easter Vigil Mass has been delivered from Italy. Our preparations are well in hand too! In the next couple of weeks, the sheet for Holy Week volunteer readers etc will be appearing on the table at the back of church… …do keep an eye out for it!

More Chuckles… …?!

The year one teacher was showing pictures of animals to her students to see how many they could name. She held up a picture of a lamb, and a little girl said, “That’s a sheep!”
“That’s right!” said the teacher. “How about THIS one?” she said, holding up a picture of the king of beasts.
“That’s a lion!” answered a little boy.
“Right!” said the teacher. Then she held up a picture of a deer. No one volunteered an answer. She tried to help. “What does your mother call your father?”
Johnny’s hand shot up. “I know!” he said, “That’s a lazy old goat!”

Margie received a bill from the hospital for her recent surgery, and was astonished to see a $1200 fee for the anaesthesiologist. She called his office to demand an explanation. “Is this some kind of mistake?” Margie asked when she got the doctor on the phone.
“No, not at all,” the doctor said calmly.
“Well,” said Margie, “that’s awfully costly for knocking someone out.”
“Not at all,” replied the doctor. “I knock you out for free. The 1200 dollars is for bringing you back around.”

A blonde goes into a nearby store and asks a clerk if she can buy the TV in the corner.
The clerk looks at her and says that he doesn’t serve blondes, so she goes back home and dyes her hair black.
The next day she returns to the store and asks the same thing, and again, the clerk said he doesn’t serve blondes.
Frustrated, the blonde goes home and dyes her hair yet again, to a shade of red.
Sure that a clerk would sell her the TV this time, she returns and asks a different clerk this time.
To her astonishment, this clerk also says that she doesn’t serve blondes.
The blonde asks the clerk, “How in the world do you know I am a blonde?”
The clerk looks at her disgustedly and says, “That’s not a TV — it’s a microwave!”

A musical director was having a lot of trouble with one drummer. He talked and talked and talked with the drummer, but his performance simply didn’t improve. Finally, before the whole orchestra, he said, “When a musician just can’t handle his instrument and doesn’t improve when given help, they take away the instrument, and give him two sticks, and make him a drummer.”
A stage whisper was heard from the percussion section: “And if he can’t handle even that, they take away one of his sticks and make him a conductor.”