Newsletter – 11 December 2011

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY- 10/11 December, ’11 (www.stjosephmossley.org.uk)

200 CLUB – £25 D Buckley; £15 M Fitzpatrick; £10 D Zidan

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Fridays at 9-10am

CONFESSIONS – Saturdays at 10.30am and 6.10pm

MASSES THIS WEEK – Monday to Saturday at 10am (except Wed- 9.30am)

FEASTS – Tues – St Lucy; Wed – St John of the Cross.

MASSES AT CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR:

CHRISTMAS EVE – 6.30pm CHRISTMAS DAY – 10.15am

NEW YEARS EVE – 6.30pm NEW YEARS DAY – 11.00am

ANNIVERSARY – Florence Howard, Honorine Graham, Martha Doyle.

ST. DAMIAN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY – On Thursday, 1.30 – 3.40pm. For those requiring transport the coach will leave church at 1pm.

TODAY AT 4pm – DEVOTIONS AND BENEDICTION – and short Healing Service with anointing with the Oil of Gladness.

ADVENT SERVICE OF SORROW AND RECONCILIATION – on Monday 19th December, at 7.30pm.

CHRISTMAS POSTERS – Should be available next Sunday.

DIARIES – happily most went and just a few left

CHRISTMAS CARDS AND CALENDARS – fast disappearing!

TOUCH OF SIBERIA (not sciatica) – residents had to endure vicious winds this past week that kept many indoors; not to mention the heavy downpours. All part of global warming! The queues in shops are getting longer and the traffic a little more manic; still, it was lovely to see a dusting of snow on the hills. On 11th December, 1800, Dorothy Wordsworth writes, ‘ Baked pies and cakes. It was a stormy morning with hail showers. The Luffs dined with us – Mrs luff came with Mr and Mrs Olliff in the gig. We sat lazily round the fire after dinner. Mr and Mrs Olliff drank tea and supped with us – a hard frost when they came.’ The following day it snowed and she said that all the mountains looked like solid stone.

GOD’S FROZEN PEOPLE – the new radiator should be fitted today.

ITALIAN PILGRIMAGE – led by Fr Richard Lindsay: 17-28 Sept.see notice

And is it true? For if it is, No loving fingers tying strings

Around those tissued fripperies, the sweet and silly Christmas things,

Bath salts and inexpensive scent and hideous tie so kindly meant.

No love that in a family dwells, no carolling in frosty air,

Nor all the steeple-shaking bells Can with this single truth compare-

That God was Man in Palestine And lives today in Bread and Wine. Betjeman.

PINK CANDLE – is lit on the wreath today for Gaudete Sunday. Christ came in history, he comes today in mystery, and will come again in majesty.

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