Newsletter – 18th December 2011

ST. JOSEPH’S. MOSSLEY – 17/18 December, ’11 (www.stjosephmossley.org.uk)

200 CLUB – £25 Timperley; £15 A Oliver; £10 M Fitzpatrick.

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

CONFESSIONS – Saturdays at 10.30am and 6.10pm

MASSES AT CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR:

CHRISTMAS EVE – 6.30pm CHRISTMAS DAY – 10.15am

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

ADVENT SERVICE OF SORROW AND RECONCILIATION – Monday Evening at 7.30pm

LATELY DEAD – Edward Joseph Cox and Susan Openshaw. Susan died as a result of a tragic accident, so we offer our condolences and prayers to her family. May both Edward and Susan rest in the peace of the Risen Lord.

FUNERAL SERVICE – for Edward Cox is on Tuesday at 11am

MASSES THIS WEEK – Monday – Saturday at 10am

CHILDREN ATTENDING – Mass on Wednesday at 10am. We congratulate the infants on a sparkling Christmas Nativity Performance, and the Juniors for a feisty and entertaining Christmas Concert. Well done St Joseph’s!

PARTY GO-ERS – thoroughly enjoyed the Christmas Party at St. Damian’s

ANNIVERSARIES – James Nelson.

MASS INTENTIONS – are left on the Prayer Board.

MIDWINTER FEAST – Christmas in the north is a midwinter feast, celebrated at nature’s ebb-tide. Midwinter darkness must have been a vast, powerful, mysterious reality for generations with no electricity or gas or very little oil. The forests were much thicker and more extensive than today, and there were no lighted buildings or motorways to provide islands or strips of luminosity: only a huge engulfing darkness of which people were afraid. In winter food would be scarce, and everyone would be cold and hungry. For all northern people the winter soltice was an important turning-point. In the fourth century the Roman midwinter feast of the Unconquered Sun was captured by Christianity and re-interpreted, becoming the feast of Christ’s birth.

SNOW AT LAST- but, at the same time,we say thank goodness for central heating; it remains to be seen whether or not we can engage in alpine activities this weekend. We did purchase some salt earlier in the year and if we remember where we stored it, we will be able to use it! We understand that Fr Power has now gone into residential care in Cork since he needs nursing care, so we shall keep him in our prayers. One of the clergy, Fr Joseph Corcoran, who was in Nazareth House, died during the week. Parishioners are invited to add or leave their comments, opinions, views, etc, on the visitors page of the web site – one parishioner whose christian name begins with the letter ‘V’ adds a Delia Smith warcry – which means ‘come on Josephians’.

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