Newsletter – 25 December 2011

ST.JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 24/25 December, ’11 (www.stjosephmossley.org.uk)

200 CLUB -£25 R Taborda; £15 Y Kelly; £10 S Birkett

DONATIONS – £10,000 and £150. Many thanks.

CHRISTMAS COLLECTION – With the approval of the parish, the Christmas collection will be given to the starving children of the Sudan through the agency of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. The Society feeds 12,000 babies and young children every day in the Sudan.

CHRISTMAS DAY MASS – is at 10.15

NEXT SUNDAY – NEW YEAR’S EVE: EVENING MASS: 6.30pm

NEW YEARS DAY: MORNING MASS: 11.00am

MASSES THIS WEEK –
Monday and Tuesday at 11am
Wednesday to Saturday at 10am

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

CONFESSIONS – Saturdays at 10.30am and 6.10pm

ANNIVERSARIES – Adrian Moss; Emma Winterbottam.

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon- St Stephen; Tues- St. John; Wed- Holy Innocents; Thurs- St Thomas a Beckett; Fri-Holy Family; Sat-St Sylvester.

OUR GRATITUDE – for everything given and shared, in so many ways, over the past year.

NEW CHURCH ENVELOPES (GIFT AID AND OTHERS) – are available at the back of church. It isn’t the best time of the year to flag up the Gift Aid Scheme, but anyone wishing to join in might leave their name on the sheet of paper in the porch.

WINTER WONDER-LAND – greeted parishioners last Sunday morning, and many simply couldn’t make it to Mass; however, everything was sparkling and for a day at least, the children were in paradise. A donkey in a nearby field looked rather forlorn and a group of soggy looking cattle waited patiently for their Sunday dinner of hay. Then the rain arrived and it has been on and off all week- we understand that Christmas Eve will be damp. Fr Daniel O’Leary wrote a lovely thing last week; ‘One day, if we are lucky, the impact of Christmas stuns us. Something remarkable begins to dawn on us- the recognition that, despite its ugliness and evil, this wounded world is alive with love. We are treasured beyond measure by a mercy that does not depend on our worthiness- that carries no inspection for perfection.’

WE REMEMBER – at this time, former members of the parish, who have kept the flame of faith alight in season and out of season. May they rest in peace.

A JOYFUL AND PEACEFUL CHRISTMAS TO ALL- we keep Fr Joe Power in our prayers and Fr Michael Flemming who has not been well.

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