ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY- 7/8th January, ’12 (www.stjosephmossley.org.uk
CAFOD – £22.70 Many thanks.
200 CLUB – £25 J Buckley; £15 J Edge; £10 J Timperley.
FUNERAL SERVICE – for Maureen Nixon will take place on Tuesday at 12.30pm
MASSES THIS WEEK – 10am each day (except Wednesday at 9.30am)
FEASTS – Mon- Baptism of the Lord; Tues- St Aelred; Fri- St Hilary.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Fridays at 9-10am
CONFESSIONS -Saturdays at 10.30am and 6.10pm
NEW GIFT AID AND OFFERTORY ENVELOPES – are in the porch. Everything appreciated. If you would like an envelope, just take one and leave your name on the sheet.
EPIPHANY TODAY- when the pagan Romans constructed their calendar they said that Midwinter’s day was 25 December, and had a feast to celebrate the feast of the Unconquered Sun. The pagan Egyptians, who had made a calendar much earler, had fixed midwinter on 6th January and had their feast of light on that day. When the Catholic Church became respectable and powerful in Rome, it very sensibly decided not to suppress the popular midwinter festivity but to baptise it, to make it a Christian feast instead- a feast of Christ the true light of the world. The Church in Rome decided to have the Eastern (Egyptian) Epiphany as well as their own Christmas, on the excellent principle that the more feasts the better! Christmas was for rejoicing in the revelation of the Word made flesh amongst the Jews, and Epiphany for celebrating the manifestation to the Gentiles, the Magi.
SINGING IN THE RAIN- a plasterer, who carried out some work here last year, had a mantra which he used frequently – some might add ‘somewhat tediously’- and it was: It is what it is! Well, what can we say about the calamitous weather? It is what it is. And not to mention the wind. For a couple of day it was just like being at sea and I half expected to see a few fish lying outside the church. I did check that a dead fox on Luzley Road hadn’t left a suicide note; it might have read ‘can’t take any more, soaked to the skin, see yer, Foxy’. The rain must be doing the ground some good and the people who make wellingtons and umbrellas are probably sleeping at work.
THE SCHOOL RE-OPENS ON MONDAY
ANNIVERSARIES – John Leathem and Lily Graham
JUST MENTIONING – that the bulletin appears on the website – comments are always welcome
T.S ELLIOT – ‘…..Then the camel men cursing and grumbling, And running away, and wanting their liquor and women, And night fires going out, and lack of shelters, And the cities hostile and the towns unfriendly and the villages ..’