Newsletter 22 January 2012

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY- 21/22 January, ’12 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

CAFOD – £23.00 Many thanks

200 CLUB – £25 M Buckley; £15 J Brooks; £10 S Tallents

RETIRING COLLECTION TODAY – is for the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child – Mr Fitzpatrick will be delivering a short address.

MASSES THIS WEEK- Monday to Saturday at 10am; on THURSDAY there will be a Requiem Mass for the late Jean Turner at 10.15am

FEASTS THIS WEEK- Mon- St Francis de Salles; Wed- Conversion of St Paul; Thurs- Ss Timothy & Titus; Fri- St Angela; Sat- St Thomas Aquinas.

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

CONFESSIONS – Saturdays at 10.30am and 6.10pm

CHURCH UNITY WEEK- concludes on Wednesday. We had a lovely devotional service on Wednesday at All Saints- followed by mouth watering refreshments. It is important to show that as Catholics we are not insular but happy and eager to reach out and embrace other traditions. Fr Lindsay is celebrating Eucharist on Monday at 12 noon, followed by lunch.

BURN’S NIGHT AT ST JOSEPH’S – next Saturday Evening. All welcome.

There is a list in the porch for those who would like to come. I’m afraid we will not be able to pipe in the haggis – unless a parishioner has some bagpipes lying under the bed- nor can we guarantee tatties and neeps, but there should be some ‘water of life’ about. For most people haggis is either WOW or YUCK-for the Yuckers, there will be something else! Usually the Selkirk Grace is said: ‘ Some hae meat and canna eat, and some wad eat that want it. But we hae meat and we can eat, and sae let the Lord be thankit.’

CHURCH OFFERTORY ENVELOPES – are in the porch still. Anyone wishing to take up an envelope, just take a packet and leave your name on list.

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME – for children and parents takes place after Mass next Sunday.

ANNIVERSARIES – Fred Brayshaw;

DUCK SOUP -probably a good way of describing this rather wet weather. I remember asking Bishop Burke if he had had good weather on a holiday in Co Clare; he replied that it had only rained twice, once for four days and once for three days! We are sure to have a drought this summer and will recall January with nostalgia, lamenting that we hadn’t filled a few tubs with aqua vitae. Just over a month till Lent, so we can be happily and wildly degenerate until then, feasting on crisps and cakes and puddings and hot dogs! The Carmelite, Ruth Burrows, recalls an anecdote that she heard during the war; the anti-aircraft guns were blasting away into the sky and a little girl exclaimed:’ Oh, I do hope they don’t hit God because if they do we’re all sunk.’ Thankfully, we never need to feel ‘sunk’, our lovely Lord lives forever.

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