Newsletter – 29th January 2012

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 28/29 Jan ’12. ( www.stjosephmossley.org.uk )

CAFOD BOX – £24.42 Many thanks

WHITE FLOWER RETIRING COLLECTION – £218.43 Many thanks

200 CLUB – £25 D O’Neil; £15 J Murray, £10 J Taylor

LATELY DEAD – Margaret Walker (101) May she rest in peace. Her Requiem Mass will take place on Monday at 10am.

ANNIVERSARIES – Tommy Toohil, Francis Fernandes.

MASSES THIS WEEK – Monday to Saturday at 10am

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Tues -St John Bosco; Thurs- Presentation of the Lord; Fri- St Blaise; Sat- Our Lady.

BLESSING OF THROATS (St Blaise) on Friday

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

CONFESSIONS -Saturdays at 10.30am and 6.10pm

CHURCH ENVELOPES -in the porch; new members, just take a pack and leave your name on the list

WOMENS’ WORLD DAY OF PRAYER – this is on 3rd February, but a volunteer from St. Joseph’s is asked to attend a meeting at the Methodist Church on Friday 3rd February at 7.30pm to help prepare for the event.

MOSSLEY SCARECROW EVENT -this year’s theme will be the Olympic Games- meeting at St. George’s on Monday at 7.30pm. Anyone interested?

KNIT AND NATTER – in St Joseph’s meeting room. The first meeting will be on Wednesday 8th February, 1.30-3.30pm. All are welcome. In some parishes they call it Stitch and Bitch, but parishioners here are too genteel for the latter! An opportunity to share crafts, have a cup of tea, or, just to have a natter.

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME – today after 9.30 Mass and the Celebration takes place next Sunday.

THE VERDICT- on tonight’s haggis will be announced in next week’s bulletin; the whisky will certainly get the thumbs up.

FEBRUARY – in certain old proverbs February is known as fill-dyke, when the rain and melted snow filled the ditches to overflowing. In the old days it was still a time for sitting by the fireside and not stirring far. The Presentation or Purification is on Thursday; in the days when we used lots of candles, they would be blessed on this day. Some churches take down their cribs and Christmas trees on this day. In The United States, Groundhog Day is celebrated on 2nd February, the largest event being at Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. If when the groundhog emerges from its burrow it is cloudy, then winter will end, but if it is sunny and the groundhog see its shadow, it will retreat into its burrow and winter will last another six weeks!

TASTE OF WINTER – it seems that we are about to shiver this weekend.

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