Newsletter – 10th February 2019

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 10th February, 2019 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 K Glynn, £15 V Timperley, £10 M Higgins
LATELY DEAD – Elizabeth Kirkup, Mira Namousky, Molly Mooney
ANNIVERSARIES – Ken Timperley, Eddie Graham, Margaret Conway
BAPTISM – we welcome Leo Ernie Whittaker and Archie Joseph Whittaker into the family at St Joseph’s.
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day.
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon- Our Lady of Lourdes, Tues- St Damian, Thurs- Ss Cyril and Methodius.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Friday at 9 till 10am
CONFESSIONS – Saturday after 10am Mass and at 6.10pm
TEA AND COFFEE – in the parish room after Mass – acccess through sacristy
NEW TEA AND COFFEE ROTAS – in the sacristy
FOOD BANK – a big thank you for the food left in the porch – taken to the Food Bank on Thursday and so gratefully received – all single items welcome.
PARISH LUNCH – is on Wednesday 20th February after 12 noon Mass – the list is in the porch and all are welcome.
OUR LADY OF FATIMA – The National Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, along with the relics of Saints Jacinta and Francisco, will visit Salford Cathedral on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th February. A whole series of events and services are planned at the Cathedral across the two days. Full details can be found on the diocesan website.
LES MISERABLES – money for the show can be paid this month -cost being £50.
Have left the list in the sacristy so that people can double check that their name is on the list, and check the number of tickets ordered. We go to see the show on Monday 11th March.
XIGONG CLASS – takes place on Thursday at 7.15 till 8.15pm
HALF TERM – the school closes on Friday until Monday25th February.
HEALING SERVICE – on Sunday 17th February at 4pm
A FAVOURABLE WIND – blew a £20 note into the presbytery garden during the week – what should Pastor Simplicius do with it?
HOPEFULLY – we are surviving the rigours of winter; storm Eric was reasonably kind to Mossley. A joy to see clusters of snowdrops here and there; and, it is getting lighter in the evening.
ABBA AGATHON – Some people who had heard of his reputation for discernment wanted to test him to see if he would lose his temper. So they came to him and said ‘We have been told that you are a fornicator and are conceited.’ He replied, ‘that is correct.’ They went on ‘ you are a chatterbox and a scandalmonger.’ He relied ‘I am.’ They said ‘ you are a heretic.’ “I am not’, he replied. “Why’ they said, ‘did you let us call you all those names without demur, but refuse the last one?’ ‘The things you mentioned first, I ascribe to myself because that is good for my soul. But being a heretic is separation from God and I do not wish to be separated from God.’

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Newsletter – 27th January 2019

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 27th January, 2019 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 L Lakner; £15 C Broe; £10 E O’Neil
LATELY DEAD – Michael Williams, Antonio (Tony) Clayton, Catherine Holditch, Stefan Hrynkiw.
ANNIVERSARIES – Thomas Tohill, Margaret Delaney, Browne and Enright Families
BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY – Dorothy Chisnall.
FUNERAL SERVICE-for Catherine Holditch is on Monday 4th February at 10.30
REQUIEM MASS – for Antonio Clayton is on Friday 8th February at 1.30pm
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon- St Thomas Aquinas, Tues- St Gildas the Wise, Wed- St Aidan, Thurs- St John Bosco, Fri- St Brigid, Sat-Presentation of Our Lord.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Friday at 9 till 10am
CONFESSIONS – Saturday after 10am Mass and at 6.10pm
FOOD BANK – once again, a big thank you for all the food left in the porch – so much appreciated – taken to the Mossley Food Bank on Thursday.
TEA AND COFFEE – after Mass in the parish room – access through sacristy
WEST SIDE STORY – have booked the tickets to see the show at the Royal Exchange Theatre on Tuesday 21st May – tickets are £43 including transport.
NEW OFFERTORY ENVELOPES – will remove them this weekend and a huge thank you for taking them up. If anyone still wants a book of envelopes, just take one and write your name and the number of the envelope on the sheet of paper
XIGONG CLASS – takes place on Thursday evening – 7.15 till 8.15pm.
PARISH LUNCH – will mention the date of our our next lunch next week.
ASH WEDNESDAY – is much later than last year – 6th March.
GOD’S FROZEN PEOPLE – the bitterly cold weather cold weather kept us on our toes last week – the snow was the icing on the cake! It is said that if the weather is fine and frosty at the close of January, there is more winter ahead than behind. February, in the old proverbs, was known as fill-dyke, when the rain and melted snow filled the ditches to overflowing. On clear nights Venus is at her most brilliant in the South Western sky, and in the early morning.
TAIZE EVENING – at the Methodist Church on Sunday 3rd February at 5pm
MOSSLEY CORRESPONDENT – a few copies in the porch – plenty in Co-op.
IF – the coat be ever so fine that a fool wears, it is still but a fool’s coat.
J O’D – ‘Each day that is given to you is full of the shy graciousness of divine tenderness. It is a valuable practice at night to spend a little time visiting the invisible sanctuaries of your lived day. Each day is a secret story woven around the radiant heart of wonder. We let our days fall away like empty shells and miss all the treasure.’
E LEAR – There was an old person of Cheadle, was put in the stocks by the beadle, for stealing some pigs, some coats, and some wigs. That horrible person of Cheadle’
ISAAC NEWTON -Whence arises all that order and beauty we see in the world.

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Newsletter – 6th January 2019

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 6th January, 2019 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 K Hartley; £15 P Glynn; £10 V Timperley
LATELY DEAD – Gerard Joyce, Matt Newn, Barbara Barnes, Sarah Walker.
ANNIVERSARIES – James Gilbey (killed in action 7th January, 1945)
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day.
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon-St Raymond; Wed- St Adrian; Sat- St Aelred.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Friday at 9 till 10am
CONFESSIONS – on Saturday afteer 10am Mass and at 6.10pm
TEA AND COFFEE – in the parish room after Mass – access through sacristy.
MOSSLEY FOOD BANK – thank you for much for the food left in the porch – taken to the Food Bank on Thursday – all single items welcome. How sad to hear that three and a half million mince pies would be ‘discarded’ after Christmas.
One parishioner mentioned that one day after Christmas, all vegetables were free
in the Asda store – could have made a lot of soup!
NEW OFFERTORY ENVELOPES – the new offertory envelopes are in the porch. If at present you do not have a book of envelopes and would like one, Just take one and write your name and the number of the envelope on the sheet of paper. And, if you would like to gift aid it, put ‘GA’ after your name.
THE KING AND I – will need to be ordering the tickets very soon – the list is in the porch. Do put ‘S’ after your name if you wish to sit in the stalls. The show is on at the Opera House- 26th April till 11th May, and has excellent reviews. Will collect the money for Les Miserables next month.
SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME – parents and children involved in First Holy Communion preparation meet next Sunday at 9.15.
AND SCHOOL RE-OPENS – om Monday
EVERY SO OFTEN – it’s good to have a Healing Service; we haven’t had one for some time. We will have one next month and, please God, experience the healing power that Christ brings.
WE SAY GOODBYE – today, the feast of the Epiphany, to our decorations, the crib and the tree. In the Orthodox Tradition Christmas is celebrated today and presents are exchanged. The Epiphany was celebrated before Christmas was celebrated. In England the Twelfth Night was traditionally a time for plays, practical jokes, Twelfth Night Cake and wassaling. The Yule log was lit on Christmas Day and remained burning until Twelfth Night – it represented the need to keep the stable warm for Jesus.
XIGONG – takes place on Thursday in church at 7.15 till 8.15 – the participants are already glowing with health!
KEEPING WARM – do feel free to bring your hot water bottle to church! The temperature has certainly dropped over the last few days; but, take heart, Spring isn’t so far away – ‘Is the soul solid like iron? Or is it tender and breakable, like the wings of a moth in the beak of an owl’..Mary oliver.

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Newsletter – 30th December 2018

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY. – 30th December, 2018 –

DONATION – £100 – in memory of Martin Hague
200 CLUB – £25 P Ratchford; £15 J Smith; £10 J Warburton
LATELY DEAD – John Raleigh, Derek Lawton
ANNIVERSARIES – Elijah Schofield, Vincent Schofield
BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARIES – Susan Caldwell, Bridie Williams, Lily Graham
APOLOGIES – no refreshments after Mass this Sunday
ADORATON OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Friday at 9 till 10am
CONFESSIONS – after 10am Mass on Saturday and at 6.10pm
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day – except Tuesday.
NEW YEAR’S DAY – Mass is at 12 noon and there is Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 11 till 12 to pray for peace in the world.
QI GONG – takes place this Thursday at 7.15 till 8.15pm
NEW OFFERTORY ENVELOPES – are in the porch. If you do not presently have an envelope, just take a box of envelopes, write your name and the number of the envelope on the sheet of paper, adding ‘GA’ if your would like to gift aid it.
THE KING AND I – the list is in the porch.
LIVING FAITH BOOKLETS – in the porch – 50p – a thought for each day.
A JOYFUL AND PEACEFUL NEW YEAR TO ALL – thanks for everything.
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Tues- Mary, Mother of God, Wed- St Basil, Thurs-

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Newsletter – 23rd December 2018

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 23rd, December, 2018 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 K Hartley; £15 D Rowley; £10 E vickerstaff
ANNIVERSARIES – Arthur Holmes
BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARIES – Genevieve Smith, Adrian Moss
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day.
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Wed- St Stephen, Thurs – St John, apostle & evangelist, Fri- Holy Innocents, Sat – St Thomas Beckett.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Friday at 9 till 10am
CONFESSIONS – Saturday after 10am Mass and at 6.10pm


CHRISTMAS EVE – MASS AT 5.30 pm – CAROLS BEFORE.
CHRISTMAS DAY – MASS AT 10.30 am


APOLOGIES – no tea and coffee for the next two Sundays.
MOSSLEY FOOD BANK – the Food Bank staff were thrilled with abundance of food received from St Joseph’s on Thursday – well done Josephians – and especially with the mince pies, puddings and chocolates. many, many thanks.
XI GONG – will resume on Thursday 10th January- already the particpants are walking like ballet dancers!
DIARIES – are availanle in the porch – no charge – just help yourselves.
MOSSLEY CORRESPONDENT – a few copies in the porch
THE KING AND I – is on at the Opera House 26th April till 11th May – winner of 4 Tony Awards – ‘I doubt I’ll ever see a better production in my lifetime’ – Wall Street Journal. The greatest musical form the golden age of musicals. We have left a list in the porch – add ‘S’ for stalls.
ALL JOYS AND BLESSINGS FOR CHRISTMAS – and hope that we can all put our feet up at some stage over the holiday. We have enjured leaden skies for most of the week and frequent downpours; hopefully, things will get better, though the sun is somewhat furtive. It will be a relief not to go shopping for a few days this coming week.
HUGH LAVERY ‘ Christianity cannot be proved. It can only be witnessed – by Christians. By men and women who have, over two millenia, found in Christ the neighbour they need, the saviour they sought, the light that illumines the whole landscape of reality and makes them say, ‘It is good to be here.’
JUST IN CASE – there is’t a bulletin next weekend, many thanks for everything given and shared over the past year – and on New Year’s Day Mass is at 12 noon with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 11 till 12 praying for Peace.
NEW OFFERTORY ENVELOPES – will soon be available
PIETY STALL – for last minutes gifts and cards.

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Newsletter – 16th December 2018

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 16th December, 2018 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 K Glynn; £15 P Ratchford; £10 M Fitzpatrick
MISSIO RED BOXES – It has been put forward, that we should do the ‘collections’ twice a year. Therefore, if there are no objections, as from 2019 we will collect June and November each year. You are still welcome to leave your box at the back of church if you wish it to be emptied more often. Thank you, Sue.
ANNIVERSARIES – Wilfred Broe, Matthew, Mary Cox, Dorothy Jepson, Jeremiah O’Driscoll, Bill and Josie Kavanagh, Brian Hardy,Benjamin Rowley, Heather Carey. CALENDARS – printer has sent 100 – no charge & in porch
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day.
FEASTS THIS WEK – Mon- St Lazarus, Wed- St Anastasius, Thurs- St Eugene, Fri- St Peter Canisius, Sat- St Flavianus.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Friday at 9 till 10am
CONFESSIONS – Saturday after 10am Mass and at 6.10pm
TEA AND COFFEE – after Mass in the parish room – access through sacristy.
MOSSLEY FOOD BANK – many thanks for the extra food left in the porch – taken to the Food Bank on Thursday. They have mentioned that Christmas items would be especially welcome, but are so grateful for every donation.
HOLY EXERCISES – the church was lit up on Thursday evening by the haloes of parishioners doing Qi Gong. All were agreed that it was the perfect venue – participants were discouraged from levitating – next session Thursday at 7.15-8.15.
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CHRISTMAS EVE – CAROLS AND MASS OF THE NATIVITY -5.30pm

CHRISTMAS DAY – MASS IS AT 10.30AM.

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ADVENT SERVICE OF RECONCILIATION – takes place this Sunday at 3pm – hoping that snow has melted! This twice yearly service is welcomed and valued.
SCHOOL – closes on Thursday at 2pm. The children are attending Mass on Monday. PIETY STALL – cards, calendars, gifts.
SCHOOL CAROL CONCERT – takes place in church on Tuesday at 6.30pm
LES MISERABLES – 11th March, 2019 – have paid for the tickets and will collect the money towards the end of February – circa £50 inc travel
THE KING AND I – is on at the Opera House 26th April till 11th May – winner of 4 Tony awards – ‘I doubt I’ll ever see a better production in my lifetime’- Wall Street Journal. The greatest musical from the golden age of musicals. We have left a list in the porch – add ‘S’ for stalls.
OUR TREE – is now in situ – our gratitide to our mystery tree provider and his assistants for decorating it. The pink candle on the Advent wreath is lit this Sunday – known as Gaudete Sunday – we rejoice that the Lord’s coming is near and that we are loved unconditionally by him. Pope Francis says that we should think of all the good things that life has given – not be fussing about all the things we have to do.

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Newsletter – 9th December 2018

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 9th December, 2018 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 J Buckley; £15 M Pegler; £10 V Timperley
DONATION – £10,000 Many thanks.
MISSION RED BOXES – last collection of the year taking place.
BAPTISM – we welcome Alexander Joseph Crane into the family at St Joseph’s.
LATELY DEAD – Sheila O’Grady
ANNIVERSARIES – Mary Teresa Hurley, Edward Diveney, Susan Caldwell, Honorine Gratham, Moira Toole.
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon- St John Roberts, Wed- Our Lady of Guadalupe, Thurs- St Lucy, Frid- St John of the Cross, Sat- St Mary di Rosa.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Friday at 9 till 10am
CONFESSIONS – Saturday after 10am Mass and at 6.10pm
TEA AND COFFEE – in the parish room after Mass – access through sacristy.
MOSSLEY FOOD BANK – immensely grateful for the food received from St Joseph’s. 21 people accessed the Food Bank in November (opens Thursday only).
The Food Bank would welcome, especially, donations of mince pies, selection boxes, chocolates and Christmas puddings Thank you for your kindness.
ADVENT SERVICE OF RECONCILIATION – will take place on Sunday 16th December at 3pm – we thought that the afternoon would be more friendly than the dark nights – nothing ventured nothing gained. Our twice yearly reconciliation services have become an important feature of our parish life.
SCHOOL CAROL CONCERT – is on Tuesday 18th December at 6.30pm
ST DAMIAN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY – this Thursday at 11.30 till 2.30pm
OUR ADVENT WREATH – the second candle is lit today – 2nd week of Advent.
WEDNESDAY’S QI GONG SESSION – went really well with an excellent turn-out. We should all be ready to climb Mt Everest next year. The class starts at 7.15 till 8.15pm
ST. JOSEPH’S NURSERY – if your child is 3 before the end of January he/she is entitled to 15 hours education in our nursery. Do contact Mrs Hirst.
HSA SCHOOL CHRISTMAS FAIR – Thursday 3.15 till 5.15pm
PIETY STALL – calendars, cards and Christmas gifts.
HUGH LAVERY -‘we have romanticised the crib for the reality is too bleak and bitter a scene for celebration. A homeless couple, a winter nght, a child born in the last place a mother would choose for a nativity. There is nothing there last speaks of pleasure. The Christmas noun is joy. Joy may be attended by pleasure or by pain but it relies on neither of them. It finds its only footing in the real, in doing the truth come hell or high water….’
OUR TREE -has arrived, though, for the time being, just pretend that is isn’t there!
A blustery and soggy end to the week and dark so early in the evening. Two weeks to go! If we are retired we might be able to make a weekday Mass. So many people need our prayers; and we want to ask Our Lord that those who have ceased to practice their faith, will come to know that they are loved by him.

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Newsletter – 25 November 2018

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 25th November, 2018 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 J O’Grady; £15 L Gee; £10 L Buckley
BRITISH LEGION POPPY APPEAL – raised £101.40
DONATION – £500 – towards the upkeep of the church.
MISSION RED BOXES – last collection of the year will be between 25th November and 9th December. Thank you. Sue.
BAPTISM – we welcome Isaac James Evans into the family at St Joseph’s.
REQUIEM MASS – for Raymond Nolan is on Monday at 10am
LATELY DEAD – Susan Holt, Paul Broadhurst.
ANNIVERSARIES – Breda McDonald, Margaret Moody ( Birthday Anniversary)
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day – except Wednesday – 12 noon.
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon- St Leonard, Tues- St Fergal, Wed -St Catherine Laboure, Fri- St Andrew, Sat- Ss Edmund Campion, Cuthbert Mayne, Ralph Sherwin, Alexander Bryant.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Friday at 9 till 10am
CONFESSIONS – Saturday after 10am Mass and at 6.10pm.
TEA AND COFFEE – in the parish room after Mass – access through sacristy.
WELCOME – we welcome members of the Ashton Catenian Circle today who have come to pray for their deceased members.
CHILL OUT TIME – The first weekly Qi Gong session will take place in the parish room on Thursday 6th December at 7.15 till 8.15pm with Dr David Bailey. David has been practising and teaching Qi Gong and Tai Chi since 1997 and is a registered Qi Gong instructor with the British Health Qigong Association. The cost of the session will be £5. The cost has been set to reflect local prices, as sessions in Manchester with someone of Dr David’s experience and knowledge can cost up to £35. We hope that the health of our parishioners will benefit from these weekly sessions of exercise and relaxation.
PARISH LUNCH – CHRISTMAS BUFFET – takes place this Wednesday after 12 noon Mass. It promises to be a great treat.
ST DAMIAN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY – is on Thursday 13th December – 11.30 till 2.30pm – list is in the porch and transport is provided if required.
NOVEMBER BOOK FOR THE DECEASED – remains in the sanctuary until the end of the month for us to enter the names of our deceased relations, friends and parishioners, who will be prayed for during our daily Masses.
CHRISTMAS CARDS, CALENDARS, GIFTS – on the Piety Stall.
MUSIC FESTIVAL – at St Patrick’s, Oldham, on Saturday at 7.30pm
ADVENT – begins next weekend; thankfully, the shops haven’t heard of it!
DARK SO EARLY – these days and the cold gave us a poke in the ribs this past week. We give thanks for a warm home and bed when so many shiver under the stars.
J’O D -the heart is the tabernacle of divine beauty.
REV R HAWKER -invented the harvest festival but he also excommunicated a cat for mousing on Sundays!

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Newsletter – 18th November 2018

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 18th November, 2018 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 D Buckley; £15 E Downing; £10 M Connell
WEDDING – Our congratulations and best wishes to Anthony Marcus Buckham and Elizabeth Frances Murray who are to be married on Saturday.
LATELY DEAD – Raymond Nolan, Anne Scully
ANNIVERSARIES – Thomas Booth, Rita Logan, James Dalton, Gillian
Crawshaw, Joan Ann Pritt.
REQUIEM MASS – for Raymond Nolan is on Monday 26th November at 10am
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day.
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Tues- St Edmund, Wed- Presentation of Our Lady, Thurs – St Cecilia, Fri – St Columban, Sat- St Andrew Dung-Lac and Comp.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Friday at 9 till 10am
CONFESSIONS – Saturday after 10am Mass and at 6.10pm
TEA AND COFFEE – in the parish room after Mass – access through sacristy.
SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME – the parents and children involved in First Holy Communionm meet today in the parish room at 9.30am
MOSSLEY FOOD BANK – many thanks for the food left in the porch- taken to the Food Bank on Thursday – and so gratefully received. All items welcome.
NEW MINISTERS AND READERS LISTS – are available in the sacristy – do mention it if you have any preference for morning or evening duties – further lists can then be amended. Many thanks for your help.
QIGONG CLASSES – next week we shall know what evening David, our instructor, is able to take our weekly class in the parish room. The list is still in the porch for anyone still wishing to join.
PARISH CHRISTMAS BUFFET – is on Wednesday 28th November – earlier than usual. All are welcome – the list is in the porch. Most of the food we order from Marks and Spencers, so do put your name down earlier rather than later.
ST DAMIAN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY – is on Thursday 13th December – 11.30 till 2.30pm – list is in the porch and transport is provided – entertainment incl.
CHRISTMAS CARDS, CALENDARS, GIFTS – on the Piety Stall.
ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL – Saturday 1st December at St Patrick’s, Oldham – 7.30pm – see poster.
NOVEMBER BOOK FOR THE DECEASED – apologies for the delay – old age is to blame! It is now in the sanctuary for us to enter the names of our deceased relations, friends and parishioners. They will be prayed for during the daily Masses in the month of November.
MENTIONING – that next Saturday evening the lights are being switched on in Mossley, so parking may be a little restricted.
NOT A BAD WEEK – perhaps we have all saved a little on heating bills this past week. Our front door has received a lick of paint and the plastic cleaned – mulling over a different colour. And, our Christmas tree provider in Abbey Village, has promised to save us a decent tree -knowing how particular we are re such matters!

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Newsletter 11th November 2018

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 11th November, 2018 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 J Edge; £15 E Downing; £10 J Allen
LATELY DEAD – Simon Tite
ANNIVERSARIES – Mary Schofield, George Armfield, Antonietta Battaglia.
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day.
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon- St Josaphat, Wed- St Laurance O’Toole, Thurs- St Albert, Fri- Ss Gertrude and Edmund, Sat- Ss Hilda and Hugh of Lincoln.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Friday at 9 till 10am
CONFESSIONS – Saturday after 10am Mass and at 6.10pm
APOLOGIES – this Sunday tea and coffee will not be served in the parish room because of people going to the service at the cenotaph after Mass.
FOOD BANK – a big thank you for the food left in the porch – so gratefully received – taken to the Food Bank on Thursday – all single items welcome.
A MEMORIAL BOARD – can be seen in church – under the 5th Station of the Cross- commemorating parishioners from St Joseph’s who gave their lives in the First World War. We remember them and others who lost their lives with affection, admiration and gratitude.
MUCH QUOTED – George Santayana – ‘those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it’.
QIGONG TASTER SESSION – 20 adventurous souls had a wonderful introduction to the art and practice of Qigong on Thursday evening. It is clearly a powerful tool for keeping healthy and agile; yet the exercises are gentle and suit all age groups. Do add your name to the list in the porch if you would like to attend the classes – the duration of the class would be an hour and held in the parish room.
PARISH CHRISTMAS BUFFET – is on Wednesday 28th November – earlier than usual. All are welcome – the list is in the porch. Most of the food we order from Mark and Spencers, so do put your name down earlier rather than later.
MOSSLEY CHRISTMAS MARKET – next Saturday at the George Lawton Hall.
LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS – Friday at the George Lawton Hall.
ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL – Saturday 1st December at St. Patrick’s, Oldham – 7.30pm – see poster.
ST DAMIAN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY – Thursday 13th December – 11.30-2.30pm. The list is in the porch and transport is provided – if required.
CHRISTMAS CARDS AND CALENDARS – available on the piety stall.
HOPE – that no one is suffering from SAD- seasonal affective disorder; it does strike at this time of the year. The past week had been really pleasant. We need to replace three of the heaters in church; hopefully, it can be done before the onset of the really cold weather. The trees have been clamouring for us to enjoy their spectacular colours
WORLD WAR ONE DISPLAY – until Sunday at St George’s Church. Over 450 men of Mossley did not return from the First World War. There are ten figures in St George’s representing those who died.

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