Newsletter 17th June 2018

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 17th June, 2018 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – 25 P Ratchford; 15 M Lavin; 10 L Wood
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day.
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Tues- St Romuald; Wed- Ss Alban, Julius, Aaron of Britain; Thurs- St Aloysius Gonzaga; Fri- Ss John Fisher & Thomas More.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Friday at 9 till 10am
CONFESSIONS – Satruday after 10am Mass and at 6.10pm
TEA AND COFFEE – in the parish room after Mass – access through sacristy.
FOOD BANK – many thanks for the food left in the porch – taken to Mossley Food Bank on Thursday. All single items welcome – recipients are very grateful.
BEST HANGING BASKET AND GARDEN COMPETITION – front or back garden (or yard). Judging will take place on the last weekend of July. There should be some application forms in the porch – or speak to Dean Aylett for more details.
GARDENING TIP – don’t water your tomato plants at night; they don’t like going to bed with wet feet!
MISSIO – RED BOXES – will be collected between 3rd and 17th June.
CAFOD PICNIC AND WALK – Cafod asks that we join them and many others for a picnic and a one mile walk os solidarity on 1st July, taking place at 1pm at Alexandra Park, Kings Road, Oldham, meeting close to the Boat House cafe by Park Road entraqnce.
GOD KNOWS HIS OWN – all agreed that our excursion last Sunday was a lovely day out – though we did run into a downpour on the way home. Ladyewell was really quiet and peaceful, and a joy to be out in the Lancashire countryside. Lytham wasn’t too busy and most were happy to bask in the warm sunshine. One parishioner enjoyed a chat with Bobby of Cannon and Ball fame as he was watering his garden. The fish and chips were great!
MUSIC MINISTRY TRAINING DAY – promised the organisers that we would mention this event at the Cathedral Centre on Saturday 14th July 10.30-4.30- a day for singers, organists, musicians, from around the diocese. All welcome.
MATILDA – just mentioning that the date we go to see Matilda is 24th Sept. Will give more details later re tickets and price.
ST ANTHONY OF PADUA PRAYER CARDS – are in the porch – do take one, there is no charge.
DR JOHNSON – ‘A man is in general better pleased when he has a good dinner upon his table than when his wife talks Greek.’ (!)’ Cucumbers should be well sliced, and dressed with pepper and vinegar, and then thrown out.’ !
ANOTHER – fine week – excepting Hector. The presbytery roof is now finished so we are waiting for a good downpour to make sure it is watertight.
J O’D – ‘ We seldom notice how each day is a holy place where the eucharist of the ordinary happens. Transforming our broken fragments into an eternal continuity that keeps us. Somewhere in us a dignity presides that is more gracious than the smallness that fuels us with fear and force. A dignity that trusts the form a day takes.’

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Newsletter – 3rd June 2018

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 3rd June, 2018 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 K Hartley; £15 V Timperley; £10 A Brooks
MISSION ‘RED BOXES’ -will be collected 3rd June to 17th June – thanks, Sue.
LATELY DEAD – Samantha Savage-Green.
REQUIEM MASS – for Samantha is on Tuesday 12th June at 12 noon
ANNIVERSARIES – Benjamin Rowley, Margaret O’Driscoll
BAPTISM – we welcome Lucas Joseph Connell into the family at St Joseph’s.
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am – except Wednesday – 12 noon
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Tues-St Romuald, Wed-SsAlban, Julius & Aaron, Thurs-St Aloysius Gonzaga, Fri-SsJohn Fisher& Thomas More, Sat-St Audrey.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Friday at 9 till 10am
CONFESSIONS – Saturdays after 12 noon Mass and at 6.10pm
TEA AND COFFEE – after Mass in the parish room – access through sacristy
FOOD BANK – all food taken to Mossley Food Bank on Thursday – many thanks – any single item welcome.
PARISH LUNCH – this Wednesday after 12 noon Mass- all are welcoime – the list is still in the porch.
PARISH OUTING – next Sunday – fingers crossed for sunny weather. We thought that we ought to leave at 12.45 – we generally return around 6pm, which makes it a lovely Sunday afternoon out. Because we have a bigger coach there are still a number of seats spare – the list is in the porch. Cost £5.

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Newsletter – 6th May 2018

ST JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 6th May, 2018 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 J Taylor; £15 D Buckley; £10 L Buckley
BAPTISM – we welcome Arla Ruby Lowry into the family at St Joseph’s.
WEDDING – congratulations and best wishes to Jonathan Andrew Muttock and Catherine Anne Jenkinson who are to be married on Sunday at St Ia and Sacred Heart Church, St Ives, Cornwall.
ANNIVERSARIES – Wayne Jeffries and May Booth (Birthday Anniversaries)
LATELY DEAD – Joseph Hartley.
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon- St John of Beverly; Tues-St Victor; Wed-St Pachomius; Sat-St Pancras.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Friday at 9 till 10am
CONFESSIONS – Saturdays after 10am Mass and at 6.10pm
TEA AND COFFEE – in the parish room after Mass -access though sacristy.
PARISH LUNCH – our next parish lunch is on Wednesday 30th May.
FOOD BANK – many thanks for the food items left in church – taken on Thursday to the Mossley Food Bank – all single items welcome.
QUIZ NIGHT – by popular demand a Quiz Night is being arranged for an evening in June – watch this space.
10 K RUN FOR CAFOD – on 20th May Anne Ratchford is running again for Cafod – there are sponsor forms in the porch..
SUNDAY AFTERNOON OUTING – takes place on 10th June – cost £5. We will visit the shrine of Our Lady at Ladywell, Fernyhalgh, and then go on to Lytham for some bracing sea air and fish and chips. A list is in the porch.
DURING MAY – we are encouraged to dig out our rosary beads and join the rest of the church in saying the rosary- or part of it.
GREAT NEWS – it should be getting warmer, if not hotter this weekend – a day off the treadmill is not be sneezed at. Let’s hope that we can all unwind.
ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI – ‘Most High, glorious God, enlighten the shadows of my heart, and grant me a right faith, a certain hope and perfect charity, sense and understanding, Lord, so that I may accomplish your holy and true command. Amen
ST. VENERANDA – she was a great beauty who lived in a Sicilian grotto in 2nd century and smelled pleasantly of roses which irritated the Roman prefect Antonius. He insisted she renounce her faith but she declined, so he had her crowned with a red hot iron helmit, nailed to a cross, sqashed with a block of stone and put her in a pot of burning oil for a week. She emerged from these tortures unharmed, even more beautiful and fragrant, and got her own back by squirting boiling oil into Antonius’s eyes which blinded him. He converted to Christianity, freed her, and she went off and killed a dragon.’!! Not for the squeamish.
NEXT SUNDAY – Ascension Sunday
LISTS FOR THE PROCESSION – will be out soon.
MEISTER ECKHART – ‘nothing in all creation is so like God as stillness.’

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Newsletter – 8th April 2018

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 8th April, 2018 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk
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200 CLUB – £25 M Pegler; £15 L Gee; £10 D Buchanan.
LATELY DEAD – Derek Lawton
ANNIVERSARIES – John Patrick Hurley, Kathleen Broe
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day.
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon-The Annunciation of The Lord; Wed-St Stanislaus;
Sat-St Peter Gonzalez.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Fridays at 9 till 10am
CONFESSIONS – Saturdays after 10am Mass and at 6.10pm
TEA AND COFFEE – after Mass in the parish room- access through sacristy.
EASTER WATER – traditional to bless our homes with Easter water.
WALK WITH ME BOOKLETS – in the porch – no charge, do take one
SUNDAY OUTING – ST JOSEPH’S TRAVEL! – we thought that Sunday 20th May would be a good day for our first excursion of the year. It is also Pentecost Sunday. We will head for Our Lady’s Shrine at Ladywell, Fernyhalgh, and then go on to Lytham for sea breezes and fish and chips. The cost will be £5 – will put a list out next Sunday.
ART EXHIBITION – Anna Oliver is holding an art exhibition of her paintings from 4th-29th April at the Reclamation Room, Lee Street, Uppermill – closed on Mondays. If you are passing do call in – the cafe boasts of making the best home-made scones in Uppermill.
DOUBLE FIGURES – the temperature is creeping up – we might, soon, be able to turn the heating down. It has been a sleepy sort of week after the Easter festivities.
The children have another week off school – the light evenings are a real treat.
LADIES DAY AT ASCOTT – see the poster in the porch
MISS SAIGON – Tuesday 24th April.
MANCHESTER 10k RUN – Anne Ratchford is doing the run again for Cafod. It takes place on 20th May – there are sponsor forms in the porch.
AVOIDING THE CROWDS – Harry Mount says: ‘Don’t go to Buckingham Palace (packed); visit Spenser House (empty). Don’t go to St Paul’s Cathedral (packed); go the Wren’s city churches (empty). Don’t go to the packed Houses of Parliament for Westminster Hall; go to the Middle Temple Hall for lunch. It’s the finest Elizabethan Hall in London, and no one’s there except a sprinking of barristers.’
J O’D -‘I have always loved the shy beauty of country people who have quietly made their lives sacred. Their presence has the feel of unaffected authenticity. Theirs is spirituality that draws no attention to itself. These people have often lived through great difficulty, but their quiet and subtle lives never saw any need for brash declarations of spirit; rather they exhibited the shyness that is natural to the soul itself.’
FOOD BANK – many thanks for the food items left in the porch – taken on Thursday to the Mossley Food Bank. Any single item more than welcome.

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Newsletter – 1st April 2018

ST. JOSEPH’S, CHURCH – 1st April, 2018 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 M Oliver; £15 K Hartley; £10 E Downing
BAPTISM – we welcome Tobias Andrew Heywood into the family at St Joseph’s
LATELY DEAD – Marjorie Schofield – many will remember her from St Damian’s; James William Bowe, Kitty Finnegan.
ANNIVERSARIES – Frank Schofield, Joseph Lawrence Hayden, Felix Barber-
Joseph Vincent Smith and Thomas Booth (Birthday Anniversaries).
DONATION – towards Easter flowers – £100.00
DONATION – in memory of Allen Tallents – £50.00.
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Fridays at 9 till 10am
CONFESSIONS – Saturdays after 10am Mass and at 6.10pm
APOLOGIES – no refreshments today after Mass.
FOOD ITEMS – many thanks for the food items left in the porch – they were taken on Thursday to the Mossley Food Bank. (those receiving food parcels need a note from a professional person aware of their situation). Any single item is welcome.
EASTER WATER – do feel free to take home some Easter Water over the next few weeks – it is a tradition that we bless our homes with Easter Water.
WISHING EVERYONE A JOYFUL AND PEACEFUL EASTER – and, once again, thank you for everything given and shared and for being so lovely.
MISS SAIGON – we go on 24th April – parishioners who have seen the show say that it is brilliant, so, a real treat in store.
FUNERAL – of Yvonne Kelly takes place later this week in Ayr.
LADIES DAY AT ASCOT – see the poster in the porch.
INTO APRIL – April is the month of the greening of the trees, and sudden late frosts. In the woods the white wood anemone , the wind-flower, is thick on the ground; known in parts of Derbyshire as ‘Moggie nightgown’; it only spreads by six feet every hundred years. This is what T.S. Elliot thought of April: ‘April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain.’
CONTROVERSY – Pope Francis is alleged to have said that hell doesn’t exist – whoopee!! Rather, he indicated that those unworthy of heaven and unrepentant will cease to exist. It seems to make sense, but the Vatican denial machine has gone into overdrive.
DIRE FORECAST – for Monday, but hopefully, parishioners will be able to chill out this weekend. It wont be long before people are complaining of the heat!
HUGH LAVERY -‘Rising asks first for a dying and this is the demand we want to evade. Christ’s lovely language is is fresh with rural images of growth and fine metaphors of maturation. Total resurrection was born of total surrender. Here we learn one lesson, self-realisation is the child of self-sacrifice.’
J O’D – ‘May you be blessed with good friends, and learn to be a good friend to yourself, journeying to that place in your soul where there is love, warmth and feeling.May this change you.’

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Newsletter – 25th March 2018

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

200 CLUB – £25 J Allen; £15 L Buckley; £10 L Wood.
DONATIONS – in memory of Allen Tallents – £180.00
LATELY DEAD – Patsy McGrath, Yvonne Kelly – Yvonne has looked after the church lawns for many years keeping them neat and trim- for which we owe her a debt of gratitude. Canon Tony Dorran – formerly of St Mary’s, Osbaldeston – his uncle was parish priest her in the 1940’s
ANNIVERSARIES – Fr Joseph Power (17th March)
REQUIEM MASS – for Ellen Holmes is on Monday at 1pm.
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – Monday at 1pm; Tuesday at 10; Wednesday at 10.
LENTEN RECONCILIATION SERVICE – IS ON TUESDAY AT 7.30PM

HOLY THURSDAY – Mass of The Lord’s Supper is at 7.30pm – watching at
The Altar of Repose till 9pm

GOOD FRIDAY – Stations of the Cross – 10.30am
Liturgy of The Lord’s Passion – 3pm

EASTER VIGIL – And the First Mass of Easter – 6.30pm
EASTER SUNDAY – Mass is at 10am

CONFESSIONS – after 10am Mass and at 6.10pm
TEA AND COFFEE – in the parish room after Mass- access through sacristy.
ECUMENICAL SERVICE – on Good Friday at 12 noon in the Market Place before walking up the hill to the Cross.
MISS SAIGON – money due for the tickets this month – £55 including transport. We go to the Palace on Tuesday 24th April
FOOD BANK – many thanks for the food items – all taken to the Food Bank on Thursday for distribution. Just a single item is very welcome – box is in the porch.
NEW LISTS – for readers and ministers are in the sacristy. A ten minute practice for the new recruits after Mass on Sunday.
FOUR TICKETS – available for anyone wishing to attend the Chrism Mass at Salford Cathedral on Wednesday morning.
PALMS – should be enough for us to take to one a sick or house-bound person
CLOCKS FORWARD – this weekend – Spring hasn’t quite sprung, but this weekend is better than last weekend! If the temperature gets to double figures we will be in heaven.This is a special week for us all coulminating in the great Feast of Easter – hopefully, the weather will be kind to us.
APOLOGIES – no Ireland’s Own this week. We receive the papers for a parish in Huddersfield so this week all the Catholic papers are free!
HUGH LAVERY – ‘Life is always an undulation, rise and fall, decay and renovation. This is the cadence of the holy and this is the music of holy week.’

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Newsletter – 18 March 2018

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

200 CLUB – £25 E O’Neil; £15 L Nolan; £10 D Allen
FUNERAL SERVICE – for Allen Tallents is on Friday at 11am in Wardley Cemetery Chapel.
REQUIEM MASS – for Ellen Holmes is on Monday 26th March at 1pm
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK -10am each day – except Friday – 9.30am
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon- St Joseph, Husband of Mary; Tues-St Cuthbert; Wed-St Enda; Thurs- St Nicholas Owen.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – THURSDAY at 9-10am
CONFESSIONS – Saturdays after 10am Mass and at 6.10pm
STATIONS OF THE CROSS DURING LENT – Thursdays at 7pm.
DEANERY LENTEN STATION MASS – this Tuesday is at St Mary’s, Clive Road, Failsworth, at 7.30pm – Mgr Michael Kujacz is preaching.
MEDITATION DURING LENT – our final meeting is on Monday at 7.15-8.15.
SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME – those involved in First Holy Communion meet this morning at 9.15 in the parish room.
TEA AND COFFEE – in the parish room after Mass – access through sacristy.
FOOD BANK – we now have an up-market recepticle in the porch for holding food items. Any contribution, however small – a tin of beans, a bar of soap – is more than welcome. All items are taken to the Food Bank on Thursday for distribution.
LENTEN RECONCILIATION SERVICE – will be held on Tuesday 27th March at 7.30pm.
PASSION SUNDAY AND PALM SUNDAY – next Sunday.
CLOCKS FORWARD – next Sunday.
MISS SAIGON – we go to see Miss Saigon on Tuesday 24th April – tickets can be paid for this month – £55 including transport.
PARISH LUNCH – was, as always, a happy occasion; we were treated to excellent Lancashire cuisine prepared by our devoted and saintly chefs!!!!. Despite it being the season of Lent, we had ‘Stand-up Bingo and an abundance of raffle prizes.
FAITH IN THE FUTURE PARISH TEAM – at our meeting on Wednesday we wondered if some parishions might be interested in helping with pastoral visits when the need arises – eg taking flowers to a sick person, an occasional visit to the house-bound. It is an area of parish life that has been a little neglected. More later.
HOW LOVELY – to hear the bird song early in the morning – unless it means that you have to leap out of bed! So many parishioners have to be on their way to work
between 5 and 6 in the morning. But, the light evenings will be a joy.
MASS OF CHRISM – on Wednesday 28th March, at 11am – we have four tickets for anyone who would like to attend.
OUR NEXT OUTING – will, hopefully, be in May. Thought it might be nice to visist the shrine of Our Lady at Ladywell, Fernyhalgh, and then go to to Lytham for some sea air and fish and chips. Promenading past the windmill is very pleasant.
NEW READERS AND EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS – briefing and practice session after Mass next Sunday

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Newsletter 11 March 2018

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

200 CLUB – £25 M Lavin; £15 E O’Neil; £10 J Meredith
LATELY DEAD – Kitty Finegan
ANNIVERSARIES – Kathleen Garside, Adrian Moss, Estelle Dalton, John Cameron.
REQUIEM MASS – for Ellen Holmes is on Monday 26th March at 1pm.
REQUIEM MASS – for Allen Tallents is on Friday 23rd March in the Chapel at Wardley Cemetery at 10.30am.
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day – except Wednesday at 12 noon and Thursay at 9am (due to cremation at Agecroft)
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon-St Maxillian, Fr-St Finnian, Sat-St Patrick.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Friday at 9 till 10am
CONFESSIONS – Saturday after 10am Mass and at 6.10pm
DEANERY MASS DURING LENT – this Tuesday the Deanery Mass is at St Michael’s, Warren Lane, Abbey Hills, at 7.30pm.
MEDITATION DURING LENT – on Mondays in the parish room at 7.15 till 8.15pm – all welcome.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS DURING LENT – Thursdays at 7pm.
PARISH LUNCH THIS WEDNESDAY – after 12 noon Mass – the list is still in the porch – all welcome
TEA AND COFFEE – after Mass in the parish room – access through sacristy.
FAITH IN THE FUTURE – a meeting of the parish team this Wednesday at 7pm in the parish room – feedback from the Formation Day.

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Newsletter – 4th March 2018

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 4th March, 2018 – www.st.josephmossley.or.uk

200 CLUB – £25 F Mascarenhas; £15 C Metcalf; £10 V Timperley
BAPTISM – we welcome Lola Kathryne Robinson and Edith Jean Garlick into the family at St. Joseph’s.
LATELY DEAD -Mary Znideric, Allen Tallents, Ellen Holmes, Margaret Cowgill
REQUIEM MASS – for Mary Znideric is on Thursday at 1.30pm
ANNIVERSARIES – Patrick Hand, Peter Donoghue, Pat Armfield, Joseph Lawrence Hayden, Ellen Nolan, Veronica Taylor, Anne Egerton, Catherine Wright (Birthday Anniversary)
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day – except Tuesday – 7.30pm
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon-St Kieran; Tues-St Colette; Wed- SsPerpetua & Felicity; Thurs-St John of God; Sat- St John Ogilivie.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Friday at 9 till 10am
CONFESSIONS – Saturday after 10am Mass and at 6.10pm
TODAY – we welcome Fr Jan Klaver, who comes to encourage us to take up a Red Box and in doing so allow us to further the work of the missions and the spread of God’s Kingdom. / red boxes will be collected between 3rd & 24th March.
DEANERY STATION MASS – this Tuesday at 7.30pm we welcome the parishes of the deanery to St Joseph’s for our Lenten Station Mass. Fr Eamon Mulcahy will be preaching. After Mass there will be refreshmnents in the Conservative Club on Mountain Street. It should be a little warmer on Tuesday.
MEDITATION DURING LENT – on Mondays at 7.15 till 8.15 in the parish room. All welcome.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS DURING LENT – Thursdays at 7pm.
MISS SAIGON – tickets for Miss Saigon can be paid for this month – £55 including transport – 24th April at the Palace Theatre.
WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER – is now on Friday 14th March, at 7.30pm at the Methodist Church.
CAFOD FUND RAISING EVENT – at St Edward’s, Lees, on Friday 16th March. A concert by Tameside Community Voices – tickets £5 – bar available- please put names on sheet in porch for tickets.
PARISH LUNCH – our next parish lunch is on Wednesday 14th March – there is a list in the porch – all welcome.
THIS SUNDAY – Join Paul Nethercott on an 11 mile moderate walk linking Stamford, Cheetham and Stalybridge Country Parks – 10am Staley Way car park
NEXT HOPE IN THE FUTURE MEETING -Wednesday 14th March at 7pm
SCHOOL GOVERNORS MEETING – this Thursday at 5pm in school.
QUITE FEROCIOUS – weather this past week. Apologies that the church might not be so warm this weekend – the wind on Thursday and Friday has disabled a number of heaters. Hopefully, the bitter cold will soon be a distant memory
PIETY STALL – for Mothering Sunday and St Patrick’s cards
MAY – you treasure your friends. May you be good to them, be there for them.

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Newsletter – 25th February 2018

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 25th February, 2018 – www.stjosephmossley.oeg.uk

200 CLUB – £25 E Holmes; £15 J Buchanan; £10 B Hayes.
ANNIVERSARIES – Maureen Meredith
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day – except Wednesday – 9.30am.
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Wed-St Oswald of Worcester, Thurs- St David, Patron of Wales, Fri-St Chad.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Friday at 9 till 10am
CONFESSIONS – Saturdays after 10am Mass and at 6.10pm
STATIONS OF THE CROSS DURING LENT – Thursdays at 7pm
MEDITATION DURING LENT – Mondays at 7.15 till 8.15 in the parish room.
DEANERY STATION MASS DURING LENT – Tuesdays at 7.30pm. This week the Station Mass will be at Holy Rosary, Fitton Hill. Bishop John will be preaching. Next Tuesday, the Deanery Station Mass is here.
TEA AND COFFEE – after Mass in the parish room – access through sacristy.
FOOD PARCELS – many thanks for the food parcels left for the Mossley Food Bank – taken on Thursday. Food items can be left in the porch.
NEXT SUNDAY – 4th March. Three Parks Link Walk – join Paul Nethercott on an 11 mile moderate walk linking Stamford, Cheetham and Stalybridge Country parks. 10am till 4pm -Staley Way car park, Huddersfield Road.
DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM – on Saturday 5th May. Anyone wishing to join the pilgrimage, please contact Colin Riley at St Patrick’s as soon as possible before 31st March. Tel: 07756904852. Cost £20/£25.
HOPE IN THE FUTURE – a meeting for the parish team has been arranged for Wednesday 14th March at 7pm in the parish room.
PARISH LUNCH – our next parish lunch is on Wednesday 14th March. All welcome – there is a list in the porch.
NEW READERS AND EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS – there is a list in the porch for those wishing to help out in these two ministries.
CAFOD FUND RAISING EVENT – at St Edward’s, Lees, on Friday 16th March at 7.30pm. A concert by Tameside Community Voices- bar available – tickets £5 – names can be put on the sheet in the porch . Money raised is matched (doubled) by the Government – supporting sanitation and water projects.
PRESBYTERY JOYS – ominous 3’s much in evidence recently. First the iron decided to call it a day; then the kettle through in the towel; finally, the heating boiler gave up the ghost! Happy days! – but all good fun.
PIETY STALL – items for St Patrick’s Day and Mothering Sunday.
DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES – see poster in the porch
MISS SAIGON – will collect the money next month – (24th April) tickets are £55 including transport..
DIRE WARNINGS -about the weather this week. Do feel free to bring hot water bottles to church! Will leave a bottle of rum in the porch if the temperature drops to minus 20

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