Newsletter – 2nd April 2017

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 2nd April, 2017 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 W Moss; £15 L Gee; £10 B Hayes
LATELY DEAD – Arthur Kitson
ANNIVERSARIES – Kathleen Broe, Frank Schofield, Dr Peter Morris and Thomas Booth (Birthday Anniversaries)
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day.
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon-St Richard, Tues-St Isidore; Wed-St Vincent; Fri-St John Baptist de la Salle; Sat- St Dionysius.
MEDITATION DURING LENT – Monday at 7.15 to 8.15pm in the parish room- all welcome. This will be our final gathering.
LENTEN DEANERY STATION MASS – this Tuesday at 7.30pm is at St Anne’s (Our Lady of the Angels), Burlington Street, Ashton.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS – Thursday at 7pm
LENTEN PENANCE/RECONCILIATION SERVICE – is on Monday 10th April at 7.30pm
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Fridays at 9-10am
CONFESSIONS – Saturday after 10am Mass and at 6.10pm
TEA AND COFFEE – in the parish room after Mass – access through sacristy.
LA CAGE AUX FOLLES – we have booked the tickets for this musical appearing at the Lowry for Wednesday 14th June. The cost will be £39 including transport and can be paid for in May. It should be a great evening.
OUTING TO CHESTER – we are set to visit Chester on Sunday 14th May, leaving St Joseph’s at 12.30pm and returning around 6pm. The cost is £5 and there is a list in the porch. Children, of course, will travel free.
A NIGHT AT THE GEORGE LAWTON – Cll Irene Raddings and Cll Greg Brett invite us to a Charity Night – Childflight and the Mayor’s Charities – tickets are £10 – Saturday 10th April at 7.30pm -see the poster in the porch
PALM SUNDAY – next Sunday.
THE SCHOOL – finished on Friday for two weeks pre-Easter holidays
LIVING FAITH BOOKLETS – are available in the porch – 50p
AND INTO APRIL – the month of the greening of the trees, and sudden late frosts. Country Lore spoke of ‘blackthorn winter’ at this time of the year when a warm spell is cut short by a cold snap. We are all hoping that Easter will be sunny.
SHORT PASTORAL LETTER FROM THE BISHOP — mentioning that the consultation has now closed and that ‘the various proposals put forward must now begin to be gradually implemented.’
ANYONE FOR NETTLES – Rose Prince has been extolling the virtues of the said plant. ‘Nettles are highly nutritious, packed with iron and have anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. We should be eating them- they are food free. Once heated,the leaves (you do not eat the stalks) lose their sting. They taste like a grassy spinach – very delicious in soup or stir fried and added to pasta.’
HALO POLISHING – The perfect time for giving the halo a make-over!

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Newsletter 26 March 2017

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 26th March, 2017 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 Y Kelly; £15 P Armfield; £10 R Leach
LATELY DEAD – Stanley Norris.
ANNIVERSARIES – Felix Barber, John Patrick Hurley, John Vincent Smith (Birthday Anniversary)
REQUIEM MASS – for Louise Brayshaw is on Thursday at 10am.
TODAY IS – Laetare Sunday, Mid Lent Sunday, Refreshment Sunday, Rose Sunday, and last, but not least, Mothering Sunday! The Lenten Fast is relaxed today- 21 days before Easter Sunday, and at one time servants were released from their duties on this day to visit their mothers- hence Mothering Sunday. Also, the pope would send a gold rose to Catholic sovereigns on this day. But not anymore!
We wish all mothers a happy and joyful day. There should be a prayercard / bookmark for everyone, designed by AO.
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon- St John of Egypt; Wed- St Rupert; Thurs- St John Climicus; Fri- St Benjamin; Sat- St Irene.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Fridays at 9 till 10am
CONFESSIONS – Saturdays after 10am Mass and at 6.10pm.
MEDITATION DURING LENT – Monday evenings 7.15 till 8.15pm in the parish room – all welcome. It is the equivalent of a ‘Happy Hour’
DEANERY LENTEN STATION MASS – this Tuesday the Mass is at Corpus Christi, Chadderton at 7.30pm – for those using a sat nav – the address is 8 Derby Street, OL9 7HX.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS DURING LENT – Thursdays at 7pm
PIETY STALL – last minute gifts and cards for Mothering Sunday.
TEA AND COFFEE – in the parish room after Mass – access through sacristy.
LA CAGE AUX FOLLES – this very funny and excellent musical is now touring the UK and is on at the Lowry 13th to 17th June. Will remove the list this weekend in order to book the tickets..
THREE PARKS LINK WALK – TODAY – ideal for all mothers! – an 11 moderate mile walk with Paul Nethercott – 10am Staley Way car park at 10am.
SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME – next meeting on Thursday 20th April.
CLOCKS FORWARD – this weekend. Who will be caught out?
AND SPRING AT LAST – What a joy! A couple of days in the past week had us shivering, not to mention the weeping skies. The cheery blossom across from the church looks quite heavenly. It has been a sombre week though, and we will pray for all those so tragically killed and injured in that sickening and senseless act of terrorism on Wednesday.
HALF WAY THROUGH LENT – never too late to do something: an act of kindness, a weekday Mass, a decade of the rosary, reading a passage of scripture.
Well, please God, we will do our best.
GEORGE B SHAW -‘You don’t grow old and stop playing; you stop playing and grow old.’

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Newsletter – 12th March 2017

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 12th March, 2017 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 M Tohill; £15 T Davies; £10 A Oliver
LATELY DEAD – Fr Geoffrey Hilton(St Osmunds, Bolton), Maureen Burke
ANNIVERSARIES – Adrian Moss, Kathleen Garside.
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day.
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon- St Euprasia, Tues- St Matilde, Wed- St Louise de Marillac, Thurs- St Finnian, Fri- St Patrick, Sat- St Cyril of Jerusalem.
DEANERY STATION MASS – this Tuesday at 7.30pm will be at St Herbert’s. Chadderton. The preacher is Fr Gerard Byrne from St Luke’s Centre
MEDITATION DURING LENT – on Mondays at 7.15pm till 8.15pm in the parish room – all welcome.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS DURING LENT – Thursdays at 7pm
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Fridays at 9am till 10am.
CONFESSIONS – Saturdays at 10.30am and 6.10pm
SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME – the next meeting with parents is on Thursday 20th April at 3pm in school. Just mentioning that this year the school finishes for Easter holidays on 31st March and returns on Tuesday of Easter week.
TEA AND COFFEE – in the parish room after Mass – access through sacristy.
REALLY POSH – we have replaced most of the chairs in the parish room; hopefully the new ones will be both elegant and durable.
CAFOD’S LENTEN FAST DAY – there is a box in the porch to receive the voluntary offerings for Cafod.
LOURDES PILGRIMAGE – see poster in the porch re diocesan pilgrimage.
ANNUAL REUNION MASS – alumni of St Joseph’s – 18th March at St Bernard’s, Burnage – 12noon.
MUSICAL – LA CAGE AUX FOLLES – on at the Lowry Theatre 13th too 17th June. Now touring the UK – Bill Kenwright’s new spectacular version of a much loved musical. There is a list in the porch. Always a joy to visit the Lowry.
ON LENT – GERARD HUGHES – ‘Prayer and fasting is of value only in so far as it helps us keep our mind and heart focussed on God, the Holy One, so that we can become channels of his compassion for all creation. Holiness is not to be measured by the time we spend in prayer, nor by visions, ecstasies, etc, but by the quality of our relationships, how they reflect the goodness and love of God. Someone wrote ‘ We are as close to God as we are to the person we like least.’ I have a horrible suspicion that the writer may be right.’
CARPE DIEM (seize the day) – and when the sun dances that’s what we have to do. The crocus, escpecially, are doing their best to cheer us up. A big feast day this week: St Patrick on Friday; St Joseph will have to wait till Monday.
RED MISSION BOXES – are being collected at present.
THREE PARKS LINK WALK – Sunday 26th March, an 11 moderate mile walk with Paul Nethercott linking Stamford, Cheetham and Stalybridge Country parks.
10am Staley Way car park, Huddersfield road. 6 hours.
INDEED – What game is played by 20 people in a telephone booth? Squash!

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Newsletter – 5th March 2017

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 5th March, 2017 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 M Pegler; £15 C Thompson; £10 A Ratchford
BAPTISM – we welcome Arthur James Rhodes into the family at St Joseph’s.
ANNIVERSARIES – Patrick Hand, Pat Armfield, Joseph Lawrence Hayden, James Peter Donoghue.
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day.
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon- St Colette; Tues- Ss Perpetua & Felicity; Wed- St John of God; Fri- St John Ogilvie
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Fridays at 9-10am
CONFESSIONS – Saturdays at 10.30am and 6.10pm
DEANERY STATION MASS – this Tuesday at 7.30pm is at St Patrick’s, Oldham. The preacher is Mgr Michael Kujacz.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS – during Lent are on Thursdays at 7pm.
MEDITATION DURING LENT – will be on Mondays at 7.15. We were a little cramped in the chapel last time, so we will try the parish room for our first meeting.
TEA AND COFFEE – in the parish room after Mass – access through sacristy.
ANNUAL REUNION MASS – for alumni of St Joseph’s is on 18th March at St Bernard’s, Burnage, at 12 noon. The school closed in 1985.
SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME – parents and children involved in First Holy Communion meet at 9am this Sunday.
LOURDES PILGRIMAGE – see poster in the porch
LA CAGE AUX FOLLES (pronounced la Kaz o foll) The cage of mad women!
Have been searching for a musical and Bill Kenwright’s new spectacular version of a much loved musical -songs include ‘The Best of Times’ and ‘I am what I am’.- is on at the Lowry Theatre 13th to 17th of June. The original Broadway production won six Tony nominations. Will leave a list in the porch to see what the take up is.
This production is touring the UK this year.
SHOCK TO THE SYSTEM – to see the snow falling during the week; happily it was short lived. It won’t be long before we will complaining about the heat- now, that is a nice thought!
CAFOD FAST DAY – is on Friday. There are some envelopes in the porch for this voluntary collection to aid countries facing severe famine.
CHESTER – will leave a list out next month for our visit to Chester early May
MOSSLEY HERITAGE CENTRE – at Emmaus, Queen Street, is open every Wed, Thurs, Fri 2pm till 4pm
THIS SUNDAY – Hidden Gems of Stalybridge – find the longest, shortest, oldest and other historical facts on a two mile walk with Paul Nethercott. 12.30pm at Cheetham Park Entrance, Acres Lane, Stalybridge – 3 hours.
HUGH LAVERY – ‘The word ‘Lent’ has a bleak inflection and the season comes before the swallow dares.. We are born cynics and take delight in spreading alarm and despondency. Then we become our own executioners and think ourselves into decline. This is the saddest sin: despair of possibility. It is a deep disease. It is not incurable. That is the Lenten message.’

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Newsletter – 26th February 2017

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 26th February, 2017 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 D Buckley; £15 M Liles; £10 F Worthington
LATELY DEAD – Martin O’Donnell
ANNIVERSARIES – Estelle Dalton, Claire Tallents (Birthday Anniversary)
REQUIEM MASS – for Mary Bezer is on Tuesday at 10am
REQUIEM MASS – for Kitty Robinson is on Thursday at 10am
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day
ASH WEDNESDAY – Mass is at 10am and 7pm – ashes distributed after Mass.
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Tues- St Oswald, Thurs- St Chad, Sat- St Casimir
STATIONS OF THE CROSS – during Lent are at 7pm on Thursdays
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Fridays at 9 till 10am
CONFESSIONS – Saturdays at 10.30am and 6.10pm
TEA AND COFFEE – after Mass in the parish room – access through sacristy.
COFFEE MORNING – next Saturday, 4th March at the Convent 111 Audenshaw Road from 11am till 2pm. Admission £1.
SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME – next Sunday at 9am in the parish room.
PARISH LUNCH – we enjoyed a splendid pre-lenten lunch on Wednesday – before Doris arrived! Traditional fare at its best. Our deepest gratitude to the chefs.
OPEN INVITATION – to anyone who would like to join the team preparing the meals for the parish lunch – just mention it. And, if anyone would like to help with the Sunday coffee and tea after Mass – just mention it. We are so grateful for any help that is given. There are new rotas in the sacristy for the Sunday teams.
FUNNY GIRL – a great evening out – wonderful singing and dancing. Will try to find another musical before the summer.
LOURDES PILGRIMAGE – with the diocese – there is a poster in the porch.
PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM – with the diocese on Saturday 6th May
STATION MASSES – during Lent will take place on Tuesday evenings
SANCTUARY LAMP – hope you like the new sanctuary lamp.
AND INTO MARCH – in the Flemmish calendar from the sixteenth-century Book of Hours, the March occupation is gardening, with the emphasis on pruning. Gardeners shape their plants by pruning, and each type of shrub responds to different degrees of pruning if it is not to outgrow its strength and smother its neighbour. A life with no space, no still point, at its centre may be in need of some hard pruning if it is to grow to its own proper shape. So, Lent comes to the rescue!
Please God, we will do our best during this Lent.
BACK TO SCHOOL – all good things come to an end.
MARDI GRAS – (French for Fat Tuesday) – hope the pancakes go down well on Shrove Tuesday. It is carnival time, so we have to make the best of it. As Catholics, hopefully, we know how to feast and we know how to fast. On Ash Wednesday we are invited to go easy on eating – interesting how health experts are flagging up the very real benefits of fasting from time to time. We don’t make a song and dance about it; we just get on with it!
STAN – ‘Do you stir your tea with your left or right hand? Dan: ‘No- I use a spoon.’

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Newsletter 12th February 2017

ST. JOSEPH’S, CHURCH – 12th February, 2017 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 P Glynn; £15 J Buchanan; £10 J Meredith
LATELY DEAD – Fr Joe Wareing SJ (previously at St Michael’s, Clitheroe) Catherine Robinson, Diane Anthony.
ANNIVERSARIES – Albert Jeffries (Birthday A.) Lily & Eddie Graham.
REQUIEM MASS – for James Patrick Hopkirk is on Tuesday at 10am
REQUIEM MASS – for Mary Theresa Bezer is on Tuesday 28th February at 10am
REQUIEM MASS – for Catherine Robinson is on Thursday 2nd March at 10am
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Tues – Ss Cyril and Methodius; Thurs- St Onesimus; Fri- The Servite Founders; Sat- St Flavian.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Fridays at 9 till 10am
CONFESSIONS – Saturdays at 10.30am and 6.10pm
TEA AND COFFEE – in the parish room after Mass – access through sacristy.
NEXT PARISH LUNCH – is on Wednesday 22nd February. All welcome – there is a list in the porch.
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG – we go to the Lowry Theatre to see this production on Wednesday 7th June. The cost of tickets including transport is £26 and can be paid for in May.
FUNNY GIRL – we go the Palace Theatre on Thursday 23rd February.
SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME – our next meeting is on Sunday 5th March.
CARRBROOK MOORLAND – Sunday 19th February – discover the moorland above Carrbrook on a strenuous 3 mile walk with Paul Nethercott. No dogs are allowed as we will be going on open access land. 12 noon at Castle Clough car park, Buckton Vale Road.
HALF-TERM – coming soon!
DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES – takes place on 28th July till 3rd August. There is a poster in the porch.
MASS FOR ENGAGED COUPLES – at Salford Cathedral on Saturday 18th February at 2pm celebrated by Bishop John Arnold.
ST. BRIGID – ‘God bless our food, God bless our drink. And keep our homes and ourselves in your embrace, O God. Amen.’
A RAW FEEL – indeed, to the weather this weekend; but, it will keep us on our toes. Hot water bottles will be supplied in church if it gets seriously cold
FREDERICK BUECHNER – ‘ A Christian is one who points at Christ and says ‘I can’t prove a thing, but there is something about his eyes and his voice. There’s something about the way he carries his head, his hands, the way he carries his cross – the way he carries me.’
ALTERNATIVE FACTS -number of Americans killed annually by: Islamic Jihadist Immigrants:2;; By Far right-wing Terrorists:5; By armed toddlers:21; By lightening:31; By lawnmowers:69; By being hit by a bus:264; By falling out of bed:737; By being shot by another American:11, 737. Interesting.

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Newsletter 5th February 2017

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 5th February, 2017 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 M Wood; £15 l Nolan; £10 M Shaw
BAPTISM – we welcome Madeline Eve Liles into the family at St Joeph’s.
LATELY DEAD – Danuta Bathe, Mary Beezer, Ethel Hampson, James Patrick Hopkirk, John Cadigan.
ANNIVERSARIES – Ken Timperley. Veronica Nolan
REQUIEM MASS – for James Hopkirk is on Tuesday 14th February at 10am
REQUIEM MASS – for Mary Beezer is on Friday 24th February at 10am.
FUNERAL SERVICE – for Danuta Bathe is on Thursday at 9am at Dukinfield
FUNERAL SERVICE – for Ehel Hampson yet to be arranged.
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day – except Thursday – 10.30am
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon- Ss Paul Miki and Companions; Wed- St Jerome; Fri- St Scholastica; Sat- Our Lady of Lourdes.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Fridays at 9 till 10am
CONFESSIONS – Saturdays at 10.30am and 6. 10pm
TEA AND COFFEE – in the parish room after Mass – access through sacristy.
OUR GRATITUDE – to Brian for providing overleaf a summary of our financial statement for 2016 accounts. Do feel free to raise any queries.
GIFT AID FORMS – for those taking out a new set of envelopes – are in the porch.
MILLBROOK MOORLAND EDGE – on Sunday 15th February, discover the moorland around Millbrook on a moderate 3 mile walk with Paul Nethercott. 12 noon at Oakgates car park, Hartley Street.
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG – on at the Lowry 5th till 10th June. Will book the tickets next week – shouldn’t be too expensive – great treat!
PARISH LUNCH – our next parish lunch is on Wednesday 22nd February. All welcome – there is a list in the porch.
FUNNY GIRL – Thursday 23rd February.
SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME – next meeting is on Sunday 5th March.
GENEROUS OFFER – the tourist who got into trouble because he insisted on driving the taxi he had hailed in Piccadily, reminds us of Tristan Bernard, an old French wit. Bernard asked a taxi driver, ‘How much to the Rue Taitbout. ‘One hundred francs,’ said the driver. ‘Jump in,’ said Bernard, ‘I’ll drive you there myself for fifty.’
MOSSLEY CORRESPONDENT – some copies in the porch.
DIACONATE – the diocese will shortly be offering a programme for training deacons. Apparently, the ideal age is between 35 and 55, and the course runs for four years. Anyone interested could mention it. We do have some leaflets (when they can be located!)
ONCE AGAIN – nothing much stirring at present; it’s called ticking over. Never heard of anyone from Mossley heading for the ski slopes. Years ago residents would have spent the evenings staring into the fire and toasting their feet. Hope there isn’t air conditioning in heaven.

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Newsletter 29th January 2017

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 29th January, 2017 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 C Metcalf; £15 V Tomlisson; £10 A Ratchford.
LATELY DEAD – Fr. Willie Fallon (previously at St Stephen’s) Nonna Fassinotti,
Elsie Jackson.
ANNIVERSARIES – May Booth.
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day.
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon – St Aidan; Tues- St John Bosco; Wed – St Brigid; Thurs – The Presentation of the Lord; Fri – St Blaise.
BLESSING OF THROATS – given on Friday after Mass
ADORATION OF THE BLESSSED SACRAMENT – Fridays at 9-10am
CONFESSIONS – Saturdays at 10.30am and 6.10pm
TEA AND COFFEE – in the parish room after Mass – access through sacristy.
NEW OFFERTORY ENVELOPES – we will remove the envelopes this weekend, and thank you to all who felt able to take a box. If you are taking spare box, do write the number of the envelopes and your name on the sheet of paper.
YOUNG ADULTS GROUP (18+) now meets on the first Thursday of each month at Katherine House, Singleton Road, Salford, beginning with an evening meal at 6.30pm and concluding at 9am. For more information, please contact Fr Joe or Lorraine: journeying@dioceseofsalford.org.uk
PARISH LUNCH – our next parish lunch is on Wednesday 22nd February.
FUNNY GIRL – we go to the Palace on Thursday 23rd February.
MASS FOR ENGAGED COUPLES – the bishop is celebrating Mass for engaged couples at the Cathedral on Saturday 18th February at 2pm.
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG – an hilarious farce on at the Lowry Theatre (so comfortable!) in June. Won best new comeday award in 2015. There is a list in the porch. A parishioner drew our attention to this play
ASH WEDNESDAY – is on 1st March.
SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME – next meeting is on Sunday 5th March
ALMAMACS – are expected to be available at the end of February to incorporate the new changes to parishes and personnel.
THE DAYS – are beginning to stretch; the crocus and daffodils are starting to poke their heads through the half-frozen ground. It was said that if the weather is fine and frosty at the end of January, there is more winter ahead than behind. On clear nights Venus is at her most brilliant in south-western sky. This weekend we have the Chinese New Year – the Year of the Rooster.
HOW – to unpickle gherkins. Reverse the pickling process !
NEWS ITEM – the offender was given a severe dressing gown by the magisrate!
CHINESE PROVERB – whoever opts for revenge should dig two graves
ONCE AGAIN – it was good to remember on Friday ‘Holocaust Memorial Day, to offer a silent prayer that nothing like that happens again – though in the Rwandan massacre 800,000 people were massacred in a hundred days, most of them hacked to death. There has been a renewed emphasis in recent years on a God who suffers and yet is still God.

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Newsletter – 15 January 2017

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY- 15th January, 2017 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 T Stevens; £15 M Oliver; £10 V Tomlisson
LATELY DEAD – Betty Cotton
ANNIVERSARIES – Maureen Murphy, Annie Rowley.
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am on Saturday.
EUCHARISTICE SERVICE – Tuesday and Thursday at 10am
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon – St Fursa, Tuesday- St Anthony, Thurs- St Wulfstan, Fri- SsFabian and Sebastian, Sat- St Agnes.
CONFESSIONS – Saturdays at 10.30 and 6.10pm
TEA AND COFFEE – in the parish room after Mass – access through sacristy.
CHURCH UNITY SERVICE (for the Week of Prayer for Church Unity) is to be held today at St George’s Church at 2.30pm.
NEXT PARISH LUNCH- is on Wednesday 22nd February.
FUNNY GIRL – we go to the Palace Theatre on Thursday 23rd February. Tickets can now be paid for £37.50 including transport.
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG – a parishioner has mentioned this play that is on at The Lowry 5th till 10th June, written by an Ashton lad and is quite hilarious. Will put out a list soon with some more information.
SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME – today at 9am – First Holy Communion.
NEW OFFERTORY ENVELOPES – are in the porch – including Gift Aid forms.
If you would like a box of envelopes, take one and write your name and the number of the envelopes on the sheet of paper.
LET’S TALK ABOUT AGEING – Mossley Community Centre on Monday 23rd January, 10am till 3pm. Tea and biscuits provided – bring your own lunch.
ST JOSEPH’S MOSSLEY – It is proposed that it remains as at present. If need arises in the future, it could be amalgamated with the parish of Saint Edward, Lees, or the two separate parishes could be served by one priest.
LOCALLY – St Anne’s and St Christopher’s will amalgamate. The only church closures proposed are: St Mary’s, Oldham, Holy Rosary, Fitton Hill, Sacred Heart, Derker, St Anne, Greenacres or St Michael’s, Abbeyhills.
PROPOSED AMALGAMATIONS – Corpus Christi, Hollinwood, and St Herbert, Chadderton; St Aidan and Oswald, Royton, and St Joseph, Shaw; St Patrick and Holy Rosary.
WINTER – has been snarling a little this week; it seems that we have got off lightly compared with temperatures in Poland and surrounding countries. In a hundred years time Mossley will be festooned with palm trees and orange trees – not to mention the creatures that thrive in the heat! The amalgamations and closures are troubling. I suspect that the sensus fidelium – the feeling/mind of the faithful – would be to put the ordination of married men firmly on the bishops’ agenda.
PERHAPS – just occasionally, we have experienced a passing dis-inclination to leave the warmth of the duvet – Matthew Arnold expresses it beautifully ‘the foot lest prompt to meet the morning dew’. Oh to be a poet!

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Newsletter – 1st January 2017

ST. JOSEPH, MOSSLEY – 1st January, 2017 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB (18th Dec) – £25 M Buckley; £15 E Holmes; £10 N Timperley.
NEW OFFERTORY ENVELOPES – are in the porch. If you would like an envelope and do not presently have one, take one of the spare ones and write your name and the number of the envelope on the sheet of paper. If you wish it to be gift-aided, write ‘GA’ after your name.
CALENDARS – the printer has sent some calendars, not as many as last year, so apologies if there are insufficient to go round – no charge.
LIVING FAITH BOOKLET – are available in the porch – 50p – great value
ANNIVERSARIES – Mary Grady, John Leathem, James Gilbey (killed in action in1945); Susan Caldwell and Genevieve Smith(Birthday Anniversaries)
MENTIONING – that Mass on New Year’s Day is at 11am
TEA AND COFFEE – will resume next Sunday.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Fridays at 9-10am
CONFESSIONS – Saturdays at 10.30am and 6.10pm
RED MISSION BOXES – thank you to all. This quarter raised £570.91. One box had no name on it; do let Sue know if it is yours.
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day.
SCHOOL RETURNS – on Wednesday 4th January.
THE EPIPHANY – is celebrated next Sunday 8th January.
AND – the Sunday afterwards we will hear from the bishop about the proposed changes in the diocese and how our local churches will be affected.
FUNNY GIRL – we go to the Palace Theatre on Thursday 23rd February to see Funny Girl. Tickets can be paid for this month – £37.50 including transport.
A HAPPY AND PEACEFUL NEW YEAR TO ALL – thank you for everything given and shared over the past year, and for being so lovely.
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon- St Basil; Tues- The Most Holy Name of Jesus; Wed- St Elizabeth Ann Seton; Thurs- St John Neumann; Sat- St Raymond.
HOLIDAY SPIRIT – has pervaded the past week with lots of people enjoying an extended holiday; and, the weather has been kind – even quite glorious on a couple of days. We will remember Christmas day for being mild and sunny. On Christmas day 1801 Dorothy Wordsworth reports that it was a very bad day – the roads were slippery with melting snow. On New Year’s Day 1802 William and herself walked towards Martindale; the following day it snowed the whole day.
SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME – next meeting is on Sunday 15th January.
AFTER AULD LANG SYNE – it’s time for resolutions! Melanie McDonagh suggests ‘Practise emptying the mind daily. It should be done before sleep. Reduce the number of worry words in your vocabulary. How often do you hear Donald Trump use phrases beginning ‘I’m afraid that…. Instead affirm: ‘I believe, I believe, I believe’ It works.’ There we have it!
MUHAMMAD -‘one can greatly beautify himself with two habits: good manners and lengthy silence.’

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