Newsletter – 28th May 2017

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 28th May, 2017 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 D Chambers; £15 D Buchanan; £10 M Connell
BAPTIMS – we welcome Mia Re Littlewood and Bella Re Littlewood into the family at St Joseph’s.
ANNIVERSARIES – Allen Hughes, Joan Heedy, Margaret O’Driscoll, Audrey
LATELY DEAD – Dorothy Naughton Carey.
REQUIEM MASS – for Joan Nelson is on Tuesday at 12.30pm and the Reception into church is on Monday at 7pm
REQUIEM MASS – for Ann Davidson is on Wednesday at 12.15pm
FUNERAL SERVICE – for Neville Taylor is on Thursday at 11am at Dukinfield Crematorium.
FUNERAL SERVICE – for Dorothy Naughton is on Tuesday 6th June at 12.30pm in church.
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day – except Tuesday & Wednesday.
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon- St Joan of Arc; Wed- Visitation of Our Lady; Sat- St Kevin and Ss Charles Lwanga and Companions.
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 through sacristy.
THE BIGGEST OF THANK YOU’S – from M Lavin for your kindness and generosity in marking my 50th (in spite of my trying to keep it a secret and so making it hard work for you!) The envelope given to me contained an Amazon voucher for £700 and a voucher for Blacks for £400, plus gifts received from parishioners – including not a little holy water! So blessed, and thank you again for being so wonderful and lovely; and, perhaps, an additonal thank you to June and Teresa for the excellent refreshments on Monday evening.
MATILDA – the tickets for this spectacular show have been booked for Monday 24th September, 2018 – slightly dearer at £55. Will ask for £25 at the end of October because there are 77 going and the total comes to £4,235.-due early November. The rest of the money can be paid next year.
NOT WITH IT – this Sunday we have the leaflets for 21st May- mistakenly thought Ascension Day was last Sunday! – sure the good Lord doesn’t mind
OUR TRIPS TO THE LOWRY THEATRE – 7th and 14th June – ticket money due – The Play That Went Wrong – £29 and the musical La Cage aux Folles – £41
WHIT FRIDAY PROCESSION – lists in the porch.
10K RUN FOR CHARITY – Ann Ratchford is running for Cafod – list in porch.
SCHOOL HOLIDAYS – the children are off school for two weeks
MAGICAL INDEED – or simply divine – what a joy to be able to soak up the sunshine and leave doors and windows open; though we have all been in a sombre mood this week on account of Monday’s atrocity.
HALO POLISHING – on the 4 Mondays of June there will be Meditation – 7.15- 8.15pm in the parish room – just trying to keep up the precious tradition.

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Newsletter – 21st May 2017

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 21st May, 2017 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 A Whittaker; £15 V Carey; £10 M Wood
BAPTISM – we welcome Emilia and Maja Kowlaski into the family at St Joseph’s
LATELY DEAD – Catherine Wright, Neville Taylor
ANNIVERSARIES – Harry Lee, Sanuel Disley.
REQUIEM MASS – for Paul Fawcett is on Monday at 1pm
REQUIEM MASS – for Joan Nelson is on Tuesday 30th May at 12.30pm and the Reception into Church on Monday at 7pm
FUNERAL SERVICE – for Neville Taylor is on Thursday 1st June at 11am at Dukinfield Crematorium
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Tues-St William of Rochester;Wed- St Vincent; Thurs-St Bede & St Mary Magdalene; Fri- St Philip Neri; Sat-St Augustine of Canterbury.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Fridays at 9 till 10am
CONFESSIONS – Saturdays after 10am Mass and at 6.10pm
FIRST HOLY COMMUNIONS – take place today during 11.30am Mass. We pray for a blessing on the children and their families. And, a big thank you to our long serving catechists, Pauline and Teresa, who have prepared the children so well for their First Holy Communion.
A TINY CELEBRATION OF THANKSGIVING – this Monday at 7.30pm. This past week M Lavin celebrated his 50th Anniversary of Ordination (outwitted in keeping it a secret!) He now qualifies for a free burial. Anyone, not otherwise engaged, is more than welcome to attend a little celebration of thanksgiving – refreshments too! Immense gratitude for unwavering support and kindness.
GOD KNOWS HIS OWN – just to say that we had a lovely day out on Sunday in Chester. The sun shone most of the time and we were able to soak up the atmosphere of this lovely city. Some enjoyed a conducted tour, some sat by the river, most explored the cathedral and not a few visited the many hostelries and cafes that abound. We will, hopefully, have another outing during the summer.
GENERAL ELECTION HUSTING – on Wednesday at the Methodist Church – 7.30-9.30pm for the Stalybridge and Hyde MP.
MATILDA – THE MUSICAL (2018) – will remove the list from the porch this weekend in order to book the tickets.
OUR VISITS TO THE LOWRY THEATRE – 7th and the 14th June – tickets can be paid for this month – The Play is £29 and La Cage aux Folles is £41.
WHIT FRIDAY PROCESSION – Trevor has left some lists in the porch for the various volunteers required for the Whit Friday Procession.
STALYBRIDGE AND ABOVE – an 11 miles walk this Sunday with Paul Nethercott – 10am – 3.30pm – Staley Way car park, Huddersfield Road.
10k RUN FOR CHARITY – Ann Ratchford Running for Cafod – list in the porch.
NO TEA AND COFFEE TODAY – because of First Communions.
WELL DONE -to Mr and Mrs McPartland for walking the Camino de Santiago and presenting St Joseph’s with a scallop shell and a pilgrims staff.

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Newsletter – 14th May 2017

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 14th May, 2017 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 M Oliver; £15 A Porter; £10 M Wood.
LATELY DEAD – Joan Nelson.
ANNIVERSARIES – Joseph Vincent Smith
FUNERAL SERVICE – for Esther Horrocks is on Tuesday at 1.30pm in church followd by burial in Mossley Cemetery.
REQUIEM MASS – for Paul Fawcett is on Monday 22nd May at 1pm followed by burial in Lees Cemetery.
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon- St Isidore the Farmer; Tues-St Brendan; Wed-St Paschal; Fri-St Celestine; Sat- St Bernadine.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Fridays at 9 till 10am
CONFESSIONS – Saturdays after 10am Mass and at 6.10pm
TEA AND COFFEE – in the parish room after Mass – access through the sacristy- there will not be any refreshments next Sunday..
FIRST HOLY COMMUNIONS – take place next Sunday during the 11.30am Mass – 10am Mass as usual – PIETY STALL – has lots of gifts and cards.
OUTING TO CHESTER – THIS SUNDAY – the coach will leave from the bus stop on Stamford Street at 12.30pm. Please God, it will be a lovely day out; Chester a wonderful place to visit and a joy to walk round the cathedral and along the city walls and down by the river. Will collect £5 on the coach – but parishioners can pay £1 weekly! Will return between 5.30 and 6pm.
MATILDA – THE MUSICAL – a number of perspicacious parishioners pointed out that this exciting musical is being performed in 2018 and not this autumn. However, the tickets, so we understand, are going like hot cakes. It seems that we should be ordering the tickets in the next few weeks – there is a list in the porch.
Winner of over 85 international awards, including 16 for best musical.
10K RUN FOR CHARITY – at the end of the month Ann Ratchford will be running the 10K run for Cafod. Anyone wishing to sponsor her is invited to sign the list in the porch.
DONATION RECEIVED – we received a cheque for £350 from the Traditional Whit Friday Committee. We are very grateful for their generosity and for their fund-raising efforts over the past year – the money does in fact pay for the band.
WHIT FRIDAY PROCESSION – Trevor has left some lists in the porch for the various volunteers required for the Whit Friday Procession.
NEXT MONTH’S VISITS TO THE LOWRY THEATRE – ‘The Play that Went Wrong’- on Wednesday 7th June – tickets are £29 including transport.
And, ‘La Cage aux Folles’ – on Wednesday 14th June – tickets are £41 including transport. Money can be paid for any time this month – or before Christmas!
STALYBRIDGE & ABOVE – next Sunday- a strenuous 11 miles walk with Paul Nethercott taking in Gorse Hall, Matley, Hobson Moor, Hollingsworth Moor, Swineshaw Reservoirs, Brushes and Millbrook. 10am-3.30pm -Staley Way car park.

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Newsletter – 7th May 2017

ST. JOSEPH’S,MOSSLEY – 7th May, 2017 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 B Hayes; £15 C Metcalf; £10 S Glynn
LATELY DEAD – Philip Wrigley, Esther Horrocks, Paul Fawcett
FUNERAL SERVICE – for Esther Horrocks is on Tuesday 16th May at 1.30pm
ANNIVERSARIES – Gerrard McAuley, James Dalton, Gillian Crawshaw, May Booth (Birthday Anniversary).
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day.
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon- St Victor; Tues- St Pachomius; Fri- St Pancras; Sat- Our Lady of Fatima.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Fridays at 9 till 10am
CONFESSIONS – on Saturdays after 10am Mass and at 6.10pm
TEA AND COFFEE – in the parish room after Mass- access through sacristy.
OUTING TO CHESTER – 14th May- the coach will leave at 12.30pm – usually parked at the bus stop on Stamford Street – the £5 fare can be paid on the coach.
VISITS TO THE LOWRY THEATRE – The Play that Went Wrong – on Wednesday 7th June – tickets are £29 including transport.
And, La Cage aux Folles – on Wednesday 14th June – tickets are £41 including transport. Money can be paid for anytime this month.
10 K RUN FOR CHARITY – at the end of the month, Ann Ratchford will be running the 10K run for Cafod. Anyone wishing to sponsor her is invited to sign the list in the porch.
FIRST COMMUNIONS – are on Sunday 21st May at 11.30am – 10am Mass as usual.
CROSSING THE BOUNDARY – this Sunday, 10am to 3.30pm, an eight mile moderate route with Paul Nethercott following part of the Leesfield parish boundary- meet Mossley Market Ground.
MATILDA – THE MUSICAL – the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company is inspired by the book by Roald Dahl. Winner of over 85 international awards, including 16 for4 best musical – has been seen by 7 million people across the globe. At the Palace Theatre 18th Sept till 24th Nov. There is a list in the porch. Seems too good to miss!
TRULY BLESSED – these past few days; hardly a cloud in the sky and the sun gracious and generous with its warmth. Not a grumpy face to be seen anywhere!
NO COUCH POTATO – it is said that William Wordsworth (who wandered lonely as a cloud!) by middle age had walked 180,000 miles. He thought nothing of walking sixteen miles after dinner to post a letter. The countryside where Wordsworth walked in solitude, is now almost as crowded with pilgrims as Lourdes or Benares.
AND – JOHN WESLEY – from the age of 36 onwards travelled 225,000 miles, mostly on horse-back, preaching more than 40,000 sermons, some of them to more than 20,000 people. He said that he first began to feel old at 85!
MOSSELY CORRESPONDENT – should be a few copies in the porch.

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Newsletter – 23rd April 2017

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 23rd April, 2017 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 C Metcalf; £15 M Wood; £10 R Mascarenhas
LATELY DEAD – Michael Moran (late Fr Power’s nephew)
ANNIVERSARIES – Margaret Conway, Thomas Conway, Maureen Arnold
FUNERAL SERVICE – for Edward Healey is on Monday at 3pm at Dukinfield Crematorium.
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day – except Wednesday – 12 noon
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon- St George; Tues- St Mark; Wed- St Marcellinus;
Thurs- St Zita; Thurs- St Louis Mary de Montfort; Sat- St Catherine of Siena.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Fridays at 9-10am
CONFESSIONS – Saturdays after 10am Mass and at 6.10pm
TEA AND COFFEE – in the parish room after Mass – accesss through sacristy.
PARISH LUNCH – takes place this Wednesday after 12noon Mass – all welcome- the list is still in the porch.
EASTER WATER – we are invited to bless our homes with the Easter Water..
REMINDER – that our outing to Chester is on Sunday 14th May.
OUR TOWER – is due to be checked out this weekend to make sure that the drains are free of debris – otherwise the choir might receive an unwelcome baptism!
THE CHRISTIE ALLSORTS – present a fabulous Ladies Pre- Loved Evening at Saddleworth Rangers ARLFC on Thursday this week from 7.30pm onwards – stunning evening gowns, dresses, shoes, hats, etc – entrance £2 – see poster.
DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES – takes place in July
IN 1415 – St George’s Day was declared a national feast day and holiday in England. It grew to become a really big deal – almost as big as Christmas! St George was born in Cappadocia (Turkey) circa 280. He was beheaded in Palestine on 23rd April, 303. St George’s cross emblem was adopted by Richard The Lion Heart and brought to England in the 12th century.
FROST, RAIN, SUN, WIND – a mixed bag this past week; Sunday was not a day for Easter bonnets. But, what a joy to have the light evenings and to hear the birds singing!
SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME – the children and parents involved in First Holy Communion meet this Sunday before Mass at 9am
LETTER RECEIVED – from a young lady in Cork who has been offered a place at Manchester University to study adult nursing ‘I would be grateful if you would help me find accommodation. I do attend chuch each week; I wouldn’t mind if I was to stay with another catholic family. I would help with the housework.’
MARY OLIVER – ‘ Make of yourself a light, said the Buddha before he died. I think of this every morning as the East begins to tear off its many clouds of darkness.’
AND APOLOGIES – for running out of Easter eggs last Sunday. Will say three Hail Marys and make a thousand genuflections!
JOHN BURNSIDE – ‘love is something learned like dancing.’

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Newsletter 9th April 2017

ST.JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 9th April, 2017 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 L Gee; £15 F Barber; £10 D Buckley.
LATELY DEAD – Arya Wyn Jones (16 hrs)
ANNIVERSARIES – Peggy Dalton, Browne and Enright families.
BAPTISM – we welcome Elliott Dennis Arvid Copeland into the family at St. Joseph’s.
LENTEN PENANCE/RECONCILIATION SERVICE – takes place this Monday at 7.30pm.
MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY – Mass is at 10am
HOLY THURSDAY – MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER – 7.30pm
WATCHING AT THE ALTAR OF REPOSE TILL 10pm
GOOD FRIDAY – STATIONS OF THE CROSS – 10.30am
– LITURGY OF THE LORD’S PASSION – 3pm.
HOLY SATURDAY – EASTER VIGIL AND THE FIRST MASS OF EASTER – 6.30pm
CONFESSIONS – Saturdays at 10.30am and 6.10pm
TEA AND COFFEE – in the parish room after Mass.
NEXT PARISH LUNCH – is on Wednesday 26th April – the list is in the porch.
OUTING TO CHESTER – a wonderful response to our outing on Sunday 14th May – the list is now full! We will be having another trip later.
NEXT MONTH – we will collect the money for our two trips to the Lowry Theatre – hoping that the Grand National hasn’t dented finances.
TODAY’S PALMS – should be an abundance of palms – do feel free to take some to friends and neighbours.
MEDITATION – we thought that we would meet every couple of months for four sessions – in this way we renew our commitment and preserve the tradition.
EASTER EGG TRAIL – now the Cadbury’s Egg Hunt!- Whatever next.?
THE CRUELLEST MONTH – that was Elliot’s view of April, and the past week has certainly been on the chilly side with brief glimpses of the sun. Already, people in the South East are speaking of a possible drought; I think that it is safe to say that up here, waterwise, our cup is overflowing! And this weekend we can expect to be frying eggs on the pavement! – ‘appen, as they say in Lancashire.
CHURCHES TOGETHER SERVICE – on Good Friday at the Market Place at 12 noon and then to the Cross on the hillside.
MOSSLEY CORRESPONDENT – there are copies are in the porch.
LAST WEEK OF LENT – please God, we will do our best. On Good Friday we are asked to go easy on eating after breakfast, but come the evening when the fast finishes, we can enjoy a hearty meal.

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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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