Newsletter – 18th February 2018

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

200 CLUB – £25 E O’Neil; £15 L Gee; £10 F Mascarenhas
ANNIVERSARIES – Anne Hunt, Claire Tallent (Birthday Anniversary)
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day /Margaret Conway.
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Tues-St Wulfric, hermit; Wed-St Peter Damian; Thurs- The Chair of St Peter; Fri-St Polycarp; Sat-St Walburga.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Fridays at 9 till 10am
CONFESSIONS – Saturdays after 10am Mass and at 6.10pm
STATIONS OF THE CROSS DURING LENT – Thursdays at 7pm.
DEANERY STATION MASS THIS TUESDAY – is at Ss Aidan and Oswald at 7.30pm. Fr Francis OFM (Cap) will be preaching. The Station Mass at St Joseph’s is on Tuesday 6th March
NEXT PARISH LUNCH – we have moved the parish lunch to the following week – 14th March – we will be providing refreshments in the Conservative Club after the Station Mass and bringing back cups and saucers etc on Wednesday.
FOOD PARCELS – many thanks for the food parcels. They were taken to the Food Bank last Thursday – the Food Bank were very grateful for them. Food parcels can be left in the porch – and will be very much appreciated by those on benefits during the transition period to universal Credit when payments may be held back for several weeks.
MEDITATION – during Lent we have meditation on Mondays at 7.15 till 8.15pm in the parish room – all welcome.
DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES – takes place on Friday 27th July till Thursday 2nd August. Prices start at £729 for 6 nights full board accommodation. Return flights from Manchester Airport. See poster.
READERS AND EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS- we will shortly be drawing up the new rotas. If anyone would like to read at Mass or be a Eucharistic Minister do add your name to the list in the porch
HALF-TERM – we hope that the weather stays fair for parents and children this week- some schools in the area were off last week.
WALSINGHAM – the diocesan pilgrimage is on Saturday 5th May. Do contact Joe Griffin 0161 817 2222 or email [email protected] for more information.
DURING LENT – It doesn’t get any easier to get started – and some people have enough penances in their lives! If we are retired we might be able to make a weekday Mass one morning or say a little of the Rosary for the people of the parish.
HUGH LAVERY -‘A nation needs its Lent for learning and a lean time can be a season for health. Healing, making whole, revealing, revaluing – these were the works of Jesus and his words did not and do not meet with easy approbation. The message of Jesus is not of gloom but of glory and this is so hard to take.’
CHRISTOPHER LOGUE – ‘when all else fails, try Wales.’

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Newsletter – 11th February 2018

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

200 CLUB – £25 D Allen; £15 A Oliver; £10 M Tohill
BAPTISM – we welcome Noah Christopher Booth into the family at St Joseph’s.
ANNIVERSARIES – Ken Timperley, Eddie Graham, Annie Bardsley
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day.
ASH WEDNESDAY – Mass at 10am and 7pm ( it is a day of fasting, so we are asked to avoid snacking, skip lunch, but have a good breakfast and evening meal)
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon-St Damian, Fr–St Onesimus; Sat-Servite Founders
STATIONS OF THE CROSS DURING LENT – Thursdays at 7pm. This year we are using a different format which we hope will help us in praying the Stations.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Fridays at 9 till 10am
CONFESSIONS – Saturdays after10am Mass and at 6.10pm
TEA AND COFFEE – in the parish room after Mass – access through sacristy
SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME – takes place today at 9.15am for the parents and childrren involved in First Holy Communion
MEDITATION – during Lent we will have meditation on Mondays in the parish room from 7.15 to 8.15pm
FOOD PARCELS – any food parcels can be left in the church porch and the presbytery porch and on Thursdays they will be taken to the Mossley Food Bank.
PARISH LUNCH – our next lunch is on Wednesday 7th March.
LENT BOOKLETS – there are the usual Lent Booklets in the porch. Do take one – there is no change.
LENTEN STATION MASSES – on the Tuesdays of Lent Station Masses are held in different church in the deanery. The first is at Ss Aidan and Oswald, Royton on the 20th February. The third Station Mass is here at St Joseph’s – Fr Eamon Mulcahy will be preaching. The theme for all the Mass is ‘Hope in the Future’.
WALSINGHAM – in May the diocesan pilgrimage to Walsingham takes place. One parishioner has expressed an interest in going. We will leave a list out soon just in case others may wish to go.
MENTIONING – that next Saturday some menbers of our parish ‘Hope in the Future’ team are attending a formation day at Our Lady of Grace, Prestwich.
MOSSLEY CORRESPONDENT – some copies in the porch.
OGDEN NASH – ‘ I would live all my life in nonchalance and insouciance were it not for making a living which is rather a nouciance,’
HIBERNATION – is the only answer to this winter’s weather; apart from a couple of days the weather has been largely disagreeable. Amazing how the snowdrops thrive in such adverse conditions, and what a beautiful little flower it is.
THINKING BIG – our world is part of 140 billion galaxies that are at presnt visible to the Hubble telescope, and if each galaxy was the size of a frozen pea, there would be enough of them to fill The Royal Albert Hall. Thinking small – we have ten thousand trillion cells in our bodies, almost each one containing some six feet of densely packed DNA.

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Newsletter – 4th February 2018

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 4th February, 2018 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 D Chisnall; £15 R Mascarenhas; £10 M Shaw.
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon-St Agatha; Tues-SsPaul Miki & Companions; Thurs-St Jerome Emiliani; Sat-St Scholastica.
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.
PARISH LUNCH – our next parish lunch will be on Wednesday 7th March.
REMINDER – that we go to see Miss Saigon on Tuesday 24th April.
INSERT FROM THE DIOCESE – The safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults is at the heart of the Church’s mission. There is no place in the Church, or indeed in society, for abuse, which can affect people for their entire lives. We recognise that with increased reporting and ongoing national enquiry it has raised awareness of abuse and this may have led individuals to reflect on their own experiences. The Diocese of Salford encourages all those who have any concerns of abuse past or present by any person connected to the Diocese to report such abuse to either Dawn Lundergan, Safeguarding Co-ordinator or Cath Taylord Safeguarding Officer via the contact details below . Phone: 0161 8172206 and [email protected]
THIS SUNDAY- AS THE CROW FLIES – join Paul Nethercott and see some of the best countryside in Tameside; ten miles of moorland, river valleys, towpaths and tracks. 10am till 4pm, Oakgates car park, Hartley Street.
HAVE LEFT – a few gift-aid forms in the porch for people to sign.
ADAM LINDSAY GORDON -‘Life is mostly froth and bubble, two things stand like stone, kindness in another’s trouble, courage in your own.’
MOSSLEY FOOD BANK – following a visit by two parishioners to see what the situation was at the Food Bank in Micklehurst, we can now report that they are in need of food – and they are expecting an influx of requests for food as the Universal Credit is rolled out. Any donations for food can be left in the church porch or in
the presbytery porch..
IN THE BOOK OF HOURS – a devotional book popular in the Middle Ages and the most common type of surviving medieval manuscript – the unlaborious seasonal labour for bitter Februaries was sitting by the fire. No doubt most of us have done our fair share of that this past week. The cold, biting winds, have kept us on our toes, not to mention the sleet and snow! And on Friday Punxsutawney Phil, the world’s most celebrated groundhog,forecast six more weeks of winter!
EPITAPH – CHELMSFORD CATHEDRAL – Here lies the man RICHARD and MARY his wife. Their surname was PRITCHARD, They lived without strife, and the reason was plain; they abounded in riches; they had no care or pain, and the wife wore the breeches.
R McGOUGH -‘I wanted one life you wanted another we couldn’t have our cake so we ate eachother.’

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Newsletter – 28th January 2018

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 28th January, 2018 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 F Mascarenhas; £15 J Brooks; £10 J Edge
LATELY DEAD – James Bernard Kelly, Paul Keaney
ANNIVERSARIES – Margaret Allman, Annie O’Driscoll, May Booth.
REQUIEM MASS – for Agnes O’Neil is on Wednesday at 10am
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am – except Thursday – 9.30am
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon-St Gildas the Wise, Wed-St John Bosco, Thurs-St Brigid, Fri- Presentation of The Lord, Sat- St Blaise.
BLESSING OF THROATS – after 10am Mass on Saturday
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
PARISH LUNCH – will give the date for the next lunch next week.
ENVELOPES AND GIFT AID FORMS – just mentioning again, that gift aid forms do have to be signed in order to be activated. Vincent Carey will be in the porch to assist those who have recently stated a wish to gift aid – no other information is required except your address. We shall remove the envelopes this weekend, but if anyone wishes to have one, just take a packet and write your name and the number of the envelope on the sheet of paper.
MISS SAIGON – we have booked the tickets for Miss Saigon at the Palace Theatre for Tuesday 24th April. The cost of tickets and transport will be £55 – slightly dearer than usual – hope it will be ok – it is something of a spectacular.
Money can be paid in March.
AS THE CROW FLIES – Sunday 4th February, join Paul Nethercott and discover some of the best countryside in Tameside; ten miles of moorland, river valleys, towpaths and tracks. 10am till 4pm, Oakgates carpark, Hartley Street.
PERSPICACIOUS – St Paul’s Day (last Thursday) was used in medieval times for predicting the weather: ‘ If St Paul’s Day be faire and clear, it doth betide a happy year; but if by chance it then should rain, it will make dear all kinds of grain……And if blustery winds do blow aloft, then wars will trouble our realm full oft.’
HALF WAY THROUGH WINTER – and there is a stretch in the days. But what a sight greeted us and the end of the 10am Mass last Sunday! Snow, glorious snow, and falling quite thick and fast. Happily everyone got home safely. When the daffodils start appearing, we will breathe a sigh of relief. One lady asked recently if we buried ashes in the church grounds. It hasn’t been our tradition to do so. One telephone enquirer asked how much we charged for burials in our church graveyard!
ROWAN WILLIAMS – ‘Humanly speaking, holiness is always this: God’s endurance in the middle of our refusal of him, his capacity to meet every refusal with the gift of himself.’
DID YOU KNOW – Lady Thatcher’s nickname was TINA – there is no alternative – a bit chilling!

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Newsletter – 21 January 2018

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 21st January, 2018 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 V Carey; £15 T Stevens; £10 A Whittaker
LATELY DEAD – Heather Carey, Carl Evans, Josie Daly, David Davenport.
ANNIVERSARIES – Maureen Murphy. LD -Rosemarie Lowe.
REQUIEM MASS – for Agnes O’Neil is on Wednesday 31st January at 10am
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Fridays at 9 till 10am
CONFESSIONS – Saturday after 10am Mass and at 6.10pm
MISS SAIGON – on at the Palace Theatre 21st March till 12th May – there is a list in the porch – will need to order the tickets next week. Put ‘S’ next to your name if you wish to sit in the stalls.
OFFERTORY ENVELOPES – in the porch. If you would like a packet, just take one and sign your name and the number of the envelope on the sheet of paper.
GIFT AID FORMS – need to be signed for the diocese – the only information required is your address = Vincent Carey is in the porch with the forms
SUMMARY OF 2017 FINANCIAL ACCOUNTS
(not included in online newsletter)

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Newsletter – 29th October 2017

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

200 CLUB – £25 M Buckley; £15 K Adams; £10 A Brooks
BAPTISM – we welcome Malachy Harry Hipkan into the family at St Joseph’s
LATELY DEAD – Canon Kevin O’Connor (retired), Carmel Sullivan.
ANNIVERSARIES – Dorothy O’Neil (Birthday Anniversary)
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day – except Wednesday – 9.40 (have a Requiem Mass at Lees at 10.30)
ALL SAINTS – WEDNESDAY – Mass at 9.40am and 7pm
HOLY SOULS – THURSDAY – Mass at 10am
FEASTS THIS WEEK -Mon-St Alphonsus; Tues-St Wolfgang; Fri-St Martin de Porres, St Malachy, St Winifride; Sat- St Charles Borromeo.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Fridays at 9 till 10am
CONFESSIONS – Saturdays after 10am Mass and at 6.10pm
CLOCKS BACK – this weekend.
TEA AND COFFEE – in the parish room after Mass – access through sacristy.
OUR THEATRE OUTING – as always a great treat – though the theme was a trifle lugubrious and the atmosphere somewhat doleful. But the singing and acting were excellent.
GUYS AND DOLLS – will collect the money nearer to the date.
MATILDA – we go to see Matilda on 24th September next year. 76 people are going and early November we have to pay for the tickets – £4,235.00. Could we ask that people pay £25 deposit this month and the rest can be paid next year sometime.
HOPE IN THE FUTURE – the bishop wants each parish team to meet three times before Advent. For the members who signed up for St. Joseph’s team we will meet on Wednesday 15th, 22nd, 29th of November, at 7pm till 8pm in the parish room.
SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME – for parents and children involved in First Holy Communion next year, the first meeting will take place at Church on Sunday 12th November at 9am
QUIZ NIGHT – the date for our next Quiz Night is on Thursday 30th November at 7.30pm in the parish room. There is a list in the porch to add our names if we wish to come. It has always been a really enjoyable evening.
MEDITATION – our final meditation takes place this Monday in the parish room at 7.15-8.15pm. All welcome – even if you haven’t been before!
CHILDREN’S PACKS – are available before Mass to help the little ones becoming too noisy and restless during Mass – they have been enthusiastically received.
THE JOSEPHIAN – we received a couple of articles this week; do keep them coming – there is so much talent in the parish waiting to be tapped.
HALF-TERM – fingers crossed for good weather. What a deluge of rain we had last Saturday evening; we are due for some fine weather.
BLESSING – like the joy of the sea coming home to the shore, may the relief of laughter rinse through your soul – J.O’D.

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Newsletter – 22nd October 2017

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 22nd October, 2017 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 R King; £15 S O’Grady; £10 L Gee.
WEDDING – Our congratulations and best wishes to Anthony Howard-Cofield and Angela Marie Simpson who are to be married today.
LATELY DEAD – Peter Warburton.
ANNIVERSARIES – Monica Brennan
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day- except Wednesday – 9.30am (Requiem elswhere) and Thursday – 9.30am
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Friday at 9 till 10am
CONFESSIONS – Saturdays after 10am Mass and at 6.10pm
FR MICHAEL FLEMING’S FUNERAL – Reception into Holy Family, Limeside, on Wednesday at 7pm followed by Mass. Bishop John Arnold will celebrate Requiem Mass on Thursday at 11am. The burial will take place at Wardley Cemetery. Fr Michael was aged 56 yrs. May he rest in peace.
TEA AND COFFEE – in the parish room after Mass – access through sacristy.
MEDITATION – during the month of October we have meditation in the parish room on Monday’s at 7.15 – 8.15pm
QUIZ NIGHT – by popular demand we hope to have a Quiz Night in November. We will leave a list out next Sunday
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon-St John of Capistrano; Wed-The Six Welsh Matyrs;
Thurs-SsChad & Cedd; Sat-Ss Simon & Jude, Apostles.
SUNSET BOULEVARD – this Thursday we go to the Palace Theatre to see Sunset Boulevard. The coach will leave from the bustop on Stamford Street at 6.15pm. It should be a great evening.
CHILDREN’S PACKS – to help the little ones becoming too restless and noisy during Mass, two parishioners have produced a little pack containing crayons and a colouring book. Do take a pack and return it when leaving.
THIS SUNDAY – Country Park Round – celebrating 25th anniversary of Stalybridge Country Park. Walk with Paul Nethercott through Lower Brushes, over Wild Bank and around Swineshaw. An all day ramble to discover the delights of S.B.Country Park. 10-3pm Castle Clough car park, Buckton Vale Road.
HALF-TERM – the school closes for half-term on Friday.
PARISH MAGAZINE – we are encouraged to scratch our heads – who knows what’s in there!
QUEEN AND COUNTRY – with the Mossley Band at the George Lawton Hall on Friday 10th November – Mossley Cancer Committee – see poster in porch.
INFLATION ! – in the 14th century one and a half pence would buy a rabbit without the skin, a woodcock or a plover. It was the daily pay of an unmounted archer, a gardener and a sailor. It was the weekly toll on carts bringing sand, gravel, or corn and flour, into London.
AUTUMNAL JOYS – autumn’s colours are beginning to appear; the wind is doing its best to dislodge the leaves – along with the rain!

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Newsletter – 15th October 2017

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

200 CLUB – £25 R Cox; £15 F Worthington; £10 M Fitzpatrick
RED MISSION BOXES – this quarter we collected £525.12 – Thank you
BAPTISM – we welcome Thea Harley Florence Savage into the family at St Joseph’s.
LATELY DEAD – Fr Michael Fleming.
ANNIVERSARIES – Kevin Graham, David Graham
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day
FEAST DAYS THIS WEEK – Mon- St Margaret Mary, St Richard Gwyn;Tues-St Ignatius; Wed-St Luke; Fri-St Irene; Sat- St Hilarion.
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 sacristy.
SAD NEWS – we received the sad news on Wednesday that Fr Michael Flemming had died. He had been really poorly during the summer months but was upbeat about making a recovery. We are grateful for his ministry here. He arrived in March 2003 and left in December 2010 to go to Our Lady of Lourdes and St Gregory’s in Farnworth. After that he moved to the Holy Family in Limeside and also looked after Holy Rosary, Oldham. He said recently that he enjoyed his time at St Joseph’s and was sorry to leave. So far, the diocese has not released any details of the funeral arrangements. May he rest in peace.
PARISH LUNCH – once again, just a lovely occasion. Two beautifully prepared Lancashire dishes, followed by apple crumble and trifle and cakes – not to mention the raffle and stand-up bingo! Our gratitude to our cooks and desert makers and bakers, and indeed, to all who came.
GUYS AND DOLLS – we have purchased the tickets – 7th Dec – and will collect the money next month.
MEDITATION – during the month of October we have meditation in the parish room – 7.15-8.15pm – all welcome. (finding inner peace).
SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME – will give details next week
CHILDREN’S PACKS – to help the little ones becoming too restless and noisy during Mass, two parishioners have produced a little pack containing crayons and a colouring book. Do take a pack and return it when leaving. Hope it is useful.
HELPING WITH THE FLOWERS – do mention it if you would like to give a hand – training and help will be provided.
THE JOSEPHIAN – holidays, memories, favourite places, recipes, etc,
TROPICAL WEATHER – forecast for the next few days – before the storm! The pumpkins adorn our supermarkets; they look so attractive. Wonder how many people eat them.
A BLESSING OF ANGELS – ‘May the Angel of Encouragement confirm you in worth and self-respect, that you may live with the dignity that presides in your soul. May all the Angels be your sheltering and joyful guardians.’

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Newsletter – 8th October 2017

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 8th October, 2017 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 M Henshaw; £15 D Chambers; £10 J Buckley
LATELY DEAD – Winnie Dunne, Maisie Rebello.
ANNIVERSARIES – Kathryn Smith; Leonard Hall.
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day – except Wednesday at 12 noon – and Friday at 9am.
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon-Bl John Henry Newman, Tues-St Paulinus of York,
Thurs-St Wilfrid, Fri- St Edward the Confessor, Sat- St Callistus.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – please note that this week it will be on THURSDAY – 9 till 10am.
CONFESSIONS – Saturdays after 10am Mass and at 6.10pm
TEA AND COFFEE – in the parish room after Mass – access through sacristy.
PARISH LUNCH – this Wednesday after 12 noon Mass – list in the porch.
HOPE IN THE FUTURE – there are some prayer cards in the porch.
SAN DAMIANO CROSS – on Wednesday evening at the Cathedral each parish received a picture of the San Damiano Cross. Ours got rather wet due to the driving rain which greeted us when we left the Cathedral and made our way to Victoria Station.
PARISH TEAM – a few vacancies left on the parish team – list in the porch. We are asked to meet three times before Advent to discern how best we can be renewed as a parish and so be truly missionary. No meeting to last more than an hour.
SUNSET BOULEVARD – Thursday 26th October at the Palace Theatre
GUYS AND DOLLS – just mentioning that we go to the Royal Exchange Theatre on Thursday 7th December.
HELP – needed to arrange flowers in church. If you can spare any time please see Bernadette Hayes of Fr Lavin. If we had three or four teams of two people it would make it less demanding – and much more fun!
NEXT SATURDAY – Sister Colette mentions that there is Coffee Morning, tombola, raffle and bring and buy, in aid of the Presentation Mission in Zambia, at the Presentation Convent 111 Audenshaw Road from 11am till 2pm. All welcome.
PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE – see the poster in the porch
MEDITATION – during October we have meditation in the parish room 7.15 till 8.15pm – all welcome – everyone will leave in peace!
PARISH MAGAZINE – do think about an article you would like to submit. Typed or written copies can be left at the presbytery. .
GETTING DARKER – the nights are certainly drawing in and the temperature is a hint cooler, but fingers crossed for a late heatwave
RABBI ABRAHAM HESCHEL – his words in his old age:’ I did not ask for success: I asked for wonder.’ And wonder is giving (and calling) attention to the world in order to praise it.
A BLESSING OF ANGELS (J O ‘D) May the Angels in their beauty bless you. May they turn towards you streams of blessings. May the Angel of Welcoming stir your heart to come alive to the eternal within you, to all the invitations that quietly surround you…….’

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Newsletter – 1st October 2017

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY 1st October, 2017 – www.stjosephmossley.rg.uk

200 CLUB – £25 M Pegler; £15 A Chambers; £10 A Metcalf
ANNIVERSARIES – Margaret Buckley, Brian Glynn, Mae Barber.
LATELY DEAD – George Sadler.
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon- Guardian Angels, Wed-St Francis of Assisi, Thurs-St Faustina, Fri-St Bruno, Sat- Our Lady of the Rosary.
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
TEA AND COFFEE – after Mass in the parish room – access through sacristy.
PARISH LUNCH – is on Wednesday 11th October after 12 noon Mass – the list is in the porch – all welcome.
SUNSET BOULEVARD – Thursday 26th October at the Palace Theatre
MEDITATION – during October we have Meditation on Mondays in the parish room from 7.15 to 8.15pm – all welcome as usual.
HOPE IN THE FUTURE – PARISH TEAM – the bishop would like every parish to have a team of people able to steer and move the parish forward in its missionary activities. Resources will be provided for the occasions when we meet and the meetings must be no longer than one hour. We have left a list in the porch and if you feel that you would like to join the group then just leave your name or initial. It shouln’t be over demanding; most of all, it is about exchanging ideas about what we might and should be doing as a parish.
HOPE IN TH FUTURE COMMISSIONING SERVICE – on Wednesday 4th October at Salford Cathedral. Two parishioners have voluntered to attend and during the service each parish will be presented with a framed piicture of the San Damiano Cross which is associated with that invitation to St Francis.
NOTA BENE – from 15th October, shops can refuse to accept the old £1 coin.
LIVING FAITH BOOKLETS – are available in the porch – geat buy at 50p!
PIETY STALL – new stock on display.
SISTER COLETTE – mentions that there is a Coffee morning, tombola, raffle, bring and buy in aid of the Presentation Mission in Zambia, at the Presentation Convent 111 Audenshaw Road on Saturday )ctober 14th, 11 till 2pm. All welcome.
PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE – 6th June to 13th, 2018 – see the poster in the porch – £100 discount if book and pay by 1st December.
MICHAELMAS DAY – (29th Sept) ‘ If St Michael brings many acorns Christmas
will cover the fields with snow.’ – according to folklore lots of acorns will bring a hard winter. We are looking forward to a St Luke’s summer this month. The past week was really very agreeable and ideal for getting out and about.
STARTING THE DAY – for the past eighty years (wrote the cellist Pablo Casals at the age of ninety three) I have started the day in the same manner…I go to the piano and I play two preludes and fugues of Bach.. It is a sort of benediction on the house. But that is not its only meaning. It is a rediscovery of the world in which I have the joy of being a part. It fills me with the awareness of the wonder of life, with the marvel of being human

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