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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Newsletter – 18th December 2016

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 18th December, 2106 – www.stjosephmossley.ork.uk

200 CLUB – £25 L Gee; £15 M Tohill; £10 T Stevens
DONATION TO ST. JOSEPH’S – £500.00 Many thanks
LATELY DEAD – Fr Arthur Keegan (Retired)
ANNIVERSARIES – Honorine Graham, Matthew, Dorothy Jepson, Susan Caldwell, Adrian Moss (Birthday Anniversary)
CONGRATULATIONS AND WELCOME – to Tony Metcalf who will be received into the Church this weekend.
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day ( the school are attending on Tuesday – they break up later in the day for their holidays)
ADVENT PENANCE/RECONCILIATION SERVICE – THIS MONDAY at
7.30pm

CHRISTMAS EVE – MASS IS AT 6.30pm (Carols before)
CHRISTMAS DAY – MASS IS AT 10.30am

JUST MENTIONING – New Years Eve – Mass at 6.30pm
New Year’s Day – Mass is at 11.AM

REQUIEM MASS – for Mary Hurley is on Wednesday at 10.30am
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Fridays at 9-10am
CONFESSIONS – next Saturday at 10.30am
2017 DIARIES ARE AVAILABLE IN THE PORCH – do take one, there is no charge. Please note that in the Irish diaries the holydays are different from here.
CHRISTMAS PARISH LUNCH – Superlatives all round; tables groaning the choicest of food and drink and a truly festive atmosphere – an additional ingredient supplied by the St Joseph’s School choir. Ee bar gum the turkey were good! Our gratitude to the chefs and helpers – not forgetting the trifle maker.
AND WHAT A PERFORMANCE – the outing to see Billy Elliot was absolutely wonderful and the standing ovation said it all. Our next outing is in February to see Funny Girl – money will be collected in January. Just a pity we missed Sweet Charity at The Royal Exchange; it finishes 21st January and has had great reviews.
OUR GRATITUDE – for everything given and shared over the past year.
POPPY APPEAL – the box in the porch raised £81.46.
TEA AND COFFEE – in the parish room after Mass – access through sacristy.
PIETY STALL – ideal for last minute Christmas shopping.
A HECTIC WEEK – is in store for most people and shopping will test our patience – minor irritations when we think of the people of Aleppo. A lady whose obituary appeared in the paper this week, said ‘I start each morning when I get out of bed with the words ‘I am grateful’ in Hebrew.’ Truly, a grateful heart is a priceless gift; no self pity, just a recognition of being blessed.
REALLY-Peter the Great in Russia put a tax on beards and cut them off if he came across them.

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Newsletter – 11th December 2016

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 11th December, 2016 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 A Oliver; £15 A Ratchford; £10 J Warburton.
BAPTISMS – we welcome Sophia Ruby McPartland and Alfie William Cunningham-Hobbs into the family at St Joseph’s.
LATELY DEAD – Mary Teresa Hurley.
ANNIVERSARIES – Paddy Cox, Jeremiah O’Driscoll, Edward Diveny, Noel & Florrie Galvin, Moira & Phil Toole, Arthur Holmes (Birthday Anniversary)
REQUIEM MASS – for Mary Hurley is on Wednesday 21st December, at 10.30.
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10.am each day – except Wednesday – 12 noon.
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon- Our Lady of Guadalupe; Tues- St Lucy; Wed- St John of the Cross; Fri- St Adelaide; Sat- St Lazarus.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Fridays at 9-10am
CONFESSIONS – Saturdays at 10.30am and 6.10pm
CHRISTMAS PARISH LUNCH – THIS WEDNESDAY – after 12 noon Mass.
BILLY ELLIOT – we go to see Billy Elliot at the Palace Theatre this Wednesday- those who have been say that it is a great performance. We will leave from the Market Place car park this time at 6.15pm – earlier than usual – because of congestion in the City Centre due to pre-Christmas shopping and celebrations.
A LITTLE GIFT – we are so happy to give those attending Mass today a framed picture of Our Lady of Mossley.
SCHOOL CAROL SERVICE – takes place this Thursday in church at 7pm.
TEA AND COFFEE – in the parish room after Mass – access through sacristy.
OUR ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE – will take place on Monday 19th December, at 7.30pm.
PIETY STALL – for last minute gifts, cards and calendars.
MOORS AND MINCE PIES – Sunday 18th December – join Paul Nethrcott on a very strenuous walk in the countryside around Carrbrook, finishing with alfresco mince pies. 10am Castle Clough car park, Bucton Vale Road, 10am (6 hours)
DONATION – £60 in memory of Veronica Turner who died in Canada
CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES – just mentioning that on Christmas Eve Mass will be at 6.30pm and on Christmas Day Mass will be at 10.30am.
FINGERS CROSSED – for a white Christmas – tropical weather this past week, without the sun and blue skies. Our tree should be arriving this week; it has had a sign hanging on it for weeks saying ‘St Joseph’s, Mossley’. This Sunday was always known as Gaudete Sunday (rejoice in the Lord always) and the rose coloured candle on the Advent wreath is lit – joyful anticipation at the Lord’s coming. A busy two weeks for most people!
MOSSLEY FOOD BANK – at Micklehurst Youth Base off Micklehurst Road, open Thursdays 10am till 12 is appealing for food parcels – they can be left here.
OLDHAM CHOIR – is giving two Christmas concerts – Holy Trinity, Shaw, this Sunday at 7.30pm and at St Edward’s, Lees, Monday at 7.30pm. £5 including refreshments. Phone Win 832137 for more information.
MARTIN LUTHER – ‘who loves not wine, women and song, remains a fool his whole life long

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Newsletter 4th December 2016

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 4th December, 2016 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 K Glynn; £15 H Moss; £10 M Jennings
BAPTISM – we welcome Rowan Williams into the family at St Joseph’s.
LATELY DEAD – Bren Farrell
ANNIVERSARIES – Eliza D’Souza.
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Tues- St Nicholas; Wed- St Ambrose; Thurs- The Immaculate Conception of Our Lady; Sat- St John Roberts.
TEA AND COFFEE – in the parish room after Mass – access through sacristy.
PARISH CHISTMAS LUNCH – is on Wednesday 14th December after 12 noon Mass. All are welcome – it will be a really festive occasion – the list is in the porch.
ST DAMIAN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY – for senior citizens – takes place THIS THURSDAY – the list is in the porch and please do indicate whether you require transport. The mini bus will collect from church at 11.30am
MOORS AND MINCE PIES – Sunday 18th December – join Paul Nethercott on a very strenuous walk in the countryside around Carrbrook, finishing will alfresco mince pies. 10am Castle Clough car park, Bucton Vale Road.
SCHOOL CHRISTMAS FAIR – THIS FRIDAY – 3.30 – 5pm
MOSSLEY LIGHT FESTIVAL – those who enjoyed the spectacle are being asked to record their appreciation -will help funding for next year..
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Fridays at 9-10am
CONFESSIONS – Saturdays at 10.30am and 6.10pm.
JOSEPHIAN – with the dark nights, the ideal time for sharing stories and experiences – thejosephian@aol
PIETY STALL – cards, calendars and Christmas gifts at Black Friday prices!
MOSSLEY CORRESPONDENT – available in the porch.
REPEPITIVE STRAIN INJURY – wonder if St Francis Xavier suffered from it?
Some of his biographers guess that he baptised between 40,000 and 100,000 believers. One of his letters from India states that on a single day he performed 4,000 baptisms. Perhaps he used a hosepipe! More likely total immersion.
OUR ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE – will take place on Monday 19th December at 7.30pm
ECKHART TOLLE – ‘You can always cope with the Now, but you can never cope with the future- nor do you have to. The answer, the strength, the right action or the resource will be there when you need it, not before, not after.’
THE METEOROLOGICAL WINTER – has arrived, but we shall have to wait until 21st for the astronomical winter to arrive. We were well zapped by the frost earlier in the week, but enjoyed cloudless skies by day. Some parishioners have been planting daffodils-clearly, it pays to be one step ahead! It must have been bracing living in these parts a hundred years ago – St Francis Xavier didn’t have to contend with ice in the baptismal font!
A BLESSING – ‘may your outer dignity mirror an inner dignity of soul’.

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Newsletter – 27 November 2016

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 27th November, 2016 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 M Tohill; £15 H Moss; £10 D Buchanan.
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day.
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon – St Catherine Laboure; Wed- St Andre, Apostle; Thurs- Ss Cuthbert Mayne, Ralph Sherwin, Edmund Campion,Alexander Briant;
Sat- St Francis Zavier.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Fridays at 9-10am – a perfect devotion for the season of Advent: just being still before the Lord.
CONFESSIONS – Saturdays at 10.30am and 6.10pm.
TEA AND COFFEE – after Mass in the parish room – access through sacristy.
ST DAMIAN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY – takes place on Thursday 8th December, 11.30 – 2.30pm. A mini bus will collect from St Joseph’s Church at 11am and return from St Damian’s at 2.30pm. Do put your name on the list in the porch, if possible this weekend, indicating whether you require transport
PARISH CHRISTMAS LUNCH – is on Wednesday 14th December after 12 noon Mass. All are welcome – it will be a really festive occasion – list in the porch.
OUR ADVENT CANDLE – reminds us that we are now in the season of Advent.
ADVENT BOOKLETS AND CALENDARS – are available in the porch – do take one – there is no charge.
LISTS FOR READERS AND MINISTERS – are in the sacristy.
RED MISSION BOXES – will be collected between 20th Nov and 4th Dec.
IGNATION GUIDED PRAYER PARTICIAPANTS – are invited to an afternoon at Salford Cathedral on Saturday 4th Dec, beginning at 1pm (bring and share lunch) SCHOOL CHRISTMAS FAIR – Friday 9th Dec – 3.30-5pm
FUNNY GIRL – we have purchased the tickets – which are being snapped up quickly – for Thursday 22nd February. Will collect the money in January and the cost including transport will be £37.50
BILLY ELLIOT – not forgetting that we go to Billy Elliot on Wednesday 14th.
We will leave slightly earlier this time and from the Market car park.
QUITE A SPECTACLE – on Thursday evening – well done the organisers and participants. It is sure to become an annual event – and the weather was kind.
PIETY STALL – Black Friday bargains continue! Lots of gifts and cards, etc.
AND INTO DECEMBER – though November bared its teeth on Monday; Mossley resembled a giant car-wash- we were all well baptised! One writer mentions that there is a strange grace about the skeletoned forms of the trees, now revealed in their winter shapes. Some are hung with mistletoe, which in the Middle Ages was though capable of breaking the trances of epileptics, dispelling tumours, divining treasures and keeping witches at bay.
PLAN FOR THE DIOCESE – will be ready for publication the weekend of 14th and 15th January- and a time for people to digest it and comment on it. In the Pastoral Letter the bishop mentions that people have expressed a clear desire for the introduction of a Permanent Diaconate – it seems that most dioceses have them.

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