Newsletter – 5th February 2012

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY. 4/5 February, ’12

CAFOD BOX – £35.00 Many thanks

200 CLUB – £25 S Tallents; £15 P Armfield; £10 M Cox.

WEDDING – Congratulations to William Pye and Gabriella Banks who are to be married next Saturday.

ANNIVERSARIES – Michael O’Connor, Frank Shackleton

MASSES THIS WEEK – Monday to Saturday at 10am

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Fri- St Scholastica; Sat- Our Lady of Lourdes


CONFESSIONS – Saturdays at 10.30am and 6.10pm.

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME – the children are celebrating the gift of the Gospel today.

CONGRATULATIONS – to Mrs Pauline Rowley who is being presented with the Benemerenti Medal at St. Annes today.

KNIT AND NATTER – the first knit and Natter will take place this Wednesday at 1.30pm in the Meeting Room- entrance next to the presbytery.

All are welcome and for the non- knitters there is the opportunity to learn a new craft or just to enjoy a cup of tea and the company.

CAFOD FUND-RAISER WALK – around Hollingworth Lake on 25th March – see the list in the porch. The Government has offered to double all monies raised for charities from February to the beginning of May.

NEW OFFERTORY ENVELOPES -are in the porch.

HAGGIS – last week’s haggis was voted sensational! Not to mention the meat and potato pie, the cheese and onion pie and the trifle and the whisky.

SMALL LIBRARY – before Lent we hope to leave some religious books in the bookcase now in the porch; all are free to avail themselves of the contents of the library. Books of a religious nature would be welcome.

EXHILERATING AND SCINTILATING- this week’s weather has to be described in superlatives. The ‘Candlemas Day Saying’ seems to have some truth in it ‘If Candlemas Day be fair and bright, winter will have another flight; but, if Candlemas Day brings clouds and rain, winter is gone and won’t come again.’ The air has been has been like champagne and almost as intoxicating; a hard frost is sure to be beneficial, and most of us don’t mind a blue nose now and again. At least we have heating. In 1825 Maria Bronte was sent home from the School for the children of poor clergymen in Kirby Longsdale, to die of consumption at the age of eleven. The children were starved and freezing in the severe winters. The Revd Mr Brocklehurst chides the superintendant for gving the children cheese ‘Oh madam, when you put bread and cheese, instead of burnt porridge into these childrens’ mouths, you may feed their vile bodies, but you little think how you starve their immortal souls.’ Oh dear me.


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