Newsletter – 12 February 2012

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 11/12 February, ’12.

CAFOD BOX – £26.42

200 CLUB – £25 C Jinks; £15 M Fitzpatrick; £10 K Hartley.

ANNIVERSARIES – Kenneth Timperley; Albert Jeffries

MASSES THIS WEEK – Monday to Saturday at 10am

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Tuesday: Ss Cyril and Methodius.


CONFESSIONS – Saturdays at 10.30am and 6.10pm

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED – for Tameside Hospital Chaplaincy- contact Rev’d Diana Veitch or Sister Colette Iles on 0161 922 5333 and leave your name and a contact number.

KNIT AND NATTER – in spite of the cold weather the first Knit and Natter got off to an excellent start. It was agreed to meet once a fortnight on Wednesday afternoons – 1.30-3.30pm – and the next session is on Ash Wednesday, 22nd March, in the parish meeting room.

HALF TERM – this week; we hope that the weather will be kind to everyone.

CAFOD FUND-RAISING WALK – see details in the porch for a walk round Hollingworth Lake to raise money for Cafod’s Water Projects.

WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER – 22nd March at the Methodist Church at 7.30pm

SATURDAY PRAYER VIGILS FOR LIFE – see poster in porch for prayer vigils during Lent.

BISHOP BRAIN – the bishop had a pacemaker fitted this week after suffering heart problems. We wish him a speedy and good recovery.

FROZEN PLANET – the show the BBC missed arrived in Mossley last weekend! Conditions for getting to church both on Saturday and Sunday were really atrocious, and it was a miracle that parishioners arrived at all. We had a bottle of whisky at hand to revive exhausted parishioners, though, thankfully, it wasn’t needed. It has been bitterly cold all week and the very elderly have wisely kept indoors. One week to go before Lent, so perhaps we might be allowed to indulge oursleves this week on our favourite creature comforts.

PICTURES OF THE SNOW – can be emailed to Brian so that Josephians living in distant places can see how lucky we are!

A THOUGHT AND A PRAYER – why not visit


BAPTISED IN ICE – The Rev Francis Kilvert writing in his diary in February, 1870 ‘ very few people in Church, the weather fearful, violent deadly E wind.

Went to Bettws in the afternoon wrapped in two waistcoats, two coats, a muffler and a mackintosh. When I got to the Chapel my beard, moustache and whiskers were so stiff with ice that I could hardly open my mouth and my beard was frozen on my mackintosh. The baby was baptised in ice which was broken and swimming about in the Font.’

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