Newsletter – 7th April 2013

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 7th April, 2013 –

200 CLUB – £25 J Edge; £15 D Chambers; £10 J Timperley

LATELY DEAD – Lawrence Joseph Hayden. May he rest in peace

BAPTISM – we welcome Amelia Mae Hartley into the family at St Joseph’s.

MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day.

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon- The Annunciation of the Lord; Thurs- St Stanislaus; Sat- St Martin.


CONFESSIONS – Saturdays at 10.30am and 6.10pm

CATS – OPERA HOUSE – Tuesday 18th – leaving church at 6.30pm

DUST GLORIOUS DUST – hard slog in the parish room – end is in sight. A disabled access door and ramp will be fitted this week.

EASTER WATER – we are encouraged to bless our homes with the Easter water.

ITEMS OF FOOD – for the local needy can be left in the presbytery porch.

JOSEPHIAN – PARISH MAGAZINE – seems to have been well received. Do mention if you didn’t get a copy. Articles for the June edition can be sent to [email protected]

CHILLY FOR APRIL – April is supposed to be the month for the greening of the trees but we are still feeling numb with the cold. It has been dry for the children on school holidays; I suspect that not many have ventured to the seaside. Garden Centres have been as deserted as cemeteries, and, for the time being, air condtioning will not be needed in church. It’s lovely to have the long evenings at last, and when the heat arrives, the champagne will have to come out. The week after Easter is always quiet and this year has been no exception, except that is, for those who are busy, busy, busy.

MENTIONING – William Shakespeare was baptised in the Church of the Holy Trinity, in Stratford on Wednesday 26th April, 1564. Peter Ackroyd writes ‘ The infant Shakespeare was carried by his father from his birthplace in Henley Street into the church. The mother was never present at the baptism. John Shakespeare and his newborn son would have been accompanied by the godparent, who were otherwise known as ‘god-sips’ or ‘gossips’. At the font the gossips were exhorted to make sure that William Shakespeare heard sermons and learned the Creed as well as the Lord’s Prayer ‘in the English tongue.’ After the baptism a piece of white linen cloth was placed on the head of the child, and remained there until the mother had been ‘churched’ or purified; it was called the ‘chrisom cloth’ and if the infant died within a month, was used as a shroud. After the celebration a christening cake would be consumed.’


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