Newsletter – 14 April 2013

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 14th April, 2013 –

200 CLUB – £25 A Ratchford; £15 S Tallents; £10 M Fitzpatrick.

ANNIVERSARIES – Patrick Crowley; Cosmos D’Souza.

REQUIEM MASS – at 12 noon on Friday for Lawrence Joseph Hayden

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – this Friday it will be at 11am till 11.50am

MASSES THIS WEEK – 10am except Friday – (12) and Thursday – 9am

CONFESSIONS – Saturdays at 10.30am and 6.10pm

RED BOX APPEAL – next Sunday Fr Jan Klaver from the Mill Hill Missions will be encouraging us to take up a red box for the missions.

THEATRE OUTING – TUESDAY – OPERA HOUSE – CATS – the coach will leave from outside church at 6.30pm.

SCHOOL RETURNS – alas! – on Monday.

CONFIRMATION – takes place on Sunday 19th May. The piety stall has First Communion and Confirmation items.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND BALLET – at the George Lawton Hall on Friday 19th May – Ballet Theatre UK.

ST.GEORGE’S CONCERT – Saturday 20th April – Uppermill Civic Hall.

ITEMS OF FOOD -local needy – many thanks for items left in pres. porch.

PARISH LUNCH -accessing the presbytery is a little difficult at present, but we are hopeful that in May we will be dining sumptuously in the parish room -and at tables!

SLOWLY BUT SURELY – it is warming up – the kettle isn’t taking as long to boil and the mice are not sleeping on top of the television. Many of us have memories of living in really cold houses pre-central heating days. John Betjeman in 1947 went to live in an old vicarage in Farnborough, Berkshire, and it was so cold, said Evelyn Waugh, that the Betjemans would put on Jaeger combinations on the first of September and keep them on until the second week of May. It is said that Betjeman kept a stuffed crocodile in the shrubbery to startle the guests – that’s an idea for when the bishop comes!

Apparently RS Thomas, poet and priest, was so notoriously grumpy in his freezing Welsh rectory that he wouldn’t allow carpets. His mutinous congregation was tiny – 11 at Christmas and inclined to somnolence. Deborah Alun Jones writing of rectory life, mentions a Sydney Smith, who found himself in a parish in Yorkshire that had been without a vicar for a long time, and when he thumped the pulpit during his sermon, the ensuing dust completely obliterated the congregation. No such problems at St Joseph’s.

THERESA MANCUSO – church sanctioned hermit (NewYork) wrote ‘The thing we desperately need is to accept the way things are.’


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