Newsletter – 21st July 2013

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 21st July, 2013 –

200 CLUB – £25 J Edge; £15 A Ratchford; £10 M Hulston.

LATELY DEAD – Lillian Smith. May she rest in peace.

ANNIVERSARIES – Kevin Graham (Birthday Anniversary)

MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day – except Friday – at 9am

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon- St Mary Magdalene; Tues- St Bridget; Thurs- St James; Fri- Ss Joachim and Anne.

FUNERAL SERVICE – for Lillian Smith on Thursday at the Crematorium at 12 noon.

SCHOOL FINISHES – on Friday – Mass with the children at 9am.


CONFESSIONS – Saturdays at 10.30am and 6.10pm.

FOOD PARCELS – many thanks for the food parcels left in the porch.

SCARECROW FESTIVAL – takes place this weekend and, as you will see, several parishioners have been industrious in making scarecrows, along with other churches, schools and businesses. The results of the competition will be published next week- the mayors of Mossley and Tameside are the judges.

PARISH LUNCH- we had a super feast on Thursday lunchtime – a buffet to suit the occasion – and our gratitude to all the helpers. The egg and spoon race was cancelled due to the excessive heat, as was the high jump!

SIMPLY DIVINE – the mediterranean weather continues to receive a standing ovation; if the sunshine is here for good we might be able to produce our own altar wine. Let’s hope the mosquitoes don’t hear about these warm conditions – and that goes for snakes too. The heat does sap one’s energy somewhat. On the continent it wasn’t unusual, in the high summer, to see candles melting in church, though the larger churches and cathedrals stayed beautifully cool.

PARISH MAGAZINE – the next edition will be out in September, so let us know of interesting places visited or enjoyable experiences or points of view.

COFFEE AND TEA – served after Mass in the parish room – access through the sacristy

CLIMATE CHANGE? – Dorothy Wordsworth writing from Grasmere on 24th July, 1800, says ‘it was excessively hot. All morning I was engaged in making pies; the house was a hot oven but yet we could not bake the pies – I was so weary I could not walk so I went and sat with William in the orchard. On Saturday it was still hotter. In the afternoon I was ill in the headache and toothache and went to bed…….’

INTERESTING – the first of the ‘proper’ guide books to the Lake District was written by a Jesuit Father, Thomas West, in 1778. It ran into 10 editions by 1812 and William Wordsworth knew it well.

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