Newsletter – 24th July 2016

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 24th July, 2016 –

200 CLUB – £25 A Ratchford; £15 M Fitzpartick; £10 K Hartley
ANNIVERSARIES – Margaret McFarlane; Kevin Graham (Birthday Anniversary)
WEDDING – our congratulations and best wishes to David Stephen Bailey and Rose Karen Cox who are to be married on Saturday
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day – except Wednesday – 12 noon.
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon – St James, apostle; Tues- Ss Joachim and Anne;
Fri- St Martha; Sat- St Peter Chrysologus.
CONFESSIONS – Saturdays at 10.30am and 6.10pm
TEA AND COFFEE – in the parish room after Mass – access through sacristy.
PARISH LUNCH – this Wednesday after the 12 noon Mass – all welcome – the list is still in the porch.
END OF TERM – we said goodbye on Friday, after Mass, to Mrs Partington, Mrs Poole and Miss Mulligan. The school has benefited enormously from their dedicated service, and we wish the retiring head, Mrs Partington, well in her retirement.
BRASSED OFF – AT THE OLDHAM COLISEUM – during September – best bands from the area are playing – based on a true story, a funny and life-affirming tale of community spirit in the face of adversity. The list is in the porch and will be removed this weekend.
LOWER BRUSHES TRAIL – Wednesday 27th July, make the most of the long summer evenings on an easy two mile walk around Brushes with Paul Nethercott – 7.30pm at Oakgates car park, Hartley Street, off Huddersfield Road.
WORLD YOUTH WEEK -KRAKOW – Pope Francis will be in Karkow this coming week for the Youth Event – a contingent from the diocese will be there.
INTERESTING – in Elizabethan times the mother was never present at her child’s baptism. A member of the family, carrying the infant, would be accompanied by the godparents who were otherwise known as ‘god-sips or ‘gossips’. The gossips were exhorted to make sure that the infant heard sermons and learned the creed as well as the Lord’s Prayer in the English tongue. After the baptism a 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.
The past week has been absolutely wonderful; we are not used to mopping our brows. Long may the good weather continue.
PARISH MAGAZINE – is available today, beautifully illustrated – former parishioners and the house-bound might appreciate a copy
PENAL MIGRATION – between 1787 and 1868 Britain transported 160,000 convicts to Australia. Between 1801 and 1917 more than one million Tsarists were banished to Siberia – bigger than the United States and Europe combined.

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