Newsletter – 7th August 2016

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 7th August, 2016 –

200 CLUB – £25 L Brayshaw; £15 Y Kelly; £10 A Whittaker
BAPTISM – we welcome George Lucas Grahame-Betts into the family here.
FUNERAL SERVICE – for Novia Emilia Delima is on Tuesday at 10am
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am – except Tuesday – 9.15am
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon- St Dominic; Tues – St Teresa Benedicta; Wed- St Lawrence; Thurs- St Clare; Fri- St Jane Frances Chantal.
CONFESSIONS – Saturdays at 10.30am and 6.10pm
YANKS IN SADDLEWORTH – this weekend – military parade and convoy at 12 noon in Uppermill, led by the Oldham Scottish Pipe Band – and free dance lessons by the Boogie Club!
TEA AND COFFEE – after Mass in the parish room.
BRASSED OFF – theatre trip to the Oldham Coliseum – on Wednesday 14th September – tickets can be paid for this month – £22.50 including transport.
PLATT FIELDS – Saturday 3rd September at 3pm – Rosary and Hymns
STEPPING OUT – Roman soldiers were expected to be able to march at least 20 miles in five hours, carrying 50lbs of equipment.
PARISHES IN FRANCE – an English priest serving in a French diocese mentions that in the parish in which he serves in the Loire vally, in the diocese of Angers, the parish priest has two assistant priests and draws on the services of four retired priests. The parish covers no fewer than 31 village communities and churches – most of which rarely have a Mass and stand empty for the great majority of time. This situation is now the norm in rural France.
INTERESTING – Motorcycle Funerals – founded by Rev Paul Sinclair (Faster Pastor) have taken more than 4,000 people on their final journeys by motorcycle hearse.
WET WELLIE WALK – Tuesday 9th August – splash through the streams of Brushes Valley. Wellies esential – 1pm Oakgates car park, Hartley St. 2 hours.
NOT TOO BAD – a week for getting out and about. This week Blackpool is the favoured destination for a number of parishioners – let’s hope the sun shines. One parishioner who returned from the resort last week looked the picture of health – and divulged where the best fish and chips are to be found!
ST. MARY’S MULBERRY STREET – just mentioning that Mass is at 12.30pm each day. The Stations of the Cross continue to attract comment – an illustrated booklet of them is on sale with an article by Sister Wendy.
IT IS ASSERTED – that more brides in Britain go down the aisle to Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I will survive’ than to any other tune- (though not at St Joseph’s!)
In Shakespear’s day it was customary for the bride to carry a knife or dagger
suspended from her girdle- the reasons for which are uncertain! The bridegroom would leave the ring on the bride’s fourth finger, since the vein in that finger was supposed to run directly to the heart. The guests at the wedding were often given gifts of gloves.

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