Newsletter – 27 November 2016

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 27th November, 2016 –

200 CLUB – £25 M Tohill; £15 H Moss; £10 D Buchanan.
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day.
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon – St Catherine Laboure; Wed- St Andre, Apostle; Thurs- Ss Cuthbert Mayne, Ralph Sherwin, Edmund Campion,Alexander Briant;
Sat- St Francis Zavier.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Fridays at 9-10am – a perfect devotion for the season of Advent: just being still before the Lord.
CONFESSIONS – Saturdays at 10.30am and 6.10pm.
TEA AND COFFEE – after Mass in the parish room – access through sacristy.
ST DAMIAN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY – takes place on Thursday 8th December, 11.30 – 2.30pm. A mini bus will collect from St Joseph’s Church at 11am and return from St Damian’s at 2.30pm. Do put your name on the list in the porch, if possible this weekend, indicating whether you require transport
PARISH CHRISTMAS LUNCH – is on Wednesday 14th December after 12 noon Mass. All are welcome – it will be a really festive occasion – list in the porch.
OUR ADVENT CANDLE – reminds us that we are now in the season of Advent.
ADVENT BOOKLETS AND CALENDARS – are available in the porch – do take one – there is no charge.
LISTS FOR READERS AND MINISTERS – are in the sacristy.
RED MISSION BOXES – will be collected between 20th Nov and 4th Dec.
IGNATION GUIDED PRAYER PARTICIAPANTS – are invited to an afternoon at Salford Cathedral on Saturday 4th Dec, beginning at 1pm (bring and share lunch) SCHOOL CHRISTMAS FAIR – Friday 9th Dec – 3.30-5pm
FUNNY GIRL – we have purchased the tickets – which are being snapped up quickly – for Thursday 22nd February. Will collect the money in January and the cost including transport will be £37.50
BILLY ELLIOT – not forgetting that we go to Billy Elliot on Wednesday 14th.
We will leave slightly earlier this time and from the Market car park.
QUITE A SPECTACLE – on Thursday evening – well done the organisers and participants. It is sure to become an annual event – and the weather was kind.
PIETY STALL – Black Friday bargains continue! Lots of gifts and cards, etc.
AND INTO DECEMBER – though November bared its teeth on Monday; Mossley resembled a giant car-wash- we were all well baptised! One writer mentions that there is a strange grace about the skeletoned forms of the trees, now revealed in their winter shapes. Some are hung with mistletoe, which in the Middle Ages was though capable of breaking the trances of epileptics, dispelling tumours, divining treasures and keeping witches at bay.
PLAN FOR THE DIOCESE – will be ready for publication the weekend of 14th and 15th January- and a time for people to digest it and comment on it. In the Pastoral Letter the bishop mentions that people have expressed a clear desire for the introduction of a Permanent Diaconate – it seems that most dioceses have them.

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