Newsletter – 15 January 2017

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY- 15th January, 2017 –

200 CLUB – £25 T Stevens; £15 M Oliver; £10 V Tomlisson
LATELY DEAD – Betty Cotton
ANNIVERSARIES – Maureen Murphy, Annie Rowley.
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am on Saturday.
EUCHARISTICE SERVICE – Tuesday and Thursday at 10am
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon – St Fursa, Tuesday- St Anthony, Thurs- St Wulfstan, Fri- SsFabian and Sebastian, Sat- St Agnes.
CONFESSIONS – Saturdays at 10.30 and 6.10pm
TEA AND COFFEE – in the parish room after Mass – access through sacristy.
CHURCH UNITY SERVICE (for the Week of Prayer for Church Unity) is to be held today at St George’s Church at 2.30pm.
NEXT PARISH LUNCH- is on Wednesday 22nd February.
FUNNY GIRL – we go to the Palace Theatre on Thursday 23rd February. Tickets can now be paid for £37.50 including transport.
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG – a parishioner has mentioned this play that is on at The Lowry 5th till 10th June, written by an Ashton lad and is quite hilarious. Will put out a list soon with some more information.
SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME – today at 9am – First Holy Communion.
NEW OFFERTORY ENVELOPES – are in the porch – including Gift Aid forms.
If you would like a box of envelopes, take one and write your name and the number of the envelopes on the sheet of paper.
LET’S TALK ABOUT AGEING – Mossley Community Centre on Monday 23rd January, 10am till 3pm. Tea and biscuits provided – bring your own lunch.
ST JOSEPH’S MOSSLEY – It is proposed that it remains as at present. If need arises in the future, it could be amalgamated with the parish of Saint Edward, Lees, or the two separate parishes could be served by one priest.
LOCALLY – St Anne’s and St Christopher’s will amalgamate. The only church closures proposed are: St Mary’s, Oldham, Holy Rosary, Fitton Hill, Sacred Heart, Derker, St Anne, Greenacres or St Michael’s, Abbeyhills.
PROPOSED AMALGAMATIONS – Corpus Christi, Hollinwood, and St Herbert, Chadderton; St Aidan and Oswald, Royton, and St Joseph, Shaw; St Patrick and Holy Rosary.
WINTER – has been snarling a little this week; it seems that we have got off lightly compared with temperatures in Poland and surrounding countries. In a hundred years time Mossley will be festooned with palm trees and orange trees – not to mention the creatures that thrive in the heat! The amalgamations and closures are troubling. I suspect that the sensus fidelium – the feeling/mind of the faithful – would be to put the ordination of married men firmly on the bishops’ agenda.
PERHAPS – just occasionally, we have experienced a passing dis-inclination to leave the warmth of the duvet – Matthew Arnold expresses it beautifully ‘the foot lest prompt to meet the morning dew’. Oh to be a poet!

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