Newsletter – 1st April 2018

ST. JOSEPH’S, CHURCH – 1st April, 2018 –

200 CLUB – £25 M Oliver; £15 K Hartley; £10 E Downing
BAPTISM – we welcome Tobias Andrew Heywood into the family at St Joseph’s
LATELY DEAD – Marjorie Schofield – many will remember her from St Damian’s; James William Bowe, Kitty Finnegan.
ANNIVERSARIES – Frank Schofield, Joseph Lawrence Hayden, Felix Barber-
Joseph Vincent Smith and Thomas Booth (Birthday Anniversaries).
DONATION – towards Easter flowers – £100.00
DONATION – in memory of Allen Tallents – £50.00.
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day
CONFESSIONS – Saturdays after 10am Mass and at 6.10pm
APOLOGIES – no refreshments today after Mass.
FOOD ITEMS – many thanks for the food items left in the porch – they were taken on Thursday to the Mossley Food Bank. (those receiving food parcels need a note from a professional person aware of their situation). Any single item is welcome.
EASTER WATER – do feel free to take home some Easter Water over the next few weeks – it is a tradition that we bless our homes with Easter Water.
WISHING EVERYONE A JOYFUL AND PEACEFUL EASTER – and, once again, thank you for everything given and shared and for being so lovely.
MISS SAIGON – we go on 24th April – parishioners who have seen the show say that it is brilliant, so, a real treat in store.
FUNERAL – of Yvonne Kelly takes place later this week in Ayr.
LADIES DAY AT ASCOT – see the poster in the porch.
INTO APRIL – April is the month of the greening of the trees, and sudden late frosts. In the woods the white wood anemone , the wind-flower, is thick on the ground; known in parts of Derbyshire as ‘Moggie nightgown’; it only spreads by six feet every hundred years. This is what T.S. Elliot thought of April: ‘April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain.’
CONTROVERSY – Pope Francis is alleged to have said that hell doesn’t exist – whoopee!! Rather, he indicated that those unworthy of heaven and unrepentant will cease to exist. It seems to make sense, but the Vatican denial machine has gone into overdrive.
DIRE FORECAST – for Monday, but hopefully, parishioners will be able to chill out this weekend. It wont be long before people are complaining of the heat!
HUGH LAVERY -‘Rising asks first for a dying and this is the demand we want to evade. Christ’s lovely language is is fresh with rural images of growth and fine metaphors of maturation. Total resurrection was born of total surrender. Here we learn one lesson, self-realisation is the child of self-sacrifice.’
J O’D – ‘May you be blessed with good friends, and learn to be a good friend to yourself, journeying to that place in your soul where there is love, warmth and feeling.May this change you.’

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