Newsletter – 9th December 2018

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 9th December, 2018 –

200 CLUB – £25 J Buckley; £15 M Pegler; £10 V Timperley
DONATION – £10,000 Many thanks.
MISSION RED BOXES – last collection of the year taking place.
BAPTISM – we welcome Alexander Joseph Crane into the family at St Joseph’s.
LATELY DEAD – Sheila O’Grady
ANNIVERSARIES – Mary Teresa Hurley, Edward Diveney, Susan Caldwell, Honorine Gratham, Moira Toole.
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon- St John Roberts, Wed- Our Lady of Guadalupe, Thurs- St Lucy, Frid- St John of the Cross, Sat- St Mary di Rosa.
CONFESSIONS – Saturday after 10am Mass and at 6.10pm
TEA AND COFFEE – in the parish room after Mass – access through sacristy.
MOSSLEY FOOD BANK – immensely grateful for the food received from St Joseph’s. 21 people accessed the Food Bank in November (opens Thursday only).
The Food Bank would welcome, especially, donations of mince pies, selection boxes, chocolates and Christmas puddings Thank you for your kindness.
ADVENT SERVICE OF RECONCILIATION – will take place on Sunday 16th December at 3pm – we thought that the afternoon would be more friendly than the dark nights – nothing ventured nothing gained. Our twice yearly reconciliation services have become an important feature of our parish life.
SCHOOL CAROL CONCERT – is on Tuesday 18th December at 6.30pm
ST DAMIAN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY – this Thursday at 11.30 till 2.30pm
OUR ADVENT WREATH – the second candle is lit today – 2nd week of Advent.
WEDNESDAY’S QI GONG SESSION – went really well with an excellent turn-out. We should all be ready to climb Mt Everest next year. The class starts at 7.15 till 8.15pm
ST. JOSEPH’S NURSERY – if your child is 3 before the end of January he/she is entitled to 15 hours education in our nursery. Do contact Mrs Hirst.
HSA SCHOOL CHRISTMAS FAIR – Thursday 3.15 till 5.15pm
PIETY STALL – calendars, cards and Christmas gifts.
HUGH LAVERY -‘we have romanticised the crib for the reality is too bleak and bitter a scene for celebration. A homeless couple, a winter nght, a child born in the last place a mother would choose for a nativity. There is nothing there last speaks of pleasure. The Christmas noun is joy. Joy may be attended by pleasure or by pain but it relies on neither of them. It finds its only footing in the real, in doing the truth come hell or high water….’
OUR TREE -has arrived, though, for the time being, just pretend that is isn’t there!
A blustery and soggy end to the week and dark so early in the evening. Two weeks to go! If we are retired we might be able to make a weekday Mass. So many people need our prayers; and we want to ask Our Lord that those who have ceased to practice their faith, will come to know that they are loved by him.

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