Newsletter – 3rd March 2019

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 3rd March, 2019 –

200 CLUB – £25 E Downing; £15 M Gross; £10 L Gee
LATELY DEAD – Anthony Leach
ANNIVERSARIES – Patrick Hand, Stanley Norris, Ellen Holmes, Estelle Dalton.
Noel Joyce. Mass this week – 10am each day.
BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY – Joseph Lawrence Hayden, Cath Wright.
FUNERAL SERVICE – for Anthony Leach is on Thursday 14th March at Dukinfield Crematorium at 3.30pm
ASH WEDNESDAY – Mass and distribution of ashes – 10am and 7p
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon-St Casimir, Thurs-SsPerpetua &Filicity
CONFESSIONS – Saturday after 10am Mass and at 6.10pm
TEA AND COFFEE – after Mass in the parish room – access through sacristy.
FOOD BANK – a big thank you for the food left in the porch – taken to the Food Bank on Thursday and gratefully received – all single items welcome.
LENTEN BOOKLETS AND CALENDARS – in the porch – no charge
STATIONS OF THE CROSS – during Lent will be 7pm on Wednesday evenings
XIGONG CLASS – takes place on Thursday at 7.15 till 8.15pm
LES MISERABLES – we go to see the show on Monday 11th March. It would help if any outstanding money is paid this weekend – £50 including transport – we will then know if we have any spare tickets.
SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME – parents and children involved in First Holy Communion meet this Sunday before Mass.
CONGRATULATIONS – to Veronica Timperely who is 90 this weekend.
BEATING THE COLD – three new heaters were installed in the church this past week – in time for the sleet that is forecast. We has a couple of weekday Masses in the parish room – different but homely.
DURING LENT – deanery Station Masses will take place on Tuesday evenings and we will have Meditation on Mondays at 7.15 till 8.15pm
JUST HEAVENLY – blue skies and wall to wall sunshine; it wasn’t going to last but we did enjoy it. And now it’s back to where we were before! However, there is a real stretch in the evenings which is a delight. In the Flemish calendar from the sixteenth century book of hours, the March occupation is gardening, with the emphasis on pruning – a Lenten theme. A life with no space, no still point, at it’s centre may be in need of some hard pruning if it is to grow into its own proper shape – just as plants and shrubs need pruning to keep their shape and not run to seed.
PASTORAL LETTER – we have a pastoral letter from the bishop today on the subject of climate change. There are those who say that we are living in a climate emergency, and that the damage that has been done is irreversible – let’s hope not.
Bishop John asks us to ‘shop more carefully, choosing local produce, so saving expensive transportation costs; walk more, wear a pullover in doors before turning up the heating, and hang out the washing!’ – if you don’t live in a flat or it’s winter.

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