Newsletter – 24th March 2019

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 24th March, 2019 –

200 CLUB – £25 V Timperley; £15 J Edge; £10 P McDermott
LATELY DEAD – Liam Brennan
ANNIVERSARIES – Yvonne Kelly, Ellen Tohill, Felix Barber
REQUIEM MASS – for Liam Brennan is on Tuesday 9th April at 10.30am
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK — 10am each day.
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon- The Annunciation of the Lord; Wed- St John of Egypt; Fri- St Rupert; Sat- St John Climacus
CONFESSIONS – Saturday after 10am Mass and at 6.10pm.
TEA AND COFFEE – in the parish room after Mass – access through sacristy.
FOOD BANK – a bumper gift of food this week – taken to the Food Bank on Thursday and ever so gratefully received. Many thanks for your kindness.
MEDITATION DURING LENT – Mondays at 7.15-8.15 in the parish room
DEANERY STATION MASS – this Tuesday is at St Edward’s, Lees, at 7.30pm
STATIONS OF THE CROSS – Wednesday at 7pm
XIGONG CLASS – on Thursday at 7.15 till 8.15
SCHOOL GOVERNORS – meet this Thursday at 6pm
CLOCKS FORWARD – next weekend
AN ANCIENT SCOURGE – carried on monsoon winds across the Red Sea, vast swarms of desert locusts have posed a threat to the people of the Horn of Africa for millenia. One swarm can number billions of insects, cover an area of 1,000 square miles and consume 30-40,000 tonnes of food per day – all of which makes the desert locust well deserving of its collective noun ‘plague’.
THE KING AND I – will collect the money for the tickets next month – the total cost including transport will be £47.
INTO SPRING – what a joy. The cherry blossom across from the church is bravely billowing in the cool wind, so rich and exotic, and so fragile. It does lift the spirits, though. We are grateful to a posse of children armed with grabbers who spent half an hour clearing up litter from around the church on Friday. They were ‘eco’ enthusiasts.
HUGH LAVERY – ‘Repent’ is a Lenten verb. It calls for a new look at the values we hold dear. It has a corollary. Repent and believe the Good News. The message of Jesus is not of gloom but of glory and this is hard to take. We are born cynics and delight in spreading alarm and despondency. Then we become our own executioners and think ourselves into decline. This is the saddest sin: despair of possibility. It is a deep disease. It is not incurable. That is the Lenten message.’
MICHAEL CAMPBELL-JOHNSTON SJ -‘As good wine mellows with age, so should we. Advancing years can provide clarity about what really matters and what doesn’t. For it is not our present life that is all important. But, rather the passage to a new and fuller life for which the first was made.’
CYCLONE IDAI – we will ask that this week’s Cafod offerings be given to the suffering people in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

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