Newsletter – 8th December 2019

ST JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 8th December, 2019 [email protected]

200 CLUB – £25 L Wood; £15 E Downing; £10 K Glynn

DONATIONS – £10,000 (anonymous); £100 towards Christmas flowers.

BAPTISMS – we welcome Albie Jeorge Deakin, Imogen Rose Deakin, Lucy Deakin, Scott David Deakin, into the family at St Joseph’s.

CONGRATULATIONS – to Scott and Lucy Deakin who will be received into the Church today.

ANNIVERSARIES – Dorothy Jepson, Honorine Graham, Edward Diveney.

MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day.

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon- Immaculate Conception of Our Blessed Lady; Tues-St John Roberts; Thurs- St Jane Frances de Chantal; Fri-St Lucy.

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Friday at 9 till 10am – mentioning that it is the perfect devotion for Advent – just to sit before the Lord.

CONFESSIONS – Saturday after 10am Mass and at 5.55pm

TEA AND COFFEE – in the parish room after Mass – access through sacristy.

FOOD BANK – a big thank you for the food left in the porch and so gratefully received, especially at this time of the year – all single items welcome.

ADVENT SERVICE OF RECONCILIATION – will take place next Sunday at 4pm (just avoiding our two Manchester teams playing at 2 and 4.30pm)

CHRISTMAS SERVICES – will be at the usual time: Christmas Eve at 5.30pm and Christmas Day at 10.30am.

QIGONG – no class this week on account of the Election.

GYPSY – our pre Christmas outing to the Royal Exchange Theatre takes place this Tuesday – the coach will leave from the bus stop by the Market Place at 6.15pm.

PARISH BUFFET – was a jolly occasion with an abundance of feastive fare and good cheer. The Ritz Hotel couldn’t have done better. Our gratitude to our resident staff whose industry won accolades from all the diners. The poor church mice were left high and dry.

SCHOOL CHRISTMAS FAIR – takes place this Friday from 3.15 till 5pm. Unwanted presents, bottles and cakes, would be very welcome.

ADVENT COURSE – at the Methodist Church on Wed led by Win Ashmore

PIETY STALL – an abundance of cards and gifts are available.

ST DAMIEN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY – takes place this Thursday – the list is still in the porch – 11.30 till 1.30pm – transport is available.

ADVENT WREATH – we light our second candle this Sunday – get the impression that lots of people are trying to keep things simple this Christmas against a background of excess – children excepted, of course. May we have a deeper hunger for the love that Christ brings. It is uplifting to see places lit up and Christmas trees here and there. Our electrical inspection was successful and an officail visit from the Dean likewise was positive.

REV STEVE MORRIS –‘Christmas is a special times for vicars and pantomime dames. We have a lot in common- we wear dresses, we are very busy during the period and we are part of a landscape that brings a little hope and joy. That can’t be bad.’

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