Newsletter – 5th January 2020

ST JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 5th January, 202 [email protected]

200 CLUB – £25 B Hayes; £15 L Lakner; £10 M Henshaw

ANNIVERSARIES – Mary Hilda Greenwood, James Gilby -killed in action, 1945 – BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY – Susan Caldwell.

FUNERAL SERVICE – for Josie Highland takes place on Wednesday at 4pm at Dukinfield Crematorium.

MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day.

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Tues- St Raymond of Penyafort; Fri- St William


CONFESSIONS – Saturday after Mass and at 5.55pm

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

FOOD BANK – a huge thank you for all the food left in the porch over the past couple of weeks – taken to the Food Bank on Thursday – so gratefully received.

BACK TO SCHOOL – this Monday.

QIGONG – class re-starts on Thursday at 7.15 till 8.15pm

PHANTOM OF THE OPERA – will collect the money for the tickets next month – during January bills will be arriving through the letter box.. For this premier show, tickets will be slightly dearer, £60 including transport – 28th April.

CURE FOR POST CHRISTMAS BLUES – we are presenting a fabulous caberet evening in aid of the Meningitis Research Foundation at the George Lawton Hall on Saturday January 25th at 7.30pm. We have some great musical acts, including Carrbrook’s own Beverley Thompson, lots of prizes in our huge raffle, and we will be auctioning some fabulous items. Mossley Hollins Brass Band will be making a guest appearance and the night finishes with some great disco classics. Tickets are just £10. Contact Danny Power – o1457835273 or 075979897065.

BACK TO NORMAL – after the festivities. Today’s feast, the Epiphany, is so lovely.Melanie McDonagh reminds us of the Irish tradition of calling this Feast the Women’s Christmas or Little Christmas. This custom gives over the Epiphany to the women who worked for the family over Christmas to have the day to themselves, for gadding about, eating cake and drinking tea with their friends. They, who had waited on everyone else, were for the day waited on.

BABY IT’S COLD IN THERE – writing in his diary for Christmas Day 1870 the Rev Francis Kilvert in the village of Draycot Cerne, Wiltshire wrote ‘I sat down in my bath upon a sheet of thick ice which broke in the middle into large pieces whilst sharp points and jagged edges stuck all round the sides of the tub, not particularly comforting to the naked thighs and loins, for the keen ice cut like broken glass. I had to collect the floating pieces of ice and pile them on a chair before I could use the sponge, and then I had to thaw the sponge in my hands for it was a mass of ice.’ Suspect we would have given bathing a miss!

NEW OFFERTORY ENVELOPES – in the porch. If you would like a book of envelopes, take a spare book and write your name and number on the paper.

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