St Joseph’s Mossley Pew Slip 7th February 2021

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £589.55 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £138.10. The Lenten theme is ‘providing clean water’ and they highlight a man who spends 10 hours every day collecting water for his family. We are so blessed.

ANNIVERSARIES – Arthur Howard, Ken Tmperley, Eddie Graham

BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARIES – Marion Holt

MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day – except Friday – 11am – Saturday Vigil is at 12.15pm and Sunday Morning is at 10.15am

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Friday at 10 till 11am

CONFESSIONS – Saturday at 12 noon.

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon- St Jerome Emilian, St Josephine Bakhita; Wed- St Scholastica; Thurs- Our Lady of Lourdes.

FOOD BANK – many thanks for the food left in the porch- taken to the Food Bank on Thursday and received so gratefully. Some families are really struggling.

KEEPING ONE’S CHIN UP – is the key to serenity in these difficult times. Let’s hope that we are over the worst – notwithstanding the heatwave that is due to arrive this week! Happy parishioners are recounting visits to vaccination centres – United fans happily going to the Etiad Stadium, but not genuflecting on entering. Occasional hints of Spring approaching.

EXTRACTS FROM LIFE IN CLIFFORD ST. BOOTLE 1946 – ‘The place was alive with dead rats.’ ‘There were holes a foot high.’ ‘How’s your new teeth, Gran?’ ‘I’m leaving them out till I get used to them!’ ‘Gran, the bloke next door’s won £20,000 on the football pools.’ ‘He’ll have no luck.’ ‘If God had meant that boy to sing he’d never have invented ears!’ I remember the good old days. You could make a meal out of nothing if you had the stuff!’

RUTH BURROWS – ‘There is really only one virtue and that is love, a great caring love for others that is patient, kind, gentle, humble, long-suffering, tenderly considerate for the weak, always ready to put others before self. It is a love that is steadfast and enduring. A love that says yes to human life in its bruising and wounding; that does not escape into a hard shell but remains quivering and exposed, never embittered, always seeing beyond appearances to the God who never fails and who holds his world and all that is in it in his love.’

CODSWALLOP OR TRUE – Children laugh, on average, 150 times a day. Adults laugh, on average only 6 times a day.

NICKY GUMBEL ‘ Pope Francis paused for a moment after one of his general audiences to pray, embrace and lay hands on a man with neurofibromatosis, a severly disfiguring disease. The man’s face was covered in tumours. The image of the Pope’s embrace in St Peter’s Square went viral on social media inspiring millions by his poignant example of the love of Christ. There is great power in example. It is hard to improve if we have no other model than ourselves to follow. Albert Schweitzer, the French theologian, philosopher and physician said, ‘Example is not the main thing in influencing others – it is the only thing.’ More depends on your walk than your talk, what you practise than what you preach, what you do than what you say.’

AS USUAL – STAY SAFE, BE OF GOOD HEART, KEEP WELL,
AND, KEEP ON KEEPING ON.

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