www.stjosephmossley.org.uk [email protected]
OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £680.00 Many thanks
CAFOD BOX – £87.00 Many thanks
LATELY DEAD – Christopher McGarry, Ron Carson.
ANNIVERSARIES – Margaret Conway, Martin O’Donnell
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day – except Wednesday and Friday – 11am.
ASH WEDNESDAY – MASS AT 11AM – ASHES WILL NOT BE GIVEN – not allowed to give them in the traditional manner due to covid
Saturday Vigil – 12.15pm and Sunday Morning at 10.15am.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Friday at 10 till 11am
CONFESSIONS – Saturday at 12 noon.
FOOD BANK – a big thank you for the food left in the porch – taken to the Food Bank on Thursday and, as ever, so gratefully received.
LENT – arrives early this year – before the swallow dares. Hugh Lavery – ‘Repent is the Lenten verb. It calls for a new look at the values we hold dear. It has a corollary ‘Repent and believe the Good News.’ Jesus had a message not of gloom but of glory and this is so hard to take. We are born cynics and take delight in spreading doom 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.’
VALENTINE THEME – ‘I’m in a terrible fix,’ moaned Clancy. ‘I’m in love with two girls and I don’t know which to marry. ‘No problem,’ said Murphy. ‘I know you’re not a Catholic but I think the church could help you. Call in tomorrow morning, kneel down and try a sincere prayer to God – that should do the trick.’ Next morning Murphy arrived to find Clancy with a beaming smile. ‘It worked. ‘It’s a miracle,’ he enthused. ‘ I walked in, knelt down and there it was written in red across the altar cloth: AVE MARIA!’
PULCHRITUDINUS – a posh way of describing the beautiful scenery we have had this week with the snow covering the hills. It has certainly been chilly, if not bitter on several days. Amazing to hear of people still taking a daily dip in the sea. We were thinking of hiring out water bottles at the weekend – 50p for the duration of Mass – but the weather is set to change.
COMFORTING ? a vicar was relating recently that when receiving an email from a certain undertaker, the said undertaker (or funeral director) always signs himself off ‘Yours eventually’. Gallow’s humour?.
OLD ENGLISH PROVERB – ‘ the older the fiddle, the sweeter the tune’. Some people never lose their beauty. It moves from their faces to their hearts. At the age of 98 Titian painted his magnificent picture of the battle of Lepanto. Old age can be a time of great fruitfulness.
DOROTHY DAY -‘ the same principle always worked. If we are rushed for time sow time and we will reap time. Go to church and spend a quiet hour in prayer. You will have more time than ever and your work will get done. Sow kindness and you will reap kindness. Sow love and you will reap love.’
LENTEN BOOKLETS – no charge. Do take one
AND AS ALWAYS. BE OF GOOD HEART, STAY SAFE AND KEEP ON KEEPING ON.