ST JOSEPH’S MOSSLEY PEW SLIP 21ST MARCH 2021

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £834.75 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £69.10 Many thanks

ANNIVERSARIES – Yvonne Kelly, Ellen Tohill

MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, at 10am; Wednesday and Friday at 11am; Saturday Vigil at 12.15pm, Sunday at 10.15am.

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Wed- The Annunciation of the Lord.

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

CONFESSIONS – Saturday at 12 noon and on request.

NEXT WEEKEND –the clocks go forward.

NEXT WEEKEND – Palm Sunday and Passion Sunday.

HOLY WEEK SERVICES – have been slimmed down for all churches this year because of lockdown restrictions. On Holy Thursday – no washing of hands, no procession and no altar of repose. On Good Friday – no kissing of the Cross and a reduction in readings. At the Easter Vigil, no lighting of the fire and procession, no lighting of candles and a reduction in readings. There will be Stations of the Cross on Good Friday in the morning.

FOOD BANK – Many thanks, once again, for the food left in the porch – taken to the Food Bank on Thursday and so very gratefully received.

WAITING TO DEPART – suspect that we feel like passengers on an aircraft waiting on the runway for the plane to take off. But, as the hours go by, nothing happens and we remain trapped. Such is the experience of lockdown. We are beginning to look like hippies with our long hair; perhaps the masks are doing us a favour. Not a lot happening any place. Life is certainly less frenetic and the traffic not so intrusive. I wonder, if in a few months time, people will be saying, ‘I much preferred it in lockdown’. Let’s hope not.

AT THE BAR – ‘The old soldier hopped in, crutch under one arm and called to Murphy, the barman. ‘A pint of the dark stuff.’ ‘Too late,’ said Murphy, ‘we’ve just closed up.’ ‘Ah, come on,’ said the soldier. ‘I lost my leg at Dunkirk.’ ‘Well, you won’t find it in the pub,’ said Murphy.

ST TERESA OF CALCUTTA – I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish He didn’t trust me so much.

NIGHTLY RITUAL – an old man whom Ian Carmichael described as poor, aged and lonely, explained his night ritual. ‘Before going to bed I place the bar upon the leaf of the door, and I make the cross of Christ on the bar and on the door, and I supplicate the great God of life, Father of all living to protect and comfort me this night… After that I put out my light and go to bed, and when I lie down on my pillow I make the cross of Christ upon my breast, over the tablet of my hard heart, and I beseech the living God of the universe:

May the Light of lights come to my dark heart from Thy place, may the Spirit’s wisdom come to my heart’s tablet from my Saviour.’

ANTHONY DE MELLO SJ. – to the woman who complained about her destiny the Aba said,’It’s you who make your destiny.’ ‘But surely I am not responsible for being born a woman?’ ‘Being a woman isn’t destiny. That is fate. Destiny is how you accept your womanhood and what you make of it.’

STAY SAFE, AND KEEP ON KEEPING ON.

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