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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £625.95 Many thanks
CAFOD BOX – £57.30 Many thanks
BAPTISM – we welcome Leah Paige O’Donnell into the family at St Joseph’s
ANNIVERSARIES – Roy Himsworth
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – PEASE NOTE CHANGES.
Monday – Mass at 10am – but no further Mass until the Saturday Vigil.
Saturday Vigil is at 12.15pm and Sunday is at 10.15am
CONFESSIONS – Saturday at 12 noon and on request.
FOOD BANK – thank you for the generous gifts of food and baby items left in the porch – taken to the Food Bank on Thursday and so gratefully received.
LES MISERABLES – the acclaimed show is on at the Lowry Theatre 29th March till 23rd April. A parishioner has asked if we will be going? We will leave a list in the porch next weekend to see what the take-up is like.
WILLOW WOOD SHOP – in Mossley now open – excellent bargains.
AUTUMNAL FEEL – to the weather of late; some days have been very agreeable. Parishioners have spoken of arriving home from a short walk with carrier bags loaded with soft fruit picked from the hedgerows. Suspect that the heating will be going on before long.
JOHN EATON –‘What a lot of sayings we have about washing – usually suggesting something thorough, even drastic. ‘It’s a wash out’,we might say, or, ‘I feel washed out.’ ‘Look at what the tide’s washed up’, someone says in surprise. And how things ‘get lost in the wash’! Someone whose advice is ignored might say, ‘I wash my hands of it.’ But here another word has chipped in – hand, used in dozens and dozens of sayings. All hands on deck, hand in hand, an old hand, a dab hand, a dead hand, hands on, hands off, handout, second-hand, cap in hand, off hand, a free hand, the upper hand, out of hand, hand in glove – the list seems endless. The fact is that our hands are at the forefront of our deeds. The hands represent the person in action. These thoughts prepare us for Psalm 26 using the ideas both of washing and of hands. ‘I have washed my hands in innocence that I might go around your altar, O Lord.’……’
OH DEAR – The scene was a courtroom in Dublin at the height of the summer with a major fair in full swing and happiness abounding. In the dock stood Casey beetroot nose and breath like kerosene. ‘With what is this man charged?’ asked the judge. ‘He was caught red-handed, your honour picking the pockets of the farmers at the fair,’ said the policeman. ‘How do you plead?’ asked the judge.
‘Guilty,’ said Casey sullenly. ‘Well, ’tis a heinous crime which you have committed,’ said his honour, ‘and you are fined £50 to be paid immediately.’
‘Excuse me, your honour,’ said the policeman, ‘ but he has only £10 on him.’ ‘Very well,’ said the judge. ‘Put him back in the crowds until he makes the money up!’
GEORGE HERBERT – ‘Thou hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more, a grateful heart.
ABRAHAM HESCHEL – rabbinic scholar – in his old age said ‘ I did not ask for success: I asked for wonder.’ And wonder is giving attention to the world in order to praise it.