Newsletter – 8th March 2020

ST JOSEPH, MOSSLEY – 8th March, 202 www.stjosephmossley.org.uk [email protected]

200 CLUB – £25 E Downing; £15 A Whittaker; £10 L Buckley

DONATIONS – in memory of John O’Grady: £56.00 – given to the Royal National Lifeboat Association – last year RNLI lifeboats launched 8,321 times and rescued 7,912 people.

BAPTISM – we welcome Ralphie William Stennett and Ophelia Catherine Allen into the family at St Joseph’s.

ANNIVERSARIES – Adrian Moss, Kathleen Garside, Pat Armfield, Patrick Hand. LATELY DEAD –Jose Francisco Judrez Campos

MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day – except Thursday – 12 noon

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon- St Frances of Rome; Tues-St John Ogilvie.

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Saturday at 9 till 10am

CONFESSIONS – after 10am Mass on Saturday and at 5.55pm.

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

FOOD BANK – many thanks for your continued support of the Food Bank -all items taken to the Food Bank on Thursday and ever so gratefully received

PARISH LUNCH – this THURSDAY after 12 noon Mass – all welcome – the list is still in the porch.

MEDITATION DURING LENT – on Mondays in the parish room 7.15 till 8.15 – all welcome

DEANERY STATION MASS – this Tuesday is at St Michael’s, Warren Lane, Abbeyhills at 7.30pm.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS DURING LENT – 6.30pm on Thursdays – we are alternating between the two versions.

PHANTOM OF THE OPERA – 28th April – money for tickets now due.

THE LION KING – will take the list away this week – do make sure that you put an ‘S’ after your name if you wish to sit in the stalls.

CORONAVIRUS – insert from the diocese – ‘It seems prudent to suspend temporarily some liturgical practises such as the Sign of peace and Communion from the Chalice. We will also suspend Communion on the tongue until further notice. Holy Water stoups will be emptied.. These are precautionary measures already implemented in a number of parishes around the diocese and beyond.’ We shall miss our much cherished practices; please God, they will be resumed very soon.

LONGING for some warm weather; it can’t be far off. The weather still has a Lenten feel about it though it isn’t desperately cold.

RICHARD ROLHEISER –‘If the Catholicism that I was raised in had a fault, and it did, it was precisely that it did not allow for mistkes. If you made a mistake, you lived with it and, like the rich young man, were doomed to be sad, at least for the rest of your life. A serious mistake was a permanent stigmatization. We need a theolgy of brokenness. We need a theology which teaches us that even though we can’t unscramble an egg, God’s grace lets us live happily and with renewed innocence beyond any egg we may have scrambled. Every time we close a door, He opens another one for us.’

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Newsletter – 1st March 2020

ST JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 1st March, 202
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200 CLUB – £25 B Hayes; £15 A Ratchford; £10 J Higgins

FUNERAL SERVICE – for Christine Rigg is on Thursday at 12.15pm

LATELY DEAD – Mary Rita Walker

ANNIVERSARIES – Ellen Holmes, Alan Tallents, Hugh Hayden, Estelle Dalton, Thomas O’Driscoll, Noel Joyce

BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARIES – Catherine Wright,, Joseph Hayden

MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon- St David; Wed- St Casimir; Fri- St John of God, St Colette; Sat- Ss Perpetua and Felicity.

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT- Friday at 9 till 10am

CONFESSIONS – Saturday after 10am Mass and at 5.55pm

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

FOOD BANK – another big thank you for the food left in the porch – taken to the Food Bank on Thursday and so gratefully receiverd.

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME – takes place today for parents and children involved in First Holy Communion preparation – 9.15 in church.

PARISH LUNCH – takes place on Thursday 12th March – the list is in the porch and all are welcome.

MEDITATION DURING LENT – takes place on Mondays in the parish room – 7.15 till 8.15pm and all are welcome.

DEANERY STATION MASS – on Tuesday this week at Ss Aidan and Oswald, Royton at 7.30pm.

PHANTOM OF THE OPERA – money due in February – £60 including transport – really want to know if we have any spare tickets.

THE LION KING – list is in the porch. Forgot to ask people to put an ‘S’ after their name if they wish to have a seat in the stalls.

MOSSLEY CORRESPONDENT – a few copies in the porch.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS IN LENT – on Thursdays, alternating with the two versions – thought we would try 6.30pm instead of 7pm – will see how it goes.

CONFIRMATIONS – will take place in 2021. There will be a course of preparation beginning in September (deanery course) for chidren presently in year 7 in the High School. Do let us know if your child wishes to take part.

AND INTO MARCH – still soggy and squelchy and everwhere saturated; it is the time for pruning – if we can attend to our pots and garden. And Lent is the invitation to do some spiritual pruning – ‘To be a person is to know at your centre an inviolable and unique space: it is what gives us our own intergrity, a sense of our own reality.’

ST TERESA OF AVILA- ‘we are not forced to take wings to find God, but have only to seek solitude and look within ourselves.’

ST SERAPHIM OF SAROV –a nineteenth-century Russian mystic, once wrote’ All condemnation is of the devil. Never condemn each other. We condemn others because we shun knowing ourselves.’ And a familiar saying: ‘Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future’.

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Newsletter – 23rd February 2020

ST JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 23rd February, 2020
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200 CLUB – £25 M Fitzpatrick; £15 M Tohill; £10 D Allen

ANNIVERSARIES – Margaret Conway, Maureen Meredith, Thomas O’Driscoll.

REQUIEM MASS – for John O’Grady is on Monday at 1.45pm

FUNERAL SERVICE – for Christine Rigg is on Thursday 12th March at 12.15

MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am – except Monday – 1.45pm

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Friday at 9 till 10am

CONFESSIONS – Saturday after 10am Mass and at 5.55pm

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

FOOD BANK – yet again, a big thank you for all the food left in the porch; so many families seem to be struggling these days with debt and poverty.

ASH WEDNESDAY – Mass and distribution of ashes at 10am and 7pm
Enjoy a good breakfast and a hearty evening meal and, if you can, go easy eating during the day – but no big deal if you can’t.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS DURING LENT – on Thursdays at 7pm – this year we will alternate between the two versions.

FIRST STATION MASS – is at Ss Aidan and Oswald on Tuesday 3rd March at 7.30pm (the Bishop will be coming here for our Station Mass on 31st March)

MEDITATION DURING LENT – will be on Mondays at 7.15pm in the parish room – all welcome.

PARISH LUNCH –is on THURSDAY 12th March – the list is in the porch and all are welcome

PHANTOM OF THE OPERA – collecting the money this month – so we will know if we have any spare tickets over – £60 including transport – April 28th.

THE LION KING – on from 22nd October till 28th March – have left a list in the porch to see what the take-up up – then the tickets can be booked.

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME – the next meeting is on Sunday 1st March

LITURGY FOR THE TINY ONES – takes place today in the parish room just before 10.15 Mass.

LENTEN BOOKLETS – are in the porch, do take one, there is no charge – there are some calendars too.

SCHOO RE-OPENS – on Monday

RATHER DAMP – sort of week, though encouraging to notice a stretch in the days. Suspect that lots of outdoor activities were put on hold.

IN AN ‘EVIL CRADLING’ Brian Keenan who was held in captivity for five years describes when he received a bowl of fruit after being kept in the dark –
‘My eyes are almost burned by what I see. The fruit, the colours, mesmerize me in the quiet rapture that spins through my head.. I lift an orange into the flat filthy palm of my hand and feel and smell and lick it. The colour orange, the colour, the colour, my God, the colour orange. Before me is a feast of colour. I feel myself begin to dance, slowly, I am intoxicated by colour.. Such wonder, such absolute wonder in such insignificant fruit…….

ENJOY THE PANCAKES – on Tuesday, as we brace ourselves for Lent.

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Newsletter – 16th February 2020

ST JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 16th February, 2020
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200 CLUB – £25 K Glynn; £15 J Taylor; £10 V Carey

LATELY DEAD – Christine Rigg, Vera Moth.

ANNIVERSARIES – Martin O Donnell

REQUIEM MASS – for John O Grady is on Monday 24th February at 1.45pm

FUNERAL SERVICE – for Christine Rigg is on Thursday 5th March at 12.15.

MASS TIMES – this week at 10am each day

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon- Seven Servite Founders, Fri- St Peter Damian; Sat- Chair of St Peter.

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Friday at 9 till 10am

CONFESSIONS – Saturday after 10am Mass and at 5.55pm

REFRESHMENTS – in the parish room after Mass – access through sacristy.

FOOD BANK – yet again a heartfelt thank you for all the food left in the porch and taken to the Food Bank on Thursday, and received with open arms.

PARISH LUNCH – has been moved back a week to accommodate a funeral – will now be on Thursday 12thMarch.

PHANTOM OF THE OPERA – during this month we are collecting the money for the Show – £60 including transport – apologies that the price is slightly dearer than usual ( the tickets are £58 each). At the end of the month we will know if we have any spare tickets.

THE LION KING – on from 22nd October till 28th March. Have left a list in the porch to see what the take-up is. Another blockbuster with fine reviews.

NOTHING DULL – about the weather, and the forecasters appear very excitable. Let’s hope we survive the storm – and our church roof in particular.

INTERESTING – during the seige in Paris in 1870 when food was very scarce, one restaurant resorted to inventive dishes using animals in the city’s zoo, including bear with red pepper sauce and roast donkey head – sounds tasty. And,

it is reported, that in 1930, holiday makers in Blackpool were invited to pay 3d to view Arthur Cox, who claimed he was male down his right side but female down his left. A police inspection was carried out and he was convicted of false pretences. What fun at the seaside.

HALF TERM – school closes for half-term and re-opens on Monday 24th

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME – the next meeting is on Sunday 1st March

LITURGY FOR THE TINY ONES – takes place on the last Sunday of the month in the parish room just before Mass – all welcome.

ASH WEDNESDAY – is on Wednesday week.

ROBERT VAN DE WEYER – ‘Never mock what others say. Perhaps their words are full of nonsense. Perhaps they are trying to puff themselves up. Perhaps they like hearing the sound of their voices. Perhaps they are trying to deceive their hearers. Perhaps they are foolish and dim. Perhaps they are more clever than wise. Yet amidst the useless clay you may find jewels beyond price. The word of God is in every heart, and can speak through every voice.’

CALM me. O lord, as You stilled the storm. Still me, O Lord, keep me from harm.
Let all the tumult within me cease. Enfold me, Lord, in Your peace.

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Newsletter 9th February 2020

ST JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 9th February, 2020

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200 CLUB – £25 J Edge; £15 L Warburton; £10 J Timperley

LATELY DEAD – Alan Bradley, John O Grady – John used to hand out the Mass leaflets and hymn books and collect them at the Evening Mass.

ANNIVERSARIES – Ken Timperley, Eddie Graham

BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY – Albert Jeffries

FUNERAL SERVICE – for Frances Barnes is on Friday at 11am

MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon-St Scholastica; Tues- Our Lady of Lourdes;
Fri-Ss Cyril & Methodius (not forgetting St Valentine).

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Friday at 9 till 10am

CONFESSIONS – Saturday after 10am Mass and at 5.55pm.

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

FOOD BANK – a big thank you for the food left in the porch – taken to the Food Bank on Thursday and received ever so gratefully.

NEXT PARISH LUNCH – will be on Thursday 5th March

PHANTOM OF THE OPERA – during this month we will be collecting the money for the tickets – £60 including transport. At the end of the month we will know if we have any spare tickets over

THE LION KING – on from 22nd October till the 28th March. Will leave a list in the porch to see what the take-up is.

LITURGY FOR THE TINY ONES – on the last Sunday of the month in the parish room just before Mass – all welcome.

WHITE KNUCKLE – weather on the way; let’s hope our roofs stay on. Already daffodils are in evidence

ST PHILIP NERI – founder of the Oratorians, was often involved in quarrels. One day he decided that this tendency must stop, once and for all. He ran to the chapel, fell prostrate before the statue of Christ and begged the Lord to free hinm fron anger. More hopefully now, he walked out of the chapel. The first person he met was a brother he liked, but for the first time this brother was unpleasant towards him. Now red with rage , he met another of the brothers, with whom he had also (as in the first encounter) always had a cordial relationship. But this brother also spoke to Philip in a gruff way. Philip, in despair, ran back to the chapel. Again he fell down in front of the statue, and pleaded, ‘O Lord, did I not beseech you to free me from my anger?’ And the Lord replied,’Yes Philip. And for this reason, I am multiplying the occasions for you to learn!’

ALBERT EINSTEIN –‘Whoever is devoid of the capacity to wonder, whoever
remains unmoved, whoever cannot contemplate or know the deep shudder of the soul in enchantment, might just as well be dead for he has already closed his eyes upon life.’

BLESSED-be thou, O God, who hast made my body to be a temple for thy Holy
Spirit.

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Newsletter 2nd February 2020

ST JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 2nd February, 2020

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200 CLUB – £25 L Nolan; £15 M Shaw; £10 D Allan

BAPTISM – we welcome Caoimhe Rose Griffin Marsland into our family

LATELY DEAD – Thomas Duncuft, Margaret Barrow, Frances Barnes

ANNIVERSARIES – David Paul

FUNERAL SERVICE – for Frances Barnes is on Friday 14th February at 11am

MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – Saturday at 10am

EUCHARISTIC SERVICE – on Tuesday and Thursday at 10am

CONFESSIONS – on Saturday after 10am Mass and at 5.55pm

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

FOOD BANK – once again, a big thank you for the food left in the porch – taken to the Food Bank on Thursday and so gratefully received.

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME – takes place today at 9.15am for parents and children involved in First Holy Communion preparation

NEXT PARISH LUNCH – will be on Thursday 5th March

A BIG THANK YOU – A word of thank you to everybody who supported the Caberet Evening held in the George Lawton Hall last week in support of the Menigitis Research Foundation. I think it is fair to say that an enjoyable evening was had by all, and thanks to everybody’s generosity, an amount in excess of £3,300 has been raised after all expenses have been paid. The Research Foundation has asked that I pass on their gratitude. Thanks, once again, for your support of this worthy cause. Danny Power.

MOSSLEY CORRESPONDENT – a few copies in the porch

OUR GRATITUDE – to Brian for doing the accounts and producing a summary of 2019 Returns to the diocese – overleaf.

AND INTO FEBRUARY – in certain old proverbs February is known as fill-dyke, when the rain and melted snow filled the ditches to overflowing, and it was said that if the weather is fine and frosty at the close of January, there is more winter ahead than behind. In the devotional Book of Hours, the unlaborious seasonal labour for bitter Februaries was sitting by the fire. We won’t count our blessing weather-wise until the end of the month.

RACHEL KELLY – who wrote 52 practical Steps to Happiness, says ‘Like most of us, I prefer to follow predictable paths and don’t like unforseen events. I have found it easier not just to accept unpredictability, but to celebrate it.’ Well, I suppose it’s worth a try.

PHANTOM OF THE OPERA – during the month of February we will be collecting the money for the Show. Apologies that it is slightly dearer than usual – £60 including transport. At the end of the month we will know how many spare tickets we have for those on the waiting list.

IMAGINE – after Fred Astair’s first screen test, a Hollywood executive said ‘ Can’t act, can’t sing, slightly bald. Can dance a little.’ Hope for us all.

TODAY – besides being the Feast of the Presentatiom, the Feast of the Purification, the Feast of Candlemas, the Feast of Encounter (Orthodox); it is also Groundhog Day in America and Canada.

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Newsletter – 26th January 2020

ST JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 26th January, 2020

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200 CLUB – £25 J Makin; £15 D Ratchford; £10 M Higgins

LATELY DEAD – Maurice Regan

ANNIVERSARIES – May Booth

WEDDING – congratulations and best wishes to Mark Stacey and Amanda Maria Billings who were married here last week.

MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon-St Angela; Tues- St Thomas Aquinas; Fri- St John Bosco; Sat- St Brigid.

HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY – is on Monday

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Friday at 9 till 10am

CONFESSIONS – Saturday after 10am Mass and at 5.55pm

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

FOOD BANK – once again, a big thank you for all the food left in the porch – taken to the Food Bank on Thursday and so gratefully received.

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME – parents and children involved in preparing for First Holy Communion meet on Sunday 2nd February at 9.15am

NEW LISTS – for readers and eucharistic ministers are in the sacristy.

THE LION KING – running from 22nd October till 28th March at the Palace
Will leave a list out next month to see what the take up is.

THE YEAR OF THE RAT – the Chinese New Year begins on 25th January.

PARISH LUNCH – will mention next week the date of our next parish lunch.

HOPEFULLY – next week, we will have a summary of our financial statement

WEATHER WISE – we have enjoyed better weeks; travelling has been tricky with the fog and mist, sometimes lasting all day. Still, a good excuse for not venturing far; we can continue to hibernte for the rest of the month

MICHAEL MAYNE –‘ When we fall in love, or share a deep friendship, what each values is just this uniqueness, this otherness that is both similar and complementary yet distinct. The lover’s ‘I love you because you are you’ puts its finger on it. What I am claiming is that this is what God says to each one, and what makes each of us unique and irreplaceable is not that we are unusually gifted in some way. It lies rather (and here is the heart of it) in that personal intimate relationship with God which is mine and mine alone. In some amazing sense I matter to God because nothing and no-one else in his whole creation can reflect his love back to him in exactly the same way.’

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY – ‘Love all God’s creation, the whole of it and every grain of sand in it. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things.’

There was an Old Person of Bangor

Whose face was distorted with anger;

He tore off his boots,

And subsisted on roots

That borascible Person of Bangor –E Lear

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Newsletter – 5th January 2020

ST JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 5th January, 202
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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

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Friday at 9 till 10am

CONFESSIONS – Saturday after 10.am 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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Newsletter 22nd December 2019

ST JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 22nd December, 2019
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200 CLUB – £25 M Boswell; £15 J Cain; £10 J Higgins

MISSIO ‘RED BOXES’ – raised £884.43 this period – many thanks, Sue.

LATELY DEAD – David Wright, Josephine Highland, Edwin Steadman, Derek Lawton, Mary Coates, Sheila Duckworth.

REQUIEM MASS –for Sheila Duckworth is on Monday 20th January,at 12noon

ANNIVERSARIES – Arthur Holmes, Mary Cox

BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARIES – Bridget Williams, Adrian Moss.

MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day.

FEASTS – Thurs-St Stephen; Fri- St John, apostle; Sat- The Holy Innocents.

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Friday at 9 till 10am

CONFESSIONS – after 10am Mass and at 5.55pm.

CHRISTMAS EVEMASS AT 5.30PM – CAROLS BEFOREHAND

CHRISTMAS DAYMASS AT 10.30AM

TEA AND COFFEE – in the parish room after Mass.

FOOD BANK – a huge thank you for all the food left in the porch – taken to the Food Bank on Thursday – will bring a smile to needy families.

QIGONG – the next class will be on Thursday 9th January.

DIARIES AND CALENDARS – in the porch still – do take one.

PIETY STALL – gifts and cards for last minute purchases

NEW OFFERTORY ENVELOPES – will be available next Sunday – also some spare envelopes for people who would like a book of envelopes – just put your name on the sheet of paper and the number of the envelopes-

NEW YEAR’S DAY – Mass will be at 12 noon as usual with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 11 till 12 to pray for peace in the world.

PRIMARY HEADTEACHER VACANCY – we have been asked to advertise this vacancy at St Peter’s, Stalybridge – closing date 20th January and details on the school website -stpetersstalybridge.co.uk

MOSSLEY CORRESPONDENT – a few copies in the porch

WISHING – everyone a joyful and peaceful Christmas and deep gratitude for everything given and shared over the past year. And, thank you for being so lovely. This year Pope Francis wrote a letter (Admirabile signum) to encourage all Christians to preserve the beautiful family tradition of preparing the nativity scene (the crib) ‘Contemplating the nativity scene is a time for the heart’ Francis says, ‘ it allows us to feel and touch the poverty that God’s Son took upon himself, and to feel that God is with us and we are with him’.

THIS YEAR – thecrib will take centre stage in the sanctuary – the tree has hogged the limelight for the past few years. Thankfully, it will now begin to get light again in the evening. Hope all can chill out over the festive season

Hugh Lavery –what pleasure lacks is permanence. It is rather like the the soft surface of an unruffled sea; one brisk wind destroys it. But there is calm water below. That is where joy belongs. In the deep places.’

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Newsletter – 15th December 2019

ST JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 15th December, 2019
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200 CLUB – £25 L Gee; £15 S Tallents; £10 M Connel

BAPTISM – we welcome Henry Noel O’Donnell into the family at St Joseph’s

LATELY DEAD – Chrissie Reynolds, Sadie Deigham,Richard Collins

ANNIVERSARIES – Susan Caldwell, Matthew, Thomas Hayden, Jeremiah O’Driscoll, Thomas Waring, Richard Waring, Annie Kennedy.

MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon-St Adelaide, Tues-St Lazarus, Fri-St Eugene.

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Friday at 9 till 10am -mentioning, once again, the perfect devotion for Advent, quiet before the Lord.

CONFESSION – Saturday after 10am Mass and at 5.55pm

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

FOOD BANK – so grateful for the huge amount of food left in the porch – taken to the Food Bank on Thursday and received with open arms – many thanks

ADVENT SERVICE OF RECONCILIATION – takes place today at 4pm – many find the twice yearly service we have to be helpful and comforting.

SCHOOL CHRISTMAS CAROL CONCERT – is on Monday at at 6.30pm – the children are usually in fine voice for this event.

CHISTMAS EVE – Mass is at 5.30pm with carols beforehand

CHRISTMAS DAY – Mass is at 10.30am

QIGONG – the class takes place on Thursday at 7.15 till 8.15pm

GYPSY – an enjoyable night out despite the weather – perhaps like the proverbial curate’s egg, good in parts. The stand-in Leading Lady gave a polished performance. Our next outing is to see the Phantom of the Opera on 28th April at the Palace Theatre.

PIETY STALL – a few cards left and some excellent gifts

DIARIES AND A FEW CALENDARS – are available in the porch – the calendars and parish diaries have the old times for weekend Masses.

SCHOOL CLOSES – on Thursday and re-opens on Monday 6th January.

ADVENT COURSE – at the Methodist Church on Wed led by Win Ashmore.

TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING – Pitt the Younger was prescribed a bottle of port a day for his gout. He eventually became ‘a three bottle man’. His gout was cured, but at a price: he died aged 46.

JOHN O DONOHUE –‘Functionalism wants to acquire and control; its hunger is relentless. The reverential mind can let things be and celebrate a person’s presence or a thing’s beauty without wanting something from them. There is an ascetical rhythm to experience and does not need to rush to fill it with the latest distraction..’

NOT THE BEST OF WEEK’S – for promenading and enjoying the great outdoors; the rain and wind have been somewhat relentless and unforgiving – puddings have no doubt replaced ice cream on the family menu. Odd, that in the foulest, coldest weather, people can be seen drinking coffee outside coffee shops and having a fag.

GUADETE SUNDAY TODAY – the pink candle on the Advent Wreath is lit – the Lord says ‘Be of Good Heart, I have come to bless you’.

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