ST JOSEPH PEW SLIP 28NOVEMBER 2021

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £552.50 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £82.80 Many thanks.

BAPTISM – welcome to Piper Kitty Brenda Fernley, baptised today.

LATELY DEAD – Mary Donlan, Anthony Jones, Hannelore Brehme.

ANNIVERSARIES – Jeremiah O’Driscoll, Mary Hurley, Sheila Ward.

FUNERAL SERVICE – for Jean Allen is on Tuesday 14th December at 2pm

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

ADVENT CANDLE – reminds us that today is the First Sunday of Advent.

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Tues-St Andrew, Wed- St Edmund Campion and Companions; Fri-St Francis Xavier.

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

CONFESSIONS – Saturday at 12 noon and on request.

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

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME – next Sunday at 9.30am

CHRISTMAS CAKES – Teresa is making Christmas cakes with the money going to Oxfam- cost £12.50 – order forms and poster in the porch

CHRISTMAS CARDS – are in the porch and gifts on the piety stall

MISSIO – RED BOXES – are being emptied over the next few weeks.

AND INTO DECEMBER – the colder air is keeping us on our toes. In the medieval devotional Book of Hours, the two occupations for December were killing the pig and baking bread – suspect we are more comfortable with the latter. Commerce hasn’t hijacked advent; it really doesn’t see any need for it. It is a treasured time of quiet and reflection, wanting the Lord to bless afresh our lives and our families. One author mentions that in December some trees are decorated with mistletoe, which in the Middle Ages was thought capable of breaking the trances of epileptics, dispelling tumours, divining treasure and keeping witches at bay.

WE CALL – upon the Sacred Three to save, shield, surround our homes today.

HL- December is a dark month, redeemed by unusual light. Adults like to pretend that Christmas is for children; an engaging deception. Christmas surely is for those who need to recover hope, to glimpse again that fast receding star called salvation. When God has died on us and the world is wintry we find hope alight in the eyes of a child. It is hard to live without heat; pain to live without hope. At Christmas we see hope burning in the child. Each of us needs a saviour, but the grey years persuade us there is no saviour, that the world is a forsaken place. Politicians, priests, entrpeneurs, promise but do not fulfil. Yet we persist. Christmas is the last shrine to keep and care for beauty and innocence. A lamp burns and old songs are sung…..’

OH DEAR – ‘At the time of the accident, you were in charge of the one-man-bus?’ asked the judge. ‘I was indeed your honour,’ replied Casey. ‘Can you tell the court what happened?’ ‘I can’t said Casey, because at the time I was upstairs collecting the fares!’

HOPE – it’s a good week for everyone. Stay safe and keep well.

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ST JOSEPH MOSSLEY PEW SLIP 14 NOVEMBER 2021

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £526.80 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £76.70 Many thanks

BAPTISM – we welcome Isabella Grace Fisher into the family at St Joseph’s.

ANNIVERSARIES – Rita Logan, Joseph Liles, Eileen Liles, Stephen McDermott, Allan Duckworth

BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY – Margaret Moody.

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

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon-St Albert, Tues-St Gertrude, Wed-St Hugh of Lincoln, St Hilda.

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

CONFESSIONS – Saturday at 12 noon and on request.

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

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION – The parents and children meet today at 9.30am for the first session and the Rite of Presentation.

TINY STEP FORWARD – thought that from now onwards, we would stand for the Our Father and at the Sign of Peace bow to each other. The Lord’s Prayer said during Mass is so special and precious, and acknowledging one another reminds us that we pray as a family rather than as individuals.

CHRISTMAS CARDS – are available at the back of church.

THAT TIME OF THE YEAR – dark early, gloomy days, holidays (if any) a distant memory, bills to pay, shortage of crisps (!), Christmas now on the radar.

Trying to live in the present moment isn’t easy; it is the way to sanity and less stress.

JOHN EATON – It’s not so common to see people knitting ast it used to be. Once upon a time there were many formidable knitters. They filled every moment possible with snip and click of their knitting needles. They ventured on intricate designs amd shapes, inspired by all the women’s magazines. There were also a few men who were good at the art. One became a celebrity on television and a leader of fashion, famed for his use of colour. Another was a bishop, who knitted his way through many a long meeting of a church synod.

Well to knit is to weave together, to unite. The word is used memorably in Psalm 86. In verse 11 ‘Teach me thy way, O Lord, and I will walk in thy truth; O knit my heart unto thee, that I may fear thy name.’ – that is beautiful, but a plainer translation gives ‘Unify my heart to fear your name……..’

Bless us this day with vision.
Bless us this day with faith
Bless us this day with hope
May this place be a sacred place, a telling place,
Where earth and heaven meet. Amen.

BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE –is in the sacnctuary for us to write the names of our deceased, who will be prayed for at daily Mass

OH DEAR – I’m the unluckiest person in the world,’ moaned Betty McGrath. ‘I bought a non-stick pan and can’t get the label off.’

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ST JOSEPH MOSSLEY PEW SLIP 7 NOVEMBER 2021

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £590.10 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £75.40 Many thanks

RED MISSION BOXES – will be emptied between Sunday 28th and 19th Dec.

LATELY DEAD – David Davenport, Mary Mellors.

ANNIVERSARIES – Ronnie Hill, Bert Hunt, David Graham

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

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Tues -Dedication of Lateran Basilica, Wed-St Leo, Thurs-St Martin of Tours, Fri- St Josaphat.

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

CONFESSIONS – Saturday at 12 noon and on request.

FOOD BANK – many thanks for the food and baby items left in the porch – taken to the Food Bank on Thursday, and as always, received with gratitude.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PROGRAMME – do collect an enrolment form from the sacristy if your child does not attend St Joseph’s.

A BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE – is in the sanctuary to enter the names of our deceased, who will be prayed for at Mass during November.

LEAVES – of many colours are now falling thick and fast; the frost gives them an uncomfortable nudge. Suspect that if we didn’t have autumn and winter, we wouldn’t relish and cherish the sunshine as much – that is, when it comes.

EVELYN UNDERHILL – God is always coming to you in the Sacrament of the Present Moment. Meet and receive Him there with gratitude in that Sacrament.

STIFF UPPER LIP – Lord Uxbridge to the Duke of Wellington at Waterloo: ‘By God, sir. I’ve lost my leg,’ Wellington: ‘By God, sir, so you have.’

DESERT FATHERS – One of the Fathers told the story of a certain Elder who was in his cell busy at work and wearing a hair shirt when Abba Ammonas came to him. When Abba Ammonas saw him wearing a hair shirt he said, ‘That thing won’t do you a bit of good.’ The elder replied, ‘Three thoughts are troubling me. The first to withdraw into the wilderness, the second to seek a foreign land and be unknown, the third to see no one and eat only every second day.’

Abba Ammonas said to him, ‘None of these will do you a bit of good. Rather sit in your cell, eat a little every day, and have always in your heart the words which are read in the gospel and were said by the tax collector, ‘Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me a sinner.’ Thus, you can be saved.’

OH DEAR – Pat had had a bad day. Lost on the horses, no luck on the lottery, laid off from work, his lot was not a happy one. Intent on drowning his sorrows he strode into Toolan’s pub and made his way to the bar. In front of him, lying prostrate and obviously totally comatose lay big drinking Jim McPhee. ‘What do you want?’ asked Mickey Toolan. I want to get like McPhee as soon as possible,’ said Pat. ‘Right,’ said Toolan. And smashed him across the head with a baseball bat.

HL – The land needs its winter. This is the given order. Rise, fall, decay, renovation. Perpetual winter would be unbearable but all sun makes a desert.

KEEP WELL AND KEEP ON KEEPING ON.

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ST JOSEPH MOSSLEY PEW SLIP 31 OCTOBER 2021

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CAFOD BOX – £50.55 Many thanks

OFFERTORY COLLECTION £544.45 LATELY DEAD – Michael Nolan

CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES – to Mary Oliver who celebrates her one hundreth birthday this week.

ALL SAINTS – today and HOLY SOULS – on Tuesday

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

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Wed- St Martin de Porres, St Winifride, Thurs- St Charles Borromeo.

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

CONFESSIONS – Saturday at 12 noon and on request.

CLOCKS BACK – this weekend – beware of low flying broomsticks.

EVER SO QUIET – around the area this past week – half suspected that the populace had decanted to Monaco for the half term holiday. Mild weather but certainly wetter further north.. The consistent occupation in the devotional Books of Hours, is gathering acorns for the pigs to keep them going during a long, hard winter when resources are at their lowest- a bit like faith.

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME – for First Holy Communion. If you wish to enroll your child on the programme (and does not attend St Joseph’s) please do collect a form from the sacristy.

DURING NOVEMBER – we will leave leave a book of remembrance in the sanctuary for us to enter the names of our deceased loved ones.

FR CISZEK – an American Jesuit convicted of being a Vatican Spy and spent 23 years in Soviet prisons. ‘Every moment of our life has a purpose, every action of ours, no matter how dull or trivial it may seem in itself, has a dignity and a worth beyond human understanding. No persons life is insignificant in God’s sight, nor are their works insignificant – no matter what the world or their neighbours or family or friends may think of them.’

INTERESTING – we can at times, more or less surreptitiously, be concerned with our own image of ourselves. In Graham Greene’s novel ‘The Power and the Glory’, the whisky priest interrupts an old woman penitent who is prattling on and tells her: ‘Remember your real sins.’ ‘But I’m a good woman, father,’ she squeaked at him with astonishment. ‘Then what are you doing here, keeping the bad people away?’ He said, ‘Have you any love for anyone but yourself?’ ‘I love God, father, she said haughtily. He took a a quick look at her in the light of the candle burning on the floor – the hard raisin eyes under the black shawl – another of the pious – like himself. ‘How do you know? ‘Loving God isn’t any different from loving a man or a child. It’s wanting to be with Him, to be near Him…..’

SR MELANNIE SVOBODO – suggests that we write on a piece of paper 25 ways God has been good to me this year – we sing of the Lord’s goodnes to us.

OH DEAR – ‘God, the man is thin, said Molly Flynn.’He’s like a set of teeth in a suit! If a door opens and no one comes in – that’s him.

SMILE – though your heart is aching, smile even though it’s breaking, when there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by!!!!!

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ST JOSEPH MOSSLEY 24 OCTOBER 2021

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £505.50 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £63.30 Many thanks

BAPTISM – we welcome Rose Robinson into the family at St Joseph’s.

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

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Wed- Ss Chad & Cedd, Thurs- Ss Simon & Jude.

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

CONFESSIONS – Saturday at 12 noon and on request.

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

NEXT WEEKEND – the clocks go back.

HALF TERM – let’s hope the weather is kind.

LES MISERABLES – at the Lowry theatre – our tickets have been booked for Tuesday 19th April (Easter Tuesday). Cost including transport £55 – money can be paid in March.

PUMPKINS GALORE – are stealing the show in the supermarkets; some are
quite enormous, but they are irresistible. Perhaps pumpkin pie and soup might be on the menu this coming week. I imagine that in days gone by householders were getting in an extra bag of coal in readiness for the colder days and nights.

Thankfully, severe cold is a rarity – and St Joseph’s heats up fairly well. CHILLING STATISTIC –It is said that an estimated 70 million were killed in the second world war.

JOHN O DONOHUE – ‘One of the most tender images is the human person at prayer. When the body gathers itself before the Divine, a stillness deepens. The blaring din of distraction ceases and the deeper tranquillity within the heart envelops the body. To see someone at prayer is a touching sight. For a while they become unmoored from the grip of society, work and role. It is as if they have chosen to enter a secret belonging carried within the soul; they rest in that inner temple impervious to outer control or claiming.A person at prayer also invokes the sense of vulnerability and fragility. Their prayer reminds us that we are mere guest of the earth, pilgrims who always walk on unsteady ground, carrying in earthen vessels multitudes of longing.’

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.

ECKHART TOLLE – ‘Make the Now the primary focus of your life. Always say yes to the present moment … see if you catch yourself complaining, in either speech or thought, about a situation you find yourself in, what other people do or say, your surroundings, your life situation, even the weather. To complain is always non-acceptance of what is. It invariably carries a negative charge. When you complain you make yourself into a victim. When you speak out, you are in power. So change the situation by taking action or by speaking out if necessary or possibly leave the situation or accept it. All else is madness.’

ST J CHRYSOSTOM –why not learn to enjoy the little things, there are so many of them.

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ST JOSEPH PEW SLIP 17 OCTOBER 2021

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £469.60 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £90.90 Many thanks

BAPTISMS – we welcome Ella June Clifford and Lily Eve Clifford, and Georgina Eleanor Buckham into the family at St Joseph’s.

WEDDING – our congratulations and best wishes to Adam Paul John Aylett and Hannah Louise Prestwich who are to be married on Saturday.

LATELY DEAD – James Wilson, John Doyle

ANNIVERSARIES – Bridget Williams

BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARIES – Sheila Hughes

FUNERAL SERVICE – Christine Dowse is on Wednesday at 3.30pm at Dukinfield.

MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – 10am; Wednesday & Friday – 11am; Saturday Vigil at 12,15pm and Sunday at 10.15am

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Friday – St John Paul 11.

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

CONFESSIONS – Saturday at 12 noon and on request

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

LES MISERABLES – on at the Lowry next April – list in the porch and will be removed this weekend.

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME – for First Holy Communion – if you wish to enroll your child on the programme (and does not attend St Joseph’s) please collect a form from the sacristy.

WHAT A JOY – to have the seasons, and we have had a brief taste of autumn this past week. Oh to be in England now that autumn is here. Apparently it is a good year for conkers – last weekend , for the 54th time, hundreds of competitors met to compete for the title of world conker champion in the village of Southwick in Northampton. It is not an ancient tradition because horse chestnut trees were only introduced to this country in the 17th century.

HOLIDAYS – Hugh Lavery – ‘Alas, enjoyment is not what comes naturally. it, too, is an art, a rare art, perhaps a lost one. I know some honest people who own that they do not enjoy holidays. ‘Wish you were here’ is a cry of despair. The beach may be golden but the boredom is lead. And the trouble is work. It can be as addictive as heroin. Even when idle, it nags us for our indolence, for making merry instead of making money. This ruins a holiday more than rain. Indeed, the holiday is a kind of exam; it reveals what we are, real people or just mind and muscle. Good at work, bad at play.’

BARBARA BROWN TAYLOR – ‘The first holy thing in creation, Abraham Heschel says, was not a people or a place but a day. God made everything in creation and called it good,but when God rested on the seventh day, God called it holy. That makes the seventh day a ‘palace in time’, Heschel says, into which human beings are invited every single week of our lives.’

OH DEAR – ‘I’ll have fish and chips twice,’ said Murphy. ‘Very well,’ said the shopkeeper. ‘The fish won’t be long.’ ‘Then they’d better be fat,’ said Murphy.

Oh – What is the difference between in-laws and outlaws? Outlaws are wanted.

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ST JOSEPH PEW SLIP 10 OCTOBER 2021

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £781.95 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £168.95 Many thanks

BAPTISM – we welcome Kaiden James Ivan Frederick Wilkinson into the family at St Joseph’s.

ANNIVERSARIES – Arthur Howard, Leonard Hall, Fr Michael Flemming.

FUNERAL SERVICE – for Christine Dowse is on Wednesday 20th October at Dukinfield Crematorium at 3.30pm

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

REMEMBRANCE SERVICE – for Lisa Nightingale is on Wednesday at 12.

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon-St John XX111,Tues-St Wilfrid, Wed-St Edward the Confessor, Fri- St Terera of Avila.

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

CONFESSIONS – Saturday at 12 noon and on request.

LES MISERABLES – is on at the Lowry Theatre 29th March till 23rd April.
We have left a list in the porch – over 30 names so far; will remove the list next weekend.

THE UNIVERSE CATHOLIC WEEKLY –has launched a new online newspaper. To order a digital copy go to www.universecatholicweekly.co.uk or call Michelle on 0743661 7650. Special offer – £20 for 3 months.

ICE CREAM WEATHER – for a day or two, but not to be sneezed at. We do feel better when the sun is shining; it gives us a boost. The idiom ‘going round the houses’ felt apt this week when phoning about a dryer that had given up the ghost. Discovered that you first speak to a lady in the Philippines who then speaks to her supervisor, and who then instructs you to send a video of the appliance to a technician in this country. The dryer is now spinning happily but if it misbehaves, out it goes!

ST JOHN OF THE CROSS – when the evening of this life comes, we shall be judged on love.

CORRIE ten BOOM & her Sister BETSIE – were middle-aged Christian women in Holland when World War 11 erupted. They resolved to conceal fleeing Jews from the Nazis. They rescued many. But they were eventually arrested and taken to Ravensbruck concentration camp. Betsie died there. Corrie miraculously survived to bear witness in the way God can save, heal and forgive.

When asked how to prepare for persecution, she used to tell the story about her childhood. ‘When I was a little girl, I went to my father and said, ‘Daddy, I am afraid that I will never be strong enough to be a martyr for Jesus Christ.’ ‘Tell me,’ said father, ‘when you take a train trip to Amsterdam, when do I give you the money? Three weeks before? ‘No, Daddy, you give me the money just before we get on the train.’ ‘That’s right,’ my father said. ‘And so it is with God’s strength. Our Father in heaven knows when you will need the strength to be a martyr for Jesus Christ. He will supply all you need just in time.’

Help me to become the person that you made me to be. In daring to trust your dreams for my life, may others glimpse heaven through me.

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ST JOSEPH PEW SLIP – 3 OCTOBER 2021

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £556.90 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £33.50

BAPTISMS – we welcome Zachary Daniel Heywood and Finn Raymond Wood into the family at St Joseph’s.

LATELY DEAD – Bernard Dalton, Myles Carey, Christine Dowse, George Mullins, Irene Higginson.

ANNIVERSARIES –Kathryn Smith, Sinead Porter.

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

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon- St Francis of Assisi, Tues-St Faustina, Wed-St Bruno, Thurs- Our Lady of the Rosary, Sat- St John Henry Newman.

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

CONFESSIONS – Saturday at 12 noon and on request.

FOOD BANK – Many thanks for the food and baby items left in the porch – taken to the Food Bank onb Thursday and ever so gratefully received.

LES MISERABLES – is on at the Lowry Theatre 29th March till 23rd April. We have left a list in the porch and the response has been good.

SUSPECT – that sometimes we listen to or watch the news with trepidation; latterly the news items have been disturbing. The weather hasn’t been at its best either – we were informed that the reservoirs were running low because of the short hot spell and the lack of rain. Prayers for rain will not be said this weekend.

Still waiting for the diocese to instruct us on singing and standing and kneeling in church. It might well be that in the future some people will feel more comfortable sitting down all the time – I’m sure the good Lord isn’t really bothered.

OH DEAR – Not only do the Irish have an answer to everything, but a special breed of Irish folk, those from Kerry, go even further. They’re renowned, I’m told for answering every question with another question, like: ‘Is this the way into town? -‘Are you going shopping then?’ ‘Is this St Anthony’s Church?’ – ‘Are you going to Mass then ?’ A well educated, but unsuspecting Englishman decided to find a question that could not be answered with a question. He spotted Mickey Reid on the steps of the post office and asked ‘Am I right in thinking that this is the post office?’ ‘And is it a letter you’ll be posting? asked Mickey.

ALBERT EINSTEIN – There are only two ways to live your life. One is though nothing is a miracle. The other as though everything is a miracle.

DINING WITH THE QUEEN – Nickey Gumbel – ‘ One day I received a message that the Queen of England had invited me to lunch. I sat next to the Queen as we ate some amazing food. Then she turned and began to talk to me as the ‘Parfait de Rhubarbe et Chocolat Blanc’ arrived. It looked delicious. But I did not want to talk with my mouth full. Eventually she asked me whether I did not like the food. ‘No, no, no,’ I said, ‘ I love it.’ I did not say that I was overwhelmed by the privilege of being invited to lunch with the Queen. Jesus likens the Kingdom of God to a great party to which we are all invited – an even greater privilege. Who could refuse the invitation.’

ST FRANCIS DE SALLES – Bloom where you are planted.

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ST JOSEPH PEW SLIP – 26 SEPTEMBER 2021

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £523.40 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £65.00 Many thanks.

ANNIVERSARIES – Mae Barber, Margaret Buckley, Brian Glynn, David Graham, Mary Casey, Teresa (Tess) Toner.

BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY – Michael Williams

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

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon- St Vincent de Paul, Wed- Ss Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Fri- St Theresa of the Child Jesus, Sat- Guardian Angels

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

CONFESSIONS – Saturday at 12 noon and on request.

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

LIVING FAITH BOOKLETS – in the porch – 50p – St Joseph’s best buy.

LES MISERABILES – at the Lowry Theatre 29th March till 23rd April. Have left a list in the porch to see what the take up is.

AND INTO OCTOBER – at the end of the week – overcoats at the ready. October can be, and very often is, a lovely month. We do have the autumn colours to look forward to. Have the feeling that things are getting back to normal.

OH DEAR – ‘ The boss has been on the phone,’ said Cassidy. ‘He says they’re sending down a thousand bricks this afternoon.’ ‘My God,’ cried Kelly, ‘how many bricks are in a thousand?’ ‘I don’t know,’ said Cassidy, ‘but there must be millions!’

JOHN EATON – ‘A woman used to recall that her late husband, a man of some dignity, would nevertheless blossom into song when shaving. He would usually render a song of Schubert in a rather distorted English version: ‘I’d love to carve her name on every tree.’ He sang it with the enthusiasm of a young lover thrilled at every mention of his girl’s name, and working up to the climax, ‘Thine is my heart and shall be so for ever.’ It was a good song for working up a lather.

Certainly, many have known the haunting music of a name when they fall in love. In one word the name seems to call up the identity and character of the beloved. In that treasured word the person seems present and close. The young lover wnts to proclaim the name, and is amazed that everybody is not falling down and worshipping that wonderful person.

There is something similar here to the experience of coming to love the Lord. The psalms sometimes call the worshippers to rejoice at his presence, to give thanks for his goodness, to declare his name and sing songs of delight in him. A good example in Psalm 105’Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his name………., rejoice in the praise of his holy name..”

MICHAEL of the angels, and the righteous in heaven
Michael, send your angels to surround my life,
to intervene on my behalf.

HENRI DE TOURVILLE –say to yourself, ‘I am loved by God more than I can conceive or understand.’ Let this fill your soul and never leave you. This is the way to find God.

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ST JOSEPH PEW SLIP – 19 SEPTEMBER 2021

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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.

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