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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ST. JOSEPH PEWSLIP – 12 SEPTEMBER 2021

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £557.45

CAFOD BOX – £39.00 Many thanks

DONATION – £100 in memory of Martin Hague

LATELY DEAD – Sonia Whitehouse, Chris Meakin

ANNIVERSARIES –Bill Egerton, Genevieve Smith, Alice Newton.

BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARIES – Martin Hague

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

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

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Tues- Exaltation of the Holy Cross; Wed- Our Lady of Sorrows; Friday – St Robert Bellamine.

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

CONFESSIONS – Saturday at 12 noon and on request.

FOOD BANK – yet again, a big thank you for the food and baby items left in the porch – will be taken to the Food Bank on Thursday.

SCHOOL GOVERNORS – meeting on Wednesday at 6pm

THREE CHEERS – for the glorious sunshine and the warmth of the past week; expect we have noticed the nights beginning to draw in. Time Out Magazine has ranked Manchester as Britain’s best city and was only topped in the global poll by Amsterdam and San Francisco. There we have it! It forget to mention that the upper crust now reside in Mossley. Pope Francis is visiting Slovakia next week and is visiting a neighbourhood in Kosice that most Slovaks would not even think of going, which until recently even the police would avoid after dark.

This is where the Roma community live, mostly without running water, sewage systems, gas or electricity. We might keep him in our prayers.

OH DEAR – A drunken Finnegan collapsed at a party and as he fell he caught his chin on the keyboard of the piano knocking him spark out. On coming round his wife asked ‘Who hit you?’ ‘I don’t know,’ said Finnegan. ‘But he had a lovely set of teeth!’

NICKY GUMBEL -‘The brilliant professor of Philosophy at London University, C.E.M. Joad, was not a Christian. He was asked on a radio programme, ‘If you could meet any person from the past and ask them just one question, whom would you meet and what question would you ask?’ Professor Joad answered without hesitation:’I would meet Jesus Christ and ask him the most important question in the world – ‘Did you or did you not rise from the dead?’ There came a day in Professor Joad’s life when he assessed the evidence, encountered Jesus himself and wrote a book called Recovery of Belief. If Jesus Christ is risen from the dead, this changes everything.’

GOING TO CHURCH – In 1291 The Archbishop of Canterbury compained of people refusing to observe the sabboth or attend services. In Coverham, Yorkshire in 1428 men carried their swords, bows, arrows and staves to church. A century later, churchgoers were bringing their hawks and hounds. In 1514 in Eltham, Kent, a knight even smacked the priest in the mouth when he complained about his hawk. They weren’t all that holy in the good old days.

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ST JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY- PEW SLIP – 5th September, 2012

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £524.25 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £73.00 Many thanks

LATELY DEAD – Mary Tolan

ANNIVERSARIES – Margaret Bristow, James Makin, Clifford Brereton, Frances Edge.

BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARIES – Evelyn Diveney

BAPTISMS – we welcome into the family at St Joseph’s Felicity Charlotte Harris and Coral Daisy Ellen Ward.

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

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Wed- Our Lady’s Birthday; Fri- St Ambrose Barlow

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

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 ever so gratefully received.

HAVE THE IMPRESSION – that things are slowly returning to normal; restaurants, pubs, theatres, sporting arenas, even shops, operating as before. A mini heatwave is forecast – which has to be good news. We await further instructions from the diocese on singing, and sitting and standing, receiving from the chalice – feel really embarrassed and sad not offering the chalice. When the weather is clement we will continue to leave the outside doors open to allow good air circulation. People have been really understanding.

HEARD – the story about a man who used to come home every day and find that his wife had moved the furniture around. One day he came home and flung himself on the bed, but the bed was’nt there – big trouble.

MOTHER TERESA – once gave an interview to Hello magazine. She was asked the question, ‘is it only the affluent who give?’

She replied, ‘No, even the poorest of the poor give. The other day a poor beggar came up to me and said, ‘Everyone gives to you and I also want to give you twenty paisa’ – which is about 2p. I thought to myself, what do I do? If I take it he won’t have anything to eat, but if I don’t take it I would hurt him so much. So I took, and he was so happy because he had given to Mother Teresa of Calcutta to help the poor. Giving cleans the heart and helps us to get closer to God, but we also get so much back in return.

A NEW CAR – The specialist examined our hero and said ‘I’m recommending that you be given a cortisone injection.’ Rafferty rang his wife and said ‘Guess what? I’ve impressed them that much, they’re giving me a new car!’

DAVE ABOUT MARIA – ‘She’s about as scary as an Arctic roll’

HL ‘There is a sanctuary in every unresting heart, a still centre where I am without subtraction. But it is a dark place with the attraction and terror of the sacred. We are afraid to enter. The priest and the poet are those who have entered and emerge with insights about the eternal, the sublime and true. They are few; the salt of the earth and give savour to the common diet of mankind.’

APERITIF – French for a set of dentures. Do keep on keeping on.

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ST JOSEPH MOSSLEY – PEWSLIP 29 AUGUST 2021

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £559.60 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £39.70 Many thanks

DONATION – £100.00 Many thanks.

LATELY DEAD – Michael Rowbottom

WEDDING – congratulations to Jason Hardy and Olivia Chambers who were mrried here on 14th August.

BAPTISMS – we have welcomed into the family at St Joseph’s: Charlotte Josephine Evans, Nancie Rae Oldham, Scarlett Alice Jones, Elsie Alice Lester, Edie Elizabeth Lester, Phoebe Clegg, Archie Clegg.

REQUIEM MASS – for Daniel Barry Fairclough is on Wednesday at 10.15am

FUNERAL SERVICE – for Bridget (Bridie) Bell is on Friday at 12.30pm

ALSO – cremation at Agecroft on Tuesday and Requiem at St John’s, Chorlton on Thursday.

MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – PLEASE NOTE CHANGES

MONDAY AND TUESDAY – Mass at 10am

WEDNESDAY – Mass at 10.15

THURSDAY – Mass at 11am

FRIDAY – Mass at 10am

SATURDAY VIGIL – 12.15pm and SUNDAY – 10.15am

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – THIS WEEK – THURSDAY AT 10 TILL 11AM

CONFESSIONS – Saturday at 12 noon and on request

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

SCHOOL RE-OPENS – on Thursday

LETTER FROM SISTER COLETTE – ‘I am writing to let you know that I have been sent to the Presentation Convent in Matlock. I will never forget the parishioners of Mossley. It is so like a family. But my superiors felt I needed a change. I will never forget you. Thank you for making me so much at home. God bless you and all your families. Love and prayers, Sister Collete.’ We do thank Sister Colette for her dedicated ministry, over many years, at Tameside Hospital and the Hospice, offering comfort, support and prayers.

NOTE FROM SUE GLYNN –‘After a fairly disasterous 2020 I’m hoping this year will exceed all expectations. I am asking churches and schools, et al, to ask people to purchase an event poppy (15″) to display on their property in memory of our fallen heroes or family member or loved one. These are £5 – if interested contact me on 07966247692. Many thanks, Sue Glynn.

CHANGE AT ST ANNE’S – this week Fr Simon goes to Rochdale to be replaced by two priests from the Augustinian Congregation. We wish them well.

NOW – no requirement to wear a mask in church – whatever we think best.

ENJOY – please God, all can relax a little this bank holiday

ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI -‘ We must bear patiently not being good.. and not being thought good.’

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ST JOSEPH MOSSLEY – PEWSLIP 25 JULY 2021

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £600.35 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £96.80 Many thanks

LATELY DEAD – Raymond Evans, Michael Deegan

ANNIVERSARIES – Ellen Hughes, Anthony Boswell

BAPTISM – we welcome Freddie James Allan Thomas into the family at St Joseph’s.

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

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon-Ss Joachim and Anne, Fri- St Peter Chrysologus

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

CONFESSIONS – Saturday at 12 noon and on request.

FOOD BANK – thank you so much for the food left in the porch – taken to the Food Bank on Thursday, and, as always, received with gratitude.

A TIME FOR RELAXING – the holiday season has arrived; perhaps it will a case of making the best of it with pandemic restrictions still in place. The odd day out would be better than nothing. If you are heading towards Blackpool or St Anne’s, you might like to visit the Shrine at Ladywell, Fernyhalgh, just before you join the M55. It is an ancient hidden place, a place of pilgrimage for centuries before the reformation. We did have a parish outing there a few years ago. If you are having a day out in the Clitheroe area you might like to visit Stonyhurst College – given to the Jesuits in 1794. The parish church on the right of the college was built in 1832, a gothic church and one of the finest churches in the diocese.

WHEN – you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine.

NG –‘In a survey of millennials, 50 percent of young adults said that a major goal in life was to become famous. In the past people wanted to be famous for doing something. Now celebrity has become an end in itself. It has attained god-like characteristics. Not only do people want to become famous, they idolise those who have achieved celebrity status. This widespread interest in famous individuals has been described as the ‘cult of celebrity’. Fame to the ambitious is like salt water to the thirsty. The more you get, the more you want. Madonna, who at one stage was probably the most famous woman on the planet, said, ‘ I won’t be happy until I am as famous as God.’

Celebrity and fame are only a pale reflection of true glory. ‘Glory’ is used in the Bible to denote the manifestation of God’s presence. Glory is one of the most common words in the Bible. God’s ‘glory’ means his importance, reputation, majesty and honour. Perhaps it is not surprising that as society moves away from worshipping the glory of God, it turns towards the worship of the ‘glory’ of celebrity and fame. We are called to worship God’s glory and reflect it, however imperfectly, in our lives.’

J O’D – The word ‘kindness’ has a gentle sound which seems to echo the presence of compassionate goodness. When someone is kind to you, you feel understood and seen. There is no judgement or harsh perception towards you. Kindness has gracious eyes; it is not small minded or competitive; it wants nothing back for itself…’

GOLDEN WEDDING – Congratulations and best wishes to Trevor and Pauline Rowley who celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary this weekend.

BEST WISHES – to Fr Simon who is leaving St Anne’s to take up an appointment in Rochdale and gratitude for all he has done .

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ST JOSEPH MOSSLEY PEWSLIP – 18 JULY 2021

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £494.45 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £45.00 Many thanks

ANNIVERSARIES – Rose deSouza, Alice Hurst.

REQUIEM MASS – for Philip McPartland is on Friday at 12.30pm

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION MASS – is on Saturday at 10.30am

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

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Thurs- St Mary Magdalen; Fri- St Bridget of Sweden.

CONGRATULATIONS – to Sister Colette who celebrates her Golden Jubilee.

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.

MEDITERRANEAN WEATHER – for the next few days – yipee. Perhaps it should have waited till the children finished school for the summer holidays. Please God we can all enjoy a few hours outside.

LIFTING OF RESTRICTIONS – instructions from the diocese suggest that we make the changes gradually. We can reduce the social distancing that was required in churches and the church does not need sanitising after each service. Because the infection rate is quite high at present it is suggested that we stay seated, do not sing do not give the sign of peace, do not use holy water, do not receive from the chalice.

But, people must feel free to wear a mask if they so wish. Most days the church doors will remain open to provide good air circulation. We will leave the offertory collection baskets in the porch; it is less intrusive than sending them round. From now onwards we will always sanitise our hands before distributing Holy Communion

HATS OFF – to our band of sanitisers who have sanitised the church every day for the past sixteen months, and have done so with grace and humour. Well done and thank you – sanitising was required to keep the church open.

JV to love someone is to show to them their beauty, their worth and their importance.

RUTH BURROWS –‘ My long exposure to the gospels has brought me to the point where I perceive one message and one message only, namely, that God, Jesus’ God, is total unconditional love.’

THE BEST VIEW – comes after the hardest climb.

NICKY GUMBEL – I have interviewed hundreds of people around the world who have come to faith in Jesus. The question I ask over and over again is, ‘What difference has Jesus made?’ and the genuine answers given by people I quote below are typical. ‘ My life has beem completely changed. I now look at the world with different eyes….I feel love for everyone and an inner peace that I never imagined could exist. ‘I had been living my life in a dark hole, I was carrying a great weight on my shoulders…that burden has gone.. and I am filled with great hope, joy, excitement and love.. all I want to do is to serve Christ in whatever way he chooses. ‘I feel like I have found love and conquered death in one day.’ The difference Jesus makes is massive, eternal, and impossible to comprehend.

THOMAS TRAHERNE – The whole business of religion is gratitude.

KEEP ON KEEPING ON.

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ST JOSEPH MOSSLEY PEW SLIP – 4 JULY 2021

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £480.00 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £79.35 Many thanks

DONATION – £100.00 in memory of Martin Hague. Many thanks

BAPTISM – we welcome Viviana Braine and Lucy Mae Harrop into the family at St Joseph’s.

ANNIVERSARIES – Iris Lucy Thompson

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

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Wed- St Maria Goretti

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

CONFESSIONS – Saturday at 12 noon and on request.

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

THANKFULLY – parishioners are beginning to stretch their legs. Wales seems to be the most popular destination at the moment; the weather has been kind to us this past week. Later this month the pew slip will fall silent until September, no doubt to the relief of many. We have been saying that after lockdown we will buy 10 tins of varnish and 10 brushes to varnish the benches after their daily sanitising – that will be fun. Still one vacancy for the Governing Body at St Joseph’s.

ST TERESA OF AVILA – anyone who truly loves God travels securely

RAINER MARIA RILKE –‘ Most people simply don’t know how beautiful the world is and how much splendour is revealed in the smallest things, in a common flower, in a stone, in the bark of a tree or the leaf of a birch. Grown-up people , who have occupations and cares and who worry themselves about mere trifles, gradually lose the eye for these riches, while children, if they are observant and good, quickly notice and love with their whole heart.’

JOHN BUNYAN – was arrested for preaching the gospel. His wife died leaving him with four children, one of whom was blind. Yet he refused to give up telling people the good news about Jesus. John Bunyon wrote his greatest work in a prison cell. It has been a source of spiritual inspiration and help to countless readers ever since. Translated into 200 languages, it has never been out of print since the day it was first published in 1678. Pilgrim’s Progress is an allegory which tells the story of ‘Christian’ on a journey from his own town to the Celestial City. On the way he faces many difficulties and challenges, yet he perseveres faithfully to the end. Perhaps our journey of faith is similar, overcoming obstacles we emerge stronger and wiser.

SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD – A young lad was asked by his teacher to write down the seven wonders of the world. This is what he wrote: To see. To touch.

To hear. To smell. To taste. To move. To breathe. Not bad.

HL – George Orwell was oppressed by the debasement of language. He was aware that words can be made agents of untruth and lose their sanctity. Jargon is counterfeit coin, fool’s gold. It does not reveal truth but conceals ignorance. It is not short hand but short change. The language of Jesus is of the earth, bread and wine, bird and blossom, of oil and water. It has simplicity, the innocence of eyes that see the invisible in the visible and creation as a symbol of the Creator. Such language has beauty and we need beauty as we need bread. Just to live.’

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ST JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – PEW SLIP – 27th June, 2021

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £485.55 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £63.20 Many thanks

BAPTISM – we welcome Madeline Lois Shields into the family at St Joseph’s

ANNIVERSARIES – Martin Hague, Dorothy O’Neil

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

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon-St Irenaeus, Tues- Ss Peter & Paul, Wed- First Martyrs of the Roman Church, Thursday-St Oliver Plunkett, Sat- St Thomas.

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Friday at 10 till 11am – a lovely opportunity to waste time with Our Blessed Lord.

CONFESSIONS – Saturday at 12 noon and on request.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION MASS – Saturday 24th July at 10.30am

SCHOOL GOVERNORS – NOW ONE VACANCY – do mention it if you are interested. It isn’t all that time consuming and is a wonderful service to the school and the community.

FOOD BANK – many thanks for the food and baby items left in the porch – taken to the Food Band on Thursday and ever so gratefully received.

AND INTO JULY – seen as nature’s breathing space, the pause between flower-time and fruit-time. Bird song is hushed and blackbirds will not sing again until February. And this week besides the football we have Wimbledom and the Tour de France. One parishioner refuses to answer the door and telephone during Wimbledom. If we don’t enthuse about sport, we can enjoy the strawberries.

YOU – may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.

ST JULIAN OF NORWICH – Run to the Lord and be comforted.

LIVING FAITH BOOKLETS – in the porch – a St Joseph’s Best Buy.

RICHARD NIXON – Life is one crisis after another.

JOHN LENNON –Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans

ALBERT EINSTEIN – The man who regards his life and that of his fellow creatures as meaningless is not mererly unhappy but hardly fit for life.

JOHN O’DONOHUE – ‘There is great beauty in dignity; it is a special quality of presence. It is wonderful to behold a person who inhabits their own dignity. The human body is its own language. Every gesture you make speaks about who you are. The way you hold yourself, how you walk, sit, speak and touch things tells of your quality of soul. Some people have a clear dignity of carriage and composure. You sense their self-respect and the ease with which they are at home in their own presence. Other people squander their presence completely. They live a half-mile outside themselves, their personalities sprung in search of notice and affirmation.

Your presence inevitably reveals what you think of yourself…….’

PRAYER – Let the pure fire of your love burn up in me all that is foreign to your love and holiness, so that I may begin to love as you have taught us to love, dear and

beloved Lord.

MATRIMONIAL BLISS – Samuel T Coleridge -‘The best marriages are between deaf men and blind women.’

KEEP WELL AND KEEP ON KEEPING ON.

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ST JOSEPH’S MOSSLEY PEW SLIP 20TH JUNE 2021

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £860.50 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £40.30 Many thanks

REQUIEM MASS – for Tony King is on Wednesday at 9.45am

ANNNIVERSARIES – Eileen Hayden, John O’Driscoll, Dr Peter Morris, Margaret O’Driscoll.

MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, at 10am; Friday at 11am ( not on Wednesday) Saturday Vigil at 12.15pm; Sunday at 10.15am

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon-St Aloysius Gonzaga, Tues-Ss John Fisher and Thomas More, Thurs-Nativity of St John the Baptist.

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

CONFESSIONS – Saturday at 12 noon and on request

FOOD BANK – many thanks for a bumper contribution – taken to the Food Bank on Thursday and as ever, so happily and gratefully received.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION MASS – because restrictions have been extended, the Mass will now take place on Saturday 24th July at 10.30am.

SCHOOL GOVERNORS – VACANCIES – we have two vacancies for governors at St Joseph’s, School. Do mention it if you are interested. It isn’t all that time consuming and is a wonderful service to the school and community.

HOT POTATO – will he, won’t he, and he did, extend the lockdown; so the sanitising continues and the wearing of masks. A.N.Wilson mentions ‘St Francis kissed the leper. It is easy to imagine the response if he tried to kiss a Covid patient today. He would probably be arrested.’ The painting on the outside of the church continues but should be finished soon. We have been blessed with dry weather; when the rain arrives suspect we shall say Deo Gratias.

BROWNING-‘Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for

JOHN EATON – ‘It’s an old story. A violin has been found in the attic. The long neglected instrument is dusted and tuned, and a few notes attempted. The sound is poor – no Stradivarius here. Disappointing. But someone persevers. With more playing, the violin seems to awake from a long sleep and find its true voice. Such instruments are responsive to atmosphere and benfit from the vibrations made by playing. But whatever the factors involved, a violin or cello seems to be deadened by disuse and to need sympathetic awakening before sound in full beauty. In Bible times the string instruments were not yet played with a bow, but were plucked. The psalm-singers especially mention their lyres and harps. In psalm 108 the singer is in the sanctuary early – singing ‘ Awake, harp and lyre, that I may awaken the dawn.’

ENJOY – the little things, for one day you may look back and discover that they were the big things

ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI – while you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.

HOSPITALITY – D HOMAN –‘When people are bent over with the weight of suffering, they need from us only our presence. If we give them that, we become for them the presence of God in a most tangible way. That is hospitality.’

NO BEST BEFORE- raw honey lasts 4000 years at ambient temperature.

AND AS USUAL, KEEP WELL AND KEEP ON KEEPING ON

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ST JOSEPH’S MOSSLEY PEW SLIP 13TH JUNE 2021

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £729.70 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £40.00 Many thanks

LATELY DEAD – Elizabeth Parnell, Jill Smith, Marie Therese Porisse.

ANNIVERSARIES – Mary Hunt, Fortunata Roselina Mascarenhas

REQUIEM MASS- for Tony King is on Wednesday 23rd June at 9.45am

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

FEASTS THIS WEEK –Mon-Dedication of Cathedral, Wed-St Richard

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 so gratefully received.

LOVELY LONG EVENINGS – are an absolute joy, especially when the sun is shining – and the weather this weekend is set to be tropical. The gutters round the church have been receiving tender loving care this past week; they were in a sorry state. Amazing what a lick of paint can do.

SERVICE OF SORROW – Friday at 2pm for the children who are making their First Holy Communion.

WE DO LIKE TO BE THOUGHT COURAGEOUS – There is an African story of a tortoise about to meet a leopard in battle. Beforehand he went to the battleground and made marks all over the place, suggestive of a hard struggle. When he was asked what he was doing he replied: ‘ Because even after I am dead, I would want people passing this way to say, ‘A fellow and his match struggled here.’ Who cannot but love that tortoise!

LEARN – from yesterday, Hope for tomorrow, Live for today

ST TERESA OF CALCUTTA – Every act of love is a work of peace, no matter how small.

HUGH LAVERY – ‘God is aware that most of us see things through secular eyes. Our disease is dimness. The Spirit confers illumination and each one of us can be an artist. Painting or poetry may be beyond us. But the first art is the art of living. Jesus is the master-artist and his life is a masterpiece. What we call the fruits of the Spirit are simply the virtues of Christ. It is the Spirit eloquent in that precious trio of glorious things, truth, goodness, beauty. Where this holy trinity is absent, the world is a waste-land and people brutalised. But where we see the Spirit active in a man or woman, in a community or consortium, we feel attracted. It is the Spirit that makes Christ attractive. Attraction is the irresistible force and people cannot counter its magnetism. People followed Christ into the desert. They could not do otherwise.’

OH DEAR – The man in the next bed to Rafferty had a kidney removed. The next day, for lunch, they were served kidney soup. ‘My God,’ said he, ‘they waste nothing here.’ ‘ That’s my lot,’ said Paddy leaving the dentist’s, I’ve just had all my teeth out – never again!’

ST AUGUSTINE – said ‘you say times are hard and troubled, but I say ‘Live good lives and you will change the times by living good lives…’

MISSIO READ BOXES – another £374.42 received and sent.

HOPE – everyone has a decent week.

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