St Joseph’s Pew Slip – 25th October 2020

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £748.10 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £47.00 Many thanks

BAPTISMS – we welcome Jake Mostyn, Archie Clegg, Phoebe Clegg, into the family at St Joseph’s.

LATELY DEAD – Geoffrey Bezer, Lynette Davenport, Gerry Quinn, John Kelly. Jerry Leathem.

ANNIVERSARIES – Toole, Edgley, Smith Families.

REQUIEM MASS – for Tess Toner is on Monday at 1pm

REQUIEM MASS –for Colette Sheehy is on Monday 1sr November at 10.30am

FUNERAL SERVICE – for Geoffrey Bezer is on Friday 6th November at Dukinfield Crematorium.

REQUIEM MASS-for Lynette Davenport is on Monday 9th November at 10am

MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day – except Friday – 11am. Saturday Evening at 6pm and Sunday Morning at 10.15am

CLOCKS BACK – this weekend

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

CONFESSIONS – Saturday at 5.45pm

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon- Ss Chad and Cedd, Wed- Ss Simon and Jude.

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

CONTINUED THANKS – to those who clean the church after every Mass – a labour of love for which we are really grateful. They have been told to expect a free mince pie at Christmas!

AUTUMN HAS ARRIVED – cooler and wetter. The leaves are turning lemon, lime, gold, chocolate, brown, and in the sunshine look quite splendid. Let’s hope the weather is kind to the children during half term. And here we are with more restrictions. In Ireland and Wales the churches are closed again. Hope that people feel comfortable and safe in the church; we have a high ceiling and we are all facing forward. Any comments are welcome

LOOKS HAPPY – ‘At Finnegan’s wake, Katy Ryan remarked about the corpse. ‘Doesn’t he look happy?’ ‘Yes,’ said the widow Finnegan. ‘He died in his sleep and he doesn’t know he’s dead yet! ‘In fact, she went on, if he wakes up in the morning the shock will kill him!’

The trick is growing up without growing old

JENNY JUGAN – Go and find Jesus when your patience and strength give out and you feel alone and helpless. He is waiting for you. Say to him, ‘Jesus, you know exactly what is going on. You are all I have, and you know all. Come to my help.’ And then go and don’t worry about how you are going to manage. That you have told God about it is enough. He has a good memory.

J O’D – May the Angel of Encouragement confirm you in worth and self respect, that you may live with the dignity that presides in you soul.

KEEP WELL AND STAY SAFE

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St Joseph’s Pewslip – 18 October 2020

ST JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – PEW SLIP – 18th October, 2020www.stjosephmossley.org.uk [email protected]

OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £986.75 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £48.90 Many thanks

BAPTISM, – we welcome Effie Alice Dagostina into the family at St Joseph’s

REQUIEM MASS – forTess Toner is on Monday 26th October at 1pm

ANNIVERSARIES – Bridget Williams, Marion Holt.

MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day – except Friday at 11am – Saturday Evening at 6pm and Sunday Morning at 10.15am

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Friday at 10 till11am

FEASTS THIS WEEK Mon-Ss John de Breboeuf and companions, Thurs- St John Paul 11, Sat-St Anthony Mary Claret.

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

THE SCHOOL – closes on Friday for half term – and a reminder that the clocks go back next weekend.

BRACING – ourselves for more restrictions re social interaction and gatherings. Presently, for certain services in church, numbers are limited: weddings, funerals, baptisms. We seem to be in for the long haul. First Holy Communions will have to wait until next year. We daren’t think about Christmas! Best to keep smiling, if we can; and, if we are obliged to spend longer indoors, its a lovely opportunity to get the rosary beads out and to pray for the people of the parish.

ITEM FROM A RADIO BROADCAST – ‘There was a terrible accident in the Irish Sea today. A ship carrying a cargo of red paint collided with a ship carrying a cargo of blue paint. Both crews have been marooned.’

FRESH AIR – we have been advised to let a blast of coolish fresh air sweep through our homes every so often. One lady remarked that many homes are over heated and unhealthy, mentioning that an aristocratic lady who lived in a draughty mansion, told her house guest that if her bedroom was cold she would put another dog on the bed!

Love -‘doesn’t mean doing extraordinary or heroic things. It means knowing how to do ordinary things with tenderness.’

RACHEL NAOMI REMEN ‘Blessing the life in someone usually requires a deep respect for their uniqueness, an openness to allowing them to uncover who they are rather than shaping them into who we want or need them to be.. We cannot strengthen someone and violate their integrity at the same time.’

You have to have a dream so you can get up in the morning.

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St Joseph’s Pew Slip – 11 October 2020

OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £682.75 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £41.00 Many thanks

LATELY DEAD – Teresa (Tess) Toner

ANNIVERSARIES – Fr Michael Flemming, Leonard Hall

MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day – except Friday – 11am. Saturday Evening at 6pm and Sunday Morning at 10.15am

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT-Friday at 10am

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Tues-St Edward the Confessor; Wed- St John Ogilvie; Thurs- St Theresa of Avila; Fri– St Margaret Mary..

FOOD BANK – Many thanks for the food left in the porch – will be taken to the Food Bank on Thursday.

CONFESSIONS – on Saturday at 5.45pm

MISSION BOXES – will be collected this month.

WEE BIT COOLER –as the days go by and darker earlier in the evening. We seem to be managing ok and comments are always welcome. As mentioned before, some people may feel more comfortable attending a weekday Mass rather than one at weekend.

Suspect that nothing is going to change much well into next year.

The Pope has just released his new encyclical ‘Fratelli Tutti’ – emphasing the upside-down logic of the gospel and the spirit of St Francis that we are one family of brothers and sisters.

AN ANGEL? ‘How would you describe your wife?’ asked O’Toole. ‘Well’, said Murphy, ‘I would say she was an angel.’ ‘You mean beautiful?’ said O’Toole.

‘No,’ replied Murphy, ‘ I mean she’s always up in the air harping on about something.’

ANTHONY de MELLO SJ – ‘To the disciples’ delight the Abba said he wanted a new shirt for his birthday. The finest cloth was bought. The village tailor came in to have the Abba measured and promised, by the will of God, to make the shirt within a week. A week went by and no shirt. Said the tailor ‘There has been a slight delay. But, by the will of God, it will be ready tomorrow.’ Next day the tailor said ‘ I’m sorry it isn’t done. Try again tomorrow and, if God wills, it will certainly be ready. The following day the Abba said, ‘Ask him how long it will take if he keeps God out of it.’

RULE OF COMGALL – ‘ If anybody enters the path of repentance it is sufficient to advance a step every day. If you practise repentance, if your heart is meek, your way will be straight to the King of the Kingdom of heaven.’

The best view comes after the hardest climb

Strong people don’t put others down, they lift them up.

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St Joseph’s Pew Slip – 4th October 2020

ST JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY PEW SLIP- 4th October, 2020

OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £544.80 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £41.05 Many thanks

LATELY DEAD – Pat Knowles

ANNIVERSARIES – Kathryn Smith, James Cameron

BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARIES – Michael Williams

MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – Monday at 10am, Friday at 11am, Saturday at 10am, Saturday Evening at 6pm, Sunday Morning at 10.15. No service this week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT-Friday at 10am

CONFESSIONS – Saturday at 5.45pm.

MISSION BOXES – will be collected this month.

HOPING – that everyone is staying safe and keeping well. We are getting into the swing of things with sanitising etc. The diocese insists that, for the time being, all churches have stewards at weekends. Parishioners have been very obliging and helpful.

DIOCESAN HOLY HOUR – Bishop John will lead a Holy Hour from Salford Cathedral this Sunday at 3pm which will be livestreamed on ChurchServices.tv

FOOD BANK – many thanks for the food left in the porch – taken to the Food Bank on Thursday and very gratefully received.

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Wed- Our Lady of the Rosary, Fri- St John Henry Newman, Sat- St Paulinus of York.

ANTHONY de MELLO SJ – ‘When a man whose marriage was in trouble sought his advice, the Abba said, ‘You must listen to your wife.’ The man took this advice to heart and returned after a month to say that he had learned to listen to every word his wife as saying. Said the Abba with a smile, ‘Now go home and listen to every word she isn’t saying.’

MAY- the risen Lord lead each of you into the desert of your heart, and speak to you there in His Spirit, and show you the radiant mercy of His Father’s face. Then may he lead you to His brothers and sisters who are everywhere awaiting your love.

HEBRIDEAN ALTARS –‘ Keep within me a stillness deeper and sweeter than a forest’s in mid of winter.’

NEVER AGAIN – That’s my lot,’ said Paddy leaving the dentist’s. ‘I’ve just had all my teeth out – never again!’

SUSPECT – that puddings and stews are making their way back to the tables in Mossley now that the weather is cooler and damper

EB ‘Earth’s crammed with heaven, and every common bush afire with God’.

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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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