ST JOSEPH’S MOSSLEY PEW SLIP 11TH APRIL 2021

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £763.20 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £111.75 Many thanks

ANNIVERSARIES – Nan Hayden, Mary Jennings

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

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

CONFESSIONS – Saturday at 12 noon and on request.

EASTER WATER – we are invited to take home some Easter Water to bless our homes.

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

APRIL WEATHER – has been teasing us this past week, raising our hopes of prolonged sunshine, only to dash them with biting winds and cloudy skies. Still, the ‘great escape’ begins on Monday, and we can have our locks trimmed and sit outside in freezing temperatures drinking chilled beer. Happy days ahead.

ST FRANCIS de SALES – Bloom where you are planted.

REALITY CHECK – Murphy has asked Casey for the hand of his daughter in wedlock. ‘And can you support a family?’ asked Casey. ‘I think so,’ replied Murphy. ‘Well. There’s six of us, you know,’ said the future father-in-law.

A DISCOVERY –Fyodor was a young wild man. His life revolved around eating, drinking, talking, music, theatre and the company of women. He dreamt of fame. He was caught up in a movement for political and social reform in Russia during the repressive reign of Tsar Nicholas 1. He was arrested, tried and condemned to be executed.

On a bitterly cold morning, the prisoners were taken out to be shot. The prison guards raised their muskets to their shoulders and took aim. At the last moment, a white flag was raised to announce that the Tsar had commuted their sentence to life imprisonment in Siberia.

On his arrival in Siberia on Christmas Eve 1849, at the age of twenty-eight, two women slipped him a New Testament. When the guards turned away momentarily, they suggested he should search the pages thoroughly. He did.

While in prison, Fyodor Dostoyevski, the great Russian novelist, read the New Testament from cover to cover and learnt much of it by heart. He wrote, ‘I believe that there is no one lovelier, deeper, more sympathetic and more perfect than Jesus. I say to myself with jealous love, not only is there no one else like him, but there never could be anyone like him.’

MANY – parishioners are now sporting two jabs – the future is looking rosy.

J O ‘D –‘ Courtesy is the unacknowledged heart of civility; it is a disposition towards others which is graceful, polite, kind and considerate. It is the opposite of courseness and self-presuming familiarity. Courtesy invites dignity. Dignity is one of the most beautiful qualities in presence. The true style of the soul is dignity. Where dignity prevails, there is an atmosphere of confidence, poise and sureness. A person of dignity is aligned with the beauty within; that is why dgnity is unassailable from without. Dignity does not intrude or force itself……’

ERICA JONG –The trouble is; if you do not risk anything, you risk more.

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ST JOSEPH’S MOSSLEY PEW SLIP 4TH APRIL 2021

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £482.55 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £119.60 Many thanks

DONATION – towards Easter flowers – £60-in memory of Madeline Shackleton

LATELY DEAD – Brenda Grosvenor, Fr Vincent Cavey (retired)

ANNIVERSARIES – Derek Lawton, James Dalton, Peggy Dalton,John Kelly.

BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARIES – Dr Peter Morris

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

REQUIEM MASS – for Margaret Henshaw is on Thursday at 12 noon.

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

CONFESSIONS – Saturday at 12 noon and on request.

EASTER WATER – we are invited to take home some Easter Water to bless our homes

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

EASTER JOYS AND BLESSING TO ALL – and thank you for everything given in so many ways and for being so lovely and kind.

AND INTO APRIL – the month of the greening of the trees and sudden late frosts. What a brilliant week it has been for sunshine and dry weather, albeit a blip. More blips please. When lockdown finally ends we shall feel like Lazarus coming out of the tomb.

ST JOHN CHRYSOSTOM – ‘Why not learn to enjoy little things, there are so many of them.’

ROBIN DANIELS – ‘Forgive what I was, sanctify what I am, guide what I shall be. Self-forgiving, may I be forgiving of others. Self-patient, may I treat others with patience. May I be like the sun – warm, light, comfortable, and showing the same face to everyone. May I give unhesitating consent to Your will, in sadness and suffering, as in joy. All is yours. I live only to glorify you.’

JOHN O’DONOHUE – Graciousness dignifies human presence and when it is present it brings out the best in people. It opens a perspective which enables us to see the gifts that we have. It creates an atmosphere which awakens nobility of mind and heart. A gracious mind has compassion and sensitive understanding. It is without greed; rather than concentrating on what is missing or absent, it is able to celebrate and give thanks for what is present.’

OOPS ‘Excuse me, landlord, but do lemons have legs?’ asked O’Connor. ‘I don’t think so, why do you ask?’ ‘Well, I think I’ve squeezed your budgie into my gin!’

INTERESTING – in response to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issuing a statement re the banning of blessing for same- sex couples, Pope Francis at the Angelus said: ‘Christians are called to witness ‘with gestures of love’ and ‘not theoretical condemnations’. Life in the style of God, he added, is found through ‘closeness, compassion and tenderness’, and the Lord can bear fruit even when the soil is dry due to misunderstandings, difficulty or persecution, or claims of legalism or clerical moralism.’

AS USUAL, STAY SAFE KEEP WELL AND KEEP ON KEEPING ON.

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ST JOSEPH’S MOSSLEY PEW SLIP 28TH MARCH 2021

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £554.05 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £81.00 Many thanks

DONATION – £200.00 from the estate of Mary Elizabeth Tracey of Hanover Street who died in July, 2020

LATELY DEAD – Margaret Angela Henshaw, Nicola Mycroft, Jacqueline Bernadette Jones, Kate. CONFESSIONS – Sat at 12 and on request.

ANNIVERSARIES – Lawerence Hayden, John Patrick Hurley, Fr Myles Sheehan, Danny Graham, Felix Barber, Catherine Broe, Joseph Vincent Smith.

BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARIES –Mary Ellen Hayden

REQUIEM MASS –for Margaret Henshaw is on Wednesday 7th April at 12pm

MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – Mon and Tues at 10am and Wed at 11am

MAUNDY THURSDAY MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPER AT 6PM
This year: no washing of hands, no procession, no altar of repose, no watching.

GOOD FRIDAY – STATIONS OF THE CROSS AT 11AM
LITURGY OF THE PASSION AT 3PM
This year: no kissing of the cross and a reduction in readings

SATURDAY/EASTER VIGIL AT 12.15PM
This year: no procession with the Easter Candle, no lighting of candles, a reduction in readings no sprinkling with holy water

EASTER SUNDAY – MASS IS AT 1015AM AS USUAL

TODAY –we celebrate Palm/Passion Sunday. Blessed palms are in the porch.

We await the glory of spring; Easter is forecast to be cool. But, freedom is on the horizon! CLOCKS FORWARD this weekend.

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

WHETTING THE APPETITE – Les Miserables – tickets now on sale for the show at the Lowry Theatre – 29th March to 23rd April, 2022 – comments?

ST TERESA OF AVILA – ‘You pay God a compliment by asking great things of Him.’

HUGH LAVERY – The climax of Holy Week is not dying nor even a resuscitation. It is a new creation, a man burnt by the scars of human butchery, yet beyond mortality. Christ rehearsed this experience. His life was a series on dyings, to childhood in the temple, to exemption in the wilderness, to human timidity in Gethsemane. Dying and rising are as inseparable as convex and concave. Life is always an undulation, rise and fall, decay and renovation. This is the cadence of the holy and this is the music of holy week.’

QUIZ –‘Anyone who can guess how many ducks I have in the sack can have them both said Murphy. ‘Three,’ said Flanagan. ‘That’s near enough,’ said Murphy

CONGRATULATIONS – to Jim and Ann Ratchford who are celebrating their
Diamond Wedding Anniversary – all joys and blessings

STAY SAFE KEEP WELL AND KEEP ON KEEPING ON

THINK WELL, SPEAK WELL, DO WELL.

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ST JOSEPH’S MOSSLEY PEW SLIP 21ST MARCH 2021

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £834.75 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £69.10 Many thanks

ANNIVERSARIES – Yvonne Kelly, Ellen Tohill

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

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Wed- The Annunciation of the Lord.

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

CONFESSIONS – Saturday at 12 noon and on request.

NEXT WEEKEND –the clocks go forward.

NEXT WEEKEND – Palm Sunday and Passion Sunday.

HOLY WEEK SERVICES – have been slimmed down for all churches this year because of lockdown restrictions. On Holy Thursday – no washing of hands, no procession and no altar of repose. On Good Friday – no kissing of the Cross and a reduction in readings. At the Easter Vigil, no lighting of the fire and procession, no lighting of candles and a reduction in readings. There will be Stations of the Cross on Good Friday in the morning.

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

WAITING TO DEPART – suspect that we feel like passengers on an aircraft waiting on the runway for the plane to take off. But, as the hours go by, nothing happens and we remain trapped. Such is the experience of lockdown. We are beginning to look like hippies with our long hair; perhaps the masks are doing us a favour. Not a lot happening any place. Life is certainly less frenetic and the traffic not so intrusive. I wonder, if in a few months time, people will be saying, ‘I much preferred it in lockdown’. Let’s hope not.

AT THE BAR – ‘The old soldier hopped in, crutch under one arm and called to Murphy, the barman. ‘A pint of the dark stuff.’ ‘Too late,’ said Murphy, ‘we’ve just closed up.’ ‘Ah, come on,’ said the soldier. ‘I lost my leg at Dunkirk.’ ‘Well, you won’t find it in the pub,’ said Murphy.

ST TERESA OF CALCUTTA – I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish He didn’t trust me so much.

NIGHTLY RITUAL – an old man whom Ian Carmichael described as poor, aged and lonely, explained his night ritual. ‘Before going to bed I place the bar upon the leaf of the door, and I make the cross of Christ on the bar and on the door, and I supplicate the great God of life, Father of all living to protect and comfort me this night… After that I put out my light and go to bed, and when I lie down on my pillow I make the cross of Christ upon my breast, over the tablet of my hard heart, and I beseech the living God of the universe:

May the Light of lights come to my dark heart from Thy place, may the Spirit’s wisdom come to my heart’s tablet from my Saviour.’

ANTHONY DE MELLO SJ. – to the woman who complained about her destiny the Aba said,’It’s you who make your destiny.’ ‘But surely I am not responsible for being born a woman?’ ‘Being a woman isn’t destiny. That is fate. Destiny is how you accept your womanhood and what you make of it.’

STAY SAFE, AND KEEP ON KEEPING ON.

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ST JOSEPH’S MOSSLEY PEW SLIP 14TH MARCH 2021

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £452.05 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £45.90 Many thanks

LATELY DEAD – Mic Mulheane

ANNIVERSARIES – Fr Joseph Power

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

FEASTS THIS WEEK – St Patrick on Wednesday and St Joseph (our Patronal Feast) on Friday.

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

CONFESSIONS – on Saturday at 12 noon and on request.

TODAY – LAETARE SUNDAY AND MOTHERING SUNDAY – saluting all mothers, esteemed, valued and precious. Have a lovely day.

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

QUESTIONNAIRE – on the Facebook page of our parish website or click here.

HALF WAY THROUGH LENT – the lockdown is providing us with our penance; still in the doldrums alas. We do what we can. The days are lengthening and a few lambs are skipping about in the fields. Perhaps the lockdown has taught us to appreciate the little things that enhance our lives.

OOPS – In Mulligan’s bar, the young Salvation Army girl placed the collection box under the nose of Mick McCarthy and asked: ‘Can you spare fifty pence for God?’ ‘How old are you?’ asked Mick. ‘Twenty four,’ she replied. ‘Well, I’m sixty eight. I’ll see him before you do. I’ll pay him meself.’

JOAN CHITTISTER – ON ANGER – ‘Outbursts of temper are simply a type of emotional bullying. They are attempts to achieve by manipulation what we refuse to negotiate. They substitute force for strength and weakness for gentleness. They leave us half the person we could be. ‘Anger is acid’ the proverb teaches us, ‘that can do more harm to the vessel in which it stands than to anything on which it is poured.’ What we are fuming about outside is eating us away inside. What, if anything, is worth the loss of the gentle spirit when what is being corroded is our own well being.’

ST JOHN PAUL – ‘The ultimate test of your greatness is the way you treat every human being.’

A SPIRITUAL FACELIFT – Nicky Gumbell – ‘ Fr Raniero Cantalamessa, a Franciscan monk who is the preacher to the papal household, aged 81yrs, spoke at our leadership conference. Many people commented on how his face and eyes shone with the radiance of God’s presence. He was on a train in Italy once when a woman , who was a total non-believer, approached him and said, ‘Your face complels me to believe. We can’t control the beauty of our face, but we can control the expression on it. You can tell a lot by looking at people’s eyes and faces. We say, ‘You should have seen the look on the their face.’ A Latin proverb says ‘ The face is the index of the mind’. But the eyes are the windows of the soul.’

STAY SAFE, KEEP WELL, AND DON’T GIVE UP.

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ST JOSEPH’S MOSSLEY PEW SLIP 7TH MARCH 2021

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £580 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £77.00 Many thanks

LATELY DEAD – Marian Fletcher, Mary Paddock

ANNIVERSARIES – Jack Cooper, Adrian Moss, Patrick Hand, Kathleen Garside, Sheila Hughes.

REQUIEM MASS – for Madeline Shackleton is on Monday at 9.15am

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

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

CONFESSIONS – Saturday at 12 noon.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS – feel free to make them before Mass any day.

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

QUESTIONNAIRE – a parishioner, Megan Hulme, attending Chester University, wonders if parishioners woud like to complete a questionnaire on the Facebook page of our website to assist her with an assignment. The question posed is: What are the effects of covid 19 on Catholic churchgoers in a rural area of Greater Manchester during the pandemic? Click here for the survey

PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE – so we understand, and we are all asked to exercide it at present whilst we wait to be released from lockdown. We have had some lovely days, blue skies and sunshine; now it is grey and cold. Lenten weather. The sages tell us to enjoy the moment, the future doesn’t exist.

APT REPOSTE – Idly the American tourist watched the Cork man dig and turn over the soil. Eventually he called out: ‘Hey, buddy, what’s that you’re doing?’ ‘I’m digging pogtatoes, sor.’ ‘Potatoes? Those small things? You call them potatoes? ‘Back home in Iowa we have potatoes ten times that size!’ ‘Yes, sor. But you see, we only grow them to fit our mouths

ROBIN DANIELS – ‘Slowing down – Being always in the fast lane is a one-way trip to burn out – for one’s self, for family, society and the whole planet. Slowing down leads to mental clarity, creativity, wiser decision-making, more relaxed encounters, deeper friendships, safer driving and better digested meals. We cannot shift our habits until we realise what a serious trap we are in. The pace of modern life is so fast and fierce, so toxic, that most of us will have to reorder our life radically if we wish to find and establish a personal rhythm that will favour the life of prayer.’

FOCOLARE –when she was 19 years of age, Chiara Lbich gathered with a few friends in northern Italy. It was 1939 and, as the bombs fell, they asked this question: ‘Was there an ideal that the bombs could not destroy?’ Their answer was ‘Yes, the love of God’. They helped those in need, shared what food they had, comforted the bereaved and found clothing for those without any. Members of the Focolare community make it ther rule of life, 24 hours a day, to live by the golden rule of Jesus ‘Do to others as you would have them do to you’. There are now 2 million members in182 countries.

EVELYN UNDERHILL – ‘You don’t have to be peculiar to find God, but you do have to make a willed commitment to make Him the centre of your life.’

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ST JOSEPH’S MOSSLEY PEW SLIP 28TH FEBRUARY 2021

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £512.75 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £48.75 Many thanks

ANNIVERSARIES – Hugh Hayden, Noel Joyce, Estelle Dalton, Sheila Hughes, Ellen Holmes.

BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARIES – Lawrence Hayden.

JUST MENTIONING – that Mass Offerings received always go to Cafod.

REQUIEM MASS – for Madeline Shackleton is on Monday 8th March at 9.15.

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

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Monday – St David, Patron of Wales.

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

CONFESSIONS – Saturday at 12 noon.

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

AND INTO MARCH – apparently, the proverb As Mad as a March Hare is older that the proverb As Mad as a Hatter. Haven’t seen many hares around Mossley. But optimism is in the air; things do seem to be getting better, and the end of lockdown is in sight – not to mention Spring. For the time being we have to be patient.

ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU –‘ Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.’

OOPS – Murphy had been on the firing range for over an hour and hit nothing. ‘It’s no good,’ he said to the corporal. ‘I’ll never make a soldier. I’m going off to shoot myself.’ ‘Take plenty of ammunition,’ advised the corporal.

RUPERT BROOK – ‘ Half an hour’s roaming about a street or village or railway station shows so much beauty that it is impossible to be any thing but wild with suppressed exhileration. And it is not only beauty and beautiful things. In a flicker of sunlight on a blank wall, or a reach of muddy pavement, or smoke from an engine at night, there’s a sudden significance and importance and inspiration that makes the breath stop with a gulp of certainty and happiness.’

INTERESTING –The retain chain Topshop commissioned a survey by a team of psychologists into their key customer demographic: Millennials (those born between 1981 and the early 2000’s, and also known as generation Y) They interviewed 800 people. The results werre so startling that they did not believe them. They interviewed another 800 and got the same results. The results portrayed an alarming picture of an increasingly lonely and lost generation. More people live alone than at any point in our recorded social history. On average, Millennials spend six-and-a-half-hours a day on social media. Many who were interviewed considered work to be something they fitted in between social media and lunch! They found people had a large number of ‘friends’ but an increasing sense of loneliness.

MASS LEAFLETS – because of Brexit, Customs now require additional paperwork before we can receive leaflets from Ireland!

JOHN KEEBLE –
Old friends, old scenes, will lovelier be,
As more of heaven in each we see’

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ST JOSEPH’S MOSSLEY PEW SLIP 21ST FEBRUARY 2021

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £487.05 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £85.80 Many thanks

DONATION – £100. Many thanks

LATELY DEAD – Madeline Shackleton, Ann Ashmole.

ANNIVERSARIES – Maureen Meredith, Anne Hunt.

MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – we thought that during Lent we would have Mass on Wednesday and Friday at 11am – (a slightly more friendly time) and Monday, Tuesday, Thursday at 10am. Saturday Vigil at 12.15pm and Sunday Morning at 10.15am. Apologies – Mass Leaflets haven’t arrived.

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon- The Chair of Peter; Tues-St Polycarp.

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

CONFESSIONS – Saturday at 12 noon.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS – usually in the Lent we have Stations of the Cross on Thursday Evenings. This year it is better if we say them privately.

The church is open half an hour before Mass and longer at weekends if we wish to make the Stations then. Mentioned before that the Stations of the Cross came from the old church and are old Belgium Hand Carvings. They were cleaned, repaired where necessary, and painted at a cost of £7/2/6 – the cost of the church was £38,000- exclusive of furnishings.

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

HAIR SHIRTS – will be on sale next week all the way from Saville Row.

ROBIN DANIELS – ‘The art of a fulfilled life is to be energetic without tension, dynamic without agitation, serene but not aloof. We hate to admit that we have time on our hands. Status is symbolised not only by a big car, a huge office and a wide desk, but also by a full diary. Being busy, or pretending to be, feeds our self-esteem. All actions come to be seen as urgent. We endow almost everything we do with a bogus tone of semi-crisis. Every hour is a rush hour.’

A PENITENTIAL YEAR – for all of us; we may well feel that we haven’t much energy or appetite for Lent. We musn’t think that the good Lord is happy when he sees us giving ourselves a hard time. Most of all, Our Blessed Lord, would be delighted if we shared a little of our heart and time with him in prayer – saying hello and keeping in touch. Let’s hope the worst of the winter is behind us; it could have been much worse.

CONFIDENCE – a six-year-old girl was drawing a picture one day. Her teacher said, ‘What are you drawing?’ The little girl answered, ‘I an drawing a picture of God.’ The teacher was surprised and said, ‘But nobody knows what God looks like!’ The little girl carried on drawing and replied, ‘They will in a minute.’

OOPS – When it came for the baby to be baptised Doolan proudly stood by the font in St Anne’s church. ‘Now,’ said Father Francis, ‘ and what are we going to name the little one.’ ‘Hazel’, said Doolan with a smile. ‘Lord save us,’ moaned the priest. ‘All the saints in heaven and you’re calling her after a nut!’ It was Fr Francis who stubbed his toe and stumbled whilst baptising a child, and henceforth the boy was known as ‘Thomas oops McNally.’

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ST JOSEPH’S MOSSLEY PEW SLIP 14TH FEBRUARY 2021

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £680.00 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £87.00 Many thanks

LATELY DEAD – Christopher McGarry, Ron Carson.

ANNIVERSARIES – Margaret Conway, Martin O’Donnell

MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day – except Wednesday and Friday – 11am.
ASH WEDNESDAY – MASS AT 11AM – ASHES WILL NOT BE GIVEN – not allowed to give them in the traditional manner due to covid
Saturday Vigil – 12.15pm and Sunday Morning at 10.15am.

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

CONFESSIONS – Saturday at 12 noon.

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

LENT – arrives early this year – before the swallow dares. Hugh Lavery – ‘Repent is the Lenten verb. It calls for a new look at the values we hold dear. It has a corollary ‘Repent and believe the Good News.’ Jesus had a message not of gloom but of glory and this is so hard to take. We are born cynics and take delight in spreading doom and despondency. Then we become our own executioners and think ourselves into decline. This is the saddest sin: despair of possibility. It is a deep disease. It is not incurable. That is the Lenten message.’

VALENTINE THEME – ‘I’m in a terrible fix,’ moaned Clancy. ‘I’m in love with two girls and I don’t know which to marry. ‘No problem,’ said Murphy. ‘I know you’re not a Catholic but I think the church could help you. Call in tomorrow morning, kneel down and try a sincere prayer to God – that should do the trick.’ Next morning Murphy arrived to find Clancy with a beaming smile. ‘It worked. ‘It’s a miracle,’ he enthused. ‘ I walked in, knelt down and there it was written in red across the altar cloth: AVE MARIA!’

PULCHRITUDINUS – a posh way of describing the beautiful scenery we have had this week with the snow covering the hills. It has certainly been chilly, if not bitter on several days. Amazing to hear of people still taking a daily dip in the sea. We were thinking of hiring out water bottles at the weekend – 50p for the duration of Mass – but the weather is set to change.

COMFORTING ? a vicar was relating recently that when receiving an email from a certain undertaker, the said undertaker (or funeral director) always signs himself off ‘Yours eventually’. Gallow’s humour?.

OLD ENGLISH PROVERB – ‘ the older the fiddle, the sweeter the tune’. Some people never lose their beauty. It moves from their faces to their hearts. At the age of 98 Titian painted his magnificent picture of the battle of Lepanto. Old age can be a time of great fruitfulness.

DOROTHY DAY -‘ the same principle always worked. If we are rushed for time sow time and we will reap time. Go to church and spend a quiet hour in prayer. You will have more time than ever and your work will get done. Sow kindness and you will reap kindness. Sow love and you will reap love.’

LENTEN BOOKLETS – no charge. Do take one

AND AS ALWAYS. BE OF GOOD HEART, STAY SAFE AND KEEP ON KEEPING ON.

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St Joseph’s Mossley Pew Slip 7th February 2021

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £589.55 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £138.10. The Lenten theme is ‘providing clean water’ and they highlight a man who spends 10 hours every day collecting water for his family. We are so blessed.

ANNIVERSARIES – Arthur Howard, Ken Tmperley, Eddie Graham

BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARIES – Marion Holt

MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day – except Friday – 11am – Saturday Vigil is at 12.15pm and Sunday Morning is at 10.15am

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

CONFESSIONS – Saturday at 12 noon.

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon- St Jerome Emilian, St Josephine Bakhita; Wed- St Scholastica; Thurs- Our Lady of Lourdes.

FOOD BANK – many thanks for the food left in the porch- taken to the Food Bank on Thursday and received so gratefully. Some families are really struggling.

KEEPING ONE’S CHIN UP – is the key to serenity in these difficult times. Let’s hope that we are over the worst – notwithstanding the heatwave that is due to arrive this week! Happy parishioners are recounting visits to vaccination centres – United fans happily going to the Etiad Stadium, but not genuflecting on entering. Occasional hints of Spring approaching.

EXTRACTS FROM LIFE IN CLIFFORD ST. BOOTLE 1946 – ‘The place was alive with dead rats.’ ‘There were holes a foot high.’ ‘How’s your new teeth, Gran?’ ‘I’m leaving them out till I get used to them!’ ‘Gran, the bloke next door’s won £20,000 on the football pools.’ ‘He’ll have no luck.’ ‘If God had meant that boy to sing he’d never have invented ears!’ I remember the good old days. You could make a meal out of nothing if you had the stuff!’

RUTH BURROWS – ‘There is really only one virtue and that is love, a great caring love for others that is patient, kind, gentle, humble, long-suffering, tenderly considerate for the weak, always ready to put others before self. It is a love that is steadfast and enduring. A love that says yes to human life in its bruising and wounding; that does not escape into a hard shell but remains quivering and exposed, never embittered, always seeing beyond appearances to the God who never fails and who holds his world and all that is in it in his love.’

CODSWALLOP OR TRUE – Children laugh, on average, 150 times a day. Adults laugh, on average only 6 times a day.

NICKY GUMBEL ‘ Pope Francis paused for a moment after one of his general audiences to pray, embrace and lay hands on a man with neurofibromatosis, a severly disfiguring disease. The man’s face was covered in tumours. The image of the Pope’s embrace in St Peter’s Square went viral on social media inspiring millions by his poignant example of the love of Christ. There is great power in example. It is hard to improve if we have no other model than ourselves to follow. Albert Schweitzer, the French theologian, philosopher and physician said, ‘Example is not the main thing in influencing others – it is the only thing.’ More depends on your walk than your talk, what you practise than what you preach, what you do than what you say.’

AS USUAL – STAY SAFE, BE OF GOOD HEART, KEEP WELL,
AND, KEEP ON KEEPING ON.

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