Newsletter – 17th March 2019

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 17th March, 2019 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 C Metcalf; £15 J Edge; £10 M Buckley
BAPTISM – we welcome Matteo Thomas Re- Russell and Solomon Alphonso Re- Russell into the family at St Joseph’s..
LATELY DEAD – Tony Buckley
FUNERAL SERVICE – for Joseph Gildart is on Wednesday 20th March at 10.30am. at Dukinfield Crematorium.
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day – except Wednesday – 9.30am
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon-St Cyril, Wed- St Cuthbert, Thurs- St Enda, Fri- St Nicholas Owen, Sat- St Turibus de Mongrovejo.
ST PATRICK’S FEAST DAY – today. Our PATRONAL FEAST – ST JOSEPH is on Tuesday. There is a bookmark/ prayer card for everyone today to mark the feast day – do feel free to take one to the house-bound, relatives and former parishioners
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Friday at 9 till10am – for those not working, it is a lovely Lenten devotion.
CONFESSIONS – on Saturday after 10am Mass and at 6.10pm
TEA AND COFFEE – in the parish room after Mass – access through sacristy.
FOOD BANK – once again a big thank you for all the food left in the porch – taken to the Food Bank on Thursday and so gratefully received – all single items welcome.
MEDITATION DURING LENT – on Mondays in the parish room at 7.15 till 8.15pm. All welcome.
DEANERY STATION MASS – this Tuesday is at St Joseph’s Shaw at 7.30pm
STATIONS OF THER CROSS – on Wednesday evening at 7pm
XIGONG CLASS – on Thursday at 7.15pm
SCHOOL GOVERNORS MEETING – takes place in the school on Thursday 28th at 6pm.
LES MISERABLES – an absolute triumph; a standing ovation and thunderous applause greeted the cast at the end of the performance. What a wonderful night. Let’s hope that the King and I is as good.
SPRING AWAITS – but unforgiving Lenten weather during the past week , though the horses managed to run at Cheltenham. Perhaps we need to see the wind, rain, snow and sleet, as a blessing and not as a curse..
GREEN BAGELS – are on sale in New York today; but, it’s good to remember St Patrick. He wrote ‘Before daybreak I used to be awakened to prayer in snow and frost and hail…and there was no sloth in me, as I now perveive, because the Spirit
was there in front of me.’
JOHN CULLEN – writes ‘St Patrick’s Day is a welcome break during Lent. Anyone with a thirst for qualities like fortitude, fidelity, innocence and authentic faith – virtues and qualities so patronisingly dismissed nowadays as quaint and obsolete – can discover a new enthusiasm from today’s feast. When such things disappear, something precious dies within us and we are diminished, demeaned and devalued, without a memory or a vocabulary for God.’

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Newsletter – 10th March 2019

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 10th March, 2019 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 A Ratchford; £15 J Timperley; £10 C Metcalf
DONATION – £200.00 Many thanks
LATELY DEAD – Alwin Howard-Cofield, Joseph Gildart.
ANNIVERSARIES – Pat Armfield, Kathleen Garside, John Cameron, Adrian Moss.
FUNERAL SERVICE – for Anthony Leach is on Thursday at 3.30pm at Dukinfield Crematorium.
FUNERAL SERVICE – for Joseph Gildart is on Wednesday 20th March at 10.30am at Dukinfield Crematorium.
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Wed- St Euphrasia, Fri- St Louise de Mariliac.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Friday at 9 till 10am
CONFESSIONS – Saturday after 10am Mass and at 6.10pm
TEA AND COFFEE – in the parish room after Mass – access through sacristy.
FOOD BANK – a big thank you again for the food left in the porch and taken to the Food Bank on Thursday – ever so pleased – all single items welcome.
DEANERY STATION MASS – this Tuesday at Corpus Christi, Hollinwood, at 7.30pm.
MEDITATION DURING LENT – Monday at 7.15 till 8.15pm in the parish room
STATIONS OF THE CROSS DURING LENT – Wednesday at 7.pm
XIGONG CLASS – Thursdays at 7.15 till 8.15pm
LES MISERABLES – we go to the Palace Theatre on Monday to see the show – the coach will leave the bus stop by the Market Place at 6.15pm-a treat awaits.
RED BOXES – we have now started our trial of only two collections this year. You can still have yours emptied before May, by leaving it in the porch and I will return it once emptied. Quarterly magazines will soon be available – do take one. If anyone wishes to take a red mission box, please see me. Thanks, Sue Glynn.
REMINDER – we go to see the King and I at the Opera House on Tuesday 30th April (feast of St George) – will collect the money next month.
NOT A GOOD WEEK – for hanging out the washing – though Tuesday had its moments – one parishioner cautions against putting out bedding plants until late in May. But, who knows, April could be a scorcher – but, we have delayed ordering palm trees for the front of the church.
HUGH LAVERY – ‘The word ‘Lent’ has a bleak inflection and the season comes before the swallow dares. We do not live by the head but by the heart, and it is to the heart that Jesus speaks. Lent is for a change of heart, a revision of values. Jesus does not underrate the need for bread. He merely insists that it is not enough A nation needs its Lent for learning and a lean time can be a season for health.’
GERARD HUGHES -‘Deliver us, Lord, from every form of self-righteousness, from every trace of satisfaction in our condemnation of another. Show us our own sinfulness so that knowing the depths of your forgiveness and the tenderness of your love, we may bear witness to your loving mercy in all our dealings.’

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Newsletter – 3rd March 2019

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 3rd March, 2019 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 E Downing; £15 M Gross; £10 L Gee
LATELY DEAD – Anthony Leach
ANNIVERSARIES – Patrick Hand, Stanley Norris, Ellen Holmes, Estelle Dalton.
Noel Joyce. Mass this week – 10am each day.
BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY – Joseph Lawrence Hayden, Cath Wright.
FUNERAL SERVICE – for Anthony Leach is on Thursday 14th March at Dukinfield Crematorium at 3.30pm
ASH WEDNESDAY – Mass and distribution of ashes – 10am and 7p
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon-St Casimir, Thurs-SsPerpetua &Filicity
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Friday at 9 till 10am
CONFESSIONS – Saturday after 10am Mass and at 6.10pm
TEA AND COFFEE – after Mass in the parish room – access through sacristy.
FOOD BANK – a big thank you for the food left in the porch – taken to the Food Bank on Thursday and gratefully received – all single items welcome.
LENTEN BOOKLETS AND CALENDARS – in the porch – no charge
STATIONS OF THE CROSS – during Lent will be 7pm on Wednesday evenings
XIGONG CLASS – takes place on Thursday at 7.15 till 8.15pm
LES MISERABLES – we go to see the show on Monday 11th March. It would help if any outstanding money is paid this weekend – £50 including transport – we will then know if we have any spare tickets.
SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME – parents and children involved in First Holy Communion meet this Sunday before Mass.
CONGRATULATIONS – to Veronica Timperely who is 90 this weekend.
BEATING THE COLD – three new heaters were installed in the church this past week – in time for the sleet that is forecast. We has a couple of weekday Masses in the parish room – different but homely.
DURING LENT – deanery Station Masses will take place on Tuesday evenings and we will have Meditation on Mondays at 7.15 till 8.15pm
JUST HEAVENLY – blue skies and wall to wall sunshine; it wasn’t going to last but we did enjoy it. And now it’s back to where we were before! However, there is a real stretch in the evenings which is a delight. In the Flemish calendar from the sixteenth century book of hours, the March occupation is gardening, with the emphasis on pruning – a Lenten theme. A life with no space, no still point, at it’s centre may be in need of some hard pruning if it is to grow into its own proper shape – just as plants and shrubs need pruning to keep their shape and not run to seed.
PASTORAL LETTER – we have a pastoral letter from the bishop today on the subject of climate change. There are those who say that we are living in a climate emergency, and that the damage that has been done is irreversible – let’s hope not.
Bishop John asks us to ‘shop more carefully, choosing local produce, so saving expensive transportation costs; walk more, wear a pullover in doors before turning up the heating, and hang out the washing!’ – if you don’t live in a flat or it’s winter.

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Newsletter 24th February 2019

ST JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 24th February, 2019 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 J Smith; £15 > Buckley; £10 J Smith
BAPTISM – we welcome Rowan Patrick Delaney into the family at St Joseph’s
LATELY DEAD – Dera Dawson
ANNIVERSARIES – Alan Tallents, Maureen Meredith
BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY – Claire Tallents
FUNERAL SERVICE – for Derek Hoole is on Monday at Hollinwood Crematorium at 2pm
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon- St Ethelbert of Kent, Thurs- St Oswald of Worcester, Fri- St David, Patron of Wales.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Friday at 9 till 10am
CONFESSIONS – Saturday after 10am Mass and at 6.10pm
TEA AND COFFEE – in the parish room after Mass – access through sacristy.
FOOD BANK – a big thank you for all the food left in the porch – a bumper assortment last week – taken to the Food Bank on Thursday. All items welcome.
PARISH LUNCH – yet another jolly occasion with our celebrity chefs excelling themselves – Lancashire cuisine at its best and an array of deserts to tickle the palate
Our thanks to all our helpers and to all who came.
OUR – Healing Service was well received, and we will, please God, hold another during Eastertide, or earlier if people so wish.
JOB APPLICATION – a gentleman sent an email during the week asking if we had a vacancy for a Facilities Manager. I was temped to reply saying ‘There is nothing to do here and I do that.’! Perhaps we could do with a Facilities Manager.
SCHOOL RE-OPENS – on Monday
SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME – the parents and children involved in First Holy Communion preparation meet next Sunday before Mass.
MOSSLEY CORRESPONDENT – a few copies are available in the porch
XIGONG CLASS – takes place on Thursday evening at 7.15 till 8.15pm
OUR LADY OF FATIMA – mentioning that a series of events and services are taking place at Salford Cathedral this weekend – details on the diocesan website. The Natioanl Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, along with the relics of Saints Jacinta and Francesco are present.
LES MISERABLES – Once the money has been paid we will know if there are any spare tickets over – £50 including transport. We go to see the show on 11th March – we go to see The King and I on 30th April (feast of St George)
MIRABILE DICTU – wonderful to say – what incredible weather we are having.
What a joy to see people relaxed and cheerful and clearly enjoying the warmth. It will probably snow in March with drifts ten feet high; for the moment God Bless the sunshine and may it long continue.
E LEAR – There was an old man who said hush, I pereieve a young bird in this bush, When they said is it small, he replied not at all. It is four times as big as the bush.

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Newsletter – 10th February 2019

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 10th February, 2019 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 K Glynn, £15 V Timperley, £10 M Higgins
LATELY DEAD – Elizabeth Kirkup, Mira Namousky, Molly Mooney
ANNIVERSARIES – Ken Timperley, Eddie Graham, Margaret Conway
BAPTISM – we welcome Leo Ernie Whittaker and Archie Joseph Whittaker into the family at St Joseph’s.
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day.
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon- Our Lady of Lourdes, Tues- St Damian, Thurs- Ss Cyril and Methodius.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Friday at 9 till 10am
CONFESSIONS – Saturday after 10am Mass and at 6.10pm
TEA AND COFFEE – in the parish room after Mass – acccess through sacristy
NEW TEA AND COFFEE ROTAS – in the sacristy
FOOD BANK – a big thank you for the food left in the porch – taken to the Food Bank on Thursday and so gratefully received – all single items welcome.
PARISH LUNCH – is on Wednesday 20th February after 12 noon Mass – the list is in the porch and all are welcome.
OUR LADY OF FATIMA – The National Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, along with the relics of Saints Jacinta and Francisco, will visit Salford Cathedral on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th February. A whole series of events and services are planned at the Cathedral across the two days. Full details can be found on the diocesan website.
LES MISERABLES – money for the show can be paid this month -cost being £50.
Have left the list in the sacristy so that people can double check that their name is on the list, and check the number of tickets ordered. We go to see the show on Monday 11th March.
XIGONG CLASS – takes place on Thursday at 7.15 till 8.15pm
HALF TERM – the school closes on Friday until Monday25th February.
HEALING SERVICE – on Sunday 17th February at 4pm
A FAVOURABLE WIND – blew a £20 note into the presbytery garden during the week – what should Pastor Simplicius do with it?
HOPEFULLY – we are surviving the rigours of winter; storm Eric was reasonably kind to Mossley. A joy to see clusters of snowdrops here and there; and, it is getting lighter in the evening.
ABBA AGATHON – Some people who had heard of his reputation for discernment wanted to test him to see if he would lose his temper. So they came to him and said ‘We have been told that you are a fornicator and are conceited.’ He replied, ‘that is correct.’ They went on ‘ you are a chatterbox and a scandalmonger.’ He relied ‘I am.’ They said ‘ you are a heretic.’ “I am not’, he replied. “Why’ they said, ‘did you let us call you all those names without demur, but refuse the last one?’ ‘The things you mentioned first, I ascribe to myself because that is good for my soul. But being a heretic is separation from God and I do not wish to be separated from God.’

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Newsletter – 27th January 2019

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 27th January, 2019 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 L Lakner; £15 C Broe; £10 E O’Neil
LATELY DEAD – Michael Williams, Antonio (Tony) Clayton, Catherine Holditch, Stefan Hrynkiw.
ANNIVERSARIES – Thomas Tohill, Margaret Delaney, Browne and Enright Families
BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY – Dorothy Chisnall.
FUNERAL SERVICE-for Catherine Holditch is on Monday 4th February at 10.30
REQUIEM MASS – for Antonio Clayton is on Friday 8th February at 1.30pm
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon- St Thomas Aquinas, Tues- St Gildas the Wise, Wed- St Aidan, Thurs- St John Bosco, Fri- St Brigid, Sat-Presentation of Our Lord.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Friday at 9 till 10am
CONFESSIONS – Saturday after 10am Mass and at 6.10pm
FOOD BANK – once again, a big thank you for all the food left in the porch – so much appreciated – taken to the Mossley Food Bank on Thursday.
TEA AND COFFEE – after Mass in the parish room – access through sacristy
WEST SIDE STORY – have booked the tickets to see the show at the Royal Exchange Theatre on Tuesday 21st May – tickets are £43 including transport.
NEW OFFERTORY ENVELOPES – will remove them this weekend and a huge thank you for taking them up. If anyone still wants a book of envelopes, just take one and write your name and the number of the envelope on the sheet of paper
XIGONG CLASS – takes place on Thursday evening – 7.15 till 8.15pm.
PARISH LUNCH – will mention the date of our our next lunch next week.
ASH WEDNESDAY – is much later than last year – 6th March.
GOD’S FROZEN PEOPLE – the bitterly cold weather cold weather kept us on our toes last week – the snow was the icing on the cake! It is said that if the weather is fine and frosty at the close of January, there is more winter ahead than behind. February, in the old proverbs, was known as fill-dyke, when the rain and melted snow filled the ditches to overflowing. On clear nights Venus is at her most brilliant in the South Western sky, and in the early morning.
TAIZE EVENING – at the Methodist Church on Sunday 3rd February at 5pm
MOSSLEY CORRESPONDENT – a few copies in the porch – plenty in Co-op.
IF – the coat be ever so fine that a fool wears, it is still but a fool’s coat.
J O’D – ‘Each day that is given to you is full of the shy graciousness of divine tenderness. It is a valuable practice at night to spend a little time visiting the invisible sanctuaries of your lived day. Each day is a secret story woven around the radiant heart of wonder. We let our days fall away like empty shells and miss all the treasure.’
E LEAR – There was an old person of Cheadle, was put in the stocks by the beadle, for stealing some pigs, some coats, and some wigs. That horrible person of Cheadle’
ISAAC NEWTON -Whence arises all that order and beauty we see in the world.

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Newsletter – 6th January 2019

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 6th January, 2019 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 K Hartley; £15 P Glynn; £10 V Timperley
LATELY DEAD – Gerard Joyce, Matt Newn, Barbara Barnes, Sarah Walker.
ANNIVERSARIES – James Gilbey (killed in action 7th January, 1945)
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day.
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon-St Raymond; Wed- St Adrian; Sat- St Aelred.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Friday at 9 till 10am
CONFESSIONS – on Saturday afteer 10am Mass and at 6.10pm
TEA AND COFFEE – in the parish room after Mass – access through sacristy.
MOSSLEY FOOD BANK – thank you for much for the food left in the porch – taken to the Food Bank on Thursday – all single items welcome. How sad to hear that three and a half million mince pies would be ‘discarded’ after Christmas.
One parishioner mentioned that one day after Christmas, all vegetables were free
in the Asda store – could have made a lot of soup!
NEW OFFERTORY ENVELOPES – the new offertory envelopes are in the porch. If at present you do not have a book of envelopes and would like one, Just take one and write your name and the number of the envelope on the sheet of paper. And, if you would like to gift aid it, put ‘GA’ after your name.
THE KING AND I – will need to be ordering the tickets very soon – the list is in the porch. Do put ‘S’ after your name if you wish to sit in the stalls. The show is on at the Opera House- 26th April till 11th May, and has excellent reviews. Will collect the money for Les Miserables next month.
SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME – parents and children involved in First Holy Communion preparation meet next Sunday at 9.15.
AND SCHOOL RE-OPENS – om Monday
EVERY SO OFTEN – it’s good to have a Healing Service; we haven’t had one for some time. We will have one next month and, please God, experience the healing power that Christ brings.
WE SAY GOODBYE – today, the feast of the Epiphany, to our decorations, the crib and the tree. In the Orthodox Tradition Christmas is celebrated today and presents are exchanged. The Epiphany was celebrated before Christmas was celebrated. In England the Twelfth Night was traditionally a time for plays, practical jokes, Twelfth Night Cake and wassaling. The Yule log was lit on Christmas Day and remained burning until Twelfth Night – it represented the need to keep the stable warm for Jesus.
XIGONG – takes place on Thursday in church at 7.15 till 8.15 – the participants are already glowing with health!
KEEPING WARM – do feel free to bring your hot water bottle to church! The temperature has certainly dropped over the last few days; but, take heart, Spring isn’t so far away – ‘Is the soul solid like iron? Or is it tender and breakable, like the wings of a moth in the beak of an owl’..Mary oliver.

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Newsletter – 30th December 2018

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY. – 30th December, 2018 –

DONATION – £100 – in memory of Martin Hague
200 CLUB – £25 P Ratchford; £15 J Smith; £10 J Warburton
LATELY DEAD – John Raleigh, Derek Lawton
ANNIVERSARIES – Elijah Schofield, Vincent Schofield
BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARIES – Susan Caldwell, Bridie Williams, Lily Graham
APOLOGIES – no refreshments after Mass this Sunday
ADORATON OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Friday at 9 till 10am
CONFESSIONS – after 10am Mass on Saturday and at 6.10pm
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day – except Tuesday.
NEW YEAR’S DAY – Mass is at 12 noon and there is Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 11 till 12 to pray for peace in the world.
QI GONG – takes place this Thursday at 7.15 till 8.15pm
NEW OFFERTORY ENVELOPES – are in the porch. If you do not presently have an envelope, just take a box of envelopes, write your name and the number of the envelope on the sheet of paper, adding ‘GA’ if your would like to gift aid it.
THE KING AND I – the list is in the porch.
LIVING FAITH BOOKLETS – in the porch – 50p – a thought for each day.
A JOYFUL AND PEACEFUL NEW YEAR TO ALL – thanks for everything.
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Tues- Mary, Mother of God, Wed- St Basil, Thurs-

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Newsletter – 23rd December 2018

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 23rd, December, 2018 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 K Hartley; £15 D Rowley; £10 E vickerstaff
ANNIVERSARIES – Arthur Holmes
BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARIES – Genevieve Smith, Adrian Moss
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day.
FEASTS THIS WEEK – Wed- St Stephen, Thurs – St John, apostle & evangelist, Fri- Holy Innocents, Sat – St Thomas Beckett.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Friday at 9 till 10am
CONFESSIONS – Saturday after 10am Mass and at 6.10pm


CHRISTMAS EVE – MASS AT 5.30 pm – CAROLS BEFORE.
CHRISTMAS DAY – MASS AT 10.30 am


APOLOGIES – no tea and coffee for the next two Sundays.
MOSSLEY FOOD BANK – the Food Bank staff were thrilled with abundance of food received from St Joseph’s on Thursday – well done Josephians – and especially with the mince pies, puddings and chocolates. many, many thanks.
XI GONG – will resume on Thursday 10th January- already the particpants are walking like ballet dancers!
DIARIES – are availanle in the porch – no charge – just help yourselves.
MOSSLEY CORRESPONDENT – a few copies in the porch
THE KING AND I – is on at the Opera House 26th April till 11th May – winner of 4 Tony Awards – ‘I doubt I’ll ever see a better production in my lifetime’ – Wall Street Journal. The greatest musical form the golden age of musicals. We have left a list in the porch – add ‘S’ for stalls.
ALL JOYS AND BLESSINGS FOR CHRISTMAS – and hope that we can all put our feet up at some stage over the holiday. We have enjured leaden skies for most of the week and frequent downpours; hopefully, things will get better, though the sun is somewhat furtive. It will be a relief not to go shopping for a few days this coming week.
HUGH LAVERY ‘ Christianity cannot be proved. It can only be witnessed – by Christians. By men and women who have, over two millenia, found in Christ the neighbour they need, the saviour they sought, the light that illumines the whole landscape of reality and makes them say, ‘It is good to be here.’
JUST IN CASE – there is’t a bulletin next weekend, many thanks for everything given and shared over the past year – and on New Year’s Day Mass is at 12 noon with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 11 till 12 praying for Peace.
NEW OFFERTORY ENVELOPES – will soon be available
PIETY STALL – for last minutes gifts and cards.

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Newsletter – 16th December 2018

ST. JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – 16th December, 2018 – www.stjosephmossley.org.uk

200 CLUB – £25 K Glynn; £15 P Ratchford; £10 M Fitzpatrick
MISSIO RED BOXES – It has been put forward, that we should do the ‘collections’ twice a year. Therefore, if there are no objections, as from 2019 we will collect June and November each year. You are still welcome to leave your box at the back of church if you wish it to be emptied more often. Thank you, Sue.
ANNIVERSARIES – Wilfred Broe, Matthew, Mary Cox, Dorothy Jepson, Jeremiah O’Driscoll, Bill and Josie Kavanagh, Brian Hardy,Benjamin Rowley, Heather Carey. CALENDARS – printer has sent 100 – no charge & in porch
MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – 10am each day.
FEASTS THIS WEK – Mon- St Lazarus, Wed- St Anastasius, Thurs- St Eugene, Fri- St Peter Canisius, Sat- St Flavianus.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – Friday at 9 till 10am
CONFESSIONS – Saturday after 10am Mass and at 6.10pm
TEA AND COFFEE – after Mass in the parish room – access through sacristy.
MOSSLEY FOOD BANK – many thanks for the extra food left in the porch – taken to the Food Bank on Thursday. They have mentioned that Christmas items would be especially welcome, but are so grateful for every donation.
HOLY EXERCISES – the church was lit up on Thursday evening by the haloes of parishioners doing Qi Gong. All were agreed that it was the perfect venue – participants were discouraged from levitating – next session Thursday at 7.15-8.15.
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CHRISTMAS EVE – CAROLS AND MASS OF THE NATIVITY -5.30pm

CHRISTMAS DAY – MASS IS AT 10.30AM.

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ADVENT SERVICE OF RECONCILIATION – takes place this Sunday at 3pm – hoping that snow has melted! This twice yearly service is welcomed and valued.
SCHOOL – closes on Thursday at 2pm. The children are attending Mass on Monday. PIETY STALL – cards, calendars, gifts.
SCHOOL CAROL CONCERT – takes place in church on Tuesday at 6.30pm
LES MISERABLES – 11th March, 2019 – have paid for the tickets and will collect the money towards the end of February – circa £50 inc travel
THE KING AND I – is on at the Opera House 26th April till 11th May – winner of 4 Tony awards – ‘I doubt I’ll ever see a better production in my lifetime’- Wall Street Journal. The greatest musical from the golden age of musicals. We have left a list in the porch – add ‘S’ for stalls.
OUR TREE – is now in situ – our gratitide to our mystery tree provider and his assistants for decorating it. The pink candle on the Advent wreath is lit this Sunday – known as Gaudete Sunday – we rejoice that the Lord’s coming is near and that we are loved unconditionally by him. Pope Francis says that we should think of all the good things that life has given – not be fussing about all the things we have to do.

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