PEW SLIP – 16 JANUARY 2022

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £587.80 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £34.00 Many thanks

LATELY DEAD – Fr Seth Petty (retired but previously in Denton), Joyce Cooper, Kathleen Rochford.

ANNIVERSARIES – Maureen Murphy.

FUNERAL SERVICE – for John Cox is on Thursday at 11am

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

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon- St Anthony, Abbot; Fri- St Agnes.

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

CONFESSIONS – Saturday at 12 noon and on request.

FOOD BANK – many thanks for the food and baby items left in the porch – ‘I was hungry and you gave me food’ – a bumper collection and taken to the Food Bank on Thursday and received with joy.

PERHAPS – the month of January invites us to slow down; even to relax. Most of us would prefer the summer months and January can be a grind – unless you live at No 10. There is a stretch in the days and when the sun shines it does feel heavenly. This week we pray for Christian Unity and pray for our local churches

NEW OFFERTORY ENVELOPES – are in the porch. Once again, if you would like a book of envelopes and presently do not have one, take a book and write your name and number on the sheet of paper..

VARNISHING – we thought that next month we might attempt to varnish the benches in church; the sanitising has rather taken the polish off them. Do mention if you wouldn’t mind helping – a team of ten would soon have it licked.

THOMAS KEATING – commenting on Jesus asleep in the storm. ‘When God says, ‘Be still,’ everything is still. Whatever God says happens instantly. We go through periods of turmoil, get frightened, wake Jesus up, experience the wonderful calm he bestows, and are reassured.. Once we believe God is present in the storm (our storm) and is protecting us we know we have all the help we need. God never goes anywhere; he just seems to. God sometimes takes a lengthy snooze and seems quite content to sleep on and leave us in our anxiety. He has not left us but is assisting more than ever at a deeper, more subtle level. This is the level of pure faith. The conviction grows that whatever we may feel or think, Jesus is in our little boat and is giving us all the help we need; we can just relax and let go of all fear.’

MANY TITLES – Prince Charles has many titles. He is Heir Apparent to the Crown, His Royal Highness, Knight of the Garter, Duke of Cornwall, Colonel in Chief of the Royal Regiment of Wales, Duke of Rothesay, Knight of the Thistle, Rear Admiral, Grand Master of the Order of Bath, Earl of Chester, Baron of Renfrew, Lord of the Isles, Prince and great Steward of Scotland. Jesus is given far more titles than a royal prince. In fact, there are well over a hundred titles ascribed to Jesus. One title, the image of Jesus as bridegroom, has a resonance in today’s gospel.

Dom Delatte ‘ It is a duty for each one of us to be joyful, the command is to be happy, cheerfulness a duty.’ Do keep well and have a good week.

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ST JOSEPH PEW SLIP 9 JANUARY 2022

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £836.00 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £44.00 Many thanks

CHRISTMAS CAKE SALE – Teresa wishes to thank everone who bought Christmas cakes and to say that she sent a cheque for £500.00 to Oxfam. Later in the year she hopes to do a sponsored walk with malnourished children in mind.

FUNERAL SERVICE – for John Cox – Thursday 20th January at 11am

LATELY DEAD –Ann Willock

ANNIVERSARIES – Leslie Gee, Eugene Giles

BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARIES – Eileen Hayden.

MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – 10am; Wednesday & Friday – 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.

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.

NEW OFFERTORY ENVELOPES are in the porch – goes without saying – thank you for your generous financial support over the past year. If you haven’t got a set of envelopes and would like one, take a box and write your name and the number of the envelopes on the sheet of paper.

DIARIES – a few left in the porch

PERHAPS – a relief that our celebrations are now over – as much as we enjoy them. In some countries, the crib remains up until 2nd February; some parishes hold on to their Christmas tree until then. The vacuum cleaner will be in big demand. There is something lovely about resuming normal service; suspect that after the rich food of Christmastide a more simple diet is welcome. Not to mention all those New Year resolutions. The good news is that Lent is a couple of months away. One Catholic writer(lady) suggested that instead of having a dry January, why not try a damp one – much less painful.

TWO PRAYERS – O Lord, let me rejoice with thee in every sign of truth, beauty, goodness and love, wherever I find them.

Blessed be thou, O God, who in Jesus Christ didst show forth thy nature, thy love and thy glory. Blessed for ever.

JE-‘ What a valuable gift it is if you are good at remembering the names of those you meet! It is especially useful for pastors and teachers to be able to recognise and address by name those in their care. Only when the name is spoken does the person feel known and valued. With the knowledge of the name there is the basis for a genuine relationship. And when romance is in the air, how the name of the beloved ever rings in the lover’s heart! With every mention of that name the beloved seems near. Certainly there would not be much prospect of romance until the name was taken to heart. It would not be convincing to say: ‘I love you, er, thingummybob.’ No, the name is necessary for genuine knowledge, and to speak is to reach out to the real person. Names are important in the bible and not least the name of God. It is said that God revealed his name to Moses, so that his people could call to him by his name. The English bibles, usually put ‘Lord’.

Psalm 20 – we will call upon the name of the Lord.’ Have a good week.

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ST JOSEPH PEW SLIP – 2 JANUARY 2022

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CHRISTMAS OFFERINGS – to Cafod – £1113.60 Many thanks – a beautiful gift to the poor and desperate. No collection on Sunday.

LATELY DEAD – John Cox, Billy Hallahan, Jackie Birmingham.

DONATIONS – £10,000.00, £200.00 Many thanks

ANNIVERSARIES – James Gilbey (K.I.A.), Frances Fawcett.

REQUIEM MASS – for Mary Oliver is on Wednesday at 10.45am and the Reception into church is on Tuesday at 3pm.

FUNERAL SERVICE – for John Cox is on Thursday 20th January at 11am.

MASS TIMES THIS WEEK : DO CHECK.

Monday – Mass is at 11am

Tuesday – Mass is at 10am

Wednesday – Requiem Mass is at 10.45am

Thursday – The Epiphany – Mass is at 11am

Friday – Mass is at 11am – Adoration at 10 till 11am

Saturday – Vigil Mass at 12.15pm and Sunday at 10.15am

CONFESSIONS – Saturday at 12 noon and on request.

FOOD BANK – a big thank you for the food and baby items left in the porch.

NEW OFFERTORY ENVELOPES – are in the porch -goes without saying – thank you for your generous financial support over the past year. If you haven’t got a set of envelopes and would like one, take a box and write the number and your name on the sheet of paper.

DIARIES – are in the porch; do feel free to take one.

LIVING FAITH BOOKLETS – 50p – a wonderful companion

BEST WISHES – for a peaceful and healthy New Year. Thank you for everything given and shared and for being so lovely. It hasn’t been the easiest of years, but we have survived and, hopefully, are over the worst.

WASTE NOT WANT NOT – said that 2 million turkeys, 74 million mince pies, 100 million sprouts, are expected to be binned this Christmas

UNUSUAL NAMES – chap said he knew of a man called Stan Still.

ANTONIO SOCCI – a critic of Pope Francis wrote recently to say that he had been ‘too harsh’ on Francis. Some years ago Francis had written to him to thank him for the lacerating book he had written on his papacy. ‘Even criticism helps us to walk in the right path of the Lord’, the Pope had told him, before promising to pray for Socci and his family.

SIMON TUGWELL OP – In this world we cannot, in any serious way, possess anything, because things are not secure enough and we are not secure enough. We live in time, we live in a world, therefore that systematically flows away. As Heraclitus is popularly supposed to have said (but probably did not), ‘You can’t step into the same river twice.’ By the time you have stepped into it for the second time, it is not the same river and you are not the same person And this is paradigmatic of everything. Quoting Heraclitus again, ‘Everything flows.’

MEDIEVAL BOOK OF HOURS – which also displays the labours and occupations of each month, states that the occupation for a freezing January was feasting, a time to stay indoors, take stock, tell stories and feast on memories

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

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ST JOSEPH PEW SLIP 19 DECEMBER 2021

ST JOSEPH’S, MOSSLEY – PEW SLIP – 19th December, 2021

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £594.40 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £80.80 Many thanks

DONATION – £520.00 Many thanks

LATELY DEAD – Mary Oliver (100 yrs), Sylvia Beaumont.

ANNIVERSARIES – Matthew, Susan Caldwell,

BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARIES – Adrian Moss, Thomas Hayden

MASS TIMES THIS WEEK – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – 10am, Wednesday – 11am. No morning Mass on Friday this week.

CHRISTMAS EVE – MASS IS AT 4pm

CHRISTMAS DAY – MASS IS AT 10.30am

BOXING DAY (SUNDAY) – MASS IS AT 12.15pm

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AFTER CHRISTMAS – Masses as usual.

NEW YEAR’S DAY –(Saturday) Vigil Mass at 12.15pm

ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE – This Sunday at 3pm

CONFESSIONS – Saturday at 12 noon and on request.

HOPEFULLY – the simplicity, gentleness, and love of the Holy Family, will inspire and characterise our Christmas celebrations. Singing with a mask on is not so easy; however, we may wish to ‘hum’ or quietly sing the carols. The carols are at the back of the missalette. We do our best to navigate our way through the restrictions imposed upon us, and hope we all stay safe and well.

It is said that Life-giving is contagious; real aliveness is catching. We end our prayers often by saying ‘Jesus Christ who lives and reigns (who is alive) ‘Because I am alive’ he says, ‘you too shall come alive also.’That is why he gives us the sacrament, because it is the sacrament of touch, of contact, of taking life from him and making it our own.

PIETY STALL – gifts and cards

PRAYER – Lord, whenever I am locked up in my own fears and worries, let me see you showing me your hands and side, and hear you saying, ‘Shalom! I am always with you and will never leave you.’

GRASMERE 1801 – DOROTHY WORDSWORTH – ‘Christmas Day – a very bad day. We were unable to walk. I went to bed after dinner. The roads very slippery. Next day my head ached and I lay long in bed and took my breakfast there. The rain went off and we walked to Rydale – it was very pleasant. Grasmere Lake a beautiful image of stillness, clear as glass. The lake of a rich purple, the field a soft yellow, the Island yellowish-green, the copses red brown, the mountains purple..’

J’O D – ‘With the swell of consumerism and technology and the demise of religion, we are losing our ability to praise. We replace praise with banal satisfaction. The absence of praise reduces culture to a flat monoscape; the magic of creative and imaginative curvature gets lost. A culture that cannot praise the Divine becomes a cold, bare place–post-modern culture becomes poorer and falls even further from the embrace and practice of sacred belonging.’

REV KILVERT – 1874 -‘ When I returned home at night the good vicar accompanied me as far as the Plough Inn. The moon was at the full. The night was sweet and quiet. Overhead was the vast fleecy sky in which the moon was riding silently….’

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ST JOSEPH PEW SLIP – 12 DECEMBER 2021

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £701.25 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £69.35 Many thanks

LATELY DEAD – Theresa O’Donnell, Jean Kileen, George Brierley

ANNIVERSARIES – Kathleen Hall, Wilfed Broe, Sheila Duckworth, Honorine Graham, Moira Toole

BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY – Mary Hilda Greenwood.

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

ADVENT BOOKLETS – in the porch – apologies for their very late arrival

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

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Monday – St Lucy,Tuesday – St John of the Cross.

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 received, as usual, ever so gratefully.

TIMES OF CHRISTMAS SERVICES –

ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE – SUNDAY 19th December at 3pm

CHRISTMAS EVE – MASS AT 4pm

CHRISTMAS DAY – MASS AT 10.30am

BOXING DAY (which is a Sunday) MASS AT 12.15pm

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TODAY – is Gaudete Sunday – the emphasis is on the joyous coming of Christ – Pope Francis said that instead of fretting about ‘all they haven’t done’ to prepare for Christmas, people should think about all the good things life has given you.
Yet, there is much gloom about: the weather, the variant, the government, the restrictions yet again, including travel restrictions. We count our blessings and keep smiling.

PIETY STALL – Christmas gifts and cards.

OH DEAR – ‘Can you fill my flask with tea please?’ asked Casey of the cafe owner. ‘Certainly sir,’ was the reply. ‘Good,’ said the Irishman, ‘In that case I’ll have five cups, two without sugar and three with!’

HL –‘Every man, every woman looks for a saviour, for one we can believe in, one we can trust, one we can love. Such a person will be a light, and Christmas declares that the light is earthed among us, a man made of the same clay as ourselves yet totally good, totally God. This is hard to believe. Faith offends our pride, that instinct to be our own guide and god. Faith like friendship is a sort of surrender. 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. Christianity reveals that all Christianity has to offer is a a person. Not a theory, not an-ism, not an – ology. Every now and then a new -ism appears which claims to have done away with mystery, to have opened the riddle of the universe. Alas, all -isms become wasms; the night returns, the mystery remains……….’

MARY OLIVER (poet) ‘To live in this world must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing that your life depends on it; and, when the times comes to let it go, to let it go.’

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ST JOSEPH PEW SLIP 5 DECEMBER 2021

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £475.50 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £61.00

DONATION – £500.00 Many thanks

LATELY DEAD – Mary Shepherd

ANNIVERSARIES – Edward Diveney

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

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon-St Nicholas, Tues-St Ambrose; Wed- The Immaculate Conception. CHRISTMAS CARDS –in the porch & piety stall

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

CONFESSIONS – Saturday at 12 noon and on request.

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

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

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION – parents and children meet today at 9.30am

CHIRSTMAS CAKES – order from Teresa £12.50 – money going to Oxfam.

WHIRLIGIG – the weather has been confounding us of late; one minute it’s freezing, the next minute it’s warm; then it’s snowing, then it’s raining. Of course everyone is hoping for a white Christmas. Helena Dalli, the European Commissioner responsible for equality, said that she wanted the word Christmas dropped in favour of holidays. Can’t see it, thank goodness. Lights are beginning to appear in the town and Carry on Jabbing continues, thank God.

SIR JOHN ASTOR – The best thing about dying is that you don’t have to pack.

JOHN EATON -‘There are fashions in first names. A name which has not been in use for ages, if at all, suddenly reappears in strength. Suddenly the young all seem to be called Joshua or Olivia, Ethan or Emily. But some names maintain a steady popularity – such as John or Anne. Such names have not only long continued common; they also have appeared in numerous variations. ‘John’, for example, also appears as Ian, Shane, Hans,Giovanni, Juan, Jack or Jock – the list seems endless. The family of ‘Anne’ includes Hannah, Anita, Nancy, Jane, Jean, Joan, Janet, Joanna and Jessie. What is the root of all names in the family of John and Anne? It is the Hebrew word for ‘grace’ or ‘to be gracious” ‘John’ means ‘The Lord has been gracious’. It is the mother’s exclamation of gratitude to God when she has given birth, testimony to the grace of God, testimony that we live only through his compassion and kindness.’

OH DEAR – ‘How’s your son Michael?’ asked widow McHugh. ‘He’s at university, taking medicine,’ said Mrs Murphy proudly.’And is it doing him any good?’ said the widow.

PRAYER –
Calm me, O Lord, as you stilled the storm
Still me, O Lord, keep me from harm
Let all tumult within me cease
Enfold me, Lord, in your peace.

RUSSIAN POET – when you are full of gratitude, there is no room for anything else.
GEORGE HERBERT – thou hast given so much to me, Give one thing more, a grateful heart.

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ST JOSEPH PEW SLIP 28NOVEMBER 2021

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £552.50 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £82.80 Many thanks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONFESSIONS – Saturday at 12 noon and on request.

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

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME – next Sunday at 9.30am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ST JOSEPH MOSSLEY PEW SLIP 14 NOVEMBER 2021

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £526.80 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £76.70 Many thanks

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

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

BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY – Margaret Moody.

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

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

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

CONFESSIONS – Saturday at 12 noon and on request.

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

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

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

CHRISTMAS CARDS – are available at the back of church.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ST JOSEPH MOSSLEY PEW SLIP 7 NOVEMBER 2021

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £590.10 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £75.40 Many thanks

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

LATELY DEAD – David Davenport, Mary Mellors.

ANNIVERSARIES – Ronnie Hill, Bert Hunt, David Graham

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

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

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

CONFESSIONS – Saturday at 12 noon and on request.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KEEP WELL AND KEEP ON KEEPING ON.

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ST JOSEPH MOSSLEY PEW SLIP 31 OCTOBER 2021

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CAFOD BOX – £50.55 Many thanks

OFFERTORY COLLECTION £544.45 LATELY DEAD – Michael Nolan

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

ALL SAINTS – today and HOLY SOULS – on Tuesday

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

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

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

CONFESSIONS – Saturday at 12 noon and on request.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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