ST JOSEPH’S MOSSLEY PEW SLIP 6TH JUNE 2021

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £732.85 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £99.40 Many thanks

DONATION – £50.00

LATELY DEAD – Tony King

ANNIVERSARIES – Jane Vernon

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

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Wed-St Columba, Fri-Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

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 other items left in the porch – taken to the Food Bank on Thursday and received with open arms and gratitude.

SHEBANG – lock stock and barrel – is it still on the cards in a fortnight? Let’s hope so; meanwhile, courtesy of the weather life is agreeable. The past week has been quiet glorious and there has been an explosion of colour in gardens, pots and hedgerows. Don’t know if singing will be allowed after 21st.

CS LEWIS – The great thing to remember is though our feelings come and go, God’s love for us does not.

ZEN STORY – A young seeker, keen to become a student of a certain master, is invited to an interview at the master’s house. The student rambles on about all his spiritual experiences, his past teachers, his insights and skills and his pet philosophies. The master listens silently and begins to pour a cup of tea. He pours and pours, and when the cup is overflowing, he keeps right on pouring. Eventually the student notices what is going on and interrupts his monologue to say, ‘Stop pouring! The cup is full.’ The teacher says, ‘Yes, and so are you. How can I possibly teach you?’

NEVILLE CARDUS – The perfect wedding day – ‘ I married the good companion who is my wife during a Lancashire innings. This double event occurred in June(17th) 1921. I went as usual to Old Trafford in the morning, stayed for a while, and saw Hallows and Ellis come forth to open the second innings against Leicestershire. Following custom, they began with care. I left, hailed a taxi, and was duly joined in wedlock at a registry office in Chorlton. Then I- that is, we – returned to Old Trafford. While I had been away from the match, and had committed the most responsible act in mortal man’s life, Lancashire had increased their total by exactly seventeen: Ellis 5, Hallow’s 11, and one leg-bye.’

THE NEED TO RELAX/CHILL OUT – St Anthony, one of the desert fathers, was relaxing with some of his monks. A hunter came across them and was shocked to see them relaxing. In order to show that discipline is about balance and not repression, Anthony asked the hunter to draw the bow and shoot an arrow. The hunter did so, and then Anthony asked him to do it again. And again. Finally the hunter protested:’If I bend my bow so much, I will break it.’ Anthony replied, ‘It is the same with the work of God. If we stretch the brethren beyond measure they will soon break.’

TEMPTATION! – Don’t worry about avoiding temptation – as you grow older it will avoid you.

KEEP WELL AND KEEP ON KEEPING ON.

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ST JOSEPH’S MOSSLEY PEW SLIP 30TH MAY 2021

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £561.70 Many thanks

CAFOD – £50.00 Many thanks

ANNIVERSARIES – Margaret O’Driscoll, Benjamin Rowley, Emma Marie Buckley, Audrey Carey, Catherine Wright.

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

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Mon- Visitation of Our Lady, Tues-St Justine, Wed- Ss Marcellinus & Peter, Thurs-St Charles Lwanaga & com, Sat- St Boniface.

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 left in the porch – taken to the Food Bank on Thursday, and as ever, so gratefully received.

THREE CHEERS – for the warmer weather; we might even see people with lobster red faces after falling asleep in the sunshine. Let’s hope everyone can enjoy the Bank Holyday Weekend. And into June we go. One writer mentions that in the hedges the creamy-coloured flowers of the elder (once thought to be the tree on which Judas hanged himself and to be a charm against warts and vermin) are ripe for picking. Fingers crossed for a glorious June.

OOPS – A workman was repairing the roof of the Liverpool Cathedral. Into the chapel below came the widow Cassidy bearing the world’s troubles on her shoulders. Kneeling down she poured out her heart at a great level of decibels. ‘Mother of God, help me!’ she cried. ‘Mother of God, help me!’ Unable to contain himself the roofer called down in a booming voice: ‘What do you want?’ ‘Don’t be so nosy!’ shouted the widow. ‘It’s your mother I’m talking to!’

RUTH BURROWS – ‘Feeling bad-tempered, frustrated, unhappy, we make others aware of it. We let off our irritation and our disgruntlement, spread gloom in the office, dampen the atmosphere of a parish meeting, a family gathering. It may not occur to us that this is unchristian behaviour, deeply uncharitable and, at bottom, a denial of Jesus. Identifying with these negative feelings is, here and now, a refusal to believe in his love. It is to ignore his passionate longing that we should love one another and so bear witness to the world that God is love. Rather, we are adding to the world’s unhappiness and despair….’

ANNE FRANK – What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t even happened yet.

NEVILLE CARDUS – 3rd August, 1926 – ‘At three o’clock, there was no place on earth where I would rather have been than at Old Trafford. Sunshine scorched the field and the pavilion stood venerable in the summer light. White clouds scampered in the sky; and the Lancashire colours, with Red Rose, fluttered in the breeze. A sound fit to split the heavens roared out when Lancashire’s score touched 500, our highest ever against Yorkshire. A golden day, a noble crowd, and the greenest grass in all England. No son of Lancashire could have wished for more.’ How lovely.

E TOLLE – ‘Look at a tree, a flower. a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in Being. Allow nature to teach you stillness.’

KAHLIL GIBRAN – ‘Be like a flower and turn your face to the sun.’

KEEP WELL AND KEEP ON KEEPING ON.

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ST JOSEPH’S MOSSLEY PEW SLIP 23RD MAY 2021

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £624.40 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £51.20 Many thanks

DONATION – £500.00 Many thanks

LATELY DEAD – Eunice Done

ANNIVERSARIES – Harry Lee, Elizabeth Kelly

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

FEASTS THIS WEEK – Tues- St Bede, Wed-St Philip Neri, Thurs-Christ, Eternal High Priest

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 -so well appreciated

ACCOMMODATING MORE – from this weekend, numbers in church can rise up to 50 per cent of the building’s capacity – re a directive from the Catholic bishops’ conference. Factors such as vaccine takeup, ventilation, sanitising – our church as been sanitised every day for the past eight months – and a low infection rate in the area. A few more benches are now in use, but we are still asked to be seated and not stand or kneel.

MENTIONING AGAIN – that for people who have not been to Mass for 14 months or beyond, there is no need to to go confession before receiving Holy Communion. The apology at the beginning of Mass is not a formality but a genuine expression of sorrow for any wrongdoing we wish to acknowledge.

RISING DAMP – if the rain continues we will be planting rice and not sunflowers.When the sun does shine it is an epiphany of joy and glory.

OH DEAR – The very stout lady staggered up the three flight of extremely steep stairs and into the headmaster’s office. Puffing and panting she explained, ‘I’ve come to tell you why my son is not at school. He’s got diarrhoea. ‘Why didn’t you send a note?’ said the head. ‘If I could have spelt it, I would have,’ she replied.

HUGH LAVERY – The glory of creation is the person, man or woman, who is a real and rounded personality. Such people are rare, rare as rubies and as precious.Yet how they uplift our drooping spirits, how they convey the sheer goodness of being alive. We seek their company and their very presence is a cordial. Their words bring peace, their silence serenity. ‘Blessed are the peace-makers’ says Christ. Peace-lovers are two a penny, but peace-makers are the only aristocracy. We know them by their poise. Success does not make them heady and failure cannot ruffle that interior pool of quietude. They have surrendered the self that seeks to live in isolation from God and others….’

ST JOHN HENRY VINCENT NEWMAN – To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.

MICHAEL MAYNE – ‘For there is only one persistent demand made upon us by the Spirit. It is that we are receptive. That we keep our eyes open, our minds unclosed. It is, in short, that we retain all our lives our sense of wonder.’

CONFIRMATION – for pupils attending High School, let us know if you wish to take part in the Confirmation Programme. Dates and venues later.

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ST JOSEPH’S MOSSLEY PEW SLIP 16TH MAY 2021

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OFFERTORY COLLECTION – £497.50 Many thanks

CAFOD BOX – £61.00 Many thanks

ANNIVERSARIES – Ann Davidson

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- St Dunstan; Thurs- St Bernadine, Sat-St Rita.

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 ever so gratefully received.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNIONS – Assuming the final lockdown is put to bed- per omnia saecula saeculorum- the date for First Holy Communion is Sunday 4th July at 11.30am. The Service of Sorrow will take place at the end of June.

SAVE THE CHILDREN – STC WALK THE WORLD
The covid crisis coupled with the draconian cuts to the UK’s overseas aid will continue to have a devastating effect on the poorest families in our world for many years to come. This fundraising STC- walk initiative is all about raising funds so they can help as many of these families as possible.

Brian Stockdale, who looks after our online presence and financial records is also treasurer of the Preston fundraising branch of Save the Children (STC) and team captain of the Northern Fundraiser’s Walk the World team

The Northern Fundraisers virtual walk to Syria commenced on 1st May. Brian added “The distance to Syria is 2,789 miles, which will be covered by pooling the steps of all our team members. Currently we have a very small team of 3, so we need plenty more fundraising legs as well as financial supporters to help us to reach our virtual destination successfully. You can find all about how to get involved at https://scfnw.org.uk/scf-walk-the-world/ or you can jump straight to my personal Just Giving Team Page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Brians-Preston-STC-Walk .
Thank you”

NOT QUITE – out of hibernation yet and hot water bottles are on standby; overcoats are de rigueur. We might have to wait until June for the heat to arrive; when it does we shall be ecstatic. Next Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, and once again no procession and band contest on Whit Friday.

30 YEARS – ‘My long lost brother is returning on Sunday. I haven’t seen him since he left Ireland 30 years ago’ said Mick. ‘He wrote to say I’ll be arriving at Shannon airport at eight in the morning. ‘If he’s been away that long,’ asked Sean, ‘how will you recognise him?” ‘I won’t, reasoned Mick. ‘But, he’ll recognise me ‘cos I’ve never been away at all.’

DOUBLE CELEBRATION – our Mass leaflets today are for Ascension Day – in Ireland the Feast is celebrated today.

ST FRANCIS DE SALES – Bloom where you are planted.

FINANCE – reticent to mention finance, but in an increasingly cashless society, contributuions can be made by online bank transfer – just visit the website for infomation by clicking here.

HOPE IT WILL BE A DECENT WEEK FOR EVERYBODY

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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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