Anderton St Joseph's       

16th JULY 2017


Confessions – Saturday 4.15 pm – 5.15 pm & for 10 minutes after weekday Masses

Sun 16 Jul  Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Sat 5.30 pmHoly Mass – Parishioners
9.30 amHoly Mass – Carole Swarbrick (80th Birthday Blessings)

WeekdaysMorning Prayer 20 minutes before Mass.   Rosary afterwards, except Wednesday when the Divine Mercy Chaplet will be recited.

Mon 17 Jul
9.10 am    Holy Mass – Joe Hilton (L.D.)

Tue 18 Jul
9.10 am    Holy Mass – Winifred & William Moore (A)
6.30 pm   Holy Mass – Year 6 Leavers from St Joseph’s Primary School

Wed 19 Jul
9.10 am    Holy Mass – David Walker (L.D.)

Thurs 20 Jul   St Apollinaris, Bishop & Martyr
9.30 am   Holy Mass (with the school) – Jim Walmsley (Birthday Blessings)

Fri 21 Jul  St Lawrence of Brindisi, Priest & Doctor
12.30 pmRequiem Mass –  John Cooper

Sat 22 Jul  S Mary Magdalen
9.10 am    Holy Mass (Extraordinary Form) – Special Intention - Cavanagh
4.15 pm -5.15 pm Confessions

Sun 23 Jul  Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Sat 5.30 pm  Holy Mass – Parishioners
9.30 am   Holy Mass – John (A) & Mary Fearnhead

‘That our brothers and sisters who have strayed from the faith, through our prayer and witness to the Gospel, may rediscover the merciful closeness of the Lord and the beauty of the Christian life.’

Please pray for Pope Benedict,all the sick and housebound of the parish.
"Heal thy servants, O Lord, who are sick and who put their trust in thee. Send them help, O Lord, and comfort from thy holy place."

Recently deceased: John Cooper, who died on 10th July.  His Requiem Mass will be here at St Joseph’s on Friday 21st July at 12.30 pm.  ‘Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord….’

OFFERTORY COLLECTION last week was £498 and £139 was given for the Apostleship of the Sea. Many thanks for your support and generosity.
Cheques for any monies given to the parish should be made payable to: St Joseph’s Parish Account (068).  The next retiring collections will be: This weekend, 16th July – SVP, then no collection until the Restoration Fund on 6th August.

LITTLE CHURCH meet today but then will be on a break over the summer holidays. No meetings after today until Sunday 10th September.

TODAY we welcome into God’s family Natalie Tomlinson, who will be Baptised, Confirmed and receive the Holy Eucharist for the first time.  We are delighted to welcome Natalie into the Church and our parish family.  We pray for her and her family.

THANK YOU to all who attended and helped to make a success of the Mass with the sick and housebound last Tuesday. Despite the weather the occasion was very uplifting and enjoyable.  During lunch, we had some welcome entertainment from children at the Nursery and a group of staff and pupils from St Joseph’s Horwich.  Thank you, Father O’Shea, SVP and all your helpers.

FATIMA IN LUCIA’S OWN WORDS: This year is the 100th anniversary of our Lady’s apparitions to the children at Fatima.  This book records the recollections of the eldest of the children, Lucia, who died in 2005 aged almost 98.  Hers is a unique testimony to the apparitions, and her memories of her two little cousins are both moving and inspiring.  If you would like a copy, please sign the list in the porch today.  Price, £8.

THIS COMING WEEK sees the end of another school year which will be marked by our Primary School with a Mass for the Year 6 leavers on Tuesday evening at 6.30 pm and a Mass with the whole school on Thursday at 9.30 am. School closes at 3.15 pm on Friday 21st July and we wish all children, staff and families a happy, safe and refreshing summer break.

AID to the CHURCH in NEED announces an exhibition of artworks inspired by the Syrian conflict which can be seen at Liverpool Cathedral on 22nd & 23rd July. Admission is free and any donations go to support ACN’s emergency support for families in Syria. Details on the poster in the porch.

NEXT MEETING of the SVP: Wednesday 19th July, 7 pm, in the back sacristy.

PARISH CHANGES: Fr Marsden is this weekend holding a consultation with St Mary’s parishioners about the implications for Mass times etc. when the changes in Parish Priests takes place in the autumn.  It is likely Father will hold a similar meeting here in due course but in the meantime parishioners may e-mail or write to him with any observations, suggestions etc.  His e-mail is: or you can write to him direct at St Mary’s or leave a letter with Fr O’Shea for onward transmission.  This is the substance of Fr Marsden’s recent item on the subject in St Mary’s newsletter:

“From 2006-12 we had the services of Fr Ball and Fr Mayne to sustain the rota of Masses at St Joseph’s and here at St Mary’s. However, Fr Mayne is now 87 years old, and I am not willing to be requiring him to turn out at 7.30 am on dark winter mornings to say an 8.00 am Mass here. At present, moreover, I am Administrator of St Chad’s parish during Fr Bill Simpson’s administrative leave. Fr Ball is helping with weekend Masses there. We are not sure what will happen there beyond September, but obviously, Fr Ball may not be as free as he is at present to cover extra weekend Masses. Realistically it is only possible for me to celebrate two Sunday morning Masses properly, one at Anderton and one at St Mary’s. Furthermore, they need to be spaced at least 90 minutes apart, to give time to speak to parishioners afterwards, and to travel from Chorley to Adlington or vice versa. There are also Baptisms to consider, since these are usually on Sundays, although Deacon Norman shares some of them. Also, First Confessions and First Holy Communions and Call outs to the sick and dying at any time. Therefore, we need to examine possible schedules for Saturday evening and for Sunday Mass times bearing in mind that we are the town centre church and the Seat of the Dean. I will also need to consult with parishioners at St Joseph’s, Anderton.

St Mary’s Masses at present are Sat 18.15, Sunday 08.00 and 10.30
St Joseph’s Anderton Masses are currently Sat 17.30 and Sun 09.30
[St Chad’s Masses are currently at Sat 17.00 and Sun 09.15]

Possibilities look like this:
Sat.16.45 One parish and 18.15 Second parish
Sat 17.00 One parish and 18.30 Second parish
Sat 17.15 One parish and 18.45 Second parish
Sat 17.30 One parish and 19.00 Second parish

Sunday 09.00 One Parish and 10.30 Second Parish
Sunday 09.15 One Parish and 10.45 Second Parish
Sunday 09.30 One Parish and 11.00 Second Parish
Sunday 09.45 One Parish and 11.15 Second Parish
Sunday 10.00 One Parish and 11.30 Second Parish

The Second Parish Mass could be 15 or 30 mins later if necessary, giving a longer interval between Masses. An alternative would be to move our Saturday evening Mass to Sunday evening instead. I need to hear your opinions, please.”

LITTLE CHURCH usually meet during 9.30 am Sunday Mass, for the benefit of the little children but no meetings now until 10th September.

REPOSITORY: Cards for all occasions including Birthdays, sympathy and Mass cards, First Holy Communions, Directories, Missals, medals, crucifixes, silver crosses & much more.  Prayer cards for St Peregrine (Patron Saint of cancer sufferers). 

CHORLEY HOSPITAL: Please contact St Joseph’s, Harper’s Lane (262713) if any member of your family is admitted into the Hospital and needs the priest to visit.  In an emergency, the ward staff will call in the duty priest chaplain via the switchboard.

BAPTISMS: For baptisms would parents please contact Fr O’Shea, not by telephone, but in the sacristy after a weekend Mass and obtain a Baptism Application Form.

PATRON SAINT OF MOTHERS: Mums, especially Mums-To-Be, who would like to venerate the parish's relic of Saint Gerard Majella (to whom our side altar is dedicated) and/or receive the Blessing of Expectant Mothers, please ask Fr O'Shea.

THE UPPER ROOM is available to hire for all your meetings, functions, parties etc.

CHORLEY FOOD BANK (Living Waters Storehouse): Please continue to support the food bank.  Donations may be left in the church porch to be taken through to Chorley.

THE POOR BOX is available in the porch for donations.  Many thanks for your gifts, which are put to good use.

SKYLARKS COMMUNITY CHOIR present a ‘Charity Summer Concert’ on Thursday 27th July at 7.30 pm in Chorley Town Hall.  Tickets are £5 and all proceeds go to Derian House and Skylarks.  Ask Rosemary for tickets. Raffle on the night.

SOCIAL CROWN GREEN BOWLING at St Joseph’s every Wednesday afternoon 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm.  Come and have a game of bowls, a cup of tea and a biscuit in a very pleasant spot. All welcome, pay a £1 on the day if you are not a member.

Parish Priest: Fr Ian O’Shea (01257) 480237
Parish Office: St Joseph’s Presbytery, 28, Bolton Road, Adlington, Chorley PR6 9NA
(Open Wednesdays 10 am – 3.30 pm)
Registered Charity No.232709