Anderton St Joseph's       


  19th NOVEMBER 2017


Sun 19 Nov 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time
Sat 5.30 pm        Holy Mass – Parishioners
9.30 am        Holy Mass – Pious List

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

Mon 20 Nov
9.10 am   Holy Mass – Pious List

Tue 21 Nov Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
9.10 am        Holy Mass – Pious List

Wed 22 NovSt Cecilia, Virgin & Martyr
9.10 am         Holy Mass – Pious List

Thurs 23 Nov St Clement, Pope & Martyr, St Columbanus, Abbot
9.10 am         Holy Mass – Pious List

Fri 24 Nov St Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest & Companions, Martyrs
9.10 am         Holy Mass – Pious List

Sat 25 Nov St Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin & Martyr
9.10 am       Holy Mass (Extraordinary Form) – Pious List
4.15pm -5.15 pm   Confessions

Sun 26 Nov Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King  
             (Youth Sunday)
Sat 5.30 pm         Holy Mass – Pious List
  9.30 am        Holy Mass – Parishioners

Please pray for Pope Benedict, all the sick and the housebound.
“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.”

OFFERTORY COLLECTION last week was £412 and £194 was given for the Restoration Fund. Many thanks for all your support and generosity.  Cheques for any monies given to the parish should be made payable to: St Joseph’s Parish Account (068).  This weekend the retiring collection is for SVP and next weekend will be for ‘Animate Youth’.

UPDATE: Fr O’Shea’s last weekend Masses at St Joseph’s will be Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th January.  (He will say the weekday Masses until Saturday, 21st.)  We will welcome Fr Marsden again for the Saturday evening Mass of the 21st and on Sunday 22nd January.

JOHN MOON & FAMILY would like to thank all those who attended Christine’s funeral, gave Mass donations, cards of sympathy and donations to the British heart Foundation.

ST JOSEPH’S 100 CLUB – winners in the November draw were: £25 – Roy Smith; £15 - Tom Power; £10 – Donald Calderbank. Thank you for your support.

AT THE REPOSITORY – Please take a look after Mass – good Christmas items still available. Advent calendars, Crib sets, Christmas cards, very reasonably priced gifts.

PARISH CHRISTMAS LUNCH & GET TOGETHER: Sheila Cronin has kindly made arrangements for us to gather at the Jolly Crofters in Horwich on Thursday 30th November at 12.15 pm. Christmas meal or a la carte. Please see menus in porch to make your choice.  All those having the Christmas menu put your money together with your menu choice and telephone no. in an envelope and give to Sheila or Fr O’ Shea as soon as possible. Those choosing from the a la carte do the same but with a deposit of £5. The remainder to be paid on the day. If you are just coming for a drink give Sheila your name so that we can get enough seats together. Please put on the envelope if you require a lift or if you can offer a lift.

TWENTY MINUTES THAT CAN CHANGE A LIFE -Take a look on Youtube at ’Fishers of Men’.

CHRISTMAS PREPARATIONS at St Joseph’s Primary School: a Christmas Fair will be held on Thursday 23rd November, from 5 pm to 7 pm. 

ANDERTON ST JOSEPH’S SCOUT GROUP: Don’t forget to support the Group by voting for their project at:

Presentation (Entrance) of Our Lady in the Temple: This feast dates from the eighth century in the East, and from 1371 in the West.  On this day, we pray that “we too may merit to be brought into the Temple of God’s glory.”  St John Damascene explains the celebration in this way:
“Joachim married Anna, a most excellent and praiseworthy woman.  Once there had lived another Hannah who overcame physical sterility through prayer and a promise to God, and then gave birth to Samuel.  In a similar way, our Anna received from God the future Mother of God through a vow and heartfelt petition. . . .  [Mary] was born in Joachim’s house near the Probatika [the Sheep Pool in Jerusalem], and was presented in the Temple.  Thereupon, “planted in the house of God” and nurtured by His Spirit, like a fruitful olive tree she flowered forth in every virtue.  From her mind, she drove every worldly or sensual desire; she preserved virginity of soul.
St Cecilia: Roman virgin martyr of c.230, during the reign of Emperor Severus.  Her body was found incorrupt in its coffin in 1599.  She is now renowned as patron of church musicians.  Since the 16th century her emblem in art is an organ.
St Clement I, the third Pope (92-101 AD) after St Peter.  In his Epistle to the Corinthians he arbitrates concerning a dispute within that church – an early example of either the primacy of the Roman bishop, or at least the practice of Christians everywhere to appeal to Rome in order to resolve local quarrels with their local bishop.  Clement was exiled to Khersones (Sevastopil) in Crimea where he found 2000 other Christian exiles, forced to labour and to carry water six miles to the city.  Legend says that Clement prayed, and a spring miraculously appeared.  Trajan the Emperor heard of this and other marvels, which were drawing many converts to Christianity.  He ordered Clement to be drowned in the sea with an iron anchor around his neck.  Clement’s disciples recovered the body, which was later transferred to Constantinople and then to San Clemente in Rome.
St Columban:  As a young Irishman, he wished to become a monk, but found that the good looks and winning ways of the Irish girls were a snare to him.  He went first to Bangor in Co Down, but a heavenly voice insisted: "Go out of thine own country, and from thy father's house, into a land that I shall show thee.”  He found his vocation as a monk and missionary in Gaul (France) and started monasteries in Luxueil (Burgundy), Alsace and in the Vosges.  A strange tale is told in Switzerland of a huge vat of beer, offered to the God Odin, which burst at the mere breath of Columban.  After that, he had to flee from the natives!  Finally, he settled at Bobbio in northern Italy, where he founded another well-known monastery, and died in 615 AD.
St Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions – 117 Vietnamese Martyrs who died 1745-1862, Spanish, French and Indo-Chinese, in first spreading the Catholic faith in Vietnam.
St Catherine of Alexandria:  Virgin martyr, beheaded c.310 AD.  Historical details are sketchy and for this reason she was removed from the calendar, but has now been re-instated.  Patroness of philosophers.  Her symbol is the Catherine wheel.

LITTLE CHURCH usually meet during 9.30 am Sunday Mass, for the benefit of the little children.

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.

PIOUS LIST MASSES: In November, Masses (except a weekly Mass for Parishioners) are offered for the faithful departed on the Pious List.  If you would like your deceased family and friends to be included, please write their names on a piece of paper in a sealed ‘Pious List’ envelope (with provision for your offertory envelope number and available in the church porch), together with a donation and hand it in at the sacristy or put it through the presbytery door. 

That Christians in Asia, bearing witness to the Gospel in word and deed, may promote dialogue, peace, and mutual understanding, especially with those of other religions.

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