Anderton St Joseph's       

Anderton St Joseph’s Catholic Church

22nd July 2018
The apostles rejoined Jesus and told him all they had done and taught. Then he said to them, ‘You must come away to some lonely place all by yourselves and rest for a while’; for there were so many coming and going that the apostles had no time even to eat. So they went off in a boat to a lonely place where they could be by themselves. But people saw them going, and many could guess where; and from every town they all hurried to the place on foot and reached it before them. So, as he stepped ashore he saw a large crowd; and he took pity on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he set himself to teach them at some length. [Mark 6:30-34]

Sat 16.45Mass – Parishioners
09.00Mass – Stephen Hill (sick)

Mon 23rdSt Bridget of Sweden, Patron of Europe (Feast)
09.10Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion
18.30Farewell Mass at St Mary’s for Fr Patsy Foley  

Tues 24th  St Charbel Makhluf, Bd Nicholas Garlick, Robert Ludlam and Richard
Simpson (Padley Martyrs), St John Boste (Westmorland)  
09.10 Mass – Barry Gilhespy (L.D.)
Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour

Wed 25thSt James the Apostle (Feast)
12.00SVP Mass with the Sick and Housebound

Thurs 26thSt Joachim and St Anne
09.10Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion

Fri 27th
09.10 Mass – Elizabeth & James Goulding

Sat 28th
16.00-16.35Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Sat 16.45Mass – Parishioners
09.00Mass – Francis, Beryl & Thomas Fearnhead (Anniversaries)

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.”

COLLECTIONS: Offertory – 15th July - £415. Many thanks for your constant support and generosity. Cheques for the parish should be payable to: St Joseph’s Anderton (068) Parish a/c.

WELCOME INTO HOLY CHURCH: Reuben Butterworth, Max Stanley Davenport and Theo Wilfred Westwood who were baptized here last Sunday.

INFORMATION FOR COUPLES GETTING MARRIED IN 2019 - Please make arrangements on the link at the end of this item to complete the mandatory wedding preparation course which is run by the Archdiocese of Liverpool.
After you have completed the course, you will receive a certificate which must go into your wedding documents. Please make arrangements to see Fr Marsden after you have completed the course. Please book a course of your date choice from the following dates 20th October (14 places still available) or 17th November (17 places still available) at

RESTORED LIVES – recovery from Divorce & Separation – this course is a series of 6 meetings starting on 19th September 2018 for any person affected by the end of a serious relationship whether separated, going through a divorce or already divorced either recently or at any time in the past.  Organised by the Marriage & Family Life Ministry of our Archdiocese, the course is free, confidential, informative and affirming. If you are interested please contact Maureen O’Brien (07967 753371) or Jacqui Sellek (07793 825815) for full details.

ON MONDAY 23rd JULY, a Mass of Thanksgiving will be held at St Mary’s, Chorley for Fr Patsy Foley who is leaving the Chorley area for a new appointment in Southport. In the past, he has supplied at St Gregory’s and occasionally here in Anderton. Since last October he has been serving St Chad’s, and since December, St Bede’s Clayton Green as well. This is an opportunity to thank him for his time with us and wish him well for the future at Holy Family Southport.

ST JOSEPH’S MUSIC GROUP meet next on Wednesday 25th July at 7 pm prompt in church to prepare for the Vigil Mass on 28th July.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: An Administrator to undertake financial and administrative support for up to 8 hours per week is sought for St Bede’s Parish, Clayton Green. If you are interested please contact Fr Marsden for further information.

THE SVP wishes to acknowledge a kind donation of £50 from Maria Hill.

OUR PRIMARY SCHOOL has now closed for the summer holidays and we wish all staff, children and their families a safe and happy time of rest and recreation. 

“That priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in their friendship with their brother priests.”

St Bridget of Sweden, Patron of Europe:  Last Tuesday we had a Mass of Thanksgiving in school for Year 6. We wish them well as they move on to their High Schools: Holy Cross, St Joseph’s, Horwich, St Michael’s and elsewhere.

Comment:  As we celebrate St Bridget’s day on Monday - she is one of the six Patron Saints of Europe -  we should pray that the current political chaos over Brexit does not end in a disorderly “over the cliff” exit from the EU, which would badly damage these youngsters’ future chances of travel and work in Europe.
A No Deal Brexit threatens to interrupt food and medicine supplies, chronically congest our ports, disrupt airline flights, ruin security cooperation, provoke terrorism should a hard border be re-established in Ireland, and to damage many other benefits we have taken for granted this last forty years. We could end up on a par with Albania, Moldavia, Serbia, Bosnia and Belarus as regards our relationship with EU countries.
Furthermore, a No Deal Brexit would lead to hundreds of thousands losing their jobs, as international firms cease to invest and gradually pull out of the UK (this is already happening, especially in car manufacture and with Airbus). A few billionaires, hedge fund managers and wheeler dealers would be able to profit from the chaos, while the majority, especially the poor, would suffer. Right-wing think tanks are planning to use Brexit chaos to abolish laws protecting workers’ rights, the environment, and food quality standards. They are plotting to sell off the NHS to Big Pharma and Big US Medical companies, if they get the chance.
For them, money and profit are their gods, whereas in Catholic social teaching, the economy should serve the human person and the common good of society.
Putin and his ally Trump both seem set upon weakening Europe and overturning the international order which has helped to maintain peace for the last 70 years (the Balkans and Ukraine excepted). We live in uncertain and dangerous times. Hence the increased need for prayer.

LITTLE CHURCH during 9.30 am Sunday Mass, for the benefit of the little children – no meetings during the summer until school starts again in September.

REPOSITORY: Cards for all occasions including First Holy Communions, Directories, Missals, medals, crucifixes, silver crosses & much more. Orders taken for First Holy Communion Gifts – please call in at the Repository to see what is available.  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.

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

PLEASE REMEMBER the Poor Box in the porch. Your donations are put to good use

ANNUAL SVP MASS & TEA PARTY WITH THE SICK & HOUSEBOUND will take place this year on Wednesday 25th July.  Mass will be at 12.00 noon with the Sacrament of the Sick for all who wish to be anointed.  Afterwards there will be light refreshments in a marquee on the old school yard.  Members of the SVP are organising the day and they will be grateful to receive help providing refreshments etc.  Any offers to bake some cakes for the day would be much appreciated, as would any donations of small gifts for a raffle.
All parishioners are invited to attend, just add your name(s) to the list in the porch if you would like refreshments, then we know how many to cater for.

CHORLEY FOOD BANK – donations may be left in the porch for onward transport to Chorley.

PLEASE SUPPORT THE CATHOLIC NEWSPAPERS.  There is very little news about the Catholic Church in the secular press, and some of it inevitably is biased and very anti-Catholic. Catholic newspapers and websites provide an alternative window on the world. The newspapers in particular are having a hard time in this digital world and if we don’t patronize them, they may well fold up.

Parish Priest: Fr Francis Marsden (01257) 480237
(Also 01257 262537 - St Mary's Chorley)
Parish Office: St Joseph’s Presbytery, 28, Bolton Road, Adlington, Chorley PR6 9NA
(Open Wednesdays 10 am – 3.30 pm)
Registered Charity No.232709