Anderton St Joseph's       


24th September 2017

Sun 24 Sep25th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Sat 5.30 pm  Holy Mass – Parishioners
  9.30 am  Holy Mass – Catherine Cross (A)

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

Mon 25 Sep
  9.10 am  Holy Mass – Louis O’Neill (Birthday Memories)

Tue 26 SepSs Cosmas & Damian, Martyrs
  9.10 amHoly Mass – Benefactors of Lancashire                                                  Infirm Secular Clergy Fund

Wed 27 Sep  St Vincent de Paul
  9.10 amHoly Mass – Chris Hesketh (L.D.)

Thurs 28 Sep St Wenceslaus, Martyr,
                  St Laurence Ruiz & Companions, Martyrs
  9.10 am     Holy Mass – Doris Harris (A)

Fri 29 SepFeast of Saints Michael,
                               Gabriel, Raphael, Archangels
  9.10 am Holy Mass – Bridie Fallon
                                                    (80th Birthday Blessings)

Sat 30 SepS Jerome
  9.10 am Holy Mass (Extraordinary Form) –
                                                               Priest’s Intention
4.1 5pm -5.15 pm   Confessions

Sun 1 Oct  26th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Sat 5.30 pmHoly Mass – Parishioners
  9.30 amHoly Mass – Joseph Norton

“That our parishes, animated by a missionary spirit, may be places where faith is communicated and charity is seen.”

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 £385 and £62 was given in the Home Missions collection. 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). This weekend the retiring collection is for the SVP and next weekend for the church Restoration Fund.

SHOWING SOON: This month’s film in the Upper Room is ‘The Miracle Maker’, an animated version of the life of our Lord.  A little girl, the daughter of Jairus, desperately wants to meet Jesus, but she is ill and is getting progressively weaker...  With the voices of Ralph Fiennes, Richard E. Grant and Sir Ian Holm. 
Wednesday, 27th September 1.30 pm.  Tea at 3.00.

ST JOSEPH’S SCOUT GROUP’S presentation evening and AGM is on Friday 29th September at 7pm in the Upper Room. Refreshments will be provided. All are welcome to attend to see what the Scout Group have been doing during the last 12 months.

ADVANCE NOTICE: The Harvest Mass with our schoolchildren will take place at 9.30 am on Sunday 15th October so can those groups who usually make a display in church please note that date.  CAFOD Harvest Fast Day is on Friday 6th October and there will be dedicated envelopes in the church porch for the associated collection.  Please return the envelopes to church in the retiring collection on 15th October.

LADYEWELL SHRINE, FERNHALGH: The last event of this year’s season takes place on Saturday 7th October to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Commencing at 11.00 am with Rosary Procession, then Benediction, Mass at 12 noon followed by refreshments, event ending at 1.00 pm.

FURNITURE REMOVAL: ‘Thank you’ to all the willing hands who moved the church furniture in and out of the fumigation container.

ST JOSEPH’S MUSIC GROUP: the next practice is on Wednesday 18th October at 7.00 pm, in church, in preparation for 5.30 pm Mass on Saturday 21st October.

SS Cosmas & Damian:  Early eastern martyrs, doctor saints who treated the poor for their illnesses without charge, and were known as the anargyroi, the moneyless ones.  Martyred in Syria in AD 287.  Since early times they have been regarded, together with St. Luke, as the patron saints of physicians, surgeons and pharmacists.
St Vincent de Paul: Pope Leo XIII proclaimed St Vincent the patron of all charitable associations.  He was the founder of the Lazarists or the Priests of the Mission, and of the Sisters of Charity.  He died A.D. 1660.
Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael - The name Michael means, “Who is like unto God?”  It is a challenge to the evil one, with whom Michael did battle, and whom he cast down from heaven into hell.  Gabriel means “the strength of God” or “the warrior of God.”  Raphael means “the healer of God.”
St Wenceslaus, Duke of Bohemia, was persecuted by his stepmother Drahomira and murdered by his brother Boleslas, out of hatred for the Faith. A.D. 938
St Jerome, born of Christian parents at Stridon in Dalmatia in 345, wrote the Latin translation of the Bible known as the Vulgate which took thirty years to complete and which is the official version adopted by the Church.  He died in 420 and his body lies in the church of St Mary Major in Rome.
St Laurence Ruiz & Companions Lawrence Ruiz is the first Filipino to be canonized a saint.  He and 15 others were martyred at Nagasaki, Japan in 1637.  The group included two consecrated women, two other laymen, two brothers and nine priests.  Pope John Paul II canonized these martyrs on 18th October 1987.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: ‘I would remind you that for Christians (for you and me) our life is a life of Love.  This heart of ours was born to love.  But when it is not given something pure, clean and noble to love, it takes revenge and fills itself with squalor... It is such a pity not to have a heart.  How unfortunate are those people who have never learned to love with tenderness!  We Christians are in love with Love...’ 
(St Josemaria)

AT THE REPOSITORY - Advent calendars and 2018 Catholic Diaries have arrived. We have some beautiful small cribs and triptychs suitable for children's bedrooms or indeed any room in the house. Also, a variety of Christmas cards as well as charity cards for The Church in Need.

SOCIETY of ST VINCENT de PAUL – ‘Welcome the stranger’ is the theme, have a look at the posters on the notice board illustrating the work the SVP society do in our name. We thank them for their dedication to those often marginalised in our society. Please pray for their cause. 
This week we are asked to think about the situations where people are suffering from hunger and want. Often, we focus on the desperate situations overseas but there are many in our society at home who need help as we know from the food banks now common in many areas. Sadly, many children in our society still go hungry.  SVP helps both at home and abroad and you can see on the noticeboard in the porch where the money you give is spent by the parish group.
Thank you for your continued support and generosity. Please pray for the group and their work in our parish and if you can, volunteer your time – you will be most welcome and can make a real difference in people’s lives.

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.

INSTITUTE OF CHRIST THE KING SOVEREIGN PRIEST: The Institute priests, who currently look after St Walburge’s, Preston and the Dome of Home on the Wirral, have been entrusted with care of the church of St Thomas of Canterbury and the English Martyrs, Preston.  Bishop Michael Campbell of Lancaster Diocese will be celebrating Pontifical Mass there this Sunday (24th) at 11.30 am.  All welcome.

LEST WE FORGET: If you haven’t watched it, or if you have, watch again: ‘Life In Hidden Light’ on Youtube.  If you would like to know more, contact the Carmelite Monastery at Birkenhead.

IF YOU WATCH NOTHING ELSE THIS WEEK: A priest celebrates the Silver Jubilee of his Ordination.  Watch on Youtube: ‘Anointed Full Movie’

APF RED BOX HOLDERS: The final collections are now being made.  Thank you, promoters, for all your hard work getting the donations together.

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