Anderton St Joseph's       

Anderton St Joseph’s Catholic Church

6th January 2019
After Jesus had been born at Bethlehem in Judaea during the reign of King Herod, some wise men came to Jerusalem from the east. ‘Where is the infant king of the Jews?’ they asked. ‘We saw his star as it rose and have come to do him homage.’ When King Herod heard this he was perturbed, and so was the whole of Jerusalem. He called together all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, and enquired of them where the Christ was to be born. ‘At Bethlehem in Judaea,’ they told him ‘for this is what the prophet wrote:
And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, you are by no means least among the leaders of Judah, for out of you will come a leader who will shepherd my people Israel.’
Then Herod summoned the wise men to see him privately. He asked them the exact date on which the star had appeared, and sent them on to Bethlehem. ‘Go and find out all about the child,’ he said ‘and when you have found him, let me know, so that I too may go and do him homage.’ Having listened to what the king had to say, they set out. And there in front of them was the star they had seen rising; it went forward, and halted over the place where the child was. The sight of the star filled them with delight, and going into the house they saw the child with his mother Mary, and falling to their knees they did him homage. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh. But they were warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, and returned to their own country by a different way.

Sat 5th Jan    
16.00-16.35Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Sat 16.45Mass – Parishioners
09.00Mass – Mary Fearnhead (Thanksgiving for 98 years)

Mon 7th St Raymond of Peñafort
09.10Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion

Tues 8th
09.10Mass – Kathleen & Terry McCarrick
Perpetual Succour Novena during Mass

Wed 9thSt Adrian of Canterbury
10.00Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion - 

Thurs 10th  
09.10 Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion

Fri 11th
12.30Requiem Mass – Christopher Daniel

Sat 12thSt Aelred of Rievaulx, St Benedict Biscop
16.00-16.35Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Sun 13th JanBAPTISM OF THE LORD (p.118)
Sat 16.45Mass – Parishioners
09.00Mass – Brian Hough

LITTLE CHURCH during 9.00 am Sunday Mass, for the benefit of the little children.

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 last week £335. Thanks for your support and generosity. Please make any cheques payable to St Joseph’s Anderton (068) Parish a/c.

RECENTLY DECEASED:   Teresa Harlow (93) who was in Marley Court. Her funeral is at St Mary’s Chorley at 10.00 on Wednesday 9th.   Christopher Daniel of Telford, Shropshire. Requiem Mass will be here on Fri 11th January at 12.30, followed by burial at Ridgemont Cemetery, Horwich.

Fr Alex Fleming, who retired as Parish Priest of St Chad’s Wheelton & Whittle-le-Woods in 2003, died in Formby Thurs 3rd January, in the 57th year of his priesthood.

CHORLEY FOODBANK:  Please remember the less fortunate people in Adlington and Chorley who for whatever reason, have little or no food. Tins, cereals, UHT milk, tea, coffee, sugar, chocolate will be all very much gratefully received. Please leave gifts in the box in the church porch for onward transmission to Chorley food bank.

BISHOP HRYHORIY KOMAR Auxiliary bishop of Drohobych of the Ukrainians and his secretary Fr Andrii Soviak returned home last Friday to Drohobych to celebrate the eastern-rite Christmas according to the Julian calendar, which falls on 6/7th January according to our Gregorian calendar.
Trust the past to the mercy of God, the present to his love, and the future to his providence. -  Saint Augustine of Hippo. (354-430)

On the Feast of the Epiphany, the family gathers to ask God’s blessing on their home and on those who live in or visit the home. It is an invitation for Jesus to be a daily guest in our home, our comings and goings, our conversations, our work and play, our joys and sorrows

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Leader: “Peace be to this house and to all who dwell here, in the name of the Lord. All: Thanks be to God.
A reader reads the Gospel of the visit of the Magi – on the front of this newsletter. He or she ends: The Gospel of the Lord.
All: Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ

Using blessed chalk, write 20 C+ M+ B 19   on the lintel over the front door or porch of your house. This stands for either Christus Mansionem Benedicat - “May Christ bless this house”  Or for the traditional names of the Magi Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar.  

All: Lord God of heaven and earth, you revealed your only begotten Son to every nation by the guidance of a star. Bless this house and all who live here and all who visit. May we be blessed with health, kindness of heart, gentleness and the keeping of your law. Fill us with the light of Christ, that our love for each other may go out to all. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

St Aelred of Rievaulx (1110-67).  Educated in the Cathedral school at Durham, he became Abbot of Rievaulx. Aelred’s sensitive discretion and gentle holiness had a strong emphasis on charity.  He has left us some outstanding writings: On Spiritual Friendship, The Mirror of Charity, and Sermons on Isaiah.  True loyal friendship was at the heart of Aelred’s spirituality: friendship with God and friendship with one’s fellow human beings.  After suffering agonies from gallstones, he died at Rievaulx on 12 January 1167.

A SEASONAL POEM. (Alfred, Lord Tennyson)

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky, the flying cloud, the frosty light;
The year is dying in the night; ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new, ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go; ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind, for those that here we see no more,
Ring out the feud of rich and poor, ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause, and ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life, with sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care, the sin, the faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes, but ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place and blood, the civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right, ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease, ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old, ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free, the larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land, ring in the Christ that is to be

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.  For the chaplaincy service at Royal Preston Hospital please ring 01772 522435.

BAPTISMS: In order to arrange a baptism, please see Fr Marsden after one of the weekend Masses.

REPOSITORY: Cards for all occasions, Bibles, missals, medals, crucifixes, silver crosses & much more.

SVP – please note the date of the next meeting is Thursday 17th January at 7 pm in the back sacristy. (Apologies for the date error in last week’s item).

THE PICTURE ON THE FRONT OF THE NEWSLETTER comes from a sixth century mosaic of the Magi in the basilica of St Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna, Italy. A similar mosaic in Bethlehem, in Justinian’s Basilica of the Nativity, saved the building in 614 AD. Persian invaders destroyed many other churches in the Holy Land, but when they saw the mosaic of the Magi in Persian dress in the Nativity Church, they spared it. 

“Lord Jesus Christ, may my soul always revolve around you, seek you and find you. Help it to turn to you, and reach you. Let its every thought and word be centred on you. Grant that my soul may sing your praise and the glory of your holy name, with humility and reverence, with love and joy, with ease and gentleness, with patience and tranquillity, with success and persistence, to the very end.”

May young people especially in South America, follow the example of Mary and respond to the call of the Lord to communicate the joy of the Gospel to the world.

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