Anderton St Joseph's       


18th February 2018

The Spirit drove Jesus out into the wilderness and he remained there for forty days, and was tempted by Satan. He was with the wild beasts, and the angels looked after him.
After John had been arrested, Jesus went into Galilee. There he proclaimed the Good News from God. ‘The time has come’ he said ‘and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe the Good News.’

Sat: 16.15Confessions
16.45       Vigil Mass – Kathleen Catterall (A)
09.00      Mass –Parishioners
16.00       Holy Hour, Evening Prayer and Benediction at                         St Mary’s Chorley

Mon 19th           
09.10           Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion

Tues 20th
09.00         Mass – Margaret Garner (A)
               Perpetual Succour Novena during Mass

Wed 21st  St Robert Southwell, Martyr
09.30        Funeral Mass – Angela Buckley

Thurs 22nd Feast of the See of St Peter the Apostle
09.10           Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion

Fri 23rd St Milburga of Much Wenlock
               (LENT FAST DAY – CAFOD)
09.10           Mass – Winifred Calderbank
  (Foundation Mass)
19.00       Stations of the Cross

Sat 24th   St Ethelbert, King of Kent

Sat: 16.15Confessions
16.45       Vigil Mass – Parishioners
09.00      Mass – Robert Smith (A)
16.00       Holy Hour, Evening Prayer and Benediction at                         St Mary’s Chorley

WEEKDAYS:   Morning Prayer 20 minutes before Mass or Service; Rosary afterwards except Wednesday when the Divine Mercy Chaplet is recited.

That those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist any lure of corruption.

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.”

RECENTLY DECEASED: Angela Buckley (71), Michael Bibby.

LITTLE CHURCH: No meeting this week (18th) or next week (25th).

COLLECTION LAST WEEK: Offertory - £516.33. Many thanks for all your support and generosity. Cheques for any donations given to the parish should be made payable to: St Joseph’s Anderton Parish Account (068). There is an optional CAFOD collection on Sunday 25th February – envelopes to gift aid your donation available in the porch.

SUNDAY 25th FEBRUARY: after Mass, there will be tea,coffee and cakes  in the Upper Room in support of CAFOD Lent Fast Day. Please come along and give your support.

IF YOU ARE ILL WITH FLU OR A DREADFUL COLD you are excused Sunday Mass attendance. If you are unwell, please avoid passing on infection by avoiding contact at the Sign of Peace, and abstaining from the chalice. Please do your best to avoid spreading infections.

ST PATRICK’S NIGHT CEILIDH:  St Joseph's RC High School Parent Staff Association are planning to hold a St Patrick's Night Ceilidh in school on Friday 9th March to raise funds for school.  7.30 pm – 11.00 pm Tickets £5 per adult and £2.50 per child. Hot Pie supper included. Live band and traditional Ceilidh dancing. Licensed bar. For tickets please contact school on 01204 697456. Please note: children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

KEEPING THE CHURCH FOYER OPEN:  If possible we like to keep the church foyer open during the day, so that people can pay a visit, drop in to have a few minutes quiet prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. However, we have to make sure there is someone to drop by to close the side door at dusk, or about 5.00 pm. We need a couple more volunteers, willing to make sure it is closed just on one particular day of the week.

MASS TO CELEBRATE MARRIAGE AND FAMILY LIFE   Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Sunday 11th March 2018, 11am - 12.30pm. The Mass will be celebrated by His Grace, Archbishop McMahon OP. Couples who are celebrating a significant anniversary will receive a special blessing from His Grace. There is a poster with details in the narthex and more information in the parish office. Thank you.

ARCHBISHOP’S APPEAL: His Grace, our Archbishop made an appeal in his Pastoral letter of last weekend, on the Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes. The Archbishop appeals for younger parishioners (18+) to travel to Lourdes during the Annual pilgrimage in the summer in order to assist in some way with the other pilgrims from the Archdiocese. We would like you to seriously consider this appeal and perhaps make a decision to go and help. It is guaranteed that the week you spend in Lourdes with the Archdiocese will stay in your memory for a life time. You will receive more that you give within your work in helping others.

ST JOSEPH’S 100 CLUB: Please support us in 2018 by taking a number or numbers at £12 per number. £12 is for 12 draws with 3 prizes each time. Please use the envelopes available in the porch to give your details and your donation, returning the envelope to the sacristy.

FRIDAY FILM SESSIONS: We meet on Friday 23rd February at 14.00 at St Mary’s presbytery. Mount Pleasant, Chorley, to watch a DVD about the life of St Catherine of Siena, Dominican laywoman and mystic who in the fourteenth century did much to reform the Church, including persuading the Pope to return from Avignon to Rome. 

“Unless there is a Good Friday in your life, there can be no Easter Sunday.” -Ven. Fulton Sheen
"(Lent) is a period of spiritual 'combat' which we must experience alongside Jesus, not with pride and presumption, but using the arms of faith: prayer, listening to the word of God and penance. In this way we will be able to celebrate Easter in truth, ready to renew the promises of our Baptism."  -Pope Benedict XVI
"Lent is a fitting time for self-denial; we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty. Let us not forget that real poverty hurts: no self-denial is real without this dimension of penance. I distrust a charity that costs nothing and does not hurt." -Pope Francis
"Show me your hands. Do they have scars from giving? Show me your feet. Are they wounded in service? Show me your heart. Have you left a place for divine love?" -Ven. Fulton Sheen
"As Lent is the time for greater love, listen to Jesus’ thirst…He knows your weakness. He wants only your love, wants only the chance to love you.” – St Teresa of Calcutta
“You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working, and just so, you learn to love by loving. All those who think to learn in any other way deceive themselves.”  -St. Francis de Sales
“Fasting cleanses the soul, raises the mind, subjects one’s flesh to the spirit, renders the heart contrite and humble, scatters the clouds of concupiscence, quenches the fire of lust, kindles the true light of chastity.”  -St. Thomas Aquinas
"Nothing great is ever achieved without much enduring."   – St. Catherine of Siena
“The Lord measures out perfection neither by the multitude nor the magnitude of our deeds, but by the manner in which we perform them.”  – St. John of the Cross

CEMETERY IS FULL!  The two last new graves in our cemetery have now been taken, so there are no new graves available. Burials in existing family graves where there is still room are of course possible. Please make sure you have your grave papers.  There are still plenty of small plots available for burial of cremation ashes.

LITTLE CHURCH meet during 9.00 am Sunday Mass, for the benefit of the children, so they can hear the Bible readings at a level suited to their age and understanding.
No meetings on 18th and 25th February.

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 Marsden, not by telephone, but in the sacristy after a weekend Mass, and obtain a Baptism Application Form.

THE UPPER ROOM is available to hire for all your meetings, functions, parties etc. Unfortunately, the gas inspector has disconnected the gas boiler (it was for the old Club) as sub-standard, so currently we are having to rely upon electric convector heaters. Could groups please make absolutely sure they turn them all off before they leave the building?
Mr Neil Fewtrell, one of the diocesan surveyors, visited last Tuesday. To bring the room up to modern statutory requirements, we need to install a new heating system, re-do the electrics and replace the fire door/window and the door at the bottom of the fire escape. Also, to provide a hot water supply to the handbasins in the toilets.

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.

“Faced with the tragic protracted situations of conflict in different parts of the world, I invite all the faithful to take part in a special Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace on February 23rd, the Friday of the First Week of Lent,” the Pope said on February 4.

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