Anderton St Joseph's        


 Sun 5th SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT (Mass book p.155)
10.00 Mass at St Mary’s Chorley 
11.30 Mass – Mary Philomena Strange 
Confessions after Mass as required

Mon 6th
 Tues 7th St Perpetua and St Felicity
10.00 Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion
10.30 Christian Meditation group 
 Wed 8th
 St John of God, St Felix of Dunwich
 Thurs 9th St Frances of Rome
 Fri 10th
19.00 Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion
19:30 Stations of the Cross
Sat 11h
16.15-16.45 Confessions at St Mary’s 
17.00 Mass at St Mary’s Chorley 

Sun 12th THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT (p.158)
10.00 Mass at St Mary’s Chorley 
11.30 Mass – Bill Charnley 
Confessions after Mass as required
Please note that during Lent, Friday Mass has moved from 10 am to 7 pm (19.00) 

Weekday Masses at St Mary’s this week: Tues 12.00 only. Otherwise Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion Mon & Wed 10.00; Thurs and Fri 12. 

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK AND THE HOUSEBOUND: Joan Bailey, Stan Bolton, Francis Brennan, Anne Byrne, John Campbell, Gerard Clarke, Alison Critchley, Jerome Critchley, Leo Duffy, John Fearnhead, Mary Fearnhead, Pat Font, Tom Fraser, William Freeman, Bob Goulding, Marie Hill, Rosemary Hough, Cathy Hull, John Kerfoot, Shirley
King, Mary Johnston, Emma King, Gordon Lee, Fr Barry McAllister, Janet McGowan, Fintan McPeake, Fr Laurence Mayne, Val McGlade, Ellen Morris, Fr Michael O’Dowd, Irene O'Neil, Heidi O’Neill, Barrie Swift, Alan Taylor, Sylvia Walsh, Jean White, Betty Wignall, all at Grove House & Marley Court.

RECENTLY DECEASED: Anthony Anderton (54), son of Bernard, brother of Alison and brother-in-law to Tom. Funeral Mass 10.00 on Tues 14th March. Bill Charnley, past counsellor at St Joseph’s High School, Horwich. 

RETIRING COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND is for the Church Restoration Fund, and next weekend for the SVP. . 

CAFOD: £288.50 was given in the Lent Fast Day collection and a further £212.46 was raised at the event in the Upper Room after Mass last Sunday. Thank you to the organisers for their hard work and a very big thank you to all who support CAFOD - you are indeed a very generous parish - over £500 in one day!

CONFIRMATIONS: Youngsters in Year 8 can now register for Sacramental Preparation at The registration opened on 16th January and closes next week on 17th March. Catechesis will be ongoing during RE lessons. Holy Cross Catholic High School will also offer preparation lessons. Any person who is outside the Catholic Education High Schools, is baptized Roman Catholic and would like to be 
confirmed, please enrol at the same as listed above. 

WORK IS IN PROGRESS re-pointing the perimeter wall between the parish territory and the main road. On the inside (the church side) the mortar is very badly corroded. Unremedied, this might eventually lead to stones falling out of the wall and the collapse of sections. One wonders if it is the original mortar from whenever the wall was first erected, maybe soon after the church was opened in 1863, or if it ever was re-done 
since? The road side looks in better condition but still in need of some repairs. Thanks to Ivan and Vitaliy for this work, and to Nataliia and Halyna for tidying the grounds and cleaning up the leaves. 

Fr Marsden is away this week on a preached
Retreat for Priests at Walsingham, the National Shrine of Our Lady. Priests are supposed to do a week’s spiritual retreat once a year, but since March 2020 this has been difficult or impossible. Many Retreat Houses and monasteries had to close their doors to guests during the COVID epidemic. Gradually they have now re-opened. 

LENTEN SERVICES OF RECONCILIATION will be held at St Gregory’s Weld Bank, on Sunday 26th March at 15.00 and St Mary’s Leyland on Wednesday 29th March at 19.00. Confessions here are available after Sunday Mass. 

SOLEMN ANNUAL EXPOSITION usually takes place on 
St Joseph’s feastday, 19th March. However, this year, 
because of the Lenten Sunday, the feast is moved to 20th
March. I suggest therefore that we have the Exposition 
from after the 11.30 Mass on Sunday 19th to 17.00 that 
day, and on the Monday from after a 10.00 Mass (hopefully
with the school present) until 17.00 similarly. There is a list 
at the back for you to sign up for watching. You only need 
to initial the time slot when you can attend. 
I understand that the Sunday 19th is Mothers’ Day, but 
we can always come to pray for and thank God for our 
mothers, alive in this world or in the next. If you are a 
mother or grandmother, ask your sons and daughters to 
come and pray for you and all the family. 
This event offers you a chance for a little spiritual 
retreat without going away anywhere. Just to spend a quiet
hour or half-hour in front of Jesus, Our Lord, in the Eucharist, on each day. The church heating will be on! We often live such busy and distracted lives, and we need to re-find our focus on “the one thing necessary” – God’s love for us and our response to Him. We can bring before Him in prayer all our worries about our family members, friends, the 
sick, and the welfare of all our parish. Plus the national and international situation. 

PARISH FORUM MEETING: All welcome. In the Upper Room after the 11.30 Mass on 26th March, Fifth Sunday of Lent. We need to set up a proper Buildings and Maintenance Committee, and a Finance Committee.

CHORLEY AND PRESTON HOSPITALS: Please contact St Joseph's Chorley (262713) if any member of your family is admitted into Chorley Hospital and needs a visit. In urgent situations or emergency please ask the ward staff to call the duty Chaplain on his bleep/phone. For the chaplaincy service at Royal Preston Hospital please ring 01772 
522435. For the chaplaincy service at Wigan Infirmary T. 01942 822324. 

DATES AVAILABLE FOR BAPTISMS: 23 April, 28 May, 25 June..

CLEANING THE CHURCH: Our next date is Monday 6th March at 1pm and fortnightly thereafter. If you are interested please see Jen Turner at Sunday Mass or on 01257 480569.

STONYHURST COLLEGE –The Christian Heritage Centre, Theodore House. The REPLICA OF THE SHROUD OF TURIN will be available for viewing on Friday 10th March 2023, 10am - 5pm. Saturday 11th March 2023, 10am - 5pm. Sunday 12th March 2023, 10am - 5pm. This is a fantastic opportunity to view a life-size replica of the Shroud.

TUESDAY MEDITATION GROUP in church after the 10.00 Mass. A number of people have found this quiet and thoughtful prayer session very helpful. “Wherever two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of you.” Afterwards we have a short discussion on the readings or how we can grow spiritually.

First Confessions year 4 - Mon 13th March at 18.30
Solemnity of St Joseph – 20th March (Monday). Annual Exposition 19th & 20th 
Annunciation of the Lord – 25th March. Clocks go forward. 
Holy Week starts with Palm Sunday on 2nd April.
The Sacred Triduum – Holy Thursday 6th April. Good Friday 7th April and Easter Sunday on 9th April. 
Divine Mercy Sunday on 16th April.
Ascension Thursday 18th May 
First Holy Communions – Sat 20th May at 10.00
Pentecost 28th May, Trinity Sunday 4th June, Corpus Christi 11th June
SVP Mass for the Sick - Mon 26th June at 12.15
Visitation by Bishop Tom Neylon. Sun 17th July and week following 

HOLY COMMUNION - just a reminder that when going up to receive Communion please let the people in the benches behind you go up before you - this makes it easier for everyone to get back to their place without causing a gridlock.
AMPLEFORTH ABBEY are holding some very interesting retreats. More information available on

APF - the spring collection will take place in April. In the meantime the Spring magazine for APF supporters is available in the church porch

Parish Priest: Fr Francis Marsden
Secretary: Mr Frank Webster 
Parish Office: St Joseph’s Presbytery, 28 Bolton Road, Adlington, Chorley PR6 9NA
Wednesdays 10.00-13.00
Tel: 01257- 480237 or 01257- 262537 (St Mary’s Chorley)
Parish Website: