Anderton St Joseph's        


1st September 2019

On a sabbath day Jesus had gone for a meal to the house of one of the leading Pharisees; and they watched him closely. He then told the guests a parable, because he had noticed how they picked the places of honour. He said this, ‘When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take your seat in the place of honour. A more distinguished person than you may have been invited, and the person who invited you both may come and say, “Give up your place to this man.” And then, to your embarrassment, you would have to go and take the lowest place. No; when you are a guest, make your way to the lowest place and sit there, so that, when your host comes, he may say, “My friend, move up higher.” In that way, everyone with you at the table will see you honoured. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the man who humbles himself will be exalted.’
Then he said to his host, ‘When you give a lunch or a dinner, do not ask your friends, brothers, relations or rich neighbours, for fear they repay your courtesy by inviting you in return. No; when you have a party, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; that they cannot pay you back means that you are fortunate, because repayment will be made to you when the virtuous rise again.’ Luke 14:1,7-14

Sat 31st St Aidan of Lindisfarne 
16.00-16.35Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Sun 1st SeptSUNDAY XXII IN ORDINARY TIME (Mass bk.p.130)
Sat 16.45Mass – Parishioners
09.00Mass – Ruby Marjorie Hunt (L.D.)
12.15Baptisms: Raffaella Violet Castelli and Archie Noah Appleyard 

Mon 2nd  
12.00Funeral Service – Philip Burgess

Tues 3rd St Gregory the Great
09.00Mass – James Firth (L.D.)
Perpetual Succour Novenaafter Mass

Wed 4th St Cuthbert
10.00Mass - Betty & Malcolm Wignall (sick)

Thurs 5th St Bega, religious (of St Bees)
No Service 
Fri 6th  
09.10Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion  

Sat 7th  
16.00-16.35Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Sat 16.45Mass – Parishioners
09.00Mass – Sandra Smith (A)

PLEASE NOTE: Mass at 09.00 on Tuesday and no Eucharistic Service on Monday or Thursday.

LITTLE CHURCH – starts again on 8th September.

Please pray for all the sick and the housebound including: 
Emeritus Pope Benedict,  
and all at Grove House & Marley Court.

RECENTLY DECEASED: Philip Burgess. Funeral Service Monday 2nd September at 12.00 noon here, followed by interment in Adlington Cemetery. 

COLLECTIONS: Offertory for 18th August - £452 and on 25th August £439. An amount of £76 has been given in the Poor Box. Any cheques for the parish should be made payable to St Joseph’s Anderton (068) Parish a/c. Retiring collection this weekend for the Church Restoration Fund and next week for the annual School Levy.

FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY: Please could you consider giving some tins of food, cereals, veg and potatoes, UHT milk, tea, fruit juices. The Chorley Food Bank is needing extra donations because the demand is very high. Thank you. 

ST JOSEPH’S CHOIR, which sings on Sunday mornings, at funerals and weddings would welcome new members. Just get in touch after Mass on Sunday.

ST JOSEPH’S MUSIC GROUP meet next on Wednesday 4th September at 7 pm prompt to prepare for the Vigil Mass on Saturday 7th September. New members would be very welcome.

PASTORAL FORMATION: There will be an open meeting at the archdiocesan central offices in Liverpool, on Wednesday 2nd October to find out more about Family Groups and their ministry in the Church. Information is available on the poster in the narthex. Would anyone like to be a Family Group Leader in our parish? More information available in the parish office or – 0151 522 1047
Also, on Wednesday 16th October at the above venue, there will be a course to help parishes set up bereavement care teams. Cost £10 per person including lunch. Please contact Maureen O’Brien for booking and further information. – 0151 522 1044.

MARRIAGE PREPARATION FACILITATORS: The Archdiocese is holding a training day at the end of August, for anyone interested in assisting couple in preparing for the Sacrament of Matrimony. More information available with Mrs Maureen O’Brien, Coordinator for Marriage Preparation. 0151 522 1044. 

Meals played an important role in the society in which Jesus lived. More than a time for sharing nourishment, they were a time to share ideas and to model different aspects of social relationships. In Luke's Gospel, the places that a person ate (at the home of a tax collector, 5:29), the people with whom a person ate (sinners, 5:30), whether a person washed before eating (11:38), and, as is the case here, the place that a person sits while eating are all important. The narrator says Jesus tells a parable, but it is really wise advice to both guests and hosts about finding true happiness at the heavenly banquet.
Jesus warns guests to wait before taking their places at the table lest they be asked to move if someone more important arrives. This is more than just a lesson about dinner etiquette. It is advice on how to find your true place in the Kingdom of God. Jesus advises hosts not to invite people who would be expected to repay them to dinner but to invite those who could not repay: the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. This is where real blessings can be found.
In these sayings, Luke gives us not only advice on how to approach the end times but also on how to live according to Jesus' vision of a good society. Luke's Gospel also advises us how the Church must be part of bringing about this society. It is yet another example in Luke's Gospel of the reversal the kingdom brings about.

“The world offers you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness.” Pope Benedict XVI
“The Eucharist is the secret of my day. It gives strength and meaning to all my activities of service to the Church and to the world.” Pope Saint John Paul II
“Nothing great is ever achieved without enduring much.” St. Catherine of Siena 
“In my deepest wound I saw your glory and it dazzled me.” St. Augustine 
“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” Saint Mother Teresa

 A warm welcome to all our visitors and to any new members of our parish who share with us today's Celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. We are pleased that you have come to join us in our community of faith. New Parishioners, please take a copy of the Parish Directory, available in the church porch or ask at the Repository. New Parishioners are also invited to complete their contact details on the forms available in the church porch and hand them in to the sacristy.

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. For the chaplaincy service at Wigan Infirmary T. 01942 822324.

BAPTISMS: In order to arrange a baptism, please see Fr Marsden immediately after one of the weekend Masses. Next baptism preparation course will be in September.

REPOSITORY: Cards for all occasions, Bibles, missals, medals, crucifixes, silver crosses & much more. If not in stock we can order items for you.

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CATHOLIC? If you know anyone who would like to know more about Catholicism or would like to be baptized into the Catholic Faith, please ask them to contact Fr Marsden or the parish office for more information.

APF AUTUMN COLLECTION is due but we will not be collecting until October. Please watch out for further information in the newsletter.

ST LAURENCE’S in Chorley are holding a very interesting day on Henri Nouwen: The life and spirituality of a wounded healer: Mike Ford, a speaker who used to be a BBC Radio 4 journalist will lead a quiet day and reflect on Henri Nouwen. Saturday 7th September, 10:00 to 15:00h. Please bring your own lunch. Booking is required and further information is available from St. Laurence’s parish office. 01257 266037.

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