Anderton St Joseph's       

Anderton St Joseph’s Catholic Church

10th February 2019
Jesus was standing one day by the Lake of Gennesaret, with the crowd pressing round him listening to the word of God, when he caught sight of two boats close to the bank. The fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats – it was Simon’s – and asked him to put out a little from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.
When he had finished speaking he said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep water and pay out your nets for a catch.’ ‘Master,’ Simon replied, ‘we worked hard all night long and caught nothing, but if you say so, I will pay out the nets.’ And when they had done this they netted such a huge number of fish that their nets began to tear, so they signalled to their companions in the other boat to come and help them; when these came, they filled the two boats to sinking point.
When Simon Peter saw this he fell at the knees of Jesus saying, ‘Leave me, Lord; I am a sinful man.’ For he and all his companions were completely overcome by the catch they had made; so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were Simon’s partners. But Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not be afraid; from now on it is men you will catch.’ Then, bringing their boats back to land, they left everything and followed him.

Sat 9th
16.00-16.35Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Sun 10th
Sat 16.45Mass – Parishioners
09.00Mass – Mary & John Ollerton (A)

Mon 11th Our Lady of Lourdes
(World Day of Prayer for the Sick & those who care for them)
09.10Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion

Tues 12th Blessed John Nutter and George Haydock (priests, martyrs 1584)
09.10Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion
Perpetual Succour Novena

Wed 13th
10.00Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion

Thurs 14th SS Cyril and Methodius, Co-Patrons of Europe
09.10Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion

Fri 15th
09.10Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion

Sat 16th     
16.00-16.35Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

(Racial Justice Day)
Sat 16.45Mass – Parishioners
09.00Mass – Kathleen Catterall (A)

LITTLE CHURCH during 9.00 am Sunday Mass, for the benefit of the little children.
Please note altered Mass time on Friday morning.

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: Robert Franklin (71) of Heath Charnock who died on 5th February. His Requiem Mass will be at St Mary’s, Horwich on Friday 15th February at 11.00 am. “Eternal rest give unto him, O Lord…..”

COLLECTIONS: Offertory last week £445; Restoration Fund £139. Many thanks for your support and generosity. Please make any cheques payable to St Joseph’s Anderton (068) Parish a/c.  Retiring collection this weekend is for the SVP.

FIRST COMMUNION CATECHESIS on Sunday mornings during and after the 09.00 Mass and finishing by 10.45, on the following Sundays: 17th March, 31st March, 28th April, 12th May. Preparation in church thereafter at 13.30 Tuesdays (in school time). The First Communion Mass is on Saturday 18th May at 10.00. (Please note change from June date given previously.)

SVP: This weekend the SVP will be holding a raffle with some very nice prizes. Tickets will be available after both Masses and the winners will be drawn after Sunday Mass.

ANNUAL MASS FOR MARRIAGE AND FAMILY LIFE will be held on Sunday 17th February at 11.00 in the Metropolitan Cathedral in Liverpool. The Mass will include the renewal of marriage vows and a special blessing for those celebrating significant anniversaries. Everybody welcome.

THIS WEEK St Joseph's Scout Group got official notification that it had been successful in securing a grant for £1,000 from the Aviva community fund. The Group wishes to thank all the parishioners who voted for them. Well done! The money will be used to buy some brand-new tents and camping equipment.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE SICK: Pope John Paul II initiated the day in 1992 to encourage people to pray for the sick and their carers. The Pope himself had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s a year before, in 1991, and it is considered that his own illness was impetus for his designation of the day.
Pope Benedict XVI also declared his decision to resign from his post as the Pope on this day in 2013. He cited his failing health as the reason behind his decision.
In his message for the day Pope Francis has written: “On the XXVII World Day of the Sick, to be solemnly celebrated on 11 February 2019, the Church – as a Mother to all her children, especially the infirm – reminds us that generous gestures like that of the Good Samaritan are the most credible means of evangelization. Caring for the sick requires professionalism, tenderness, straightforward and simple gestures freely given, like a caress that makes others feel loved.
Life is a gift from God. Saint Paul asks: “What do you have that you did not receive?” (1 Cor 4:7). Precisely because it is a gift, human life cannot be reduced to a personal possession or private property, especially in the light of medical and biotechnological advances that could tempt us to manipulate the “tree of life” (cf. Gen 3:24).
Amid today’s culture of waste and indifference, I would point out that “gift” is the category best suited to challenging today’s individualism and social fragmentation, while at the same time promoting new relationships and means of cooperation between peoples and cultures. Dialogue – the premise of gift – creates possibilities for human growth and development capable of breaking through established ways of exercising power in society. “Gift” means more than simply giving presents: it involves the giving of oneself, and not simply a transfer of property or objects. “Gift” differs from gift-giving because it entails the free gift of self and the desire to build a relationship. It is the acknowledgement of others, which is the basis of society. “Gift” is a reflection of God’s love, which culminates in the incarnation of the Son and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.”

Our Lady of Lourdes:  Between 11 February and 16 July 1858, the Blessed Virgin showed herself 18 times to St Bernadette Soubirous (aged 14) in the grotto beside the River Gave in Lourdes.  On 25 March, she identified herself to the little shepherdess by the words, spoken in Basque dialect: "I am the Immaculate Conception."  Pope Pius IX had defined this dogma in 1854.  Bernadette had missed much schooling through illness, and was still preparing for her First Communion.  When she repeated the Lady’s words: “I am the Immaculate Conception” to the Parish Priest, Abbé Péyramale, it amazed him and convinced him of the genuineness of the apparitions.

Blessed John Nutter, priest and martyr (1584): Born in Burnley, Lancashire and studied in Rheims, ordained in 1581. He was arrested as his ship foundered at Dunwich and martyred at Tyburn 12 Feb 1584.

Blessed George Haydock, priest and martyr (1584): Born Cottam Hall, ordained Reims. Returned to England 1581. 15 months imprisoned in Tower of London, then “free custody.” Hanged, drawn & quartered Tyburn 12 Feb 1584. 

Saints Cyril and Methodius:  Bishops, Confessors.  These two brothers from Thessaloniki became monks and preached the Gospel to the Slavs in central Europe.  They invented the Glagolitic alphabet (later developed into the Cyrillic) in order to present the Liturgy and the Scriptures in the vernacular.  They were consecrated Bishops by Pope Adrian II.  Cyril died in Rome AD 870 where he is buried in San Stefano Rotondo.  Methodius returned to preach throughout the Slav lands and died AD 886.  He is buried at Velehrad in Moravia.  Declared co-patrons of Europe by Pope John Paul II.

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

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 to collect the application form, and discuss what preparation is necessary.

CHORLEY FOODBANK is appealing again for tinned food, pasta, toiletries, UHT milk, tinned fish. Thank you for all your donations, they are very much appreciated.

ST JOSEPH’S 100 CLUB - The club is going to run again for 2019 and if you would like to join, please complete the envelopes available in the porch and enclose your £12 per number donation.  It has been decided to start again from scratch so if you would like a particular number, please write this on the envelope and, if not already allocated, it will be given to you, otherwise you will be given the nearest number available.  The completed envelopes can be handed in to the sacristy or put in the Offertory bags.  We hope to have the first draw of the New Year on the first Sunday of March. 

THANK YOU to all who helped to put the crib and figures away.

ST JOSEPH’S MUSIC GROUP meet this Wednesday 13th February, 19.00 in church, to prepare for Mass on Saturday 16th February at 16.45.  New members most welcome to join us.

Human Trafficking
For a generous welcome of the victims of human trafficking,
of enforced prostitution, and of violence.

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