Anderton St Joseph's        

17th SEPTEMBER 2023

 Sat 16th
 Ss Cornelius and Cyprian, St Edith of Wilton
17.00 Vigil Mass – St Mary’s Chorley

10.00 Mass at St Mary’s Chorley 
11.30 Mass – Sandra Smith

 Mon 18h
15.00 Funeral Mass – Peter Joseph Moore
Followed by interment in the parish graveyard
 Tues 19th St Theodore of Canterbury, St Januarius 
10.00 Mass - Joan Anderton. Perpetual Succour Novena 
 Wed 20th St Andrew Kim-Taegon and Korean martyrs 
 Thurs 21st St Matthew, Apostle
 Fri 22nd
10.00 Mass - Henry and Mary Agnes Kellett (F) 
 Sat 23rd St Pius of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)
17.00 Vigil Mass – St Mary’s Chorley 

10.00 Mass at St Mary’s Chorley
11.30 Mass – Jerome Critchley 90th birthday

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK AND THE HOUSEBOUND: Joan Bailey, Doreen Banister, Francis Brennan, Anne Byrne, John Campbell, Gerard Clarke, Alison Critchley, Leo Duffy, John Fearnhead, Mary Fearnhead, Pat Font, Tom Fraser, William Freeman, Bob Goulding, Rosemary Hough, Cathy Hull, Archbishop Emeritus Patrick Kelly, John Kerfoot, Shirley King, Mary Johnston, Emma King, Fr Barry McAllister, Val McGlade, Janet McGowan, Fintan McPeake, Fr Laurence Mayne, Fr Roman Myrchuk, 
Ellen Morris, Irene O'Neil, Heidi O’Neill, Barrie Swift, Sylvia Walsh, Jean White, Betty Wignall, Grove House & Marley Court. 

RECENTLY DECEASED: Peter Joseph Moore (62) died on 5th September 2023 after a long illness. Son of Joseph and Irene Moore, he leaves a sister Irene and sons Francis and Elliott. The funeral Mass is this Monday afternoon followed by burial in the cemetery. Canon John Kevin Kenny (Salford diocese), ordained 1965, long time parish priest of Pleasington Priory (St Mary & St John the Baptist) died on 15th September. 
May they rest in peace.


RETIRING COLLECTIONS: This weekend for Home Mission Sunday. Next weekend (24th) for the SVP. 

MARY, MOTHER OF GOD, we ask you to intercede for the people of Ukraine, to whom you appeared at Zarvanytsya, Hrushiw and elsewhere. We pray for their government, their military, and all who suffer as a result of this war. Be with them as you stood beside your Son, suffering on the Cross at Calvary. Give them strength and courage through faith, hope and justice. Convict those who govern the aggressor state of the 
wickedness and immorality of their actions, that they may repent and withdraw their troops. May we, in our turn, support the Ukrainian people through prayer and generosity, that human lives may be saved, the injured may be healed, the dead may rest in peace, and a just peace may ensue. Amen. 

WELCOME MASS FOR THE RELICS OF THE SCOTTISH SAINTS – St Columba, St Andrew and St Margaret - LIVERPOOL METROPOLITAN CATHEDRAL Monday 18th September 2023, 17.00-19.00. Our celebrant for this service will be Bishop Tom Neylon. Following the Mass, the Cathedral will remain open until 7pm. The Relics of the Scottish Saints will remain in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel until their departure after the 12.15 Mass on Thursday 21st September.

Thursday 12th October 2023, 19.30 – 21.30 Tickets priced at £25 are now on sale at For group bookings call 07860 129589 or email

Today’s society does not pray. That is why it is falling apart.
Prayer is the best weapon we possess, the key that opens the heart of God.
Pray, hope and don't worry. Worry is useless. Our Merciful Lord will listen to your prayer.
Endeavor to unite the simplicity of children with the prudence of adults.
Do not be so given to the activity of Martha as to forget the silence of Mary. May the Virgin who so well reconciled the one with the other be your sweet model and inspiration.
It would be easier for the world to exist without the sun than without the Holy Mass.
A thousand years of enjoying human glory is not worth even an hour spent sweetly communing with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
In the spiritual life he who does not advance goes backward. It happens as with a boat which always must go ahead. If it stands still the wind will blow it back.
You must speak to Jesus also with the heart, besides the lips; indeed, in certain cases you must speak to him only with the heart.
We must always have courage, and if some spiritual languor comes upon us, let us run to the feet of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, and let us place ourselves in the midst of the heavenly perfumes, and we will undoubtedly regain our strength.
Have you not for some time loved the Lord? Do you not love him now? Do you not long to love him forever? Therefore, do not fear! Even conceded that you had committed all the sins of this world, Jesus repeats to you, ‘Many sins are forgiven thee because thou hast loved much!’
God loves man with an infinite love and when he punishes he does so with reverence, almost fearing to hurt.
God “absolutely cannot reject the sincere desire to love him.”
My past, O Lord, to your Mercy; my present, to your Love; my future, to your Providence!
Kneel down and render the tribute of your presence and devotion to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Confide all your needs to him, along with those of others. Speak to him with filial abandonment, give free rein to your heart, and give him complete freedom to work in you as he thinks best.
Do not worry over things that generate preoccupation, derangement and anxiety. One thing only is necessary: to lift up your spirit and love God.
Where there is no obedience, there is no virtue; there is neither goodness nor love. And where there is no love, there is no God. Without God, we cannot reach Heaven. These virtues form a ladder; if a step is missing, we fall down.
To fail in charity is like wounding God in the pupil of his eye. What is more delicate than the pupil of the eye? To fail in charity is like failing against nature.
Temptations, discouragement and unrest are the wares offered by the enemy. Remember this: if the devil makes noise it is a sign that he is still outside and not yet within.
That which must terrify us is his peace and concord with the human soul.
The demon has only one door by which to enter into our soul: the will; there are no secret doors. No sin is a sin if not committed with the will. When there is no action of the will, there is no sin, but only human weakness.
That which comes from Satan begins with calmness and ends in storm, indifference and apathy.
The field of battle between God and Satan is the human soul. It is in the soul that the battle rages every moment of life. The soul must give free access to the Lord so that it be fortified by him in every respect and with all kinds of weapons; that his light may enlighten it to combat the darkness of error; that it be clothed with Jesus Christ, with his justice, truth, the shield of faith, the word of God, in order to conquer such powerful enemies. To be clothed with Jesus Christ it is necessary to die to oneself.
Do not fear. Jesus is more powerful than all hell. At the invocation of his name every knee in heaven, on earth and in hell must bend before Jesus; this is a consolation for the good and terror for evil. 

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 at Royal Preston Hospital please ring 01772 522435. For the chaplaincy service at Wigan Infirmary T. 01942 822324. 

ALPHA COURSE: began on Thursday 14th September at 19.00 at St Bede’s Parish Centre in Clayton Green PR6 7EB, and will continue to meet every Thursday. Please pass on this information to family members and friends who might be interested in coming along. For further information or to register your interest, please contact either Sister Dorothy (07530 238222 or or Julie (07943 874257 or )

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:
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