Anderton St Joseph's       

Anderton St Joseph’s Catholic Church
23rd SEPTEMBER 2018
After leaving the mountain, Jesus and his disciples made their way through Galilee; and He did not want anyone to know, because He was instructing His disciples; He was telling them, “The Son of Man will be delivered into the hands of men; they will put Him to death; and three days after He has been put to death He will rise again.”  But they did not understand what He said and were afraid to ask Him.
They came to Capernaum, and when He was in the house He asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?”  They said nothing because they had been arguing which of them was the greatest.  So He sat down, called the Twelve to Him and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all.”   He then took a little child, set him in front of them, put His arms round him, and said to them, “Anyone who welcomes one of these little children in My name, welcomes Me; and anyone who welcomes Me welcomes not Me but the One who sent Me.”

Sat 16.45Mass – Parishioners
09.00Mass – Louis O’Neil (Birthday Memories)

Mon 24 SeptOur Lady of Walsingham
09.10Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion

Tues 25 Sept      
09.10 Mass – Bernard Kenyon (L.D.)
Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour

Wed 26 Sept Ss Cosmas & Damian
10.00Mass – Mary Hicks (A)

Thurs 27 Sept St Vincent de Paul
09.10Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion

Fri 28 Sept St Wenceslaus, St Laurence Ruiz & Companions
09.10Mass – Craig Scott (L.D.)

Sat 29 Sept SS Michael, Gabriel & Raphael, Archangels
16.00-16.35Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Sat 16.45Mass – Parishioners
09.00Mass – Thomas & Mary Hicks (A)

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.”

“That young people in Africa may have access to education and work in their own countries.”

Recently deceased: Bernard Kenyon (Funeral Director) who died on 16th September.     Funeral arrangements to be advised. ‘Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord ….’

COLLECTIONS: Offertory last week - £409 - and £136 was given for Home Mission day. 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 SVP.

ST JOSEPH’S SCOUT GROUP: The Presentation Evening and AGM will be held in the Upper Room at 7.00 pm on Friday 28th September.  Everyone welcome and refreshments available.

APF RED BOX HOLDERS: We are now entering the final week for the autumn collection.  If your Red Box has not been emptied you can bring it here to church and safely leave it in either the repository or the sacristy for Jennifer (480569) or Kath (483041) to collect. We will ensure it is emptied and returned to you. Thank you.

THE HARVEST FESTIVAL MASS will be held at 09.00 on Sunday 14th October.
Would all those parish groups which usually contribute with displays etc. please note the date – 3 weeks to go!  Thank you.

FR NORBERT KHANGELANI - NYATHI: Thank you Fr Norbert for ministering to us here at St Joseph’s. We wish you a safe journey home to Zimbabwe and remember you and your parish in our prayers.

Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael: The name Michael means, "Who is like unto God?”  It is a challenge to the evil one, with whom Michael did battle, and whom he cast down from heaven into hell.  Gabriel means “the strength of God” or “the warrior of God.”  Raphael means “the healer of God.”

SS Cosmas & Damian:  Early eastern martyrs, doctor saints who treated the poor for their illnesses without charge, and were known as the anargyroi, the moneyless ones. Martyred in Syria in AD 287.  Since early times they have been regarded, together with St. Luke, as the patron saints of physicians, surgeons and pharmacists.

St Vincent de Paul.  Even in his life time, St Vincent became a legend.  Clergy and laity, rich and poor, outcasts and convicts, all experienced his charisma and selfless devotion.  Pope Leo XIII proclaimed him the patron of all charitable associations.  He was the founder of the Lazarists or the Priests of the Mission, and of the Sisters of Charity.  He died A.D. 1660.

OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM:  Walsingham, in Norfolk, has been a place of pilgrimage since medieval times, when travel to Rome and Compostela was virtually impossible.  The original Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, founded in 1061, was destroyed at the Reformation.  Many barren years passed until the Slipper Chapel, a 14th century wayside pilgrim chapel, was restored and pilgrimage to Walsingham began once more.  In 1934, the English Bishops named the Slipper Chapel the Roman Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady.  Many thousands of people have visited the Shrine - some go out of a spiritual need for the atmosphere of peace that seems to emanate from the Chapels, some for aesthetic reasons, whilst others merely stumble across it, nestled away in a secluded Norfolk valley.
The statue is of course a modern one but has been modelled as closely as possible on the medieval statue. Our Lady is depicted in traditional style seated on a simple chair of state with the Child Jesus on her knee. She wears a Saxon crown in token of her ancient queen-ship and carries the lily of purity.
The statue is not remarkable in itself but the sincere attempt to recreate the form of the old statue when the only available evidence came from circular pilgrim medallion is praiseworthy, and the result is pleasing and devotional.
It is a thought-provoking statue with theological implications so typical of the Middle Ages. The Child seems to dominate. It is not so much a statue of the Mother with the Child as a statue of the Child with the Mother in the background. The Child holds the Book of Gospels with one hand and with the other seems to shield his Mother from attack.
In recent years, Our Lady has been depicted frequently as a lonely young girl. Our Lady of Lourdes and Our Lady of Fatima stand alone. Our Lady of Walsingham emphasises her Motherhood and her continual effort to present her Son to the world.
The statue has an importance of its own not only because of its situation at the heart of the National Shrine, but because it is one of the few statues in the world to be crowned in the name of the Pope. The crowning was during a Marian Year, on 15th August 1954, by Archbishop O’Hara, who was to become Apostolic Delegate to Great Britain. At the same time the women of England presented a costly crown of gold and jewels which is placed on the statue at certain times.
The devotion to Our Lady of Walsingham received a further mark of papal approval during the visit to Britain of Pope John Paul II in 1982. The statue was taken from the Slipper Chapel to Wembley Stadium and occupied a place of honour on the altar while the Pope celebrated Mass in the presence of many thousands of people.
Preparing for the rededication of England as the Dowry of Mary, the Slipper Chapel statue will visit every cathedral in England between 2018 and 2020. The Statue has already been to Liverpool in June but will visit Salford Cathedral from 18th - 20th October.  Full details of the programme for that visit can be seen at diocese of

LITTLE CHURCH (for the little children), usually meet during 9.00 am Sunday Mass.

REPOSITORY: Cards for all occasions, Bibles, missals, medals, crucifixes, silver crosses & much more. CHRISTMAS CARDS NOW AVAILABLE.

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.

NORTHERN SCRIPTURE FESTIVAL: A day for Christians to experience the Bible afresh through informative and inspiring talks. It will take place on Saturday 6th October 2018, 10.00 – 16.30, at Salford Cathedral and Cathedral Centre. The registration fee is £5.00 and can be booked by using this address:  A coach will leave St Mary’s Chorley from West Street car park at 08.40. The travel cost is also £5.00 and must be booked in advance with the Pastoral Formation Department on 0151 522 1040 or

CATHOLIC SINGLES is an organisation which helps single Catholics of all ages (over 18 years) meet other single Catholics, either one to one or through social events. For further information visit or tel. 0161 941 3498.

MASS INTENTIONS: there are some vacant dates over the next few weeks if you would like a Mass said for a specific intention. Dedicated envelopes available in the porch or contact the parish secretary on a Wednesday to discuss the availability of dates.

VOCATION DISCERNMENT GROUP: In order to support men who are looking at and exploring the possibility of becoming a Priest there will be a Day of Recollection on Saturday 13th October at St John’s Presbytery, 13 Powell Street, Wigan. WN1 1XL. There will be an opportunity to talk and ask questions of Priests in active service of their Ministry. More information is available from our Vocations Director Fr James Preston, whose contact details are: or 0151 727 2493.

THE ANNUAL PARISH CENSUS will take place, as directed by the Archbishop, over the next 4 weekends starting 22nd& 23rd September.  Would collectors kindly note as usual the number attending each Mass and record on the sheet in the sacristy.  Thank you for your help with this.

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