Anderton St Joseph's        


16th June 2019

Jesus said: ‘I still have many things to say to you but they would be too much for you now. But when the Spirit of truth comes he will lead you to the complete truth, since he will not be speaking as from himself but will say only what he has learnt; and he will tell you of the things to come He will glorify me, since all he tells you will be taken from what is mine Everything the Father has is mine; that is why I said: All he tells you will be taken from what is mine.’

Sat 15th
16.00-16.35Exposition of the Blessed 

Sat 16.45Mass – Parishioners
09.00Mass – Diane Simpson

Mon 17th  
09.10Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion 

Tues 18th
09.10Mass – Rosemary Hough (Thanksgiving)
Perpetual Succour Novena
Wed 19th St Romuald 
10.00Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion

Thurs 20thSt Alban, SS Julius and Aaron
09.10Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion

Fri 21stSt Aloysius Gonzaga 
09.10Mass – Valerie Walkden

Sat 22ndSt John Fisher and St Thomas More 
16.00-16.35Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
16.15 – 16.30Confessions 

Sun 23rd CORPUS CHRISTI (p.85)
Sat 16.45Vigil Mass – Mgt Mary and Mgt Winifred Morton
09.00Mass – Parishioners
16.00Holy Hour, Evening Prayer and Benediction (St Mary’s) 

LITTLE CHURCH during 09.00 Sunday Mass, for the benefit of the younger children. 

COLLECTIONS: Offertory £411 plus £213 for the Church Restoration Fund; We do need to repair corroded stonework on the west face of the church, near the rose window. Many thanks for your support and generosity. Any cheques for the parish should be made payable to St Joseph’s Anderton (068) Parish a/c. Retiring collection for Day for Life this weekend.

MUSIC GROUP PRACTICE will be on Wednesday 19th June and Wednesday 26th June 7pm prompt for family Mass Saturday 29th June. Everyone welcome. 

Due to unforeseen developments, Fr George Joseph Cheeramkuzhy has had to take some leave. For a period the Archbishop has asked Canon Peter Stanley (St Joseph’s Harpers Lane) to look after St Chad’s parish, South Hill, and Fr Graeme Dunne (St Gregory’s Weld Bank) will be serving St Bede’s, Clayton Green.

To enable these two priests to cover these two extra parishes, some Masses have to be cancelled. From next weekend the changes will take place:  
Sat 16.30 at St Chad’s cancelled. Sun 09.00 at St Chad’s will move to 10.30 am 
Sun. 10.30 at St Joseph’s Harpers Lane cancelled
Sun. 11.00 at St Bede’s cancelled. The Sat 18.30 Mass remains but no Sunday Mass. 
Sun 18.30 At St Gregory’s Weld Bank cancelled. 

With one priest in the deanery at 89, and another at 78, we need to be able to cover for unforeseen events, illnesses, absences and holidays, so there will be further alterations shortly throughout the deanery. 

For some years we have relied on summer supply priests who are studying in Rome or European universities, who come to the Archdiocese for two months in the summer to do several supplies. The Home Office has altered its regulations and is now demanding that these priests have a three year Minister of Religion Tier 2 visa costing the priest £640 each, costing the parish £199 and also c.£1490 in medical insurance, instead of the less demanding Religious Workers’ Tier 5 visa costing just £245. It is clearly not economic to pay £2300 in government fees for a three week supply, before paying the supply priest himself any money. If we end up with a No Deal Brexit, or possibly any Brexit, it will additionally become much more difficult to invite Polish priests to supply here in summer, and parishes may simply have to close while the priests, who are already beyond normal retirement age, take a couple of weeks’ break.  

You are going to have to get used to travelling to neighbouring churches for Mass, when no priest is available. The shortage of priestly vocations is now biting. Five priests in the deanery are over 65, the other three are aged 57 - 64. God would give us vocations if more people were faithful to attending Sunday Mass. There are no spare priests in the Archdiocese. It is pointless expecting the Archbishop magically to conjure up priests out of thin air. 

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.

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. For the chaplaincy service at Wigan Infirmary please ring 01942 822324.

Food for body, mind and soul!
Sunday 14th July 2pm to 6pm at St Gregory's Gardens, Church House and Church, Weldbank.
Put this in your diary, as we prepare a Synod2020 celebration for our whole Chorley Pastoral Area family – grandparents, parents, kids, friends and neighbours. Bring them ALL! Let’s have Sunday Lunch together!
Bring your garden table, chairs and blankets and your favourite food and drink or enjoy our BBQ burgers. Free Bouncy Castle and games for the kids.
Free workshops for the adults. Lots of Stalls.
And entrance is FREE! More details to follow!
May priests, through the modesty and humility of their lives, commit themselves to an active solidarity with the poorest.

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