Anderton St Joseph's       

Anderton St Joseph’s Catholic Church
18th NOVEMBER 2018

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘In those days, after the time of distress, the sun will be darkened, the moon will lose its brightness, the stars will come falling from heaven and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory; then too he will send the angels to gather his chosen from the four winds, from the ends of the world to the ends of heaven.
‘Take the fig tree as a parable: as soon as its twigs grow supple and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. So with you when you see these things happening: know that he is near, at the very gates. I tell you solemnly, before this generation has passed away all these things will have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
‘But as for that day or hour, nobody knows it, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son; no one but the Father.’   [Mark 13:24-32]

Sat 17th   
16.00-16.35Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Sat 16.45Mass – Parishioners
09.00Mass – Pious List

Mon 19th
09.10Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion

Tues 20th       
09.10Mass – Pious List
Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour

Wed 21st The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
10.00Mass – Pious List

Thurs 22nd   St Cecilia, Virgin, Martyr
09.10 Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion

Fri 23rd St Clement I, Pope, Martyr; St Columban, Abbot, Missionary
09.10 Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion

Sat 24thSs Andrew Dũng-Lạc, Priest, and Companions, Vietnamese Martyrs
16.00-16.35Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

(Youth Sunday)
Sat 16.45Mass – Pious List
09.00Mass –  Parishioners

LITTLE CHURCH during 9.00 am Sunday Mass, for the benefit of the little children.

PLEASE NOTE the Eucharistic Service on Wednesday is continuing to be held at 10.00. This week it will be Mass because Fr Marsden has an afternoon Requiem Mass at St Mary’s. No Mass on Friday because he has a Requiem at St Bede’s.

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.”

COLLECTIONS: Offertory last week £397. Many thanks for your support and generosity. Please make any cheques payable to St Joseph’s Anderton (068) Parish A/c. No retiring collection this week but next weekend will be for “Animate Youth”.

DURING NOVEMBER, we traditionally pray and offer Mass for deceased members of our families, friends and so on. Each Mass celebrated during November is designated as being for the Parish November Pious List.

ST JOSEPH’S MUSIC GROUP: Members please note the dates for meetings to prepare for Christmas Liturgies are: -
Wednesday 21st November; Tuesday 11th December; Wednesday 19th December.
All meetings at 7 pm, in church.

PARISH CHRISTMAS LUNCH: Please make your menu choices and pay in full. If you find that you are ill and unable to go let Sheila know immediately. If you need a lift also let Sheila know on 01257475153.

PRESENTATION (ENTRANCE) OF OUR LADY IN THE TEMPLE: This feast dates from the eighth century in the East, and from 1371 in the West.  On this day, we pray that “we too may merit to be brought into the Temple of God’s glory.”  St John Damascene explains the celebration in this way:
“Joachim married Anna, a most excellent and praiseworthy woman.  Once there had lived another Hannah who overcame physical sterility through prayer and a promise to God, and then gave birth to Samuel.  In a similar way, our Anna received from God the future Mother of God through a vow and heartfelt petition. .  [Mary] was born in Joachim’s house near the Probatika [the Sheep Pool in Jerusalem], and was presented in the Temple.  Thereupon, “planted in the house of God” and nurtured by His Spirit, like a fruitful olive tree she flowered forth in every virtue.  From her mind, she drove every worldly or sensual desire; she preserved virginity of soul.
ST JOSEPH’S SCOUT GROUP has applied for a grant from Aviva Insurance but in order to receive the grant we need the community to vote for us. The groups that have the most votes receive the grants and voting closes on 20 November. You can vote online and if you go to the Scout’s website you will find out how this works. Thank you for your help.

St. Mary’s College, Oscott, Birmingham: Rev. Thomas Clarke, from the Parish of St. Charles and Thomas More, Aigburth, is in his sixth year of formation and, with the help of God, will be ordained a priest in his home Parish on 13th July, 2019.
Hugh Dunleavy, from the Parish of St. Alban, Warrington, and Joseph Champion-Williams, from the Parish of St. Wilfrid, Garston, are in their second year of formation.
Peter Ross, from the Parish of St. Margaret Mary, Knotty Ash, is in his first year of formation.
St. John’s College, Wonersh, Guildford: Peter Murphy, from the Parish of St. Marie, Southport, is in his fifth year of formation.
The Pontifical Beda College, Rome: Michael Harwood, from the Parish of Ss. Peter and Paul, Crosby, is in his first year of formation.
The Venerable English College, Rome: Joshua Dixon, from the Parish of St. Agnes, Huyton, will begin his fourth year of formation.
James Finnegan, from the Parish of St. Margaret Mary, Knotty Ash, and Martin Fyles, from the Parish of Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Joseph, Southport, will begin the first year of formation.
Please also pray for those who continue to attend the discernment days and spend time at the House of Discernment. For more information on discerning a call to the Priesthood in the Archdiocese of Liverpool, please contact Fr James Preston (Vocations Director) on 0151 727 2493.

God of all seasons, we thank you for Autumn.  We thank you
for the touch of coolness in the air that gives us a new burst of energy,
for the colouring of trees that shows the creativity of the Divine Artist,
for the falling leaves that reveal the strength of the branches,
for the hues of fields that bring peace to our souls,
for the smiles on pumpkins that bring joy to children,
for the fall harvest which that brings us gratitude for the bounty of our land,
for this change of seasons that reveals the circle of life.
God of all seasons, as you transform the earth, transform us by your Spirit.
Amen   -   Doug Leonhardt, S.J.

O God of Creation, You have blessed us with the changing of the seasons.
As we embrace these autumn months, may the earlier setting of the sun remind us to take time to rest.
May the crunch of the leaves beneath our feet remind us of the brevity of this earthly life.
May the steam of our breath in the cool air remind us that it is You who give us the breath of life.
May the scurrying of the squirrels and the migration of the birds remind us that You call us to follow your will. We praise You for your goodness for ever and for ever. Amen.

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.

REPOSITORY: Cards for all occasions, Bibles, missals, medals, crucifixes, silver crosses & much more. Advent calendars £1.50. Small cribs from £2.50 suitable to hang on the tree or for children’s bedrooms. Christmas cards

Frank, Margaret & Irene Webster wish to express their thanks for all your messages of sympathy, Mass cards and support. Thank you to Fr Marsden, the choir and all who attended the Requiem Mass for Hughie. May God bless you all.

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