Anderton St Joseph's       

Anderton St Joseph’s Catholic Church

15th July 2018
Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out in pairs giving them authority over the unclean spirits.  And he instructed them to take nothing for the journey except a staff - no bread, no haversack, no coppers for their purses.  They were to wear sandals but, he added, "Do not take a spare tunic."  And he said to them, "If you enter a house anywhere, stay there until you leave the district.  And if any place does not welcome you and people refuse to listen to you, as you walk away shake off the dust from under your feet as a sign to them."  So they set off to preach repentance; and they cast out many devils, and anointed many sick people with oil and cured them.

Sat 16.45Mass – Gregory Mullen (A)
09.00Mass – Parishioners

Mon 16thOur Lady of Mount Carmel
09.10Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion
18.30Mass for school leavers (Year 6) – in school

Tues 17th
09.10 Mass – Monte Bramford (Thanksgiving)
Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour

Wed 18th
10.00Mass – Doreen Smith (Birthday Blessings)

Thurs 19th
09.10Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion

Fri 20thSt Apollinaris
09.10   Mass – Francs Southworth, Jane Winstanley, Catherine Tootell&Joseph Drinkwater (Foundation Mass)

Sat 21st St Lawrence of Brindisi
16.00-16.35Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Sat 16.45Mass – Parishioners
09.00Mass – Stephen Hill (sick)

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 - 1st July - £355; 8th July - £413; Restoration Fund - £136; Peter’s Pence - £95. Many thanks for your constant support and generosity. Retiring collections: this weekend SVP and then no retiring collections until 2nd August. Cheques for the parish should be payable to: St Joseph’s Anderton (068) Parish a/c.

LITTLE CHURCH – no meeting today, 15th, due to Ironman.  Then no meetings over the summer until the Autumn term starts in September.

INFORMATION FOR COUPLES GETTING MARRIED IN 2019 -  Please make arrangements on the link at the end of this item to complete the mandatory wedding preparation course which is run by the Archdiocese of Liverpool.
After you have completed the course, you will receive a certificate which must go into your wedding documents.
Please make arrangements to see Fr Marsden after you have completed the course.
Please book a course of your date choice from the following dates 20thOctober (14 places still available) or 17th November (17 places still available) at

RESTORED LIVES – recovery from Divorce & Separation – this course is a series of 6 meetings starting on 19th September 2018 for any person affected by the end of a serious relationship whether separated, going through a divorce or already divorced either recently or at any time in the past.  Organised by the Marriage & Family Life Ministry of our Archdiocese, the course is free, confidential, informative and affirming. If you are interested please contact Maureen O’Brien (07967 753371) or Jacqui Sellek (07793 825815) for full details.

ON MONDAY 23rd JULY, a Mass of Thanksgiving will be held at St Mary’s, Chorley for Fr Patsy Foley who is leaving the Chorley area for a new appointment in Southport. This will be an opportunity to thank him for his time with us and wish him well for the future.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: An Administrator to undertake financial and administrative support for 8 hours per week is sought for St Bede’s Parish, Clayton Green. If you are interested please contact Fr Marsden for further information.

“That priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in their friendship with their brother priests.”

Reflection on today’s Gospel

That Christ the Son of God could have spread his Gospel of peace and love, his message of eternal salvation, to the whole world without human help need not be proved.  He could, for instance, have written the Gospel in the sky, over each country in its own language.  He could have gone to every part of the earth, after his resurrection, and taught his doctrine to all peoples, confirming his words with extraordinary miracles.  Yet he chose the weaker but the more human way of evangelizing men - he sent their own fellowmen to bring them the message.  This choice showed his divine love and understanding of weak human nature, much better and much more effectively than the use of any of the supernatural means which he could have employed.
God, and Christ is God, gave man the gift that we call free will.  Man is able to choose between alternatives.  God wants man to choose heaven as his eternal home, but he wants him to choose it without compulsion or coercion.  He will have volunteers in heaven not conscripts.  The man who chooses heaven must choose the means for going there.  If you choose a holiday resort for your summer vacation, you must buy travel tickets, book a hotel and save up the expenses necessary for the holiday.  By appointing mortal men to bring the news of salvation, the news of heaven, and the means of getting there to all of us, Christ has given us the chance of exercising our freewill and therefore of meriting heaven.  Refusal to accept would hardly be possible if Christ informed us miraculously or taught us in person.  If some extraordinary individual could persist in refusing, his refusal would be utterly inexcusable. God's mercy and love can reach into the darkest corners and produce fruit from the most unlikely and apparently most neglected of orchards.
While we thank God from our hearts today for having been put on the road to heaven, let us remember in our prayers our fellowmen, God's other children, who are trudging along through the fields and hedges.  May God continue to show his mercy and divine understanding toward them!


Heavenly Father, You have mercifully allowed human beings to have periods of rest and recuperation on our long journey through life.  This is our extended period of rest – our vacation from the usual cares of everyday life, and our time to be renewed, physically, mentally and spiritually.
Grant that this holiday will bring us a new awareness of the good things in life, an increased appreciation of Your wonderful and versatile creativity, delightful travel through fascinating places, and genuine leisure to revitalise us. Keep us ever mindful of You and of our true goals in life.  Bring us safely back to carry out our daily tasks with cheerfulness and good will, and to the best of our strength and ability.

LITTLE CHURCH during 9.00 am Sunday Mass, for the benefit of the little children – no meeting on 15th July and then no meetings during the summer until school starts again in September.

REPOSITORY: Cards for all occasions including First Holy Communions, Directories, Missals, medals, crucifixes, silver crosses & much more. Orders taken for First Holy Communion Gifts – please call in at the Repository to see what is available.  Prayer cards for St Peregrine (Patron Saint of cancer sufferers).

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.

THE UPPER ROOM is available to hire for all your meetings, functions, parties etc.

PLEASE REMEMBER the Poor Box in the porch. Your donations are put to good use!

CHORLEY FOOD BANK – donations may be left in the porch for onward transport to Chorley.

ANNUAL SVP MASS & TEA PARTY WITH THE SICK & HOUSEBOUND will take place this year on Wednesday 25th July.  Mass will be at 12.00 noon with the Sacrament of the Sick for all who wish to be anointed.  Afterwards there will be light refreshments in a marquee on the old school yard.  Members of the SVP are organising the day and they will be grateful to receive help providing refreshments etc.  Any offers to bake some cakes for the day would be much appreciated, as would any donations of small gifts for a raffle.
All parishioners are invited to attend, just add your name(s) to the list in the porch if you would like refreshments, then we know how many to cater for.

ST JOSEPH’S 100 CLUB – winners in the July draw were: £25 – Mr & Mrs K. Turner (21); £15 – Mary Fearnhead (18); £10 – Hilary Drinkwater (44).

THE SVP wish to thank Maureen Cooper for a generous donation of £50 to their funds and also for the gift of the hats for premature babies which have now found a home.

SPONSORED NIGHT CLIMB OF SKIDDAW - many thanks from Diane Simpson for your support.

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