Anderton St Joseph's        


                            17TH JANUARY 2021

As John stood with two of his disciples, Jesus passed, and John stared  hard at him and said, ‘Look, there is the Lamb of God.’ Hearing this,
the two disciples  followed Jesus. Jesus turned round, saw them following and said, ‘What do you
want?’ They answered, ‘Rabbi,’ – which means Teacher –’where do you live?’ ‘Come and see’ he replied; so they went and saw where he lived, and stayed with him the
rest of that day. It was about the tenth hour.
One of these two who became followers of Jesus after
hearing what John had said was Andrew, the brother of Simon
Peter. Early next morning, Andrew met his brother and said
to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ – which means the
Christ – and he took Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked hard at him
and said, ‘You are Simon son of John; you are to be called
Cephas’ – meaning Rock. [John 1:35-42]

Sat 17.00 Mass at St Mary’s Chorley
Sun. 10.00 Mass at St Mary’s Chorley
11.30 Mass at St Joseph’s Anderton - Parishioners

Mon 18th Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity begins: 18–25 January
09.30 Funeral Mass – Angela Duffy
followed by cremation at Overdale 11.00.
Tues 19th St Wulfstan of Worcester, bishop (1095)
Wed 20th Ss Fabian and Sebastian, St Alban Roe, OSB, priest and martyr
Thurs 21st St Agnes, Virgin, Martyr
10.00 Mass – John Doran
Fri 22nd St Vincent, Deacon, Martyr
Sat 23rd

Sat. 17.00 Mass at St Mary’s Chorley
Sun.10.00 Mass at St Mary’s Chorley
11.30 Mass at St Joseph’s Anderton - Rosemary Hough (thanksgiving)
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Mass at 12 noon at St Mary’s PR7 2SR

including: Emeritus Pope Benedict, and all at Grove House & Marley Court.

RECENTLY DECEASED: Mary Monaghan (92) mother of Mark, funeral at 10.00 on
Friday 29th January followed by interment in our church cemetery. Also Archbishop
Philip Tartaglia (70) of Glasgow, who died of COVID on St Mungo’s day (13 Jan), and
Fr Reginald Foster OCD (died 25 Dec), who taught Latin in Rome for many years (to
Fr Marsden included), and was the Vatican’s chief Latinist and the world’s greatest
Latin enthusiast!. May he rest in a Latin-singing heaven!


LOCKDOWN: Churches are allowed to stay open for worship provided they follow
the hygiene and social distancing measures. Please make sure you keep at least two
metres away from where others are sitting or walking. Pews have been taped off so
that only every third bench is now available. Please sit with others in your own
“bubble” if at all possible, because the church capacity has been reduced to around
the 40 mark.
Sunday Mass will be kept fairly short: the Gloria, Creed and Bidding Prayers may be
omitted. With the new more infectious strain of the coronavirus threatening, we need
to be extra careful. Pray for God’s protection. If we are legally forced to close, then we
will close, but the newsletter will be available on the website or distributed by hand, or
in the plastic box by the disabled entrance, with newspapers and other literature. It is
worth pointing out that there is no record of a single case of infection being passed on
in the Churches of the Archdiocese.

IF YOU ARE OFFERED THE VACCINE, TAKE IT! The Archbishop has written to all
the priests to make clear that there are no valid moral objections to receiving the
vaccine – whether Pfizer or AstraZeneca or Moderna. The Holy See has also issued a
document to the same effect.
Receiving the vaccine is an act of Christian solidarity: besides protecting yourself, you
are protecting others whom you might otherwise infect, and you are relieving the
burden on the NHS, leaving them free to save somebody else who might become
critically ill. Over 1000/day are dying of COVID. Nobody is dying of the vaccine!
The January 100 club was drawn last Sunday and the winners are as follows. 1st No.
17 Mike Gannon, 2nd No. 66 John Ollerton, 3rd No. 16 Jean Ollerton.

Peace is not merely the absence of war. Nor can it be reduced solely to the
maintenance of a balance of power between enemies. Nor is it brought about by
dictatorship. Instead, it is rightly and appropriately called “an enterprise of justice”
Pope John XXIII, Pacem in Terris #98
“So, we are called to identify the causes of violence, injustice and warfare and
challenge the systems and structures that sustain and maintain them. From violence
in the community to the deathly trade in arms and the continued production and
threatened use of nuclear weapons, all are invited to build peace in a broken world.”
 “Peace results from that harmony built into human society by its divine founder, and
actualized by men as they thirst after ever greater justice”. Gaudium et Spes #78
"Let nothing perturb you, nothing frighten you. All things pass. God does not change.
Patience achieves everything. Whoever has God lacks nothing; God alone suffices."
St Teresa of Avila
Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, not even if your whole world
seems upset. If you find that you have wandered away from the shelter of God, lead
your heart back to Him quietly and simply. St. Francis de Sales
We should love and feel compassion for those who oppose us, since they harm
themselves and do us good, and adorn us with crowns of everlasting glory. St.
Anthony Zaccaria
 “Let us not be justices of the peace, but angels of peace.“ St Therese of Lisieux
“Rest is in Him alone. Man knows no peace in the world but he has no disturbance
when he is with God.” St Bernard of Clairvaux

MASS INTENTIONS: The following intentions are in the Mass book waiting to be
offered: it is more difficult that usual at present fitting in the intentions. Some
duplicates I will send to Fr Serhiy Olijniczuk in Warsaw for him to celebrate.
Thanksgiving (Cronin), Minnie Harris, Roy Smith, SVP, Fearnhead fam., Manley fam.
(thanksg.) John Kerins, Malcolm Wignall (5), Tony Lloyd, Thanksg (LA), Doreen
Smith( 3), Ann-Marie Hartley, Monica Raine, Joseph Robinson, Joe Bailey (7), Priest’s
Int., Florence Mary Jackson, Olive Wilson (3), John & Dorothy Moss, Josie Noblet,
Mary Fearnhead Sp Int., John Doran (2), Kathleen Catterall, Bridie Arthur, William
Phalen, John Phalen, Paddy Phalen, Kathleen Mullen, Simon Mullen, Gr

Joseph's Chorley (262713) if any member of your family is
admitted into Chorley Hospital and needs a visit. Please, by
making a request for the visit, make sure that the ward
staff understand that you would like the RC Chaplain to
come and administer the Sacraments to your loved one,
the ward staff will call the Chaplain on his bleep/phone.
For the chaplaincy service at Royal Preston Hospital please
ring 01772 522435. For the chaplaincy service at Wigan
Infirmary T. 01942 822324.

The St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) would like to thank everyone for their support
and generosity in 2020. We are always in need of new members and please contact
the Sacristy if you would like to help.

Pope Benedict XVI on the Beatitudes (Matt 5) “…this Gospel is rightly considered
the “magna carta” of Christian nonviolence; it does not consist in surrendering to evil
—as claims a false interpretation of ‘turn the other cheek’ but in responding to evil with
good, and thus breaking the chain of injustice. It is thus understood that nonviolence,
for Christians, is not mere tactical behavior but a person’s way of being, the attitude of
one who is convinced of God’s love and power, who is not afraid to confront evil with
the weapons of love and truth alone. Loving the enemy is the nucleus of the ‘Christian
revolution,’ a revolution not based on strategies of economic, political or media power.
The revolution of love, a love that does not base itself definitively in human resources,
but in the gift of God, that is obtained only and unreservedly in his merciful

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. To you God
entrusted his only Son; in you Mary placed her trust; with you Christ became
man. Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father and guide us in the path
of life. Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage, and defend us from every evil.

May the Lord give us the grace to live in full fellowship with our brothers and sisters of
other religions, praying for one another, open to all

Parish Priest: Fr Francis Marsden 
Secretary: Mr Frank Webster

Parish Office: St Joseph’s Presbytery, 28, Bolton Road, Adlington, Chorley PR6 9NA
Tel: 01257- 480237 or 01257- 262537 (St Mary’s Chorley)
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