Anderton St Joseph's       

Anderton St Joseph’s Catholic Church

3rd MARCH 2019
Jesus told a parable to his disciples. ‘Can one blind man guide another? Surely both will fall into a pit? The disciple is not superior to his teacher; the fully trained disciple will always be like his teacher. Why do you observe the splinter in your brother’s eye and never notice the plank in your own? How can you say to your brother, “Brother, let me take out the splinter that is in your eye,” when you cannot see the plank in your own? Hypocrite! Take the plank out of your own eye first, and then you will see clearly enough to take out the splinter that is in your brother’s eye.
‘There is no sound tree that produces rotten fruit, nor again a rotten tree that produces sound fruit. For every tree can be told by its own fruit: people do not pick figs from thorns, nor gather grapes from brambles. A good man draws what is good from the store of goodness in his heart; a bad man draws what is bad from the store of badness. For a man’s words flow out of what fills his heart.’ Luke 6:39-45

Sat 2nd March   
16.00-16.35Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Sat 16.45Mass – Parishioners
09.00Mass – John & Mary Fearnhead (A)

Mon 4th St Casimir
09.10Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion

Tues 5th
09.10Mass – Eileen Watkins-Jones (L.D.)
Perpetual Succour Novena

10.30Mass & Distribution of Ashes – Mary Critchley (L.D.)

Thurs 7th Ss Perpetua and Felicity, Martyrs
09.10Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion

Fri 8thSt John of God, Religious, St Felix of Dunwich
19.00Mass – Mavis Entwistle (L.D.)
19.30      Stations of the Cross

Sat 9th St Frances of Rome
16.00-16.35Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
16.15 Confessions

Sat 16.45Mass – Maureen Smith (sick)
09.00Mass – Parishioners

Please note: Friday Masses during Lent will be at 19.00 followed by Stations

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

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 £492; given in the Poor Box - £107. 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 the Church Restoration Fund.

CAFOD LENT FAST DAY is Friday 15th March. Collection envelopes available in the church porch and can be used for gift aided donations. Please return the envelopes on the weekend of 16/17 March.
There will be a short talk after Mass next weekend drawing attention to the many in the world living on less than £1.40 per day or who because of climate change, cannot feed their families. Rivers have dried up and their only source of protein, fish, is not there anymore or because of a lack of rainfall to grow crops. Please think with compassion of our brothers and sisters in such situations.  There will be breakfast refreshments after Mass on Sunday 17th March as part of this focus on the work of CAFOD and all are invited to join us.

ST JOSEPH’S DAY TUESDAY 19TH MARCH is our parish feast day. We will have our Solemn Annual Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament that day, after Mass at 09.30 with the school present. Gifts are welcome to defray the cost of flowers, or offerings of a candle in memory of your loved ones or for some special intention.

ASH WEDNESDAY is a day of Fasting and Abstinence. All Catholics from their 14th birthday upwards must abstain from eating meat. All Catholics from their 18th to their 59th birthday should fast, defined as considerably reducing one’s food intake, one main meal and two light meals only. Pastors of souls and parents are to ensure that even those who by reason of their age are not bound by the law of fasting and abstinence, are taught the true meaning of penance

QUOTATIONS ON CRITICISM:   “You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.”  ― Winston Churchill
“Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body; it calls attention to the development of an unhealthy state of things. If it is heeded in time, danger may be averted; if it is suppressed, a fatal distemper may develop." [New Statesman interview, 1939]  ― Winston Churchill
“If we had no faults we should not take so much pleasure in noting those of others.”
― François de La Rochefoucauld, Maxims“
Any fool can criticize, complain, and condemn—and most fools do. But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.”  ― Dale Carnegie,
“Criticism of others is thus an oblique form of self-commendation. We think we make the picture hang straight on our wall by telling our neighbours that all his pictures are crooked.” ― Fulton J. Sheen, Seven Words of Jesus and Mary:
“I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless  approval of the masses.” ― Johannes Kepler
“Be warned: A person content to sit with you and criticize others will speak critically of you out of earshot.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich,
“I've been all over the world and I've never seen a statue of a critic” Leonard Bernstein
“Try to acquire those virtues which you think your brothers lack, and you will no longer see their defects, because you will not have them yourselves” (St Augustine)
“Too many people get credit for being good, when they are only being passive. They are too often praised for being broadminded when they are so broadminded they can never make up their minds about anything.”   ― Fulton J. Sheen
“Once in a golden hour, I cast to earth a seed.
Up there came a flower, The people said, a weed.”  ― Alfred Lord Tennyson
When you gossip about a person, it means that you have removed that person from your heart. But be aware, when you remove a man from your heart, Jesus also goes away from your heart with that man. (St Pio of Pietrelcina)
May Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and have their rights respected.

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.

BAPTISMS: In order to arrange a baptism, please see Fr Marsden after one of the weekend Masses to collect the application form, and discuss what preparation is necessary.

CHORLEY FOODBANK is appealing again for tinned food, pasta, toiletries, UHT milk, tinned fish. Thank you for all your donations, they are very much appreciated.

The club is going to run again for 2019 and if you would like to join, please complete the envelopes available in the porch and enclose your £12 per number donation.  It has been decided to start again from scratch so if you would like a particular number, please write this on the envelope and, if not already allocated, it will be given to you, otherwise you will be given the nearest number available.  The completed envelopes can be handed in to the sacristy or put in the Offertory bags.  We hope to have the first draw of the New Year this Sunday.

FIRST COMMUNION CATECHESIS on Sunday mornings during and after the 09.00 Mass and finishing by 10.45, on the following Sundays: 17th March, 31st March, 28th April, 12th May. Preparation in church thereafter at 13.30 Tuesdays (in school time). The First Communion Mass is on Saturday 18th May at 10.00. (Please note change from June date given previously.)

YOUNGSTERS FROM HOLY CROSS will be speaking to us this Sunday morning at the end of the 09.00 Mass about the forthcoming Animate school mission.

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