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FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT 
28th NOVEMBER 2021

 Sat 27th St Catherine Labouré
16.15-16.45 Confessions at the presbytery front door (St Mary’s)
17.00 Vigil Mass at St Mary’s Chorley

 
 Sun 28th
 FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT 
Sun.10.00 Mass at St Mary’s Chorley
11.30 Mass – Pious List

 Mon 29th St Cuthbert Mayne
 Tues 30th ST ANDREW APOSTLE 
10.00 Mass – Pious List 
Wed 1st Dec. SS Edmund Campion, Ralph Sherwin, Alexander Briant, martyrs
10.00 Mass – Joe Bailey
 Thurs 2nd
 Fri 3rd St Francis Xavier, St Birinus 
14.30 Funeral Service - Roger Kellett

 
 Sat 4th St John Damascene, St Osmund of Salisbury
17.00 Vigil Mass at St Mary’s Chorley (Confessions 16.15-16.45)
 

Sun 5th
 SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT St John Almond
Sun.10.00 Mass at St Mary’s Chorley
11.30 Mass – Barry Smith

Masses at St Mary’s Chorley this week: Mon. Tues (funeral), Wed (funeral) Fri. 12.00

PLEASE PRAY FOR ALL THE SICK AND THE HOUSEBOUND
Emeritus Pope Benedict, Fr Barry McAllister, Joan Bailey, Stan Bolton, Francis 
Brennan, Gerard Clarke, John Fearnhead, Mary Fearnhead, Pat Font, Tom Fraser, 
William Freeman, Bob Goulding, Cyril Hodkinson, Cathy Hull, John Kerfoot, Mary 
Johnston, Emma King, Gordon Lee, Paul McBeth, Finton McPeake, Eddie Marsden, 
Fr Laurence Mayne, Ellen Morris, Teresa O’Malia, Heidi O’Neill, Barrie Swift, Alan 
Taylor, Betty Wignall, and all at Grove House & Marley Court.

RECENTLY DECEASED: Roger Kellett (72) of Horwich, previously of Adlington. 
Funeral Service on Fri 3rd Dec. at 14.30 followed by cremation at Overdale. We also 
remember in our prayers the migrants who lost their lives in the English Channel last 
week. Lord have mercy upon their souls. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord…

PASTORAL PLAN FOLLOWING ON FROM ARCHDIOCESAN SYNOD: There are 
explanatory leaflets available at the back of church. There is a Pastoral Letter from 
the Archbishop this weekend. At St Mary’s, Broadfield Drive, Leyland PR25 1PD on 
Saturday 4 December 11.00 - 12.30, there is one of three open meetings for anyone 
to attend who wishes to hear more about the plan. The Leyland meeting is the 
closest. It can also be followed on Zoom. For the link please e-mail: 
communications@rcaol.org.uk

ADVENT PRAYERS
O God of power and mercy, open our hearts in welcome. Remove the things 
that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy, so that we may share his wisdom 
and become one with Him when He comes in glory, for He lives and reigns with 
you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Lord God, we adore you because you have come to us in the past.
You have spoken to us in the Law of Israel.
You have challenged us in the words of the prophets.
You have shown us in Jesus what you are really like.

Lord God, we adore you because you still come to us now.
You come to us through other people and their love and concern for us.
You come to us through men and women who need our help.
You come to us as we worship you with your people.

Lord God, we adore you because you will come to us at the end.
You will be with us at the hour of death.
You will still reign supreme when all human institutions fail.
You will still be God when our history has run its course.

We welcome you, the God who comes.
Come to us now in the power of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Lord Jesus, Master of both the light and the darkness, 
send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.
We who have so much to do and seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day,
We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us.
We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom.
We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence.
We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light.
To you we say, "Come Lord Jesus!' Amen. - Henri J.M. Nouwen

PRAYERS FOR LIGHTING THE ADVENT WREATH CANDLES
First Week: All-powerful God, increase our strength of will for doing good that Christ 
may find an eager welcome at his coming and call us to his side in the kingdom of 
heaven, where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God, forever and 
ever. Amen.

WAKE US UP LORD!
God of Salvation, Wake us up Lord! 
The night is nearly over. Let us begin our Advent journey.
Move us from our lives of greed and selfishness,
From our globalised world of inequality and exploitation,
To your kingdom of righteousness and mercy.
To a transformed world, where peace is built on understanding not weapons,
The poor are empowered to live their lives to the full,
Businesses are built on need not greed And your Creation is nurtured not abused.
Wake us up Lord! Let us live as people of the light. Amen. - Sue Cooper/CAFOD

ADVENTUS
With expectant waiting we anticipate your coming.
Come close to us, Lord, come very close.
Come, Alpha and Omega, who is from before the ages.
Come, Son of Joseph and Son of Mary, 
who went down to Nazareth to be obedient to them.
Come, Morning Star, who named the stars.
Come, carpenter from Nazareth, who knows the smell of planed wood.
Come, Beloved Son of God, who knows the heart of God.
Come, Son of Man, who knows the hearts of God’s people.
Come, Lord of Life and Prince of Peace. Come, Dayspring and Rising Sun.
Come, Wonderful Counsellor. Come, Emmanuel, God with us;
God very close to us. Amen. Ged Johnson/CAFOD

LOURDES 2022; A Lourdes Poster is displayed on the main notice board. Please 
take a look. Further information is available from animateyouth.org Coach 5 which 
covers Chorley, Leyland and Penwortham is low on numbers this year. If you would 
like the beautiful experience of Lourdes and would like more information, please 
contact the parish office. There is still time to book a place.

The REPOSITORY now has an excellent selection of CHRISTMAS CARDS and 
please support St Josephs by purchasing them from here and also take advantage of 
the many gift items which are also available.

CHORLEY AND PRESTON HOSPITALS: Please contact St 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 YEAR OF ST JOSEPH comes to an end on 8th December. We pray to St Joseph
to watch over us, over those whom we love and care for, over our parish and 
parishioners and those who are sick and dying. We pray to St Joseph as Protector of 
the Holy Church of God.

 
CHRISTMAS MASSES: There will be our usual Christmas Eve Vigil Mass at St 
Joseph's this year at 17.00 hours. As restrictions are still in place in church, it has 
been decided that tickets will be issued to restrict over-crowding.
Entry will be by ticket only and tickets will be available after Sunday Mass throughout 
Advent starting this Sunday 28th November.
Your ticket will give you a bench number and the number of seats you have booked 
will be written on. Masks must be worn in church. 
To limit the amount of time spent in church, please do not arrive too early.
Christmas Day Mass will be at 11.30 and tickets are not required.

CORONAVIRUS: 538 people in Chorley (rate 448/100,000) tested positive for 
COVID in the seven days up to November 20th. Get vaccinated. Get the booster. 
Listen to the medics and scientists, less to the politicians!

 
MARGARET WARREN AND FAMILY would like to thank all 
those who sent expressions of sympathy at the time of 
their sad loss of Peter, a dear husband , father and 
grandad. Our thanks to Father Marsden for a lovely 
Funeral Mass .

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTION FOR DECEMBER 
Let us pray for catechists, summoned to announce the Word of God. May they be its
witnesses, with courage and creativity and in the power of the Holy Spirit​




Parish Priest: Fr Francis Marsden
Secretary: Mr Frank Webster

 Parish Office: St Joseph’s Presbytery, 28, Bolton Road, Adlington, Chorley PR6 9NA
                                                      Wed. 10.00-13.00
                      Tel: 01257- 480237 or 01257- 262537 (St Mary’s Chorley​

  E-mail: stjosephs.anderton@tiscali.co.uk
  Parish Website: www.stjosephsanderton.com

  LIVERPOOL ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESAN TRUSTEES INC Registered Charity No.232709​









































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