S t Joseph’s Catholic Church,
FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT
18th FEBRUARY 2024
LENT SUNDAY I (p.148)
10.00 Mass at St Mary’s Chorley
11.30 Mass – Edward & Florence Jackson
12.30 Baptisms – Peter Brownhill
10.00 Mass – John Campbell (LD)
10.30 Meditation Group
St Robert Southwell, SJ, priest and martyr
The See of St Peter the Apostle
St Polycarp, St Milburga of Wenlock virgin and abbess (715)
10.00 Mass –
10.30 Stations of the Cross
Sat 24th Saint Ethelbert, king of Kent
16.15 Confessions at St Mary’s
17.00 Vigil Mass of Sunday at St Mary’s
Sun 25th SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT (p.151)
10.00 Mass at St Mary’s Chorley
11.30 Mass –
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK AND THE HOUSEBOUND: Joan Bailey, Francis Brennan, Anne Byrne, Mary Patricia Case, Gerard Clarke, Leo Duffy, Clare Edwards, John Fearnhead, Pat Font, Tom Fraser, William Freeman, Bob Goulding, Rosemary Hough, Cathy Hull, Mary Johnston, Archbishop Emeritus Patrick Kelly, John Kerfoot, Bill King, Emma King, Fr Barry McAllister, Val McGlade, Janet McGowan, Fintan McPeake, Fr Laurence Mayne, Fr Roman Mirchuk, Ellen Morris, Irene O'Neil, Heidi O’Neill, Barrie Swift, Sylvia Walsh, Jean White, Betty Wignall, all at
Grove House & Marley Court.
RETIRING COLLECTIONS: Sun 25th CAFOD Family Fast Day collection. The CAFOD envelopes are available this weekend.
LENT – STATIONS OF THE CROSS at St Joseph’s will be on Friday mornings after the 10.00 Mass at about 10.25. Please make the effort to attend. There will be a Holy Hour each Sunday afternoon at St Mary’s at 15.00, with Evening Prayer and Benediction about 15.40
IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE NEXT FEW MONTHS 2024
St Joseph: Tues 19th March – Annual Exposition
Palm Sunday and start of Holy Week: 24th March
Easter Sunday: 31st March
Ascension of the Lord: 9th May Pentecost: 19th May
Corpus Christi: 2nd June First Holy Communions: Sat. 8th June
BAPTISM DATES: 18th February,17 March, 28 April, 26 May, 30 June
ON THIS SUNDAY’S GOSPEL Today we read about Jesus being tempted by Satan in the wilderness. It reminds me of this story of three junior devils coming before Satan as they prepared to visit earth, in order to destroy people's souls. The first junior devil said that he would like to try to trick us by telling that there is 'no heaven'. Satan replied that people have a natural hope and that this lie would not work very well.
The next one stepped up and said that he would try to convince people that there is 'no hell'. The devil responded that this wouldn't work either because every person has a conscience which warns them of hell, so he told the junior devil that this strategy couldn't fool them for very long.
The last demon offered his deception by simply stating that he would whisper to people that 'there is no need to hurry'… Satan loved this plan!
The devil knows that we love to put things off. We will start committing tomorrow, we will go to holy Mass next week, we will help the homeless when it is summer and warmer out there, etc… But if we procrastinate in little things, then we will delay the more important things too… And certainly for our spiritual lives this would be dangerous.
C.S Lewis puts it beautifully: like motoring, don't wait until the last moment before putting on the brakes but put them on gently and quietly while the danger is a good way off…
QUOTATIONS: This generation, and many others, have been led to believe that the devil is a myth, a figure, an idea, the idea of evil… But the devil exists and we must fight against him. Pope Francis
Fly from bad companions as from the bite of a poisonous snake.
The principle trap that the devil sets for young people is idleness.
When tempted, invoke your Angel. He is more eager to help you than you are to be helped! Ignore the devil and do not be afraid of him: He trembles and flees at the sight of your Guardian Angel. St John Bosco
Always be doing something worthwhile; then the devil will always find you busy. St Jerome
Idleness is the enemy of the soul. St Anselm
Satan always tempts the pure – the others are already his Archbishop Fulton Sheen
Let the enemy rage at the gate; let him knock, pound, scream, howl; let him do his worst. We know for certain that he cannot enter our soul except by the door of our consent. St Francis de Sales
The devil is like a rabid dog tied to a chain; beyond the length of the chain he cannot seize anyone. And you: keep at a distance. If you approach too near, you let yourself be caught. Remember that the devil has only one door by which to enter the soul: the will.
St Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)
One who has the habit of unclean speech is a person whose lips are but an opening and a supply pipe which hell uses to vomit its impurities upon the earth. St John Vianney
Just as the commander of an army pitches his camp, studies the strength and defences of a fortress, and then attacks it on its weakest side, in like manner, the enemy of our human nature studies from all sides our theological, cardinal, and moral virtues.
Wherever he finds us weakest and most in need regarding our eternal salvation, he attacks and tries to take us by storm. St Ignatius of Loyola
Our enemy, the devil, who fights with us in order to vanquish us, seeks to disunite us in our houses, and to breed quarrels, dislikes, contests and rivalries because while we are fighting with each other, he comes and conquers us and makes us more securely his own. St Philip Neri
CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY notice: Your donations on CAFOD Family Fast Day this Lent will help people like James a fisherman in Liberia with resources, tools and training to feed their families for good. Give today using the envelope or online at cafod.org.uk
and please join us in praying with James that our sisters and brothers around the world have what they need to feed their families.
THE BIG LENT WALK - from Wednesday 14 February. This Lent, CAFOD are calling all Catholics to walk 200km in 40 days to help fight Global Poverty. The Big Lent Walk makes it simple to put your faith into action this Lenten season by connecting with your local and global community in a meaningful way. Whether you take part as an individual, school or parish community group, the money you raise will enable people around
the world to fight poverty.
Lent is a time of profound truth, which brings conversion, restores hope and, by putting everything back in its proper place, brings peace and optimism.
Christians, called by the Church to prayer, penance, fasting and self-sacrifice, place themselves before God and recognize themselves; they rediscover themselves. Pope St John Paul II
The word “Lent” comes from the Anglo-Saxon lencten, which means “springtime” – the time of year when the days lengthen. Like Spring, Lent is a time of renewal and growth
— spiritual, relational, personal — in the lead-up to the “new life” of Easter
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. In urgent situations or emergency please ask the ward staff to call the duty Chaplain on his bleep/phone. For the chaplaincy at Royal Preston Hospital please ring
01772 522435. For the chaplaincy service at Wigan Infirmary T. 01942 822324.
Residents living at Buckshaw Retirement Village, who require Holy Communion at home, please contact Euxton St Mary’s on 262655, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
'ANOTHER FIFTY CATHOLIC CHURCHES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE' TALK BY ELENA CURTI - Sat 24 Feb 11:00 Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King,
Mount Pleasant Liverpool L3 5TQ Cathedral Friends will be hosting a talk on 'Another Fifty Churches to See Before You Die.' by Elena Curti in the Gibberd Room. Tickets, which are limited, are £12 to include refreshments, a chance to meet the author and to purchase her book at a reduced rate. Please purchase tickets using the link below. Any
queries please contact Claire Hanlon at email@example.com
There is AN ALPHA COURSE taking place at ST PAUL’S. Tuesdays at 19.30 from 30 Jan. “I went along last night as a refresher, and it was very thought provoking indeed.
Ideal opportunity too for anybody wanting to join the Church and curious to learn the basics about Christianity.” (Linda Hoole) There are some information leaflets too in our church porch. “A series of conversations exploring the Christian Faith in an open and friendly environment. All welcome. Invite your friends and family. Good things are better
TWO YEARS OF WAR: Saturday 24th February marks a terrible anniversary. Two years from the day that Muscovite dictator Putin sent his tanks rolling into Ukraine to capture Kyiv within three days. An unprovoked and barbarous attack upon a peaceful independent nation. Since then, Russian cruelty, destructiveness, lies and complete
absence of respect for human life (including that of their own soldiers) has been plain for all the world to see. At the present, Moscow is trying to undermine western support for Ukraine through black propaganda and social media.
Chorley and District Support for Ukraine – Sat.24th Demonstration of Solidarity, Market Walk, Saturday 10.00 - 12.00
Holy Mass will be offered for the suffering Ukrainian people at 17.00 on
Saturday 24th February at St Mary’s. There will be a special service of Prayers for Ukraine at 18.15 on Monday 26th February at St Lawrence’s Chorley – an opportunity for reflection and for our community to come together in solidarity to offer prayer for those who are suffering, those who are fighting, those who are offering support, and naturally it will be a time to pray for a just peace.
Parish Priest: Fr Francis Marsden.
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)
Parish Website: www.stjosephsanderton.com
ARCHDIOCESE OF LIVERPOOL Registered Charity No. 1199714