Anderton St Joseph's       


26th MARCH 2017


CONFESSIONS – Saturday 4.15 pm – 5.15 pm & after all Masses during Lent

               (LAETARE SUNDAY)
Sat 5.30 pmHoly Mass – Parishioners
9.30 am   Holy Mass – Colin Hill (A)
WeekdaysMorning Prayer 20 minutes before Mass.   Rosary afterwards, except Wednesday when the Divine Mercy Chaplet will be recited.

Mon 27 Mar
9.30 am  Holy Mass (with Class 3) –
          Charles Henry & Frances Stonor (Foundation Mass)
Tue 28 Mar
9.10 am   Holy Mass – William Phalen (A)
Wed 29 Mar
9.10 am    Holy Mass – Mary Hicks
Thurs 30 Mar
9.15 am Requiem Mass – William Fairbrother
Fri 31 Mar
11.30 amStations of the Cross
12.00 noon Holy Mass –  Alice Edwards’ Intentions

Sat 1 Apr
9.10 amHoly Mass (Extraordinary Form) – Special                                                                              Intention
4.15 pm – 5.15 pm Confessions

Sat 5.30 pmHoly Mass – Helen Hodkinson
                                                  (80th Birthday Blessings)
9.30 amHoly Mass – Parishioners


Please pray for Pope Benedict,all the sick and housebound of the parish.
"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."

Recently deceased: William Fairbrother, whose Requiem Mass will be here at St Joseph’s on Thursday, 30th March at 9.15 am. ‘Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord …’

OFFERTORY COLLECTION last weekend was £459. A further amount of £105 has been donated for CAFOD. Many thanks for your support and generosity.
Cheques for any monies given to the parish should be made payable to: St Joseph’s Parish Account (068). The CAFOD collection will remain open for another week for any further donations. Next weekend the retiring collection will be for the Restoration Fund.

FAITH ENQUIRY GROUP: Anyone interested in wishing to find out more about becoming a Catholic, please contact Fr O’Shea.

ST JOSEPH’S MUSIC GROUP - practice on Wednesday 29th March at 7.00 pm, in church, to prepare for the Easter Liturgy.  New members always welcome to join us.  Please come along to the practice.

VEILING OF CRUCIFIXES & STATUES IN CHURCH: Help to carry out this task at the end of this week would be much appreciated.  Please meet after Mass on Friday the 31st.  People able to climb ladders most welcome! Crosses remain veiled until the end of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday and statues until the beginning of the Easter Vigil.

LENTEN EVENING OF RECOLLECTION FOR MEN - Tuesday 4 April 2017, 7.00pm - 9.00pm here in St Joseph's. The evening starts at 7.00 pm and includes a meditation given by Fr O'Shea, a guided examination of conscience with time for individual confessions, Holy Rosary, a second meditation, and ends with Benediction. Tea and coffee will then be provided at about 8.45pm. There is no charge for the evening.
Further information from Robert Aston:
Telephone 01204 468896 or e-mail:

A PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA with the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, presided over by H.E. Cardinal Burke, for the centenary of the Apparitions, will take place from Wednesday 1st to Saturday 4th November 2017. If you would like to join the pilgrimage, the cost is £480 per person, including return flights Manchester/Lisbon, 3 nights in an hotel, most meals, and some sightseeing (Lisbon & Sr Lucy’s convent in Coimbra). Bookings should be made by 30th April with a deposit of £150, and the balance of £330 will need to be paid by 30th June.
For further information and booking, contact Canon Poucin de Wouilt by telephone on 01772 739367 or by email:

TODAY IS LAETARE SUNDAY: ‘Laetare’ means ‘Rejoice’ and is taken from the first word of the Introit in the Latin Mass.  Laetare Sunday offers us a break in the midst of Lenten observance.  We are soon to rise again with Jesus through confession and Easter Communion.
Mothering Sunday is also celebrated today, the fourth Sunday of Lent, and is often called "Mother’s Day".  Traditionally, it was a day when children, mainly daughters, who had gone to work as domestic servants, were given a day off to visit their mother and family.  Today it is a day when children give presents, flowers, and home-made cards to their mothers.
We love our Mothers very deeply and we give thanks to God for all our Mothers, here with us and for those who have received their heavenly reward. God bless all Mothers.

THE NEXT SVP MEETING will be held on Wednesday 29th March, at 7.00 pm in the back sacristy.  The SVP wish to acknowledge an anonymous donation, recently left at the Presbytery.  Thank you very much for your generosity.

'EASTER DUTIES' - A TIMELY REMINDER 'The Church obliges the faithful to take part in the Divine Liturgy on Sundays and feast days and, prepared by the sacrament of Reconciliation, to receive the Eucharist at least once a year, if possible during the Easter season.’  (Catechism Article 1389)
Fr O’Shea is continuing to hear Confessions at the end of each Mass during Lent.

THIS YEAR’S CHRISM MASS at Liverpool Cathedral is on Wednesday 12th April. If you would like to attend please put your name on the list in the porch, put your fare (£10 – for adults, under 16s go free) in one of the envelopes provided and hand it in to the Sacristy.  For any further information please speak to Michael Cross.  All names and fares please by Monday 3rd April. 

Prayer for Peace - Pope John Paul II - O God, Creator of the universe, You extend Your paternal concern over every creature and You guide the events of history to the goal of salvation. We acknowledge Your fatherly love when You break the resistance of mankind and, in a world torn by strife and discord, You make us ready for reconciliation. Renew for us the wonders of Your mercy; send forth Your Holy Spirit that He may work in the intimacy of hearts, that enemies may begin to dialogue, that adversaries may shake hands, and peoples may encounter one another in harmony. May all commit themselves to the sincere search for true peace which will extinguish all arguments, for charity which overcomes hatred, for pardon which disarms revenge.

The Prayer of St. Ephraem (for Lent)
1.O Lord and Master of my life! Keep away from me any spirit of sloth, discouragement, love of power or idle chatter! (Prostration to the ground)
2.Instead grant unto me, your servant, the spirit of chastity, humility, patience and charity. (Prostration)
3.Thus, O Lord my King, grant me the grace to perceive my own sins and not to condemn my brother, for you are blessed, now and for ever and ever. Amen (Prostration).
Conclusion:  O God be merciful to me, a sinner. O God, cleanse me of my sins and have mercy on me. I have sinned without number, forgive me, O Lord.

LITTLE CHURCH usually meet during 9.30 am Sunday Mass, for the benefit of the little children.

REPOSITORY: Cards for all occasions including Birthdays, sympathy and Mass cards, First Holy Communions, Directories, Missals, medals, crucifixes, silver crosses & much more.  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.

BAPTISMS:  For baptisms would parents please contact Fr O’Shea, not by telephone, but in the sacristy after a weekend Mass and obtain a Baptism Application Form.

PATRON SAINT OF MOTHERS: Mums, especially Mums-To-Be, who would like to venerate the parish's relic of Saint Gerard Majella (to whom our side altar is dedicated) and/or receive the Blessing of Expectant Mothers, please ask Fr O'Shea.

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

CHORLEY FOOD BANK (Living Waters Storehouse): Please continue to support the food bank.  Donations may be left in the church porch to be taken through to Chorley.

THE LENTEN ARMS BOX is available in the porch for donations.  Many thanks for your gifts, which are put to good use.

WEEKLY COLLECTION ENVELOPES FOR 2017/2018: If you would like to receive a set please leave a note of your name & address in the sacristy.

CHORLEY CHORAL SOCIETY present ‘Last Night of the Spring Proms’ on Saturday1st April at 7.30 pm in Chorley Town Hall. The programme includes Orchestral Pops,Opera Arias & Choruses and a Traditional Proms ending.  Tickets are £12, available from Rosemary.

SPRING is in the air and this weekend we have put the clocks forward one hour (just in case you forgot!).

A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: Quarant’ Ore (our Annual Solemn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament) will be from 6.00 am, Saturday 22nd April until 10.00 pm, on Sunday 23rd April.

Parish Priest: Fr Ian O’Shea (01257) 480237
Parish Office: St Joseph’s Presbytery, 28, Bolton Road, Adlington, Chorley PR6 9NA
(Open Wednesdays 10 am – 3.30 pm)
Registered Charity No.232709