A new prayer group is being run by some parishioners (Molly, Zoe and Rachel), beginning again on Sunday 30 September. This will run fortnightly in the Presbytery from 7pm-8pm, and will be an opportunity to come together and to pray in a relaxed atmosphere (praise and worship songs, a time to go deeper into the Scriptures, and a time of intercession). All welcome
In the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, St Joseph’s are hosting an evening of praise & worship music, bringing together musicians and fellow Christians from all the surrounding area together with Bishop Paul Swarbrick, on Friday 25 January at 7.30pm. Event free of charge with donations accepted for Mary’s Meals. Tickets available on eventbrite or on the door.
Introducing Alpha to St Joseph's. Do you have questions about life, about why we exist, how we make sense of suffering, where God is in all of this, and who is God anyway? The Alpha course provides a setting where life's questions can be explored, beginning with a meal (free food!!), watching a short video together and some time for discussion.
There is no pressure and the beautiful thing about the Alpha course is that people of all backgrounds can fit into it at whatever level they are at, so no one need to feel awkward or wonder whether this might suit them or not. Everyone is welcome - in fact you may know others who just want to come along or are interested. Please bring them along too.
Please could you let us know if you can come or if you are interested by emailing, firstname.lastname@example.org
Parish Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, taking in Bethlehem, Nazareth, Galilee and Jerusalem, next year 22-29 April 2019. . You can see the full itinerary and book now here or phone 0800 689 4792. The price is £895, not including flights which will be an additional £300-£400. This pilgrimage will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and it is being advertised in good time so that pilgrims can manage their payments.
In this centenary year of the apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima to three peasant children in 1917, some parishioners have asked to pray the ‘First Saturday Devotion’ which was recommended to us by Our Lady at Fatima and who promised us that those who pray this Devotion, I will “assist at the hour of death with the graces necessary for salvation.” Sounds helpful? Read on…
Appearing with the Queen of Heaven in one apparition was the Infant Jesus, who said to Lucia, one of the visionaries: “Have pity on the Heart of your Most Holy Mother. It is covered with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment, and there is no one to remove them with an act of reparation.” Our Lady then spoke: “See my Heart encircled by thorns with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. Do you, at least, strive to console me? Tell them that I promise to assist at the hour of death with the graces necessary for salvation all those who, in order to make reparation to me, on the First Saturday of five successive months, go to Confession, receive Holy Communion, say five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for a quarter of an hour of prayer and meditation.”
Beginning the first Saturday of August, next Saturday, at 9.45am, you are invited to pray the Rosary, celebrate Mass, and Confessions will be available afterwards with a time of Adoration and prayer. We will pray this Devotion each first Saturday till December.
The Word was made flesh, and dwelt amongst us. The first Mass of Christmas will be at 10pm. Carols will begin a little earlier at 9.40pm. After the Mass there will be mince pies and mulled wine. The Family Mass will be on Christmas Day at 10am. Everyone is most welcome to celebrate the birth of Our Saviour.
In the manic preparations for Christmas, Advent Meditation by Candlelight will provide a quiet interlude, enabling you to gather thoughts and find peace, and to prepare for the coming of Our Saviour. Solo artists will be joined by the church choir and St Joseph's Primary School choir, providing a beautiful range of music performed by candlelight. Refreshments provided afterwards.
Tickets at £5, and available at the back of church or on the Eventbrite website.
An opportunity to prepare a way for the Lord this Advent. There will be some visiting priests to help Fr Philip to hear Confessions and to give everyone the opportunity to experience God's mercy. Pope Francis writes, 'God never fails to give us his mercy, but we tire of asking for it'. This Lent, take courage!
During the time of Reconciliation, there will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and some praise and worship music.
Christmas can be a difficult time for those who have lost friends and family over the course of the year. We will be holding a special Mass for the bereaved, remembering the dead, at St John's Hospice on Tuesday 11 December at 6.30pm, followed by refreshments. All welcome.
Bringing together people from the whole parish and celebrating our Catholic identity, peoples of all nations come and share a meal together, bringing food from all the different countries. We also look forward to welcoming Fr Christmas, all the way from Lapland, and singing a few old carols around the piano. Everyone welcome.
ACN are organising a national campaign to floodlight buildings red – including the Houses of Parliament and over thirty cathedrals – to remind people of the plight of persecuted Christians and minority groups in the Middle East. This Wednesday, 28 November, ACN are encouraging us all to wear something red on that day to show solidarity and to remind us to pray for the freedom to practise one’s faith, and for peace in the world.
The return of the Fr Manny Gribben and other pianists, playing a range of classical music from Chopin, Beethoven, Debussy, Rachmaninov and Mussorgsky. You are invited to come to the University of Lancaster Chaplaincy Centre. There will be wine and refreshments, with donations to Mary’s Meals. All welcome.
All parishioners are invited to join Bishop Paul for this celebration of the work and education and formation in the Diocese in the Cathedral on Friday 12 October at 7pm. A special invitation is extended to teachers, catechists, and those involved in youth ministry and children’s liturgy. Refreshments available afterwards.
United with over 100 communities around the country, we will pray the Rosary at 3pm on the Feast of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary on Sunday 7 October in reparation for the scandals that have engulfed the Church in recent months, praying in reparation for sin, praying for the victims of abuse and their healing, and for God’s mercy on us all. This is an initiative organised by the same group that gave to us the Rosary on the Coast initiative earlier this year. Everyone is welcome to join us.
Our bi-annual Parish Council Meeting is this coming Thursday. Please let Fr Philip have any suggestions or contributions beforehand so that they can be included in the agenda. In addition representatives from the different parish committees will present what they have been up to, and the Council will be exploring the path ahead for the parish.
Each year every parish of the Diocese has the opportunity to celebrate the Quarant' Ore, or Forty Hours, Devotion - a time of extended prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. Throughout the year, in one church or another across the Diocese, you will be able to find Adoration going on, offering a continuous prayer of praise from the People of God before the Father.
Our turn is coming up. Please make time over the weekend of 14-16 September to come and adore the Lord. In the silence of His Presence and in prayer and contemplation, we are able to lift all the needs of our world, country, community, parish, families and ourselves before God. The doors of the church will be open, candles will be lit, and whether you want to pop in for 5 minutes or spend a whole hour before the Lord, you are all most welcome.
There will be prayer resources available, but perhaps the greatest prayer is that of the French peasant who spoke to Fr Jean-Marie Vianney, Cure d'Ars, and explained to his parish priest what he did in all his time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament: 'He looks at me and I look at him'. Let us, too, enter into this encounter, face to face, heart to heart.
FRIDAY 14 SEPTEMBER.
7pm onwards: Adoration. 9pm: Compline & Close of Exposition
SATURDAY 15 SEPTEMBER
9.35am : Rosary for Vocations. 10am: Mass & Confessions. 10.30am onwards: Adoration. 5.45 Confessions. 6.30pm Vigil Mass. 7.15pm Adoration with Benediction & Close of Exposition at 8pm.
SUNDAY 18 SEPTEMBER
8am onwards: Exposition. 10am: Mass followed by Adoration. 12noon: Angelus & Benediction
Talent Auction on Friday 13 July: The idea is that you sell your talent and help the parish to raise some funds for our Heritage Lottery Funding bid. Whether you are a budding confectioner, cook, artist, cleaner, gardener, writer, child-minder, painter and decorator, carer, why not auction your time to someone else in the parish and help the parish to raise some money for the church’s restoration?
In preparation for the National Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool in September, each Deanery in the Diocese is hosting a talk on a Eucharistic Theme. Fr Philip will be speaking on Tuesday 26 June at 7pm at the Catholic Chapel at the University of Lancaster on the theme: 'The Eucharist: a new heavens and a new earth'. Everyone welcome.
Let it be done unto me according to your Word. 5 sessions through May exploring how Our Lady helps us to be filled with God, beginning on Thursday 10 May 7-8pm in the Presbytery. We will be watching a DVD, having a bit of discussion and learning how Our Lady takes us deeper into the mystery of God. Everyone welcome.
•Family Fun Day on Saturday 16 June, 12-3pm (or 23 June if weather is bad) on the sports field in St Joseph’s school field (nursery block). There will be various stalls, facepainting, bouncy castle, variety of games (egg & spoon, welly wanging, etc), and refreshments. Prizes for tombola or raffle prizes gratefully received, as would donations for the sweet and cake stalls. If you have a craft-type venture/ business, you’re welcome to rent a stall and sell your wears. We also need volunteers to help on the day for stalls and drinks. Otherwise, come along, join in the fun, and bring your family and friends.
•At 2pm next Sunday, St Joseph’s is hosting the Deanery Corpus Christi Procession. Those who are making their First Communion next weekend and those who have been recently Confirmed are especially welcome. We will need help too with marshalling, banner-bearing, singing, etc. All welcome