St Joseph's Mossley 

3rd & 4th December 2022       

 2nd Sunday in ADVENT

More interesting YouTube bits added.

Contact details

St Joseph's Catholic Church

24 Curzon St


Ashton - under - Lyne


Tel.  01457 511410




This time of year, the terrible reality is that in our diocese, thousands of local people will be facing acute crisis and urgently need our support. Will you be there for someone who needs it this Christmas?  Please consider making a donation if you are able to and share the film with friends and family. Thank you for your continued support and prayer.

The following animation was kindly donated free of charge.

A Message from Bishop John 

Followed by the film of Pope Francis

You may already have heard about the film “The Letter” which was released on the Feast of St Francis. It features a meeting of Pope Francis with four representatives of various aspects of Climate Change: a young girl from India, speaking for the Youth, an indigenous chief from Brazil, two scientists concerned with loss of biodiversity and a man from Senegal affected by climate damage and loss of livelihood. I have heard a good number of very positive comments from people who have watched it.  See it here.

On a personal note, I think everyone needs to watch this film.

Can you help?

Children’s Liturgy on a Sunday morning

I need a few volunteers who would like to help run the children’s liturgy each Sunday morning.  We only need about 4 people, and it is a very simple format. Please see Fr Jim if you are interested.

Masses times for this coming Week

Monday - No Mass

Tuesday – Exposition 9:30am

Mass 10am Mossley

Wednesday Mass 10am Uppermill

Thursday – Exposition 9:30am

Mass 10am Mossley & 7pm Mass

at Uppermill (for Holy Day)

Friday – Mass 10am Uppermill

Sat Vigil - 12.15pm – St Joseph’s

Sat Vigil 6pm – Sacred Heart Uppermill                  

Sunday – 9.30am Sacred Heart Uppermill              

     Sunday 11.00am – St Joseph’s                                 

Confessions on request         

Red Mission Boxes

If you would like to bring in your mission boxes in to be counted, for those who would like them emptied.


Coffee Invitation

I would like to invite you to come for a coffee/tea after Mass each week after Sunday morning Mass.  Last week was lovely, and I believe this used to happen every week, which is a custom I am eager to reintroduce. All Welcome.

Christmas Party- There will be a Christmas Party on Wednesday 14th December starting with Mass at 12 noon.  If you would like to attend, would you be so kind as to put your name on the list on the notice board at the back of church.  Thank you.

Christmas Party St Damion’s.

A number of people have asked if there is a party or the elderly, this yar at St Damion’s, as there has been in the past.  I have made enquiries and it has been reported there is no party this year.

Christmas carol service here at St Joseph’s

There will be a school carol service on Tuesday 13th December at 6pm, here in St Josephs.  This will be led by a brass ensemble, with Christmas carols and readings by the children.  You are warmly invited to join the children and staff for this festive evening of worship and music.

Christmas Cakes – If you would like to order your Christmas Cake, please see the information at the back of the Church.  All proceeds to The Good Life Orphanage. 

Thank you.

Early Notice for Christmas

As Christmas Day falls on a Sunday this year the following times will be followed.

December 13th  (Tuesday) - 6 pm – Christmas Carol Service with the children from St Joseph’s, with Brass Ensemble.

December 24th Mossley – Carols @ 11:45 am followed by Vigil Mass at 12:15 pm

December 24th Uppermill. – Carols at 5:30 pm, followed by Vigil Mass at 6 pm

Christmas Day  - Uppermill. – Carols at 9:00 am followed Christmas Day Mass at 9:30 am.

Christmas Day – Mossley  - Carols at 11:15 am, followed by Christmas Mass at 11:45 am.

Please note the slight change of mass times at St Joseph’s on Christmas Day.

What is the Catholic Church doing regarding the Environment?  

Please look at the link below to see what we are up to!

Environment - Catholic Bishops' Conference (

Mass intentions received this week.  In your charity, please pray for the intention of the donor

Lately Deceased

Eileen Buttler


Ivy & Bill Mort

Jennifer Barland

Mary Oliver

Mary Aicken

Mary Theresa Hurley

Jeramiah O’Driscoll

Gerard Platt

Christopher & Ellen Murphy

Rita Logan

Special intentions

Linda McCune

Beverly (v. Sick)

Mary Oliver

Mary Veronica Beaty

Last week’s collections

Church offerings   £681.60

CAFOD   £14.50

Total £696.60

Thank you for your continuing support.

Please Note that the box at the back of the church has reverted to CAFOD, and all monies will go directly to CAFOD


If you are struggling to stay warm this winter with the rising cost of living, please note there is an initiative from Churches together in Saddleworth, to provide warm spaces.  These are place where you will be welcomed during the day, when you can turn of the heating at home and spend time enjoying meeting people for a brew and a chat.  Please see their website for the full list of places available, or take a leaflet from the back of church.

Volunteering Opportunities
Did you know that Caritas Salford has 263 amazing volunteers, supporting work in local communities across Greater Manchester and Lancashire?  Would you be interested in joining them?  Perhaps you may consider becoming part of our team of Caritas Parish Reps, supporting your parish in its local social action mission?
If you have a few hours to spare each week and would be happy to help Caritas to support people in your community, please get in touch.  There are a range of different opportunities available to meet individual needs and skillsets, and full training and support is given every step of the way.
If you're interested in finding out more, please contact Sashi Thapa on 07939 995 952 or email


If you know someone who might like a copy of the newsletter, who cannot come to Mass, please take one home for them.

Caritas Job Vacancies
Allotment and Food Bank Coordinator (Lalley Centre)
Appointment Type: Full-time, fixed-term contract for 12 monthsWorking hours: 37.5 hours per week
Location: The Lalley Centre, Collyhurst, Manchester M40 7RG  Salary and benefits: £27,000, and casual car allowance  About: Caritas are looking for a candidate who, using knowledge of environmental issues, food poverty and growth, will expand existing projects and develop new programmes run within our allotment and food bank to benefit the overall wellbeing of the community. The role will involve working with local organisations in the health, environmental, corporate and voluntary fields to increase the awareness of environmental issues and Caritas projects.
Please visit

Salford Diocese and the environment

Help us on our journey to net zero
As part of its ongoing commitment to caring for our common home, the Diocese of Salford is working hard to reduce its carbon emissions. To do this, research is being undertaken to calculate our existing carbon footprint, and we are hoping to find out more about travel around the diocese as part of that. As such, we would be very grateful if parishioners could complete a short survey to help us understand a little more about their own journeys to and from church. Please visit to find out more and to complete the survey. 

Items for the newsletter

If you would like to share any information or news with the community, would you please give the information to Fr Jim who will put them on the weekly newsletter and the web site.