3rd & 4th December 2022
St Joseph's Catholic Church
24 Curzon St
Ashton - under - Lyne
Tel. 01457 511410
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.
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
Confessions on request
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.
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.
Mass intentions received this week. In your charity, please pray for the intention of the donor
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.
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
Please visit https://www.caritassalford.org.uk/careers/
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 https://www.dioceseofsalford.org.uk/travel-survey/ to find out more and to complete the survey.