St Joseph's Mossley 

4th Sunday in Lent

This newsletter starts

Sunday 19th March 2023

Contact details

St Joseph's Catholic Church

24 Curzon St


Ashton - under - Lyne


Tel. 01457 511410

email -

Let’s Talk about DONA

We are due to trial a DONA machine.  This will allow people to give their church offerings, or a retiring collection donation at the swipe of a card or the tap of your phone, just like Tesco!

This will be a four-month trial.  If it proves to be successful, we will keep the machines (there will be 2), if not they will be returned. Staying up with the times? Maybe this is the church trying to keep up with changing technology, as it seems many people no longer carry cash with them.  I have thought long and hard about this and have decided to go with the trial.

Are your children into "Podcasting?"

 I am looking for some young people who would like to engage in a parish Podcast, every once in while.  The subject can be about anything really; something that interests you, might interest others as well.   No expertise or experience is necessary, there is no age limit, young or old, we have all the equipment we need here in the parish.

See Fr. Jim

Whit Friday


We need a couple of volunteers to help organize  the Whit Friday procession.  If you can help, please see Fr Jim as soon as possible.

Masses times for this coming Week

Please note changes to weekday masses this week!

Monday – NO MASS

Tuesday Exposition 9:30am; Mass 10am – Mossley

Wednesday  10am Mass – Uppermill;

Thursday Exposition 9:30am; Mass 10am – Mossley

Friday 10am Mass – Uppermill; UPPERMILL Stations 6 pm


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   

We are now live streaming!! 

Go to, open the live streaming page and follow the instructions. (The camera runs 24/7)

For those who cannot come to Mass, or a wedding, funeral, or baptism, you can now join us using this new facility.



Every Friday evening at 6pm there will be stations of the cross. 

Light Soup Lunch each Friday from 12  noon to 1:30pm in St Joseph’s, see below for more information.

Early notice for Easter Week

Palm Sunday Masses as usual.

The Triduum

Thursday – The Mass of the Last Supper 7pm in St Joseph’s Mossley.

Good Friday – The Lord’s Passion 3pm St Joseph’s Mossley

Easter Vigil – Saturday 12:15pm

Easter Morning – Mass at

11am as usual.


Our live stream is a continuous service.  So you can join in with weekday masses as well as those over the weekend.  Also, baptisms, weddings and funerals are all streamed, so if family members cannot come to church, they can watch on the streaming service.  Simply go to the parish website, and follow the instructions.


Please note – My email has been hacked, please use the new email below.

Thank you.

 Relatives in hospital

For your information

if you, or a relative is in hospital and would like to see a priest, you must ask the staff to send for a member of the chaplaincy team; due to the new rules on confidentiality the staff will not automatically inform the team that you are in hospital. Therefore, it is your responsibility to let them know you want to see the priest.

From Bishop Marcus  to the people of the Diocese of Leeds; but this is also from the Bishops of England and Wales, which means the Salford Diocese will also be affected.

RECEPTION OF HOLY COMMUNION UNDER BOTH KINDS - I attach a document about the reception of Holy Communion under both kinds from the General Secretary of the Bishops’ Conference. I am pleased to give permission for the distribution of Holy Communion under both kinds to be resumed from Maundy Thursday onwards. Please note that this is permissive but not obligatory.

"Come and See" Enquirers Group for Vocations to the Priesthood
Our vocations team is pleased to announce the return of the "Come and See" Enquirers Group, beginning this month. The group is for serious enquirers about a vocation to the priesthood to come together for Mass, breakfast, fellowship, and some input to help with discernment. 
Our first gathering will begin at 10am with Mass on Saturday 11th March at St Augustine's Church, Grosvenor Square, Manchester. 
If you know of anyone who would like to come along, please get in touch with our vocations promoter Fr Michael Deas by emailing, or our vocations director Fr Mark Paver at

We have been invited for lunch.

Invitation from St Damian's Science College (Lees Rd, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 8BH )

The event is to welcome members of our local community for lunch with our pupil GIFT teams

To book a place please call -  01613305974

 Friday 24th March  2023  

Lent 2023


Each Friday during Lent, I will be running a “simple soup Lunch”. 

The idea is to give up your main meal of the day and join us for a light

lunch of homemade soups and bread. 

The money from your main meal is then donated to the Lunch.  All proceeds will   be going to The Good Life Orphanage in Kenya. 

Each lunch will be from 12 noon, to 1:30pm. I have run these soup lunches for

over 20 years and they have been very popular.  If you are able to join

us you would be most welcome, as well as helping to look after some of the

world’s poorest and most vulnerable children.

Thanks to all who came last Friday we made £128 + £50 in

        donations = £178 in total.

If you would be able to make a home-made soup for one of these lunches, please see Fr. Jim

Please pray for the

following intentions.

Lately deceased

Margaret Derbyshire (L’pool)

Ann Boyle (USA) Anne Higgins

Sheila Jinks, Nicola Howe

Judy Porisse, Maura Nolan

Padraig McGloin

Special intentions

Peter Shaughnessy


Noel Joyce

Alan Stansfield, Francis Hyland, Agnes Kenny, Frank Ardern, Dermot O’Leary, Joseph Cox,

Kevin Bailey, Joan Yeardsley, Pauline Fitzgerald, James Huston, Cissie Bickers, James McIntyre

Annie McIntyre

Frank Ardern Snr.

Mother’s Day Mass

Kathleen Clarke

Sacramental Programme 22/23

The dates are now available on the parish website! If you have not yet registered your child you need to do so very soon.

 Sponsoring the newsletter?

If you might like to sponsor the cost of the newsletters as a one off, or a couple of times a year, its approx. £20 per week to run them off.  Please see Fr. Jim if you are interested.

Thanks to those who have already helped. 

Help with Flowers for church.

The ladies are looking for a few volunteers to help with church flowers – NO experience necessary. Please see Fr. Jim