Friday, 20 December 2013

Newsletter 21/22nd Dec 4th Sun of Advent 28/29th Dec The Holy Family



Oswaldtwistle Newsletter
21st/22nd Dec 2013: 4th Sunday of Advent (A)
28th/29th Dec The Holy Family (A)
Parish Priest: Rev Mgr John A Daly
Parish Secretary: Mrs Jean Partington
Telephone: 01254 232433
Parish Sec: stmoswsect@gmail.com

Saturday Vigil – 18.30       Sunday – 10.00
23rd Dec– 4th Jan

Christmas:
Eve: 6.30pm - First Mass of Christmas with Carols from 6 pm
Day: 10am Christmas Day Mass

Feast of the Holy Family
Sat:   6.30pm Vigil Mass
Sun:  10am Mass

Masses for the week of 30 Dec - 4 Jan
Tues 31 Dec - New Year's Eve - 6.30pm
New Year's Day - Feast of Mary, Mother of God
12noon Mass

Sacrament of Reconciliation:
St Anne’s Church Accrington:
Sat 21st Dec 9.30am – 10.30 am and 6pm – 6.30pm
Sun 22nd Dec 3pm – 4.30pm
Tues 24th Dec 5.30pm- 6.30pm

Crib Offerings: will go to the Syrian Refugees via CAFOD
Please Pray for the Sick & those in Hospital: Jonathan Finn, Janet Smith, Alan Knowles, John Thomas, William Cornwell,

Lately Dead: Mary Clare Hope, Tony Myhill

Anniversaries: Bernard Lawrence, Nancy Pinder, Joan Spaans, Daniel McIntyre, Beth Alveston, Jack Murray, Domenico Pirraglia, Kathleen & Michael Brooker, Hubert Stones, Reg Morley

Christmas Masses The following Masses have been asked to be offered over the Christmas period:
May & Joe Walsh, Beth & Fred Alveston, Harold & Mary Duckworth, Cecilia Agnes Randles, Bernard Joseph McNamara, Mary McNamara,Joseph, Ada & Claire Joyce, Patrick & Clare Doolan, Joseph& Alice MacNeal, the Coyne family, William & Joseph Loughran, Honor & Ken Garside, Rosie Gray, Tina & Brent Catlow

Office Christmas & New Year opening: The office will open on Tues 24th Dec 10am -1pm. It will then re-open at 10am on Tues 7th January

Liturgy List for 24th Dec to 29th Dec are in the sacristy.  Liturgy Lists for January will be ready for the 28th December weekend.

Fr John has been making steady progress the past week and will be back in the parish on Monday 30th Dec. Remember he will take time to adjust back.
Meanwhile, we thank Fr Jennings for all he has provided for us.

Universe Newspapers: This week’s issue will be a double issue and the price of this edition will be £2.60

Almanacs are now available £3 each from the Piety Stall.

The Parish Magazine The new edition which supports “Oswaldtwistle Churches Foodbank” is now available. Cost Minimum £1 donation, all of which goes to supporting the running costs and expenses of the Food Bank.  The Food Bank is open Mondays 1pm to 5pm and operates on a voucher system. Containers for food donations are at the back of Church.

Christmas Gifts for the Sick & Housebound We aim to deliver these on this Sunday after 10am Mass.

Band Concert this was a very enjoyable evening and we received donations for the Lourdes Group funds of approx. £550.  Thank you to all for help and support

Baptism Course: For all parents who wish to have their child baptised, a course for just one hour takes place on the first Sunday of the month after the 10.00am Mass. The next one is on Sunday 5th Jan

Winter shoppers:  If you find you need help with shopping due to illness or bad weather please ring 07786 500 480 and we will arrange this.

Next Week’s Counters- (28/29th Dec) Team 2
Last week’s collection came to £ 670.07 Thank you
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Vatican Family Questionnaire. St Mary’s Parish website has links to the questionnaire.

Quiz Night: Parish Centre – The next quiz night will be on Wednesday 8th January at 8pm. Jackpot will be £70.

109 Loyola Scouts  100 Club Christmas Draw Results: 1st Prize £100 No 38. 2nd Prize £50 No 71 3rd Prize £25 No.56 Thank you for your support.
January Prayer List This should be ready for the 1st Jan distribution
Snow Clearance - if the snow comes we need to make contingencies to clear the paths so people can access the Church safely. Fr John usually did this and others would also volunteer, but it may be better if we had a list of volunteers we can call on in such a case, as Fr John will not be able to do it. People may need to bring snow shovels/spades. We have rock salt.
For teachers who are interested in teaching in Catholic Education in Salford Diocese
Diocesan Primary/Teaching Pool 2014
This Primary Pool will identify excellent candidates who would be recommended for interview to Catholic schools who have a vacancy for 1st September 2014. Applications are invited from candidates who are able to take up a teaching post with effect from 1st September 2014 and newly qualified teachers are very welcome. An Application Form, Job Description Person Specification and further details are available to download from the job vacancies button on the home page of the Diocesan Website www.dioceseofsalford.org.uk Completed application forms are to be returned to Miss Daniella Stephens, Office for Education at the above address or emailed to daniella.stephens@dioceseofsalford.org.uk by 12.00 pm on 3rd February 2014.Further enquiries should be made to Daniella Stephens on 0161 817 2222 See Poster at back of Church.
Fr John, and Jean, would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Blessed Christmas and fulfilling 2014

Friday, 13 December 2013

Newsletter 3rd Sunday of Advent



Oswaldtwistle Newsletter
14th /15th Dec 2013: 3rd Sunday of Advent (A)
Parish Priest: Rev Mgr John A Daly
Parish Secretary: Mrs Jean Partington
Telephone: 01254 232433
Parish Sec: stmoswsect@gmail.com

Saturday Vigil – 18.30       Sunday – 10.00

16th – 21st Dec

Mon –9.15am Mass at St Mary’s School all welcome
Tues - Wed No Mass
Thurs- 10am Requiem Mass Mary Clare Hope
 Fri- No Mass
 Masses at St Anne’s Church Accrington at 9am

Please Pray for the Sick & those in Hospital: Jonathan Finn, Janet Smith, Thomas Glannon, Alan Knowles, John Thomas, William Cornwell,

Lately Dead: Mary Clare Hope, Dorothy Terry

Anniversaries: Alan Marsden, John Wilcock, Jane Wilcock, Harold Sweeney

The office will be open next week Tues-Fri 10am -1pm

Liturgy Readers/Eucharistic Ministers  if you are available over the Christmas period please add your name to the list in the sacristy.

Fr John continues to make steady progress, but his Father's death knocked his recovery back a lot. If he returns now he will be coming back to one of the busiest times of the year when really he needs to gently ease back. He often wondered why athletes could be out for a long time with a small injury. He forgets his age!! Please do not expect him back for Christmas, though he may just call in for a day to sort some issues out. He will hope to be back in the New Year.
Meanwhile, we are so grateful that Fr Jennings has provided such support for us.

NEW PROCEDURES FOR THE PARISH SICK LIST.  To comply with guidelines for data protection, anyone wishing to have their name, a relative, or friend included on the weekly sick list which is published in the newsletter must give or seek their written permission. Please leave names and written permission with Fr John or Jean. Thank you.

The Parish Magazine The new edition which supports “Oswaldtwistle Churches Foodbank” is now available. Cost Minimum £1 donation, all of which goes to supporting the running costs and expenses of the Food Bank.  The Food Bank is open Mondays 1pm to 5pm and operates on a voucher system. Containers for food donations are at the back of Church.

Christmas Gifts for the Sick & Housebound Last week’s retiring collection raised £109.00 thank you. Presents will be wrapped this weekend. We aim to deliver these on the 22nd December following 10am Mass, if you are available to accompany the youth please leave your contact details with Alana.  Would Eucharistic Ministers please inform those you take Communion to that we will be coming on this day and provide up to date addresses for them, there are forms available in the Sacristy for this.

Christmas Mass Times
Christmas Eve – 6.30pm First Mass of Christmas with Carols starting at 6pm
Christmas Day – 10.00am
Mount Carmel Carol Concert   This will take place at Mount Carmel on Wed18th December at 7pm It is always a wonderful occasion to bring together members of our community in the lead up to Christmas. All welcome.

Baptism Course: For all parents who wish to have their child baptised, a course for just one hour takes place on the first Sunday of the month after the 10.00am Mass. The next one is on Sunday 5th Jan

Rossendale Encore Concert Band;  Will be playing here at St Mary's on the 19th December from 7.30pm - 9.30pm,  The evening will start with traditional music and conclude with a Christmas Special including carols to sing along to.  Tea and coffee will be served in the interval and we will end the evening with mulled wine and mince pies.  A suggested donation of £5, payable on the night, is requested, all monies raised will go towards St Mary's Lourdes Group.  The event is open to non-parishioners   No need to pre-book

Winter shoppers:  If you find you need help with shopping due to illness or bad weather please ring 07786 500 480 and we will arrange this.

Christmas Shopping /Easyfundraising   using this could not be simpler; all you need is access to the internet and either buy on-line from one of the many thousands of participating retailers or simply use the search links as your search engine. With on-line purchases the retailer will donate a percentage of the full price of your order, typically 1% but not always. Some retailers have special offers, which give greater discounts and higher donations to your nominated charities. Through the easysearch link each search you carry out will earn a 1/2p donation

Christmas Posters please help yourselves to the Poster (one per household) at the back of Church

Next Week’s Counters- Team 1
Last week’s collection came to £ 838.88 Thank you

Advent “Walk with Me” please take one of these free booklets from the back of Church.

Vatican Family Questionnaire. St Mary’s Parish website has links to the questionnaire.

Quiz Night: Parish Centre – Wed night at 8pm Jackpot is at £60 this week’s quiz will be the last one until 2014

109 Loyola Scouts  100 Club Results for the 3rd Dec 1st No 6 ; 2nd No 83; 3rd No 96    All raffle prizes from the Christmas Fair have now been claimed.   

The Parish Centre Annual Children’s Christmas Party will be held at the Parish Centre Lock St, on Sat 21st December from 3pm till 6pm. Tickets £3.

Piety Stall Christmas cards and gifts are now in stock on the stall. We also have a CAFOD World Gifts booklet.  Almanacs are now available £3 each.

Lourdes Group Cake Stall Last weekend’s stall raised £69.00 Thank you to all who brought and bought cakes

Snow Clearance - if the snow comes we need to make contingencies to clear the paths so people can access the Church safely. Fr John usually did this and others would also volunteer, but it may be better if we had a list of volunteers we can call on in such a case, as Fr John will not be able to do it. People may need to bring snow shovels/spades.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Newsletter 2nd Sunday of Advent



Oswaldtwistle Newsletter
7th /8th   Dec 2013: 2nd Sunday of Advent (A)
Parish Priest: Rev Mgr John A Daly
Parish Secretary: Mrs Jean Partington
Telephone: 01254 232433
Parish Sec: stmoswsect@gmail.com

Saturday Vigil – 18.30       Sunday – 10.00

9th – 10th Dec
Mon – Fri No Masses this week see notice below
Masses at St Anne’s Church Accrington at 9am

Please Pray for the Sick & those in Hospital:  Janet Smith, Thomas Glannon, Alan Knowles, John Thomas, William Cornwell, Stacey Ryan, Sheila Barnes

Lately Dead: Fr Liam Houlihan, Richard Daly, John Reville
Anniversaries: Katharyn Scambler, Elsie McIntyre, Ryan Steven Clark, Bertha Hindle, Cecilia Agnes Randles, Bernard Joseph & Mary McNamara

.Fr John. Fr John is getting stronger but the healing process is still taking more time than he would like. He would like to be back before Christmas but may know more after this weekend. He would like to thank all those who came to his father’s Requiem last Friday, they represented everyone.  Thanks also for the Masses and prayers offered. He is very aware of the support of all the clergy who have helped out on top of their present busy schedules and you parishioners who have continued all the work in the background.
Retiring Collection This weekend there will be a retiring collection to raise funds to purchase Christmas gifts for the Elderly and Housebound which will be distributed by the youth.

NEW PROCEDURES FOR THE PARISH SICK LIST.  To comply with guidelines for data protection, anyone wishing to have their name, a relative, or friend included on the weekly sick list which is published in the newsletter must give or seek their written permission. Please leave names and written permission with Fr John or Jean. Thank you.

The Parish Magazine The new edition which supports “Oswaldtwistle Churches Foodbank” is now available. Cost Minimum £1 donation, all of which goes to supporting the running costs and expenses of the Food Bank.  The Food Bank is open Mondays 1pm to 5pm and operates on a voucher system. Containers for food donations in Church. The food bank has recently received a donation of £100.00 thank you.

Mount Carmel Christmas Party Transport; if you can provide transport on the 16th December to take people to the party for 12noon or collect them at 2.30pm please put your name and a contact number on the list at the back of church.  

Christmas Gifts for the Sick & Housebound; after Mass on Sun the 15th Dec we will be wrapping the presents to be distributed to the elderly of the parish and would like some help from the young people of High School age and above. If you can help please contact Alana Thank you. We aim to deliver these on the 22nd December following 10am Mass, if you are available to accompany the youth please leave your contact details with Alana.  Would Eucharistic Ministers please inform those you take Communion to that we will be coming on this day and provide up to date addresses for them, there are forms available in the Sacristy for this.

School Masses Tues 10th Dec 9.15am St Oswald’s Mon 16th Dec  9.15am St Mary’s all welcome
Baptism Course: For all parents who wish to have their child baptised, a course for just one hour takes place on the first Sunday of the month after the 10.00am Mass. The next one is on Sunday 5th Jan

Next Week’s Counters- Team 5
Last week’s collection came to £725.50 Thank you

Advent “Walk with Me” please take one of these free booklets from the back of Church.

St. Mary’s School: the Junior Carol Concert is on Tuesday 10th December at 2pm in St Mary’s Church. All welcome.

Poppy Appeal £55.89 was collected for Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal thank you

Vatican Family Questionnaire. St Mary’s Parish website has links to the questionnaire.

Quiz Night: Parish Centre – Wed night at 8pm Jackpot is at £55

Rossendale Encore Concert Band;  Will be playing here at St Mary's on the 19th December from 7.30pm - 9.30pm,  The evening will start with traditional music and conclude with a Christmas Special including carols to sing along to.  Tea and coffee will be served in the interval and we will end the evening with mulled wine and mince pies.  A suggested donation of £5, payable on the night, is requested, all monies raised will go towards St Mary's Lourdes Group.  The event is open to non parishioners and there is a list at the back of church for anyone who would like to come along.

Liturgy Readers/Eucharistic Ministers if you are available over the Christmas period please see the list in the sacristy.
Lourdes Group Cake sale: We are holding a cake sale after Masses this weekend to raise funds for the Lourdes Group.

Winter shoppers:  If you find you need help with shopping due to illness or bad weather please ring 07786 500 480 and we will arrange this.

Christmas Shopping /Easyfundraising   using this could not be simpler; all you need is access to the internet and either buy on-line from one of the many thousands of participating retailers or simply use the search links as your search engine. With on-line purchases the retailer will donate a percentage of the full price of your order, typically 1% but not always. Some retailers have special offers, which give greater discounts and higher donations to your nominated charities. Through the easysearch link each search you carry out will earn a 1/2p donation

109 Loyola Scouts   Many thanks to all who supported the group’s Christmas Fair in any way, we are delighted to say we raised approximately £950. 100 Club Results for the 3rd Dec 1st No 39; 2nd No;33 3rd No 94   

The Parish Centre Annual Children’s Christmas Party will be held at the Parish Centre Lock St, on Saturday 21st December from 3pm till 6pm. Tickets £3.

Snow Clearance - if the snow comes we need to make contingencies to clear the paths so people can access the Church safely. Fr John usually did this and others would also volunteer, but it may be better if we had a list of volunteers we can call on in such a case, as Fr John will not be able to do it. People may need to bring snow shovels/spades. We have