for young women. 15th-17th February in Liverpool. The weekend is organised by the sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ). The theme is “Follow your Heart – Discernment and Vocation”. If you are wondering if God is calling you to religious life and would like to find out more why not come along? You are welcome to stay for the weekend or just come along on Saturday for the day. There will be opportunity for prayer, reflection and input, chance to ask questions and to meet others who are also wondering where God is calling them. For more information contact Sr Lynne fcJ at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website www.fcjsisters.org
Chips & Church
Open to all young people who have made their Confirmation. On Sunday 27th January, meeting at St Alban’s Parish Room at 4pm, finishing at 7pm.
Cost is £3 per person. The evening follows the very successful evening at the Intu last year. The young people will need to be dropped off at St Albans Church at 4pm and then collected at 7pm. And the young people will need to bring with them a completed parental consent form – obtainable from Fr John.
Our prayers for those who are unwell:
Eileen Ahearne, Sandra Arelas, Maria Caballerin, Ellie Crones, Pat Donaldson, Edith, Tasha & Dylan, Eliott Fisher, Cecilia Higginbottom, Maria Juana, Robetto Lacson, Liza Luzanta, Patrick Lynch, Pauline McCrea, Mary, Leo Macdonald, Diane McDonald, Martin McDonald, Sheila Martin, Ellen McElroy, John Madden, Martin Mangan, Mary Martin, Victoria Merritt, Alexis Muir, Jim Muir, Trish Murray, George & Sue O’Connor, Eamonn Prendergast, Mrs Robinson, Diane Taylor, Austin Thomas, Irene Thomas, Caballero Tumot, Mary Wallace, Ben Woolley, Lilly Yore
Those who have died recently: Josephine Forbes, Jacqui Weston, Margaret Mitchell, Bridie Mullin
Those whose anniversary is at this time: Moira Spencer, John Cowley, Phil Fitzpatrick, Bessie Morris, Bel Jefferson, Jim Jefferson
“Care” of the Elderly
On Wednesday, 6th February, a Catholic Charity called “Caritas” hopes to ask parishioners the following questions in regard to the care of the elderly:
What does “good care” look like?
Do you feel good care should be different for a Catholic?
Is there anything you can do now to prepare for proper care?
We will meet in the Parish Centre at 7.30pm. We need a few volunteers with a little every-day experience to come along. If you can, please give your name to Fr John after Mass. Many thanks.
St Joseph’s Church Music Group
The following is the list of dates up to Easter that the Folk Group will be meeting to rehearse music for the 10.15am Sunday Mass and other important events. If you are interested in joining the Group please see Deirdre Fleming.
Wednesday 30 January
Wednesday 27 February
Wednesday 13 March
Wednesday 27 March
Wednesday 10 April
If you are interested in playing music or singing we would like to invite you to join us. We meet fortnightly, on a Wednesday, between 5.45 and 6.45pm to learn and practise hymns for 10.15am Sunday Mass.
Please come and have a chat with Deirdre or Tommy after 10.15am Mass
Modern Day Slavery in the UK
There is a talk by the Medaille Trust on Wednesday 16th January at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Centre, Mickleover at 7.30pm. The talk will address what is Modern Day Slavery in 21st Century Britain, the role of the safe house and what individuals/communities can do to prevent slavery
The Medaille Trust was established by Roman Catholic religious orders to help women, men and dependent children who are victims of modern slavery in the UK, enabling them to regain their dignity and self-worth. They do this by providing safe housing and offering opportunities for physical and psychological healing and rehabilitation. We do hope some of you will be able to come.
The Parish Prayer Circle
If you are in need of prayer or praying yourself, and would like the prayer of others, email your prayer request to the prayer circle.It’s a group of parishioners united in daily prayer for the needs of our parish community.
The prayer circle operates with complete confidentiality. The group doesn’t discuss your requests, but simply includes your needs, with their own daily private prayer. Just first names are needed, and enough detail to make your request meaningful to those who will be praying with you, and for you.
The details of who to contact are by the votive candle stands and on the noticeboard. There is also a telephone number.
Using St Joseph’s Car Park during the Winter
As Winter approaches arrangements have been made for the car park to be gritted by a specialist Gritting Service when temperatures are zero or sub- zero. However, given the very steep gradient of the site and the high number of vehicles using the car park we strongly advise that during Winter weather Vehicles park in marked allocated spaces only. The car park should be used with great care at all times. Thank you
Remembering Loved Ones
There will be a service to remember loved ones on Sunday, 11th November, at 3.00pm in St Luke’s Church. (128 Parliament Street, DE22 3RT) I will be there to represent St Joseph’s; and all parishioners are welcome. (Fr John)
In the same church on 24th November at 7.30pm there will be a J26 Sinfonietta Concert with music by Haydn, Caplet, Holst and Mozart. £6 adults, children under 16 free (see programme in church porch.)
Throughout November, as always, we keep in our prayer family and friends and, if you wish, write the names of those you want to be remembered in the envelopes in the church porch and hand in to the Presbytery. These names will be placed on the altar for the month of November.