Coronavirus Lockdown

Mass Times

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The church is closed for public worship. Sunday and weekday Masses are suspended until further notice. 

Baptisms and weddings are also suspended.

 

Each day the church porch will be open from 9am until 5pm for those wishing to pray privately. The porch can hold only two persons at any one time. Parishioners coming into church should be careful to sanitise their hands.

Newsletters and Sunday Missalettes can be collected from the porch.

Families wishing to make arrangements for a parishioner’s funeral should telephone the parish priest in order to discuss what may be possible. While funerals can go ahead with a limit of up to 30 mourners, it is necessary to limit provision for a Requiem in church to practising families within the parish.

Attendance at Sunday Masses for the weekend 17th to 18th Apr is restricted to those whose surnames start with the letters A to L.

The obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended.

Sunday
12 noon (Saturday) — Vigil Mass
5pm (Saturday) — Vigil Mass
9am — Holy Mass
11am — Holy Mass

Weekdays except Wednesday
8:45am — Holy Rosary
9am — Holy Mass

Wednesday
6:30pm — Exposition & Benediction
7:30pm — Holy Mass

Saturday
12 noon — Vigil Mass for Sunday
5pm —  Vigil Mass for Sunday

Tuesday 13th April
No Mass or Rosary

Sunday
12 noon (Saturday) — Vigil Mass
5pm (Saturday) — Vigil Mass
9am — Holy Mass
11am — Holy Mass

Weekdays except Wednesday
8:45am — Holy Rosary
9am — Holy Mass

Wednesday
6:30pm — Exposition & Benediction
7:30pm — Holy Mass

Saturday
12 noon — Vigil Mass for Sunday
5pm —  Vigil Mass for Sunday

Newsletter

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11th April 2021
Second Sunday of Easter

Pastoral Letter

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Pastoral Letter 21 – Lent 2021

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St Joseph’s Catholic Church
23 Gorton Road, Reddish
Stockport, SK5 6AZ

Welcome

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The first Mass was celebrated at St Joseph’s on Christmas Eve, 1882. Since that time, the regular celebration of the Mass and the Sacraments has been at the heart of our parish community. This continues to be the case today.

At the present time, however, much has changed in parish life and the world, due to the pandemic. Yet the life of prayer goes on and continues to hold our parish together.

To keep up with developments in parish life—which can be rapid and sudden in the current situation—we very much encourage you to visit the website regularly and also read the newsletter.

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Thank you for your visit!

 

Fr Philip Caldwell

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Happy Easter! Happy Easter!

Hopefully, we’ll hear those words a lot over the next few days. After our experience of the last year and of the ongoing pandemic, it might seem a strange thing to be saying: Happy Easter! Why should we be happy this Easter?

The word “happy” comes from a Middle-English word that carries the sense of “lucky” or “fortunate”—we use it to communicate pleasure, wellbeing or contentment. The biblical sense is much deeper, though. The Beatitudes are not just about luck or good fortune, pleasure or contentment. The Greek makarios—that gives the meaning of what Jesus communicates, carries a deep sense of blessedness; a profound contentment that comes from knowing we are a child of God, a beloved child of the Father.

How vital it is for every Christian to live their life out of the knowledge that they are a beloved child of God? This is the true source of our identity and our happiness—this is the wellspring of our joy. Here is the source of our peace.

Jesus came to the fullest appreciation of his Father’s love when he was raised from the dead. How he appreciated the depth of his Father’s love when he learned that this love would not let him die.

So “Happy Easter!” dear brothers and sisters, “Happy Easter!”

Coronavirus Update

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Worship in Safety

When you come to Church please help keep everyone safe by:

  • wearing a mask
  • sanitising your hands on entry and departure
  • providing your contact details
  • allowing a steward to show you a place
  • keeping social distance

The celebration of Mass will be brief and slightly different so as to help keep us all safe:

  • No sign of peace
  • Holy Communion is distributed slowly so that you have time to adjust your mask and receive safely and devoutly
  • Holy Communion is distributed in the hand only
  • Once you have received Holy Communion people leave through the side door

Thank you for complying with these regulations. It helps us all.

Year of St Joseph
December 8th 2020 - December 8th 2021

Year of St Joseph
Dec 8th 2020 - Dec 8th 2021

On the 8th December 2020, Pope Francis declared a Jubilee Year in honour of St Joseph. One hundred and fifty years ago, Pope Pius IX declared St Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church. Marking this anniversary and conscious of the particular difficulties and needs of people in these times, the Pope urges us to “go to Joseph” for help.

What a great blessing for the Church throughout the world and for our own parish, which has St. Joseph as its patron.

In the Apostolic Letter, Patris Corde (With a Father’s Heart), with which the Pope inaugurated this Year, he says this:

Each of us can discover in Joseph—the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence—an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble. St Joseph reminds us that those who appear hidden or in the shadows can play an incomparable role in the history of salvation.

Over the coming weeks and months, we must try to discover what we can do as hidden individuals and as a parish community, to play our part in God’s work of salvation. Keep an eye out on our website—and have a think yourself. Let’s make our mark for good in this Jubilee Year.

Parish Prayer
for the Year of St Joseph

by

Fr Philip Caldwell

Through the Heart of Jesus Christ,
we ask for your fatherly protection,
O holy Joseph.
Your eyes are upon us, faithful guardian.
You know our problems
and can see their solution.
Take to your care
all that seems difficult and impossible to us:
the cause of our worries.
And by your favoured intercession with Jesus,
make of all our troubles a happy outcome
to serve God’s glory.

AMEN

Safe Worship

When you come to Church please help keep everyone safe by:

  • wearing a mask
  • sanitising your hands on entry and departure
  • providing your contact details
  • allowing a steward to show you a place
  • keeping social distance

The celebration of Mass will be brief and slightly different so as to help keep us all safe:

  • No sign of peace
  • Holy Communion is distributed slowly so that you have time to adjust your mask and receive safely and devoutly
  • Holy Communion is distributed in the hand only
  • Once you have received Holy Communion people leave through the side door

Thank you for complying with these regulations. It helps us all.

Season of Advent

This year the Season of Advent will be very different. To help you to build the Church at Home, the Department for Formation has created a document of resources called Preparing the Way: Advent @ Home. You can download a copy by clicking the button below.

During Advent, there will be weekly reflections, videos and other resources on this diocesan web page and on social media.

Advent Appeal

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In Advent we try to stay alert to the coming of Christ. We prepare to remember his coming to us in the flesh at Bethlehem and we consider how he will come again at the end of time. Meanwhile, we try to stay awake to Christ’s coming now. Jesus comes before us each day in our family and friends, in neighbours and strangers – especially those in need.

This Advent, to make our hearts ready for the coming of Christ and to welcome his light into our world we are making an appeal. Through the SVP we would like to help local families who are struggling this Christmas. We’d also like to decorate our church to be a beacon of hope this Christmas and to be ready to welcome believers to worship here. If you would like to help please drop a donation through the presbytery door or make a payment through the bank. Thank you.

Worshiping in Safety

When you come to Church please help keep everyone safe by:

  • wearing a mask
  • sanitising your hands on entry and departure
  • providing your contact details
  • allowing a steward to show you a place
  • keeping social distance

The celebration of Mass will be brief and slightly different so as to help keep us all safe:

  • No sign of peace
  • Holy Communion is distributed slowly so that you have time to adjust your mask and receive safely and devoutly
  • Holy Communion is distributed in the hand only
  • Once you have received Holy Communion people leave through the side door

Thank you for complying with these regulations. It helps us all.

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Rosary Circle

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