13th January 2018

Tea And Coffee:
Tea and Coffee is served in the Hall behind the Church every Sunday after the 9.15am Mass. Come and enjoy a cuppa with friends. All welcome.

Crib Collection:
This year we are collecting for St Joseph’s Care with all donations going towards the purchase of shoes for children in South Shore. Some children are very poorly shod and are desperate for appropriate winter footwear.

Children — Hunt The Angel:
Did you find them all? Well done if you did! There were over 80. Lots of our older parishioners enjoyed joining in the fun. We will have another ‘hunt’ in a few months’ time

Suggestion Box:
We welcome any ideas or suggestions especially for the type of social events you would like to see. Just drop a note in the box on the windowsill at the back of church.

Churches Together In Ansdell And Fairhaven:
Christian Unity service, St Pauls at 7:30pm this coming Wednesday. Table Top Sale. Methodist Church Saturday 19 January 10.00am until noon. Please do your best to support these events.

Youth Core:
Meeting on alternate Thursdays from 6pm to 7.30pm. if you are in Years 7 to 11 we will be pleased to see you. You don’t need to be in St Joseph’s Parish to attend. So far we have…Pool, Table Tennis, Retro Games consoles, Tuck Shop, Board Games, and much more. Entrance Fee Is £1, The next few meetings are on 17th Jan, 31st Jan, 7th Feb, 21st Feb & 7th Mar. Please contact Simon on the number in this weeks bulletin if you would like to help as a volunteer and for all other enquiries.

St. Joseph’s Care:
Here to help when you most need it! Helpline open each day from 9am until 7pm Tel: 07840 112 265.

Good Neighbours:
Please keep a watchful eye on those on their own in your street. On these cold dark days of winter, it is important that we keep a watchful eye and provide support if needed.

Please don‘t forget to let Fr. David know if you are admitted to hospital so that a hospital Chaplaincy visit can be arranged.

Castlerigg Manor:
Bookings are now open for young people to go on the Lancaster Diocese Lourdes Pilgrimage in the summer, 25th July to 3rd August. Please look at the back of church for information and details.

Date for your diary:
The excellent Festival Ceilidh Band are coming back to St. Joseph’s on Saturday 2nd February. As usual this promises to be a great night with lots of fun. Details to follow.
There will be a short meeting this Tuesday 15th January at 7.30pm in the presbytery to discuss plans for the Ceilidh Band and future possible events to be arranged by the Social Group. Please come along to give us your views and ideas for the social side of the parish.

The Rosary Group
which meets each Thursday at noon in church would like to invite you to join them. We pray in a meditative way for the world and the parish. Please come along and give it a try.

Are you are interested in learning to ring? Age no barrier. Contact Richard on the number in this weeks bulletin or just come along to a practice session held each Thursday at 7 pm.

Where There Is A Will:
Please remember St Joseph’s in your Will— even the smallest sum can help our parish mission locally. Suggested wording: I Give the sum of £…. to the Parish Priest for the time being of the Catholic Church of St Joseph’s, Ansdell for general use within the Parish (or state a specific purpose) – thank you.

Don’t forget to let the Catholic Chaplaincy team know if you or a member of your family is admitted to hospital, whether it be Blackpool Vic, Clifton, or the Hospice, or any other hospital. Often, the faith of the person is not recorded when they are admitted, especially at times like these when nurses are overstretched. This makes the chaplains role very difficult when visiting wards. The best approach is to inform your parish priest of the details so that these can be passed on to the chaplain of the hospital where your family member is staying.

Little Joes:
Little Joes club meets every Sunday after Mass at 10am until 11am in the church hall, for children in preschool to Year 6. Little Joes is a great place to make new friends, have fun and make all sorts of crafts to take home with you. We have regular social events for everyone to get together too. Little Joes reaches out to our community with the message of God’s love for people and through this, positive relationships are built with families. If you have any questions please contact Emma Cox via the number in this weeks bulletin (front page).

St. Joseph’s Care:
We are very thankful and fortunate to have a team of telephone operators who ‘man’ our helpline 10 hrs a day and a team of volunteers who give up their time to provide assistance in all sorts of ways when needed. We are also now making outbound calls to our housebound parishioners just to say hello and ensure that they have everything they need. Your generous after Mass offerings are continuing to help us provide direct and practical assistance to those in need within our local community Please continue to support St Joseph’s Care as we strive to allow Christ to work through us so that we can make a real difference. Through St Joseph’s Care we are fulfilling our mission of evangelisation in the local community.

Taking An Active Part In The Parish:
Remember your talent is God’s gift to you and what you do with it is your gift to God. Please consider in what way you might be able to help the parish, practically, administratively or spiritually. Just drop your details in the Suggestion Box and someone will get in touch with you.

Lost Property:
Our lost property box is located in the Sacristry. Please note that items will be retained for 3 months before being disposed of.

St Joseph’s Facebook Page:
We now have over 300 people regularly following us on Facebook which is allowing us to reach out to those in the wider community and fulfil our parish commitment to evangelisation. In the last couple of months we have been able to help a number of people who have sought assistance through this medium.

Used Postage Stamps And Supermarket Vouchers:
Thank you for your continued donations of used postage stamps. St. Peter’s school are very grateful for all your support. The school will be collecting stamps for many years to come. The stamps provide a good source of revenue which is used to further enhance learning for the whole school. Thank you.