"I have loved O Lord, the beauty of Thy house, and the place where
Thy glory dwelleth."
Our Patron and Protector
THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT - 15TH DECEMBER 2019
Advent comes from the Latin word meaning "coming." Jesus is coming, and Advent is intended to be a season of preparation for His arrival. While we typically regard Advent as a joyous season, it is also intended to be a period of preparation, much like Lent. Prayer, penance and fasting are appropriate during this season.
Advent is not as strict as Lent, and there are no rules for fasting, but it is meant to be a period of self-preparation. The purple colour associated with Advent is also the colour of penance. The faithful should fast during the first two weeks in particular and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The colour of the Third Sunday of Advent is rose. This colour symbolizes joy and represents the happiness we will experience when Jesus comes again. The Third Sunday is a day of anticipatory celebration. It is formerly called "Gaudete" Sunday; gaudete means "rejoice" in Latin.
Finally, Sundays during Advent, just as during Lent, should not be given to fasting, but instead to celebration because we celebrate the resurrection of Our Lord every Sunday. It is important to remember, however, there are no particular rules for how the laity should observe Advent.
Our Holy Father's intentions for December
The Future of the Very Young
That every country take the measures necessary to prioritize the future of the very young, especially those who are suffering.
Quote for the month of December
"For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ."
John Henry Newman
Canonised 13th October 2019
How did this cardinal
become a saint?
John Henry Newman was born in London 1801. He studied at Trinity College, Oxford, going on to become an Anglican priest and a leading theologian. Newman was a founder of the Oxford Movement, set up to revitalise the Church of England, before his controversial conversion to Catholicism in 1845. Newman went on to establish a congregation called the Birmingham Oratory and was appointed the first rector of the institution that would become University College Dublin. Late in Newman's life, Pope Leo XIII made him a cardinal. Newman died in Birmingham in 1890. His remains lie in a closed sarcophagus at the Oratory.
"Newman is very well known in the Church as a theologian, a teacher and an educationalist," said Father Francis Gavin, from the Birmingham Oratory. "But he was also a priest and a pastor. He visited the sick, the imprisoned, and those human qualities of care and friendship are as relevant now as they were in his own time."
The Vatican must authenticate two miracles to declare someone a saint. Newman has been credited with curing a man's spinal disease and a woman's unstoppable bleeding.
In 2000, Jack Sullivan, from Boston, Massachusetts, had just completed the second year of a four-year course to become a deacon - the level of Catholic ministry below priesthood - when he was struck by crippling back pain. "I certainly needed a divine favour at that moment, so I prayed: 'Please Cardinal Newman help me to walk so that I can return to classes and be ordained'," said Mr Sullivan.
When he woke the next morning, the pain had gone, he told the BBC, allowing him to complete his third year of classes before the pain returned, on the final day of the academic year.
In May 2013, expectant mother Melissa Villalobos was suffering from unstoppable internal bleeding that threatened the life of her child in the womb, according to the Birmingham Oratory. "In prayer she directly and explicitly invoked Newman's intercession to stop the bleeding," it said. "The miraculous healing was immediate, complete, and permanent."
The process cannot begin until at least five years after the candidate's death and involves scrutinising evidence of his or her holiness and work.
First, the individual is declared a "servant of God"
He or she is then called "venerable"
Beatification: An individual is declared blessed after a miracle is attributed to him or her
Canonisation: The candidate becomes a saint after a further Vatican-authenticated miracle.
Newman's is one of five canonisations conducted by Pope Francis at an open-air ceremony in Rome. The Prince of Wales was the UK's lead representative and Mr Sullivan and Mrs Villalobos were among the congregation.
Tens of thousands of pilgrims, including some from the Oratory Schools Association, watched at St Peter's Square. The ceremony was screened all over the world, including at the Oratory and Bilston Holy Trinity Catholic Church in the West Midlands.
The Oratory has spent £75,000 redecorating the Newman relic casket and the Newman shrine, and a further £75,000 establishing a small museum of Newman relics on the ground floor of Oratory House.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, said: "A canonisation is always an encouragement, so it's a declaration that people, from so many different walks of life, can achieve the kind of greatness that inspires the rest of us."
Carol Parkinson, secretary of the Friends of Newman, lives in Birmingham and has travelled to Rome for the canonisation. She said: "It's a very special time, people feel very emotional about it. When we heard that he was going to be made a saint, many people were in tears and just so excited they couldn't believe what was going on.
"The work the cardinal did here continues. He worked in prisons, his group of Oratorians worked with people in hospitals, in schools. He was a friend to everybody on the streets, to people in high places and power, with the poor, the rich, the famous, the unknown. And that work still goes on through the Oratory - his memory has never been forgotten."
Friday 1 November - All Saints
Saturday 2 November - All Souls
Saturday 9th November - Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
Thursday 21st November - Presentation of Mary
Sunday 24th November - Our Lord Jesus Christ King of the Universe
Monday 9th December - Immaculate Conception
Wednesday 25th December - Christmas Day
Saturday 28th December - Feast of the Holy Innocents
Sunday 29th December - Feast of the Holy Family
Wednesday 1st January - Mary The Holy Mother of God
Friday 3rd January - The Most Holy Name of Jesus
Monday 6th January - Epiphany
Sunday 12th January - Baptism of The Lord
OUR PARISH HOME
St. Joseph's is a Roman Catholic Church in the heart of Reddish serving the Catholic community. We consider our church as our parish home and although Catholic in essence we are an inclusive church; welcoming everybody who wishes to come here for Holy Mass or just to pop in to pray. The church is open every weekday (except Wednesday) from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm. Why don't you call in and spend 5 minutes with the Lord? He is here and just waiting for you to visit Him.
ABOUT OUR CHURCH
St. Joseph's RC Church was built in 1881 thanks to the
small Catholic community that resided here in Reddish. After approaching the Bishop, His Lordship Rt Rev Herbert Vaughan (who later became
His Eminence Cardinal Vaughan), coupled with the very generous gift of £5000 donated by Mr. Joseph Higginson, permission to build the church was granted. On Christmas Eve 1882, that small number of zealous Catholics assembled for the first Holy Mass in their new church, celebrated by Fr. Harrison in honour and dedication to the Patronage of St. Joseph. How wonderful that Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament was welcomed to a permanent home in the Holy Tabernacle of
St. Joseph's on the eve of the feast of the Nativity!
ST. JOSEPH'S MUSIC MINISTRIES
"HE WHO SINGS PRAYS TWICE!"
“Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.” - Edward Bulwer Lytton
“Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.” - Maria von Trapp
“Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.”
Music has a very spiritual role at
St. Joseph's. A beautiful hymn can really lift the soul and as
St. Augustine so rightly said it's like you are praying twice.
We have music at all the
Sr. Silvia sings and plays the guitar at the 5 pm Vigil Mass on Saturday,
Cerys plays the organ at the 9 am Sunday Mass and Maria sings and plays the guitar at the 11 am Mass. If you would like to become involved with the music please email