St Joseph's Mission to Deaf People

It's that time of year again!!
Saturday 6th April 2019

One Day Conference in Blackpool

▪    Learn something about our Church and faith

▪    Good lunch

▪    Meet friends from the North West

▪    Free afternoon

▪    Mass with Fr Jim Clarke & Fr Paul Fletcher

Where:   Claremont Hotel, 272 Promenade, Blackpool FY1 1SA

£22.00 for the day 

[Conference, teas/coffees; lunch]

Talk given by Peter McDonough & Fr Paul Fletcher

Saturday 6th April 2019

10:30am - Tea and coffee

11:00am - Conference

12:15pm Lunch

Free afternoon

3:00pm - Mass

Bishop John Arnold's Pastoral Letter on climate change.

read on the weekend of 2nd & 3rd March 2019.
Signed here by Peter Mcdonough for the Deaf community.

International Deaf Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2018 

Organised by the CDA

Below is our group Photograph, taken while in Lourdes last week.  as you can see, we were blessed with good weather (well, for most of the week!)

I am sure I speak for all who went when I say we had a wonderful time, and would like to thank all those involved in the planning of this wonderful pilgrimage. - Fr Jim


Sr. Pauline will probable kill me for this..........
BUT......I wonder what she is saying?   Make up your own caption!
Walsingham 2018
What a wonderful day we had in Walsingham on Saturday.  Blessed with beautiful weather, and the quickest journey there and back I have ever known, what a day!
I know from those I have spoken to, that everyone had a splendid day, and appreciated both the spiritual input and the socialising with friends  from all over the country.
Thanks to everyone who came, and made this pilgrimage such a joyous   event.  I know  we all arrived home tired, but it was really worth it.........Until next year.

Gerry looking very much the part!
Ready to lead the procession to the shrine for Holy Mass.
Blackpool Conference 2018
click on photos to enlarge!
Yesterday 7th April, the clans gathered at the Claremont Hotel in Blackpool for this years Catholic Conference.  A great day was had by all who attended, the largest number ever; the day was led by Peter McDonough and Fr Paul Fletcher, on the theme "what makes me a Christian?"
This was followed by a wonderful lunch, with free time in the afternoon to chat or go for a walk, there was also Confession available for those who wanted.
Mass was celebrated at three o'clock and then the traditional raffle was called.  By the end of the day everyone had said what a good time they had had.
Here's to next year!
The gathering of the clans!
A bit of Hymn practice before Mass
Fr Paul in full flight!

Mass with Bishop John Arnold,
Thanks to all who helped 

We have made the front page of the

Diocesan Web Site!

Bishop John joins the Diocesan Deaf for Mass
Twice a year Bishop John joins the Deaf from around the Diocese to celebrate Mass for them in sign language.  He learned to sign many years ago when he used to sign Mass regularly for the Deaf in the Westminster Diocese.  
It has been a long tradition that the Deaf, from St Joseph’s Mission to Deaf People (SJMDP), invite the Bishop to an annual Mass, which in the past would have been interpreted for the Bishop.  When Bishop John arrived into the Diocese, he said he would like to celebrate Mass for the Deaf, twice a year, and so, now we have Mass with him every six months.

Last Sunday, 18th March, we had the privilege of Bishop John joining us once again for one of these Masses.  He spent an hour the day before with one of the deaf, practicing his signing, and on the day he did very well, and the Deaf were delighted with him, making such an effort with his signing skills.
After Mass, we had a celebration in the parish centre, with food and drink available to all.  Bishop John took the time to go around every table and have his photo taken, in this way everyone has a keepsake photograph, because almost everyone was on either one picture or another.
We at St Josephs Mission to Deaf People, know how busy the Bishop is, and we are always grateful for his time and the care he takes in preparing for Mass with us here at St Patrick’s.  Celebrating Mass in sign language, where you have to read the wording, voice over the words and sign all at the same time is not very easy, as it’s a little like doing three things at once as well as speaking two languages at the same time!
The only problem on the day was that 30 or so of the Deaf could not make it to St Patrick's because of the overnight snowfall, which was a real shame.
So once again we thank Bishop John for his time and care, and we look forward to our next Mass with him in six months’ time.
Fr Jim Clarke – Chaplain to the Deaf in the Diocese
And the whole team at SJMDP


Early Notice regarding the Easter Service Times 2018

Easter Services 2018 – All services will be at St Patrick’s Church (except Sunday)

Holy Thursday – Mass of the Lord’s Supper  7:00pm

Good Friday – Stations of the Cross 11:00am

Good Friday – Service of the Lord’s Passion 3:00pm

Easter Saturday – Vigil Mass of the Resurrection  6:30pm

Easter Sunday – Mass of Easter 9:30am ST MALACHY’S

Easter Sunday – Mass of Easter 11:00am ST PATRICK’S with SJMDP


Daily  Devotional prayer in BSL
simply press this link
This is maybe something you can do for Lent, or even better, make it a part of your daily life.  It only takes a few minutes to watch, but gives you much to think about.

Terence Harton R.I.P. - What a wonderful and fitting tribute we witnessed yesterday (23rd) to Terry, his requiem mass was a wonderful occasion of celebrating his life, and what a crowd turned up, people from Newcastle, London, Kent, Birmingham, Manchester and Ireland all came to give thanks to God for Terry's wonderful life.

Terence Harton RIP
Died 23rd January 2018
Terence's Requiem will take place on Friday 23rd February at 11am @ St Joseph's RC Church, Mount Plesant Road Pudsey LS28 7AZ

 AS well as the CDA Trip to Lourdes this year, there is also the annual Salford Diocese trip, the                                   details of this trip are below. All services and Masses are signed, and Fr Jim will                                                      be available for any interpreting that is needed.                                                        

                                                              Come and join us!!

                                    Salford Diocese 86th Lourdes pilgrimage - 2018
St Chads Deanery group

                                                                                   Departs 27th July 2018 returns 2nd August 2018.

                                                                                                    £700 per person sharing
                                                                                                         £850 in single room
                                                                                                               Cost include -
                                                                                         Return flights Manchester - Toulouse
                                                                                               Airport duty & passenger taxes.
                                                                                   1 suitcase per person for the aircraft holds 20kgs.
                                                                                       Return coach transfer to Manchester Airport.
                                                                                       6 night’s full board 4* Hotel Moderne Lourdes.
                                                                                               Half day excursion to Bartres.
                                         Deposit £100 per person, to be paid before 31st January 2018, balance payment due 9th June 2018.
                                                  All welcome to join this year’s pilgrimage, please contact Cecilia Fitzpatrick on 0161 653 8342.


Happy Christmas from Pope Francis - in sign language!!




Please pray for the repose of the soul of Bernard Hatton who sadly passed away on 27th November 2017.  We pray also for his wife Moira and his family at this sad time.  
May the Lord be merciful to him and may he now inherit the promise of eternal life. Amen.

Bernard's funeral will be as St Joseph's Church, Heywood, on 10th December at 10am. 

Christmas Mass and service times
Early Notice......
Christmas masses as follows
Tuesday 19th December _ Reconciliation service @7pm
Saturday  23rd December St Malachy's Mass at 6:30pm as usual
Sunday     24th December St Patrick's   Mass at 9:30am
                                                                Mass for the Deaf at 11:30am
Sunday Christmas eve  Carol Service at 6pm followed by Mass at 7pm at St Patrick's
Monday - Christmas Day                         Mass at St Malachy's at 9:30am
                                                                 Mass at St Patrick's at 11:30 am (combined with the Deaf)  

A special service for Deaf people who may have difficulties.
See video below!
8th November 2017
CDA  Northwest Meeting in Liverpool.
A good meeting was had by all, and we thank Sr. Dorothy for allowing us the use of the convent, and to The Nugent Team in Liverpool  for hosting the meeting so beautifully.  Thanks also to Fr Peter Fleetwood for signing the Mass for us.
The 2 images to the right show the meeting in progress.
Thanks to Denise for chairing the meeting, something she usually does not do!
We also enjoyed our lunch together once the meeting had concluded. 
The next meeting will be in March 2018 at St Joseph's in Manchester.



Guess who met the Pope this week?

The picture says it all!
Well done to all who attended the symposium in Rome over the past few days.
Saturday 21st October saw the AGM of the Catholic Deaf Association.

The day began with a morning meeting for the executive committee members.  Next, Bishop John celebrated Mass at 12:30pm, using sign language.  We then had a break for lunch, after which the AGM began.  Here are a number of photographs from the afternoon session.

Far left members listen to the presentation.  Second left Peter received Papal Blessing in thanks for 17 years as secretary of the CDA. Left - Thanks to Tom Black for his interpreting skills.


Bishop John's Pastoral letter
There is a video in BSL (Signed by Peter McDonough) of Bishops latest pastoral letter about "Hope in the Future" you can see it by clicking the video opposite.
To enlarge the image, once the video begins to run, use the box in the bottom right corner.

Lourdes 2018 - A special Pilgrimage for the deaf from all over the world! The CDA are attending....
Would you like to come?
See details below...