Saturday, 27 December 2014

28th December - the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary And Joseph.

Masses this week

Mon 10am Mass

Tues – No Mass

Wed - New Year's Eve 18.30 Mass followed by Exposition until 7.30pm

Thurs – New Year's Day: Feast of Mary, Holy Mother of God – Mass 12 noon

Fri – 10am Mass

Sat – 6.30pm Vigil Mass of the Epiphany

Sunday – 10am Mass for the Feast of the Epiphany    

 

Please remember in your prayers

Sick and housebound: Mary O'Connor, and John Thomas.

Lately Dead: Alan McCumskay, John Boyle and Fr Peter Knowles (Holy Souls, Blackburn) 

Anniversaries: Mark Haworth, John & Ada Cunliffe, Sally & Don Bell, Domenico Pirraglia, Mary McNamara, Nancy Pinder

 

Other Masses: Harold and Mary Duckworth, Gregory Heyes, Richard & Gertrude Haworth, Mary and Francis Heyes, Beth & Fred Alveston, May & Joe Walsh, Evelyn & Ernest Taylor, Evelyn & Frederick Cockshutt, Kenneth Holmes, Joseph, Ada & Claire Joyce, Patrick & Clare Doolan, Joseph & Alice MacNeal, Teresa Grimshaw

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From Bishop John

With an apology that this is a second request from me in just two weeks, and for its short notice……

 

As part of the work of the Synod on the family, you may know that Pope Francis has asked us to take time to reflect on marriage and family life, and our own experience.

 

It is all too evident that both marriage and family life have been challenged and, in our generation, they have seen unprecedented breakdown. Despite its many struggles, we know that without the gift of family our society would have lost something fundamentally important and good. Marriage is such a noble vocation and family life must be strengthened and assisted, especially in times of difficulty.

 

The Bishops of England and Wales have prepared some simple reflections on the Call, the Journey and the Mission of marriage and family life. I am asking that these reflections be made available to all parishes and religious communities as we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family.

 

I ask you to invite your congregations and communities to read these reflections and to share your thoughts with one another, especially in your families. If you would like to share those reflections with me then I would be happy for you to write to me. I cannot promise to answer every reply but I will certainly consider what you write, and will use it as part of my submission to Cardinal Vincent Nichols and to Bishop Peter Doyle, who are to be the representatives from England and Wales at the second Synod on the family next October.

 

Full document available from Parish Web Site on this link: 

 

http://www.saintmarysoswaldtwistle.co.uk/The%20Call-Journey-Mission%20of%20the%20Family%20%281%29.pdf

 

Yours devotedly,

+ John

Thursday, 25 December 2014

25th December - The Nativity of The Lord


18.30 Vigil Mass of the Feast of the Holy Family

Christmas Day - 10am Mass for the Feast of the Holy Family

Please remember in your prayers:
Sick and housebound: Mary O'Connor, and John Thomas.
Lately Dead: Harry Catlow, Margaret Darwin, Thomas Glannan, Alan McCumskay, John Boyle and
Fr Peter Knowles (Holy Souls, Blackburn)

Anniversaries:
Other Masses: Harold and Mary Duckworth, Gregory Heyes, Richard & Gertrude Haworth, Mary and Francis Heyes, Beth & Fred Alveston, May & Joe Walsh, Evelyn & Ernest Taylor, Evelyn &
Frederick Cockshutt, Kenneth Holmes, Joseph, Ada & Claire Joyce, Patrick & Clare Doolan,
Joseph & Alice MacNeal, Teresa Grimshaw

Wishing you all a very blessed Christmas.
May the Peace that Christ came to bring
Be present in your lives and hearts
From: Fr John
& Jean, the parish Secretary.

The crib offerings will be donated to THOMAS, a Catholic Organisation in Blackburn that helps to rehabilitate Drug and Alcohol abusers.



The Parish Centre is open Christmas Day from after Mass until 2.30pm. It is closed on Boxing Day and New years' Day. It is open New Year's 'Eve.

Synod on Family Life - you may remember that last year there was a consultation on Married Life asking people for comment. The language in the document was not helpful. The Pope has asked for further consultation for the second part of the Synod late in 2015. In order for people to be able to respond parishes are beings asked to have mini conferences about marriage and family life. If you would like to be involved please let Fr John know in the next few weeks.

Fr Peter Knowles RIP: served at St Joseph's Darwen and All Souls, Blackburn.
His Requiem is both Monday 29th December at 7.30pm and Tuesday 30th December at 11.00 am.

Peace on Earth

Monday, 22 December 2014

21 December - 4th Sunday of Advent

Masses this week:

Mon - 11.15 Requiem for Harry Catlow

Tues -11.15 Requiem Mass for Margaret Darwin

Wed - Christmas Eve 10am Mass

6.30pm - First Mass of Christmas

Thurs - Christmas Day 10am Mass

Fri - Feast of St Stephen - No Mass

Sat - Feast of St John - No Mass

18.30 Vigil Mass of the Feast of the Holy Family

Sunday - 10am Mass for the Feast of the Holy Family

 

Please remember in your prayers

 

Sick and housebound: Mary O'Connor, John Boyle and John Thomas.

Lately Dead: HarryCatlow, Margaret Darwin, Thomas Glannan, Jean McCaffrey

Anniversaries: Rose Hodson, Bernard Lawrence, Kathleen & Michael Brooker

 

Pastoral Letter from Bishop John Arnold

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

Although only very recently arrived among you in the Diocese, I did not want to miss the opportunity of writing a short letter to you at this special time of the Church's year. On behalf of everyone, I would like to thank Bishop Terence for all that he has achieved with you in his seventeen years as the Bishop of Salford and for his kindness and helpfulness to me during the time of transition. We wish him a happy and restful time in retirement and, as he has chosen to stay in the Diocese, we will be pleased to see him undertaking ministry at various times, in various places.

 

I should admit that moving from Westminster Diocese, after thirty one years, was not something that I particularly expected. However, the warmth of the welcome and the kindness shown by so many people, religious and priests of the Diocese since the announcement in September, and particularly in these recent days, has made the move so much easier and, dare I say it, rather exciting. I am looking forward to all that we can be and do together as Church.

 

Christmas presents us with a challenge. So many people in the cities and towns around us will be celebrating "Christmas" but will do so with no mention of Jesus and his birth. They will not be considering the very reason why we celebrate Christmas at all - the simple but profound fact that "God loved the world so much that he sent His Son to be our Saviour". You and I need to keep our celebrations firmly rooted on that truth. It is the basis and foundation of all that we can and will be as his disciples and ambassadors.

 

We must also be sure to remember that Christmas is a Feast of Hope. We need no reminders of the scale of conflict and injustice that remains in our world and the scandal of poverty that exists, manifestly in the developing world, but also in our own neighbourhoods and communities. So many of us have so much and all too many simply do not have enough, the basic minimum for life. The challenge of making our world a better place is our declaration of hope at Christmas. As we celebrate our Christmas, I hope that we can remind ourselves we have so much for which to be thankful, and so much that we can do and be together as we meet the challenges of our present day.

 

I would be very grateful to think that we might all pray a very simple prayer together, in our homes, schools and parishes. It is a prayer that strengthens our sense of purpose and unity and determination and calls on the Lord to be with us. The prayer is simply this: "Stay with us, Lord, on our journey." I pray it every day and hope that you will join me.

 

Thank you all, priests, people and religious for all that you do in our parishes, schools and organisations that speaks of Christ, not only in our care for those in our communities but also to those in the wider community. I am already seeing great evidence of life and work, love and generosity. I wish you and your families and friends every blessing as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, God's promise of His presence among us and His love for us all.

 

Yours devotedly,

 

+ John Arnold

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Important news update.

We are saddened to announce that there will be 2 Requiems next week,
 
Monday 22nd 11.15am Harry Catlow,
Tuesday 23rd  11.15am Margaret Darwin. 
 
We remember them and their families in our prayers.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

3rd Sunday of Advent

Masses this week: weekday Masses will take place in the Sacristy

Mon-No Mass

Tues - 9.30am Mass (St Mary's school attending)

Wed - 10am Requiem Mass for Thomas Glannan

Thurs - 6.30pm Mass followed by Exposition

Fri - 12.30 Mass followed by stew

 

Please remember in your prayers

 

Sick and housebound: Margaret Darwin, Mary O'Connor, John Boyle and John Thomas.

Lately Dead: Thomas Glannan, Harry Catlow, David Barnfield, Tommy Boland, Jean McCaffrey,

Olive Butterworth

 

Anniversaries: Thomas Gleeson, Mary Ann Clarkson, Cecilia Agnes Randles, Bernard Joseph

McNamara, Alan Marsaen, Harold Sweeney, Marjorie & Frank Quipp

 

Bishop John Arnold - our new Bishop

Last Monday Bishop John Arnold was installed as the 11th Bishop of Salford Diocese and he comes at a very important time in its development. There is much work to be done and he is not alone in this work, we must be there to support him as we tackle together the challenges that we face as a Catholic Community in Lancashire and Greater Manchester. Obviously he has been appointed to lead us through the years ahead and if he is to be a successful leader then we have to be loyal followers.

Bishop John comes to us from Westminster Archdiocese where he has served as a priest and Auxiliary Bishop, though he was born in Sheffield. He trained as a barrister so should have a sharp mind. He is chairman of CAFOD and has been involved in research into a fresh approach to the sacrament of reconciliation. In his first address at the Cathedral Mass on Monday, he spoke very warmly of Pope Francis' call to service. He said we must learn to walk alongside those who are walking away from the Church, to be able to agonize with them and try to understand their reasons. He said that he has come to listen to us and that we must not be afraid to tell him how things really are. I believe that he has much to do and that he can only move ahead by listening. I always remember an old priest, who I loved and respected, saying to me "John, the great problem with the Church is that it is solving the problems that no one is interested in." Bishop John has come to listen first and he intends to get around the parishes as soon as possible. I will be meeting Bishop John this Thursday with the priests of the Deanery. I am hoping that you will all be able to meet him in the near future. He, I am sure, will be praying for your support. I know that I rely on your support and how valuable it is to me in trying to uphold the Faith in this part of Lancashire. I will keep you all informed regularly of any messages that he has for us as a parish and I am sure you will all join in me in wishing him a Holy and fruitful apostolate. It goes without saying that we wish Bishop Terence Brain a happy retirement.

 

Fr John

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Feast of Christ the King

Masses this week: weekday Masses will take place in the Sacristy

Mon – No Mass

Tues – 9.30am Mass with some of St Mary's Primary School present

Wed – 12 noon Mass followed by packed lunch

Thurs –  6.30pm Mass followed by Exposition

Fri – 9.15am Mass   

 

Please remember in your prayers

Sick and housebound: Harold Owen, Tommy Glannan, Harry Catlow, Mary O'Connor, Tommy Boland, Christine Tormey, John Boyle, Jacob Hargreaves.

Lately Dead: Frances Gloria Lee, Margaret Sweeney

Anniversaries: Geraldine Curran, Kathleen Smith, Philomena & Martin George, Mary & Fred Broadley

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Christmas shopping trip; We would like to organise a shopping trip to the Trafford Centre for next Saturday, 29th November.  To keep costs to a minimum we aim to have volunteers to drive, people could then shop in small groups and then meet up for lunch or afternoon tea.  We aim to leave about 10am and return home in time for evening Mass.  This would provide an opportunity for an outing and enable those not normally able to get there to do so.  If you are interested in coming or can provide transport please speak to Maxine Pollard or Ursula Heyes.

 

Winter Pressures; as in previous years we would like to have a list of volunteers who would be willing to offer short term support over the winter months to the elderly and housebound. If you would be willing to collect some shopping, provide transport to church, phone someone to check on their well-being or clear snow (either from the front of their house or the church0 please put your name and contact details on the list at the back of church.

 

STOP PRESS – Winter storms are expected to hit the country this week with record low temperatures and blizzards, so please keep an eye out for the vulnerable.

 

Next Weekend:-

We should have the Advent Edition of the Parish Magazine, please try to support it, there are much more varied articles in this one with contributions from Fr Peter Hopkinson on Pope St John XXIII, an article from Gavin, plus other interesting news from the schools.

 

The Monthly Newsletter will also be available for December and obviously includes the Christmas period. Please could Readers and Eucharistic Ministers let Jean, the parish secretary, know if they are not available over the period of 6/7 Dec up to, and including, the weekend of 10/11 January. Information needs to be communicated by Tuesday evening. An availability list is at the back of church. Also if anyone has any events that they wish to advertise for the period of December/January, then these must be handed in, or emailed to, us by Tuesday evening.

 

The Season of Advent begins next weekend and the theme for Advent this year will be world peace culminating in the Holy Land. During Advent we will look at different areas of the world that are at war, and also reflect on the first Christmas during WW1.

 

The Sacramental Programme will begin with the presentation of the candidates. This will happen at both Masses when parents will present the children, and themselves, as a sign of commitment to training the children, with the Catechists' help, in the ways of faith. The initial meeting of the parents about the sacramental programme will take place with Fr John after Masses today.

 

The cycle of readings moves on to Year B on Sunday, and Year 1 for weekdays.

 

 

Sunday, 26 October 2014

30th Sunday of the year



Masses this week:

Mon -   Thurs No Masses as Fr John is away
Fri -      10.15am Requiem Mass for Freda Duckett
Sat -     1 pm Wedding between Robert Sanderson and Becky Mallen

Sacrament of Reconciliation - 5.45 - 6.15 pm on Saturdays or anytime on appointment.

Please remember in your prayers: -

Sick and housebound: Tommy Glannan, Harry Catlow, Mary O'Connor, Christine Tormey, John
Thomas, Alfie & Willie Boswell, Louis James Armstrong (premature baby), John Boyle

Lately Dead: Freda Duckett, Tony Forshaw, Eileen Ireland, Fr Kevin Griffin, Fr Martin Brogan,
Alice Parkinson, Kitty Ward

Anniversaries: Hubert Feathers, Albert Winstanley, Norah Madden, Jim Keane, Margaret Kendall, Rose Rushton


Clocks go back This weekend the clocks go back one hour on Saturday Night.

November Prayer List is available at the entrances to the Church. Please take one home.

Service of Light The annual "Service of Light" will take place at St Joseph's, Audley, for all our
children who have died. This Service will take place this Sunday, 26th Oct at 2pm. Everyone is
welcome.

Poppies are on sale at the back of church. As you know take a poppy and make any size of
donation. Crosses are also available.

Fr John away Fr John is away until Friday. We welcome Fr Sean O'Brien, Blackburn Hospital
Chaplain, who will say the Masses this weekend. We will take this opportunity to present him with
a cheque for the needs of the Chaplaincy, as a result of sale of the parish magazine a couple of
editions ago.

Parish Secretary The Office will be open this week Tuesday - Friday 10am - 1 pm

RCIA Group For those thinking of becoming a Catholic the next meeting will take place on
Thursday 6 November at 7.30pm in the Presbytery.

Bishop John Arnold's Mass of Installation as Bishop of Salford. Bishop John's Mass of
Installation will take place at Salford Cathedral on Monday 8th December at 11 am. We have been
offered 2 places for parishioners. If anyone would like to go please hand your name in by Tuesday
of this week and I will ask Jean to draw lots if more than two wish to attend. Replies to the invites
have to be returned by 1st November. The mass is followed by a reception.

Monthly Newsletter This will be distributed next weekend, any articles need to be in by Tuesday
evening. It is pretty obvious that many do not take the monthly newsletter home with them due the
many left in church. Many times people ask for information, when we tell them "It is all in the
newsletter", they respond "Oh, I don't read it!" That is no excuse!!! Please take the newsletter
home with you and read it. Ignorance is not an option!

Parish Magazine This is the time to get articles in. If you wish to put anything in the parish
magazine, which will be distributed early December, please speak with John Hughes. Articles must
be in by 7th November.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Don't Forget! Mary's Meals 3 course meal and Auction



Come and join us for a 3 course meal and auction.

In aid of Mary's Meals

Come along to Franco's Restaurant 
Union Road, Oswaldtwistle

TUESDAY 21st October at 7.30 PM
 A few tickets left at £12.00

29th Sunday of the year

Masses this week:
Mon- No Mass
Tues -10.00 am Requiem Mass for Tony Forshaw
Wed - 10.15 am Requiem Mass for Eileen Ireland
Thurs - 18.30 Mass followed by Exposition
Fri - 07.30 Mass followed by breakfast
Sacrament of Reconciliation - 5.45 - 6.15 pm on Saturdays or any time on appointment.

Please remember in your prayers
Sick and housebound: Tommy Glannan, Harry Catlow, Mary O'Connor, Christine Tormey, John Thomas, Alfie & Willie Boswell, Louis James Armstrong (premature baby)
Lately Dead: Logan Wood, Tony Forshaw, Eileen Ireland, Fr Kevin Griffin
Anniversaries: Geoff Little,. Joseph Beard more , Edward McCaffrey, Catherine Kehoe, Tom Stevens, Alice Peters, Mary Le Pia, Margaret Madden, Belford McHugh, Albert Winstanley, Ellen Walsh, Ted Massey, Mary Berry, Margaret Massey
 

This Sunday - Choir Mass This Sunday the Choir will be singing a latin short-part Mass as they remember all those who have sung in the choir over the years.

Clocks go back Next weekend the clocks go back one hour which means an hour's extra sleep.

November Prayer List If you would like someone deceased to be remembered during Masses in November then please put their names and preferred dates on a list in an envelope marked "November List". Do not put money in the envelope. Latest date for names to be handed in is this Sunday 19th October.

Rosary Circle The Rosary will be said after Mass next Thursday evening for IIPeace in the World". If you wish to join in please come along.

Service of Light The annual "Service of Light" will take place at St Joseph's, Audley, for all our children who have died. When? Next Sunday, 26th Qct at 2pm. Everyone is welcome.

Fr John away Fr John will be away next weekend from the Saturday until the following Friday. Fr Sean O'Brien, Blackburn Hospital Chaplain, will say the Masses next weekend. We will take this opportunity to present him with a cheque for the needs of the Chaplaincy, as a result of sale of the parish magazine a couple of editions ago.

RCIA Group For those thinking of becoming a Catholic the next meeting will take place this Thursday at 7.30pm.

CAFOD There is a thank you letter on the noticeboard for people to read.
Monthly Newsletter for November the deadline for news to go into the monthly newsletter is Thursday 23rd October. Please think ahead if you want anything put in next month's newsletter. We cannot guarantee any news going on the weekly Mass sheet, as we are trying to use this for more educational articles, not for parish information as we have this week!!!!

Thank you Thank you to all those who helped in anyway with Logan Wood's Requiem Mass. Many people came forward to offer support from the parish so that things ran smoothly. Sad experiences like these often pull us all together, so thank you because we all need help and support in such times. I would especially like to thank Alana for all the support she has offered in the schools during this time. Fr John