Tuesday, 30 September 2014


Friday, 26 September 2014

26th Sunday of the Year

Only Mass this week, as Fr John will be away: Tues – 09.30 where year 6 from St Mary's school will be present


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, Phyllis Pollard, Mary O'Connor, Christine Tormey, Charlotte Taylor

Lately Dead: Mae Hall

Anniversaries: Claire Joyce, Jane Haworth, Rafal Los, Chris Metcalfe, Jack & May Kemp



Invitation to Fr Paul Blackburn's Induction as Parish Priest at St Joseph's If anyone wishes to attend, 7pm Friday 10th October, please sign the list at the back of church.


Blessings at Mass


Due to various situations that have arisen recently, I feel that it is important to explain the function and role of imparting the Blessing at Mass. It has become a modern practice that people who do not wish to, or cannot for any reason, receive Communion present themselves for a blessing. This practice has been accepted by many priests as a pastorally sensitive way of helping people to feel they are taking some part in the Mass. In large congregations where the vast majority are Roman Catholics then this practice can be easily and efficiently performed. However, it is only the priest, not a Eucharistic Minister, who can impart a blessing. To this end, I instructed Eucharistic Ministers not to be seen to be giving any sign of a blessing but to make the Sign of the Cross on the forehead of the recipient as a sign of their baptism.


In the directives within the Roman Missal, which guides the priest, other ministers and the faithful, in the correct way to celebrate the Mass, there is no mention of people coming forward and requesting a blessing at Communion. The time when the Blessing takes place is at the end of Mass when the whole congregation are blessed before being dismissed. This is the correct time for the blessing to be given.


Now for pastoral reason such as Funerals and Weddings, where Communion is distributed, then the faithful are encouraged to come to Communion, and though many may feel that it is inappropriate to receive Communion, they wish to receive a blessing. However, this is not meant to be the norm for every occasion. Here at St Mary's Church, we welcome people to come forward, especially the children with their parents as it helps them practice coming forward a future time when they will receive Communion. We also encourage people who are not Catholic to come forward to show family togetherness, and this I believe to be appropriate.


However, what is acceptable in some circumstances may turn out to be inefficient on other occasions. For instance, when there are whole schools at Mass and the numbers of children are unable to receive Communion, then the practice of receiving a blessing can become unwieldy and the practice does not become appropriate, so for this reason I feel it is not the right thing to do. It is also wrong for us to say well the adults can come forward but not the children! The right way to proceed it to put more emphasis on "The Blessing" at the end of Mass, therefore it taking place at the designated time.


I hope this clears up any misunderstanding and helps educate us all in the correct practice. So during weekend Masses, funerals and weddings we continue at Communion when only the priest will give a blessing at Communion, the Eucharistic Minister will make the sign of the cross on the recipients forehead, but at school Masses or when ther are lots of people not receiving Communion an appropriate "Solemn Blessing" will be imparted at the end of Mass.  Fr John  

Friday, 19 September 2014

Weekly Notices and Mass times Saturday 20th Sunday 21 September

Times of Masses this week:
Mon – No Mass
Tues – 09.15 Mass
Wed – 12.00noon Mass followed by packed lunch
Thurs – 09.15 Mass
Fri – 7.30am Mass followed by breakfast

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, Phyllis Pollard, Mary O’Connor, Joan Murray,
Fr Peter Birmingham, Christine Tormey
Lately Dead: Teresa Grimshaw, Catherine Knox, Ethel Leyton
Anniversaries: Wendy Mack, Geoffrey Moss, Colin Rutherford

Next Sunday there will be a CAFOD representative speaking to us about the work of CAFOD. This is not an appeal for funds
Next weekend the October Monthly Newsletter will be published Any notices to be submitted by Tues evening. Could Readers and Eucharistic Ministers declare their availability to Jean asap.

The Parish Magazine The latest edition of the Parish Magazine is now available. Unfortunately due to a computer file glitch some of the articles have repetition in them, so John Hughes has issued addendums to go with the magazines to correct the articles. A suggested donation of a pound towards parish projects is suggested in return for a copy. Thanks to John Hughes for all his efforts in editing it. Thanks also to all advertisers and authors of articles. Enjoy the contents.

The Kneelers in Church have been removed for refurbishment. Please sit or stand during Mass at the appropriate times, as announced. Do not try to kneel. We will have them back for next weekend.

Bishop’s Synod on Marriage and Family Life  Next Sunday, 28th September, A Day of Prayer for the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops has been declared in preparation for this Synod, which takes place in October, to address the topic: The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelisation. This Synod will be discussing questions raised in a questionnaire circulated to everyone last November. Many from this parish responded.

Parish Centre The Parish Centre require volunteers to help to act as bar staff to keep the Centre running. If you would like to volunteer then please pop into the Centre one evening this week (not Mon) and let one of the Committee know. Volunteers need to be over 18 years of age.

Morris Homes are running a children’s drawing competition to “design a future home”. Morris would like the children to come up with creative designs for how they think homes will look in the future. The more creative the better, and they can be in any format i.e. A4, A3, 2D, 3D etc. Children will have two weeks to work on the designs (from 13th September until 27th September), when they will be sent to Morris for them to judge. Prizes will then be presented to winners after Mass on Saturday 11th October.
Cabaret Evening Oswaldtwistle St Mary’s are holding a “Cabaret Evening” at the Popular Club, Accrington on Saturday 11th Oct. Tickets are £25 each which includes a 3-course meal and entertainment. Further information on a poster on the parish notice-board.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Parish Magazine Corrections

Due to an software problem a number of pages in the September issue Parish Magazine were incorrcetly printed.

The errata file on the link below contains all the correction.

Please accept our apologies for and disappointment or inconvenience.