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