Sunday, 27 December 2015

Feast of the Holy Family

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Martin Dwyer, June McCaffrey, Jimmy O'Toole, Vida Filippini, Sheila, Peter & Noreen Stevens

Lately Dead: Fr Peter Birmingham, Fr Anthony Sudlow (both from this diocese), Millie Toole, Tommy Birtwell  

Anniversaries:  Mary McNamara, John Edward Sweeney, John Darwin, Rose Ann Hodson, Domenico Pirraglia

 

Masses this week.   

Mon – Feast of the Holy Innocents – 12noon Mass

Tues – Feast of Thomas Becket – 12 noon Mass

Wed – No Mass

Thurs – New Year's Eve - 6.30pm Mass

Fri – New Year's Day & Feast of Mary, Mother of God - 12noon Mass

 

Next Weekend is the Feast of the Epiphany

 

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

On Saturday 5.45pm – 6.15pm

As from Next Sunday, as part of the "Year of Mercy," Confessions will be heard straight after the 10am Mass for anyone who wishes. This means that Fr John will not be in the Sacristy to deal with issues that are normally brought to his attention. So if you need to see him then it is important that you contact him during the week.

 

The following Mass intentions were handed in for Christmas: Mary & Harry Bone, Evelyn & Ernest Taylor, Beth & Fred Alveston, May & Joe Walsh, Stella Ward, Marie Taylor, Gregory Heyes, Harold & Mary Duckworth, Joseph & Honor Loughran, Honor & Kenneth Garside, Rose Gray, Joseph, Ada & Claire Joyce, Patrick & Clare Doolan, Alice & Joseph MacNeal, Geoff, Ross Woods & Alice Woods, Joseph Whiteside, Pat & Bert Hindle, John, Nellie, Leonard & Brian Walsh, Harry, Teresa & Peter Crook, Bob, Sally & Raymond Parker, Margaret Richardson, Leonard Burns, Margaret Smith.

 

Parish Centre As a thank you for all the work that goes on in the parish, Fr John has put an amount of money behind the bar in the Parish Centre for anyone who would like to partake. The Parish Centre will be open from 12.30 onwards. The first drink will be free!

 

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I asked God to take away my pride and God said "No".

He said it was not for him to take away but for me to give up

I asked God to make my disabled child whole and God said "No".

He said her spirit is whole, her body is temporary.

I asked God to grant me patience and God said "No"

He said that patience is a by-product of tribulation, it isn't granted – it is earned.

I asked God to give me happiness and God said "No"

He said he gave me blessings, happiness is up to me.

I asked God to spare me pain and God said "No"

He said sufferings draw you apart from worldly care and brings you closer to him.

I asked God to make my spirit grow and He said "No"

He said I must grow on my own. But I will be in heaven someday because I believe.

I asked God to help me love others as much as He loves me.

God said, "Ah, at last you finally have the idea."

(source: from the "Comboni Mission")

Friday, 18 December 2015

4th Sunday of Advent

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: June McCaffrey, Jimmy O'Toole, Vida Filippini

Lately Dead: Fr Anthony Sudlow (died suddenly and from this diocese), Margaret Bolton,

Alan Davies, Dr Jose Paul, Margaret Beckell, Mary Tierney  

Anniversaries:  Margaret Darwin, Harry Catlow, Bernard Lawrence, Margaret Kenyon

 

Masses this week.     Mon – 9.30am – Mass                            Tues – 6.30pm Mass

Wed – 12noon Mass followed by packed lunch

Christmas Eve – 18.30pm First Mass of Christmas followed by Carols

Christmas Day – 10.00am Morning Mass

Boxing Day – 12noon Mass of St Stephen

NO SATURDAY EVENING MASS

Next Sunday – FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY - 11am Mass for all the Parish

 

Confessions will be held after the Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday Masses

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Family

 

Family is like Lego that comes in all shapes and sizes, and fits together in many different ways.

Family is like a trampoline that allows you to fall and bounce back on your feet.

Family is like a party where you can celebrate, share and have fun.

Family is like a woolly jumper that can be wrapped around you all cosy and snug.

Family is a team that works together building happy fulfilling lives, memories and dreams

Family is a sensitive listener that can be compassionate and forgiving.

Family is everywhere, it's part of who you are and who you will be.

Family is here and now in this Church, together sharing the Good News of the Lord at Mass.

Family is round the table sharing our food and company.

Family is outreaching making room at the Inn.

Family is: Father and Mother – I Love You                      FAMILY IS LOVE                 (source unknown)

 

Our Parish Family consists of many volunteers whose tasks are varied. So as Parish Priest, on behalf of everyone who benefits from all the work done "WE THANK YOU", in no particular order: Members of the Parish Councils, Eucharistic Ministers (especially those who serve the Sick and Housebound & do home visits), the "Red Mission Box" Collectors, the Altar Servers,  Sacristans, Apparitors, Readers, Monthly Newsletter Printers, the Marriage & Baptism Preparation Teams, the Sacramental Programme & Children's Liturgy Catechists, the "Emmaus" Group, the Marriage Registrars, the Schools' Foundation Governors, the Piety Stall Helpers, the Choirs & Organists, the Church Cleaners & Brass Polishers, the Counters & Gift-Aid organisers, the Flower Arrangers, the Tea & Coffee Makers after Mass & Caterers, the Welcomers at Requiems, the Web-Site Maintainers, those who serve the Parish Centre, the Parish Safe-guarding Officer, the Wednesday Lunch Group and the CAFOD Soup Lunch Group, the Food Bank workers, those who do little jobs that need to be done and all those who spend time in prayer for others; then there is the Parish Secretary, the Housekeeper, the property repairers, the Gardener and all the Schools' Staffs and Lay Chaplain, plus the Undertakers.

"A Blessed Christmas" to the whole parish family, who make Jesus Christ present to all by your prayers and actions. If going away – have a safe journey! 

Friday, 11 December 2015

3rd Sunday of Advent

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: June McCaffrey, Jessica Whelan, Jimmy O'Toole, Vida Filippini

Lately Dead: Elizabeth Sutcliffe, Fr Edmund Willoughby SJ, John Psaila  

Anniversaries:  Harry Catlow, Margaret Darwin, Tommy Glannan, Marjorie Quipp, Mary Ann Clarkson, Cecilia Agnes Randles, Bernard Joseph McNamara, Tommy Gleeson, Ryan Stephen Clarke, Edith Pollard, Tommy Boland, Alan Marsden, Bertha Hindle, Harold Sweeney, Roger Desforges, Tony Myhill

 

Masses this week.

Tues – 9.30am – Mass       -    1.30pm Wedding Service for George Coates & Carlene Yates

Wed – 12noon Mass followed by packed lunch

Thursday – 18.30pm Mass followed by Exposition

Friday – 9.30am Mass

Saturday - 11.30am Wedding Service for Matthew O'Neill & Lucinda Millar

 

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PRAYER OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS
FOR THE EXTRAORDINARY JUBILEE OF MERCY

 

Lord Jesus Christ,
you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father, 

and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.

Show us your face and we will be saved. 

 

Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;
the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things; 

made Peter weep after his betrayal,
and assured Paradise to the repentant thief. 

 

Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:

"If you knew the gift of God!"

 

You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy: 

let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.


You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness

in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.

 

Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord, 

and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, 

and restore sight to the blind.

 

We ask this of you, Lord Jesus, through the intercession of Mary, Mother of
Mercy; you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Friday, 4 December 2015

2nd Sunday of Advent

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: June McCaffrey, Jessica Whelan, Jimmy O'Toole, Vida Filippini

Lately Dead: Elizabeth Sutcliffe, Attracta Veronica Davies, Lucy Blackburn, Walter Green   

Anniversaries:  Jean McCaffrey, Elsie McIntyre, Kathryn Scambler

 

Masses this week.

Tues – 7pm - Feast of the Immaculate Conception - First Mass of the Year of Mercy

Wed – 10.15am Requiem Mass for Elizabeth (Betty) Sutcliffe

Thursday – 10.00am Mass which Sacred Heart School will be attending

Friday – 12noon Mass(in the sacristy) followed by packed lunch

 

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The Pope and Climate Change

 

This past week the World Conference on Climate change has been taking place in Paris. Below is part of the Pope's Encyclical "Lauato Si" (chapters 25 & 26) on climate change which is something we can reflect on in today's Mass.

 

"Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods. It represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day. Its worst impact will probably be felt by developing countries in coming decades. Many of the poor live in areas particularly affected by phenomena related to warming, and their means of subsistence are largely dependent on natural reserves and ecosystemic services such as agriculture, fishing and forestry. They have no other financial activities or resources which can enable them to adapt to climate change or to face natural disasters, and their access to social services and protection is very limited. For example, changes in climate, to which animals and plants cannot adapt, lead them to migrate; this in turn affects the livelihood of the poor, who are then forced to leave their homes, with great uncertainty for their future and that of their children. There has been a tragic rise in the number of migrants seeking to flee from the growing poverty caused by environmental degradation. They are not recognized by international conventions as refugees; they bear the loss of the lives they have left behind, without enjoying any legal protection whatsoever. Sadly, there is widespread indifference to such suffering, which is even now taking place throughout our world. Our lack of response to these tragedies involving our brothers and sisters points to the loss of that sense of responsibility for our fellow men and women upon which all civil society is founded.

 

Many of those who possess more resources and economic or political power seem mostly to be concerned with masking the problems or concealing their symptoms, simply making efforts to reduce some of the negative impacts of climate change. However, many of these symptoms indicate that such effects will continue to worsen if we continue with current models of production and consumption. There is an urgent need to develop policies so that, in the next few years, the emission of carbon dioxide and other highly polluting gases can be drastically reduced, for example, substituting for fossil fuels and developing sources of renewable energy. Worldwide there is minimal access to clean and renewable energy. There is still a need to develop adequate storage technologies. Some countries have made considerable progress, although it is far from constituting a significant proportion. Investments have also been made in means of production and transportation which consume less energy and require fewer raw materials, as well as in methods of construction and renovating buildings which improve their energy efficiency. But these good practices are still far from widespread."

 

Reality: this week air pollution in Beijing was 25 times higher than that deemed to be safe. Could this be just the start for other parts of the world?

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Christ the King

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: June McCaffrey, Jessica Whelan (3year old), Brigid Hardwick, Jimmy O'Toole, Vida Filipini

Lately Dead: Marie Taylor, Anne Knowles, Mary Patricia Sowerbutts

Anniversaries:  Fred Broadley, Geraldine Curran

 

Masses this week. (Masses will take place in the sacristy unless stated)

Mon – 9.30am Mass                                                           Tues – 9.30am Mass

Wed – 12 noon Mass followed by packed lunch

Thursday – 6.30pm Mass followed by Exposition

Friday – 12noon Mass

 

On Thursday there is also a Mass for Deceased Priests and People of the Deanery at St Joseph's, Todmorden at 7pm

 

Senior Citizens Christmas Community Party at Mt Carmel This year this will be held on Monday 14th December from 12 – 2pm. There are only twenty places available to our parishioners. If you wish to attend then please add you name and contact number to the list at the back of church. The deadline for names to be given is this Friday 27th November. Please could Eucharistic Ministers check with those they visit if they would like to attend.

 

This weekend there is a Pastoral Letter from the Bishop. Copies can be obtained after Mass. There are also copies of a summary report arising from the consultation that took place at the beginning of the year called "Preparing the Way". If anyone would like the full 18-page document then please leave your email on the list at the back of church, or go to the parish website. If you would like a hard copy, that is you do not have email, then please put your name on the list and I will have some printed.

 

"Walk With Me" These popular booklets, with meditations from the scriptures for each day of Advent, are available at the entrances to the church. Please take one per family. They are FREE.

 

Monthly Newsletter this will be printed next weekend, so any articles/notices please have them handed in/sent by Tuesday evening of this week.

 

Children's Christmas Party – again, please sign up if you wish your children to meet Santa. Santa needs to know as soon as possible so he can get the presents made and ready in time.

 

Next Sunday there is a Young People's Mass at St Mary's, Todmorden Rd, Burnley BB10 4AU. The Mass will be followed by a talk and social (food and drink available). Time 5.30pm

This is for anyone below the age of 35.

 

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Times of Masses this Christmas

You will notice that this year Christmas Day falls on a Friday. Last time this occurred very few people turned up to the Saturday evening Mass. This year I propose that on Boxing Day (Feast of St Stephen) we have a 12noon Mass and no Saturday evening Mass. This would just mean the one Mass on Sunday morning at 10am. As it is the Feast of the Holy Family what better way to celebrate Mass by having everyone at the one "family" Mass. Please let me know your views either for or against. To me I am happy either way, but find it very dispiriting that we follow Christmas with a rather low attendance Mass when we can have a real celebration on the Sunday morning with everyone present.  

Saturday, 14 November 2015

33rd Sunday of the Year

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: June McCaffrey, Jessica Whelan (3year old), Patrick Nolan, Brigid Hardwick, Jimmy O'Toole, Vida Fillipini

Lately Dead: Marie Taylor, Anne Knowles, William Crabtree, Agnes Nolan, and those killed in Paris

Anniversaries:  Mary Curran, Patrick & John Rochford, Mia Cross, Philomena George, Martin George, Ian Holt

 

Masses this week. (Masses will take place in the sacristy unless stated)

Mon – 9.30am Mass                                                           Tues – 9.30am Mass

Wed – 10.15am Requiem Mass for Anne Knowles (Wilcock)

Thursday – 18.30pm Mass followed by Exposition

Friday – 9am Requiem Mass for Marie Taylor

 

Sacramental Programme Meeting for parents and children – Tuesday at 6.30pm in church

 

Senior Citizens Christmas Community Party at Mt Carmel This year this will be held on Monday 14th December from 12 – 2pm. There are only twenty places available to our parishioners. If you wish to attend then please add you name and contact number to the list at the back of church. The deadline for names to be given is 27th November. Please could Eucharistic Ministers check with those they visit if they would like to attend.

 

This weekend there is a Second Collection for the Retired Priests Fund.

 

Next weekend is the Feast of Christ the King and there will be a Pastoral Letter from the Bishop.

 

New Year's Eve Party – Parish Centre. This will only be held if enough people declare an interest. There is a list at the back of church to indicate whether you wish the Committee to proceed.

 

Children's Christmas Party – again, please sign up if you wish your children to meet Santa. Santa needs to know as soon as possible so he can get the presents made and ready.

 

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Pope Francis on Family Togetherness and Meals

 

Sitting at table for the family dinner, sharing our meal and the experiences of our day, is a fundamental image of togetherness and solidarity. Because Jesus gave us the Eucharist as a meal, there is a close relationship between families and the Mass.

The togetherness we experience in our families is meant, in the family of the Church, to extend to all as a sign of God's universal love. In this way the Eucharist becomes a school of inclusion, in which we learn to be attentive to the needs of everyone.

Sadly, the family meal, this great symbol of togetherness, is disappearing in some societies.

Food itself, the very sign of our sharing with others, is wantonly wasted in some places, while our brothers and sisters go hungry in others. The Eucharist reminds us that our bread is meant to be shared with all.

May our families, and the entire Church, be signs of togetherness and solidarity for the good of the whole human family, especially during the coming Jubilee of Mercy."

 

The Jubilee Year of Mercy begins on 8th December


REFUGEE CRISIS – SEE NOTICEBOARD FOR DETAILS OF ACTION SO FAR if you would like to be involved, or set up an action group, please see Fr John

 

Friday, 6 November 2015

32nd and Remembrance Sunday

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: June McCaffrey, Jessica Whelan (3year old), Patrick Nolan, Brigid Hardwick, Anne Barton, Jimmy O'Toole, Vida Fillipini

Lately Dead: Fr Denis Sheahan (a retired priest of this diocese), Agnes Nolan, Rose Cooney, Phillip Backhouse

Anniversaries:  Anthony Flanagan, Brian Flynn, Peter & Jean Wood, Thomas & Richard Slevin, Josie Flynn, Mary Broadley, Ann Donnelly, Patrick Donnelly, Ann-Marie Baron, Tom Lee, Cecilia Lee, Michael James Baron, Michael Conway, Annie, Jim & Chris Metcalf

 

Masses this week. (Masses will take place in the sacristy unless stated)

Mon – 9.30am Mass

Tues – 9.30am Mass

Wed – 9.30am mass

Thursday – 18.30pm Mass followed by Exposition

Friday – 12noon Mass followed by Packed Lunch

 

November Prayer Lists Please note that these are available at the back and side of Church. Names will be read out at each Mass on the date mentioned throughout November

 

We welcome some of the uniformed organisations of the parish to Mass today. After Mass, about 11am we will assemble outside at the Pieta to remember those who died from Sacred Heart. At the start of Mass we will remember those from St Mary's

 

During Masses this weekend those who are to start the Sacramental Program will be presented by their parents. Please keep them in your prayers

Sacramental Programme Meeting for parents and children – Tuesday at 6.30pm in church

 

Next Sunday there is a Second Collection for the Retired Priests Fund

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Church Maintenance

 

There is a fair amount of work going on in the background at the moment as we try to improve the church building. Heating Engineers are looking at installing a new heating system that will be more efficient and cheaper. At present the overhead heaters us far too much energy and do not do much for the fabric of the church. The intention is to introduce a system that will keep the building warm throughout the week. The present pipe system will need to be ripped out and replaced as the present pipes are badly corroded. We also intend to put a fan heater above the side door so heat can be kept in when people stand at the door propping it open!!

 

Those of you who come to church via the carpark may have noticed that there have now been  handrails installed along the path. After various complaints about the path being slippery we ordered the rails some time ago. As they are made to measure it has taken a few months to construct them. Now you think we weren't listening!!!!

 

The church building is kept clean by a few volunteers on a Thursday. The few that come are desperate for more help. If you could give up an hour a fortnight and help to clean God's house, then your services will be most welcome. Please speak with Jean or Fr John if you are willing to give it a go.

 

Finally, a great big thank you to all those who help out in the parish an any way. If you do not have a role then come and speak to us.              

                                                                                                                                    Fr John

Friday, 23 October 2015

30th Sunday of the Year

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: June McCaffrey, Jessica Whelan, Jimmy O'Toole, Anne Barton, Martin & Jean Dwyer

Lately Dead: David Henry, Jim Woods, Vincent Walsh, Matt Allen, Amanda Allen

Anniversaries:  Varghese Manjooran, Nora McCarty, Rose Rushton, Margaret Kendall, Mary Berry, Margaret & Edward (Ted) Massey, Catherine Kehoe, Nora Madden, Raymond Hilton, Anthony Catlow

 

Masses this week. (Masses will take place in the Sacristy)

Tues – 9.30am Mass

Wed – Fri - No Masses (Fr John away)

 

Fr John away I will be away until next Sunday evening. Fr McLaughlin will be saying the Masses next weekend. Next Sunday is the Feast of All Saints.

There will be an evening Mass on the 2nd November for "All Souls" at 7pm

 

November Prayer List Please note that all lists need to be handed in by this weekend.

 

Remembrance Poppies These are available from the back and side of Church.

 

Monthly Newsletter Any articles for the November Newsletter need to be submitted by this Monday evening , 26th October.

 

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Sent in from someone in the parish!

 

An elderly Chinese man had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which he carried across his neck.

One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the man bringing home only one and a half pots of water.

Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do. After 2 years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the man one day by the stream. "I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house."

The old man smiled, "Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side?" "That's because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them." "For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house."

Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. You've just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.

So, to all of my crackpot friends, have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!

Sunday, 18 October 2015

29th Sunday of Year - World Mission Sunday

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: June McCaffrey, Vincent Walsh, Jessica Whelan (3year old)

Anne Barton

Lately Dead: Fr Patrick Earley, Jacquie Cirino, Anne Doolin, David Henry, Jim Woods

Anniversaries:  Mary Le Pla, Margaret Madden

 

Masses this week. (Masses will take place in the Sacristy)

Tues – 9.30am Mass

Wed – 12noon followed by packed lunch

Thursday – 18.30pm Mass followed by Exposition

Friday – 7.30am Mass followed by breakfast

 

There will be a second collection this Sunday for World Missions. Today the Holy Father invites all Catholics to contribute to a special collection for Missio, his official charity for overseas mission. Your prayers and donations today will support the work of the missionaries and young churches like the Church in Mongolia as they share faith, build churches and provide healthcare and education, often in difficult and dangerous environments. Thank you.

 

Monthly Coffee Gathering will be happening this Monday 19 Oct at an earlier time of 12.30 at Ossie Mills

 

November Prayer List Please note that all lists need to be handed in by next Sunday 25th Oct.

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Called to Serve

 

How do we come to understand the complex issue of what it is to "serve", as Jesus places the concept before the disciples and now before us.

 

It is an area I find very difficult to understand because it begs the question every day, "How can I be of service to everyone, each with your own demands, each with your own needs?" It is an impossible task if everyone seeks me to serve their own search for domination rather than one of helping them to serve. Each of us need to pray "Lord, teach me to serve," and only then we may discover what real service is.

 

To serve each person's search for power does not bring about a church of service, all it does is serve one's greed and individuality.

 

If we all look to be of service then the difference in the parish would be amazing for we would only look to build up the Kingdom of God, not our own. If we could learn to serve we would discover a challenge in all that we come across in life. For instance, when we come across poverty we seek to overcome it by addressing it, not by ignoring it. When we come across a baby crying we look to why is it crying rather than how do we shut it up because it invades my space, my quietness.

 

Pope Francis constantly reminds us of the need to serve, to go beyond. Many are looking away from the Church because we offer no help, we have become a church of restrictions, behaviour, laws that place burdens on others. That is why Jesus spoke out against the hypocrisy of the Pharisees and the lawyers!

 

If we are to look at the call to service, then we have to put not just ourselves at the service of others but at the service of those who also seek to serve. We are not called to build up a church to serve individual whims or desires. We are called to enable those who need to be embraced, to be embraced by the love of God to protect them against those who only seek to destroy the love of God, by replacing Him with the self-centredness of the love of gods, eg one's own needs! Fr John

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

28th Sunday of the Year

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: June McCaffrey, Janet Smith, Vincent Walsh, Jessica Whelan (3year old)

Anne Barton

Lately Dead: Fr Patrick Earley, Fr Michael Fasnacht (priests of this Diocese), Jacquie Cirino, Anne Doolin, Jimmy Long, Vera Turner (Catlow)

Anniversaries:  Patrick Doolan, Margaret Kenyon, Joan Davison

 

Masses this week.

Tues – 10.15 am Requiem for Raffaela Jacquelina (Jacquie) Cirino

Wed – 6.30pm followed by Exposition

Thursday – 9.30am Mass in St Oswald's School

Friday – 7.30am Mass followed by breakfast

 

There will be a second collection this Sunday for Catechesis in Prisons

 

Next Sunday is World Mission Sunday and the Holy Father invites all Catholics to contribute to a special collection for Missio, his official charity for overseas mission. World Mission Sunday is a special day that unites Catholics all over the world in prayer, celebration and care for the mission of the Church. Thanks to your support, the Catholic Church is growing and many parishes can now take care of themselves. However, 40% of the Universal Church is still too new, young or poor to survive without our help, just like the Church in Mongolia. By supporting World Mission Sunday you are directly helping missionaries in over 1,000 dioceses bring hope and new life to people who do not yet know that they are precious in the eyes and heart of God. You will be able to Gift Aid all donations by using enveloes provided by Missio. Thank you.

 

There will be an appeal at the end of Masses for volunteers to assist with the Parish Centre Children's Christmas Party.

 

Monthly Coffee Gathering will be happening Monday 19 Oct at an earlier time of 12.30 at Ossie Mills

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The parish I not an outdated institution; precisely because it possesses great flexibility, it can assume quite different contours depending on the openness and missionary creativity of the pastor and the community.

 

While certainly not the only institution which evangelizes, if the parish proves capable of self-renewal and constant adaptivity, it continues to be "the Church living in the midst of the homes of her sons and daughters."

 

This presumes that it really is in contact with the homes and the lives of its people, and does not become a use;less structure out of touch with people or a self-absorbed group made up of a chosen few.

 

The parish is the presence of the Church in a given territory, an environment for hearing God's word, for growth in the Christian life, for dialogue, proclamation, charitable outreach, worship and celebration.

 

In all activities the parish encourages and trains its members to be evangelizers.

 

It is a community of communities, a sanctuary where the thirsty come to drind in the midst of their journey, and a centre of constant missionary outreach

 

Monday, 5 October 2015

27th Sunday of the Year

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: June McCaffrey, Janet Smith, Vincent Walsh

Lately Dead: Fr Michael Fasnacht (priest of this Diocese), Margaret Carney, Patrick Nuttall, John Tattersall

Anniversaries:  Logan Wood, Tommy Doherty, Belford Peter McHugh, Margaret McHugh, Chris Metcalf, May Kemp, Sheila Clarkson

 

Masses this week.

Tues – 12noon Mass followed by packed lunches

Wed – 7.30pm followed by Rosary Torchlight Procession to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary (see monthly newsletter for more details)

Thursday – 6.30pm Mass in St Mary's School with Reception Class

Friday – 12noon Mass followed by CAFOD Soup lunch

 

There will be a baptism during the 10am Mass this Sunday for Maddison Elaine Seymour

 

There will be a second collection this Sunday for CAFOD resulting from Family Fast Day last Friday

 

There will be Coffee & Tea served after Masses this weekend

 

Next Sunday is Prisoners' Sunday where we remember to pray for those in prison and their families. Pope Francis made a particular point about praying fot prisoners when he visited a prison in America. Blow is some of what he said to them.

****************************************************************************************************************I know it is a painful time not only for you, but also for your families and for all of society. Any society, any family, which cannot share or take seriously the pain of its children, and views that pain as something normal or to be expected, is a society 'condemned' to remain a hostage to itself, prey to the very things which cause that pain. I am here as a pastor, but above all as a brother, to share your situation and to make it my own. I have come so that we can pray together and offer our God everything that causes us pain, but also everything that gives us hope, so that we can receive from him the power of the resurrection".

 

"We all know that life is a journey, along different roads, different paths, which leave their mark on us", said the Pope. "We also know in faith that Jesus seeks us out. He wants to heal our wounds, to soothe our feet which hurt from travelling alone, to wash each of us clean of the dust from our journey. He doesn't ask us where we have been, He doesn't question us what about we have done. Rather, He tells us: 'Unless I wash your feet, you have no share with me'. Unless I wash your feet, I will not be able to give you the life which the Father always dreamed of, the life for which he created you. Jesus comes to meet us, so that He can restore our dignity as children of God. He wants to help us to set out again, to resume our journey, to recover our hope, to restore our faith and trust. He wants us to keep walking along the paths of life, to realise that we have a mission, and that confinement is never the same thing as exclusion". "Life means 'getting our feet dirty' from the dust-filled roads of life and history", he continued. "All of us need to be cleansed, to be washed. All of us. Myself, first and foremost. The Lord goes in search of us; to all of us He stretches out a helping hand. It is painful when we see prison systems which are not concerned to care for wounds, to soothe pain, to offer new possibilities. It is painful when we see people who think that only others need to be cleansed, purified, and do not recognise that their weariness, pain and wounds are also the weariness, pain and wounds of society. "This time in your life can only have one purpose: to give you a hand in getting back on the right road, to give you a hand to help you rejoin society. All of us are part of that effort, all of us are invited to encourage, help and enable your rehabilitation. A rehabilitation which everyone seeks and desires: inmates and their families, correctional authorities, social and educational programs. 

Sunday, 20 September 2015

25th Sunday of the Year - Home Mission Sunday

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: June McCaffrey, Janet Smith, Vincent Walsh

Lately Dead: David Burton, Brian Flanagan, Maria Cook, Emma Holmes

Anniversaries:  Maurice Cross, Claire Joyce, Freda Rigg

 

Masses this week:

Tues: 18.30pm - Mass

Wed: 12noon - Mass followed by packed lunch

 

Next weekend will see the publication of the October Newsletter. Any subject matter needs to be sent in by Tuesday evening as it goes off for printing on Wednesday.

 

Next Sunday there is a Pastoral Letter from Bishop John Arnold.

 

Today there is a second collection for the Evangelisation work of the Church in our country.

 

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Proclaim God's Mercy

 

This weekend is "Home Mission Sunday". There is a Pastoral letter to be read, sent from Cardinal Nichols and Archbishop Peter Smith on behalf of the Bishops of England & Wales.

 

Home Mission Sunday is celebrated today and is themed: PROCLAIM God's Mercy. On this day we are encouraged to pray for the work of evangelisation in England and Wales, remembering in our prayers especially those whom we know are distant from the life of faith.

The Bishops invite every parish to celebrate Home Mission Sunday. In choosing this theme two priorities are particularly proposed for prayer and reflection:

 

Proclaim: That as a fruit of prayer every Catholic and every parish will take a new step to share their faith more joyfully and confidently, and so build missionary parishes.

 

God's Mercy: That catholic individuals and parishes will consider afresh how they will present the "balm of God's mercy" to others, in response to Pope Francis' announcement that there be a Jubilee Year of Mercy, starting in December.

 

Research shows that the majority of baptised Catholics rarely have contact with their local parish. Further, that the number of people who identify themselves as having "no religion" is on the rise.

 

Please support the second collection which funds the bishops' national work of evangelisation and the development of this year's Proclaim'15: Building Missionary Parishes initiative. The collection also ensures that the Catholic Faith Centre is resourced to respond to those who have questions about the Catholic Faith. It is possible to donate online at: www.catholicnews.org.uk/donations

Commemorative prayer cards are available to take away at the church exits.

If people wish to make cheques payable then please make them out to St Mary's RC Parish OSW and we will forward the money on.

 

Please be observant! We have recently had some lead stolen off the roof of the church. If you see anyone other than Francis Darwin, John Peake, Andy Kornecki or Michael Corcoran working in the grounds, or up on ladders, who seem suspicious please notify the police. This does not mean people praying at the Grotto!!!!!

 

 

Sunday, 13 September 2015

24th Sunday of The Year and Racial Justice Sunday

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: June McCaffrey, Janet Smith

Lately Dead: Elizabeth Yore and Brian Flanagan

Anniversaries:  Maurice Cross, Kathleen Smith, John Livesey, Claire Broadley, Jim Coyne, Jimmy Hughes, K P John

 

Masses this week:

Mon: 12noon – Wedding Service for Daniel McKiernan & Chantelle Connolly

Tues: 18.30am - Mass followed by Exposition

Wed: 9.30am Mass at Sacred Heart School

Thurs: 12noon - Mass followed by packed lunch

Fri: 7.30am - Mass followed by breakfast

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The Church is our Family by Pope Francis

 

The Christian community is the home of those who believe in Jesus as the font of brotherhood among all human beings. The Church journeys among her people, in the history of men and women, of fathers and mothers, of sons and daughters: this is the history that matters to the Lord. The great events of worldly powers are written in history books, and there they will remain. But the history of human feelings is written directly in the heart of God; and that is the history that will endure for eternity. This is where life and faith are located. The family is the place of our irreplaceable and indelible initiation into this history... into this history of life in its fullness, which will culminate in heaven with the contemplation of God for all eternity, but which begins in the family! And that is why the family is so important.

The Son of God learned the human story in this way, and he walked in it to the very end (cf. Heb 2:18; 5:8). It is beautiful to contemplate Jesus and the signs of this bond! He was born into a family and there "he learned about the world": one shop, four homes, a tiny village. Yet, living for 30 years there, Jesus absorbed the human condition, welcoming it in his communion with the Father and in his apostolic mission. Then, when he left Nazareth and began his public ministry, Jesus formed around him a community, an "assembly", that is, a con-vocation of people. This is the meaning of the word "church".

In the Gospels, the assembly of Jesus takes the form of a family and of a hospitable family, not an exclusive, closed sect: there we find Peter and John, but also the hungry and the thirsty, the stranger and the persecuted, the sinner and tax collector, the pharisee and the multitude. And Jesus never stops accepting and speaking to everyone, even those who no longer expect to encounter God in this life. That is an important lesson for the Church! The disciples were chosen to care for this assembly, for this family of God's guests.

We could say that the family and the parish are the two places where the communion of love, which finds it's ultimate source in God, takes place. A Church truly according to the Gospel cannot but take the form of a hospitable home, with its doors open, always. Churches, parishes, institutions, with closed doors must never be called churches, they should be called museums!To strengthen the bond between the family and the Christian community today is indispensable and urgent. Certainly, there is need for generous faith to rediscover the understanding and courage to renew this covenant. Families at times draw back, saying that they cannot live up to this: "Father, we are a poor family and even a little worse for the wear", "We aren't able", "We already have so many problems at home", "We don't have the strength". This is true. But no one is worthy, no one is able to live up to it, no one has the strength! Without the grace of God, we can do nothing. Everything is given to us, given freely! And the Lord never comes into a new family without working some miracle. Let us remember what he did at the wedding of Cana! Yes, the Lord, if we place ourselves in his hands, will work miracles for us – but they are miracles of every day life! - when the Lord is there, present in the family.

Naturally, the Christian community must also do its part. For example, overcoming attitudes that give too much advice or are too managerial, in order to foster interpersonal dialogue and awareness and mutual esteem. May families take initiative and feel the responsibility for bringing their precious gifts to the community. We must all be aware that the Christian faith is played on an open field of life shared with all. The family and the parish must work the miracle of a more communal life for the whole of society.

At Cana, there was the Mother of Jesus, the "mother of good counsel". Let us listen to her words: "Do whatever he tells you" (cf. Jn 2:5). Dear families, dear parish communities, let us allow ourselves to be inspired by this Mother, let us do whatever Jesus tells us and we will find the source of all miracles, of every day miracles! 

Monday, 31 August 2015

22nd Sunday of the Year

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: June McCaffrey,

Lately Dead: Joan Eyles, Margaret Westwell, Winifred Bernadette Bradshaw, Stephen James Cooney

Anniversaries:  Doug Thomson, Wendy Mack, Annie Metcalf, Geoff Little

 

Masses this week: Tues: 18.30pm - Mass followed by Exposition

Wed: 10.15am - Requiem Mass for Winifred Bernardette (known as Bernie) Bradshaw

Thurs: 10.30am - Requiem Mass for Joan Eyles

Fri: 10.15am - Requiem Mass for Stephen Cooney

Sat: 12noon - Wedding Service for Christopher Beaghan & Nikki Foster

 

Fr John will be away from Thursday afternoon and returning Saturday morning. He is attending his niece's wedding. Fr McLaughlin will celebrate the Requiem Mass on Friday

 

On the Monthly Newsletter it reads that the Gift Aid rebate was £6,943.14 and then says (see note below). As I was in a rush I forgot to add the note. So, thanks to everyone who has enabled us to reclaim tax relief from their weekly donations. After the diocese has taken its handling fee off for all the administration we have received this amount. Many thanks also to Sean Mullen who administers the gift aid for the parish. This amount is so important in getting various projects done and bills paid. Thank you, Fr John

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Pope Francis on the Importance of Prayer in the Family

 

"We all know how important prayer is, yet it seems so difficult to find time for it. Perhaps we need to ask if we truly love God, as he asks us to, with all our heart, and all our mind and all our strength. For the heart of prayer is the love of God, the source of our life, who constantly "caresses" us with his own love. A heart filled with the love of God can make even a silent thought or a small gesture of devotion a moment of prayer. The Holy Spirit teaches us to pray, to call God our Father, and to grow daily in his love. Our families need to ask for the gift of the Spirit!

 

Through prayer, even in the busiest times, we give time back to God, we find the peace that comes from appreciating the important things, and we encounter the joy of God's unexpected gifts. Through daily prayer may our homes become, like the house of Martha and Mary, places where Jesus always finds a warm welcome."

 

Prayer is a very important part of our lives and it is in the family that I believe we learn to pray. It is most important that as a family you pray together. I still remember as a child when Mum & Dad would call us all downstairs into the front room to kneel and pray the rosary around the fire. With the month of October approaching it can be a time when we can make an effort to set a time to pray together in your own home with everyone gathered together. Fr John

 

Bill on Assisted Dying

 

You may have noticed that the discussion is ramping up in the media on this subject, with more discussion seeming to come from the pro lobby. It is vital that if we are to stand up for the right to life and protect the vulnerable that we make our feelings known to our local MP. There are still a few postcards in Church to send to your MP. If you have not acted yet please consider doing so.

 

There will be coffee & tea served after Masses next weekend 

Saturday, 22 August 2015

21st Sunday of the Year

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: June McCaffrey

Lately Dead: Margaret Westwell

Anniversaries:  Elezabeth & Varkey Elengical, Gertrude Henry, Geoff Moss, Tom Francis Lee, Evelyn Partington, Ann Duckworth, Stella Ward

 

Masses this week:   Tues: 9.45am Requiem Mass for Margaret Westwell

Wed: 12 noon Mass followed by packed lunch

Thurs: 6.30pm Mass followed by Exposition                                     Fri: 9.30 am Mass

 

There will be a Month's Mind Mass for Father Denis Dwyer at St Philip's, Slade Lane, Padiham on Wednesday 26 August at 7pm. As you know Fr Dwyer died recently in Ireland so this is the first Mass in this area to mark his death.

 

Articles for September's newsletter need to be submitted by this Tuesday evening.

 

APF Magazines can be picked up from the sacristy.

 

Assisted Dying Bill - postcards can be picked up at the back of church to send to your MP.

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Making Choices

 

A friend of mine once said that even when he is holiday he has to make serious choices such as should he go swimming or sunbathe, should he swim crawl, breaststroke or backstroke, or should he go for a walk? Even on holiday he could not get away from making choices!

 

Yes there are minor choices and there are major choices. In the past couple of weeks many of our young people have had big choices to make having received their exam results. Should they stay on at school, should they go to university, and if so which one? Should they take on an apprenticeship or take a gap year, or even what do they want to commit their life to? Others, a bit older, are committing themselves to another in marriage whilst others are deciding not to. Life is made up of making many important decisions that are life-changing.

 

In today's readings we hear of Joshua asking the people to make a choice as to who they wish to follow, either God or one of the other gods. In the Gospel Jesus puts his teachings before the disciples and asks them to make a choice, are they going to accept or reject what he says. We are told "that many of his disciples left him and stopped going with him."

 

The choices we make are important. Some we make out of conviction, like the apostles who respond through Peter, "Lord, who shall we go to?"

 

Today, those of you here at Mass have chosen to come whilst many have chosen not to, for whatever reason. Many can't come due to illness or other commitments, but many also choose just not to. Through evangelisation we are asked to have another go at reaching out to those who may be looking for a way back, however we have to accept that many have made a choice never to be part of the Catholic faith. We must now continue to work with what we have and show a commitment to our choice.