Friday, 27 March 2015

Palm Sunday

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

 

Please remember in your prayers

Sick and housebound: Marie Taylor, Evelyn Boros, Stuart Livesey, Beth Tomlinson, Mary O'Connor, William Cornwell, Christopher McCready, Carole Waring

Lately Dead: James Robinson  

Anniversaries: Fr Patrick Bourke, Jim Dwyer, Hilda Catlow, Joshua James Whittaker, Gerard Power, William & Michael Shorrock, Agnes Duggan

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Readers and Eucharistic Ministers – Please call into the sacristy to sign up for availability for Holy Week and Easter

 

Holy Week Services this week will be as follows:-

Palm Sunday 29th March

There will be the annual walk of witness processing up to the Coppice to erect a steel cross. Please assemble on Broadway at 2.15pm for a 2.30pm start.

 

Monday 30th March            Mass                                                      9.15

 

Tuesday 31st March           Mass followed by Exposition & Confessions    18.00

 

Wednesday 1st April          Mass  followed by Exposition & Confessions   18.00                                   

Maundy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper     19.00 followed by Solemn Adoration until 21.00

 

Good Friday Stations of the Cross                                            14.00

(Refreshments Hot + Buns following Stations of the Cross)

Celebration of the Lord's Passion                                               15.00

There is also a Service of the Stations of the Cross up to the Coppice. Assemble at the top of Avenue Parade at 11.15am for 11.30am start

 

Holy Saturday 4th April Easter Vigil                                             20.00

 

There will be a Prayer Service held at the foot of the Cross on the Coppice at 7.30am

 

Easter Sunday 5th April Mass (with a Baptism)                        10.00

 

First Confessions will also be taking place after Masses on Tues and Wed in Holy Week

 

If anyone would like to give a helping hand with Easter Flowers please speak with either Fr John, Denise Reddin or Jean Partington

 

On Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday there is a three part TV series being shown on BBC2 at 8am about "The Gospel of John". The films are the start of a new project to try to put the life of Jesus into first century Palestine. Later in the year the synoptic Gospels will be shown. This is a good educational source.

 

A Spring Clean of the Church  will take place from 9.30am on Tuesday morning to polish the brasses, clean vessels, statues, candle sticks, crucifixes, water fonts etc. If you can spare some time please come along and help. Many hands make light work!

 

Chrism Mass I have 3 free tickets for the Chrism Mass on Thursday morning at Salford Cathedral. Please speak with Fr John if you would like to attend. Free transport provided. 

Sunday, 22 March 2015

5th Sunday in Lent

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

 

Masses this week:

Mon – No Mass                   Tues – 9.30am Mass

Wed –  (Feast of the Annunciation: 12 noon Mass followed by packed lunch

Thurs – 18.30 Stations of the Cross followed by Mass (about 7pm)

Friday – 7.30am Mass followed by breakfast

 

Please remember in your prayers

Sick and housebound: Marie Taylor, Evelyn Boros, Stuart Livesey, Beth Tomlinson, Mary O'Connor, William Cornwell, Christopher McCready.

Lately Dead: James Robinson, John Toole,

Anniversaries: Fr Patrick Bourke, Joe Walsh, Anna Manjooran, Jane Cutler, Monica Ormsby, Robert Haworth, Clare Doolan, Veronica Anderton, William Gleeson, William David Carver.

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Readers and Eucharistic Ministers – Please call into the sacristy to sign up for availability for Holy Week and Easter

 

April Monthly Newsletter – Any articles or notices for the April newsletter please have them into the office by Tuesday night. Thank you.

 

Easter Week Services at St Mary's Oswaldtwistle will be as follows:-

Palm Sunday 29th March Vigil Mass                                         18.30

(Please note that the clocks go forward by an hour)

Sunday Mass with blessing of the Palms                                10.00

(Mass begins outside on the front lawn, weather permitting.) Palms will only be blessed at the Sunday morning Mass.

 

Monday 30th March            Mass                                                      9.15

 

Tuesday 31st March           Mass followed by Exposition & Confessions    18.00

 

Wednesday 1st April          Mass  followed by Exposition & Confessions   18.00                                   

Maundy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper     19.00 followed by Solemn Adoration until 21.00

 

Good Friday Stations of the Cross                                            14.00

(Refreshments Hot + Buns following Stations of the Cross)

Celebration of the Lord's Passion                                               15.00

 

Holy Saturday 4th April Easter Vigil                                             20.00

 

Easter Sunday 5th April Mass (with a Baptism)                        10.00

 

For Services in Holy Week, organised by the Knights of St Columba – please see notice board

 

First Confessions will also be taking place after Masses on Tues and Wed in Holy Week

 

If anyone would like to give a helping hand with Easter Flowers please speak with either Fr John, Denise Reddin or Jean Partington

Friday, 6 March 2015

3rd Sunday in Lent

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

 

Masses this week:

Mon – No Mass                   Tues – 9.30am Mass

Wed – 12 noon Mass followed by packed lunch

Thurs – 18.30 Stations of the Cross followed by Mass (about 7pm)

Friday – 7.30am Mass followed by breakfast

 

Please remember in your prayers

Sick and housebound: Fr Oliver, Beth Tomlinson, Mary O'Connor, William Cornwell, Christopher McCready.

Lately Dead: Colette Riley, Eileen Commons, Ethel Torvill, Ethna Teresa O'Neill, Agnes Nesbitt

Anniversaries: Ken Le Pla, Mark Heaton, Richard Henry, Mary Nodwell, Philip Allen, Colin & Philip Wasdell, James Edward Myerscough, Mary & Harry Bone, Edwin Moulding, Fred Duckett, Mary Borwick, Kathleen Livesey

****************************************************************************************************************Being worldly means losing your name and having the eyes of your soul "tinted dark", anaesthetized, until you no longer see the people around you. This is the sin that Francis spoke about on Thursday, 5 March, during Mass at Santa Marta.

"Today's Lenten Liturgy offers us two stories, two judgements and three names", Francis began. The two stories are those of the parable, narrated by Luke (16:19-31), of the rich man and of the poor man named Lazarus. In particular, the Pope stated, the first story is "that of the rich man, who was clothed in purple and the finest linen", who "took good care of himself", and "feasted sumptuously every day". The text, Francis indicated, "doesn't say he was bad", but rather that he had "a comfortable life, he gave himself a good life". In fact, "the Gospel doesn't say that he overindulged"; instead his was "a quiet life, with friends". Who knows, perhaps "if he had parents, he surely sent them things so they would have the necessities of life". And maybe "he was a religious man, in his way. Perhaps he recited a few prayers; and surely two or three times a year he went to temple to make sacrifices and gave large offerings to the priests". And "they, with their clerical cowardliness, thanked him and made him sit in the place of honour". This was the social lifestyle of the rich man presented by Luke.

Then there is "the second story, that of Lazarus", the poor mendicant who lay at the rich man's gate. How is it possible that this man didn't realize that Lazarus was there, below his house, poor and starving? The wounds that the Gospel speaks of, the Pope said, are "a symbol of the many needs he had". However, "when the rich man left the house, perhaps the car he left in had windows tinted dark so he couldn't see out". But "surely his soul, the eyes of his soul were tinted dark so he couldn't see". And thus the rich man "saw only his life and didn't realize what was happening" to Lazarus.

In the final analysis, Francis affirmed, "the rich man wasn't bad, he was sick: afflicted with worldliness". And "worldliness transforms souls, makes them lose consciousness of reality: they live in an artificial world", which they create. Worldliness "anaesthetizes the soul", and "this is why that worldly man wasn't able to see reality".

This is why, the Pope explained, "the second story is clear": there are "so many people who end their lives in a difficult way" but "if I have a worldly heart, I will never understand this". After all, "with a worldly heart" it is impossible to comprehend "the necessities and needs of others. With a worldly heart you can go to Church, you can pray, you can do many things". But what did Jesus pray for at the Last Supper? "Please, Father, protect these disciples" so that "they do not fall in the world, do not fall into worldliness". And worldliness "is a subtle sin, it's more than a sin: it's a sinful state of soul"….

…. And all of this "because, in truth, the worldly are alone with their selfishness". Then in the text of Jeremiah there is also a blessing: "Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water", while the other "was like a shrub in the desert". This, then, is "the final judgement: nothing is more treacherous for a heart and difficult to heal: that man had a sick heart, so battered by this worldly lifestyle that it was very difficult to heal".

 

Sunday, 1 March 2015

2nd Sunday in Lent

Masses this week:

Mon – No Mass                   Tues – 9.30am Mass

Wed – 12 noon Mass followed by CAFOD Soup Lunch

Thurs – 18.30 Stations of the Cross followed by Mass (about 7pm)

Friday – 7.30am Mass followed by breakfast

 

There will be a second collection today for CAFOD as a result of Family Fast day

 

Please remember in your prayers

Sick and housebound: Beth Tomlinson, Mary O'Connor, William Cornwell, Christopher McCready.

Lately Dead: Colette Riley

Anniversaries: Roy Cropper, John Catlow, James Henry Baron, Jackie Hayhurst, Bridget Batt, Margaret Sweeney, Paul Manjooran

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Proclaim '15: New National Initiative in

2015 To Support Parish Evangelisation

 

'Proclaim '15: Building Missionary Parishes' is the name of a new national Bishops' initiative being launched in 2015 to support the development of parish evangelisation. It is inspired by Pope Francis' writings and has five parts which include: the provision of free parish small group materials; the organisation of a National Catholic Evangelisation Conference in Birmingham on 11th July 2015 for 850 evangelisation representatives from across England and Wales; an invitation to parishes to host a parish Prayer Vigil on the night of 11th July 2015 with free prayer materials provided; the invitation to dioceses, deaneries and parishes to have their own Proclaim '15 event in autumn 2015; the publication of new evangelisation resources as a fruit of the National Conference to equip local evangelisers. Please do get involved in what is a significant new step in service of the proclamation of the Gospel in our area. More information will be available in our newsletter over the coming months.

 

Website: www.catholicnews.org.uk/proclaim15

Facebook: facebook.com/cbcew

Twitter:@catholicew#proclaim15

Email: proclaim15@cbcew.org.uk

Diocesan Contacts:

Fr Paul Cannon paul.cannon@dioceseofsalford.org.uk

Mrs Sharon Beech Sharon.beech@dioceseofsalford.org.uk

Parish Contact; to be announced

 

We will hold a series of meetings to look at the questions raised through these discussions. If you would like to be involved then please come to a meeting on Tuesday evening at 7.30pm – 9pm at the back of Church for an initial meeting and to look at the first discussion paper. If you feel that you have something to offer the parish or would just like to discuss the role of the Church then come along. If we are to set up "A Church for the Future" then this is the process that we must begin to go through.

 

Look forward to seeing you, Fr John