Saturday, 30 May 2015

Trinity Sunday

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Nan Ganley, Anne Duckett, Martin Ewart, Michael Keane, Peter Broxup

Anniversaries: David Robinson, Sheila Fitzpatrick


Masses this week: Mon – No Mass                                    Tues – 09.30

Wed – 6.30pm followed by Exposition                   Thurs – 09.30

Fri – 12 noon followed by CAFOD Soup Lunch



Which type of Christians are we? Part of a Sermon by Pope Francis


Pope Francis invited each person to perform "an examination of conscience" last Thursday, the Pope recalled that Christians must be able to hear the people's "cry for help" and to support them on their journey to get close to the Lord.

Francis began his homily by highlighting the events in the day's Reading from the Gospel according to Mark (10: 46-52). "Jesus went with his disciples and with the people, who followed Him because He spoke like a master, with real authority". Bartimaeus, a blind man, "heard the noise and asked, 'What's happening?'. It was Jesus". Thus, Bartimaeus "began to cry out and, in an act of faith, he cried out loudly 'Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!'". His words were "truly an act of faith", the Pontiff noted. But, "among the people who were there with Jesus, each one had his own personality, his own way of seeing life, of feeling life". First of all, "there is a group of people who didn't hear the cry" of the blind man. It is "that group of people who, even today, don't hear the cry of the many who are in need of Jesus". It is a group of people who are "indifferent: they don't hear, they believe that life is their little group there; they are happy, they are deaf to the clamour of so many people in need of salvation, in need of Jesus' help, in need of the Church". "These are selfish people, they live for themselves", unable "to hear the voice of Jesus".

"Then there are those who hear this cry that pleads for help, but they want to silence it". In the Gospel, Mark indicates that many people rebuked Bartimaeus to silence him, telling him "not to cry out", and to leave the master "in peace". Indeed, "even the disciples" do so. The Pope recalled that "the disciples keep the children away" as well, "so they don't disturb the master". Thus, the disciples also tried to silence Bartimaeus, "because the master was their own, He was for them, not for everyone". In so doing, "these people keep separate from Jesus those who cry out, who are in need of faith, who need salvation".

Then, Francis affirmed, there is another group, composed of the "businessmen: they were religious, it seems, but Jesus cast them out of the temple because they were doing business there, in the house of God". These are people "who don't hear, don't want to hear the cry for help, but prefer to conduct their business and use the People of God, use the Church, to conduct their business". Even "these businessmen distance the people of Jesus" and do not allow the people to "ask for help".

"Another group who push away the people of Jesus", are those who are "Christians in name only, without witness, who do not bear the witness of Christians, they are Christians in name, showroom Christians, reception Christians, but their inner life is not Christian, it's worldly". And "one who calls himself a Christian but lives as a socialite distances those who cry 'help' to Jesus".

Finally, "there are the rigorists", the Pope added, "those whom Jesus rebukes" because "they lay such heavy burdens on the people's shoulders". And "to them Jesus dedicates all of Chapter 23 of St Matthew". He says to them: "hypocrites, you exploit the people! Instead of responding to the cry for salvation, they push the people away".

In summary the "first group", is comprised of "those who do not hear". The second includes "many different, diverse people" who "hear the call, but separate" the people from Jesus. "There is a third group, who help" the people "to approach Jesus" and who say to Bartimaeus: "Be brave, get up, he's calling you!" This is "the group of Christians who have coherence between what they believe and what they live". It is the group of Christians who help "the people who cry out, asking for salvation, asking for grace, asking for spiritual health for their soul", helping them to get close to Jesus.

Francis proposed "an examination of conscience" that "will do us good". "Which group am I in? In the first, with those who don't hear the many cries asking for the help of salvation? Am I concerned with only my relationship with Jesus, closed, selfish? Do I belong to the second group, with those who separate people from Jesus, whether by lacking coherence in life, lacking testimony, whether by being too attached to money, or through rigidness?" He continued: "Do I distance people from Jesus? Or do I belong to the third group, with those who hear the cry of so many people and help them to approach Jesus?" These are questions that, the Pope concluded, "each of us can answer in our heart".


Saturday, 16 May 2015

Feast of The Ascension

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"


Ascension Sunday and World Communications Day

There will be a second collection for the work of the Catholic Communications Network (CCN)


Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Nan Ganley, Myra Melarkey, Anne Duckett

Lately Dead: Fr John Dugdale, Fr Peter Samuels  

Anniversaries: Rose Rochford, Stephen Laycock, Annie Cecilia Clarkson, Philip Wasdell, Fred Duckworth, Andrew Fielding, William & Joan Ryan


Masses this week:

Mon – No Mass                   Tues – 9.30 am Mass

Wed – 12noon Mass followed by Packed Lunch

Thurs – 6.30pm Mass followed by Exposition

Fri – 07.30am Mass followed by breakfast


CAFOD – Nepal Appeal - £1000 has been sent off as a result of your generosity. Thank you


Prayer to Our Lady  

Joy fill your heart, O Queen most high, alleluia!   Your Son in the tomb did lie, alleluia!

Has risen as he did prophesy, alleluia!  Pray for us, Mother, when we die, alleluia!  (Regina Caeli)


God is with us


A man whispered, "God, speak to me".

And a bird began to sing.

But the man did not hear.


Then the man repeated: "God, speak to me".

And the echo of thunder was heard.

But the man was unable to hear.


Then he looked around and said: "God, let me see you".

And a star shone in the heavens.

But the man did not see it.


The man began to shout: "God show me a miracle".

And a baby was born.

But the man did not feel the heart-beat of life.


Then, the man became desperate and cried:

"God touch me and assure that you are with me",

and a butterfly alighted gently on his shoulder.


The man brushed off the butterfly with his hand

And disillusioned continued on his way,

sad, alone and afraid.


Translation of a song from the indigenous people of Peru

Sunday, 10 May 2015

6th Sunday of Easter

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"


Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Nan Ganley,

Lately Dead: Fr John Dugdale, Fr Peter Samuels  

Anniversaries: Robert Austin, Gerard Kehoe, Mary Walsh, Margaret Catlow


Masses this week:

Mon – No Mass                   Tues – 9.30 am Mass

Wed – 6.30pm Mass followed by Exposition

Thurs – 12noon Mass followed by Packed Lunch

Fri – 07.30am Mass followed by breakfast


We remember, this weekend, the 70th anniversary of VE day and therefore will pray for Peace in Europe.


Fr Dugdale's body will be received into St Joseph's church, Audley Range, Blackburn, on Thursday, 14th May for concelebrated Mass at 7.00pm. Bishop John will celebrate the Requiem Mass on Friday, 15th May at 11.00am at St Joseph's followed by burial in the cemetery at Pleasington Priory.



Prayer to Our Lady  Hail, holy Queen, mother of mercy; hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope! To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To you do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy towards us; and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus.

O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


Next Week  or children, and others, will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Pease keep them in your prayers each day this week. The following is a traditional prayer to the Holy Spirit:

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and enkindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth. Let us pray: O God, who has taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that by the gift of the same Spirit, we may be always truly wise and ever rejoice in his consolation. Amen.


Prayer is an essential part of the Christian life, and used to be very much the part of our Catholic homes. Families used to regularly pray the Rosary together, especially in May and October. How many families actually pray together today? Sometimes people say that we do not know any of the prayers and todays modern prayers we do not know. Traditional prayers are just as important, and if we know prayers by heart, it can mean that we are able to pray them when we are alone and especially if we have no books with us. In today's world, with access to the internet via our computers, phones etc, we are just as able to access the prayers on the internet. It is quite common now to see priests looking at their mobile phone as they read the Office of the Day from the internet. This is accessible to everyone. The readings and the prayers of the day can also be accessed by various apps all free! So in a way, there is no excuse for us to say that we do not have prayers any more. We do, but they are in a different place. They may not be in books, but they are even more easy to get hold of on the internet.

So if you see someone looking at their phone or ipad in Church, it could well be that they are following the Mass or offering prayers! Remember the old record form years ago about the pack of cards acting as a soldier's prayer book and bible? Well it is the same today. So please encourage our young people to use the internet for prayer and meditation as well. On the internet you can also access the bible where it can also be read. And do not forget the Pope App!

                                                                                                                        Fr John