Saturday, 25 July 2015

17th Sunday of the Year


"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"
Please remember in your prayers:
Sick and housebound: Thomas James McIntyre, Sheila Barnes, Alan James Baron, Martin Dwyer, Fr Peter Birmingham, Marie Foster (Baby)
Lately Dead: Monsignor Terence Dodgeon (Former Rector of St Bede's, Manchester), Anne Duckett, David Grimshaw
Anniversaries: Jane Moulding, Margaret Duhan (Snr), Jean Hartley, Philip Allen, Frances Chambers, Mary Doris Dowling & Tommy Dowling

Masses this week:
Tues: 10.00am Requiem Mass for David Edwin Grimshaw
Wed: 12 noon followed by packed lunch
Thurs: 6.30pm Mass followed by Exposition
Fri: 9.30 am Mass
12 noon Wedding Service for Sean Turnbull and Georgia Peake

This week the Office will be open Tues - Fri 10am – 1pm.

This Weekend is a day of prayer for "Life" and there will be a second collection to support the Church's work in this area of supporting "Life" issues. There are cards available entitled "Cherishing Life, Accepting Death" at the Church entrances.

Charity Concert for Derian House A special charity concert for Derian House Children's Hospice starring 'The Mercy Brothers' an all clergy band and support acts from the parish Of the Good Shepherd. Colne. The concert will be held on Wednesday 29th July 2015, 7;00pm at Colne Municipal Hall. Tickets are available on the door £5 individual and £12 family tickets (up to 4 people) all proceeds go to Derian house. 

August Monthly Newsletter – will be printed for next weekend. Articles/news must be with the Parish Secretary by Tuesday evening of this week.

"Preparing the Way" Consultation I have some more booklets of the survey from Bishop John. Please either fill them in online, you can do so by going on the Salford Diocesan Website, or by filling in the survey on the form and sending it to Wardley Hall, Wardley Hall Road, Worsley, Manchester M28 2ND It is your chance to have your say. Completed surveys need to be returned by Friday 7th August.

God of Life

Every act of violence between myself and others destroys a part of your creation.
Stir in my heart a renewed sense of reverence for all life.
Give me vision to recognize your spirit in every human being, however they behave towards me.
Make possible the impossible by cultivating in me the fertile seed of healing love.
May I play my part in breaking the cycle of violence by realising that
"PEACE BEGINS WITH ME"

The team at St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace

Saturday, 18 July 2015

16th Sunday of the Year

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Thomas James McIntyre, Sheila Barnes, Alan James Baron, Martin Dwyer, Fr Peter Birmingham

Lately Dead: Monsignor Terence Dodgeon (Former Rector of St Bede's, Manchester), Anne Duckett, Kieron Feathers, Ian Storey

Anniversaries: Renee Clarkson, Cathleen Haworth, Mary Monica Cartmell, Mary Alice Murray, Mary Grimshaw

 

Masses this week:

Tues: 10.15am Requiem Mass for Anne Duckett

Wed: 12 noon followed by packed lunch

Thurs: 6.30pm Mass followed by Exposition

Fri: 9.30 am Mass

This week the Office will be open Tues - Fri 10am – 1pm.

 

Next Weekend is a day of prayer for "Life" and there will be a second collection to support the Church's work in this area.

 

Proclaim'15

Last weekend I attended the Proclaim'15 Conference in Birmingham along with 34 other delegates from Salford Diocese. The National Conference with 850 delegates, of which were 20 Bishops and 77 priests, from all over the country of gathered to hear a way forward to proclaim a "New Evangelisation" within the Church. This movement is a result of the "Year of Faith" and a call by Pope Francis for us to become a "Missionary Church" with "Missionary Parishes" made up of people who are "Missionary Disciples."

I further attended the first of legacy meetings to discuss how we move forward in the diocese. Here in St Mary's I will be setting up a Parish Evangelisation Team (PET) to look at how we are to enable this parish to be missionary. This will not be a working group. It will be a group that will form the conscience of the parish. This group will undergo a process of six months of formation before identifying new ways for us to become "Missionary". During this time of formation the PET will be invited to become familiar with some of the basic church texts related to evangelisation and especially in the context of the parish. Over a series of meetings they will have the opportunity to look at the Gospel mandate for mission and its implications, and then to move forward as some of the key ideas from Vatican II, Paul VI's encyclical "Evangelii Nuntiandi" leading to Pope Francis' "Evangelii Guadium".

After this the group will explore a simple review of the parish as it is now in terms of evangelisation, looking at where the parish is now, what needs to change, what can be improved, what are the parish's strengths and weaknesses, and evaluating how evangelisation is seen in the parish, and who or which groups are actively and consciously involved in evangelisation at the moment.

"For the Church, evangelising means bringing the Good News to all the strata of humanity, and through its influence transforming humanity from within and making it new…." (Pope Paul VI Evangelii Nuntiandi, 1975)

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

15th Sunday of the Year

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Thomas James McIntyre, Sheila Barnes, Alan James Baron, Martin Dwyer, Fr Peter Birmingham

Lately Dead: Kieron Feathers, Ian Storey & Anne Duckett

Anniversaries: Mary Coyne, Peter Pickles, Peter Wolfenden

 

Masses this week:

Tues: 9.30am Mass ("End of Year School Leavers' Mass" from St Mary's school)

Wed: 10.15am Requiem Mass for Kieron Feathers

Thurs: 09.15 Mass at Sacred Heart school for the School Leavers

Fri: 12 noon followed by packed lunch

 

This week the Office will be open Tues & Thurs 11.30 – 2pm & Fri 10am – 12noon.

 

Today there is a Second Collection for the Apostleship of the Sea

 

This Saturday Fr McLaughlin will be celebrating the evening Mass as Fr John will be at the Proclaim'15 Conference in Birmingham.

 

Assisted Suicide Bill – If you were not here last week and therefore unable to sign the petition letter to Graham Jones our local MP, you can still do so on line as suggested below:

On Friday 11th September the House of Commons will debate and vote on a Bill to legalise assisted suicide.  This will put the most vulnerable people in our society at risk.  Please contact your MP, urging them to attend the debate and vote against the Bill. You can send an e-mail to your MP via the Catholic Bishops' Conference website (www.catholicnews.org.uk/assisted-suicide).

Proclaim'15

If you would like to know more about what subjects are being discussed at the Proclaim'15 conference in Birmingham this weekend, please look at the display board at the back of church. Here you will find a list of the workshop leaders and their biographies. It makes interesting reading to see what is happening in various parts of the country and who are leading different projects. Please find below the Conference Prayer:

Loving Father, you so loved the world that you sent us your only Son,
that we might believe in him and have eternal life.

May we encounter Jesus Christ anew this day and live the Good News with joy.

Through the power of your Holy Spirit,

help us to "go out to the whole world and proclaim" our faith with confidence.
Give us the courage to witness to the Joy of the Gospel by our words and actions.

Help our parish to become more welcoming and missionary, 
so that you may be known and loved by all people.

We make this prayer through Our Lord Jesus Christ Your Son, 
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God for ever and ever,
Amen.

Our Lady, Star of the New Evangelisation, Pray for us. Blessed John Henry Newman, Pray for us.

St Thérèse of Lisieux, Pray for us.

Friday, 3 July 2015

14th Sunday of the Year

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Thomas James McIntyre, Sheila Barnes, Alan James Baron, Martin Ewart,

Lately Dead: Christopher Holmes, Margaret Sheehan, Val Harrison and Kieron Feathers

Anniversaries: John Grundy, Emma & John Duckett, Verda Wolfenden, James Simpson

 

Masses this week:

Wed: 12 noon followed by a packed lunch

Thurs: 6.30pm Followed by Exposition

Fri: 12 noon followed by CAFOD Soup Lunch

 

This week the Office will be open Thurs & Fri 10am – 1pm. Whilst Jean, our secretary, is away on holiday there may be delays in responding to any enquiries.

 

Next Saturday Fr McLaughlin will be celebrating the evening Mass as Fr John will be at the Proclaim'15 Conference in Birmingham.

 

To: Mr Graham Jones MP,

 

Please vote against the Marris' 'Assisted Dying' Bill.

We, the undersigned at St Mary's Parish Oswaldtwistle, are deeply opposed to any attempt to legalise assisted suicide or euthanasia in the United Kingdom, as it is unnecessary, dangerous and contrary to the common good for many reasons summarised below.

·         There is a very strong probability that once 'Physician Assisted Suicide' becomes established as a means of ending human life, the process would become available for selective birth or death at all ages i.e. euthanasia, from within the womb to old age.

       

·         Experience from other countries, where Assisted Dying / Assisted Suicide is now legal, show that the statutory limitations are soon renegotiated or ignored enabling more people to become eligible to have their own life ended with assistance, in effect abdicating responsibility to end their life to someone else.

 

·         There are real concerns that this Law would be abused. Some terminally ill people might feel under pressure to end their lives, believing that they should remove the burden of care or financial strain from their families, this 'right to die' could become a 'duty to die'.

 

·         With end of life care in UK costs rising year on year, it is frightening to think that clinical decisions could be made between care, costing several thousand pounds, or a lethal injection for just a few pounds. This represents a significant and unacceptable threat to vulnerable people dependant on long term and critical palliative care.

 

·         Attempting suicide should be greeted with compassion rather than with blame, suicide should never be encouraged or promoted. Therefore our key priority must be to improve provision of good palliative care and practical support where patients' physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs are properly acknowledged and catered for.

A paper titled "Sense and nonsense on 'Assisted Dying'" is also very helpful when assessing the many issues that appear inevitable if this Bill is passed. The leaflets "Don't make the Oregon's mistake" and "Some reasons for rejecting Lord Falconer's Bill" are enlightening and downloadable. www.carenotkilling.org.uk

Please take time to sign the petition at the back of church. This has to be sent in by 12 July due to the summer recess of Parliament and the Bill being voted on just after the MP's return.