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