Friday, 22 January 2016

3rd Sunday of the Year

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"
Please remember in your prayers:
Sick and housebound: Martin Dwyer, June McCaffrey,  Mary O'Connor, Jimmy O'Toole, Vida Filippini, Sheila, Peter & Noreen Stevens, Pauline Smith, Patrick Nolan
Lately Dead: Sheila McIntyre, Miriam Holmes, John Derek Dearden, Herbert O'Meara, Sean Kearney, Kevin Duxbury
Anniversaries:  Frank Batt

Masses this week.   
Tues – 10am Requiem Mass for Sheila McIntyre celebrated by Fr McLaughlin

Masses at St Anne's, Accrington 9am each day

This Weekend the Sunday 10am Mass will celebrated by Fr McLaughlin
Next Weekend Fr John Zampese SX will be making an appeal on behalf of the Xaverian Missionaries. There will also be no Children's Liturgy next weekend.

Fr John is away from this Sunday to next Sunday, 31st Jan.
The Parish Secretary is available Mon – Fri 10am – 1pm
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DEATH

WHAT A WONDERFUL WAY TO EXPLAIN IT

A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to leave the examination room and said, 'Doctor, I am afraid to die tell me what lies on the other side.' Very quietly, the doctor said, 'I don't know ...'

'You don't know?
You're a Christian man, and don't know what's on the other side?'
The doctor was holding the handle of the door; on the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, and as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness.

Turning to the patient, the doctor said, 'Did you notice my dog? He's never been in this room before. He didn't know what was inside. He knew nothing except that his master was here, and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear.

I know little of what is on the other side of death, but I do know one thing … I know my Master is there and that is enough.' (Medhelp.org)

"For the Christian, heaven is where Jesus is.
We do not need to speculate on what heaven will be like.
It is enough to know that we will be forever with Him."
William Barclay

Friday, 15 January 2016

2nd Sunday of the Year - Peace Sunday

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Sheila McIntyre, Martin Dwyer, June McCaffrey, Derek Dearden, Mary O'Connor, Jimmy O'Toole, Vida Filippini, Sheila, Peter & Noreen Stevens, Pauline Smith, Patrick Nolan

Lately Dead: James Hogan, Bridget Hardwick, Vera Conlay, Kevin Duxbury, Herbert O'Meara

Anniversaries:  Catherine Metcalf, Damyan Eccles, Mary & Michael Coyne, Paul Libberton, Thomas Leslie Rushton, Sarah McGowan, Valerie Kennedy, Alan Gilrane

 

Masses this week.   

Tues – 9.30am Mass                                  Wed – 9am Mass at Sacred Heart Primary School

Thurs – 6.30pm Mass followed by Exposition                      

Fri – 12noon Mass followed by packed lunch

 

This Weekend is known as "Peace Sunday" as it is a Day of Prayer for Peace. As such there is a "Retiring Collection" for Pax Christi. The work of Pax Christi is based on the Gospel and inspired by faith. It's vision is of a world where people can live in peace, without fear of violence in all forms. Rooted in Catholic Christianity, we work with all who share their values to abolish war and create communities of peace and justice.

 

Next Weekend the Sunday 10am Mass will celebrated by Fr McLaughlin and the weekend after Fr John Zampese SX will be making an appeal on behalf of the Xaverian Missionaries.

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A New Altar

 

When the liturgical changes were introduced, post Vatican II, that Mass was to be said with the priest facing the people, many temporary wooden altars were introduced. So now is a favourable time that here in St Mary's we have a permanent and a more fitting place where the Sacrifice of the Mass is offered. It is envisaged that the altar be polished marble with a new lectern and baptismal font to match.

The new altar will be consecrated at the Sunday Mass on 10th July 2016 by Bishop John Arnold.

I am looking at trying to involve as many people as possible in the project and listen to any ideas that people may have. This weekend we have a model of the new altar for people to look at before we go ahead with any definite design.

It may be an option to have a "Commemoration Book" placed within the altar with names of parishioners who would like to contribute to the cost of the project, creating a "time-capsule".

This project coincides with the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme when so many made the "ultimate sacrifice" from both St Mary's and the former parish of Sacred Heart.

If anyone would like to be involved in this project, get involved in any area of research, or propose any ideas, then I hope to have a meeting in the Parish Centre in the very near future.

I have raised the idea with the schools, should they wish to be involved in any way they can offer assistance to the project.

 

Re Church maintenance – some of you may have noticed that there is water leaking in above the "Lady Altar". We hope to start work on this soon.                                  Fr John

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Martin Dwyer, June McCaffrey, Mary O'Connor, Bridget Hardwick, Jimmy O'Toole, Vida Filippini, Sheila, Peter & Noreen Stevens, Pauline Smith, Patrick Nolan

Lately Dead: James Hogan  

Anniversaries:  Monica Westwell, Joe Duggan, Edwin Riley, Fred Partington, Colin Wasdell, Richard Chambers, Tommy Meredith, Patrick Keenan

 

Masses this week.   

Tues – 10 am Mass This Mass will be offered for the Repose of the Soul of James (Jimmy Hogan) who was cremated on Monday at Lytham.

Wed – 12noon Mass followed by packed lunch

Thurs – 6.30pm Mass followed by Exposition

Fri – 9.30 Mass

 

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

On Saturday 5.45pm – 6.15pm

Sunday - after the 10am Mass

 

Next Weekend is "The 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time" Year C and is also known as "Peace Sunday" as it is a Day of Prayer for Peace. As such there is a "Retiring Collection" for Pax Christi. The work of Pax Christi is based on the Gospel and inspired by faith. It's vision is of a world where people can live in peace, without fear of violence in all forms. Rooted in Catholic Christianity, we work with all who share their values to abolish war and create communities of peace and justice. If anyone wishes to make a donation in an envelope, then they are available at the back of church.

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Stop Press Due to water damage and repairs being carried out at the café at Ossy Mills, the Ossy Mills Coffee Meet is cancelled this Monday.

 

Pope Francis on Works of Mercy

"…how many people do we find in life who seem spiritual, but who do not speak of doing works of mercy"? But why is this? "Because the works of mercy are precisely the concrete sign of our confession that the Son of God has come in the flesh: visiting the sick, feeding those who do not have food, taking care of outcast". We must perform "works of mercy", therefore, "because each of our brothers and sisters, whom we must love, is the flesh of Christ: God has come in the flesh to identify himself with us and, and one who suffers is Christ who suffers".

Hence, Francis said, "if you take this path, if you feel this, you are on the right path" because "this is the criterion of discernment, so as not to confuse feelings, spirits, so as not to go down a path that isn't right". Returning then to the words of John: "'do not believe every spirit' — be mindful — 'but test the spirits to see whether they are of God'". For this reason, the Pope emphasized "service to the neighbour, brother, sister who is in need — there are so many needs — even of advice, of my ear to be listened to: these are signs that we are on the path of the good spirit, that is, on the path of the Word of God who has come in the flesh".

In our "Year of Mercy" let us consider how we serve the needs of others as a parish. The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord is a time to look at our commitment to those in need.

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Feast of the Epiphany

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Martin Dwyer, June McCaffrey, Mary O'Connor, Bridget Hardwick, Jimmy O'Toole, Vida Filippini, Stacia Ryan, Sheila, Peter & Noreen Stevens

Lately Dead: Fr Peter Birmingham, Fr Anthony Sudlow, James Hogan  

Anniversaries:  Stanley Nicholas Bury, Nancy Pinder, George Clayton Chris Metcalf, Beth Alveston, Andrew Hargreaves, Constance Mary Nuttall

 

Masses this week.   

Tues – 12 noon Mass (followed by packed lunch)

Due to the Requiems of two Diocesan Priests, Frs Peter Birmingham and Anthony Sudlow, plus a journey down to Torquay, there will just be the one Mass this week

 

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

On Saturday 5.45pm – 6.15pm

Sunday - after the 10am Mass

 

Next Weekend is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord which ends Christmastide.

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Review of 2015

 

Many things took place in the parish in 2015 and this is an opportunity to reflect on them. For the parish one of the most obvious projects was the renovation of the Grotto and blessing of a new statue of Our Lady of Lourdes. This was done in August around the Feast of the Assumption when we had our "Lourdes at Home Day" which was excellently attended.

 

In July Fr John went to a National Church Congress called "Proclaim '15". Whilst much was spoken about, not a lot has yet come from it, but we are working on becoming more "Missionary Parishes. Some parishioners took part in the consultation through group discussion, and many from the parish submitted their views to the Bishop via the document "Preparing the Way". We wait to see what steps forward will be taken in the diocese. "No Room at the Inn" for Advent and Christmas seems to have gone well with comments I have heard. The one Mass on the Sunday after shows we can all fit into one Mass at the weekend if necessary. As numbers drop then this could be something to look at for the future!

 

Sometimes we get things right! This past year we decided to re-construct the drainage system at the back of the house. With all the recent storms and rain it proved to be an excellent decision preventing severe flooding of the cellars. We are still waiting for the diocese to come back to us on the church heating and the parish centre proposals for a lift to be installed, and other works to upgrade the downstairs toilets and the upstairs kitchen.

 

Syrian Refugee Crisis became big news in 2015 and is an ongoing problem. Pope Francis is urging all parishes to take in one family. We await advice from the diocese.

 

The "End of Life Bill" was something we campaign against, and although our MP did not agree with us the Bill was defeated.

 

Emmaus Group for the Bereaved has now been formed and hopefully will be involved throughout 2016 as well as the Monday Ossie Mills Coffee Group.

 

2015 saw the end of the Parish Magazine but we are presently working on a future project. For further news read the monthly newsletter due out next weekend. Any articles should be in by Tues night.  "A HAPPY & BLESSED NEW YEAR" to you all. Fr John