Saturday, 30 April 2016

6th Sunday of Easter

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Kathleen Taylor, Martin Dwyer, June McCaffrey, Mary O'Connor, Jimmy O'Toole, Vida Filippini, Sheila, Peter & Noreen Stevens, Pauline Smith, Maria Twigg, Fr Terence Schofield, Dylan Jai Robson, Margaret & Michael Coyne

Lately Dead: Brian Westwell, Kieran Kiegher, Michael Langan, Mary Worrall

Anniversaries: Margaret Catlow, Gregory Heyes, Susie Gleeson, David Lowe, Ada Joyce, Sadie Pickles

 

Masses this week:   

Mon - No Mass                                            Tues – 18.30am Mass followed by Exposition 9.30am  

Wed – 12 noon Mass then by packed lunch   

Thurs- 09.30am Mass                    7pm Taize evening at St Mary's, Burnley

Fri – 7.30am Mass followed by breakfast

  

The Parish Office will only be open 10am-1pm Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday this week.

 

The Altar Fund has now reached £25,133.57 as we seek to raise £30,000 for the altar, baptismal font and lectern. Workers have now assessed the floor area that will form the foundation for the altar and found that it will not need strengthening. I have asked for a sanctuary carpet also to be priced up which we should be able to pay via parish funds. The generosity of many of you has been amazing. Thank you.

 

Coffee and tea will be served after Masses this weekend.

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"How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly."

 

That question, which the Pope said the Scribes and Pharisees repeat in many different ways, springs from a heart that is closed and blind to the faith. As Jesus explains in today's Gospel reading, "you do not believe, because you are not among my sheep". Being part of God's flock, he said, is a grace which requires an open heart.

"My sheep hear my voice", Jesus says in that reading, "I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand". Have these sheep studied how to follow Jesus and then believed, the Pope asked? No, he said, citing the words from St John's Gospel, "My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all". It is the Father who gives the sheep to the shepherd. It is the Father who draws our hearts to Jesus.

The hardness of the Scribes and Pharisees' hearts, is a drama which continues all the way to Calvary, the Pope said. They see the works that Jesus performs but they refuse to believe he is the Messiah. Even after the Resurrection, the Pope recalled, this drama continues as the soldiers guarding the tomb are told to say they'd fallen asleep in order to give credit to the story that the disciples had stolen the body of Christ. Not even the witness of those who saw the Risen Christ was able to reach those who refused to believe. And this has its consequences, the Pope said, because they are orphans who have denied their Father.

These doctors of the law, he went on, had closed hearts, they thought they were their own masters but in fact they were orphans because they had no relationship with the Father. They talked about their fathers, Abraham and the patriarchs, but these were distant figures and in their hearts they were orphans because they would not let themselves be drawn to the Father.

On the contrary, the Pope said, reflecting on the first reading for the day, the news that reached Jerusalem of the many pagans who heard the disciples preaching in Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch and turned to the faith, shows what it means to have a heart open to God. Like Barnabas, he said, who is sent to Antioch to confirm these rumours and is not scandalized by the conversion of the pagans but accepts this novelty and lets himself be drawn by the Father to Jesus.

Pope Francis concluded by saying Jesus invites us to be his disciples but to be so, we must let ourselves be drawn by the Father towards Him. The humble prayer we can say is: 'Father, lead me to Jesus, help me to know Jesus' and the Father will send the Spirit to open our hearts and lead us to Him. A Christian who doesn't allow himself to be led by the Father is an orphan, but we have a Father who can lead us to Jesus.

 

Sunday, 24 April 2016

5th Sunday of Easter


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, Maria Twigg, Fr Terence Schofield, Dylan Jai Robson 
Lately Dead: Brian Westwell, Patrick Mannion, Pat Toner, Mary Worrell, Michael Ruanne Anniversaries: Bernard Kendall

Masses this week: Mon - No Mass   Tues - 9.30am Mass
Wed - 12 noon Mass followed by packed lunch
Thurs- 9.30am Mass                           7pm Taize Deanery Prayer Hour
Fri - 7.30am Mass followed by breakfast

The Parish Office will only be open 10am-1pm Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday this week.

"Stay with us Lord on our journey"

URGENT APPEAL FOR UKRAINE Pope Francis has launched a humanitarian initiative in favour of the people of the Ukraine in the form of a SPECIAL COLLECTION to be taken in all of the Catholic Churches in Europe this weekend. The Holy Father expressed his faith in all of the Catholic Churches of Europe who would unite generously to this, his initiative. The purpose of this collection is to show support and compassion to victims of this all but forgotten hybrid war that continues unabated in the east of the country. Some 1.7million have been internally displaced. A million refugees have fled to neighbouring countries. Half a million do not have basic food and hundreds of thousands do not have access to safe drinking water.

Sacramental Program Just a reminder that there is a meeting for parents and children this Tuesday evening 6.30 - 7 .30pm. Please remember to bring a "Head & Shoulders" picture of your child for a prayer board, if you have not already done so. We also hope to discuss plans for "First Communion Sunday" at this meeting.

Taize Evening This Thursday from 7 - 8pm, as part of the Deanery "Year of Mercy" there will be a "Taize Holy Hour" where other parishes in the Deanery will attend as well as local Churches. If you have never been to a "Taize" evening before, you will find it very prayerful and reflective. Please come along and help to host our visitors.

Salford Diocesan Walsingham Pilgrimage is taking place on Saturday 7th May and led by Bishop John Arnold. There are three coaches going from the Diocese the nearest of which is departing from the Bury/Whitefield area. If anyone would like to go please contact 07939262204. Approximate cost is £21 per seat.

The Altar Fund has now reached £24,353.57 as we seek to raise £30,000 for the altar, baptismal font and lectern. Workers have now assessed the floor area that will form the foundation for the altar and found that it will not need strengthening. The generosity of many is amazing. Thank you.

Monthly Newsletter The May newsletter will be printed this coming week ready for next weekend. Could any information be handed in by Tuesday evening please? Could Eucharistic Ministers and Readers also inform us if they are not available any weekend, especially with the Bank Holidays in May causing people to escape to other areas of interest!

Parish Centre Due to the performances of the "Vicar of Dibley" by the "Ossy Players" this week at the Civic Centre, the Parish Centre Bar will be open from 8pm on Wed, Thurs, Friday and Sat this week. If you wish to attend a performance then details are on the notice board at the back of church.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Weekend 9th - 10th April

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

Please remember in your prayers:

 

Sick and housebound:  Martin Dwyer, June McCaffrey, Mary O'Connor, Patrick Mannion, Mary Logan, Jimmy O'Toole, Vida Filippini, Sheila, Peter & Noreen Stevens, Pauline Smith, Maria Twigg, Fr Terence Schofield, Dylan Jai Robson

 

Lately Dead: Alex Rawcliffe, Jamie McCrea, Mildred Stevens

Anniversaries: Nellie Gleeson, Edward Keenan, Jim Coyne, Leslie Holman, Tom Anderton, Joe McIntyre

 

Masses this week:   

Mon – No Mass this week as Fr John is away

There are Masses at St Anne's, Accrington  

 

This weekend we welcome Fr McLaughlin who will be celebrating the Masses with us this weekend as Fr John is away. Fr John will be back for next weekend.

 

The Church will be closed during this week.

 

The Parish Office will only be open 10am-1pm Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday this week.

 

 

 

Next Weekend is Vocations Sunday This is the traditional time when we take a collection for the training of our students for the Priesthood. This is known as the Ecclesiastical Education Fund (EEF).

 

This year in the Diocese, we look forward to the ordination to the Priesthood of Rev Michael Deas and Rev Richard Howard who are completing their studies at the Venerable English College, Rome. We also have two ordinations to the diaconate: Mark Paver also from the English College in Rome and Gavin Landers from Oscott College, Birmingham.

 

Please hold them in your prayers as well as our other students who are continuing their journey in formation; Damien Louden, at the Beda, Rome; Callum Brown and Bob Hayes at Oscott College Birmingham, as well as Luke Bradbury at the English College in Valladolid in Spain.

 

Should anyone wish to make a private donation to the Ecclesiastical Education Fund, please make cheques payable to St Marys Church Oswaldtwistle and write EEF on the back of the cheque or on the envelope.  Thank you

 

The Altar Fund has now reached £23,508.57 as we seek to raise £30,000 for the altar, baptismal font and lectern.

 

If you wish to make a donation then please place your money/cheque inside an envelope marked "Altar Fund" and if you wish to add any names you would like to be remembered in the document that will be sealed in the altar, please place them in the envelope too. All donations will be treated as anonymous but will be acknowledge by letter. Please be sure to leave us your name and address. Thank you to all those who have so generously supported this project.

 

Quote to note: "The great lesson is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one's daily life, in one's neighbours, friends and family, in one's backyard " – Abraham Maslow

 

 

Friday, 1 April 2016

2nd Sunday of Easter

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound:  Martin Dwyer, June McCaffrey, Mary O'Connor, Patrick Mannion, Mary Logan, Jimmy O'Toole, Vida Filippini, Sheila, Peter & Noreen Stevens, Pauline Smith, Maria Twigg, Fr Terence Schofield, Dylan Jai Robson

Lately Dead: Alex Rawcliffe, Jamie McCrea, Mary Logan

Anniversaries: Lillian Rawcliffe

 

Masses this week:   

Mon – No Mass                   Tues – 9.30am Mass in church with St Mary's School                   

Wed – 10am Requiem Mass for Alex Rawcliffe  

Thurs – 09.30 School Mass at St Oswald's Primary School (parishioners invited to attend)

Friday – No Mass  

 

This Sunday is "Divine Mercy" Sunday There will be a Service of Divine Mercy Devotions starting at 2pm at St Joseph's, Audley Range, Blackburn. The Devotions will start at 2pm with Eucharistic Adoration – Confessions – Divine Mercy Chaplet – 3O'Clock Prayer, Blessing and procession of the Divine Mercy Image – Mass at 3pm. You are all invited to attend.

 

Congratulations to Harold and Hilda Owen who are celebrating their Diamond Wedding (60th) this Saturday. A poem from "Nonnymouse" to all couples celebrating their anniversary is as follows:

 

To all couples on their Anniversary

 

For years un-numbered, you have gazed in awe

At this rarest of treasure,

Your love, may it always, grow

And flourish, for you and yours

Without measure!

"Nonnymouse"                 

 

The Parish Office will only be open 10am -1pm Tuesday, Thursday & Friday this week.

 

 

The Altar Fund has now reached £22,928.57 as we seek to raise £30,000 for the altar, baptismal font and lectern. If you wish to make a donation then please place your money/cheque inside an envelope marked "Altar Fund" and if you wish to add any names you would like to be remembered in the document that will be sealed in the altar, please place them in the envelope too. All donations will be treated as anonymous but will be acknowledge by letter. Please be sure to leave us your name and address. Thank you to all those who have so generously supported this project.

 

"Thank you" to Michael Gavin who for many years has been helping out at the back of Church as an apparitor. If anyone can offer to help out at the back in order to welcome visitors, then please speak to those at the back. In spite of previous directives, given years ago, this is not a "male preserve! 

 

Parish Centre Please note that from this week the Parish Centre Bar will only be open on a regular basis Fri and Sat 7.30pm – 11.30pm and Sun 12noon – 9pm. Due to lack of taking on other nights the bar will be closed. The Parish Centre will still be open when requested for private functions on other nights but the bar will be closed unless opened by agreement with the committee.

 

Coffee and Tea is served after Mass today