Sunday, 31 July 2016

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Joan Anders, Martin Dwyer, Janet Whitehead, Maria Twigg,

Margaret  Coyne, June McCaffrey, Margaret Rebecca McDonough

Lately Dead: Fr Brendan Blundell OFM Conv, Fr Jacques Hamel, James Clarke   

Anniversaries: Fr Jeremiah Smith, Raymond Davitt


Masses this week:                                    

Mon – No Mass                               Tues – 9.30 Mass     

Wed – 12noon Mass followed by packed lunch

Thurs – 6.30pm Mass followed by Exposition

Fri – 12noon Nuptial Mass for Jonathan Lane and Victoria Robinson


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


Muslim leaders join Cardinal in prayer for murdered French priest   

Courage needed to respond to evil with truth, justice and reconciliation


Together, as faith leaders, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and all those affected by the murderous assault that took place today at the Church of Saint-Etienne–du-Rouvray in France.


We are deeply saddened and shocked by the brutal murder of Fr Jacques Hamel.


To commit murder at a place where people gather in peace to worship adds another layer of depravity to the violence that we have witnessed over the past weeks. We pray for the courage to respond to all evil with truth, justice, and reconciliation.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols (President, Catholic Bishops' Conference of England & Wales) Sheikh Mohammed Al-Hilli, Imam Qari Muhammad Asim, Sheikh Babikir,  Sheikh Ibrahim Mogra, Moulana Sayed Ali Raza Rizvi, Imam Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi, and Moulana Muhammad Shahid Raza


With many responses to the killing, in Church, of Fr Jacques Hamel, one of the important issues raised is that of security. If you ever see anything, or hear anything, suspicious it is imperative that you inform the Police. The message being issued is "Be alert, but not alarmed."

Message from Fr Peter Hopkinson (Episcopal Vicar for Dialogue between Faiths) "Over the past few days we have seen so many messages across the faith communities condemning the events in the Church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in the suburb of Rouen in France.

A common theme runs through these messages, a desire for an end to the violence and a call to pray for those who, like Fr Jacques Hamel, have died or been injured as a result of violence.  As we pray we remember all who have been affected by the terrorist attacks we have witnessed these past weeks and months in so many areas of our world.

Fr Jacques recently wrote in the Parish Newsletter, encouraging parishioners to spend time with friends and family and to look out for those who are alone. "Be considerate of others, whoever they are" he wrote.  A simple call to focus on and care for our neighbour, something which should always be at the centre of our prayers."

Saturday, 23 July 2016

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Joan Anders, Martin Dwyer, Janet Whitehead, Maria Twigg, Margaret & Michael Coyne, June McCaffrey

Lately Dead: Fr Brendan Blundell OFM Conv   

Anniversaries: Brian Metcalf, Jane Moulding, Mary Grimshaw


Masses this week:                                    

Mon – No Mass                               Tues – 12noon Mass followed by packed lunch    

Wed –  9.30am                                Thurs & Fri – No Mass – Fr John away


Today (Sunday) – Wedding Service at 1.30 for Luke Newman & Natalie Ward


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


Mass of Dedication of the Altar There is an album at the back of Church, compiled by John Hughes, for people to peruse. It can also be found on the website. Many thanks to John for all his dedicated hard work making this possible and creating a valuable archive.


Bishop's Consultation Paper If anyone would like to discuss any part of this with me individually then please get in touch. There will be a meeting to discuss the document on Tuesday 2nd August at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre. Remember that this is a consultation paper at the moment proposing plans for the future, no decisions have been made yet.


August Monthly Newsletter will be published next weekend. If you have any articles you wish to be placed in it then please hand them in or email them before Tuesday evening.


This week the Pope will be travelling to Poland for World Youth Day Below is his message:

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The 31st World Youth Day is fast approaching. I look forward to meeting the young people from throughout the world gathered in Kraków and having the opportunity to meet the beloved Polish nation. My entire visit will be inspired by Mercy during this Jubilee Year, and by the grateful and blessed memory of Saint John Paul II, who instituted the World Youth Days and was the guide of the Polish people in its recent historic journey towards freedom.

Dear young people of Poland, I know that for some time now you have been preparing, especially with your prayers, for this great encounter in Kraków. I thank you heartily for everything that you have done, and for the love with which you have done it. Even now I embrace you and I bless you.

Dear young people from throughout Europe, Africa, America, Asia and Oceania! I also bless your countries, your hopes and your journey to Kraków, praying that it will be a pilgrimage of faith and fraternity. May the Lord Jesus grant you the grace to experience personally his words: "Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy" (Mt 5:7).

I am very anxious to meet you and to offer the world a new sign of harmony, a mosaic of different faces, from many races, languages, peoples and cultures, but all united in the name of Jesus, who is the Face of Mercy.

I now turn to you, dear sons and daughters of the Polish nation! For me, it is a great gift of the Lord to visit you. You are a nation that throughout its history has experienced so many trials, some particularly difficult, and has persevered through the power of faith, upheld by the maternal hands of the Virgin Mary. I am certain that my pilgrimage to the shrine of Czestochowa will immerse me in this proven faith and do me so much good. I thank you for your prayers in preparation for my visit. I thank the bishops and priests, the men and women religious, and the lay faithful, especially families, to whom I will symbolically bring the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. The moral and spiritual "health" of a nation is seen in its families. That is why Saint John Paul II showed such great concern for engaged couples, young married couples and families. Continue along this road!

Dear brothers and sisters, I send you this message as a pledge of my affection. Let us keep close to one another in prayer. I look forward to seeing you in Poland!

Sunday, 10 July 2016

15th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Joan Anders, Martin Dwyer, Janet Whitehead, Maria Twigg, Margaret & Michael Coyne, June McCaffrey

Lately Dead: Margaret Little, Dorothy Loftus,  

Anniversaries: Anne Duckett, Marie Hartley, Peter Pickles, Margaret Duhan Snr


Masses this week:                                    

Mon – 10.15am Requiem Mass for Margaret Little

Tues – 1.30pm Mass with St Mary's School in attendance

Wed –  2pm Mass in Sacred Heart School    

Thurs - 2pm Mass in St Oswald's School                   6.30pm Mass followed by Exposition

Fri – 9.30am Mass


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


In the New Altar lie the relics of: The True Cross, St John Vianney, St Margaret Mary, St Paul of the Cross, St John Bosco, St Gerard Majella, St Theresa of the Infant Jesus, St Bernadette Soubirous, and St Gabriel of Our Lady Sorrowing.


Many thanks to all the people who have helped to prepare for the Bishop's visit to our Parish and work throughout the year. The Thanks from all of us must go to, in no particular order, but starting with those who have helped arrange this weekend, to the Parish Council and all those who have been involved from the planning committee. Thanks also to Gerard Lupton and his sons James and Tom, and Ian Maddocks who installed the altar, ambo and baptismal font. To Peter Gattei for his work with the memorial crosses, supported by Peter Burton. To Simon Leyland for cleaning the bench cushions  after the fire, to Paul Pickles for installing an upgraded sound system, to Nick Bury for re-laying the carpet, to John Gray for standing in as organist, to those who have cleaned the brasses and chalices, washed the linen and altar servers albs, and those who have done the flowers, the welcomers, and Harry Taylor who will be taking photographs. Thanks to Deacon Gavin Landers for preparing the Altar Servers and all who work in the sacristy in preparing for various liturgies. Thanks to Gerry Landers for printing the Service Booklets and to "Printworthy" who print our monthly newsletters. My thanks also to the Parish Centre Committee for their help with hosting the Reception and the work they do voluntarily throughout the year and "Encore Catering" under Navada Keenan and Steph Kelly. Thanks to the Eucharistic Ministers who take Communion weekly to the sick and housebound and distribute Communion at Mass, to those who proclaim the Word of God at Mass and those who serve at the altar. The group of people who keep the church clean on a weekly basis and the army of volunteers who turned up on Friday to give a good spring-clean. Throughout the year there are the Catechists who teach the children at the weekend Masses, and the Catechists who are involved in the Sacramental Program assisting the parents in teaching their children. Thanks to the four couples who direct the Marriage and Baptism Preparation Courses and the marriage registrars. Thanks also to the Emmaus Group for their work with the Bereaved as well as the "Ossy Mills Group" led by Cecilia Burton. Thanks to the ladies choir, Angela Haworth and all who support the singing at Requiems and the Welcomers, plus the Funeral Directors. Anthony Flanagan deserves special mention for his support and as Choir Master to the men's choir, assisted by Les Rushton in his absence. Those who help with making tea/coffee after Mass and assist at the Piety Stall. Thanks to Michael Flanagan for maintaining the Remembrance area with his artistry.

There are also those who raise money for the APF, CAFOD, Mary's Meals and Traidcraft

Re the schools, our thanks must go to the School Governors (and we need more!!!), the Heads and all the staffs and children who work there, and Alana the Lay-Chaplain.

Without doubt, I could not support all this work without Jean Partington, my non complaining secretary, Ursula Heyes who supports me in so many things as the Chair of the Parish Council, Pam Kornecki who is our Safe-guarding Officer, John Hughes who looks after our computers, web-site and blogs. Peter and Eve Gattei for the work with the Food-Bank and soup lunches. Michael Corcoran has done great work in the gardens and Fran Darwin, John Peake and Andy Kornecki have looked after the estate and those who continue to care for the Grotto. We also thank the Lourdes Group.

Finally, our thanks must go to all who pray for us, whether sick at home or here in Church. As you can see there are many who we are so grateful to and if you do not fit into this list then we invite you to be so.


Rhyddings School is available for parking during Mass and the Reception on Sund

Friday, 1 July 2016

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Joan Anders, Martin Dwyer, Janet Whitehead, Maria Twigg, Margaret & Michael Coyne,

Lately Dead: Maureen Jackson, Margaret Little (Requiem Mon 11th July)  

Anniversaries: Kieron Feathers, John Grundy, Verda Wolfenden, Peter Wolfenden James Simpson


Masses this week:  (in the Sacristy – access via the presbytery)                                              

Tues – 9.30am Mass                     Wed –  12 noon Mass followed by packed lunch    

Thurs- 6.30pm Mass followed by Exposition                         Fri – 9.30am Mass


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


Church Closed Due to the installing of the new altar, ambo and baptismal font, the church will be a building site this week and will therefore be "off limits" without authorisation due to "health and safety". Eucharistic Ministers will need to arrange with Fr John if they wish to take Communion to the sick during the week.


Friday Morning's Remembrance Mass Thank you to all those who came to the 7.30am Mass on Friday morning. It was a very moving experience.


Look in the mirror Part of a Sermon by Pope Francis

Jesus proposes clear rules to help us avoid falling into hypocrisy: to not judge others so that we, in turn, will not be judged by the same measure; and when the temptation to do so arises, it is best to first look in the mirror, not to hide behind makeup, but to clearly see how we really are. Pointing out that the only true judgment is that of God with his mercy, Pope Francis urged that we not give in to the temptation of taking God's place, of doubting his word.

 "We all desire that, on the day of judgment, the Lord will look upon us with kindness, that the Lord will forget the many bad things we have done in life", Pope Francis said. "This is right, because we are children, and a child of the father expects this, always". However, "if you constantly judge others, you will be judged by the same measure: that is clear".

Pope Francis suggested, "look in the mirror to see yourself as you are". Jesus' words are clear: "Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?  The reason is that "those who judge put themselves in the place of God, they make themselves God and doubt the word of God". This is precisely "what the serpent persuaded our fathers to do, saying: 'No, no, God is a liar, if you eat this you will be like Him'. And they wanted to take God's place".

The Pope insisted, "Judgment is so wrong: judgment is only for God to do, him alone!". Our responsibility is instead to "love, understand, and pray for others when we see things that are not good", and if need be, to "even speak to them", to warn them if something does not seem to be going in the right direction. In every case, "never judge, never", because "if we judge that is hypocrisy".

"When we judge we put ourselves in God's place. But our judgment is a poor judgment: it can never, never be a true judgment", precisely because "true judgment is what God gives". Why "can't our judgment be like that of God?". Is it "because God is omnipotent and we are not? No, because our judgement lacks mercy". And "when God judges, he judges with mercy" .In conclusion, the Pope suggested we must not judge, so that we will not be judged; the measure by which we judge will be the measure we are judged by. let us look in the mirror before we judge". Therefore, when we want to say: "he does this, or she does that", it is better to look in the mirror before we speak. Otherwise, "I am being a hypocrite because I put myself in God's place". May the Lord "allow us to understand this well", the Pope said.