Friday, 17 March 2017

3rd Sunday in Lent

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Fr Anthony Lawton, Pat Haworth, Joan Anders, Martin Dwyer, Janet Whitehead, Margaret Coyne, Paul Duffy, Diane Hibbert, Marlene Dunderdale.

Lately Dead: Fr Geoffrey Hilton, Fr Edmund Maguire (retired Salford Priest) Sheila Johnston, Veronica Pickup

Anniversaries: Veronica Anderton, William Gleeson, Mary Bone, Clare Doolan, Joanne Hughes, Robert Haworth, William David Carver

Other Masses:  Ken Hargreaves


Masses this week.

Mon No Mass                      Tues – 9.15am                                            

Wednesday: 9.15am

7pm - Lenten Station Mass – St Charles, Rishton BB1 4HR

Thurs – 6.30pm Stations of the Cross followed by a Communion Service

Fri – No Mass – Fr John attending Requiem for Fr Geoff Hilton             


Confessions Sat 5.45 – 6.15pm and Sunday 9.15 – 9.40am or by appointment


Welcome to Fr Peter Hopkinson who will be saying the Sunday morning Mass whilst Fr John covers another parish.


CAFOD The CAFOD collection as a result of Family Fast Day has come to £793.85 so far.

In the news this week you will have seen the crisis in East Africa. We should not need to apologise that CAFOD has asked us to take another collection this weekend for this Appeal. You have seen the pictures in the news and no more needs to be said. The Family Fast Day was for a specific project and those monies can't be re directed by law. So there will be a second collection this week for the Crisis Appeal from CAFOD.


Passover Meal This year we will hold the Passover Meal in the Parish Centre. It will take place on Wednesday 12th April at 7pm. Cost £15 per head includes meal, tea/coffee and wine/soft drinks etc. If you wish to attend please indicate on the list at the back of Church. Places are limited to 60 people. This is a superb occasion which helps explain the background to the Last Supper.


The parish office will be open Tues, Weds and Fri this week from 10 – 1pm. As Fr John is away more from the parish at the moment, please try to keep to the office hours when making an enquiry to ensure a quick response.


Collection Envelopes The envelopes are ready for collection at the back of Church. Any problems then please speak with Sean Mullen or Fr John. Thanks for all you do to contribute to the parish.


Parish Centre Today (Sunday) there will be an AGM at 2pm in the Parish Centre. Please could members attend this important meeting about your club.


Lenten Station Masses will take place as follows:

Wed 22nd March –Wed 29th March – St Anne's, Accrington, BB5 2AD

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available from 6.30pm and Masses will be at 7pm


Spiritual Reading in Lent If you would like to borrow a book for Lent, Fr John has placed some on the table at the back of church.


Visits to Church The Church is now open during the day. Please make use of this and pay a visit to pray. There are copies of two meditations, at the back of church, on the Stations of the Cross for use in the quietness of the church.