Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Manchester Bombing

Message from Bishop John Arnold



The citizens of Manchester and the members of the Catholic community are united in condemning the attack on the crowds at the Manchester Arena. Such an attack that can have no justification.

I thank the emergency services for their prompt and speedy response which saved lives.

We join in prayer for all those who have died and for the injured and their families and all affected by this tragedy.

We must all commit ourselves to working together, in every way, to help the victims and their families and to build and strengthen our community solidarity."

Saturday, 20 May 2017

6th Sunday of Easter

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Janet Whitehead, Janet Smith, Pat Haworth, Joan Anders, Margaret Coyne, Paul Duffy, Marlene Dunderdale, Anthony Walton, Mary McNulty

Lately Dead: Doreen McDermott, David Ramsbottom, Sarah Henderson

Anniversaries: Canon Patrick Watterston, Margaret Marsden, Katleen & Thomas Wood, Annie Cecilia Clarkson, Mark Rushton

Other Masses: Deceased members of the Wood & Maden Families

 

No Masses this week: Fr John is away on Retreat. He will be keeping you all in his prayers. In turn, please keep him in yours.

 

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

 

Next Sunday is The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord It is also "World Communications Day" and there will be a second collection for "Catholic Communications"

 

Farewell to Fr Anthony This weekend is the last weekend of Fr Anthony serving here in Oswaldtwistle. We thank him for all the Masses he has said and the joy he has brought to many. He has been in Sacred Heart, St Oswald's and Mount Carmel schools and been given a great reception there as he has said Masses and taken assemblies. We wish him every blessing in his work with the SMA Fathers and trust that he will keep us in our prayers. As he often says "I found the weather cold, but the people warm!" Thank you, Fr Anthony, and hope to see you again soon.

 

Meeting for those who would like to have involvement with Refugee Family Thanks to those who came along to the meeting held last Thursday evening. Mr Sean Ryan will visit the parish to speak at Masses over the weekend of the 1st and 2nd July so we can look at the possibility of welcoming a family to the parish and what is involved.

 

Eucharistic Ministers I would like to Commission and Re-Commission any Eucharistic Ministers on the Feast of the Ascension (27/28 May). If you would like to be (re)commissioned please speak with Fr John over the next few weeks. This is an important work within the parish. There will be a training Day and Holy Hour on Sunday 21st May from 2 - 4pm. Anyone who would like to come to the Holy Hour from 3-4pm this afternoon is welcome to attend. Fr Anthony will be leading it for us.

 

The parish office For the time being we have no secretary so please be patient and leave a message if no one answers. If you need anything this week then please speak with Fr John after Masses this weekend.

 

Mega Youth Poll If you are aged between 13-29 The Catholic Church wants to hear what you have to say about your life and faith.  
This Mega Youth Poll should take between 10 and 15 minutes to complete, depending on how much you want to tell us. We have kept the poll anonymous to give you the freedom to be frank and without fear of criticism.
This poll will be closed on Monday 5th June 2017 and the responses we receive will be used in a report that will be sent to the Vatican in preparation for a gathering led by Pope Francis.
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/cathnews-synod-youth-poll

 

£5 notes Please note that the old £5 notes are no longer legal tender.

 

Congratulations to Canon David Lupton who is celebrating 50 years of priesthood this weekend.

 

Gavin Landers' Ordination – Sat 22nd July If you wish to attend, there are a couple of spare seats on the coach. Please speak to Fr John if you would like to go.

 

Saturday, 13 May 2017

5th Sunday of Easter

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Janet Whitehead, Janet Smith, Pat Haworth, Joan Anders, Margaret Coyne, Paul Duffy, Marlene Dunderdale, Anthony Walton, Mary McNulty

Lately Dead: Arthur Abbott, Sheila Winstanley, Sarah Henderson, Doreen McDermott

Anniversaries: Stephen Laycock, Marie & Philip Wasdell, Joan & William Ryan

 

Masses this week:

Mon – No Mass                              

Tues – 9.15am                     Wednesday: 12.15 Mass at Mt Carmel School

Thurs – 6.30pm Mass followed by Exposition          

Fri – 9.15 Mass

 

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

 

The Ecclesiastical Education Fund raised £256.65 in last week's collection. The fund remains open for a few weeks now should anyone wish to make a private donation. This fund goes towards the training of our students for the Priesthood. Two are to be ordained this year – Gavin Landers and Mark Paver – and eight will begin their studies.

 

CAFOD Soup Lunch This normally takes place on the first Friday of the month. The lunch raised £45 for CAFOD this month. Thanks for those who attended and donated.

 

Talk by Fr Anthony this Wed on "The Church in Africa" This will be held at 7pm in the front room of the Presbytery. This talk was originally suggested for last week but, unfortunately had to be postponed. Fr Anthony has many great points to raise our awareness of the subject.

 

Meeting for those who would like to have involvement with a Refugee Family Mr Sean Ryan will be coming to the parish to give a presentation on this subject. It will take place on Thursday evening at 7.30pm, after Mass, at the back of Church. Anyone is more than welcome. To find out more information, please speak with Eve and Peter Gattei

 

Eucharistic Ministers I would like to Commission and Re-Commission any Eucharistic Ministers on the Feast of the Ascension (27/28 May). If you would like to be (re)commissioned please speak with Fr John over the next few weeks. This is an important work within the parish. There will be a training Day and Holy Hour next Sunday 21st May from 2 - 4pm. Please put your name on the list in the sacristy if you can attend. All Eucharistic Ministers are expected to do so.

 

The parish office For the time being we have no secretary so please be patient and leave a message if no one answers. We hope to appoint a new secretary very soon.

 

Exams Year 11 students start their GCSE examinations on Monday.   Please will pray for our young people during this important time. A Candle, from Mt Carmel School, will be lit during Masses to signify our prayer for them.

 

Mega Youth Poll If you are aged between 13-29 The Catholic Church wants to hear what you have to say about your life and faith.  
This Mega Youth Poll should take between 10 and 15 minutes to complete, depending on how much you want to tell us. We have kept the poll anonymous to give you the freedom to be frank and without fear of criticism.
This poll will be closed on Monday 5th June 2017 and the responses we receive will be used in a report that will be sent to the Vatican in preparation for a gathering led by Pope Francis.
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/cathnews-synod-youth-poll

 

£5 notes Please note that the old £5 notes are no longer legal tender.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

4th Sunday of Easter

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Janet Whitehead, Janet Smith, Pat Haworth, Joan Anders, Margaret Coyne, Paul Duffy, Marlene Dunderdale, Anthony Walton, Mary McNulty, Sarah Henderson

Lately Dead: Arthur Abbott, Sheila Winstanley

Anniversaries: May Walsh, Robert Austin

Other Masses: Thanksgiving

 

Masses this week:

Mon – No Mass                              

Tues – 10.15am Requiem Mass for Arthur Abbott

Wednesday: 9.15am                      12.15 Mass at Mt Carmel School

Thurs – 10.15am Requiem Mass for Sheila Winstanley

6.30pm Mass followed by Exposition 

Fri – 12.15 Mass followed by CAFOD Soup Lunch

 

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

 

This Sunday is Vocations Sunday – 23 April Fr Anthony will preach at both Masses about his call to the Priesthood. There is a second collection this weekend for the Ecclesiatical Education Fund (EEF) which goes towards the training of our students for the Priesthood. There are eight who we hope will be starting in September.

 

Eucharistic Ministers I would like to Commission and Re-Commission any Eucharistic Ministers on the Feast of the Ascension (27/28 May). If you would like to be (re)commissioned please speak with Fr John over the next few weeks. This is an important work within the parish. There will be a training Day and Holy Hour on Sunday 21st May from 2 - 4pm. Please put your name on the list in the sacristy if you can attend. All Eucharistic Ministers are expected to do so.

 

The parish office For the time being we have no secretary so please be patient and leave a message if no one answers.

 

Mega Youth Poll If you are aged between 13-29 The Catholic Church wants to hear what you have to say about your life and faith.  
This Mega Youth Poll should take between 10 and 15 minutes to complete, depending on how much you want to tell us. We have kept the poll anonymous to give you the freedom to be frank and without fear of criticism.
This poll will be closed on Monday 5th June 2017 and the responses we receive will be used in a report that will be sent to the Vatican in preparation for a gathering led by Pope Francis.
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/cathnews-synod-youth-poll

 

Baptism Course Could all those who have come for the Baptism Course please mett at the back of Church after Mass where you will be met by the Catechists. Thank you.

 

£5 notes Please note that the old £5 notes are no longer legal tender.

 

There will be Coffee and Tea after Masses this weekend

 

Thank you letter CAFOD have written to say "Thank you for your generous gift". The monies donated for CAFOD's work, the Refugee Crisis, the Yemen Crisis, Lent Fast Day and the East Africa Crisis amounted to £2264.60, which, as you can see is a great response to the appeals. The monies came from the second collections and the monthly CAFOD Soup Lunch. So well done to everyone who contributed in any way. The letter can be found pinned on the Parish Notices Board at the back of church.