Fr. Peter Charles Crowther obl. sbso | The Presbytery, Bury Lane, Withnell, Chorley, PR6 8SD | Tel 01254 830 995 | Reg Charity: 232709
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TODAY'S MASS: Using saliva and earth, Jesus made a paste to heal the blind man. The healing became a true conversion for the man, but created some problems for Jesus with the Jewish leaders. Because this healing took place on the Sabbath, the Pharisees accused Jesus of breaking the Jewish law. The Pharisees tried to get confirmation of this action from the blind man's parents and from the blind man himself. In the end, the authorities were unable to charge Jesus with any wrongdoing, and had to recognise that Jesus was gaining many disciples. (RCL Benziger)
GOSPEL LESSON: As Jesus helped the blind man understand, it is not enough to see only with our eyes. We need also to see with our hearts and allow our every action to reflect this sight. Jesus healed the man of his blindness, but in the end the man recognised Jesus as the Messiah and worshipped him. (RCL Benziger)
WEEKLY PONDER: How can you let the light of your faith in Jesus shine for others to see? (RCL Benziger)
YOUCAT: (Question 384) Can a handicapped child be aborted? No. Aborting a handicapped child is always a serious crime, even if it is done with the intention of sparing that person suffering later on.
THE POPE: Today the Lord calls all of us sinners to dialogue with Him: “Don't be afraid. Though your sins be like scarlet, they may become white as snow.” -
SAINTLY GEMS: The soul that thirsts for God is first sorry in his heart from fear, and then from love. (St. Gregory the Great)
Always receive with equal contentment from God's hand either consolations or sufferings, peace or distress, health or illness. Ask nothing, refuse nothing, but always be ready to do and to suffer anything that comes from His providence. (St. Teresa Margaret Redi)
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Loneliness is when you wish someone else was there, and solitude is when you enjoy being alone. (Jonathan Van Ness)
Conscience is the perfect interpreter of life. (Karl Barth)
MEDITATION: “Take up Your Cross.” Your pain is deep, and it won't just go away. It is also uniquely yours, because it is linked to some of your earliest life experiences. Your call is to bring that pain home. As long as your wounded part remains foreign to your adult self, your pain will injure you as well as others. Yes, you have to incorporate your pain into your self and let it bear fruit in your heart and the hearts of others. This is what Jesus means when he asks you to take up your cross. He encourages you to recognise and embrace your unique suffering and to trust that your way to salvation lies therein. Taking up your cross means, first of all, befriending your wounds and letting them reveal to you your own truth.There is great pain and suffering in the world. But the pain hardest to bear is your own. Once you have taken up that cross, you will be able to see clearly the crosses that others have to bear, and you will be able to reveal to them their own ways to joy, peace and freedom. (Nouwen)
LENTEN PRAYER: Loving Father of mine, I feel the pace quicken, the time draw near. I am filled with joy as I move towards Easter and the promised reconciliation with you. Teach me to follow the example of your son, to be worthy to be called one of his people; a Christian. Help me to live each day as he did turning hatred to love and conflict to peace. I await the new life with eagerness, faith and a deep gratitude. (Jesuit/Creighton)
MOTHERS DAY: We remember our Mothers this weekend be they in this world or in Heaven. We thank them for all that they do or did for us, because they so often go unrewarded and are taken so much for granted. Thanks to all Mothers!!
DEDICATION OF ENGLAND TO OUR LADY: You may or may not have been going through the 'Dedication Programme' since February, but nevertheless I urge you all to dedicate the rest of your lives to our Lady on 25th. March, the Solemnity of the Annunciation. You can do it by simply promising Our Lady that you will say a Decade of the Rosary every day.
STREAMED MASSES: St. Gregory's: 11.00am. EWTN: Sky 588
PERFECT ACT OF CONTRITION: O my God because you are so good, I am most sincerely sorry for having ever offended you and with Your Help, I will not sin again.
SPIRITUAL COMMUNION: My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things and I desire to receive you within my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if you were already there, and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.
Fr. Peter Charles Crowther, obl.sbso
01254 830 995
Parish Administrator and Catechist: Jane Gilbertson, B.Ed. (Hons), B.Sc. (Hort), CTC.
Lent 4Year A , 22nd March, 2020
4th. Sunday in Lent
Hand in hand with Jesus Remember your daily Rosary
Sick & Housebound
Anointing / Forgiveness
Canon Michael Culhane, Canon William O'Sullivan, Fr. Frederick Rose, Fr. Austin Smith, cp., Dcn. John Hogan, Edna Arnold, Olwyn Kirshaw, Winnie Collinson, Margaret Croysdale, Les Wayne, Geraldine Diesner, Stanley Blackburn, Heiner Kramp, Muriel Crowther, Nellie Turner.
Fr. John Daulman, Philip Rushton, Ian Davies, Madeleine Shaw, Ann Beconnsall, Rita Maher, Kathleen Mee, Barry Winstanley, Rachel Mason and others.
Next Week: Teresa Johnson
Today: The Children
“Healing the blind man“
BRITISH SUMMER TIME: The clocks go forward one hour next Sunday.
OUR CHURCHES ARE CLOSED FOR PUBLIC MASSES AND OTHER SERVICES AT THE MOMENT BUT OURS IS OPEN DAILY 7am. -
BRING SOME EASTER EGGS IF YOU CAN
CHORLEY FOOD BANK: Now that the schools have finished for an indefinite time, it is important that the Chorley community keeps the Food Bank topped up. There will be lots of children at home, and many parents will be unsure of their immediate financial situations. Our church is open seven days a week from 7am. -
NO MASSES BUT WE CAN STILL PRAY: The fantastic monthly publication Magnificat is going on line for free. It contains daily Mass, prayers and meditations. Just click on www.magnificat.com/free
NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER: “The paradoxes pile up today. We're forced to understand our common humanity, an understanding made possible technologically as never before. Yet we are forced to stay away from one another.”