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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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Please pray for Pope Francis, Benedict XVI and Archbishop Malcolm McMahon                                                   

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TODAY'S MASS: The Pharisees are putting a trick question to Jesus as is clear in Matthew's fuller account in his Gospel. They knew the Law which permitted divorce, and they will quote this Law to Jesus. The Law allowed divorce for “indecency”, but teachers were divided about what this meant: did it mean adultery or a lesser fault? So their real question is : what does Jesus consider grounds for divorce? As so frequently in his discussions with the legal experts, Jesus' response goes beyond and much deeper than a simple answer to the question: God made man and woman such that they should bond together permanently and become one thinking, living being. The word used for one 'body', or one 'flesh', really means one entity, not a hunk of meat, but a single, vibrant personality. God's intention was not that the two should be separable again. So Jesus does not answer the question about grounds for divorce at all. It is striking that here  -  and on other occasions too  -  Jesus' authority is such that he feels able to alter the sacred Law of Moses. For the Jews the Law of Moses was God's own gift, sacred and unalterable by any human authority. By altering it, by annulling the permission for divorce under certain circumstances, Jesus is implicitly claiming divine authority.  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

GOSPEL LESSON: Perhaps we can consider the sacredness of the Sacrament of Marriage and its ideal of permanent commitment.

WEEKLY PONDER: What does Jesus teach about marriage? What does his welcoming of the children have to say about God's kingdom?  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

NEW MASS READER ROTAS:  Please collect yours from the back of the church.

SAINT THIS WEEK: Saint Denis, whose feast we celebrate on Tuesday and is spelled Denys was probably born in Rome. He died 258 in Paris. He was the first Bishop of Paris, a martyr, and the Patron of France. A legend recorded in the 9th. Century recounts that Denis was beheaded on Montmartre and that his decapitated corpse carried his head to an area north east of Paris where the Benedictine abbey of St. Denis was founded. Denis is often portrayed in art as a decaptated (though evidently living) figure.  (Archdiocesan Ordo)

YOUCAT: (Question 326) When does an authority act legitimately?  An authority acts legitimately when it works for the sake of the Common Good and applies just methods of attaining the goals thereof.

WEEKLY BIBLE: Behold I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door; I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.  (Revelation 3:20)

MEDITATION: Baptism is a rite of passage. The Jewish people passed through the Red Sea to the Promised Land in the great Exodus. Jesus himself wanted to make this exodus by passing through suffering and death into the house of his heavenly Father. This was his baptism. He asked his disciples and now asks us: “Can you be baptised with the baptism with which I shall be baptised? When the apostle Paul, therefore, speaks about our baptism, he calls it a baptism into Jesus' death. To be baptised means to make the passage with the people of Israel and with Jesus from slavery to freedom and from death to new life. It is a commitment to a life in and through Jesus.  (Henri Nouwen)


SAINTLY GEMS: God who saved me will be with me again in this journey, and if I do not abandon Him, He will be with me always. And while He is with me everything that can happen to me will always be a grace, a blessing for which I should thank Him.  (Blessed Giovanni B. Mazzucconi)

God always gives more than we ask.  (St. Marie V. Therese Couderc)

Be loyal to the Lord, accept His will.  (St. Peter Ou)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: It is only when we open ourselves up, when we share our hearts, that we can be truly known and loved. That we can truly be our best selves.  (Danielle Bean)

Let go of everything that has been holding you back. Push fear out of the way and claim the peace, joy and fulfillment that are yours. Now is the time.  (Danielle Bean)

MACMILLAN CAKE  FRIDAY: Sincere thanks to all who supported the morning in school last Friday week. Lots of parents brought cakes, and those who could stay, did so. It was realised that some parents work and so could not stay. There were lots of cakes left and so they were sold in church after Harvest Mass. The total money raised was £ 336.64 (£100 down on last year!)

PLEASE REMEMBER:  Mass on Sunday 21st. October is at NINE FIFTEEN.

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME:  Session 2 immediately after Mass today.

OCTOBER ROSARY:  Please say your Rosary every day for the good of the Church and for World Peace

TERRY EDWARDS:  Terry will be grateful for visits any time. Euxton Hall Care Home. Fifteen minutes from here by car.

GRAND CHRISTMAS FAIR RAFFLE:  There is a list of  “Wanted Prizes” on the notice board. Please sign up for something. Sincere thanks.

CHRISTMAS EVE MASS:  4.30pm. just as last year. Pass the word around. We are the earliest Vigil Mass in the Deanery.

You will then have the whole of Christmas Eve to begin your Christmas Celebrations.

NOVEMBER PIOUS LISTS: Start preparing your Pious Lists. Money can be placed in with the Lists, and as many Masses (Stipend £10) will be said as possible. Remember to Gift  Aid any Mass Stipends.

MATTHEW KELLY: “In the Rosary, we ponder the life of Jesus through the eyes of his mother. This is an incredibly powerful experience if we enter into it fully.”

CANONISATIONS: The Pope will canonise Blessed Pope Paul VI and Blessed Archbishop Oscar Romero in Rome next Sunday. Paul VI was Pope when I was studying in Rome in the late sixties early seventies.

CHORLEY FOOD BANK:  Thank you for your continuing generosity to this vital Parish Ministry. Schools Half-term begins on 18th. October when families will need extra food; breakfast cereals, long- life milk, chunky vegetable soups etc. The weather is getting colder and children will need hot meals. Thank you.

CAKE RAFFLE:  Next Sunday courtesy of Teresa Johnson. Thank you.

BRITISH WINTER TIME:  Commences on Sunday 28th. October! Keep an eye out for elderly neighbours that they are warm. Perhaps even offer to do a little shopping for them.

Lately Deceased

Fr. Peter Charles Crowther, obl.sbso

01254 830 995

Email: moorlandsanctuary@gmail.com

Dcn. Simon Gilbertson - 01254 832 031  

Parish Administrator and Catechist: Jane Gilbertson, B.Ed. (Hons), B.Sc. (Hort), CTC.

Week 27 Year B   ,  7th October 2018

Hand in hand with Jesus

Our Lady of the Rosary   

 Remember the Daily Rosary





 Gaudeamus omnes in Domino.....


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Anointing / Forgiveness



 “Let the children come to me”

Monsignor John Patrick Mahony, Fr. Francis Tillotson, Fr. Brian Foley, Fr. Thomas Kennedy, Fr. John Gough, Fr. James Murray, smm., Deacon Gordon James P. Hughes, Theresa Duhan, Denis Holgate, Euan Tomlinson, Marjorie Wilkins, Mary Snape, Arnold Duxbury, Kathleen Crowther, Mary Connolly, Matt Duffy, Veronica Snape, Ellen Miller, Winifred Bone, Jane Rigby, Eliza Dugdale, Thomas Dempsey, Irene Jackman, Wilf Bolton.

Fr. John Daulman, Philip Rushton, Ian Davies, Philip Holmes, Terry Edwards, Madeleine Shaw, Zac Aratoon, Ann Beconnsall, Rita Maher, David Mahon, Kathleen Mee and others.

Next Week:  David Southworth

Today:  Joshua Gardner

Fr. Thomas Durkin, Fr. Kevin Kelly, Jimmy Kavanagh, Bernard Kenyon.