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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                                                   

Liverpool Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool Reg. Char. 232709



TODAY'S MASS:  Every mother knows the disaster-situation of the family day out when the shops turn out to be closed and the emergency supplies have been left at home. This lot have been following Jesus three days on the trot, and there must have been nothing left at all to eat. Jesus turns the disaster into a party for that huge crowd of people. Left to our own resources we are helpless, but Jesus can deal with that. How many were there? We don't know, for the numbers are symbolic. In the Bible 'twelve' alerts us to the tribes of Israel. So the twelve baskets of scraps show that the crowd is the twelve tribes of Jesus' new Israel. The way Jesus takes the bread and says the blessing must remind any Christian of the Eucharist. So this gigantic field-party was a sort of Eucharist, Jesus at the centre of his people entertaining them and cheering them. It probably wasn't very orderly. There would have been children enjoying the food and then running around and tripping up themselves and others. An African Mass is often like that, with lots of singing and dancing and celebration. That is why the Sunday Mass is so important: meet your friends and celebrate Christ together.  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

THOUGHT FOR TODAY: In the Gospels, 'compassion' is used in a way which is restricted and instructive. Compassion is only used of Jesus himself or of God in some of the parables. The word itself means something like mercy, arising from deep within, a kind of spontaneous empathy and understanding, the kind of reaction a woman has for the child of her womb. When people are compassionate to us, it is because we need it and usually we are deeply touched and grateful. Such is our God! If we receive such compassion, we are obliged to give it in return, of course. This is the character of Christian living.   (Fr. Kieran O'Mahony, osa)

PRAYER:  Lord, it is an extraordinary thing: if we complain about the little we have, we never have enough; but if we take what we have, raise our eyes to heaven, and say the blessing over it, we have as much as we want, and even twelve baskets of scraps of leftovers.    (Michel de Verteuil)

WEEKLY PONDER:  Jesus says in the Gospel, “Give them something to eat yourselves.” How can we put these words of Jesus into action in our lives both spiritually and physically through others?

SAINT THIS WEEK: Saturday is the feast of St. Dominic. H was born in Castile, part of modern Spain. He founded the Order of Preachers, dedicated to saving souls by preaching and persuasion. Like the Franciscans, founded a few years before, the Dominicans put great importance on poverty, both of the individual and the community, and of the need to be involved directly in the world while still living some form of monastic life. At a time when the Benedictines had settled into great and rich institutions, this was a revolutionary, and to some, a subversive concept. The Friars made a lasting impact on the life of mediaeval Europe, and the Dominicans in particular altered the course of intellectual history by making a well-thought-out and rational response to the new learning that was appearing as long-forgotten thinkers such as Aristotle became known once more in the Christian West.  (Universalis)

THE POPE: The Church organized the Eucharistic Liturgy into moments which correspond to the words and the actions performed by Him on the eve of His Passion. In the Eucharistic Prayer, we give thanks to God for the whole work of Redemption, and the offerings become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.

YOUCAT: (Question 400) What does it mean to say that man is a sexual being? God created man as male and female. He created them for each other and for love. He created them with erotic desires and the ability to experience physical pleasure. . He created them to transmit life.

WEEKLY BIBLE: Now we find that the Law keeps slipping into the picture to point the vast extent of sin. Yet, though sin is shown to be wide and deep, thank God his grace is wider and deeper still.   (Romans 5:20)

SAINTLY GEMS:  On earth we are wayfarers, always on the go. This means that we have to keep on moving forward. Therefore, always be unhappy about what you are if you want to reach what you are not. If you are pleased with what you are, you have stopped already. If you say: 'It is enough,' you are lost. Keep on walking, moving forward, trying for the goal. Don't try to stop on the way, or to go back, or to deviate from it.  (St. Augustine of Hippo)

You are not what has happened to you. You are not what you have accomplished. You are not even who you are today or who you have become so far. You are who and what you are still capable of becoming.  (Matthew Kelly)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:  Each person is someone to love the way God loves us: despite all our warts.   (Chris Stepien)

If you help someone carry his or her cross, you'll find out how light yours is. Your perspective will change.   (Chris Stepien)

To be human means having “defects of character.”  (HazledenBettyFord)

MEDITATION: One of the most difficult parts of following Jesus is often releasing our worries and cares on to him. Jesus said his yoke is easy and his burden light. But for many, the Christian life is anything but easy and light. That's because it takes effort to believe that Jesus has dealt with our sin so completely that we no longer need to do good stuff to stay right with God. Learn what Jesus accomplished for you on the Cross and through His Resurrection. Then believe it and enter into his rest completely.  (NewCREEations)

ST. JOSEPH WITHNELL LIVESTREAM:   We are now up and running from today. Sunday Mass is at 10.00am. Holy Communion will be distributed in the car park at 11.00am.  Weekday Mass in the holidays is at 09.30am. with Holy Communion at 10.15am.  Weekday Mass in school Term will be at 07.00am. with Holy Communion at 9.45am.  Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament on Saturdays from 10.00am. - 12.00pm. If you would like Holy Communion at home during the week, please ring me or send an Email. This is all new, but we need to give it a real try. Thank You.

OUR PARISH: We are a very small village Parish between Blackburn and Chorley in the foothills of the West Pennine Moors. It is very pretty even though the weather can be up and down because of our Moorland Geography. We do not have more than 86 at a normal Sunday Mass and our people are generous. However, if you would like to become part of us through Livestream and would like to contribute financially, please do so by downloading our Mandate Form at the bottom of our Newsletter page on the Website. We think you will like us!!

MASS STIPENDS: These have not been coming in for three months and are a source of income for all Parishes. If you want a Mass said, please let me know either through Email, Phone or put an envelope through the letter-box. Thank you.

FATHER PETER CHARLES CROWTHER:   Livestream St. Gegory's Saturday 6pm.

                                                                       Livestream St. Joseph's, Withnell Sunday 10am.  (Holy Communion 11am.)

                                                                       Livestream St. Joseph's, Withnell Weekdays Monday, Tuesday Wednesday      

                                                                       only this week. Thursday St. Mary's.  (Holy Communion 10.15am)

CHORLEY FOOD BANK:  We are accepting food again. It can be left in the Presbytery porch any weekday between 11am. and 2pm., or whenever you come to receive Holy Communion. Thank you.

CHORLEY BUDDIES: Are looking for Volunteers. For more information, and how you may be able to help, please ring 01257 542 324.

Lately Deceased

Fr. Peter Charles Crowther, obl.sbso

01254 830 995

Email: moorlandsanctuary@rcaol.org.uk  

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

Ordinary Week 18 A  , 02nd August 2020

9th. Sunday after Pentecost               

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