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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:  In Jesus' final speech to his disciples after the Last Supper he is preparing them for life after the Resurrection. He several times mentions a mysterious figure called the 'Paraclete'. Paraclete is Greek for 'advocate', that is someone who is called to your side to help, to guide you through a tricky patch. In Hebrew, teaching about the Last Judgement there would be an Accuser and an Advocate on either side. In the gospel, Jesus asks the Father to send this Advocate to his followers to be his own presence when Jesus is no longer here to guide the Church into all truth. That is the inspiring situation which Jesus speaks of: the Church and every one of her members will continue through the power of the Spirit to grow in understanding of the mysteries of God, as a people over the centuries and as individuals over the years of life. Before the Spirit was given, even the disciples who had been with Jesus throughout his ministry failed to understand his real significance, and certainly lacked courage to proclaim it. The coming of the Paraclete was the booster-rocket which set off the Church on its course and keeps it on course. Now it is the duty and privilege of each of the members of the Church to fulfil the prophetic office of the Church, understanding more deeply and declaring more clearly the truth about Christ in the world.  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

GOSPEL LESSON: God has the advantage in His relationship with us; He already knows us fully and intimately. (Liguori Publications)

WEEKLY PONDER: How can you use your unique gifts to invite others to the eternal  life that Christ offers?  (Liguori Publications)

SAINT THIS WEEK: Thursday is the feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ Eternal High Priest, according to the order of Melchizedek. In him the Father has been well pleased from before all time. As Mediator between God and human beings, fulfilling the Father's will, he sacrificed himself once on the altar of the Cross as a saving Victim for the whole world.  (Archdiocesan Ordo)

YOUCAT: (Question 353)  Why do we worship God? We worship God because He exists and because reverence and worship are the appropriate response to His revelation and His presence. “You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve.”  ( Matt. 4:10 )

THE POPE: The Holy Spirit is the fire of love burning in the Church and in our hearts, even though we cover him with the ash of our sins. Let us ask him: Spirit of God, Lord, Who dwell in my heart and in the heart of the Church, guiding and shaping her in diversity, come!

MEDITATION: Christ Jesus, multitudes of children and young people have been marked for life because they were abandoned; they are like strangers on this earth. There are some who wonder: “does my life still have any meaning?” And you asure us of this: Each time you alleviate th suffering of an innocent person, you do it for me, Christ.  (Taize)

WEEKLY BIBLE: The Wisdom of God says: The Lord created me at the beginning of His work, th first of His acts of long ago. I was beside him like a master worker; and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always, at play everywhere on His earth and delighting in human beings.  ( Proverbs 8:12-31 )

A PRAYER: Lord, You send forth Your Spirit. Teach me to walk Your way of love and compassion in hope and gratitude.  

(Hopeful Meditations for every day of Easter through Pentecost. Savage/McSweeny)

SAINTLY GEMS: What we ourselves cannot bear in us we bear with the help of Christ. For he is all-powerful and he tells us: 'My yoke is easy and my burden is light.'  ( St. Boniface )

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Two ways to overcome the problems in our lives and let God turn them into opportunities are by being hopeful and by being grateful.  (Justin Fatica)

God will make you into what He intended for you to be in the first place. The best version of yourself.  ( Dr. Allen Hunt )

Deep inside, most of us are yearning to give ourselves over completely to God because this is what we were made for. (Dr.  Allen Hunt)

CONGRATULATIONS:  To our young people who received Our Blessed Lord in Holy Communion for the first time. The Church encourages all of us to come to weekly Mass and Holy Communion because Jesus gave himself to us to be the Food for the Journey to Heaven. The less we eat, the weaker we become. If we starve ourselves of Jesus we die spiritually.

TODAY IS PENTECOST:  It is the Birthday of the Church. The Church is all baptised Christians and not buildings. WE ARE CHURCH. Happy Birthday to all of us.


GIFT AID:  If you pay Tax you are asked and encouraged to Gift Aid your weekly donation to the Parish. This means that we receive 25p in every £ from the Inland Revenue. Please see Kath Clemson; she will explain how to go about it.

YOUR WILL:  Please consider leaving something to the Parish in your Will. You can leave whatever you feel. God loves a cheerful Giver. It is our way of thanking God for his goodness to us in our lives and in our Parish. Thank you. Wills can be changed if you have not considered us before now.

PASTORAL AREA SYNOD GARDEN PARTY:  Sunday 14th. July at St. Gregory's. More information to follow.

ORDINARY TIME:  We are now back in Ordinary time until Advent Sunday 1st. December.

SERVICE OF SORROW:  The Priests of the Deanery have decided that in future there will only be ONE Service of Sorrow in Advent and Lent.  The Advent one this year will be at either St. Mary's or St. Gregory's on Sunday 22nd. December.  More details nearer the time.

DAILY ROSARY:  Remember your daily Rosary. Say it for world peace and for the sanctification of Souls.

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 10 Year C   ,  09th June, 2019


Remember your daily Rosary






Spiritus Domini replevit orbem terrarum, alleluia


Sick & Housebound



Anointing / Forgiveness



Bishop Ambrose Griffiths, osb., Fr. Vincent Cunningham, Fr. Edward Maguire, Fr. Michael Lambe, Fr. Peter Morris, Fr. Charles Brady, Fr. Ladislaus Juozapaitis, sss., Deacon William Parr, Deacon Charles Killen,

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

Next Week:   Kate Perkins

Today:  Teresa Johnson

Jean Knowles, Joan Gardner, Deacon Edward Kane

“Receive the Holy Spirit”