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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: What could Jesus have experienced at his baptism? It is described as 'the heavens torn apart,' a voice, and the Spirit coming down like a dove. It must have given him the experience of being treasured, being embraced by the Person whom he called 'Father.' But he is given a task too, for the Spirit of God is an empowering Spirit. It must have felt like a new impetus, a thrill of challenge, a surge of energy and opportunity, an exciting new task. In this new Spirit he went out to bring the good news of peace, gradually gathering his community and spreading God's healing love by his personality, his teaching and his healing. This is the power which Baptism has given to us also, to bring God's healing and God's love, to build a community of love  which reflects and extends God's own love. Jesus must have been daunted by the task. He knew it would test him to the limit of his endurance, but he knew he had received the Power of God, and put his trust in his Father. He never promised us at baptism that it would be easy to live as Christians, but he did promise us that he would give us the surge of strength and power which is the Holy Spirit.   (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

WEEKLY PONDER: How has your baptism empowered you?  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: In all our lives there are “before and after” moments whatever they might be (parenthood, marriage, career etc). In my life as a disciple can I name any particular “before and after” moments? This probably won't include baptism, because mostly we were just babies. But later; what happened to bring faith alive and to help me grow up as a believer? Such reflection may help us grasp the significance of John's  baptism for Jesus himself. For him it was a true “before and after” event, sustained by the ringing affirmation, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”    (Fr. Kieran O'Mahony, osa)

PRAYER: Father, we are all your beloved sons and daughters; we dare to say that with us too you are well pleased. Help us embrace our new reality by letting ourselves be loved by you.  (Fr. Kieran, osa)

SAINT THIS WEEK: Thursday is the feast of St. Kentigern. He was born about 518. At the age of 25 he went as a missionary on the Clyde. A community grew around him known as “Clasgu” (dear family) which became the city of Glasgow. He was consecrated bishop in 540. He was forced into exile and founded a monastery at St. Asaph in Wales. He spent  eight years at Hoddam in Dumfriesshire before returning to Glasgow in 581. He died there 13th. January 603.


MEDITATION: Regret and worry are two weapons of the enemy that keep us from stepping into our destinies. The past is behind us. God's mercies are new every morning to free us from the chains of our past mistakes. Worrying is nothing more than meditating about bad things that might happen, but mostly won't. Instead, stay in 'today.' Keep your mind in the present. Seek God. Prioritise His Kingdom presence throughout your day and you will see your worries and regrets fade into insignificance.  (NewCREEations)

WEEKLY BIBLE: You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You. Because he trusts in You.  (Isaiah 26:3)

SAINTLY GEMS: Will you collaborate with God so He can use you to do his work here on earth?  (Mother Teresa)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: When you speak to yourself, let your interior dialogue be confident, optimistic, and visionary. Dare to live the life most people only fantasise about.   (Matthew Kelly)

Ask the Lord to inspire a change in you every time you have thoughts of changing someone else.  (Jane Trufant Harvey)

CHORLEY FOOD BANK:  Yes, we are back in business please. Bring food and leave it outside the church. Thanks.

YOUCAT: (Question 435) Is it permissible to 'buy' and 'sell'  human beings? No human being, not even parts of a human being, may be turned into commodities, nor may a person make himself a commodity.Man belongs to God and has been endowed by him with freedom and dignity. Buying and selling people, as is common practice nowadays, and not only in prostitution, is a profoundly reprehensible act.

STREAMING: We continue to Stream our Masses both on Sundays and Weekdays. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place on Saturdays from 10am. - 12pm.

C 19 AND ITS VARIANTS: With the new Lockdown, Rules are changing from day to day. This latest Variant is causing more illness than did the first C19 almost a year ago now. We are advised to stay at home and mix with as few people as possible. So, for the next few weeks there will NOT be Holy Communion on the car park and no House Sick Visits. This can change on a regular basis and the Archbishop is constantly sending out advice which he expects us to heed. I will tell you what he tells us. I know you understand and once again, I must apologise for any inconvenience. Take care. Keep safe.

COLLECTIONS: Obviously the Parishes and so the Archdiocese has lost millions because of C19. Please try and be as generous as possible. Bills still have to be paid and buildings maintained. Thank you for your generosity so far.

MARSHALLS THE FLORISTS:  Very kindly gifted us with our Christmas Flowers. Unfortunately we could not have the services of Paula and Julie this year for obvious reasons, and in our need, Marshalls came to our help. Thanks. Very grateful!!

PAPAL PRAYER INTENTION FOR JANUARY: May the Lord give us the grace to live in full fellowship with our brothers and sisters of other religions, praying for one another, open to all.

THE POPE: To baptise a child is an act of justice towards them. Why? Because at Baptism we offer a treasure, at Baptism we offer a pledge: the Holy Spirit. Baptism endows the child with the strength of the Holy Spirit: the Spirit that will defend and assist each of them throughout life.

STAMPS FOR DERIAN HOUSE:  If you have been collecting stamps, please place them in the plastic box outside church. Thank You.

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 1B  ,  10th. January 2021

Baptism of the Lord       The Holy Family

Hand in hand w1ith Jesus         Remember your daily Rosary






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“Beloved Son!”