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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 contrast to the other Gospels, where the reader observes the disciples discovering gradually who Jesus is, John gives us a week between the Baptism and the Marriage-feast of Cana, during which Jesus is given increasingly significant titles by those who met him: Rabbi, the Messiah, Son of God, King of Israel. Perhaps the most significant titles of all are those given by the Baptist himself, Lamb of God and Chosen One of God. Jesus as the Lamb of God is a theme which overarches the Gospel; it is introduced again at the Crucifixion. According to John, Jesus dies as the paschal lambs were being slaughtered in the Temple, and John alone refers the scriptural saying to Jesus that  'Not one bone of his will be broken.' (John 19:36) which was originally part of the instructions for the sacrificing of the lamb at the Festival of Passover (Exodus 12:46). In the book of Revelation, Jesus is represented standing 'as a Lamb that seemed to have been sacrificed.' The Lamb is therefore an image both of his suffering and of his triumph. It links up with Jesus as the Suffering Servant of the Lord who moves through suffering and humiliation to vindication and to the triumph of God.  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

GOSPEL LESSON: Do you know of any family members or friends who have not had their child baptised? Could a gentle reminder encourage them?  (Liguori Publications)

WEEKLY PONDER: Reflect on  Jesus as the Lamb standing as though sacrificed.  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

SAINT THIS WEEK: Saturday is the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. It was, according to the New Testament, an event in the life of Paul the apostle that led him to cease persecuting early Christians, and to become a follower of Jesus. It is normally dated by researchers to AD 33-36.  (Liverpool Ordo)

TODAY'S HYMN:                                   Morning has Broken  (Eleanor Farjeon  (1881-1965)

                                         Morning has broken like the first morning                                    Sweet the rain's new fall sunlit from heaven,

                                        blackbird has spoken like the first bird                                          like the first dew-fall on the first grass.

                                        Praise for the singing! Praise for the morning!                              Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden,    

                                       Praise for them, springing fresh from the Word!                           Spring in completeness where his feet pass.                       


YOUCAT: (Question 377) When must we refuse to obey the State?  No one may follow orders from the State that violate God's laws.

THE POPE: I hereby declare that the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time is to be devoted to the celebration, study and dissemination of the Word of God. This Sunday of the Word of God  will thus be a fitting part of that time of the year when we are encouraged to strengthen our bonds with the Jewish people and to pray for Christian Unity. This is more than a temporal coincidence: the celebration of the Sunday of the Word of God has ecumenical value, since the Scriptures point out, for those who listen, the path to authentic and firm unity.

MEDITATION: As long as we belong to this world, we will remain subject to its competitive ways and be expected to be rewarded for all the good we do. But when we belong to God, who loves us without conditions, we can live as he does. The great conversion called for by Jesus is to move from belonging to the world to belonging to God.  (Nouwen)

LET US PRAY: Jesus, Lamb of God, help me to recognise whatever in me is holding me back from life in abundance: give me your life, your forgiveness, your healing. In you, I put my trust.  Fr. Kieran O'Mahony, osa)

WEEKLY BIBLE: Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. (1corinthians 16)

SAINTLY GEMS: Judge nothing before the time until the Lord comes, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the heart.  (St. Vitalis of Gaza)

The Lord does not say that it is blessed to know something about God, but rather to possess God in oneself. : “Blessed are the clean of heart for they shall see God.”  (Matthew 5:8)  (St. Gregory of Nyssa)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: If God both loves you better than you love yourself, and knows you better than you know yourself, then what God knows you're made for is what he wants for you.  (Fr. Mike Schmitz)

Every human being on the planet is called to be a saint.  (Fr. Mike Schmitz)

CHORLEY FOOD BANK:  Remember your weekly donation of food and toiletries. The school is also going to get involved in this Venture starting on Friday, which is good.

PRESTON REFUGE: Please bring in “good stuff” any time in the week and leave in the porch.

SINGING AT MASS: Thank you for your efforts. Those of you who can sing could perhaps lead the rest of us. It is not much, and the Common of the Mass ('Holy, Holy' and 'Lamb of God') is the same each week on the Missalette.

EASTER EGGS: During the second part of Lent we will be collecting Easter Eggs for The Food Bank and the Refuge. Last year you brought in something like 150 eggs!!

HOSPITAL:  Should you need to to go into hospital please get in touch with Canon Stanley at Harpers Lane and he will arrange for you to receive weekly Holy Communion. St. Joseph's have an excellent team of Hospital Eucharistic Ministers.

WHITE FLOWER APPEAL:  Second Collection today for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children. All life is sacred from conception to death. Please support.

ANOTHER NEW PRIEST IN THE DEANERY: The Archbishop has appointed Fr. Mark Beattie from Liverpool to take over Bede's and Chad's from 1st. March.

WORD OF GOD SUNDAY: This is a new Feast promulgated by Pope Francis in his Letter;  “Aperuit Illis.” The Holy Father wants us to take our Bibles off the shelves and read them. The books of the Bible are God speaking to us. This is how we get to know what God wants of us and also his Personality. Most people only hear the Word each Sunday at Mass and then a short explanation from the priest. One possibility is to read the following Sunday's Gospel during the week before and ponder on it from your own point of view in preparation. The Gospel for next Sunday is Matthew Chapter 4, verses 12-23. Give it a try!

THE DAILY ROSARY: I am convinced that Our Lady will be the salvation and the re-building of the Church if we place it in her hands through the daily recitation of the Rosary.

ELDERLY, SICK, HOUSEBOUND: If people are sick and housebound they often feel useless and forgotten; NOT TRUE! You are just as important as parishioners and can fulfill a great Ministry of Daily Prayer with your priest, whilst the younger members get on with working and bringing up their families. Give it a thought. Say your Rosary and read your Bible.

POINSETTIAS DRIP TRAYS: Some people took the drip trays home as well last Sunday. Can we have them back please? Thanks.

CHRISTIAN UNITY WEEK: Began yesterday. There is a Service at St. Peter's, Harpers Lane next Sunday 26th. January. Please see the notice at the back of the church.  A good start for Unity is to respect all Faiths and agree to disagree at times, without falling out!!

CHORLEY SYNOD MEETING:  This Wednesday at St. Mary's at 7.30pm. We will go, and relay any important information, however, everybody in the Deanery is welcome to attend.

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.

Week 2 Year A    , 19th. January 2020

2nd. Sunday after Epiphany          Peace Sunday           

 Hand in hand with Jesus         Remember your daily Rosary






Omnis terra adoret te, Deus....           


Sick & Housebound



Anointing / Forgiveness



Canon Thomas Naughton, Canon John Pennington, Fr. Donal O'Leary, Fr. Brian Coakley, Fr. Anthony Foy, cssr., Fr. Fred Matthews, smm., Archie Boyle, Mary Ann Bolton, Raymond Marshall, Mary Wallwork, Mary Jane Fisher, Jack Wiggins, Jim McGuire, Kathleen Ryan, Don Longton, Michael Marsden, Harry Foulkes, Ray Lilley, Betty Cardy.

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

Next Week:  Elizabeth Duke


Next Week:  Annie Rose and Eliza Perkins

Today: Teresa Johnson


Today: Joshua and Alice Gardner

Damien Waterhouse

“Look, the Lamb of God“