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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: The two sections of this Gospel reading appear at first sight to be entirely separate, the first about faith, the second about the reward of service; but they do fit together. The faith required consists not in reciting a creed but in hanging on  by one's finger-tips, through thick and thin, to God's power and will to save. In nothing else is there any hope, not in my own power and ability. That is why, in the second section, we have no right to expect any sort of reward as our due from God. The value of our work in itself is secondary to our admission of helplessness and our trust in God's help to save us. However, not all parables should be taken as allegories. The severe master here is not necessarily God, any more than the master who in another parable praises his crooked steward. When we hear the unyielding command of the master to the slave to expect nothing and to set about serving at supper, we cannot forget that at the Last Supper it was Jesus who put on his apron and washed his disciples' feet. We may be unworthy slaves, but Our Lord's action at the Last Supper gives us confidence that our Master ministers to us.  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

GOSPEL LESSON: Christ's disciples are called to help to  make the world holy through word and example.  (Liguori Publications)

WEEKLY PONDER: How do I best serve God and others?  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

SAINT THIS WEEK: This Saturday is the feast of St. Wilfrid. He was born in Northumberland in 634 and was educated at Lindisfarne. He was elected Abbot of Ripon in 658 and introduced the Roman practices in opposition to the Celtic ways of Northern England. He was appointed Bishop of York and founded many monasteries of the Benedictine Order. After a varied career evangelising in the South and the Midlands, he returned to his monastery until his death in 709.  (Archdiocesan Ordo)

YOUCAT:  (Question 365)  How do Christians make Sunday  “the Lord's Day?”  A Catholic Christian attends Holy Mass on Sunday or on the vigil of Sunday. On that day he refrains from all work that would prevent him from worshipping God or disturb the festive, joyful, restful and restorative character of the day.

THE POPE: Perhaps you will be challenged by the diversity of immigrants. But know that they possess resources meant to be shared. So do not be afraid to welcome them. Offer them the warmth of the love of Christ. I am certain that, as so often in the past, these people will always enrich the Church.

WEEKLY BIBLE:  Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.  (Romans 12)

MEDITATION: When you look at yourself from a universal standpoint, something inside always reminds or informs you that there are bigger and better things to worry about.  (Australia)

WEEKLY PRAYER: God, the rock of our salvation, whose gifts can never fail, deepen the faith you have already bestowed and let its power be seen in your servants.  (Fr. Kieran O' Mahony, osa)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:  No man can produce great things  who is not thoroughly sincere in dealing with himself.   (James Russell Lowell)

It's one thing to profess and enforce a belief. It's another to let it transform your life.   (Matthew Warner)

Regardless of where you are in life, God's plan involves you making the right decisions right now. Why wait until later to start being the person that God made you to be?

Great events make me quiet and calm; it is only trifles that irritate my nerves.   (Queen Victoria)

When we reveal our struggles, we give others the courage to do the same.  (Matthew Kelly)

SAINTLY GEMS: The world has grown old; the human race is adrift. Well, yes,  if we abandon humanity to its natural course, to its fatal direction. No, if the power from on high that is preserved in the religion of Jesus and in His Church is poured out anew on all ranks of the human race and restores them to life.  ( Blessed Anton Martin Slomsek )

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 blesing for which I should thank Him.  (Blessed Giovanni B. Mazzucconi)

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


THE HOLY ROSARY:  Please say the Rosary during October for World Peace, and for the on-going success of the Synod Deliberations based on the Themes. Synod conclusions will cause controversy and even disagreements. There is one going on in Germany at the moment, and another running parallel with us for the whole of Australia. Oh and by the way, please ask Our Blessed Lady and the Holy Spirit to enlighten the minds of all those who are trying to sort out Brexit!

MACMILLAN TOTAL:  Sincere thanks to all who contributed to the Harvest Mass Cake Sale last Sunday; £159.70. Together with the school money from the previous Friday, over £400 was collected.

FIRST SYNOD TALK: This takes place in Liverpool tomorrow evening. See the list of Talks at the back of the church.

PIOUS LISTS: Please place your Lists and Donations (same envelope) in the Box at the front of the church.

CHORLEY FOOD BANK:  We are in need of everything; not just foods but also toiletries and personal hygiene items. This is our Parish Ministry; we need your continuing support.

CONGRATULATIONS: To Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, m.afr., from St. Vincent's, Liverpool, who was made a Cardinal yesterday.

Lately Deceased

Fr. Peter Charles Crowther, obl.sbso

01254 830 995

Email: moorlandsanctuary@gmail.com   

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

Week 27 Year C   ,  6th October 2019

17th. Sunday after Pentecost    Rosary Sunday

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Justus es, Domine...


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Mgr. John Patrick Mahony, Mgr. Patrick Doran, Fr. Patrick John Taffe, Fr. Francis Tillotson, Fr. Brian Foley, Dcn. Gordon Peter James Hughes, Hannah Proctor, David Carlisle, Wilfred McIver, Scott Howard, Phillip Bates, Winnie Tomlinson, Theresa Duhan, Denis Holgate, Euan Tomlinson, Marjorie Wilkins, Mary Snape, Arnold Duxbury, Kathleen Crowther, Mary Connolly, Matt Duffy.

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

 Next Week:  Elizabeth Duke

Today: Sarah Jane Holmes

Arthur Blundell  

“Mustard seed faith”