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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



PLEASE NOTE: No Mass on Tuesday; Mass on Friday the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception at 7.00pm.              


TODAY'S MASS: This brief parable of the Master returning unexpectedly is typical of Jesus' vivid way of speaking. The message is typical, too, because Jesus was constantly stressing that there is no time to lose. When he came to his earthly ministry, he again and again challenged his hearers to make up their minds NOW, to change their ways NOW. He challenges us to do the same. We can hear the rattle of the returning Master's key in the lock. There is no time to hide the contraband, to pull our uniforms straight before greeting the Master at his entry. Even if we do not think that the world's end is imminent, even if death is not threatening, every moment counts, every decision is for or against Jesus. Saints are rumoured to have said that, if they were to receive the news that they were to die that night, they would carry on what they were doing anyway. Saints can do this because they are ready for the coming of the Lord. But what about us? If we need to put things a bit more in order to prepare for the Lord's coming, is there any valid reason to delay? The four weeks of Advent are a good time to clean things up for the Lord's coming. (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

GOSPEL LESSON: What would you like to change about your life in preparation for the coming of the Lord?  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

WEEKLY PONDER: You will be pushed and shoved and hurried during Advent and the pace will quicken as Christmas approaches. Try and keep in mind our Benedictine motto of “Peace.” It does work; it helps to slow you down!! When tempers start getting out of hand, just say “Peace.” Again, it works!!

SAINT THIS WEEK: Wednesday is the feast of an Archdiocesan Saint; John Almond. He was born in Allerton, Liverpool and educated at Much Woolton, Reims and Rome. He was ordained in 1598 and served on the English Mission from 1602 until his martyrdom for the priesthood at Tyburn on 5th. December, 1612.  (Archdiocesan Ordo)

THE POPE: The Mass is the memorial of Christ's passover from death to life. In the Bible a 'memorial' is more than a mere  remembrance of a past event; it is the making present of that event, which enables us to share in its saving power. At every celebration of Mass, Jesus pours out his mercy upon us, as he did on the cross, in order to renew our hearts, our lives and our entire world. Each Sunday we enter into Christ's victory over sin and death, and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we are given a share in his very life. By making present the Lord's paschal mystery, the Mass strengthens us to bear witness, like the martyrs of old, to his triumph over death and to love others as he does, freely giving of ourselves for their good.

YOUCAT: (Question 289) Must we allow a person to use his free will, even when he decides in favour of evil? For a person to be able to use his freedom is a fundamental right based on his human dignity. An individual's freedom can only be curtailed if the exercise of his freedom is detrimental to the freedom of others.

WEEKLY BIBLE: Those who hope in God shall renew their strength. They shall run and not grow weary, they shall walk and not be tired.  (Isaiah 40:29-31)

WEEKLY PRAYER: O God, who sent your Only Begotten Son into this world to free the human race from its ancient enslavement, bestow on those who devoutly await him the grace of your compassion from on high, that we may attain the prize of true freedom. (Creighton/Advent)

AN ADVENT MEDITATION: Waiting patiently for God always includes joyful expectation. Without expectation our waiting can get bogged down in the present. When we wait in expectation our whole beings are open to be surprised by joy. All through the Gospels Jesus tells us to keep awake and stay alert. And Paul says, “Brothers and sisters the moment is here for you to stop sleeping and wake up, because by now our salvation is nearer than when we first began to believe. The night is nearly over; daylight is on the way; so let us throw off everything that belongs to the darkness and equip ourselves for the light.” It is this joyful expectation of God's coming that offers vitality to our lives. The expectation of the fulfillment of God's promises to us is what allows us to pay full attention to the road on which we are walking.  (Henri Nouwen)

SACRAMENT OF FORGIVENESS: Next Saturday 12-12.30pm.

SERVICES OF SORROW:   St. Gregory:  Sunday 17th. December at 3.00pm.   Sacred Heart: Monday 18th. December at 7.00pm.   St. Mary: Wednesday 20th. December at 7.00pm.

SAINTLY GEMS: If you want God to hear your prayers, hear the voice of the poor. If you wish God to anticipate your wants, provide for those of the needy without waiting for them to ask you. Especially anticipate the needs of those who are ashamed to beg. To make them ask for alms is to make them buy it.  (St. Thomas of Villanova)

Do not believe useless the effort that does not immediately produce fruit; have patience and, with the help of God, you will be able to gain much by working in His vineyard. If, by chance, we find our duty beyond our strength, let us take care not to lose our heads. It is then that we have a reason and even the right to expect greater assistance from the Lord.  (Blessed Maria Anna Sala)

JUST A THOUGHT: We may feel afraid to do for others without any expectations of receiving something in return. To give unselfishly exposes our feelings and shows we care. Yet if we can look beyond our fears to the selflessness of our giving actions, there is a great reward  –  knowing we had the courage to risk giving to someone. The risks we take in giving to others are lessons for ourselves as well as for those whose lives we touch. (Night Light by Amy Dean)

MONTHLY EXPOSITION OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT: Next Sunday from noon until 2.00pm. During the Winter we will have noon until 2.00pm. and in the Summer, noon until 3.00pm. This is a time when we could come and “wait in joyful expectation” for a while in preparation for the Nativity.

CHRISTMAS FAIR:  Right after Mass. There are plenty of Christmas Stalls, Raffles etc. But to start you off, why not go and get something to eat and drink?

At the end of the proceedings, could we ask the Stallholders to box up any things that are left and take them up to church and leave them in the porch. This will be a great help in the clear up. Thank you.

CHORLEY FOOD BANK AND THE PRESTON REFUGE: Please support us with lots of food, bedding, clothes and towels during the few weeks ahead. Clothes for little ones will be a God send. Last Sunday's Gospel should really impact on us. We are blessed to be able to live the “Poor Christ” by our good deeds in our little Parish.

THE ANNUAL PLEA: Please do not drink and drive, especially during the weeks leading up to Christmas and beyond, when people are out enjoying themselves at family gatherings and parties etc. Remember that vehicles are lethal weapons and can kill and injure. Be responsible.

ADVENT CALENDARS: These are available at the back of the church; prices are on the back. Thanks.

HIS GRACE THE ARCHBISHOP: Wishes us all to prepare well for the National Eucharistic Congress which will be held in Liverpool next Summer. You have been given a Prayer Card on entry this morning, and His Grace wants us all to say the Prayer together after Holy Communion at every Mass during Advent. Bring it with you every time you come to Mass please.

ANOTHER TELEVISION HOWLER!!  “Christmas is for Football.” NO, NO!! Christmas is the season of hope and new beginnings in the crucified and risen Saviour of the World. God left heaven and took on human form in Mary. He came to show us how to live!! He came to save us from ourselves. This is Christmas. Rejoice in the Nativity!!  

SCHOOL NATIVITY PLAY:  Wednesday and Thursday 13/14 December at 6.00pm.

ADVENT MASS: I know it is dark at night, but perhaps we could prepare for the coming of Jesus by coming to week-night Mass.


Lately Deceased

Fr. Peter Charles Crowther, obl.sbso

01254 830 995

Email: moorlandsanctuary@gmail.com


Dcn. Simon Gilbertson - 01254 832 031  

Catechist: Jane Gilbertson, B.Ed. (Hons), B.Sc. (Hort)  

Advent 1 Year B , 03rd December 2017

Hand in hand with Jesus

First Sunday of Advent





Ad te levavi animam meam


Sick & Housebound



Anointing / Forgiveness



 “Stay awake  ”

Monsignor Joseph Gibb, Canon William Redmond, Fr. Ambrose Hickey, Fr. Paul Benbow, Fr. Michael Powell,  Fr. Gary Walsh, sss., Fr. Francis Goodall, cssr., Betty Coxhead, Mollie Fisher, Alison Howarth, Roy Singleton, Robert Bowman, John Gee, Gerald Hitchen, Winifred Miller, John Finch, Isabella Fenton, Ken Riding, Marian Park, Evelyn May Hatton, Kimberley O'Malley, Agnes Murphy, Thomas Ince, Joe Crowther, Chris Wood, David Shorrock, Thomas Hutchins, Henry Miller, Douglas Eckersley, Edith Miller, Anne Wilson.  

 Philip Rushton, Ian Davies, Joan McDonagh, Madeleine Shaw, Philip Holmes, Ann Beconnsall, Zac Aratoon, Rita Maher, David Mahon, Grace Pulle, Kathleen Mee, Mark Woodcock and others.

Next Week:

Reader: Jackie Cardy

Universal Prayer: Cath Jones


Reader: Children

Universal Prayer: Children

 Monsignor William Dalton