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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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TODAY'S MASS: Just before the Gospel Reading today,  Jesus has warned in St. Luke's Gospel about the peril of worldly possessions. This is a danger about which Luke, writing to a prosperous audience, continually reminds his audience. Then Jesus issues a series of exhortations to be alert for the final meeting with the Lord, and a series of blessings on those who are ready. Luke does not have a great scene of a universal final judgement ( as Matthew's Gospel does with the parable of the sheep and the goats ). For Luke there is no need to wait for a great final judgement scene at the end of the world; instead, with his Greek frame of mind, he is more interested in the individual judgement ( for each of these parables concerns a single individual who is rewarded or punished ). This is fully compatible with the notion that each individual's final judgement is at death rather than all together at the end of the world. Most wonderful and startling is the promise ( suggested by today's parable ) that after the Master's return at the judgement, he will himself serve the faithful servants.

(Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

WEEKLY PONDER: How may we best be “ready” for the return of the Lord?   (Fr. Henry, osb)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: It is alarming to think that “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” To find out where my treasure is I need to look not at what I think but at what I do. How do I choose to spend my time? Where does my best concentration go?  What “things” in life provide me with the greatest challenge and the greatest fulfilment?  When am I most truly myself? Even more, to know myself spiritually, introspection is only a limited guide. What I really need to do is to take account of how I act. What about the last week, for example? What does that tell me about myself?  (Fr. Kieran, osa)

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, let me know myself and know You, and desire nothing save only you. Look upon me ,that I may love you. Call me that I may see You, and for ever enjoy You.  ( St. Augustine )

GOSPEL FOR THE FAMILY: Today the Master invites us to clean up our hearts. What's in my heart? What is my treasure?  Is it a treasure with “high expectations?” Or is it kidnapped by “fashions,” “costumes,” fleeting things? If one lives  “in disguise,” then his heart ends up beaten and out of play. “Happy are those servants whom the Master finds wide-awake when He comes.” For this Jesus recommends to “gird up the loins” (no disguises!) and “lamps on” (“connected” through prayer).   ( Evangeli.net )  

THE POPE: In dark moments, in sad moments (Jesus) is well aware that our faith is weak; all of us are people of little faith, all of us, myself included, everyone. Our journey can be troubled, hindered by adverse forces. But He is the Lord who pased through death in order to lead us to safety.  

FR, MARK HAYDU LC:  Abraham understands that no creature, no gift, should take God's place in the human heart.

SAINTLY GEMS: Jesus, Light of the world, help us to teach our children to recognise Your light and follow it as they face challenges in their school and social lives. Keep us faithful in supporting them with our prayers.   ( Family Prayers )

Do not pray for easy lives; pray to be stronger people. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers; pray for powers equal to your tasks.  ( Blessed Solanus Casey )

He loves, He hopes, He waits. Our Lord prefers to wait Himself for the sinner for years rather than keep him waiting one instant.    ( St. Peter Julian Eymard )

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: You were made to be loved. Loved for who you are, not for what you do. Loved in the core of your being, the good and the bad together; unconditional love.  ( Lisa Brenninkmeyer )

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  ( John 16:33 )  Jesus reminds us that there will be trouble in this world, but he has already overcome it all. He already reigns victorious. And that same victory is at work in us today; giving us the courage and the strength to persevere and overcome.

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.   ( Aldous Huxley )

And just adding those two words 'right now' changes everything. It may be your life right now, but that doesn't mean that it will be your life forever.    ( Matthew Kelly )

SACRED SCRIPTURE: All have sinned and forfeited God's glory, and all are justified through the free gift of his grace by being redeemed in Christ Jesus who was appointed by God to sacrifice his life so as to win reconciliation through faith.

( Romans 3:23-25 )

HENRI NOUWEN: I really wish you an ever deeper peace. I know that that peace quite often lives underneath the turmoils and anxieties of our heart and doesn't always mean inner harmony or emotional tranquility. That peace that God gives us quite often is beyond our thoughts and feelings, and we really have to trust that that peace is there for us to claim even in the midst of our moments of despair.

UKRAINE COLLECTION: £100.  Sincere thanks.

ALPHA THREE WEEKS OF PRAYER: Begins on 11th. August at 11-02hrs. Ask the Holy Spirit to breathe on any person(s) you might like to see come back into the Church. Name names to the Spirit and see what happens. There is an Alpha Course beginning at Harpers Lane on 1st. September at 19-00hrs. Please feel free to attend if you wish, and take others with you.

DEANERY PASTORAL COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE : We need a Representative from here. Surely there must be somebody unhappy with the Church as it is at the moment and would like to put forward more modern ideas to be part of the considerations of the Lancashire Deanery.

THE ASSUMPTION OF OUR BLESSED LADY:  This is next Sunday14th. August, transferred from Monday 15th. August.

RELICS OF ST. BERNADETTE: These will be at St. Mary's, Chorley from Thursday evening 15th. September until Saturday morning 17th. September. The main Day of Devotions will be on Friday 16th. September. This is a unique opportunity for us and a chance for us all to renew our devotion to the Holy Rosary. Put the dates in your diaries.

Lately Deceased

Fr. Peter Charles Crowther, obl.sbso

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

Week 19 C Ord   ,  7th. August 2022

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