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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:  The discourse of Jesus given by John after the Last Supper is of a special literary genre. It was a convention that the final instructions of a great leader for his future community should be gathered together in the context of a final meal. Jesus' life and purpose is summed up in this great prayer. The discourse is shot through with the warmth of the relationship of Jesus to his Father and with the fact that Jesus came to do the will of the Father. But most striking of all is the stress on the glorification of Jesus. The earliest kerygma about the Resurrection, as we have it in Paul's writings, is not about the empty tomb, but it's about the glory of the risen Christ, that Christ is lifted up to his full participation in the divine glory of the Father. The hymn in Colossians put him as first-born in creation and now first-born from the dead, so that he can be first in every way. Philippians declares that he must receive the homage of bending the knee in the worship due only to God. This is not blasphemy, for it is 'to the glory of the Father' that the risen Christ should share in this glory. In a way this gospel reading is a meditation on the effects of the culmination of the Ascension for the Risen Christ.  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Expectedly, very far away worlds can seem familiar. Such is the case with the world of our second reading (and perhaps the Gospel): an intense community, factions within, pressures from outside, different 'versions' of the faith, not always reliable leadership, the departure of members, perhaps some significant. Questions arise. What has happened? Who are we? What do we hold on to? Where should we turn? What should we do?  The far away world of 1 Peter and even John's Gospel seems suddenly recognisable to us today. Their message is simply: keep to the heart of the proclamation, Christ our life; keep loving each other; trust the Holy Spirit; it is not our project but God's!!   (Kieran O'Mahony, osa)

WEEKLY PONDER: What do we mean by 'the Glory of Christ'?


SAINT THIS WEEK: Friday is the feast of one of our newest saints, Pope St. Paul VI. He was Pope when I was studying in Rome. He was born in 1897 in Concessio, Brescia and was elected Pope in succession to St. John XXIII on 26th. June 1963. He completed the Second Vatican Council which had been started by Pope John. He visited six continents during his Pontificate and was known for his gentleness to all. He died 6th. August 1978.

YOUCAT: (Question 390)  Is it permissable to experiment on a live human being? Scientific, psychological or medical experiments on a live human being are allowed only when the results that can be expected are important for human well-being and cannot be obtained otherwise. Everything, however, must take place with the free and informed consent of the subject in question.

THE POPE: The Church holds out a mission, and I would like to entrust you with this mission. It is to go back and talk to your grandparents. Today, more than ever, we need this bridge, this dialogue, between grandparents and grandchildren, between the young and the elderly.

SAINTLY GEMS: When we show reverence to representations of  Jesus Christ, we do not worship paint laid on wood: we worship the invisible God in worship and in truth.  (St. Germanus of Constantinople)

In God is no rage, in God is no anger, in God there is only peace, only love. God condemns no one. We condemn ourselves, to the extent that we separate ourselves from Him. (Julian of Norwich)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Jesus promised to be with us always. He will never leave you or forsake you. That means everywhere you go, God goes too. And it also means that you can be courageous knowing that God is present in the midst of every situation you encounter throughout your day.   (NewCREEations)

The peace Jesus offers comes from a strong relationship with him and can sustain us even when the external circumstances of our lives are not good.   (Fr. Eamon Tobin)

Be Refreshed. Be still. Be quiet.  (Mary Beth Weisenburger)

WEEKLY BIBLE: I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.  (Luke 24:49)

MEDITATION:  (Laudato Si)  I must admit that I am often discouraged by the minimal efforts most Christians are willing to make to care for the earth, even at this critical juncture. The Pandemic has shown our willingness to make sacrifices   -  at least to some degree  -  to protect our fellow humans, but we have not shown that same willingness to make even small changes to protect or heal the Earth. I hope that will change. Fr. Joshtrom Isaac Kureethadam, an authority on L.Si. urges us to heed the warnings of both science and our consciences; “Today our planetary home is falling into ruin. We are on the brink of an unprecedented global challenge regarding the sustainability of our common home, which places a question mark on the future of human civilization.”    (Richard Rohr ,ofm)

SEVENTH WEEK OF EASTER: This is the final week of the Easter Season. We are guided all week by the story of Paul's journey all the way to Rome. The final words of Jesus to his apostles and to us, fill this week. They are comforting. His deep desire for unity among us is powerful. They prepare us to hear him praying to the Father for us. It is a week in which we can intensify and deepen our prayer for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. We can ask for the grace all week to be open to the Spirit's coming and work in our lives. Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful. Enkindle within us the fire of your love. Allow us to join you in renewing the face of the earth.   (Creighton/Jesuit)

IN PRAYER: Loving Jesus, for these seven weeks I have ben filled with Easter joy. The joy of your Resurrection. Now, as I await the celebration of the Spirit I ask that you keep your “searching glance” on me, on those I love, and especially on those who are at pain in this world. Give me your Spirit to heal my wounds and make me strong as I see the world through your eyes and feel your call to me to love all of those who are yours.  (Creighton/Jesuit)

NOVENA TO THE SPIRIT:  We started it last Friday (or ought to have done!)  Worry not! Start today and say the prayer each day until next Sunday, Pentecost. There are all sorts of Spirit Prayers. My favourite is simply: “Come O Holy Spirit, come, and make within my heart Your home.”  I say it many times each day, every day. We always say the 'Come Holy Spirit' Prayer at the end of every Mass up here anyway!!

CHORLEY FOOD BANK:  Please use the Supermarket Receptacles for the moment.

STANDING ORDER MANDATE: Please download by clicking at the bottom of the Newsletter. Obviously, with Places of Worship closed we will all be suffering as regards donations. The parishes have to be maintained, even though I try my best to keep overheads as low as possible compared with other parishes. If you wish, you can put money (Notes) in an envelope and post through the letter box.

BISHOP VINCENT MALONE:  Went to heaven last Monday. He was 88 and had served the Archdiocese very faithfully as a teaching priest, University Chaplain, Administrator of the Cathedral, Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar General. May he rest in peace and rise in glory. The Archbishop will broadcast a Tribute on Radio Lancashire 7.50am. today, Sunday.

CAPTAIN SIR TOM MORE:  Congratulations to Sir Tom; so well deserved!

LOCAL SCAMS:  Beware the following;  Bogus Gas Men, Sellers of C19 Test Kits, Offering to shop for the Elderly, Holiday Refund Scams.

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.

Easter Week 7 A    , 24th May 2020

Sunday after the Ascension         One day at a time   


 Hand in hand with Jesus         Remember your daily Rosary






Exaudi, Domine, vocem meam...


Sick & Housebound



Anointing / Forgiveness



Dcn. Leonard Barton, Fr. Joseph Connery, Fr. Aidan Doyle, osb., Mary Boyle, Charles Caddick, Barbara Lowe, Ella Livesey, Angela Calldine, James Walsh, Mary Roden, Dorothy Cookson, Tom Barton, Ena Landless, Pat Young, Edith Berry.

Monsignor Anthony Dennick, Fr. John Daulman, Philip Rushton, Ian Davies, Madeleine Shaw, Anne Beconnsall, Rita Maher, Kathleen Mee, Barry Winstanley, Rachel Mason and others.

Next Week:   




Bishop Vincent Malone

“We await the Spirit”