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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                                                   

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TODAY'S MASS: Jesus' understanding of the sovereignty of God brought him violent opposition from some of the Jewish leaders. Were they corrupt, or just closed to any new way of thinking, so closed that they could not see that Jesus was the promised Messiah? Anyway, Jesus used this story about the tenants of a vineyard to show that the religious authorities were not leading the people as they should. Everyone would immediately understand the image of the vineyard. The prophet Isaiah had used this image in a well-known poem eight centuries earlier to show that the vineyard of Israel refused to yield a good harvest to God, whatever care God lavished upon it. God expected fairness of judgment from the people, and all he found was a shriek of agony (the same word is used in Hebrew for 'fair- judgement' and 'shriek' apart from one letter. What does this mean for us? Not that we have to follow every new idea. But it does mean that we must be open to the idea that we may be wrong, that our service of the Lord may be faulty, that people we find tiresome or unacceptable may have more good in them than we credited. God's ways are not our ways. Life may not be mapped out how we think, so we need to watch out for the bend in the road.  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

GOSPEL LESSON: Let us try to offer ourselves to God in every respect. He is a God of Surprises, and His ways are not always our ways. What we want may not be what God wants or does not want for us.

WEEKLY PONDER: What is God asking of you?  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

HARVEST MASS LAST SUNDAY: It was a great turn-out and a wonderful opportunity for us all to thank God for His goodness to us in so many ways. Perhaps we could come EVERY WEEK to thank God for His goodness to us, to receive Jesus in Holy Communion, and then live Jesus in our hearts during the following week as we commune with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Annie and Joshua read very well indeed, as did George and Niamh, our welcome friends from afar!!

SAINT OF THE WEEK: Thursday is the feast of St. Wilfrid. Born in Northumberland in 634, Wilfrid was educated at Lindisfarne. Elected Abbot of Ripon in 658, he introduced the Roman practices in opposition to the Celtic ways of northern England. He was appointed Bishop of York. He founded many monasteries of the Benedictine Order, but was obliged to appeal to Rome in order to prevent the subdivision of his diocese by St. Theodore, Archbishop of Canterbury. He was forced into exile and worked to convert the south Saxons until his recall in 686. In 691 he had to retire again to the

Midlands until Rome once again vindicated him. In 703 he retired to his monastery until his death in 709. (Archdiocesan Ordo)

YOUCAT:  (Question 284) Why are the Beatitudes so important? Those who yearn for the Kingdom of God look to Jesus' list of priorities: the Beatitudes.

WEEKLY BIBLE:  Paul writes: I am confident that the one who began a good work in you, will go on completing it until the day of Christ Jesus comes.  (Phillipians 1:3-11

WEEKLY PRAYER: Yours O God, is the vineyard and its harvest, yours the kingdom of justice and peace. You call your people to tend its growth. Bless the work entrusted to our hands, that we may offer you an abundance of just works, a rich harvest of peace.  (Fr. Kieran O'Mahony, osa)

MINUTE MEDITATION: Baptism opens the door to the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the sacrament through which Jesus enters into an intimate, permanent communion with us. It is the sacrament of the table. It is the sacrament of food and drink. It is the sacrament of daily nurture. While Baptism is a once-in-a-lifetime event, the Eucharist can be a monthly, weekly, or even daily occurrence. Jesus gave us the Eucharist as a constant memory of his life and death. Not a memory that simply makes us think of him but a memory that makes us members of his body. That is why Jesus on the evening before he died, took bread saying,”This is my Body,” and took the cup saying, “This is my Blood.” By eating the Body and drinking the Blood of Christ, we become one with him.  (Henry Nouwen)

SAINTLY GEMS: One must be in constant union with God and pray without respite.  (Blessed Jan Beyzym)

THE HOLY FATHER: Religious authorities cannot be an inflexible guardian of human traditions. Jesus turned to hypocrisy, clericalism and the folk fuelled by law. What counts is a heart which precedes the Lord, who daily struggles, repents and returns to him. The religious leaders criticised by Jesus were “formally faultless” and religious intellectuals, but they lacked the humility of listening, the courage to question themselves, the power of repentance. They are “incapable of understanding that a life of God is life on the way.” There is no Christian biography that is designed on the drawing board and scientifically constructed. Rather she is a “humble path with a never rigid conscience and always in relation to God.”

JUST A THOUGHT: Don't let idiots run your day.   (Brainy Quote)

                                It's fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.  (Bill Gates)

                                                      For great men, religion is a way of making friends; small people make religion a fighting tool.  (Abdul Kalam)

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: Today from noon until 3.00pm. Come an spend as much or as little time with Our Blessed Lord as you wish. Our main prayer must be peace in the world.

MONTH OF THE HOLY ROSARY:  Please say some Rosary during October; again it could be said for peace in the world.


NEXT CAKE RAFFLE:  This will be on Sunday, 5th. November and it will be the turn of  “The Perkins Family.”

PLEASE NOTE: No weekday Masses this week.

SUNDAY 22nd. OCTOBER:  Holy Mass will be at NINE-FIFTEEN.

ARCHDIOCESAN HEALTH AND SAFETY:  Parents who want to use our car park to deposit and collect their children are very welcome BUT we do have a most important Rule; vehicles must not move at all when children/parents on foot are on the car park. It is a common sense Rule which I ask be respected. We try to police the car park twice every day, but sometimes get verbal abuse from drivers who are too impatient to wait. If you are in a hurry, please leave your vehicle off the premises. Thank you.

PRISONERS SUNDAY: The theme this year; “We press on together, in Hope,” recognises the vital role we all need to play in the coming together as a community, in compassion and without judgement, to offer hope and a fresh start to all those affected by imprisonment.

SECOND COLLECTION:  As mentioned last weekend, we are having a Second Collection to collect Family Fast money from last Friday. The money will go to Bishop Gregori who will be here on Sunday 29th. October because the whole of the Ukrainian Hierarchy are coming to England for the last two weeks of October for their annual Major Conference which takes place in a different country every year.

NEWSLETTERS:  Because of circumstances, there will not be a Newsletter again until Sunday 5th. November. Please note the following Mass times and Intentions:

Sunday 15th. October  10.00am: Parishioners

Sunday 22nd. October   09.15am: (Fr. Ball) Helen Steed

Sunday 29th. October   10.00am: Ron Ainsworth

Monday 30th. October  9.30am: Holy Souls

Tuesday 31st. October 7.00pm.  (Vigil of All Saints)  Parishioners

Thursday 2nd. November 9.30am: Holy Souls

Sunday 5th. November 10.00am: John and Mary Hollinghurst


Lately Deceased

Fr. Peter Charles Crowther, obl.sbso

01254 830 995

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Dcn. Simon Gilbertson - 01254 832 031  

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

Week 27 Year A , 08th October 2017

Changing lives, shaping futures

18th  Sunday after Pentecost    Prisoners Sunday





Da pacem, Domine...


Sick & Housebound



Anointing / Forgiveness



 “The Heir, let us kill him.”

 Fr. Francis Tillotson, Fr. Brian Foley, Fr. John Gough, Fr. James Murray, smm., Deacon Gordon James Peter Hughes, Denis Holgate, Euan Tomlinson, Marjorie Wilkins, Mary Snape, Arnold Duxbury, Kathleen Crowther, Mary Connolly, Matt Duffy, Veronica Snape, Ellen Miller, Winifred Bone, Jane Rigby, Eliza Dugdale, Thomas Dempsey, Irene Jackman.  

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

29th. October: Reader: David Southworth

Universal Prayer:  Teresa Johnson

5th. November: Reader: Sarah Jane Holmes

Universal Prayer:  Jane Gilbertson

Today:  Reader: David Southworth

Universal Prayer:  Sarah Jane Holmes

Next Weekend:  Reader: Cath Jones

Universal Prayer:  Teresa Johnson  

22nd. October: Reader: Kate Perkins

Universal Prayer:  Elizabeth Duke

On request

 Fr. Ron McGivern, Fr. Michael Gaine, Helen Steed.