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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:: Mark shows the warmth of Jesus' humanity with his concern for a leper. The leper had no right even to approach Jesus, but must have felt that he would get a favourable response and no word of reproach. “Jesus felt sorry for him,” is rather a weak translation; the Greek is far stronger: colloquially it literally means, 'he was gutted': so Jesus felt compassion to the depths of his being. Then Jesus touched him  -  in this touching he was both reaching out to someone ritually impure, and risking infection. There have been famous repetitions of this brave and heartfelt gesture: Francis of Assisi kissing a leper's hand, Princess Diana shaking hands with an AIDS sufferer (when the sickness was thought to be contagious by touch). One can imagine the awestruck horror of the bystanders at this outragious expression of love and sympathy. Why, then, does Jesus 'sternly' send him away? A more faithful rendering would be not 'sternly' but 'in anger.' It is possible that the anger is directed at the leprosy, considered as an exterior invasion, and so he sent it (the disease) away. At least Jesus' whole-hearted emotional involvement with the suffering is palpable.  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb.)

GOSPEL LESSON: There are lots of people in our lives who may be in need of some sort of help; think of  the sick and housebound of our own parish who may be glad of a visit. Think of people who come to our church who may not feel welcome. Perhaps there are people 'struggling' in our own families who would be grateful for a smile, a kind word, a hug, a pointing in the right direction. Jesus healed the leper.  We can return to the Responsorial Psalm: “You are my refuge, O Lord: you fill me with the joy of salvation.”

WEEKLY PONDER: Who are the equivalent of lepers in our society?  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb.)

YOUCAT: (Question 298) Is someone who in good conscience acts wrongly, guilty in God's sight?  No. If a person has thoroughly examined himself and arrived at a certain judge

ment, he must in any case follow his inner voice, even at the risk of doing something wrong.

THE POPE: speaking at one of his daily Masses at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis explained that thinking about death makes Christians see that they are not the masters of their time. “But there is the temptation of the present moment that takes hold of life and brings you to go wandering in this selfish labyrinth of the moment, without a future, always coming and going, coming and going. No? And the journey ends in death. We all know that. And for this reason the Church has always tried to reflect on this our end: death. I am not the master of time, because this reflection saves from the illusion of the moment, of viewing life like a chain with links made up of individual moments; a transitory life that makes no sense. What would be my legacy if God were to call me today? What legacy would I leave as a testimony of my life? It is a good question to ask ourselves. And thus we can prepare ourselves, because each one of us....none of us will remain 'as a relic.'

We must all go down this path.”


SAINTLY GEMS: This was the method that Jesus used with the apostles. He put up with their ignorance and roughness, and even their infidelity. He treated sinners with a kindness and affection that caused some to be shocked, others to be scandalised, and still others to hope for God's mercy. And so he bade us to be gentle and humble of heart.  (St. John Bosco)

PLEASE NOTE: No weekday Masses for the next two weeks. Next Sunday's Mass is at NINE-FIFTEEN!

ASH WEDNESDAY MASSES:  St. Mary's:  9.00am. and Noon.

                                                   St. Chad:  9.00am.   

                                                   Harpers Lane: 8.30am.    6.30pm.

                                                   Sacred Heart: 9.30am.     7.30pm.

                                                   St. Bede: 7.00pm.

READERS LISTS:  New Lists are at the back of the church. Please take yours.


WEEKLY BIBLE: How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.   ( 1 John 3 )

MINUTE MEDITATION: Nothing is more beautiful than a face made transparent by a whole lifetime of sorrows and joys, of combats, and of inner peace.  (Taize)

WEEKLY PRAYER: Lord our God, we thank you that we may be your children and may be led by your hand. Give us patience and faith, especially when our way on earth seems difficult and life is full of grief and hardship. You are light. You show us the right path. You go before us in the self-denial and patience taught us by your Word. Protect us on all our ways. May your kingdom grow among us until it can be plainly seen that you, O God, are truly with us doing your work and bringing us joy, even though what we do seems fruitless. But your work endures. In your work we rejoice, and we want to give thanks to you every day.  (Plough)

FAST AND ABSTINENCE: Wednesday is a day of Fast and Abstinence; one full meal and two little ones. No meat.

THE HOLY SEASON OF LENT: We all keep Lent in our own ways. Some give things up and others do a little extra. Just don't let Lent go by without some form of “Spiritual Exercise.” People like to go to weekday Mass during Lent; the nights should be getting lighter for our 7.00pm. Mass, or  Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at noon at St. Mary's.

THE HOLY ROSARY: It would be good to say some Rosary during Lent and offer it up for a particular intention. The Devil hates the Rosary; use it as a weapon against him. Visits to the Blessed Sacrament can also be a good thing, and if you are in town there is Exposition on Tuesday and Friday mornings at St. Mary's before Mass.

CONFESSIONS IN LENT:  3rd., 10th., 17th., and 24th. March from noon until 12.30pm.

SERVICES OF SORROW:    St. Gregory:  Sunday 25th. March at 3.00pm.

                                               Sacred Heart:  Monday 26th. March at 7.00pm.

                                               St. Mary:  Tuesday 27th. March at 7.00pm.

CHRISM MASS:  If you want to go on the evening of Wednesday 28th. March, please ring St. Mary's (01257-262537) and book a seat on the coach. It leaves West Street car park at 5.15pm. and usually returns about 10.30pm.

JUST A THOUGHT: Two things a man should never be angry at: what he can help and what he cannot help.  ( Thomas Fuller)

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE SICK:  The feast of Our Lady of Lourdes is classified as the Day of Prayer for the Sick and all those who care for them. There are lots of sick people, and there are so many good people who dedicate their lives to looking after them, both as professionals and volunteers. “Heal Thy servants O Lord who are sick, and put their trust in Thee. Send them help O Lord and comfort from Thy Holy Place.

MASS NEXT SUNDAY:  REMEMBER THAT IT IS AT NINE-FIFTEEN. Fr. Frankie Ball will be with you. Please make him welcome. He tells me that he even stayed for a drink afterwards the last time!!

JUST A THOUGHT:  Only Jesus could build a bridge to heaven with two pieces of wood.


CAKE RAFFLE: £36. Thanks to the Gardner Family who made a lovely chocolate cake won by Mrs. P. (Pilkington)

KILTEGAN FATHERS COLLECTION:  £85.95.                                                                      CRIB OFFERINGS: £95

Lately Deceased

Fr. Peter Charles Crowther, obl.sbso

01254 830 995

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

Week 6 Year B , 11th. February 2018

Hand in hand with Jesus

Quinquagesima Sunday    Ash Wednesday this week     






Esto mihi in Deum.......


Sick & Housebound



Anointing / Forgiveness



 “A leper came to Jesus”

Monsignor Canon Charles Glass, Canon Gerard Wharton, Canon Harry Jones, Fr. Daniel Cadogan, Fr. John James White, Rosemary Tait, Tom Gillett, John Nickson, Eva Anderson, Doreen Davies, Lucy Harwood, Bert Bagshaw, Bert Fairclough, Edward Barrow, Lily Ellen Holt, John Turner, Frank Barnish, George Fisher, Mary Ellen Thompson, George Bailey, Agnes Clayton.

Fr. Michael O'Neil, mhm., Philip Rushton, Ian Davies, Philip Holmes, Madeleine Shaw, Zac Aratoon, Ann Beconnsall, Rita Maher, David Mahon, Grace Pulle, Kathleen Mee, Mark Woodcock and others.

Next Week:  

Reader:  Teresa Johnson

Universal Prayer:  David Southworth


Reader: Niamh/George

Universal Prayer:  Annie/Joshua

George Evetts