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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: The first stage of Jesus' ministry comes to an end. He is rejected as 'out of his mind' by his own family. Then he is rejected by the scribes as being in league with Beelzebub. Finally, his family again arrive, looking for him, and he turns to those who are listening to him as his true family. This all leads into the Parable of the Sower, which seems to be Jesus' reflection on his rejection by most people, and his fruitful acceptance by a small number of disciples. It is of course significant that the scribes cannot deny that he drives out evil spirits. If even his enemies are forced to admit it, it must be true. The best they can do is sarcastically ascribe his powers to the chief of evil spirits, here named 'Beelzebub' or 'Beelzebul' (two different versions of the text). The former name means 'lord of the flies', probably a mocking corruption of the latter, which means 'lord prince', the title of a local deity. The whole scene presents an agonising picture of the isolation of Jesus. In Luke's version of the scene, by a very slight adjustment, Jesus' mother and brothers are the prime example of those who hear the word of God and keep it.  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

GOSPEL LESSON: Jesus was in the house talking to the folks. It was obviously crowded with interested listeners. The same Jesus is available to us, but there always seems to be more than enough room in our churches??

WEEKLY PONDER: Did Jesus feel disappointment and isolation as we do?  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

SAINT THIS WEEK: Saturday is the feast of St. Richard of Chichester. Richard was born in Droitwich in 1197. As a boy he worked on his father's farm. Educated at Oxford, Paris and Bologna, he was ordained a priest at the age of 45 and was appointed Bishop of Chichester two years later. As the King opposed the appointment, he did not take over the See until 1247. Meanwhile he lived in a priest's house and visited the parishes of his Diocese on foot, and looking after an orchard. He is remembered for his generosity to the poor, mercy to sinners, and the reform of the liturgical life of the Diocese.  (Archdiocesan Ordo)

PRIESTS IN RETIREMENT: So far our collection is £77. 19p. Perhaps a further collection today will add a little more please?

CAKE RAFFLE: £30.  July 8th is the turn of the Horne Family.

THE POPE: Pope Francis said that Christians who receive an 'indelible spiritual mark'  through Confirmation, are called to reflect the light of Jesus in the world and to 'spread among men' his message of salvation. Sealed with the Holy Spirit, we are configured more closely to Christ and strengthened to bear witness to him in our world. May each of us grow in gratitude for the gift received at our Confirmation and open our hearts ever more fully to the creativity of the Spirit who makes all things new.

YOUCAT: (Question 314) How do we know that God is merciful? In many passages in Sacred Scripture God shows that He is merciful, especially in the parable of the merciful father (Lk. 15) who goes out to meet his prodigal son, accepts him unconditionally, and celebrates his return and their reconciliation with a joyful banquet.

MEDITATION: Jesus is called Emmanuel which means, 'God-with-us.' The great paradox of Jesus' life is that he, whose words and actions are in no way influenced by human blame or praise but are completely dependent on God's will, is more 'with' us than any other human being. Jesus' compassion, his deep feeling-with us, is possible because his life is guided not by human respect but only by the love of his heavenly Father. Indeed, Jesus is free to love us because he is not dependent on our love.  (Henri Nouwen)

WEEKLY BIBLE: For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  ( 2 Corinthians 4:17 )

SAINTLY GEMS: Dear Lord, I do not ask to see the path. In darkness, in anguish and in fear I will hang on tightly to your hand, and I will close my eyes, so that you know how much trust I place in you, Spouse of my soul.  (Blessed Mary Hesselblad)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The constant denial of self in small things will give you the clarity of heart, mind and soul to see the present for what it really is and the future for what it still can be.  (Matthew Kelly)

Procrastination is the thief of time.  (Edward Young)

God's power can transform any of us into the-best-version-of-ourselves. (Allen Hunt)

The future you shall know when it has come; before then, forget it.  ( Aeschylus )

SUMMER FAIR: Sunday 1st. July. Please place any suitable items in THE BOX.  Remember that Holy Mass is at 11.00am. on that day.

FR. BALL'S RUBY JUBILEE: Monday 2nd. July. Holy Mass at Sacred Heart at 6.30pm. All welcome.

MISS HARRISON:  Miss Harrison, one of our teachers,  has expressed a wish to become a Catholic and a full time member of this Parish Community as well. This has not been a quick decision. She has come to her own conclusions and has been guided and encouraged by Mrs. Fiona Brownsey, the Head of her previous school, whom we know as being part of a very strong and committed Catholic Family. I suggest Sunday 15th. July; the last weekend before the Summer break.

FATHERS DAY:  Next Sunday. Don't forget!!

ENGLISH AND WELSH MARTYRS: A Talk by Mr. Christopher Robson ( Aid to the Church in Need ) at St. Mary's Church, Chorley, TOMORROW at 7.30pm. No charge!!

PRIESTLY ORDINATIONS AT THE CATHEDRAL: Three men from the Beda College, Rome, will be ordained by Archbishop McMahon on Saturday, 7th. July. Tickets are available from me if you wish to go. There is a good rail service from Euxton Lane into Liverpool Lime Street.

BISHOP GREGORI  AND FR. ANDREI:  They will be back with us for a month from 18th. July.  It is always good to see them. I think it is important to stress that Dean Marsden pays all their air fares out of his own money, as well as their board and lodging whilst in Chorley. Our Collections go towards the training of priests for the Bishop's Diocese for which he is always grateful as you know.

THIS WEEK'S PRAYER: Dear Heavenly Father, we thank you for guiding us, your children, here on earth. We thank you that whatever happens to us, we can again and again find joy because you give us what is good even when times are evil and when we go through sorrow. We thank you that your goodness and your faithfulness penetrate everything, and that at long last they penetrate our hearts. Then we can know and be glad that your Spirit guides us. We can know that we are never alone but can receive strength to help us in the struggle and toil of our life. Through your help everything becomes fruitful; good and evil, life and death, health and suffering. Everything must serve you through the working of your Spirit.  (Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt)

Lately Deceased

Fr. Peter Charles Crowther, obl.sbso

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

Week 10 Year B   , 10th. June 2018

Hand in hand with Jesus

3rd. Sunday after Pentecost

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Respice in me, et miserere mei, Domine    


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Anointing / Forgiveness



“Mother, sisters, brothers”

 Bishop Ambrose Griffiths, OSB., Fr. Edward Maguire, Fr. Michael Lambe, Fr. Peter Morris, Fr. Charles Brady, Deacon William Parr, Deacon Charles Killen, Deacon Francis Murray, Celia Walsh, Agnes Wilkinson, Dorothy Cadman, Agnes Turner, John Brindle, Denis Morey, Bill Walsh, Jack Entwistle, Marie Burke, Betty Hutchinson, Fred Grimshaw, Kathleen Webster, Monica Ratcliffe, Florence Clitheroe, John Holden, Violet Gartside, Thomas Quinn, Robert Bretherton, Catherine Ball, Vera Cox, Harold Unsworth, Jim Charnock, Helen McDonnell.

Fr. John Gildea, Fr. Peter Kelly, Fr. John Daulman, Philip Rushton, Ian Davies, Madeleine Shaw, Zac Aratoon, Ann Beconnsall, Philip Holmes, Rita Maher, David Mahon, Kathleen Mee, Grace Pulle and others.

Next Week:  

Reader:  Kate Perkins

Universal Prayer: Elizabeth Duke


Reader: David Southworth

Universal Prayer: Teresa Johnson