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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                                                   

Liverpool Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool Reg. Char. 232709



TODAY'S MASS: This reading announces the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem at the end of his long journey. In Luke the cheers are concentrated not merely on the Kingdom, but on the King himself, who comes in the name of the LORD. Their cries of the people echo (and excel) those of the angels at the nativity. 'Peace in heaven and glory in the highest heaven!' For Luke, Jerusalem is the hinge: it is the turning point where the gospel ends and the Acts of the Apostles begins, and the Good News is spread to the ends of the earth. During the previous ten chapters of the Gospel, all the concentration has been on this journey up to Jerusalem, where Jesus is to suffer and so rise again. There has been an air of tragedy about the journey: Jesus' death has been constantly in mind, for it has been stressed that no prophet can perish away from Jerusalem. As Jesus enters the city, he weeps over its refusal to accept him, just as he had done earlier on his journey (13:34-35) and as he will do as he leaves Jerusalem for execution.  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

GOSPEL LESSON:  There are countless anonymous disciples quietly challenging culture and politics to follow the Lord's call.  (Liguori Publications)

WEEKLY PONDER: Do I humbly do God's work, rather than seeking recognition or other earthly rewards. (Liguori Ppublications)

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Today at 3.00pm. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed from 2.00pm. until after Stations.

YOUCAT: (Question 345) What are the five “Precepts of the Church?”  (1) You shall attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation and abstain from work and activities that offend against the character of the day.  (2) You shall receive the sacrament of Penance at least once a year.  (3) You shall receive the Eucharist at least during the Easter season.      (4) You shall observe the prescribed seasons of fasting and days of abstinence (Ash Wednesday and Good Friday).        (5) You shall contribute to the material support of the Church.

THE POPE: “Let us ask for the grace to follow Jesus faithfully, not in words but in deeds. Let us also ask for the patience to carry our own cross, not to refuse it or set it aside, but rather, in looking to him, to take it up and to carry it daily.”

SAINTLY GEMS: Confession heals, confession justifies, confession grants pardon of sin. All hope consists in confession. In confession there is a chance for mercy. Believe it firmly. Do not doubt, do not hesitate, never despair of the mercy of God. Hope and have confidence in confession.  (St. Isidore of Seville)

When troubled with temptations, raise up your heart and soul to God, humbly beseeching Him to turn them to His greater glory, and to your salvation, supporting the temptations as long as it shall please Him, and imploring Him to grant you grace never to offend Him.  (St. Vincent Ferrer)

Do not be dismayed by toil or suffering, nor by the meagre fruit of your labours. Remember that God rewards not according to results, but effort.  (Blessed Zefirino Agostini)

Do not have any anxiety about the future. Leave everything in God's hands for He will take care of you.  (St. Jean-Baptiste de La Salle)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: God loves us and believes in us and has done and will do anything he can to help us, but he will not impose on our free agency.

Gardening is an active participation in the deepest mysteries of the universe.  (Thomas Berry)  

DAY OF RECOLLECTION:  This Tuesday at St. Chad's. See the notice at the back of the church.

CHRISM MASS:The coach leaves West Street Car Park at 5.15pm. on Wednesday, and usually returns at about 10.30pm.

If you want to go ring St. Mary's on 01257-262537 in case there are any seats left.

HOLY WEEK SERVICES HERE:  The Newsletter is accurate. Otherwise go on the Website or consult the Notice Board at the back of the church.

SECOND COLLECTION: Today, to help with the cost of Easter flowers please.

FRIDAY:  Is a day of Fast and Abstinence (Good Friday).  No meat and only one full meal.

WALK OF WITNESS: Leaves here at 11.00am.  (Stations and veneration of the Relic of the True Cross at 10.00am.) Please can we have a good turn out for the 'Walk.' It is a great opportunity for us to bear witness to the Lord's Passion and Death on this most solemn of Days. It is also a chance for us to meet our fellow Christians who are sharing the same journey.

A LENTEN PRAYER:  O God, who willed your Son to submit for our sake to the yoke of the Cross, so that you might drive from us the power of the enemy, grant us, your servants, to attain the grace of the Resurrection. Through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son. (Creighton/Jesuit)

BAPTISMS:  Are on the first Saturday of the month at 2.00pm. except for August. Please arrange with myself  after a Sunday Mass. We do not take over-the-phone bookings. Baptism is a commitment to the Catholic Faith and not a passport into the school. If you want your child baptised, ask yourself the question “Why?”  You should also have baptisms celebrated in the parish where you worship. If you worship here and want your child baptised here, I need a Letter of Permission from the priest in whose parish you reside.  This is the Deanery Ruling, not mine.

HOLY PLACES: Collection for the Holy Places on Good Friday during the afternoon Liturgy.

COLLECTION:  £348.25                                                         CAKE RAFFLE: £40.20  (Thanks to the Easter Bunny!!!)

PLEASE REMEMBER:  That weekday Masses this week are at 7.00pm. Hopefully more people will want to come to Mass during Holy Week, thus expressing their spiritual gratitude.  Liturgy of the Passion on Friday is at 2.30pm.

MEDITATION: St. Thomas Aquinas tells us that the passion and death of Jesus belongs to us as fully as if we had suffered them ourselves. When God the Father looks on us He cannot distinguish us from Christ. So we venerate the Cross because it is not a message of death but of life. Crucifixion is the ultimate form of exclusion. The intention was that you would never mention their name again; how strange the ways of God! He chooses the Cross to reveal to us who He is. Silence seems the only appropriate reaction in face of such a mystery. How appropriate for the Church to leave Holy Saturday “empty.” Of course we know that Jesus will not remain in the tomb but rise in glory on Easter Sunday; a feast so great that the Church gives us seven weeks to celebrate! We too are invited to cross the threshold of the tomb; if “the Risen One is not here” He is “elsewhere” and we are invited to meet Him in “Galilee.”  (The Centre for Theology and Community/ Sr. Josephine Canny, OA)

Lately Deceased

Fr. Peter Charles Crowther, obl.sbso

01254 830 995

Email: moorlandsanctuary@gmail.com

Dcn. Simon Gilbertson - 01254 832 031  

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

Palm Sunday Year C   ,  14th April 2019

Palm Sunday

Remember your daily Rosary






Domine, ne longe facias auxilium tuum a me...


Sick & Housebound



Anointing / Forgiveness



Canon James Collins, Fr. Dermot Casey, Fr. Thomas Lambe, Fr. Cyril Thomas, Fr. George Russell, Fr. George Duckett, Peter Savage, Edward Barnes, Katrina Shepherd, Margaret Irvine, Ann Callaghan, Pauline Gardner, Robert Walmsley, Malcolm Sargeant, Brenda Turner, George Murphy, Rita Fletcher, Catherine Murphy, James Southworth, John Gerrard, Elizabeth Harwood, Lucy Astley, Jane Woodruff, Thomas McDonagh, Thomas Astley, Kathleen Riley.

Fr. John Daulman, Philip Rushton, Ian Davies, Madeleine Shaw, Zac Aratoon, Ann Beconnsall, Rita Maher, David Mahon, Kathleen Mee and others.

Next Week: David Southworth

Today:  Kate Perkins

Winnie Collinson