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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 basic command of Judaism, which should dominate all life, was love of God above all things. Jesus audaciously adds to this another commandment of the Old Testament, the love of neighbour. This is the only case in the Gospels where a scribe positively approaches Jesus. Why is this the case? The scribes were the experts in the Law and its interpretation. To stress the importance and the equality of the second commandment of love, Jesus uses a technique of interpretation common and approved in Israel. If two passages in Scripture have a parallel sentence structure and use similar words, they may be closely associated in these two commandments. And only here in the whole of the Bible are the words used, 'And you shall love' with a direct object. This enables Jesus to put the command to love neighbour on the same level as the command to love God  -  and the lawyer approves his interpretation. The first Letter of John puts it in this way: 'No one who fails to love the brother whom he can see can love God whom he has not seen.' This was, of course, not a new commandment; it was the equality of the two commandments of love which was new. (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

GOSPEL LESSON: To try and see Jesus in every person we meet, and to love and respect them as we love and respect ourselves.

WEEKLY PONDER:  What sort of person do you find it most difficult to love?  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

SAINT THIS WEEK: Saturday is the feast of St. Leo. Elected Pope in 440 Leo consolidated the organisation of the Church and the government from Rome at a time of civil and doctrinal disorder. The council of Chalcedon in 451 restated the Doctrine of the Incarnation and the Primacy of Peter. He was a man of clear and forceful intellect and faith. (Archdiocesan Ordo)

WEEKLY BIBLE: Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere him. For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded and it stood firm. The Lord foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. (Psalm 33)

WEEKLY PRAYER: Lord, we gather together in your presence and ask you to let your light shine in our hearts to strengthen us in times of need and trouble. May we come to know that through all the storms and distress of the world, you are mighty in protecting and sheltering those who trust in you. May we realise the power of your kingdom. Even if all the kingdoms of the world rise in rebellion, you are with us, You are with those who have set their hope on your kingdom and who go on hoping that even in evil days, something must happen through your great and holy rule. (Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt)  

SAINTLY GEMS: When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?  (  Psalm  8 )

Let us have no further reserve with Him; let us abandon to Him all that we are, without anxiety about the future, not reflecting on ourselves and our incapacity.  ( St. Margaret Mary Alacoque )

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The English are not a very spiritual people, so they invented Cricket to give them some idea of eternity.  ( George Bernard Shaw )

Transforming people one at a time is at the heart of God's plan for the world.  ( Matthew Kelly )

Life is for enjoying. It is not a race to see how much you can get done.  ( Jill Clark )

Without prayer, you and I are merely operating on our own strength and vision. With it, we are operating on the power of God.  (Allen Hunt)

THE ARCHDIOCESAN SYNOD:  Leaflets are being given out today explaining in detail the reason for the Synod and what a Synod is. There is AN IMPORTANT MEETING for our local Pastoral Areas this THURSDAY at St. Mary's. Leyland at 7.30pm. It would be good to have representatives from the Parish at this Meeting. I know we are a small parish but there are surely people with views or ideas who would like to express themselves at Deanery level and even at the Synod itself in October 2020. The Archbishop as you know, is officially convening the Synod at the Cathedral on Sunday 3rd. February, 2019, from which he will send us out 'on mission'. May the Holy Spirit be with us here in Withnell as in humility we do our bit to 'unleash' the Gospels to the modern age. What is God expecting of the Church in the early 21st. Century!!??

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY:  Has special significance this year as we remember especially those who fought and died in the First World War, and its coming to an end in 1918. We will remember them here in our little church next sunday, 11th. November.

CHRISTMAS FAIR:  2nd. December. It is getting closer and we need suitable gifts for THE BOX please. Help will be needed on Saturday 1st. December to set up between 10.00am. - Noon.  Could you look after a Stall on the Sunday??

GRAND CHRISTMAS FAIR RAFFLE:  Please sign up to donate one of the prizes so that we can have a really Bumper  Raffle on the day. Thanks to all who have already donated; it is looking good! We will start selling tickets 18th. November.

PLEASE NOTE: Next Sunday Holy Mass will be at NINE O' CLOCK, simply because we are short of priests down town next Sunday due to the WORLD WAR I CENTENARY SERVICES. I will need to say the 10.30am. Mass at St. Mary's, and with much of Chorley closed, my circuitous route will take me longer.

THE SYNOD: The Meeting on Thursday at St. Mary's, Leyland is open to all. It will be the first opportunity to meet priests and people from other Deanery Areas. We might learn some things and be able to contribute as well. 7.30pm. We are a very small parish, but there are enough of us to make an impression. I am repeating much of the above Notice, but it is important, because it is not often that an Archbishop listens!!

PIOUS LISTS: Please place lists and donations in the same envelope and if you can Gift  Aid, please do so.

NEW PARISHIONERS: See Jane who will point you in the direction of Kath Clemson, who will probably suggest that you do a DD and if you pay tax, Gift Aid your weekly donation to the Parish.

WILLS: If you can leave something to the Parish in your Will this will be much appreciated. Small parishes have similar overheads to the larger parishes, and I do try to keep all costs down. Sometimes Health and Safety and Safeguarding insist on various costly items which cannot be avoided by Law.

FAMILY FAST:  We did not have the Collection. Could we have one on Sunday 30th. December when His Excellency Bishop Gregori Komar comes for Holy Mass as usual at this time of the Year. We ARE so privileged. Our Lady appears and talks to Gregori.  She has our Parish 'in the palm of her hand'.

TELE ROSARY:  It seems to be 'catching on!'  Just watch your favourite programmes and let the beads slip through your fingers as you watch and pray. Saying the Rosary keeps us in daily close contact with Jesus and Mary.

YOUCAT: (Question 327) How can the common good be promoted? The common good follows wherever the fundamental rights of the individual are respected and men can freely develop their intellectual and religious potential. The common good implies that men can live in society with freedom, peace and security. In an age of globalisation, the common good must also acquire a worldwide scope and allow for the rights and duties of all mankind.

FIREWORK NIGHT:  It is that time of year again. Health and Safety demands common sense when it comes to lighting fires and setting off fireworks. Best to go to a communal one I think.


That the language of love and dialogue may always prevail over the language of conflict.

CAKE RAFFLE:  It is the turn of the “Perkins Family” today. Thank you.

TERRY'S FUNERAL:  Remember it is on Wednesday at TEN O' CLOCK. He deserves a good send off.

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.

Week 31 Year B   ,  04th November 2018

Hand in hand with Jesus

24th. Sunday after Pentecost

Remember your daily Rosary

 Say your daily Rosary





Dixit Dominus: Ego cogito cogitationes pacis   


Sick & Housebound



Anointing / Forgiveness



Monsignor Canon Jeremiah John Curtin and deceased priests of the Pontifical Beda College, Rome, Monsignor Canon James Commins, Fr. Trevor Cotter, Fr. William Naylor, mhm., Harry Carr, Freda Unsworth, John Hollinghurst, Pascal Madden, Thomas Dixon, Emma Sharples, Mary Rhoden, Norman James, Harry Marsden, Adele Monk, William Molyneux, Ann Murphy, Vinny Lynch, Elaine Keegan.

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

Next Week:  Amy Harrison

Today:  Jackie Cardy

Terry Edwards

 “Love the Lord your God ”