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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



LIVESTREAM:  All Masses are Livestreamed and recorded. Use the Parish YouTube for the best results.  Exposition on Saturdays at 10.00am. - 12.00pm. is also live and recorded.

TODAY'S MASS: Of course they weren't bridesmaids! According to the custom of the time the girls were attendant on the bridegroom, to greet him with their lamps as he arrived at the wedding-reception. Anyway, half of them weren't ready, let him down, and then found themselves shut out. There is a subtle difference between the parables given in Mark's and Matthew's gospels. In Mark they are all about the sudden coming of God's Kingdom in history, at the time of Jesus. Jesus proclaimed that the crisis was now. In him, God's reign had arrived. It was time to take drastic action. Matthew's  parables take a longer-term view; there will be a final judgement at the end of time, for which we, in the Church and in the course of history, must prepare. Some will, and some won't. Some will be found to be wheat, others to be weeds. When the catch of fish comes in, some fish will be thrown away, some kept. Some will be sheep and others goats. Each year, as the liturgical year draws to a close, the Church reminds us of this. And the End will be sudden and unpredictable, like the burglar on the one night I forgot to lock the door, or like a mouse-trap snapping shut, or like the unpredictable moment of birth pangs.  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

WEEKLY PONDER: Am I reaady for the coming of Christ? What does it mean to be like the wise bridesmaids and have oil in my lamp?  ( Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb )

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: To engage with today's reading, it might be helpful to go back in your own mind to someone in your life whom you regard as really wise. When did you become aware of it? Have you benefited from it? If someone were to ask how you would recognise wisdom and what are its marks, what would you say? Have you learned from your encounters with wise people?  Do you desire wisdom for yourself? Perhaps as parent or friend or family member or colleague? Do you nourish your hunger for the qualities and attitudes which we associate with people who have learned from life?  (Fr. Kieran O'Mahony, osa)

PRAYER: All-wise and loving God, the desire for You lies deep within us. Awaken us on the quest for true wisdom that by being true to ourselves we may come home to You, the source of all wisdom.   (Fr. Kieran O'Mahony, osa)

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME:  We think that we can leave this until after Christmas and still fullfil  the requirements.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY:  We remember the dead of the Two World Wars especially today.  Two minutes silence at 11.00am. and also on Wednesday 11th. November.

PIOUS LISTS: Thanks for bringing/sending them in before Lockdown. It is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins.

SAINT THIS WEEK: Tuesday is the feast of St. Leo the Great. He was elected pope in 440 and 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. He died about 461.

YOUCAT: (Question 429) What rules apply to intellectual property? The misappropriation of intellectual property is theft also.

MEDITATION: When the storms of life rage all around us, it is vital to keep our perspective. When it feels like the ship is sinking and all is lost, remember that Jesus will never leave you or forsake you. He is right there in the midst of the storm with you. Turn to Jesus and he will make a way when there appears to be no way. He has the answers because he is your ever present help in time of need. He is able to calm the storm with nothing more than a word. Look to him. Trust him. Allow Jesus to be your refuge.  (NewCREEations)

WEEKLY BIBLE: And they came to him and awoke him saying, “Master, Master, we are sinking.” Then he arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water, and they ceased and there became a great calm.  (Luke 8)

SAINTLY GEMS: If we are to be happy it will be as ourselves.  (Matthew Kelly)

God is bigger than our family chaos, bigger than our sin, and bigger than our circumstances. God's plan is exactly what you need to see and believe, so that you can know everything really is going to be OK!   (Chris Padgett)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Keep this book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.  ( Joshua 1:8)

PUBLIC WORSHIP:  As a result of the latest Lockdown the Archbishop has ordered the closure of all churches again beginning last Thursday and going on to Wednesday, 2nd. December in line with Government Policy. I will Livestream Masses including Sunday as usual, but there will not be any car park Communion, nor will I be able to visit the Sick and Housebound. Take care and keep safe.

AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION: (Since we cannot receive Jesus in the flesh, we can at least desire to do so through this beautiful prayer):  My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things and desire to receive You within my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if You were already there, and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.

SYNOD 2021: Once again, can I ask you to go on the Synod Website and download the four Themes. Go through each, and then send in your ideas directly to the Office. I am doing the same. There is a lot of repetition and a mixed bag of thoughts and ideas. The Synod Office will appreciate your input. Thank you.

DONATIONS:  Please keep the extra donations coming in. Make sure you leave the Parish something in your Will. Wills can be changed!! Please save up your Envelopes during this Lockdown. Thanks.

FOOD BANK:  Please continue to bring food and toiletries as often as you can. We will continue to take items down town because of the need, despite Lockdown.

CHRISTMAS FOR KIDS: Good quality children's clothing will be gratefully accepted, as will good quality toys and books.

EXPOSITION:  Exposition is Livestreamed every Saturday morning. Have Jesus in your own living rooms. Say your Rosary and pray for the Holy Souls during this month. Say the Rosary for an end to this Pandemic. Say the Rosary for our Parish and School.

EXPOSITION:  During Advent we will also have Exposition on Sundays from two until four. Christmas will be different this year but perhaps we will be able to realise the importance and meaning of the Feast rather than be engrossed in all the preparations?

PRIVATE PRAYER:  St. Mary's, Chorley is open for private prayer Mondays through Fridays 11.00 – 1400.  No Masses.

THE POPE: The study of the Sacred Scriptures must be a door open to every believer. Evangelization demands familiarity with God's word, which calls for dioceses, parishes and Catholic associations to provide for a serious, ongoing study of the Bible, while encouraging its prayerful individual and communal reading.

Lately Deceased

Fr. Peter Charles Crowther, obl.sbso

01254 830 995

Email: moorlandsanctuary@rcaol.org.uk  

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

Ordinary Week 33 A  , 15th November 2020

24th. Sunday after Pentecost  


Hand in hand w1ith Jesus         Remember your daily Rosary






Dicit Dominus: Ego cogito cogitationes pacis


Sick & Housebound



Anointing / Forgiveness



Mgr. Martin Molyneux, Fr. Kevin Ashton, Dcn. Alan Mee, Peter Marsden, Dennis Barclay, Winifred Owen, David Rimmer, George Corrigan, Olive Hansbury, Helen McCormick, Doreen Ivanis, Raymond Cowell, Eric Topping, Anthony Yeardsley, John Hollinghurst.


Fr. John Daulman, Philip Rushton, Ian Davies, Anne Beconnsall, Rita Maher, Kathleen Mee, Rachel Mason, Eamon Neary, Nora Griffin and all others who are sick at this time.

Next Week:   




Fr. Desmond Power

'The man buried his one talent’