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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: In some ways this awe-inspiring scene is part of the climax of John's Passion Narrative. Throughout the narrative  John emphasises the ultimate significance of the events of the Passion, taking the stress away from Jesus' suffering and humiliation and laying it on his triumph. Ultimately, Jesus will die only when he has completed his mission, and hands over his Spirit to the newly-formed Christian community of Mary and the Beloved Disciple. In this scene, the Jewish authorities have denounced Jesus as claiming to be king of the Jews, not knowing how true that claim is. Jesus declares that his kingdom is no earthly kingdom but is far more powerful and meaningful. By his statement he invites Pilate to declare himself for the truth, as any judge should do. Now Pilate declares Jesus three times innocent, but at the same time makes a mockery of himself, as he stands before Truth itself, and asks what is truth. Then he seats Jesus on the Judgement Seat robed and crowned as a king. The religious leaders (standing in front of Jesus who is enthroned as judge and king) deny themselves and undermine their faith by declaring, 'We have no king but Caesar.' It is not Caesar but God who is their true king.  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

WEEKLY PONDER: In what sense is Jesus a King? Why does this festival of  Christ as King come at the end of the Church's year?  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Is it possible to contrast the various philosophies and religions as systems of ideas and as ethical paradigms? What is distinctive of Christianity, however, is the centrality of the person of Jesus. In his own ministry, he proclaimed the Good News of the reign of God. The Good News for Paul is Jesus' death and resurrection. Christianity is different; we have not only a message but a person to proclaim.  (Fr. Kieran O'Mahony, osa)

PRAYER:  O Christ, you stand at the very centre of our existence as believers. Show yourself to us and help us to know you, love and serve you.   (Fr. Kieran, osa)

MASS READINGS:                 1st. Reading: Daniel 7: His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not pass away.

                                                                               2nd. Reading Revelation 1: “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “the one who is and  who was and who is to come.”

                                                                               3rd. Reading John 18: Jesus answered Pilate, “You say I am a king. For this I was born and for this I came into the world.”

SAINT THIS WEEK: Monday is the feast of St. Cecilia. Devotion to St. Cecilia, in whose honour a basilica was constructed in Rome in the fifth century has spread far and wide because of the  'Passion of St. Cecilia' which holds her up as a perfect example of a Christian woman, who embraced virginity and suffered martyrdom for the love of Christ.   (Universalis)

THE POPE: Jesus asks us to allow him to become our king. But we must not forget that Jesus' kingdom is not of this world. He will give new meaning to our life; at times even put us to difficult tests through our mistakes and our sins; merely on the condition that we do not follow the logics of the world and of its “kings.”

SACRED SCRIPTURE: You must be scrupulously careful as long as you are living away from your home. Remember, the ransom that was paid to free you was not paid in anything corruptible, neither in silver nor gold, but in the precious blood of a lamb without spot or stain, namely, Christ.   ( 1 Peter 1:17-19)

FR. MARK HAYDU, LC: It appeared that Pilate was the powerful one, but Jesus knew all power really came from his Father.

TAIZE:  For a life to be beautiful, extraordinary abilities or great expertise are not required. There is happiness in the humble giving of oneself.

SYNOD NOTIFICATION (1)  This is attached to the back of the Newsletter. Notification (2) next week.

SAINTLY GEMS: do not grieve if you do not at once receive from God that which you ask. He wishes to benefit you still more by making you persist longer in your patient prayer before Him. For what can be higher than to address one's converse to God and be in communion with Him?    (St. Nilus of Sinai)

Lord, on my own I can do nothing and even if I could, I would not want to, for I desire nothing save that Your will be done in me, over me and around me.    (Blessed Maria Teresa of Jesus)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.   (Anne Frank)

Without work all life goes rotten.   (Albert Camus)

For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child himself.

(Charles Dickens)

I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.   (Charles Dickens)

Whatever path you are called to follow, whatever it is you feel called to do and become, the secret of success is diving deep into the mystery of you.   (Matthew Kelly)

PASTORAL LETTER: There is an important Pastoral Letter to be read at Mass next Sunday concerning the Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan based on the Synod Conclusions. I will have it read out, but will also have copies attached to the Newsletter as well as placing it on the Website.

ADVENT:  Begins next Sunday when we begin Year C and will bless the Advent Wreath. This is the Season when we prepare for the coming of Jesus at Christmas and celebrate the birth of our Saviour.

CHORLEY FOOD BANK:  Please continue to regard this as a valuable Parish Ministry which we have supported for years and which shows that we are a caring parish.

GOOD QUALITY CHILDREN'S CLOTHES  AND TOYS:  There are lots of children down town who do not have much. Please children, sort out your clothes cupboards and toy cupboards and bring good quality items to the church. Goods can be left outside the church door. Even when you are coming to school you can leave items with us. Thanks.

SISTER WENDY BECKET: “To regard the Mass as an obligation, a chore, and a boring one at that, to be done on a Sunday, is a hideous travesty of the truth. Mass may indeed be boring, and the dear priest's sermon an affliction to be patiently endured (or, of course an intellectual treat to be discussed throughout the  week), but we do not go to Mass for entertainment......to be taken to the self-offering of Jesus to the Father is what being a Catholic is all about; it is what the Mass is about.”

CHRISTMAS VIGIL MASS: Ticket only. Maximum 70. Arrangements of how to obtain tickets will be announced on the weekend of 12th. December.  Covid Regulations are still in force here.

HENRI NOUWEN: God's question is: “Are you reading the signs of your time as signs asking you to repent and be converted?” What really counts is our willingness to let the immense sufferings of our brothers and sisters free us from all arrogance and from all judgements and condemnations and give us a heart as gentle and humble as the heart of Jesus.

PARENTS: Please bring your children to Sunday Mass. It is a good habit which, hopefully, will become part of their weekly lives for ever.

MASKS: Must still be worn in our church. Remember to bring yours. Thanks.

FULL NEWSLETTER:  Is on the Website each week.

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.

Week 34B  ,  21st. November, 2021

Last Sunday after Pentecost     Christ the King

Hand in hand w1ith Jesus         Remember your daily Rosary






Dicit Dominus: Ego cogito cogitationes pacis


Sick & Housebound



Anointing / Forgiveness



Dcn. Alan Mee, Mgr. William Dalton, Fr. Arthur Mulcahey, Anthony Yeardsley, John Hollinghurst, John Cheetham, Gillian Creek, Jimmy Stocks, Josie Ford, Irene Beckwith, Winifred Bentley, William Henry Parker, Ada Bagshaw, Derek Harwood, Mgr. Martin Molyneux, Mary Corrigan, Alphonsus Oxendale, Elsie Fisher, Christopher Bolton, Robert Roberts, Tommy Boon, Harold Treadwell, Rita Carty, Norah Griffin, Fr. Bernard Hearty, Eileen Sherrington, John Nolan, Frank Hitchin.

Fr. Bernard Jackson, Fr. Barry McAllister, Fr. Cassian Dickie osb., Fr. John Daulman, Philip Rushton, Ian Davies, Ann Beconnsall, Kathleen Mee, Rachel Mason, and others.

Next Week:   




Maureen Pilkington, Les Pilkington

“King; Crown of Thorns”