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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: There were obviously several different versions of the call of the first disciples circulating in the early Church. In the gospels of Mark and Matthew, Jesus is passing along the shore of the lake when he calls two pairs of disciples. In John it takes place where John the Baptist was preaching. The story in Luke has many similarities to the story at the end of John' s gospel after the Resurrection, when the risen Christ commissions Peter: a night of failed fishing is followed by a huge catch as a consequence to Jesus' instructions, and so the Church has always seen this event as signifying the need for obedience to Christ. Luke's version combines the same play on words as in Mark and Matthew about fishing for people, but Luke sets the story a little later. In Mark the fishermen have never seen Jesus and follow him blindly; in Luke, Peter and his friends have already got to know Jesus before they are commissioned. A special feature in Luke is Peter's cry that he is an unworthy sinner. Luke often teaches us that no one can be a disciple of Jesus without first admitting their sinfulness: Zacchaeus the tax collector (Luke 19:1-10), and the woman who wept at Jesus feet (Luke 7:36-50) are other examples.  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

GOSPEL LESSON: The fishermen were experts in their own field and knew that the best time to fish was at night. Jesus asks them to put out their nets for a catch in the heat of the day. They obey and net large quantities of fish. It is when we put our total trust in the Lord that we will be most successful.

WEEKLY PONDER: What is significant about the Lord's call of his disciples according to Luke's account?  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

SAINTLY GEMS: Visits to the Blessed Sacrament are powerful and indispensable means of overcoming attacks of the devil. Make frequent visits to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, and the devil will be powerless against you. (St. John Bosco)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Even though God has the power to renew the face of the earth with mighty winds and  powerful forces, he does not do so. He chooses to use you and me  -  he wants to bring renewal in his people through his people. (Dan Dematte)

LET'S MEDITATE: One day St.Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross came together for a meal. Grapes were brought in. “I am not going to eat any,” stated John of the Cross. “Too many people have none.” “I, on the contrary will eat some,” replied Teresa of Avila, “In order to praise God for these grapes.”  (Taize)

WEEKLY BIBLE: Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.  (Ecclesiastes 7:9)

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POINSETTIAS:  Please take one or two home. They are in good condition and it would be a shame to waste them.


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 5 Year C   ,  10th. February  2019

5th. Sunday after the Epiphany       

Remember your daily Rosary






Adorate Deum, omnes angeli ejus         


Sick & Housebound



Anointing / Forgiveness



Canon Gerard Wharton, Fr. Daniel Cadogan, Fr. John James White, Canon Harry Jones, Thomas Cunningham, Rosemary Tait, Tom Gillett, John Nickson, Eva Anderson, Doreen Davies, Lucy Harwood, Bert Bagshaw, Bert Fairclough, Edward Barrow, Lily Ellen Holt, John Turner, Frank Barnish, George Fisher, Mary Ellen Thompson, George Bailey.

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

Next Week: Teresa Johnson

Today: Amy Harrison

John Campbell

 “Catch of fish”