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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 is the turning-point of Mark's Gospel. Till now the stories we have heard have all spoken about ever-increasing wonder and amazement at Jesus' personality, his goodness and his authority. But even his closest disciples do not seem to have seen what this means. Then Peter suddenly comes to the realisation that Jesus is the Messiah, the Anointed of God, for whom everyone was waiting. However, Peter still does not understand what this implies. Jesus is not a conquering political hero, who will simply wipe out all opposition by overwhelming force, and make every path smooth and gentle. Jesus begins to show his disciples that the road to fulfilment is through suffering. Jesus repeats this prophecy of his suffering, death and resurrection another two times, and on each occasion the disciples fail to grasp the lesson; first it's Peter, then the disciples who are arguing about precedence, and finally the two sons of Zebedee who want the best places for themselves. So three times Jesus repeats that if you want to follow him you must follow him to the Cross. Nor are we, later followers of Jesus, any quicker than the first disciples to learn this lesson if we greet any suffering that comes our way with indignation and evasion.  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osa)

WEEKLY PONDER: Why does Jesus rebuke Peter so severely?  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Each generation is addressed by Jesus' question in today's Gospel, and each generation must speak for itself. So must we as individuals within the community of faith.  (Fr. Kieran  O'Mahony, osa)

PRAYER: Great and loving God, as we stand before the mystery of your disclosure in Jesus of Nazareth, we ask for great faith, deep understanding and,  above all, love. Knowing him, we love him, loving him we confess him as the Messiah, the Son of God.  (Fr. Kieran, osa)

MASS READINGS::    1st. Reading Isaiah 50: I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who tore out my beard.

                                  2nd. Reading James 2: Demonstrate your faith to me without works, and I will demonstrate my faith to you from my  works.   

                                                        3rd. Reading Mark 8: Jesus said, “You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”

THE POPE: You may know all the commandments, all the prophecies, all the truths of the faith, but if this isn't put into practice, is not translated into works, it serves nothing.....a faith without works, a faith that doesn't get you involved, isn't faith. It's words and nothing more than words.

SAINTLY GEMS: Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair but  manifestations of strength and resolution.  (Kahlil Gibran)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Ask Him to persuade you to step outside your circumstances and look to Him for guidance.  (Jane Trufant  Harvey)

In order to see and value the humanity of another person, we have to be able to see and value our own humanity.  (Matthew Kelly)


FR MARK HAYDU, LC:   Our goal in life can't be to avoid suffering and to be accepted by everyone.

THE LAST SUPPER:  At your Last Supper, Lord, there was a place for all, a place for disciples who believed, as well as for one who doubted. There was a place for the power seekers and the powerless, for the 'rock' who would crumble when challenged, and for one who valued you at thirty pieces of silver. There was enough room. When we are tempted to pick and choose our table companions, Lord, forgive our judgmental attitudes and help us to find room at life's table for all, marvelling that we ourselves are among the guests.   (Stephen Bales. Cornwall and the Scilly Isles Methodist District)

CHURCH DEEP CLEANING:  The church has to be deep cleaned and disinfected after every Mass. It will help if people just SIT all through the Mass and NOT kneel please. This will save a lot of time not having to clean the kneelers. In the week can we just use the back THREE BENCHES on either side; this will save cleaning time. Again, please sit. Holy Communion on the way out.

MY DEEP THANKS:  Our first Sunday Mass for eighteen months seemed to go okay. Of course there were murmurings! We are human beings! However if we persist and think of others, I think we can manage. Thank you all.

HENRI NOUWEN: Am I afraid to die? I  Am every time I let myself be seduced by the noisy voices of my world telling me that my 'little life' is all I have and advising me to cling to it with all my might. But when I let these voices move to the background of my life and listen to that small soft voice calling me the Beloved, I know that there is nothing to fear and that dying is the greatest act of love, the act that leads me into the eternal embrace of my God whose love is everlasting.

WHAT CHILDREN NEED:  Children cannot become mature human beings by themselves. They experience our love and warmth as a cocoon that protects them from harm. They need us to set appropriate boundaries and guidelines, yet give them as much freedom to explore as they can handle. They need us to be both strong and compassionate; people who understand the importance of living a life that is good and beautiful and true. And they need our faith in their ability to find their own way in life, so that they can fulfill their own unique purpose. In short, they need us to strive to become full human beings, so that we can help them to do the same.    (Joan Almon.  Plough Publishing.

GREAT CHORLEY FESTIVAL:  At St. Gregory's Weld Bank this afternoon 1.00pm.  -  5.00pm. Plenty to entertain everybody.  You might like to take the family if the weather is good.

THE CHURCH OF UNIFORMITY:  I quote from the international daily 'La Croix International':  “The Church is a global entity, and can no longer be controlled from one city, even  one as historically significant as Rome. In other words, the future of the Catholic Church lies in pluriformity, not in uniformity. The very word 'catholic' means 'universal.' Roman Catholic is a contradiction in terms. This is what Pope Francis has realised, and slowly but surely he is moving to achieve his objectives. Through earlier Synods he has encouraged participation, even dissent. He wants everyone to speak out, discuss, express their points of view.”  This must be done in charity and with mutual respect of course!!  

SACRED SCRIPTURE:  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God , which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  ((Philippians 4)

TAIZE:  Attempting to live for Christ in the midst of others, we pray to be able to forgive and forgive again. There is found the extreme of loving.                   

DAILY ROSARY:  Please remember to say your daily Rosary for world peace and for the good of the Church.

THE SUNDAY MASS OBLIGATION: Returns on Saturday/Sunday 27th. and 28th. November which is Advent 1C. People will have got out of the habit of weekend Mass, but, our Community Mass is an essential part of our Catholic Faith when we feed on the Word and the Bread of the Presence. Now is the time to come back to church and encourage others if you can.

LOGS, LOGS, LOGS:  There are loads of logs in the plantation. Feel free to help yourselves!!

YOUTUBE:  From next week you will be able to watch our Stream Masses through your Television YouTube. Probably from  Tuesday or Wednesday. Just keep trying. It will be good.

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 24B ,  12th. September2021

16th. Sunday after Pentecost             

Hand in hand w1ith Jesus         Remember your daily Rosary






Miserere mihi, Domine....


Sick & Housebound



Anointing / Forgiveness



Fr. Tom Durkin, Fr. Maurus Green osb., Msgr. Jack Kennedy, Fr. Anthony Hodgetts cssr., Dcn. Peter Francis Callaghan, Dcn. Peter Culpin, Fr. Ron McGivern, Mary Hargrave, Edward Wilson, Brian Mould, Kathleen and Barry Crean, Michael Dunne, Mary Snape, Thomas Jones, Arthur Deisner, Brendan Neary Gordon Chester, Audrey Glover, Rachel Bennet, Phoebe Johnson, Bernard Kenyon, Arthur Blundell, Mary Drinkwater, Cyril Cansfield, Jack Wilkinson, Arthur Heyward, Terry Taylor, Pauline Kennedy.

Fr. Bernard Jackson, Fr. Barry McAllister, Fr. John Daulman, Philip Rushton, Ian Davies, Ann Beconnsall, Rita Maher, Kathleen Mee, Rachel Mason, Eamon Neary and others.

Next Week:   




Marie Barnish

“Take up your cross ”