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TODAY'S MASS: In Matthew's Gospel these eight blessings stand at the head of the Sermon on the Mount, pointing out eight ways in which we can welcome God into our lives. They are ways of living out God's blessing. The first and the last knit them all together with the phrase “theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” In his Gospel, Luke also begins his Sermon on the Plain with four such blessings; only his blessings focus more on those who are materially poor and in need, whereas Matthew's concentrate on the spiritual attitudes required of the Christian, 'poor in spirit, hunger and thirst for justice.' Jesus came to proclaim the Kingship of his Father, and these are ways of living it. For each Beatitude, do you know someone who exemplifies the attitude? Which is your own favourite? For most of them there are Gospel incidents in which Jesus illustrates how to live out the Beatitude, like the entry into Jerusalem on a donkey as the gentle king, or the love he shows in his welcome to sinners, or his bringing peace to those tortured by disease or contempt, or his purity of heart in his single-minded pre-occupation with his Father's will, or finally his acceptance of persecution for what he knew to be right.

( Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb ).

WEEKLY PONDER: Which of these qualities would you like to have more of? Which quality will bring you closest to Jesus?

                                  ( Fr. Henry, osb )

THOUGHT FOR TODAY:  Who doesn't want to be happy? As St. Augustine writes: “All persons want to be happy, and no persons are happy who do not have what they want.” Augustine knows that that is not so simple. Having 'what' and how do we keep it so that we don't lose it?? The question really becomes what do I desire? In a final analysis there is a hunger in the human heart for God, often recognised only slowly, and a hunger for goodness and virtue, also a slow conversion. In God we find a source of happiness which nothing can take away; in virtuous living, chiefly seeking the good of others, we come to our true fulfilment and contentment.  ( Fr. Kieran O'Mahony, osa )

PRAYER: God, our true happiness, help us to recognise our need of You that we may be blessed in Your Kingdom. (Fr. Kieran..

GOSPEL FOR THE FAMILY: Today we contemplate Jesus walking up hill to speak to a bunch of followers who wanted to listen to Him. He speaks to them about the Beatitudes. In this Sermon on the mountain Jesus invites us to courageously live the virtues ( poverty, cleanliness of soul, mercy ) and to suffer with patience the slings of life ( injustices, sadness ). Jesus never promised us a life free from difficulties. But He does guarantee us His help, and the prize for the effort in following Him. Never lose courage!  ( evangeli. net )

THE POPE: What does blessed mean? The original term does not mean one with a full belly....but rather it is a person who is in a condition of grace, who progresses in God's grace and who progresses on God's path: patience, poverty, service to others, comfort....Those who advance in these things are happy and shall be blessed.


We pray that parishes, placing communion at the centre, may increasingly become communities of faith, fraternity and welcome to those most in need.

FR. MARK HAYDU, LC: Jesus gives us a new law that builds on the old. Before, it was, “You shall not....”; now it is, “Blessed are you when....”

SAINTLY GEMS: The day you learn to surrender yourself totally to God, you will discover a new world, just as I am experiencing. You will enjoy a peace and a calm unknown, surpassing even the happiest days of your life ( Blessed Jaime Hilario )

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: As Christians we are called to holiness, a life of prayer and virtue. We are called to be saints. I pray God will grant us generous spirits. ( Matthew Kelly )

What is our first love? It is a question each of us must ask himself; Is my heart first and foremost truly seeking God and His plan for my life?   ( Curtis Martin and Edward Sri )

Remember always that you have not only the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.  ( Eleanor Roosevelt )

Spirituality is our effort with grace to become what we have been created by the Lord to be; we must grasp who we truly are in order to know what we are to become.   ( Fr. Richard J. Hauser )

SACRED SCRIPTURE: The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.  ( Proverbs 18:10 )

TAIZE: Whoever seeks reconciliation with a simple heart is able to pass through rock-hard situations like the water of a (stream that, in early springtime, makes its way through the still-frozen ground.

WARM PLACES:  Remember that if you are elderly and/or living alone, please go to St. Joseph's Club on Mondays from ten until four, or Hillside Methodist Hall on Fridays;same times, and keep warm, meet new people and get a hot meal at lunchtime. This facility will remain open until the clocks go forward.

CONFIRMATIONS: If you are in Year 8 in any school and wish to make your personal life-long commitment to the Lord in the Sacrament of Confirmation, please let me know asap.

PARENTAL PARKING ON BURY LANE:  Please do your best to park properly, and not on the pavement. Some parents have little ones in prams and have the pavement blocked because of parked cars, which means they have to go into the road which could be dangerous for them. Than you for your understanding.  ( Fr. Peter and Mr. Riley )

TINS OF FOOD FROM SCHOOL:  We would be grateful for tins of food from school which can be left on the church steps at any time. Parishioners are also asked to continue this valuable Parish Ministry.

WARM CLOTHING:  We can take any amount of warm clothing both for adults and children, female and male. Thanks.

EPISCOPAL VISITATION: Our new Bishop, Bishop Tom Neylon will say Mass here on Sunday 21st. May and there will be an opportunity to see him afterwards. He has been a parish priest in the Archdiocese for forty years and so he understands

parishes, schools and all the problems. He will also visit the Sick and Housebound and say a Full School Mass on Friday 26th. May. He is visiting the whole of the Lancashire Deanery ( Biggest in the Archdiocese ) between May and December.

FAMILY MASS TODAY:  We welcome all our children from school and their parents and guardians. Thak you for bringing food for the Food Bank. If you haven't you can leave items on the church steps anytime.  Sincere thanks.

GEORGE MACDONALD: “What God may hereafter require of you, you must not give yourself the least trouble about. Everything He gives you to do, you must do as well as ever you can, and that is the best preparation for what He may want you to do next. If people would but do what they have to do, they would always find themselves ready for what comes next.”

MISSIONARY COLLECTION: The Archbishop asks that we have a Collection for the White Fathers this year. Ours is next Sunday, 5th. February please.  Thank you.

MASS ATTENDANCE: 50 on 250                                                                                              UKRAINE:  £90

LIVE STREAMING:  When I go over to the presbytery to watch the Stream, I notice people start turning round and talking when I have left the altar and the hymn is still playing. You can be seen talking on International Viewing, and it does not look good for our Parish. Please wait until you leave the church to enjoy conversations. Sincere thanks.

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 4A Ord.    , 29th.January 2023

4th. Sunday after Epiphany  


Hand in hand w1ith Jesus         Remember your daily Rosary






Dicit Dominus: Ego cogito cogitationes pacis..


Sick & Housebound



Anointing / Forgiveness



Fr. Kevin Finn, Fr. Michael McPake svd., Fr. Wilfrid Patrick Flynn, Fr. Peter Nicholson, Dcn. Peter Fehrenbach, Dcn. Gerald Marsh, Fr. Dermot O'Donoghue, Mgr. Sydney Breen, Dorothy Thompson, Frederick Bolton, Brian Smith, Jack Haydock, Raymond Matthews, Lillian Beresford, Elaine Kerrigan, Terry Quinn, Herbert Trencher, Robert Woolridge, Catherine Kelly, Margaret McDonagh, Esther Grime, John Miller, Eileen Jones, Jack Walsh, Paul Wallace, Frances Wilson.

Archbishop Patrick Kelly, Fr. Barry McAllister, Fr. John Daulman, Ian Davies, Kathleen Mee, Rachel Mason, Ray Salmon and others.

Next Week:   




Mary Winifred McCann, Fr. Dave Melly,  Daniel McDonald

“Sermon on the Mount.”

Fr. Peter Charles Crowther, obl.sbso | The Presbytery, Bury Lane, Withnell, Chorley, PR6 8SD | Tel 01254 830 995 | Archdiocese of Liverpool 1199714


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DIRECT DEBIT MANDATE:   During the Lockdown, we still need to keep our Parish funds afloat. You can use the Direct Debit Mandate. Download the Form and fill it in and then send it to your Bank. Make sure you put the Parish number 102 on the Form and the Account Number. Let Kath Clemson know any change of amount so that she can adjust the Gift Aid Records. You can get Kath on 01254 831 624. Download form here!

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