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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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TODAY'S MASS:  Following on  from the four adjustments of the Law in last Sunday's Gospel come two more, perhaps the most demanding. The Law of Moses had limited revenge: only a tooth might be taken for a tooth, only an eye for an eye, not life itself. Jesus, however, will not tolerate even this limited vengeance; he allows no revenge at all. Again and again in the course of the Gospel Jesus returns to this need for unconditional forgiveness. We daringly engage ourselves with this teaching whenever we say the Lord's Prayer; 'forgive us just as we forgive.'

The final demand, however, is the most challenging of all. There is in fact no passage of the canonical scripture which encourages 'hate your enemy.' In any case, just as God lavishes his benefits of life, sun and rain on good and evil alike, so we must put no limits to our love. Only in this way  -  think of the First Reading!  -  can we attempt to honour and imitate the holiness of God. This is what it means to be a son of God, 'sons of your Father in heaven': only by following in his way and by fulfilling his designs can we be integrated into his family. There can be no enmity in Christianity.  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

GOSPEL LESSON: Jesus tells us to act out of love and says that acting out of love is better than acting out of revenge. What do your experiences tell you?  (Fr. Kieran O'Mahony, osa)

WEEKLY PONDER: Can I really forgive with no trace of animosity?  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

ASH WEDNESDAY:  This Wednesday is a day of fast and abstinence. Only one full meal and two small ones (snacks?). However please use your common sense, especially if you are elderly or are doing heavy manual labour. No meat today.

HYMN THIS WEEK:                                       Faith of our Fathers  (Frederick William Faber 1814-1863)

                                             Faith of our Fathers, living still                                        Our fathers, chained in prisons dark,                      

                                             in spite of dungeon, fire and sword;                                were still in heart and conscience free;

                                             oh, how our hearts beat high with joy                              how sweet would be their children's fate,    

                                             whene'er we hear that glorious word!                              If they, like them, could die for thee!

                                             Faith of our fathers! Holy Faith!                                       Faith of our fathers! Holy Faith!

                                             We will be true to thee till death. (2)                                We will be true to thee till death.  (2)

WEEKLY BIBLE: For this is what the high and exalted One says:  -  he who lives for ever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite. “   (Isaiah 57)

SAINTLY GEMS: If your confidence were as great as it ought to be, you would not worry about what may happen to you, you would place it all in God's hands, hoping that when He wants something of you, He will let you know what it is.  (St. Claude de la Colombiere)

Faith is easy when we meet with no difficulty and walk in a way of light and consolation. But when we are struggling with temptation, with suffering and trial, when we are in a dryness of heart and spiritual darkness, then it needs a strong faith to abandon ourselves to God and remain entirely united to His holy will.  (Blessed Columba Marmion, osb)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Live boldly even if you are surrounded by cowards and critics.  (Matthew Kelly)

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.  (Ghandi)

Whatever you sense needs reforming in your life, God yearns to collaborate with you in that reformation. Do not be afraid. Be bold!!  (Matthew Kelly)

Life has a  tendency to slip through our hands like water, unless we live each day, each hour, each moment with great consciousness.  (Matthew Kelly)

MEDITATION: Self-knowledge and self-love are the fruit of knowing and loving God. You can see better then what is intended by the great commandment to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind and with all your soul, and to love your neighbour as yourself.” Laying our hearts totally open to God leads to a love of ourselves that enables us to give wholehearted love to our fellow human beings. In the seclusion of our hearts, we learn to know the hidden presence of God; and with that spiritual knowledge we can lead a loving life.  (Henri Nouwen)

LENTEN PRAYER: Lord, we know how much You love us. It's hard for us to feel it sometimes, but we know your love is always with us. Help us to use Your love as a way to persevere in our Lenten intentions. We are weak, but we know with your help, that we can use these small sacrifices in our lives to draw closer to You.  (Fr. Kieran O'Mahony, osa)

ROGER WRENNO MASS:  At St. Mary's on Wednesday 18th. March at 6.30pm. This is a Deanery Event as part of the local Synod 2020. Please try and go if you can. You will meet people from other parishes, and may even decide to become more involved in things at local level.

CONFESSIONS:  Beginning this coming Saturday at noon until 12.30pm. Try to go to Confession during Lent. Lent is the time for a change of heart.

DOWRY OF MARY:  Last Sunday you were given the Programme for the re-dedication of our Country to Our Blessed Lady; the Dowry of Mary. It is 33 days of constant prayer ending on 25th. March, the Annunciation. It is the dedication of your own life to Mary for the rest of your life. You may not have the time or even the inclination to follow the exact Programme, so why not promise Our Lady that you will say the Rosary (in some form) every day. She will be delighted!!!

NEXT SUNDAY: We begin our monthly Children's Masses again. Please come as Families. Mrs. Wilkinson will really be encouraging this through the school as well, and especially as she has just come back from Krakow; the cradle of Polish Catholicism and where St. John Paul was  Archbishop before he was elected Pope. You will be made very welcome.

EXPOSITION OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT:  This Wednesday there will be Eucharistic Adoration from 6.15pm. before our Ash Wednesday Mass.

SYNOD 2020: Our added thoughts and ideas have gone down to the Office. Thank you.

POINSETTIAS:  These must go today in readiness for Lent. Please take one if you wish.

SCHOOL STARTS: Tomorrow at 8.55am.  Holy Mass will be in the Presbytery except for this Wednesday.

YOUCAT: (Question 380) Why is it permissible to tolerate the killing of another human being in the case of legitimate self-defence?  Someone who is actually attacking the lives of others  may and must be stopped, if necessary by killing the attacker himself.

THE POPE: One of the essential characterists of this vocation to perfection is the love of our enemies, which protects us from the temptation to seek revenge and from the spiral of endless retaliation. Those who evangelize must therefore be first and foremost practitioners of forgiveness, specialists in reconciliation, experts in mercy.


We pray that the Church in China may persevere in its faithfulness to the Gospel and grow in unity.

SYNOD MEETINGS FOR THEME 4:  “Building Community and Nurturing Belonging.”  St. Chad's on Tuesday. St. Mary's on Wednesday.  Sacred Heart on Thursday. 7.30pm.

OUR LENTEN PROGRAMME:  Is not an effort to save ourselves. We have been saved by his sacrifice. Our self-denial helps us, in the darkness that surrounds us, to prepare ourselves to receive his light. For this is a journey to the Easter font, where we will renew the promises of our Baptism, remembering that in dying with him in the waters of Baptism, we are re-born with him to everlasting life.  (Jesuits/Creighton)

                                                                                                           ASH WEDNESDAY EVENING MASS IS AT 7.00pm.

Please pray for Pope Francis, Benedict XVI and Archbishop Malcolm McMahon                                                  

Liverpool Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool Reg. Char. 232709




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

Week 7 Year A    , 23rd. February 2020


 Hand in hand with Jesus         Remember your daily Rosary






Esto mihi in Deum protectorem


Sick & Housebound



Anointing / Forgiveness



Fr. Charles Edward Lynch, Fr. John Seddon, Fr. Sebastian Moore, osb., Fr. James Fanning, mhm., John Fisher, Gertrude Smith, Moses Morris, Georgina Barnish, John Brown, Nellie Bolton, Marie Cadwallader, Patricia Mitchinson, Joseph McLeavey, Anthony Clitheroe, Nicola Brooke, George McDermott.

Fr. John Daulman, Ian Rushton, Ian Davies, Madeleine Shaw, Ann Beconnsall, Rita Maher, David Mahon, Kathleen Mee, Barry Winstanley, Rachel Mason, Jean Dawson and others.

Next Week:   The Children


Today:  David Southworth


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