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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: In today's Gospel, St. Luke recounts three particularly attractive stories about forgiveness. The first two form a typical Lukan pair. First he tells the story of the lost sheep, which also occurs in Matthew's Gospel account. Luke however, places the accent on the joy in heaven at the return of the sinner. Then, to the story of the man looking for his sheep, Luke adds the story of the woman looking for her lost coin. He is always ready to show that women have an equal part in the Kingdom with men. So he deliberately pairs Zechariah and Mary, Simeon and Anne, Jairus' daughter raised to life with the Widow of Naim's son, and so on. The main story today however, is the Prodigal Son, told with all Luke's love, artistry and delicacy of character-study. In the full version of this Gospel, we hear of the wastrel son who  goes back home simply because he is hungry; of the loving Father perpetually on the look-out, running to meet the son, interrupting the carefully-prepared speech and pampering the returned young dissolute; of the disgruntled stay-at-home who invents slanders about the other's 'loose women,' and is gently corrected by his father's reminder that he is 'your brother.'  Jesus presents us with an unforgettable picture of the overflowing love and forgiveness of God.  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

GOSPEL LESSON: Am I too eager to advocate punishment instead of forgiveness?   (Liguori Publications)

WEEKLY PONDER: Is there anyone whom you have not yet forgiven? Sometimes it is not easy.   (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

SAINT THIS WEEK: Saturday is the feast of St. Matthew. Called Levi by Mark and Luke, he was a tax collector of Jewish race.  Matthew worked for the Romans before he left everything and followed Jesus. From earliest times he has been regarded as the author of the Gospel that bears his name. His apostolic activity was first restricted to the communities of Palestine. There is a tradition that associates him with Ethiopia; other traditions mention Parthia and Persia. It is uncertain whether he died a natural death or received the crown of martyrdom. His Gospel was written to fill a sorely-felt want for his fellow countrymen, both believers and unbelievers.  ( Archdiocesan Ordo)

YOUCAT: (Question 362)  Why do Jews celebrate the Sabbath?  The Sabbath for the people of Israel is the great sign commemorating God, the Creator and Redeemer.

THE POPE: Emails, text messages, social networks and chats, can be fully human forms of communication.....Social networks can facilitate relationships and promote the good of society, but they can also lead to further polarization and divisions between individuals and groups. The digital world is a public square where we can either encourage or demean one another.

SAINTLY GEMS: Man's salvation and perfection consist in doing the will of God, which he must have in view in all things and at every moment of his life. The more he accomplishes this divine will, the more perfect he will be.  (St. Peter Claver)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Prayer is the great school for growing in hope. When we pray we realise that we are never alone.  (Archbishop Gomez)

You cannot do everything but you can do something. Do what you can, and you will find that hope has become a powerful force in your life.  (Fr. Mike Schmitz)

Hope is not a feeling or emotion, but a conviction that comes from knowing that we are loved by God.  (Mgr. Geno Sylva)

Learn what you are and be such.     (Pindar)

WEEKLY BIBLE: Do not let your love be a pretence, but sincerely prefer good to evil. Love each other as much as brothers should, and have a profound respect for each other. Work for the Lord with untiring effort and with great earnestness of spirit. If you have hope, this will make you cheerful. Do not give up if trials come; and keep on praying.  (Romans 12:9-12)

MEDITATION: 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.  (Taize)

THIS WEEK'S PRAYER: As we place  our trust in you, as we are loved by you and love you in return, unlock our hearts that we may know true and lasting joy in believing.  (Fr. Kieran O'Mahony, osa)

SECOND COLLECTION:  For the Catholic Education Service.

MASS CHANGES:  Sundays 13th. and 20th. October, Mass will be at NINE FIFTEEN.

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE:  Please put your name on the list. Very few spaces left.  As always, thanks for your generosity.

HARVEST THANKSGIVING MASS: Sunday 29th. September. Please can you bring some cut-up cakes for sale after Mass, and can we have a big   “Tin Drive”  for the Food Bank on the day.

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

Liverpool Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool Reg. Char. 232709




Lately Deceased

Fr. Peter Charles Crowther, obl.sbso

01254 830 995

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

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