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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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MASS TODAY: This is the last of the readings from the Bread of Life Discourse in John's Gospel. In today's passage, we move on from seeing Christ as the Wisdom of God, who must be accepted and believed, to a reflection on the sacrament of eating the bread of life. These two themes correspond to the two halves of the Mass; first the Service of the Word, then the Eucharistic banquet. We are all so diet-conscious nowadays that it is quite obvious that the food we eat affects us. By eating the body of Christ we are assimilated into him. But, just as, if I am sick, food does me no good and can even harm me, so if I eat Christ sacramentally without wanting to be moulded into him, it does me no good at all. That is why Paul complained that the Corinthian people were answerable for the death of Christ. And drinking the blood of Christ? Blood is the sign of life -  if there is no blood there is no life  -  and God is the Lord of life and death. So if I receive Christ's blood I take on his life, his divine life, as the gift of God. That has alarming side-effects: it means I share Christ's life with other Christians. (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

WEEKLY BIBLE: Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.  ( John 12:36 )

WEKLY PRAYER: O Lord, from whom all good things do come; grant to us thy humble servants, that by thy holy inspiration we may think those things that be good and, by thy merciful guiding may perform the same; through Jesus Christ thy Son.  (Customary of Our Lady of  Walsingham)

POPE FRANCIS: The Lord asks everything of us, and in return he offers us true life, the happiness for which we were created. He wants us to be saints and not to settle for a bland and mediocre existence.

ST. MARY MACKILLOP: Do all you can with the means at your disposal and calmly leave the rest to God.

WEEKLY MEDITATION: They say that God is everywhere, and yet we always think of him as somewhat of a recluse!

                                        (Emily Dickenson)

MONSIGNOR GENO SYLVA: Hope is not a feeling or emotion, but a conviction that comes from knowing that we are loved by God.

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

Liverpool Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool Reg. Char. 232709


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Fr. Peter Charles Crowther, obl.sbso

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

Week 20 Year B   , 19th August 2018

Hand in hand with Jesus

13th. Sunday after Pentecost  

Remember your daily Rosary





Respice, Domine, in testamentum tuum


Sick & Housebound



Anointing / Forgiveness



“ Eat,and live for ever”

Fr. John Twomey, Fr. Michael Moran, Fr. William Cook, Fr. Cornelius Murphy, sdb., Eleanor Walmsley, John Hardman, Andrew Mulhearn, Peter Kuziak, June Carraher, Marion Bottomley, Alice Taylor, Alice McDonagh, Nicholas Twamley, Gerald Kavanagh, Denis Worthington, William Chadwick, Sheila Seile, Kevin Morrissey, Finton Carroll, Mary Flood.

Fr. John Gildea, Fr. John Daulman, Terry Edwards, Philip Rushton, Ian Davies, Madeleine

Shaw, Zac Aratoon, Ann Beconnsall, Philip Holmes, Rita Maher, David Mahon, Kathleen Mee and others.

Next Week:  Cath Jones

 Today:  Kate Perkins

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