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TODAY'S MASS: At first sight, this is a surprising gospel reading for Pentecost, but of course the event of Pentecost came too late to be a subject for the gospels, and we read the account of another incident where the Risen Christ gave the Spirit to his disciples. There are two emphases in the account. The first is peace. Christ brings peace to his disciples with the double greeting of peace, and peace is a Christian watchword. Peace was the song of the angels at Jesus' birth. Each of Paul's letters opens with a greeting of peace. The letter to the Ephesians proclaims that Christ is our peace, the removal of all worry, strife, envy, jealousy, self-seeking ambition. 'Go in peace.' is Jesus' dismissal of those he cures, and also the dismissal at the end of Mass. Peace was Jesus' bequest to his disciples after the Last Supper. The second watchword is forgiveness, for God was always known as a God of mercy and forgiveness, as Jesus came to show by his constant approach to sinners. But the Lord's Prayer shows that if we do not ourselves forgive, we block God's forgiveness of ourselves too.  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The four marks of our Christian belonging are our personal journey, our community belonging, our practical discipleship and our adult integration of faith and life. None of us 'inhabits' all four dimensions fully, all of the time, and yet all four dimensions should in principle be there. The good news of Pentecost is that the Spirit, poured into our hearts,  enables all four aspects of our faith to live: the Spirit helps us in our prayer; the Body of Christ is animated by the gifts of the Spirit; our service of others gets its energy from the Spirit, and the Spirit 'reminds us' of all that Jesus taught. Today we celebrate discipleship in the community of faith.  (Fr. Kieran O'Mahony, osa)

WEEKLY PONDER: 'Forgiveness is the only sure path to peace.' Does this cause any difficulties? Which is more important to you, peace or forgiveness? Or are they the same?   (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

SAINT THIS WEEK:  Saturday this week is the feast of St. Norbert. He was born in Xanten which is now Germany. He turned from a worldly life to the life of a monk and became an itinerant preacher. He later founded the Premonstratensians called because they were founded at Premontre. They are also called Norbertines. He became Archbishop of Magdeburg and spent much time trying to implement the religious and moral reforms of Pope Gregory VII. He died in 1134.  (Liverpool Diocesan Ordo)

YOUCAT: (Question 391)  Is organ donation important? Donating organs can lengthen life or improve the quality of life, and therefore it is a genuine service to one's neighbour, provided no one is forced to do it.

THE POPE: Last Sunday Pope Francis declared a year of celebration to celebrate five years since the writing of Laudato Si. He asks us to pray this prayer: “Loving God, Creator of Heaven and Earth, and all therein contained. Open our minds and touch our hearts, so that we can be part of Creation, your gift. Be present to those in need in these difficult times, especially the poorest and most vulnerable. Help us to show creative solidarity as we confront the consequences of  the gobal pandemic. Help us to be courageous in embracing the changes required to seek the common good. Now more than ever may we all feel interconnected and interdependent. Enable us to succeed in listening and responding to the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor. May their current sufferings become the birth-pangs of a more fraternal and sustainable world. We pray through Christ our Lord, under the loving gaze of Mary Help of Christians.”

WEEKLY BIBLE: Why are you downcast my soul, and why do you sigh within me? Put your hope in God, for I will praise him yet, my Saviour and my God.  (Psalm 42)

MEDITATION:  When the inner self is exhausted by regrets, it is embarked on self-destruction. Remaining in God in contemplative waiting opens the way to taking essential steps: consenting to our weak points, to our own limitations. Then what seemed insipid acquires a new taste. And peace of heart springs to life.  (Taize)

SAINTLY GEMS: Since we offend our sweet Jesus, every day, in thought, word, deed and the omission of good works, we should pray every day, and every hour of the day, and weep for our offences against so kind and loving a Father, Master and Spouse.  (St. Rita of Cascia)

Learn who you are in the eyes of God.   (St. Eugene de Mazenod)

Our only hope, our only confidence, our only assured promise, Lord, is Your mercy.  (St. Augustine)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: I will radiate love and good will to others that I may open a channel for God's love to come to all.  (Paramahansa yogananda)

You can't get to know someone's voice or have a good conversation with them when there's too much noise in the background.  Mary Beth Weisenburger)

If you draw near to him a remarkable thing happens: He will draw near to you.  (Mary Beth Weisenbergur)

Fair play is not blaming others for anything that is wrong with us.   (Eric Hoffer)


We pray that all those who suffer may find their way in life, allowing themselves to be touched by the Heart of Jesus.

MONTH OF THE SACRED HEART:  Begins tomorrow. We celebrate the Sacred Heart because the heart is the seat of the emotions and the Son of God made man had a heart big enough to embrace humanity on the Cross and shedding every drop of his Sacred Blood as the price for our entry into eternal life. There is a month of meditation for us all here!!

“Most Sacred Heart of Jesus we implore, the grace to love You daily more and more.”

ORGAN DONATION; You will be aware that from  20th. May you have automatically consented to your organs being given to others on your death should various parts of you be suitable. (See the Youcat Question above). I f you do not wish to donate your organs you can and MUST opt out. It can be done on line. Perhaps discuss with family members and let them know your decision beforehand.

DIRECT DEBIT FORM:  All our parishes are suffering at the moment because of  church closures. Can I ask you to download the Mandate Form and start paying directly from your bank if you are not already doing so. If you pay tax, then please get in touch with Kath Clemson regarding the possibility of Gift-aiding your donation. Thank you.

GRADUAL UNLOCK:  Schools will be opening, shops will be opening, and it is obvious that people are “on the move.” I think that we all have a duty to watch out for each other, keep the social distancing and only move around when necessary. I am hearing from Medics that if we don't stay alert and use commmon sense, then we could end up with Pandemic 2 which will be much worse than what we have got now.

FUNERAL OF BISHOP MALONE:  Archbishop McMahon will celebrate Mass at the Cathedral tomorrow 1st. June at 4pm. It will be Livestreamed and can be accessed through the Cathedral Website. The late Bishop's body will be interred at Allerton Cemetery on Tuesday 2nd. June at 11.30am. Bishop Williams will preside, and the Service will be recorded. An Archdiocesan Celebration of Bishop Malone's Life will be organised when large gatherings can once more take place.

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                                                  

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Lately Deceased

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

Ordinary Week 9A     , 31st May 2020

Pentecost         Whit Sunday    


 Hand in hand with Jesus         Remember your daily Rosary






Spiritus Domini replevit orbem terrarum, alleluia


Sick & Housebound



Anointing / Forgiveness



Fr. John Joseph Byrne, Dcn. Ted Kane, Mary Heskin, Walter Bickerstaffe, Alice Cocker, Thomas Park, Teresa Davies, Ann Dunleavy, Thomas Murphy, Graham Clayton, Margaret Mooney, Ann Johnson, Sr. Wyn Drought, Ernie Myers, Patricia Steed, Edward Falls, Lily Owen, Jean Knowles, Joan Gardner, Lucy Baldwin (Canada), Christine Ward.

Monsignor Anthony Dennick, Fr. John Daulman, Philip Rushton, Ian Davies, Madeleine Shaw, Anne Beconnsall, Rita Maher, Kathleen Mee, Barry Winstanley, Rachel Mason and others.

Next Week:   




Bishop Vincent Malone

“Come Holy Spirit

A Catholic Survival Guide for the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic, by Deacon Nick Donnelly (Part One)


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!