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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:  We have seen how St. Luke, in his gospel, places great emphasis on Jesus' message of repentance and forgiveness. At the beginning of Jesus' ministry Peter must admit his sinfulness before he is called to be an apostle; at the end, the good thief admits his guilt and is welcomed into Jesus' kingdom. This gospel reading with its historical examples and its parable, reinforces the Old Testament lesson of repentance. Notice also how, in Luke's account of the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax-Collector, the latter wins through: his prayer is only 'God, be merciful to me a sinner.' Every proclamation of the gospel in Luke's Acts of the Apostles ends with an appeal to repentance. Repentance means not simply bewailing our sins but doing something about it, changing our way of life, our scale of values. However,we are made in the image of God, and cannot expect God's forgiveness unless we too follow God's example and show the same forgiveness to others. The sinful woman who loved much was forgiven much ( Luke 7:36-50 ). Nor is Luke the only evangelist to stress this point. Matthew adds at the end of the Lord's Prayer the saying of Jesus which underlines the importance of the single petition, 'Forgive us our sins as we forgive others.'   (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

THE ANNUNCIATION: Yes, nine months to Christmas folks!! Tomorrow we need to thank Mary that she accepted the invitation to become the Mother of our Saviour.  Today the new Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle will be installed in the Cathedral at Newcastle; he is a former auxiliary bishop of Birmingham, Bishop Robert Byrne, cong.orat. He hails from Manchester but will be in charge of one of the most beautiful dioceses in the country; the north-East Coast, Lindisfarne, and the Northumbrian County of many saints; men and women including St. Cuthbert, St. Bede, St. Oswald, St. Wilfrid.

GOSPEL LESSON: Everybody deserves a second chance, but the Lord gives us as many chances as we need.

WEEKLY PONDER:  If you think of yourself as the fig-tree, what do you consider to be the most 'rotten' part of yourself that you really need to change? Would the sacrament of reconciliation help? What sort of injury do you find it hardest to forgive; an affront to your pride, your pocket or your person? Is there anyone you have not forgiven?  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

LET'S MEDITATE: “All God can do is give his love.” What God asks of us above all else is to surrender ourselves to him. And what a discovery! His compassion reawakens an inexhaustible goodness in our heart of hearts.  (Taize)

WEEKLY BIBLE: I am the one who reproves and disciplines all those he loves: so repent in real earnest. Look, I am standing at the door knocking. If one of you hears me calling and opens the door, I will come in to share his meal,side by side with him.  (Revelation 3:19-20)

LENTEN PRAYER:  Lord, May we see your goodness and your glory in new ways throughout this season of Lent. May we know the depths of your love for us more fully. May we feel the pain you endured for our sake, and may we rejoice that you conquered every bit of evil when you rose to life again.  (Lenten Prayer)


SAINTLY GEMS: Jesus invites us, gently and with sweet words, to follow him and to put ourselves under his banner. The cross is our assurance, strength for our heart, joy for our spirit, and hope for heaven.  (St. Gabriel Brochero)

The greatest sinners can become the greatest saints.  ( Pope Francis )

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The Kingdom of God is not going to be advanced by our churches becoming filled with people, but by people in our churches becoming filled with God.  (Duncan Campbell)

There is a reason why the Bible uses so much military metaphor. We are a people, a unit; not a rag-tag band of mavericks. The voice of one crying in the wilderness was all very well for John the Baptist, but this current desert requires teamwork. Pulling each other up, circling one another's efforts with prayer, and presenting a united front: that's where our energy needs to go now.  (Post Tenebras Lux; Hebridean Christian Widow)

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT:  Today from TWO until FOUR for private Lenten Prayer. Jesus waits for us to accept his invitation.

CHORLEY FOOD BANK:  It will soon be Easter Hols.  More food will be needed to feed the children who will not be getting their usual school meals.

EASTER EGGS:  You can start bringing these in please. This year we will give our eggs to the Chorley Food Bank.

CLOCKS GO FORWARD NEXT WEEKEND:  It will be good to see lighter nights, and hopefully some good weather for Easter.

CHRISM MASS: If you want to go to the Cathedral with other members of the Deanery, there will be the usual coach leaving West Street Car Park on Wednesday, 17th. April at 5.15pm. Please ring St. Mary's to book a seat: 01257 262 537

SERVICE OF SORROW:  Sunday 7th. April. 3.00pm. At St. Gregory's, Weld Bank.

MOTHERS DAY: Next Sunday is Mothers Day. We remember our mothers be they still in this world or in heaven. We owe them so much.

TELEVISION ROSARY:  Please say the Rosary; the weapon that will save the Church against the devil.

SYNOD REPLIES:  Thanks to all who took the trouble to make their feelings felt about the Church as it is at the moment, and what you would like to see as the Church of the future. “Come Holy Spirit.”

SECOND COLLECTION:  Next Sunday for Nugent Care ( Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese )

FAMILY FAST:  I am sure some of you will have taken the Family Fast seriously and will have saved the money for a Charity. Could we have a Second Collection on Easter Sunday and the money go to the Ukraine to Bishop Gregori? If you would like the money to go elsewhere, then please let me know. Thanks.

HOLY CROSS:  There will be a showcase of the work done in Holy Cross during their mission week and during their year of mission, in the school hall on Thursday 4th. April 3-4pm. You are invited to go along and see how the young people live out the Catholic Faith in their daily lives.

HOLY CROSS: We welcome the Head Teacher and students at Mass today to speak to us about the forthcoming Mission and how the Catholic Faith is lived by young people today as opposed to how we older people see our Faith. These people are the church of the future, and we might have to eat humble pie and learn a little from each other as we prepare for Synod.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS:  Try and meditate on ONE Station a day if you can. If you have not started yet, it is not too late.

DAILY MASS: It was nice to see a few more at weekday Mass. I realise that younger parishioners are at work, and so it rests on the older ones who have the time to come and pray for the Parish and for the wider Church. The Mass is the greatest of all prayers during which we listen to the Lord and feed on his Body and Blood; a good start to any day.

EVANGELISATION:  Please continue to encourage your families and friends who have left the Church to come back. We will welcome them just as Jesus did with the Prodigal Son. We can't guarantee new sandals, new clothes or rings, but we can guarantee a warm welcome. Give it a try!!

ST. JOSEPH'S DAY: We had a School Mass with some of our parishioners present as well. The children read very well indeed,as they usually do, and they were very well behaved. Thanks to Jane for preparing the Mass and to the children.

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

Email: moorlandsanctuary@gmail.com

Dcn. Simon Gilbertson - 01254 832 031  

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

Lent 3 Year C   ,  24th. March 2019

3rd. Sunday of Lent  

Remember your daily Rosary






Oculi mei semper ad Dominum...     


Sick & Housebound



Anointing / Forgiveness



Fr. Frederick Rose, Fr. Anthony Fleming, Fr. Austin Smith, cp., Olwyn Kirshaw, Margaret Croysdale, Les Wayne, Geraldine Diesner, Stanley Blackburn, Heiner Kramp, Muriel Crowther, Nellie Turner, Margaret Powell, Alfred Doran, Harry Rawlings, Helen Steed, Mildred Kelly, Patrick Matthews, Theresa Molyneux, Thomas Carrington, William Clitheroe.

Fr. John Daulman, Philip Rushton, Ian Davies, Madeleine Shaw, Zac Aratoon, Ann Beconnsall, Rita Maher, David Mahon, Kathleen Mee and others.

Next Week:  George Ward

Today: Sarah Jane Holmes

“Second chances”