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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: What is going on? We had last Sunday the story of the first two disciples joining Jesus. One of them was Andrew, the other unnamed. Now we get another story, in another place, of other first disciples being called. So the Church underlines, two weeks running, the importance of Jesus' new community. The first thing he does is call disciples. He can't do everything on his own, and that is the point of the Church. He calls disciples to make a new people, a new Israel – old, young, middle-aged: we all have our part to fill in Jesus' play. Tired old people, busy parents, lively youngsters:  each of us can make a unique contribution, especially as Jesus has chosen us himself. An odd choice some of us! What did he want ME to do in the new family of Jesus? The two different versions of the calling of the disciples shows that at least two different people told this story. When two people tell the same story there are bound to be variations. The place didn't matter, or the order in which the disciples were called. The point of the story was the call, the response and the companionship; the working together with the Lord.  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

GOSPEL LESSON: Do you enjoy more being on your own or linking up with others? What is Jesus calling you to do?  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

WEEKLY PONDER: Through Baptism we are part of the “Called Ones.” So we are “Fishers of Men” to others by our lives, just as the first Disciples were in their time.

SAINT THIS WEEK: Saturday is the feast of St. Angela Merici . Angela was the founder of the Ursuline nuns. Born near Lake Garda, Italy, she was an orphan. She became a Franciscan tertiary and devoted herself with several companions to the education of poor girls. In 1535 they dedicated themselves under the patronage of St. Ursula, but did not take any vows and wore lay clothes. The formal organisation of this sisterhood into a Congregation came only in 1565, as the Church authorities were not prepared to approve, until then, Angela's novel concept of unenclosed and mobile religious sisters.  (Archdiocesan Ordo)

WEEKLY BIBLE: So do not fear, for I am with you: do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you: I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  (Isaiah 41:10)

MINUTE MEDITATION: Prayer is the bridge between our conscious and unconscious lives. Often there is a large abyss between our thoughts, words and actions, and the many images that emerge in our daydreams and night dreams. To pray is to connect these two sides of our lives by going to the place where God dwells. Prayer is 'soul work' because our souls are those sacred centres where all is one and where God is with us in the most intimate way. Thus we must pray without ceasing so that we can become truly whole and holy.  (Henri Nouwen)

SAINTLY GEMS: The holy will of God and perfect obedience in all things have always been my consolation, and I hope that it may still be so at the hour of my death.  (Blessed Peter Donders)

JUST A THOUGHT: To me nothing is so consoling, so piercing, so thrilling, so overcoming, as the Mass....It is not a mere form of words  -  it is a great action; the greatest action that can be on earth.  (Blessed John Henry Newman)

YOUCAT:  (Question 295)  What is conscience? Conscience is the inner voice in a man that moves him to do good under any circumstances and to avoid evil by all means. At the same time it is the ability to distinguish the one from the other. In the conscience God speaks to man.

CHRISTIAN UNITY SERVICE:  Here this afternoon at 3.00pm. Please try and come for this important annual Service (half an hour) and stay for a cup of tea/coffee. Those who want to get on with each other will do so, despite differences in the understanding of the same God and Father. We can all learn from each other. No one Denomination has all the answers.

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT:  I am rather pleased that we have had to put it to next Sunday because Pope Francis is visiting the Ukrainian Basilica of Santa Sofia in Rome to pray with the Ukrainian Community and to show solidarity with them as they suffer from war with the Russians in some parts of their beautiful Country. We can join in prayer with the Ukrainian people, thinking especially of Bishop Gregori and the people of his Diocese.

CAKE RAFFLE:  Raised £45 last Sunday. Thanks to John and Kath Hodgson.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS:  During Lent, Stations will be on Sundays at 3.00pm. in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament exposed. Stations will be 25th. February, 4th., 11th., 18th., 25th. March.

CONFESSIONS IN LENT:  Saturdays 3rd., 10th., 17th., 24th. March from noon until 12.30pm.

MASS TIME CHANGE:  On Sunday, 18th. February Mass will be at NINE FIFTEEN. No 10.00am. Mass

ANDERTON ST. JOSEPH'S:  Dean Marsden begins his extra duties there this weekend. Fr O'Shea moves on to Wigan. Perhaps we could remember both priests in our prayers.

Meanwhile Fr. Patsy Foley is looking after Chad's and Bede's; A great help indeed.

SNOW AND ICE:  We will be keeping our eyes on the weather forecast. There may be a need to close the car park if conditions are deemed unacceptable for vehicles. Elderly people may also be advised to stay at home through our Parish Communication System.

200 CLUB:  Subscriptions are now due. Please pay Anne or Mary.  There are some empty numbers if you want to take on another or know somebody who may be interested.

KILTEGAN MISSIONARY SECOND COLLECTION:  This will be on Sunday 4th. February.

CRIB OFFERINGS: Last two weeks for the Archdiocesan Social Services  (Nugent Care)

ORLANDO A. BATTISTA:  An error does not become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.

REALISE:  Realise deeply that the present moment is all you ever have.  (Eckhart Tolle)

ST. JOHN VIANNEY:  When Our Lord sees pure souls coming eagerly to visit him in the Blessed Sacrament, he smiles on them. They come with that simplicity that pleases him so much.

WEEKLY PRAYER: Lord God of the wilderness and city, you call men and women in every age to follow in the footsteps of your Son. Keep all disciples faithful to the Gospel in the walk of life to which you have appointed them.  (Magnificat)

CHORLEY FOOD BANK:  Chorley are desperate for food. Can we have a big effort next weekend? Children are starving!!

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

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Fr. Peter Charles Crowther, obl.sbso

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Catechist: Jane Gilbertson, B.Ed. (Hons), B.Sc. (Hort)  

Week 3 Year B , 21th. January 2018

Hand in hand with Jesus

3rd. Sunday after Epiphany      Christian Unity Week





Adorate Deum, omnes Angeli ejus


Sick & Housebound



Anointing / Forgiveness



 “Fishers of men.”

Fr. Brian Coakley,  Fr. Anthony Foy, cssr., Fr. Fred Matthews, smm., Mary Jane Fisher, Jack Wiggins, Jim McGuire, Kathleen Ryan, Don Longton, Michael Marsden, Harry Foulkes, Ray Lilley, Betty Cardy, Emma Gerard, Robert Robinson, Alice Smith, George Worden, John McKeown, Helen Smith, John Morgan.

Fr. Michael O'Neil, mhm.,  Philip Rushton,  Ian Davies, Madeleine Shaw, Philip Holmes, Zac Aratoon, Ann Beconnsall, Rita Maher, David Mahon, Grace Pulle, Kathleen Mee, Mark Woodcock and others.

Next week:   

Reader: Dermot Walmsley

Universal Prayer:  Evie Walmsley


Reader: Kate Perkins

Universal Prayer: Elizabeth Duke