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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: Year C is the year of Luke's gospel, but we start with this reading from John which recounts the symbolic beginning of Jesus' ministry. It is full of riches. After the first reading from Isaiah it is impossible not to see this 'sign' (as John calls it) as a sign of that  final wedding-feast of God and his people. Furthermore, in Jewish thought,  water represents the Law: in an arid land, water is the sign of life and is precious  -  just so, the Law of God is precious and gives life. Jesus transforms this water of the Law into the wine of the New Covenant  -  and in such generous quantities: over one hundred gallons of wine!! Then there is Mary's part: Jesus says his Hour has not yet come (and the reader knows that the Hour of Jesus will be the moment of his exaltation at the Cross and Resurrection), but Mary's confident plea is a reminder to us of the power of her intercession. She will be mentioned no more in this gospel till she is present at the Cross, sharing the passion of her Son and joined to the Beloved disciple to form the first Christian community.  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

GOSPEL LESSON: Jesus gave the wedding guests more than enough wine; in other words he will never be outdone in generosity. However, when we ask of the Lord, we should always add words like: 'As you wish Lord.'

WEEKLY PONDER:  Why did Jesus choose to do this as his first miracle?  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

SAINT OF THE WEEK: The Conversion of Paul the Apostle whose feast we keep on Friday, was, according to the New Testament, an event in the life of Paul the Apostle that led him to cease persecuting early Christians, and to become a follower of Jesus. It is normally dated by researchers to AD 33-36.  (Archdiocesan Ordo)

YOUCAT:  (Question 337) How are we saved? No man can save himself. Christians believe that they are saved by God, who for this purpose sent his Son Jesus Christ into the world. For us, salvation means that we are freed by the Holy Spirit from the power of sin and have been brought back from the realm of death to a life without end; a life in God's presence.

THE POPE: “Don't let the sufferings you see frighten you. Place them before the Crucifix and the Eucharist from which we draw patient and compassionate love.”  “The Spirit of God speaks freely to each person through feelings and thoughts. The Spirit cannot be confined with simple reasoning, but must be welcomed with the heart.”

SAINTLY GEMS: Judge nothing before the time until the Lord comes, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the heart.  (St. Vitalis of Gaza)

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)

The most important work that a spiritual wrestler can do is to enter within the heart, there to fight Satan, to hate and repel the thoughts that he inspires, and to wage war upon him.  (St. Macarius of Egypt)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Your head will tell you everything that society has conditioned you to think, but God touches your heart. When you listen to your heart, you will hear God's voice.  (Fr. Richard J. Hauser, sj)

We must ask ourselves how God is calling us to love and serve Him and his  people. (Fr. Richard J. Hauser, sj)

When you are shown your weaknesses, take heart and trust in God's strength. (Matthew Kelly)

Regardless of the best plan you can put together for yourself with the greatest of your imagination, God has something much greater planned. If only you will surrender.  (Matthew Kelly)

UNITY SERVICE: Friday at St. Gregory's – 7.00pm.

SYNOD 2020:  Service of  “Sending out of the Synod Members” by the Archbishop on Sunday 3rd. February at the cathedral in Liverpool. There is an open invitation to all people of the Archdiocese to attend if they so wish.

LET'S MEDITATE: Often I am like a small boat on the ocean, completely at the mercy of its waves. All the time and energy I spend in keeping some kind of balance and preventing myself from being tipped over and drowning shows that my life is mostly a struggle for survival: not a holy struggle, but an anxious struggle resulting from the mistaken idea that it is the world that defines me. As long as we belong to this world, we will remain subject to its competitive ways and expect to be rewarded for all the good we do. But when we belong to God, who loves us without conditions, we can live as he does. The great conversion called for by Jesus is to be moved from belonging to the world to belonging to God.  (Henri Nouwen)

WEEKLY BIBLE: The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?   (Psalm 27)

WEEKLY PRAYER: Father, we ask you to come to us from heaven and surround us with your goodness and mercy, with your light and life. We are weak, poor and lost just when we need to stand firm and hold on. But you are faithful. You stay by us and help us. Continue to help and sustain us, we pray. Do not let our lives be lived in vain. May something of eternity be with us in all we have to face in life, so that over and over again we may find courage to start anew. (Christophe Friedrich Blumhardt)

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME: Today. Parishioners are asked to leave the church quickly and quietly so that the Programme can commence without delay.

WHITE FLOWER APPEAL:  Donations will be gratefully received. Take a 'white flower' if you wish. Thanks.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  Holy Mass on Sunday 17th. February will be at 9.15am. Put it in your diaries.

200 CLUB:  Those of you who read the Newsletter are probably members anyway, but if not, please consider joining. You may have friends and relatives who would like to join? See Anne or Mary.

THE CRIB: The Magi have now returned home 'by a different route!' The animals are keeping the Holy Family company. Please be kind enough to support Nugent Care between now and 3rd. February by placing donations in the Crib Offerings basket.

NEW YEAR RESOLUTION:  As I mentioned before; take it one day at a time.

HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY:  Service at the Cenotaph, Chorley, this Saturday at 11.00am. Then to the Town Hall.

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.

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Today: Sarah Jane Holmes

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