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TODAY'S MASS: Three times in Mark's Gospel Jesus formally tells his disciples about his coming Passion, and each time they seem entirely deaf to it. So each time Jesus counters their misunderstanding by repeating the need for a disciple to follow him in suffering. Today's reading begins just after the third prophecy, and true to form,  the Sons of Zebedee reply with a request for the best seats at the banquet of the Kingdom! Matthew in his Gospel spares the two disciples by putting the request in their poor mother's mouth; only in a second exchange with Jesus do they woodenly  accept to share Jesus' 'cup' and 'baptism'. Do they really know what they are accepting, or do the just blithely agree and answer 'Yes' to Jesus' question about sharing the same 'cup' as their 'Master?' The indignation of the other disciples prompts Jesus to deliver his clearest statement in words that authority in the Church should be regarded as service. His clearest statement in action about service is the smelly business of washing the travel-gnarled feet of his disciples at his last meal with them.

(Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

WEEKLY PONDER: How does Jesus envisage leadership in the Church? How may we all live better lives of service? (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: As such, ambition is not quite neutral. We are called to be ambitious, that is, to use our gifts, to inhabit our strengths, to be of real service. St. Paul says, “Be ambitious for the higher gifts.” It is not that ambition as such is harmful; however, in the common experience, ambition can be destructively egocentric and based on distorted motivation.  

(Fr. Kieran O'Mahony, osa)

PRAYER: Set our hearts free, O Lord, that we may desire what you desire and love what you love.  (Fr. Kieran, osa)

MASS READINGS:   1st  Reading Isaiah 53: My servant, the just one, shall justify the many; their iniquity he shall bear.

                                                       2nd. Reading Hebrews 4: We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our  weaknesses, but one who has been similarly  tested in every way.

                                                       3rd. Reading Mark 10: Jesus said, “For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many.          

THE POPE: The way of service is the most effective antidote against the disease of seeking first place...Therefore as disciples of Christ, let us receive this Gospel passage as a call to conversion, in order to witness with courage and generosity a Church that bows at the feet of the least, in order to serve them with love and simplicity.

FR. MARK HAYDU, LC:   It's good to pause and reflect on this Jesus who calls us to follow him. He preached like no one before or since.  

PIOUS LISTS:  Please start leaving them in the purple box at the back of the church. Masses in Gift Aid Envelopes if possible, otherwise in ordinary envelopes with 'Pious List' written on them. Thank you.         

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:   A virtue is a reaction born of repeated actions in the face of life's trials.   (Carrie Gress)

                                                                    Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant, count as nothing.   (Carrie Gress)

                                                                    You can't be a good egg all your life; you either have to hatch or go bad.  (Fr. Ralph Pfau)

                                                                    There are times in our lives when we  desperately need to feel the touch of kindness. And

                                          there are times when what we need more than anything else is to extend this beautiful

                                          kindness to another.  (Matthew Kelly)

                                                                      Having humility is not simply denying one's accomplishments, but recognizing  what is true

                                          about ourselves.   (Carrie Gress)

SAINTLY GEMS: Bearing the image of God in ourselves, all of us are consequently the image of each other. Together we constitute the image of one portrait, that of God.  (St. Francis de Sales)

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible to do.  (Pope St. John XXIII)

SACRED SCRIPTURE: Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of  our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever.  ( 2 Peter 3:17-18)                                                                                   


GATES:  Thanks to Tom Livesey for giving us a new set of gates for the top of the presbytery drive, and to Jim Berry for erecting them last weekend.  I am very grateful.

HALF TERM:  It seems to have been a long few weeks since school started, so I am sure everybody will be looking forward to Half-term which begins on Thursday evening 21st.  October. School returns on 1st. November.  Thank You. Enjoy!!

PIOUS LISTS: Remember your Pious Lists and if possible place Mass Stipends in Gift Aid Envelopes. Thank You.

COVID:  My reliable source tells me that C19 numbers are going up in the Chorley area all the time. I was saying the noon Mass at St. Mary's last Tuesday because Fr. Marsden had Archdiocesan business in Liverpool. I was amazed at the small number of people wearing masks on the busiest Market Day of the week. Schools are also being hit. Please be careful and use some common sense. Masks, Social Distancing  and washing of hands. Perhaps some of you are still not happy about returning to Mass. No problem. Car Park Holy Communion is still available .

HENRI NOUWEN:  I am increasingly convinced that it is possible to live the wounds of the past not as gaping abysses that cannot be fulfilled and, therefore, keep threatening us as gateways to new life. The 'gateless gate' of Zen and the 'healing wounds of Christ' both encourage us to detach ourselves from the past and trust in the glory to which we are called.

YEAR OF ST. JOSEPH AND SYNODS: The results of our Synod will be announced on Advent 1. The rest of the world has only just started a two year process which was opened in Rome last Sunday. The operative word seems to be 'Listen.' People tend to have too much to say and love the sound of their own voices. Cardinal Tagle says that we should adopt St. Joseph as a good example of  Synodality. He said nothing but guided Jesus and Mary through their lives. “Let us listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying to the churches” and not expect the Holy Spirit to be ordered about by us. Pope St. John XXIII said that Doctrines don't change; they are interpreted through the ages and hence Councils and the Church always surviving. The Spirit breathes where He wants, gently!! The wise man is known by the fewness of his words!

HOLY COMMUNION INTENTIONS:  Archbishop Fulton Sheen used to remind people not to 'waste' their Holy Communions, meaning that you can offer every Holy Communion up for a specific Intention. People often ask us to pray for them. This is the perfect time when you receive Our Blessed Lord.

TESS AINSWORTH'S FAMILY:  Donations collected at her Funeral came to £200 which they very kindly donated to the Parish. Thank You!!

THE HOLY ROSARY:  I often get the impression that both the Church and the World are in a bad way!  The Rosary said each day by as many people as possible worldwide, will be the salvation of both. Please say the Rosary every day.

PIOUS LISTS:  I know I have already mentioned them. This is a reminder!!!

ADVENT CALENDARS:  We have had many left over in previous years. So if you want a Calendar will you place your Order with Jane asap, unless you wish to buy elsewhere. Thank You.

MASS ATTENDANCE:  Please try and come to Sunday Mass yourself and encourage others. If you are not happy because of Covid numbers going up in the Chorley area, then watch the Stream and come for Holy Communion at 11.00am. I also visit the Sick for Doorstep Holy Communion.

CONFIRMATION: I am hearing that this is being administered at St. Gregory's on 3rd. November and at St. Mary's on 4th. November. Holy Cross are contacting Candidates directly.

COP 26:  Is there anything you can do individually to help Climate Change and respect Creation?

BAPTISMS:  From 5th. December, Baptisms will be on Sundays at noon.  Maximum number present will be 30.

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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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!

Lately Deceased

Fr. Peter Charles Crowther, obl.sbso

01254 830 995

Email: moorlandsanctuary@rcaol.org.uk  

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

Week 29B  ,  17th. October 2021

21st. Sunday after Pentecost      

Hand in hand w1ith Jesus         Remember your daily Rosary






In voluntate tua, Domine...


Sick & Housebound



Anointing / Forgiveness



Fr. David Morland osb., Canon Joseph D'Arcy, Dcn. Gerard Holmes, Fr. Kevin Walsh, Fr. Alan Devaney, Fr. Martin Brogan, Sylvia Farrell, Nellie Clegg, Veronica Bennett, Christine Cocker, Stephen Barlow, Ann Clitheroe, Catherine Mallon, Bill Coxhead, Betty McAulay, Mary Connolly, Vincent Wyse, Edward Neary, George Holt, Ann Quinn, Cliff Jones ,Agnes Mee, Maurice Richmond, Dorothea Richmond, Neil Shaw, Sylvia Farrell, David Walmsley.

Fr, Bernard Jackson, Fr. Barry McAllister, Fr. Casian Dickie osb., Fr. John Daulman, Philip Rushton, Ian Davies, Ann Beconnsall, Kathleen Mee, Rachel Mason, and others.

Next Week:   




Eamon Neary

“Can you drink the cup?”

  Josep  Lluis Martinez I Picanyol