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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: Palm Sunday is both joyful and sad at the same time. It is the triumphant entry of the Messiah as King into his holy city. The crowds were celebrating and singing the psalm for the festival as they entered the city, not knowing in fact that they were welcoming the Messiah who  ushers in the Kingship of God. Often in Mark, the actors in the story do not realise the full significance of their actions as when the Roman soldiers later mock Jesus as king, not knowing that that is what he truly is. As Christians we believe that the Kingship of God was brought to fulfilment by the death and resurrection of Jesus. The drama, which begins with this entry into Jerusalem, ends with the story of the empty tomb. John tells us that it was only afterwards when Jesus had risen from the dead, that the disciples realised the significance of the event. The resurrection at last made sense of everything, showing everything in a new light. John also tells us that this was the humble king of the prophecy, riding not on a triumphant war-horse but on a humble donkey.  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

GOSPEL LESSON: Jesus' obedience to the Father and Judas' betrayal present opposite poles of the divine-human relationship. For Jesus' obedience reveals the fullness of divine love, while Judas' betrayal reveals the depths of humanity's sinfulness and self-love. (CNS)

WEEKLY PONDER: During this Holy Week, use your imagination in trying to journey with Jesus from the Upper Room to Calvary. Perhaps a few thoughts each day throughout the Week. “Because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.”

STATIONS OF THE CROSS:  Today at 3.00pm. In the presence of the Blessed Sacrament exposed. (The Bread of the Presence. The Lord among us).

YOUCAT: (Question 303) What does it mean to have fortitude?  Someone who practises fortitude perseveres in his commitment to the good, once he has recognised it, even if in the extreme case, he must sacrifice even his own life for it.

THE POPE: The Pope has opened the pre-Synodal Meeting on Youth and has stated that the Youth must be taken seriously. He cited examples of  God speaking through young people like Samuel, David and Daniel. He told those present that the Church needs them. “You have been invited as the representatives of the young people of the world because your contribution is indispensible,” he said. This is because the upcoming Synod is also, “An appeal to the Church to rediscover a renewed youthful dynamism.”

MINUTE MEDITATION: He, God, loves us always, in spite of our failures, and He want to make us into the image of His Son. For this He has called you. Don't give up.  (K.P. Yohannan)

WEEKLY BIBLE: The Jews demand miracles and the Greeks look for wisdom, but we are preaching a crucified Christ; to the Jews an obstacle that they cannot get over, to the pagans madness, but to those who have been called, whether they are Jews or Greeks, a Christ who is the power and the wisdom of God.  ( 1Corinthans 1:22-24 )

WEEKLY PRAYER: God of wilderness and water, your Son was baptised and tempted as we are. Guide us through this season, that we may not avoid struggle, but open ourselves to blessing, through the cleansing depths of repentance and the heaven-rending words of the Spirit.  (GFA World)

SAINTLY GEMS: Therefore, let us love and embrace penance with all our heart, because while it is a just reparation for the past it is also a guard against falling again, and a useful means to increase our merits before God.  (St. Joseph Marello)

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 )

Thus a true sacrifice is every work which is done that we may be united to God in holy fellowship, and which has a reference to that supreme good and end in which alone we can be truly blessed.  ( St. Augustine )

Charity is the only answer to all social problems.  ( Blessed Juan Nepomuceno Zegri)

LENTEN THOUGHTS: O Lord, make this Lenten season different from the other ones. Let me find you again. Amen.  (Henri Nouwen)

Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy.  (Pope Francis)

Lent stimulates us to let the Word of God penetrate our life and in this way to know the fundamental truth: who we are, where we come from, where we must go, what path we must take in life....(Benedict XVI)

Nothing, how little so ever it be, if it is suffered for God's sake, can pass without merit in the sight of God.  (Thomas a Kempis)

REMINDER OF SACRED TRIDUUM SERVICES:  Holy Week Monday through Thursday: 7.00pm. (Thursday Watching)

Good Friday: Stations at 10.00am. followed by the Walk of Witness from Hillside at 11.00am. Liturgy of the Passion and Holy Communion at 2.30pm.  Holy Saturday: Service of Light, Proclamation of Easter and First Mass of Easter at 5.30pm.

Easter Sunday:  Family Mass at 10.00am.

Easter Week:  Mass at 9.30am. Monday through Thursday.


 SCHOOL BREAKS: On Wednesday at 2.00pm. after the usual Assembly at 1.15pm. to which all are invited.

UP, UP AND AWAY: Easter is a wonderful time to up sticks and go away on holiday. If you are doing that, then please have a lovely time (not forgetting Easter Sunday Mass), keep safe and look out for each other.  

GOOD FRIDAY:  Is a day of Fast and Abstinence. No meat and only one full meal if you can.  

PAPAL PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR APRIL:  Universal: For those who have responsibility in economic matters.

That economists may have the courage to reject any economy of exclusion and know how to open new paths.

ST. BENEDICT: “Prayer ought to be short and pure, unless it be prolonged by the inspiration of Divine Grace.”

CHORLEY HOSPITAL:  If you are going into hospital or know somebody who is, please inform the Chaplain Canon Stanley at Harpers Lane. Data Protection no longer allows priests to go around Wards asking questions of patients as to their religious persuasion.

SINCERE THANKS: For all the Easter Eggs, food and clothing. We took lots of good quality clothing and toys to the Preston Refuge last Wednesday.  The school parents have been wonderful in this regard, as well as you the Parishioners. Thank you all very much.

HOLY WEEK READERS:  Thanks to the people who have accepted the invitation to read during this the most important week of the Liturgical Year. I have put a list up at the back just to jog people's memories!!

G.K. CHESTERTON: “We do not want a church that moves with the world. We want a Church that moves the world.”

ANIMATE YOUTH MASS:  Tonight at St. Gregory's at 6.30pm. All are welcome.

HOLY WEEK SERVICES: Please try to come to as many of the Services as you can. Now that the clocks have gone forward, perhaps we can have a few more at the 7.00pm. Mass.

SERVICES OF SORROW:   Today: St Gregory at 3.00pm.                 Monday: Sacred Heart at 7.00pm.

                                              Tuesday:  St. Mary at 7.00pm.

COLLECTION: Last Sunday's Second Collection was postponed because of small numbers due to bad weather. We can have it in May just before Fr. Marsden goes to the Ukraine.

CHORLEY FOOD BANK: Usually closes this TUESDAY for Easter. Please bring any extras to church tomorrow, Holy Week Monday.  Thanks.

GOOD FRIDAY:  There will be a Collection after Communion for the Holy Places.

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

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

Holy Week Year B  , 25th. March 2018

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 “Hosanna in the highest ”

Fr. Anthony Fleming, Mother Angelica (ewtn), 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, Maureen Gerard, Tom Hodgson.

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

Next Week:

Reader: Children

Universal Prayer:  Children


Reader: David Southworth

Universal Prayer:  Elizabeth Duke

Margaret Winrow, Richard Jennison