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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:  This is the beginning of Jesus' ministry. Matthew first introduces us to Galilee, characteristically quoting the Scriptures to show that they are being fulfilled, and in what way. Galilee is called 'Galilee of the gentiles only in this passage, and the presence of the gentiles was not a particularly notable feature of Galilee. Archaeology shows that Jewish observance was strong in the region. Contemporary literature indicates that there was a lively tradition of prayerful charismatic rabbis with a warm devotion to the Lord. Jesus begins his ministry by proclaiming the immence of the Kingdom of God, and this will be the subject of  all his activity. Then he begins to form the new Israel by calling his team together. The Christian imagination tends to combine this scene with the scene of the Baptist in the Jordan Valley in the Gospel of John, which suggests that at least Peter and Andrew among the disciples had already some knowledge of Jesus. But today's narrative must be heard on its own, and the staggering factor is that this is the first time at any rate the sons of Zebedee have set eyes on Jesus. As he passes by, Jesus calls them,  and such is the electrifying power of his charismatic personality that they simply drop everything and follow this total stranger  -  immediately, as the evangelist stresses each time.   (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

TODAY'S HYMN:           Dear Lord and Father of Mankind   (John Greenleaf Whittier 1807-92)


                                             Dear Lord and Father of mankind,                                   In simple trust like theirs who heard

                                             forgive our foolish ways!                                                   beside the Syrian sea,

                                             Reclothe us in our rightful mind,                                       the gracious callling of the Lord,

                                             In purer lives thy service find,                                           let us, like them, without a word,

                                             in deeper reverence praise,                                              rise up and follow thee,

                                              in deeper reverence praise                                              rise up and follow thee.

SAINTS THIS WEEK:  St. Angela Merici founded the Ursuline Nuns and lived  1474-1540.  St. Thomas Aquinas was born in Italy about 1225. He joined the Dominicans and lectured and studied between Paris and Italy.  St. John Bosco founded the Salesian Order, one of many Orders which provided teachers for the poor and less fortunate. He was born in Italy 1815 and died in 1888.  (Liverpool Ordo)


 FOOD FOR THOUGHT:  None of us can know the future. It's one of the reasons why Jesus tells us not to have anxiety about the future. It's futile, because we can't ever know it.  (Fr. Mike Schmitz)

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME:  Next Sunday. However, you must come to Mass at 10.00am. Considering the number of baptised Catholics who attend our school, our Sunday Mass attendance could be much, much better!! Parents and Guardians are asked to try and take the Baptismal Promises they made seriously and bring the children to Holy Mass. Thank you.

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@rcaol.org.uk  

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

Week 3 Year A    , 26th. January 2020

3rd. Sunday after Epiphany           Word of God Sunday              

 Hand in hand with Jesus         Remember your daily Rosary






Omnis terra adoret te, Deus....           


Sick & Housebound



Anointing / Forgiveness



Fr. Kevin Finn, Fr. Eugene Daly, Fr. Wilfrid Patrick Flynn, Fr. Michael McPake, svd., Fr. Peter Nicholson, Fr. Dermot O'Donoghue, Mgr. Sidney Breen, Fr. George Robson, Fr. Kevin Snape, Archbishop Derek Worlock, Emma Gerard, Robert Robinson, Alice Smith, George Worden, John McKeown, Helen Smith, John Morgan, Winston Wrennall, Linda Neild, Alban Trencher, Dorothy Thompson, Frederick Bolton, Brian Smith, Jack Haydock, Raymond Matthews, Lillian Beresford, Elaine Kerrigan, Terry Quinn, Herbert Trencher, Robert Woolridge, Catherine Kelly, Margaret McDonagh, Esther Grime, John Miller, Eileen Jones, Jack Walsh, Paul Wallace, Frances Wilson, Francis Miller, Stephen Yates, Bill Hurst. Teresa Vernon.

Fr. John Daulman, Philip Rushton, Ian Davies, Madeleine Shaw, Ann Beconnsall, Rita Maher, David Mahon, Kathleen Mee, Barry Winstanley, Rachel Mason, Jean Dawson and others.

Next Week:   Kate Perkins


Next Week:  Annie Rose and Eliza Perkins

Today:  Elizabeth Duke


Today: Joshua and Alice Gardner

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