YOUCAT: (Question 431) Is it permissible to use tax dodges?? Inventiveness in dealing with complex systems of taxation is morally unobjectionable. It is immoral to evade taxes or to commit tax fraud, in other words, to falsify, fail to report, or conceal facts so as to prevent a correct assessment of taxes due.
THE POPE: The kingdoms of this world at times are sustained by arrogance, rivalries and oppression; the reign of Christ is a “kingdom of justice, love and peace.” for a Christian, speaking of power and strength means referring to the power of the cross and the strength of Jesus' love: a love which remains steadfast and complete.
SAINT THIS WEEK: Monday is the feast of St. Columbanus. He was born about 543 and died in 615. Well educated and desiring to be a 'pilgrim of God' Columban travelled France and founded several monasteries as centres of religion and culture. On his return to Ireland, a shipwreck directed him towards Rome and the final foundation of a monastery at Bobbio in Italy. (Diocesan Ordo)
WEEKLY BIBLE: Guard the treasure that was committed to you through the Holy Spirit who lives in us. (2 Timothy 1:14)
MEDITATION: As a born again believer in Jesus Christ, you have the Holy Spirit of God living on the inside of you. Because He's already inside you that means that you have a direct line access directly to God Himself. Think about what an amazing blessing that is, to be directly connected to the infinite, all knowing Creator of the entire universe! Tap into that connection. God has blessings especially for you waiting to be received. (NewCREEations)
SAINTLY GEMS: Lord, on my own I can do nothing, and even if I could I would not want to, for I desire nothing save that Your will be done in me, over me and around me. (Blessed Maria Teresa of Jesus)
Do not grieve if you do not at once receive from God that which you ask. He wishes to benefit you still more by making you persist longer in your patient prayer before Him. For what can be higher than to address one's converse to God and be in communion with Him? (St. Nilus of Sinai)
It is by the path of love, which is charity, that God draws near to man, and man to God. But where charity is not found, God cannot dwell. If, then, we possess charity, we possess God, 'for God is charity.' (St. Albert the Great)
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Marriage is a structure that helps us become better people together than we would have been on our own, and that leads us to see possibilities in our relationship with God. (Chris Padgett)
God will always lovingly wait. (Chris Padgett)
Catholic Christians are called to proclaim joyfully and with hope, by words and deeds, the treasure of our ever-
CHURCH IN CRISIS: Yes, the Church is in a bad way. However, it has been in the past, and there will be future crises. It is at such times that we should grow even closer to the Lord; not abandon Him!
NEXT SUNDAY: We begin the Holy Season of Advent when we remember once again the time when God became one of us to save us from ourselves. I will bless the Advent Wreath as usual. There will be Exposition on each of the Advent Sundays from 2 – 4pm. Just go on to Stream. Christmas will be more simple this year, but is that really a bad thing? I think not.
CHRISTMAS FOR KIDS: I must continue to thank the school parents who have been bringing in some wonderful toys and books for other children at Christmas. We will take more if you have more!!
CHORLEY FOOD BANK: Please leave any food outside the church door; I am in and out of church lots of times in the day!
OUR CHURCH SERVICES: Just go on the Website. We will resume Car Park Holy Communion as soon as possible. I cannot say whether the church will be open for Christmas. If it is it will be very restricted numbers and Application only. We are all dependent on Government Regulations. I will do my best to cater for everybody. Streaming and Car Park Holy Communion have been a Godsend (literally!)
PLASTIC BOX: There is a Plastic Box outside the church door containing Advent Calendars and Newsletters. Please come and take a Newsletter and an Advent Calendar (small donation; throw it in the box!) Offertory Envelopes can also be left in the Box. Sincere thanks as ever.
SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME 2020: If you were part of the 2020 Programme and have not yet made your First Holy Communion and wish to do so, go to any church that is open for Mass after 2nd. December, and receive Our Blessed Lord. It is as simple as that!! Let us know and we will present you with a Certificate.
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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Please pray for Pope Francis, Benedict XVI and Archbishop Malcolm McMahon
Liverpool Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool Reg. Char. 232709
GOD'S GREATEST POWER IS THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS
KEEP WELL KEEP SAFE WASH YOUR HANDS REGULARLY
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!
Fr. Peter Charles Crowther, obl.sbso
01254 830 995
Parish Administrator and Catechist: Jane Gilbertson, B.Ed. (Hons), B.Sc. (Hort), CTC.
Ordinary Week 34 A , 22nd November 2020
Christ the King Last Sunday after Pentecost
Hand in hand w1ith Jesus Remember your daily Rosary
Dicit dominus; Ego cogito cogitationes pacis
Sick & Housebound
Anointing / Forgiveness
Mgr. William Dalton, Fr. Arthur Mulcahey, Mgr. Canon Denis McDonnell, Mgr. Martin Molyneux, Fr. Bernard Hearty, John Cheetham, Gillian Creek, Jimmy Stocks, Josie Ford, Irene Beckwith, Winifred Bentley, Derek Harwood, Ada Bagshaw, William Henry Parker, Mary Corrigan, Alphonsus Oxendale, Elsie Fisher, Christopher Bolton, Robert Roberts, Tommy Boon, Harold Treadwell, Rita Carty, Eileen Sherrington, John Nolan, Frank Hitchin, Josie Lee, Madge Phillipson.
Fr. John Daulman, Philip Rushton, Ian Davies, Anne Beconnsall, Rita Maher, Kathleen Mee, Rachel Mason, Eamon Neary, Nora Griffin and any others who are sick.
Fr. Desmond Power
“In all His Glory”