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TODAY'S MASS: The first Sunday Gospel of the Year (and the liturgical year begins in Advent) is also in a way the last gospel of the previous year. It comes at the end of Jesus' ministry, when he is preparing his disciples for their own ministry in succession to him. Jesus is speaking to them on the Mount of Olives looking down on the white city of Jerusalem, glittering in the sunshine. The city is soon to be destroyed by the Romans, with dreadful horrors of famine, massacre, burnings and executions. This is seen as a foretaste of the end of the world when Jesus, the son of Man, comes to save his people. We do not know when this will happen, and, more importantly,  when it will happen for us, when we will meet the Son of Man  and be judged and saved by him. But our Christian faith is a guarantee that it will be a moment of God's mercy, whenever it occurs. We must look forward to it and have it ever present before our mind. But we would be fooling ourselves if we think there are no struggles and trials and hardships to be undergone on the way. Why is the passage appointed for the First Sunday of Advent the turning-point between the years? Because the Birth of Jesus at Christmas, for which we are beginning to prepare, is a significant move towards the fulfilment of the promises of salvation, the coming of Christ as a baby; with all the budding potential of a baby.  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)     

WEEKLY PONDER: What does Jesus really mean by these prophecies of catastrophic turmoil in the universe? How does Jesus want us to face turmoil and troubles in life?  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:   If you were to wish people a happy new year today, they would in all probability find it awkward. Nevertheless, we do start a new Christian year with the Season of Advent. The different seasons remind us of important aspects of being a Christian, one of which is the conviction that we can always begin again and start anew. Last Sunday we looked back. This Sunday we look forward. What are my hopes for the coming Christian year? How am I now?

How would I like to be , as a believer, this time next year? What steps will I take  to make that a reality?  (Fr. Kieran O'Mahony, osa)

ADVENT: As we begin Advent, we light one candle in the midst of all the darkness in our lives and in the world. It symbolises our longing, our desire, our hope. Three 'advents' of 'comings' shape our desire. We want to be renewed in a sense that Jesus came to save us from our sins and death. We want to experience his coming to us now, in our everyday lives, to help us to live our lives with meaning and purpose. And we want to prepare for his coming to meet us at the end of our lives on this earth.   (Creighton Advent)

ADVENT PRAYER: O God, who sent your Only Begotten Son into this world to free the human race from its ancient enslavement, bestow on those who devoutly await him the grace of your compassion from on high, that we may attain the prize of true freedom.  (Creighton Advent)

MASS READINGS:   1st. Reading Jeremiah 33: In those days, at that time, I will make a just shoot spring up for David.

                                                2nd. Reading 1 Thess. 3:  May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all.                                                                         

                                                3rd. Reading Luke 21: Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life                                                                      

SAINT THIS WEEK: Tuesday is the feast of St. Andrew. He was born at Bethsaida in Galilee and worked as a fisherman. He may have been a disciple of  St. John the Baptist. He became one of the first to follow Jesus and introduced his brother, Simon Peter, to him.  As one of the twelve Apostles he was widely venerated in ancient times, and became  patron saint of Scotland, because according to legend, some of his bones were brought there and buried at the place where the town of St. Andrews now stands.  (Universalis)

MAUREEN AND LES PILKINGTON FUNERALS:  There will be a joint Service at Pleasington Crematorium tomorrow, Monday, at 11.30am. I will celebrate a Memorial Mass here on Sunday 12th. December.

THE POPE: Advent is a continuous call to hope: it reminds us that God is present in history to lead it to its ultimate goal, to lead it to its fullness which is the Lord...God is not distant, He is always with us, to the extent that very often He knocks on the door to our heart.


Let us pray for the Catechists summoned to announce the word of God. May they be its witnesses, with courage and creativity and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

FR. MARK HAYDU, LC: Extra prayers, generous giving of your time, and special sacrifices are the best way to ready your soul for Christ.

TAIZE: God of mercy when we understand that nothing can separate us from you, trust in you opens for us the road that leads upwards towards a peace-filled joy.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.  

                                        (Mark Twain)

SAINTLY GEMS: Let us obey him who commands us; let us become Christ's beasts of burden, placing upon ourselves the  yoke of love.

CHRISTMAS VIGIL MASS: Ticket only  -  70 maximum.  Pass the word around; No ticket, no entry.

AT THE INN: From the beginning, writers of the Christmas Story have been bothered by the inn, with the stable and manger close at hand. That is where we find ourselves, not by the shepherds, whose poverty and simplicity we lack; and not by the  wise men, whose watchfulness and cisiveness we lack. We are, at best, guests at the inn. We sleep, we follow our own plans and dreams. Can we be awakened by the angels' news? That is the question.  (Rudolph Otto Weimer. Forward to the play “The End of the Night.”)

THE BISHOPS AND THE SUNDAY MASS OBLIGATION: The Bishops fell short of imposing the Sunday Mass Obligation again at their November Meeting, because of the ongoing seriousness of the Covid 19 Virus and the reluctance of many to meet in confined spaces. They are still encouraging us to realise the importance of the Mass even if you go in the week. Remember that all our Services are Streamed and on YouTube and Holy Communion is given out on the car park at 11.00am. every Sunday.

PEOPLE WHO ARRIVE FIRST FOR SUNDAY MASS:  Will you be kind enough to sit close to the walls so that those who come on the last minute can get a seat and still feel safe if they want to socially distance. Sincere thanks.

PASTORAL LETTER: You will all have a copy ofit attached to your Newsletter, and it will be on the Website. It will be read out as well by order of His Grace the Archbishop. There will not be a Homily, but I ask you to read Fr. Kieran's “Thought for the Day” which will give us all a starting reflective point as we begin Advent in preparation for Christmas.

ARCHDIOCESAN SYNOD: There is an open Meeting for anyone who wants to attend at St. Mary's, Leyland on Saturday 11.00am. - 12.30pm.  We priests have had ours, and the Synod Members have had theirs. Things are never going to be the same again, and so you might want to know what is going to happen in the months and years ahead??

TREE PLANTING:  The children are planting trees at the far end of the lower playground, and I have suggested that two extra trees are planted; one in memory of Deacon John Hogan and one in memory of Maureen.

ADVENT/CHRISTMAS: Please continue to bring food for the Food Bank and good quality toys and clothes. Everything is virtually spoken for before it even arrives, and you have always been so generous in the past.

POINSETTIAS:  We are having red Poinsettias in church over Christmas; the colour is rich and they will come over well on the Stream. If you would like to give a donation, there is a basket at the back of the church. Most parishes have a donation box for Christmas Flowers. Thank You.

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.

Advent 1C   ,  28th. November 2021

First Sunday of Advent

Hand in hand w1ith Jesus         Remember your daily Rosary






Ad te levavi animam meam....    


Sick & Housebound



Anointing / Forgiveness



Mgr. Canon Denis McDonnell, Fr. Michael Youell, Fr. Michael Powell, Dcn. Anthony Callaghan, Fr. Ambrose Hickey, Josie Lee, Madge Phillipson, Joseph Alan Kelly, Bernie Catterall, Don Catterall, Gladys Oxenard, Adrian Glover, Eileen Boyle, Peter & Sharon Southworth, Mary Woods, Noel Byrne, Henry Livesey, Joseph Kavanagh, Alban Gerrard, Annie Connor, Betty Coxhead, Molly Fisher, Alison Howarth, Roy Singleton, Robert Bowman, John Gee, Gerald Hitchen.

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

Next Week:   




“The roaring of the seas”