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TODAY'S MASS: It is hard not to sympathize with the workers who have sweated it out right through the day in the hot sun. The idlers, who have hardly got earth on their spades or grease on their hands get a great bonus, and I get no bonus at all; is this fair? No, God is not fair. You cannot apply the concept of 'fairness' to God at all. We can't enter into a reckoning with God. God does not calculate as we do. In the terms of this world this is obvious enough. The wicked do prosper, while  honesty and high moral standards, instead of being rewarded are often simply mocked. Can we go deeper and say that the reward is in heaven? This hardly fits with the way Jesus worked here on earth. He did not reward the virtuous. He said he was the doctor who had come to the sick. His favourites were the worst of society, tax-collectors and prostitutes, not even amiable rascals. Heaven was open to anyone who accepted him. It is no good looking for fairness in God, for this implies that we deserve something. We cannot claim to 'deserve' anything; we are simply called into a loving relationship and to put our trust in Jesus.    (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: The forty-two parables in the gospels are designed to take us up short and make us think again. Today's parable is a good example. The actions of the employer and the treatment of the workers simply would not work today as a labour relations strategy and would also not have worked in the time of Jesus. And what is the point? Really that it doesn't matter when we come to the gospel, early, middle or late, by routes direct or circuitous, in full stride or faltering; all that matters is that we come to the Gospel. Achievement counts for nothing; grace is everything, thanks be to God!   (Fr. Kieran O'Mahony, osa)

PRAYER:  The door of faith is always open and You welcome us, O God, whenever our hearts are open. We are grateful for your loving patience and generosity.   (Fr. Kieran O'Mahony, osa)

WEEKLY PONDER:  What does this Sunday's Gospel say about the generosity of God? When have you experienced God's generosity, his kindness and forgiveness in your own life?   Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

SAINT THIS WEEK:  Monday is the feast of  St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist. He was born in Capernaum and was working as a tax-collector when Jesus called him. He wrote his gospel in Hebrew, and is said to have preached in the East.   (Universalis)

YOUCAT: (Question 406)  Does everybody have to be chaste, even married people?  Yes, every Christian should be loving and chaste, whether he is young or old, lives alone or is married.

THE POPE: Jesus wants to make us contemplate the gaze of that landowner: the gaze with which he looks upon each of the labourers searching for work and calls them to go to his vineyard....It is a gaze which calls, invites one to get up and begin a journey because he wants life for each of us.

SAINTLY GEMS: If it were given to us to see virtue's reward in the next world, we would occupy our intellect, memory and will in nothing but good works, careless of danger or fatigue.  (St. Catherine of Genoa)

In heaven, we will see God face- to- face, with a love that's deeper and greater in intensity than anything we've ever experienced before. Divine love is what endures.   (Fr. John Waiss)

The body is the garment of the soul and it is the soul which gives life to the voice. That is why the body must raise its voice in harmony with the soul for the praise of God.  (St. Hildegard of Bingen)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:  A person who is looking for something does not travel very fast.  (E.B. White)

                                                                   A  church that 'goes forth is a Church whose doors are open.  (Pope Francis)

MEDITATION: God is not angry with you, nor is He punishing you. If   you think you deserve God's anger, then you don't have an accurate picture in your mind. You do not understand what the Bible clearly says about your new identity in Christ. Paint a new picture in your mind by learning all that the Bible actually does say about you and how God sees you. That new picture will totally transform your life by giving you divine purpose and significance.    (NewCREEations)

WEEKLY BIBLE: For it is by His grace you are saved, through trusting Him; it is not your own doing. It is God's gift, not a reward for work done. There is nothing for anyone to boast of.   (Ephesians 2:8-9)

FOOD BANK:  More and more people are needing food in the Chorley area. Please be generous. Bring any food parcels and leave them outside the Presbytery door. Thank you.

FINANCE:  Download a Mandate Form off the Website and drop it in to your Bank.

CORONAVIRUS: More and more cases are appearing in the Chorley area. Please respect yourself and others by socially distancing, especially when dropping off and collecting children. “Drop and go. Collect and go.”

CHURCH GROUNDS:  Please have respect for our lovely grounds and take your litter home. Thank you.

HOME MISSION SUNDAY:  Today is Home Mission Sunday when the Bishops ask us to pray for the mission of the Church in England and Wales.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNIONS:  Those who completed the Sacramental Programme 2019-2020 may go to any church which is open and make your First Holy Communion there. There is no reason why you shouldn't get dressed up in your Communion Finery if you wish, but please remember that you will be going to another church and there will be no fuss.

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME 2020-2021:  A letter of Invitation will be going out soon. If you wish to join our Programme you will need to return the 'Acceptance' as soon as possible.  The Sessions will probably follow the Sunday Livestream Mass, and a register will be taken.

BAPTISMS:  I will be resuming Baptisms under strict C19 Conditions. Please see me or the Parish Administrator if you wish to have your child baptised, and we will do our best to be of help.

OUR PARISH CHURCH: C19 appears to be on the rise and Lancashire could well be in Special Measures pretty soon. Chorley is now on the list together with Preston, Blackburn with Darwen, Ribble Valley; all areas on our doorstep. Our church is too small to open for Public Worship, and I believe I am doing the right thing. I know people are going to churches that are open, and that is good. However, I am doing my best here with Livestream on Sunday at 10.00am. which is recorded and with Holy Communion at 11.00am.  If you are sick or housebound I am asking you to let me know and I am out on the parish as often as needed. Daily Mass is livestreamed at 7.00am. and is recorded. Exposition is on Saturdays from 10-noon which is livestreamed. As soon as it is right to open, I most certainly desire to get back to normality. I ask you to bear with me in these turbulent times.

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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Lately Deceased

Fr. Peter Charles Crowther, obl.sbso

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

Ordinary Week 25 A  , 20th September 2020

16th. Sunday after Pentecost      Home Mission Sunday         

 Hand in hand with Jesus         Remember your daily Rosary






Miserere mihi, Domine...     


Sick & Housebound



Anointing / Forgiveness



Fr. Fred Scragg, smm., Dcn. William Strype, Fr. Louis Rotherham, Fr. Michael Gaine, Fr. Kevin Kelly, Joseph Smith, Frank Cheetham, Jim McDonagh, Margaret Bennett, Honora McGowan, John Lowe, Thomas Smith, Gerard Gilbertson, Gordon Gardner, Donald Galbraith, Josephine Duxbury, Dorothy Kalaza, Joseph Pinner, Irene Mitchell.

Fr. John Daulman, Philip Rushton, Ian Davies, Anne Beconnsall, Rita Maher, Kathleen Mee, Rachel Mason, Helen Gardner and others.

Next Week:   




Fr. Anthony Garrett , Audrey Glover

“ I’ts my money”


A Catholic Survival Guide for the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic, by Deacon Nick Donnelly (Part One)


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!