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TODAY'S MASS:  In this Gospel, John tells the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. The story is significant because it is likely that his action was his last miracle before Jesus began the journey towards his own death. Jesus was called to Bethany to save his friend, but instead waited several days to return. This action confused Lazarus' sisters. Martha and Mary, because they knew that Jesus could have healed their brother. Jesus used the incident to strengthen the faith of Martha, Mary and all those who believed. He made sure that Lazarus was raised from death, so that the people could witness God's glory.  (RCL Benziger)

WEEKLY PONDER: What do you hope for after your life on this earth is ended?  (RCL Benziger)

W EEKLY BIBLE:  Wash yourselves. Make yourselves clean. Take your wrong-doing out of my sight. Cease to do evil. Learn to do good, search for justice, help the oppressed, be just to the orphan, plead for the widow. Come now, let us talk this over, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.  (Isaiah 1:16-18)

A LENTEN PRAYER: Loving God, Your eternal watchfulness keeps me safe from harm. I am filled with a great happiness when I feel your endless love for me. Thank you for your care for me, one of your children. I ask you to protect from harm those who will soon be your children, joined in the joy of your Church. Please continue to pour out your blessings on all of us who have been given the lifegiving waters of baptism.  (Jesuit/Creighton)

SAINTLY GEMS: Ah! If you could but conceive the reward which waits for those who persevere in the faith to the end, you would renounce your temporal dignity in exchange for it.  (St. Eulogius of Cordoba)

Your way of acting should be different from the world's ways; the love of Christ must come before all else. You are not to act in anger or nurse a grudge. Rid your heart of all deceit. Never give a hollow greeting of peace or turn away when someone needs your love.   (St. Benedict)

Certainly in times of tranquility the cross should give you joy.  But maintain the same faith in times of persecution. Otherwise you will be a friend of Jesus in times of peace, and his enemy during war.  (St. Cyril of Jerusalem)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Are you living for eternal realities or is your life centred around getting more of the things of this world, or protecting what you already have?  (Dr. K.P. Yohannan)

One should learn to enjoy the neighbour's garden, however small. The roses straggling over the fence, the scent of lilacs drifting across the road.   (Henry Van Dyke)

MEDITATION: “Bring pain home.” Your pain is deep and it just won't go away. Your call is to bring that pain home. As long as your wounded part remains foreign to your adult self, your pain will injure you as well as others. Yes, you have to incorporate your pain into your self and let it bear fruit in your heart and the hearts of others. This is what Jesus means when he asks you to take up your cross. He encourages you to recognise and embrace your unique suffering and to trust that your way to salvation lies therein. Taking up your cross means first of all, befriending your wounds and letting them reveal to you your own truth,  (Nouwen)


We pray that those suffering from Addiction may be helped and accompanied.

PRAYER IN TIMES OF DANGER AND ILLNESS:  Copies of this prayer from the Archbishop are available on our Website.

STREAMED MASS:    St.Gregory's: 11.00am.        EWTN:  Sky 588  (check daily)   St Gregory's daily 8.30am.

TURBULENT TIMES:  We are living in turbulent times; the unknown. Obviously, with no Services, all the parishes will find it difficult to survive unless we can depend on the good will of you, our parishioners. If you have envelopes will you please continue to put in your donation and save them up until we re-open again. A better solution will be to see or ring  Kath Clemson 01254 831 624 about starting a Direct Debit, and if you pay Tax, please Gift Aid. You are always more than generous, but there will be a certain amount of 'out of sight out of mind' at this time.

CHORLEY FOOD BANK: Please drop in as much as you can. Leave in the Presbytery porch. With lots of children at home and with many parents unsure about immediate finances, we need as much food and toiletries as we can get.

MAGNIFICAT:  People may still want to follow the Sunday Mass and even Daily Mass and other prayers. Click on www.magnificat.com/free and avail yourselves of this wonderful publication free for the time being.

CONSOLATIONS: I am not alone in my tiredness, or sickness or fears, but at one with millions of others, from many centuries, and it is all part of life.  (Etty Hillesum)

FR. RICHARD ROHR, ofm: The “cross” rightly understood always reveals various kinds of resurrection. It's as if God were holding up the crucifixion as a cosmic object lesson, saying: “I know that this is what you are experiencing. Don't run from it. Learn from it as I did. Hang there for a while, as I did. It will be your teacher. Rather than losing life, you will be gaining a larger life.  It is the way through.” As impossible as that may feel right now, I absolutely believe that it's true. When we carry our own suffering in solidarity with humanity's one universal longing for deep union, it helps to keep us from self-pity or self-preoccupation. We know that we are all in this together. It is just as hard for everybody else, and our healing is bound up in each other's.

THE HOLY ROSARY:  Please pray the Holy Rosary every day, asking Mary to intercede with her Divine Son to give the world a cure for this Pandemic, and to give people the graces to return to total dependence on God instead of feeling that they can manage alone. “Not to us O Lord, not to us, but to Your Name give the glory.”

ST. NICHOLAS OF FLUE:  My Lord and my God, remove far from me whatever keeps me from You. My Lord and my God, confer on me whatever enables me to reach you. My Lord and my God, free me from self and make me wholly Yours.

PALM SUNDAY: Next Sunday is Palm Sunday. Streamed Mass at Weldbank 11.00am.

HOLY WEEK SERVICES:  Will take place behind closed doors. Weldbank will Livestream everything.

PERFECT ACT OF CONTRITION:  O My God, because You are so good I am very sorry for having offended You and with the help of Your grace without which I cannot do anything, I will not sin again.

SPIRITUAL COMMUNION: My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if you were already there, and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.

LIVE STREAMING: I am impressed with the daily Mass and Exposition from St. Gregory's; this is the way ahead!  Make use of it at home during these Turbulent Times. Afternoon Exposition is especially comforting  and will continue to give us hope. Say the Rosary as well as you gaze on Jesus in the monstrance.

CATHOLIC PRAYERS:  Plethora of Prayers on www.ourcatholicprayers.com

LA CROIX:  “In a strange way Covid-19 is a wake-up call for the Church. The first wake-up call came in the early 1960s with Vatican II. By shutting down liturgical services in a church building, Catholics are forced to question the way in which they pray, worship and profess their faith. In other words, they are being asked to move from fideism to to a discerning belief. And what should they discern? That their faith today must necessarily become interfaith, where Catholics reach out ecumenically to the other churches in worship and service. , and in dialogue with those of other beliefs with respect and peace-keeping. But for this we need a new leadership in the Church; an inclusive leadership. There's a desire to respond to the desires of Asian, African and Latin american cultures, to the desires of women and the young to exercise authority in service and prophecy. These are desires as yet unfulfilled.”   (LaCroix International)

REMEMBER:               Wash your hands regularly in warm soapy water.         

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

Lent 5Year A    , 29th March, 2020

Passion Sunday                 

 Hand in hand with Jesus         Remember your daily Rosary






Judica me, Deus, et discerne causam meam


Sick & Housebound



Anointing / Forgiveness



Fr. Michael O'Neil, mhm., Fr. Peter Kitchen, Margaret Powell, Alfred Doran, Harry Rawlings, Helen Steed, Mildred Kelly, Patrick Matthews, Theresa Molyneux, Thomas Carrington, William Clitheroe, Raymond Cliffe, Maureen Gerard, Tom Hodgson, Veronica Hildisch, Teresa Higinson, Fonce Hoole, Teresa Myerscough,Betty Marsh, Ann Graham.

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

Next Week:   




Dorothy Morey

“I am the resurrection and the life”

judica me, Deus, et discerne causam meam


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