TODAY'S MASS: Jesus certainly seems to have chosen a pretty dim and unappreciative group of disciples. They do call him 'Master' but after all the wonders he has performed, they still don't really trust him, and have no hesitation about addressing him rudely and brusquely. Did you think, 'Just like me?' Well, perhaps I am just as untrusting. We often behave as though Jesus were quietly snoozing, quite unconcerned about our troubles and worries, as we struggle hopelessly, up to our necks in the mud and sinking rapidly. However, once Jesus' attention has been roused, once the disciples have put their trust in him, he effortlessly remedies the situation. This incident is the climax of a series of wonders, when we see Jesus' authority gradually increasing. Firstly he imperiously called the disciples and they followed. Then he taught authoritatively in the synagogue as no other had ever taught. Next he had the effrontery to forgive sins, as only God can do. Now he controls the elements. Only God controls the wind and the waves, as in the psalms God 'walks on the backs of the waves.' The disciples are awestruck; they react with astonishment. But, just like me too, they soon forget again and are surprised when Jesus comes to their rescue. (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)
WEEKLY PONDER: What are the qualities required by a disciple of Christ? Why did Jesus choose such an unappreciative bunch? (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: While it is not comfortable, to be in crisis is probably the natural state of the Christian project. Even in Jesus' day: “Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.” (Luke 6:26) Likewise, quite early on, the story of the storm at sea was read as a kind of allegory, representing the (later) church undergoing trials. The natural feeling of being abandoned is captured in the raw emotion of Mark's account. Mark also tells us where to seek help: “Who then is this?” Like the disciples, we have no full understanding of Jesus and yet, like them, to him we turn. (Fr. Kieran O'Mahony, osa)
PRAYER: Lord, the sea is so wide and my boat is so small. Be with me. (Breton fisherman's prayer)
MASS READINGS: 1st. Reading Job 38: Who shut within doors the sea,/ when it burst forth from the womb?
2nd. Reading 2 Cor. 5: So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away.
3rrd. Reading Mark 4: He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet, be still!” The wind ceased and there was great calm.
SAINT THIS WEEK: Wednesday is the feast of St. Ethelreda. She was born in Suffolk in the first quarter of the 7th. Century. She founded a monastery of women and men which she ruled as abbess on the present site of Ely Cathedral. She was renowned for her dedication to chastity and the austerity of the regime she imposed on herself in her later years. She died at Ely in 679. (Liverpool Ordo)
THE POPE: Do not be afraid of migrants. Migrants are those who always bring us richness. Today there is the temptation to build a culture of walls, to raise walls, walls in the heart, walls on the land.....And those who raise a wall, who build a wall, will end up a slave within the walls he has built, without horizons.
TAIZE: Holy Spirit, mystery of a presence, your voice makes itself heard at the heart of our hopes as well as our sorrows. You tell us, “Be opened!” and even if we are almost without words, we can find that a single word is enough to pray.
WEEKLY BIBLE: For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ through whom we have now received the reconciliation. (Romans 5: 10-
MEDITATION: Compassion born in solitude makes us very much aware of our own historicity. We are not called to respond to generalities but to the concrete facts with which we are confronted day after day. A compassionate man can no longer look at these manifestations of evil and death as disturbing interruptions of his life plan. But rather has to confront them as an opportunity for the conversion of himself and his fellow human beings. Every time in history that men and women have been able to respond to the events of their world as an occasion to change their hearts, an inexhaustible source of generosity and new life has been opened, offering hope far beyond the limits of human prediction. (Henri Nouwen)
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: If we put on the mind of God, we discover one of the most beautiful truths this life has to offer. Something that has been devastatingly broken can be put back together in a way that makes it more beautiful than ever before. It is true for things, but it is even more true for people, and it is true for you. (Matthew Kelly)
Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there. (Josh Billings)
SAINTLY GEMS: Never be in a hurry: do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset. (St. Francis de Sales)
MARY KATHERINE DEELEY: “Jesus is Lord over the wind and sea, over all creation, and over us as well.”
SYNOD WEEKEND: Please remember the Synod in your prayers this weekend. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide the Archbishop and his Team. People will never agree over everything, and sometimes there are major disagreements over Theology and Liturgy which cause divisions. My own view which I have mentioned frequently is that we need a Synod of Mercy, Forgiveness, Understanding and Mutual Respect. “Come O Holy Spirit come, and make within our hearts your home.”
CHORLEY FOOD BANK: Please continue to support it either here or by donating at your Supermarket. Thanks.
OUR NEW STREAM. Is very successful and people were very happy with it last weekend. Pass the word around. Go on to 'mcn media tv' and then find England and then Lancashire and click on our parish. You may have an easier way of finding us! You can access the Recordings any time. MCN is not the same as 'Church Services' which is a different Company.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION (Exposition): Streamed every Saturday from 10.00am. until noon. Recorded.
THE EXTENDED COVID ROAD MAP: Monday 19th. July now appears to be the date, and so we will not be opening the church until 25th. July. We cannot be too careful. Car Park Communions will continue and I will take Holy Communion to the Sick on their doorsteps.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNIONS: These are now over for this Year. The three Groups were all different, but the children and their families were very respectful. We know everybody because of our daily contact on school days. Thanks must go to Jane who instructs and guides the children, and to Mrs. Nicklin who has helped us with the Track and Trace Procedure.
BAPTISMS: This is the next major 'Job' because we have quite a backlog which will take us to mid November! Other parishes are in the same boat!!
CONFIRMATIONS: Deadline 28th. June through Holy Cross. If you are an adult and wish to be confirmed, you need to see me. Confirmations will be in November either at St. Gregory's or St. Mary's.
FR. THOMAS MERTON, ocso: “To be grateful is to recognise the love of God in everything He has given us, and He has given us everything. Every breath that we draw is a gift of his love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it graces from Him. Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awaking to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.
FATHERS DAY AND DAY FOR LIFE: It is all happening this weekend!!
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Parish Administrator and Catechist: Jane Gilbertson, B.Ed. (Hons), B.Sc. (Hort), CTC.
Week 12 , 20th. June, 2021
4th. Sunday after Pentecost
Hand in hand w1ith Jesus Remember your daily Rosary
Dominus illuminatio mea, et salus mea....
Sick & Housebound
Anointing / Forgiveness
Fr. Francis Goulbourn, Fr. Kevin Mulhearn, Fr. John Dudley Clement mhm., Fr. Joseph Marsh, Teresa McDonnell, Victor Vassalio, Reginald Evans, Margaret Croysdale, William Green, Margaret Colly, Leslie Woodward, Michael Twamley.
Fr. Bernard Jackson, Fr. Barry McAllister, Fr. Cassian Dickie osb., Ian Davies, Philip Rushton, Ann Beconnsall, Rita Maher, Kathleen Mee, Rachel Mason, Eamon Neary and others.
Dcn. Bert Wright
“Quiet, be calm!”