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TODAY'S MASS: The core of this Gospel reading is Mary's canticle of thanksgiving for God's gift to her. It is, however, fitting that, on the Feast of the bodily Assumption of Mary, it should begin with her bodily attention to the bodily needs of her elderly relative. With her own baby on the way, she would have plenty of other priorities, making her long journey a real act of kindness. Her canticle sung daily in the liturgy of Evening Prayer, sums up God's faithfulness to his promises, focussed on His gifts to this simple peasant girl. It combines a wonderful sense of the holiness of God with warmth of gratitude showing the thoughts that revolved constantly in Mary's mind. As is fitting in the mouth of a girl whose only knowledge of books was the Bible, Mary's song is a texture of scriptural phrases. We cannot assume that Luke wrote it down at Mary's dictation, for putting words into the mouths of his characters is a feature of Luke the historian; but it must reflect her thinking. If any theme resounds again and again throughout the Bible, it is God's care for the poor, for the simple, and for those in need. It is this which sets the Hebraeo-Christian tradition apart from the ways of the world.   ( Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb )

WEEKLY PONDER: What was Mary thinking as she walked to Elizabeth's home and back again? How may we in our daily lives show gratitude and give praise to God?   ( Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb )

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:  While we are used to thinking of Mary as enjoying exceptional privileges as a human being, on this day what happened to her, being in God's presence as a whole human being, prefigures our future as well. So this is a feast that looks backwards to the grace Mary enjoyed, but also forward to our own future in God's presence. We too, we believe, will stand before God with all the saints, fully present to God. Even if we cannot really picture such a future, we believe nevertheless in a God Who loves all that we are, our bodies, our relationships, our history, our engagements in the real world.   ( Fr. Kieran O'Mahony, osa )

PRAYER: Today, creator and redeemer God, we rejoice! We look forward to our sharing in those gifts in the world to come, when we will stand in your presence with all the saints.    ( Fr. Kieran, osa )

SAINTLY GEMS: Christ Our Lord You suffered and were tempted. You are powerful to come to the aid of those who are assailed by the devil, for You are the support of Christian people. O Lord, protect with Your Right Hand those who trust in Your Name. Deliver them from the Evil One, and grant them everlasting joy.   

If only you could have the happiness of being able to say in the evening that your whole day has been spent for God! ( Vianney )

There are times when the thought of God's immense love and patient mercy come before me with a force that I cannot describe.  ( St. Mary MacKillop )

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: We are always hungry for something more complete, and God is that completeness that we yearn for from the depths of our soul.  ( Matthew Kelly )

God is in charge. We know that by faith. He is in charge of history, and He is in charge of our individual lives. And that means that we matter to God; each one of us.  ( Matthew Kelly )

The wise person questions himself, the fool others.   ( Henri Arnold )

God wants us to trust Him, and that requires accepting the fact that we won't always be able to figure out His reasoning.

( Gary Zimak )

SACRED SCRIPTURE:  The Spirit Himself and our spirit bear united witness that we are children of God. And if we are children we are heirs as well: heirs with God and coheirs with Christ, sharing his sufferings so as to share his glory. (Romans 8)

TAIZE: Jesus our hope, Your compassion is without limit. We are thirsting for Your presence, as You tell us: “Why be afraid? Have no fear, I am here.”

ALPHA THREE WEEKS OF PRAYER: Please continue to pray daily for this Venture. You may have friends whom you would like to see returning to the Church;  Alpha gives encouragement through prayer and personal contact. You may wish to re-discover your own Faith. Consider the Meetings at Harpers Lane commencing on 1st. September at 19-00hrs.

ST. BERNADETTE:  Her Relics will be in Chorley for a full day on Friday 16th. September. Lots of visitors are expected and will need refreshments. Can YOU make a loaf of sandwiches and provide some cake please? These should be delivered to St. Mary's on the afternoon of Thursday 15th. September. Thank You.

REPRESENTATIVE: We need a Parish Rep. from our parish for the Deanery Pastoral Council which will be mainly lay run.

Please give this serious thought. The future of the Church in Chorley will be run according to the Synod Results. We may not like the idea, but it is here to stay with all that that entails. Thank You.

FOOD BANK:  Please be as generous as you can because the needs are great.

UKRAINE COLLECTION: £100. Sincere thanks, and from the Bishop!!

ADAPTING TO THE WORLD: “Live only for today; don't worry about tomorrow.” That's a fine ambition we may think, but what does it mean?  “Living for today” means dealing with only what is at hand now and the available courses of action. If we are worrying about matters in the past or future, or out of our realm, we can disengage ourselves from them. We cannot bend the world to our will.  ( Day by Day/ Hazelden )

HOLIDAYS:  I hope that those of you who are on holiday are having a pleasant and relaxing time. Keep safe, and please remember to keep away from canals, lakes and reservoirs. Fatal accidents are still happening. It is being suggested that we close all windows and keep blinds down to keep our homes cool during these few more days of sunny, warm weather. My house is lovely and cool as a result of following the advice!!

VERY GRATEFUL THANKS:  To the lovely people who left us Will Donations of £4000. Such generosity is a great help to a small parish like ours. Thank You!!  Can I please urge people to leave something to the parish in your Wills. If you have not done so already, remember that Wills can be changed!!

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.

Week 20 Ord. C    ,  14th. August 2022

Assumption BVM  

10th. Sunday after Pentecost                

Hand in hand w1ith Jesus         Remember your daily Rosary






Dum clamarem ad Dominum.....


Sick & Housebound



Anointing / Forgiveness



Fr. John Twomey, Fr. Gerald Hurst, Fr. Godfrey Carney, Tony Wells, Frank Edwardson, Eddie Preston, Veronica McVeen, Christine Tipping, Marie Davies, Peter McLaughlin, Ryan Conway, Emily Roe, Tom Neild, Richard John Hughes, John Deady, Barney McLoughlin, Barbara Flynn, Mark Tracey, Eleanor Walmsley, John Hardman, Andrew Mulhearn, Peter Kuziak, June Carraher, Marion Bottomley.

Fr. Bernard Jackson, Fr. Barry McAllister, Fr. Tom Gagie, Fr. Cassian Dickie osb., Fr. John Daulman, Ian Davies, Kathleen Mee, Rachel Mason, David Billington and others.

Next Week:   




“My soul magnifies the Lord”

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!

Please pray for Pope Francis, Benedict XVI and the Archbishop