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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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TODAY'S MASS: Jesus was a countryman, from the rich agricultural plains of Galilee, where wheat and fruit-trees abounded. It was natural for him to use such imagery to describe the Kingship of God which he was proclaiming. Today's Gospel reading offers us two of the many images in Mark's chapter of parables. What did Jesus want to teach by them? Images can carry many layers of meaning. First, the seed growing secretly all the time: perhaps Jesus meant that God's purposes are accomplished in spite of our feeble and fumbling efforts; perhaps it was a warning that after long waiting the time for decision, the time of harvest had come with Jesus' own mission. Second, the mustard seed: was this a reply to the discouraged disciples – or perhaps Jesus' critical opponents – that his motley little group of undistinguished peasants, fishermen and tax-collectors would grow into God's own mighty tree. Perhaps this is a first hint that Jesus' mission is for all nations, not just for Israel. All nations would come, nest and find a home in the branches of his mission, just as in the first reading they nest in the branches of the great cedar tree. At any rate, both images show that God is in charge and has great plans which will be fulfilled despite our own inadequacies.  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

GOSPEL LESSON: We are invited to walk by faith, and not by sight. This journey begins in the grace of God who plants the seed and gives growth to the gift of faith in our lives. Our daily challenge is to let go of self-reliance and to grow in friendship with Jesus as we say in faith, 'speak to me Lord.' (Jem Sullivan/CNS)

WEEKLY PONDER: What does Jesus mean to teach by these parables? More specifically what does Jesus mean by comparing the Christian mission to a tree?  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

SAINT THIS WEEK: Saturday is the feast of St. Ethelreda (Audrey). She was born in Suffolk in the first part of the 7th. Century. She founded a monastery of women and men, which she ruled as abbess, on the present site of Ely Cathedral. Renowned for her dedication to chastity and the austerity of the regime she imposed on herself in her later years, Ethelreda died in Ely in 679.  (Archdiocesan Ordo)

NEW READERS LISTS:  These are available at the back of the church.


YOUCAT: (Question 315) What is a sin in the first place? A sin is a word, deed or intention by which man deliberately and voluntarily offends against the true order of things, as God's loving providence has arranged them.

THE POPE: The Church has repeatedly taught that we are justified not by our own works or efforts, but by the grace of the Lord, who always takes the initiative. The Fathers of the Church, even before St. Augustine clearly expressed this fundamental belief. St. John Chrysostom said that God pours into us the very source of all his gifts even before we enter into battle. St. Basil the great remarked that the faithful glory in God alone, for 'they realise that they lack true justice and are justified only through faith in Christ.'

SAINTLY GEMS: When something turns out not very well or even badly, do not be disturbed nor think it a real evil but be humble before God and be confident that from it He will draw some good.  (St. Anthony Mary Gianelli)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: I always have two lists: things I'm happy about and things I'm not. It's my choice which list I focus on.  (Anne Arthur)

We are all travellers in the wilderness of this world, and the best that we can find in our travels is an honest friend.  (Robert Louis Stevenson)

It's funny the way God works, because the outward appearance of things can be very different from the inner truth. No matter what happens to us, God is constantly working everything for our good. (Joe Thatcher)

GIGGLESWICK: Why are sheep so poor? They are always getting fleeced!

WEEKLY BIBLE: Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.  (Psalm 90)

MEDITATION: There are physical forms of violence on earth including war, torture, murder...There are other more subtle forms of violence that are concealed in cunning tactics, in suspicion, mistrust, humiliation.. there is no violence in God. God sent Christ not to accuse us, but to call us to himself, not to condemn us, but because he loves us.  (Letter to Diognetus)

SUMMER FAIR: Now only two weeks away. All gifts will be gratefully received in THE BOX.  Please sign up if you are prepared to bring cakes for the Food Stall. Holy Mass at 11.00am. on 1st. July and NOT 10.00am.

JUST A REMINDER: Friday, 29th. June is the Solemnity of St. Peter and St. Paul. Vigil Mass here on the Thursday evening at 7.00pm. School Mass at 11.00am. on the Friday.

PRESTON REFUGE:  Between now and the end of Term we will take GOOD QUALITY ladies and teenage girls clothes please, if you are in the process of planning your Summer wardrobes!!

CHORLEY FOOD BANK: We are always in need, and once the children go on holiday there will be a much greater need. Thanks for your continuing generosity.

DROWNING PREVENTION WEEK ( 15-22 June): When the weather is hot there is the danger of people jumping into lakes, canals etc. to cool off. There have been a few fatalities recently in the Bolton and Manchester areas. PLEASE resist the temptation and keep away from water. This applies just as much to adults as to children.

THE CHURCH GROUNDS: We try to keep these as beautiful as we can. You can help by not dropping litter of any kind; take it home or put it into a bin. Thank you.

MISSALETTES: These are collected by the children at the end of Mass; please place them in the baskets and do not leave them or newsletters in the benches. Keep God's House tidy!! Thanks.

PEACE ROSARY:  Through It, the Americans and the North Koreans are hopefully on the road to a new peaceful relationship that will be permanent. Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

Please pray for Pope Francis, Benedict XVI and Archbishop Malcolm McMahon                                                  

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George Basil Cardinal Hume, osb., Fr. Francis Goulbourn, Fr. Kevin Mulhearn, Fr. Joseph Marsh, Fr. John Dudley Clement, mhm., Deacon Gerard Buckley, Deacon Lawrence Prior, Deacon Thomas Pritchard, Agnes Maiden, Lawrence Parker, June Mary Lassey, Elsie Hindle, Bob Baxendale, Teresa McDonnell, Victor Vassalio, Reginald Evans, Margaret Croysdale.  

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Reader: Children

Universal Prayer: Children


Reader: Kate Perkins

Universal Prayer: Elizabeth Duke