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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: Mark gives us three formal prophecies of the Passion, of which this is the second. He uses the triple number frequently to stress the importance and sureness of an event. So Peter denies Jesus three times , and Pilate, three times asserts Jesus' innocence. Jesus is shown to be fully aware of the fate that awaits him: he goes into it with his eyes open, and accepts his Father's will; he is moreover aware that his Father will not desert him, but will vindicate him by the Resurrection. Again, the disciples fail to understand the message: while Jesus had been giving them the message of triumph only through suffering and humiliation, they had been thinking who would be the greatest. So Jesus sets before them a child as the model. In what way is a child a model? Like adults, children can be selfish and they can be devious and scheming from an early age. However, children are probably more aware than adults that they cannot totally control a situation, and trustingly accept that they are dependent on others. The final words that Jesus speaks in today's Gospel suggests that it is the quality of dependence that Jesus proposes: like little children we should be dependent on the will of the Father. (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

GOSPEL LESSON: In the midst of these painful times for the Church, God's word invites us to recommend ourselves to being humble disciples of Jesus and to follow in his way of suffering servant love that alone brings healing and peace. (Catholic News Service)

WEEKLY PONDER: Why does Jesus put forward a child as a role model for us?

SAINT THIS WEEK: On Thursday we celebrate the feast of St. Vincent de Paul. He was born in Aquitaine and became a priest. He devoted his whole life to the service of the poor. He founded a congregation of priests for missionary work, groups of laymen to help paupers and galley- slaves, and, with St. Louise de Marillac, the Sisters of Charity.  (Universalis)

YOUCAT: (Question 324) On what principles does a society build? Every society builds on a hierarchy of values that is put into practice through justice and love.

POPE FRANCIS: Jesus taught many things that others taught. It was how he taught that was different. Jesus was meek. He did not cry out. He did not punish the people. He never trumpeted the fact that he was the Messiah or a Prophet. In the Gospel when Jesus was not with the people, he was with the Father praying.

MEDITATION: Many people live with the unconscious or conscious expectation that eventually things will get better: wars, hunger, poverty, oppression and exploitation will vanish and all people will live in harmony. Their lives and works are motivated by that expectation. When this does not happen in their lifetimes, they are often disillusioned and experience themselves as failures. But Jesus does not support such an optimistic outlook. He foresees not only the destruction of his beloved city Jerusalem but also a world full of cruelty, violence and conflict. For Jesus there is no happy ending in this world. The challenge of Jesus is not to solve all the world's problems before the end of time, but to remain faithful at any cost.   (Henri Nouwen)  

WEEKLY BIBLE: Persevere, standing firm on the solid base of faith and not drifting away from the hope held out by the Gospel.  (Colossians 1:15-23)

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)

First do what is necessary, then do what is possible, and before long you will find yourself doing the impossible. (St. Francis of Assisi)

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. Hildergard of Bingen)

Clearly what God wants above all is our will, which we received as a free gift from God in creation and possess as though our own. When a man trains himself to acts of virtue, it is with the help of grace from God from whom all good things come that he does this.  (St. Joseph of Cupertino)

God does no harm to anybody.  (St. Alonso de Orozco Mena)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they can't be done.  (Arnold Palmer)

Persons who habitually drink water become just as good gourmets about water as wine drinkers on wine.  (Alexandre Dumas)

Forgiveness produces healing and a path forward. The key of forgiveness opens the door to a new future. (Allen Hunt)

You have strength greater than your own. You belong to Jesus, and he believes in you.  (Allen Hunt)

You really need to take care of yourself because you won't be good for anyone else unless you take care of yourself.  (Harry Bartholomew)  

A PRAYER: God of mercy, when it is hard for us to trust in you, why should we worry? Being in your presence in a peaceful silence is already praying. And you understand all that we are. Even a sigh can be a prayer.  (Taize)

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME LAST SUNDAY:  It was a good turn out. Please try and keep it up. Regular attendance at Mass shows that we love the Lord lots!

HARVEST MASS: Next Sunday. Will people bring cut-up cakes for sale afterwards. All donations will go to the MacMillan Nurses.

MORNING OFFERING: O Jesus, through the most pure heart of Mary, I offer Thee all my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day, together with Thy Divine Heart in the Holy Mass.

GAP:  Is short for “God and Puppets.”  There is a workshop at Hillside next Saturday 29th. September from 10.00am. until 2.00pm. Preaching the Gospel with the help of Puppets. I hope to go along for part of it, and Jane will be there as well. Graham and Judith Cutler assure us of a warm welcome.

CHORLEY A & E:  Some people went to the Chorley Meeting at the Town Hall last Wednesday. My own view is that no firm answers were forthcoming, and that we want our own A & E 24/7.

CHORLEY FOOD BANK:  Thank you for your continuous support of this important Christian Ministry.

PRESTON REFUGE:  We are desperately in need of  exceptionally good quality children's clothing. As Christmas gets nearer please consider sending in good quality toys and books; “good quality” has to be stressed because after all, these people are close to the Suffering Servant Jesus, and so deserve the best.

BERNARD KENYON: It is with some sadness that I have to announce the going to heaven of Bernard Kenyon. Bernard was known to all of us as a local Undertaker, a gentleman and a character ( to say the least! ). He took his job very seriously but always put people at ease at a very difficult time in their lives. I anointed Bernard a week last Friday and he died peacefully at home last Sunday. May the angels lead him into Paradise. His Funeral is on Tuesday 2nd. October. Church and time to be arranged.

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

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Lately Deceased

Fr. Peter Charles Crowther, obl.sbso

01254 830 995

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Dcn. Simon Gilbertson - 01254 832 031  

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

Week 25 Year B   , 23rd September 2018

Hand in hand with Jesus

18th. Sunday after Pentecost

Remember the Rosary





Da pacem, Domine....


Sick & Housebound



Anointing / Forgiveness



 “Little Children”

Monsignor Leo Alston, Fr. Louis Rotherham, Fr. Michael Gaine, Fr. Michael Williams, Deacon Francis Newton, Patrick McMullen, John Worden, Mona Curran, Mary Potts, Brian Miller, Helen Steed, Gordon Gardner, Donald Galbraith, Josephine Duxbury, Dorothy Kalaza, Joseph Pinner, Irene Mitchell. Margaret Wilkinson, Nellie Makin, Monica Coxhead, Thomas Halliday, James Bredin, Mary Shaw, Edmund Clitheroe, Monica Taberner, Catherine Phillipson, Winifred Bailey, Joseph Snape.

Fr. John Gildea, Fr. John Daulman, Philip Rushton, Ian Davies, Terry Edwards, Madeleine Shaw, Philip Holmes, Zac Aratoon, Ann Beconnsall, Rita Maher, David Mahon, Kathleen Mee and others.

Next Week:   Annie Rose Perkins

Today:  Teresa Johnson

Fr. Thomas Durkin, Jimmy Kavanagh,  David Hopkins, Bernard Kenyon