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TODAY'S MASS: This year, the ordinary Sunday Gospel readings are taken from Mark, and this provides us with a full picture of that Gospel. But Mark is the shortest of the Gospels, and is not quite long enough. Today's story is about the call of the first disciples and takes place in the Jordan Valley, where John was baptising. The first two to be called are disciples of John, so they had already joined his group who were waiting for the Messiah. They were ready when John pointed him out. It is striking that Jesus first calls them to be with him, and that they remain with him for a time. In our call to follow Christ, first comes prayer and getting to know him, before we can actively work for Christ and bring others to share his joy. Only after this repose with the Lord do the disciples sprint off in their enthusiasm and bring others to join in the benefits they have received from that tranquillity and refreshment which comes from keeping company with Jesus.  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

WEEKLY PONDER: What is God calling you to do?  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

THOUGHT FOR TODAY: It is good to stop from time to time and ask myself, what am I looking for? This can be answered in the ideal: “What do I think I should be looking for?”  Or in the real: “What do I actually want as evidenced by my choices and actions?” To move from one to the other we need the 'grace of dissatisfaction.' In the words of Augustine, “You must be dissatisfied with the way you are now, if you ever want to get to where you are not yet.”   (Fr. Kieran O'Mahony, osa)

PRAYER: Shake us up, Lord, and help us to see ourselves as we truly are, often settling for less, for the moderately good and the reasonably faithful. Give us a longing for more, for all you have in store for us, and on the way bless us with exhilaration that we may be joyful bearers of your Good News.   (Fr. Kieran, osa)

SAINT THIS WEEK: Tuesday is the feast of St. Wulstan. He was born in Warwickshire and became a Benedictine monk of the cathedral  priory of Worcester. In 1062 he was appointed bishop and was one of the few Anglo-Saxons to retain their high office after the Norman Conquest. He was renowned as a confessor, and for his care of the poor and the sick, and for the high standards he demanded of his clergy.  (Universalis)

YOUCAT: (Question 436) How should we treat the environment? We fulfill God's commission with regard to creation when we care for the earth, with its biological laws, its variety of species, its natural beauty and its dwindling resources, as a living space and preserve it, so that future generations also can live well on earth.

THE POPE: Jesus does not want disciples who are merely able to repeat memorised formulas. He wants witnesses: people who spread hope, with their way of welcoming, smiling, and loving; above all loving because the power of the resurrection makes Christians capable of loving even when love seems to have lost its motivation.

MEDITATION: When you believe in Jesus you become a special class of person that the Bible calls someone who overcomes the world. You get this status because Jesus utterly defeated the devil. Jesus defeated him so thoroughly and so publicly that every angel and demon saw that defeat. Your status in Christ gives you that same victory over the enemy and over the world. You are an overcomer! Walk in the victory Jesus won for you.  (NewCREEations)

WEEKLY BIBLE:  Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?   (1 John 5:5)

 FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Experts have a special talent for complicating things. But the stand-out genius in any field is always the person who is able to take what is incredibly complex, break it down to what is essential, and present it in a way that makes it seem simple.   (Matthew Kelly)

Rest assured that your Heavenly Father will give you exactly what you need.   (Gary Zimak)

When you do all the talking, you only learn what you already know.  (Anon)

SAINTLY GEMS:  Judge nothing before the time until the Lord comes, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the heart.   (St. Vitalis of Gaza)

But yours it is, Lord, to grant our petitions, to be present when we seek you and to open when we knock. Impart to us, then, the meaning of the words of Scripture and the light to understand it, with reverence for the doctrine and confidence in its truth.  (St.Hilary of Poitiers)

CHRISTIAN UNITY WEEK: Commences tomorrow 18th. and goes on until 25th. The Conversion of St. Paul. “ There is one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism and one God Who is Father of all.”  Pope Francis has done more than most to encourage us to respect each other's Faiths.

CHORLEY FOOD BANK: Lots of food needed please. Any bags can be left on the church steps.

CHURCH COLLECTION ENVELOPES: Can be left in the plastic box on the church steps please. Extra donations will be gladly accepted. Thanks to the people who are giving much more each month at the moment; much needed! Parishes will close through lack of support. WE need to be prepared for this I'm afraid, and I have given plenty of warning. More churches in Chorley have closed again. Stay at home. The Sunday Mass obligation has ceased. The more you mix, the more you are spreading the Virus.  

STAMPS FOR DERIAN HOUSE: These can be left in the plastic box outside church.

HARD COPIES OF THE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER:  Copies are available in the plastic box.

C19: Please keep the Rules by staying at home and having as little contact with others as possible. In my church grounds, you MUST wear a Mask!! Please keep the Rules. Another Variant from Brazil has now been discovered and again, it is air-borne and hence MASKS AND DISTANCE. Outside and fresh air are not stopping these Variants.

HENRI NOUWEN:  “You have to keep 'unmasking' the world about you for what it is: manipulative, controlling, power-hungry, and in the long run, destructive. The world tells you many lies about who you are, and you simply have to be realistic enough to remind yourself of this. Every time you feel hurt, offended, or rejected you have to dare to say to yourself, 'These feelings, strong as they may be, are not telling me the truth about myself. The truth, even though I cannot feel it right now, is that I am the chosen child of God, precious in God's eyes, called the Beloved from all eternity, and held safe in the everlasting embrace.'”

ARCHBISHOP PHILIP TARTAGLIA OF GLASGOW: The Archbishop died last Wednesday of C19 at the age of 70. The Virus is no respecter of people; may he rest in peace and rise in glory.

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!

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.

Ordinary Week 2B  ,  17th. January 2021

2nd. Sunday after Epiphany

Hand in hand w1ith Jesus         Remember your daily Rosary






Omnis terra adoret te, Deus.....


Sick & Housebound



Anointing / Forgiveness



Dcn. Francis Cassidy, Dcn. Anthony Green, Mgr. Stephen Louden, Fr. Tom Cullinan, Canon Thomas Naughton, Canon John Pennington, Fr. Donal O'Leary, Fr. Brian Coakley, Fr. Anthony Foy, cssr., Robert Knowles, Archie Boyle, Jean Colclough, Mary Ann Bolton, Raymond Marshall, Mary Wallwork, Mary Jane Fisher, Jack Wiggins, Jim McGuire, Kathleen Ryan, Don Longton, Michael Marsden.

Fr. Laurence Mayne, Fr. John Daulman, Ian Davies, Philip Rushton, Anne Beconnsall, Rita Maher, Kathleen Mee, Rachel Mason, Eamon Neary and others.

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Fr. Jim Clarkson

“The Lamb of God”

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