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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: In these final discourses of Jesus at the Last Supper (as he sketches the outlines of his future Church) there are four passages which promise the coming of a Paraclete or Advocate, the Holy Spirit. 'Paraclete' and 'Advocate' mean the same: someone who is called to your side as a supporter, often in a legal situation. The Father will send this Paraclete, in the name and power of Jesus, so that the Paraclete will make Christ present in the Church in a new way. The Paraclete will strengthen Jesus' disciples with Christ's own strength. The Paraclete will lead the disciples into all truth so that they gradually come to a fuller understanding of all the implications of the teaching of Jesus. Like any legal advocate, the Paraclete will provide the followers of Jesus with the power in teaching and argument to withstand opposition. This is the power which will guide the Church in ages to come, not only the official teachers of the Church, the successors of the apostles, but all the faithful who preserve and enrich the tradition of the Church by their prophetic office.  The Decree of Vatican II on the Church leaves no doubt that not only the call to sanctity but also participation in the prophetic office of Christ extends to all the members of the Church; this is an inspiring and awesome responsibility for us all.  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

GOSPEL LESSON: The Council of Jerusalem gives a model for resolving our differences: pray, dialogue, and pray some more.  (Liguori Publications)

WEEKLY PONDER: When faced with moral decisions, do I research what the Church has to say?   (Liguori Publications)

SAINT THIS WEEK:  Monday is the feast of St. Augustine of Canterbury. Augustine became a monk and then Prior of a monastery in Rome. In 596 he was chosen by Pope Gregory to lead thirty monks to evangelise the Anglo-Saxons. The party landed at Ebbsfleet (Kent) in 597. They were received cautiously by King Ethelbert. By 601 Ethelbert and many of the people were baptised. Augustine built the Cathedral at Canterbury and established a See at London. He died c 604.

(Archdiocesan Ordo)

MEDITATION: Much that has been said about Prayer might create the false impression that prayer is a private, individualistic, and nearly secret affair, so personal and deeply hidden in our inner life that it can hardly be talked about, even less be shared. The opposite is true. Just because prayer is the most precious expression of being human, it needs the constant support and protection of the community to grow and flower. Just because prayer is our highest vocation, needing careful attention and faithful perseverance, we cannot allow it to be a private affair. Just because prayer asks for a patient waiting in expectation, it should never become the most individualistic expression of the most individualistic emotion, but should always remain embedded in the life of the community of which we are part.  (Henri Nouwen)

WEEKLY BIBLE:  I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God and for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the Gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”  (Romans 1:16-17)

A PRAYER: Lord our God, You have revealed Your righteousness to us in the Gospel, Your righteousness that comes to us through faith and continues in faith. Grant that we may understand Your righteousness and live by it even in a crooked generation. Then to our joy the Gospel will bear fruit. Protect us in the midst of temptation and conflicting opinions so that we are raised above them and remain free, with our thoughts on You and Your true and loving righteousness. Your righteousness gives us hope for the many, many people who still need help to realise that their lives are not of passing value but of eternal worth.  (Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt)

SAINTLY GEMS: Throw yourself upon Christ's mercy, crying: 'My love and my Stronghold, my Protector and Liberator, in whom my heart has put its hope.'  (Blessed Alcuin)

Learn who you are in the eyes of God.  (St. Eugene de Mazenod)

Since we offend our sweet Jesus every day, in thought, word, deed and the omission of good works, we should pray every day, and every hour of the day, and weep for our offences against so kind and loving a Father, Master and Spouse.  (St. Rita of Cascia)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: When you create value for others, you will receive value in return. It is a law of the universe.  (Frank J. Hanna)

Happiness does not depend on accumulating more things, but on the mindset we have concerning the things we already possess.  (Venerable Fulton Sheen)

THE POPE: Our ideal is not to live without love! A good pastor renounces the love of a family precisely in order to focus all his energies and the grace of his particular vocation on the evangelical blessing of the love of men and women who carry forward God's plan of creation.


That priests, through the modesty and humility of their lives, commit themselves actively to a solidarity with those who are most poor.

YOUCAT: (Question 351) Aren't the Ten commandments outmoded? No. The Ten Commandments are by no means a product of a particular time. They express man's fundamental obligations to God and neighbour, which are always and everywhere valid.

ASCENSION: Just to remind you that the Solemnity of the Ascension has been returned to the Thursday after Easter 6. Holy Mass here is Wednesday evening at 7.00pm. St. Mary's has a Vigil at 7.30pm. and then noon on Thursday. Please consult our Website for other Mass times in the area. Exposition here at 6.15pm., before Mass.

ACN DAY OF RECOLLECTION:  Aid to the Church in Need are having a Day on Saturday 8th. June 10 -4pm. This is to learn about and pray for the suffering Church throughout the world. Please see the Notice in the church porch.

SYNOD 2020:  We went to the Meeting last Monday at St. Mary's. It was disappointing that people from this Parish did not bother to attend. Female Ministers in the Church came up as did the inclusivity of  all. Young people see themselves as 'church' but not necessarily with the Mass as an obligation but an availability when necessary. Climate Change, care of Creation, care of the Elderly, Mental Health etc. These are important Church issues it was felt.  Also it would be good to have a variation of Liturgies instead of the Standard Mass laid down by the Roman Congregations. It might be well to remember that the Council of Jerusalem rescued the 'Jesus Movement' from remaining a sect within Judaism. The Church is for all, open to all who come to Christ. It is for saints and sinners and everyone in between. Purists and puritan-minded Christians have always tried to narrow membership to their own idea of the 'faithful remnant' a smaller but better Church streamlined for the righteous. This could be were we have gone wrong??

BANK HOLIDAY:  Monday is another day of rest, so enjoy!!

SCHOOL HOLS:  School is out now until a week tomorrow, 3rd. June.

CAKE RAFFLE:  Next Week  Alexa and Family.

ALLAN INGHAM'S FUNERAL: The family wish to thank you for all your prayers, cards and support during this time; sure signs that Allan was thought a lot of in the villages and beyond. The church was packed and there were lots outside. The Crematorium was packed with lots outside.  May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

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

Liverpool Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool Reg. Char. 232709




Lately Deceased

Fr. Peter Charles Crowther, obl.sbso

01254 830 995

Email: moorlandsanctuary@gmail.com

Dcn. Simon Gilbertson - 01254 832 031  

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

Easter 6 Year C   ,  26 th May, 2019

5th. Sunday after Easter      

Remember your daily Rosary






Vocem jucunditatis annuntiate....


Sick & Housebound



Anointing / Forgiveness



Fr. Joseph Connery, Angela Calldine, James Walsh, Mary Roden, Dorothy Cookson, Tom Barton, Ena Landless, Pat Young, Edith Berry, Mary Heskin, Walter Bickerstaffe, Alice Cocker, Thomas Park, Teresa Davies, Ann Dunleavy, Thomas Murphy, Graham Clayton.

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

Next Week:    Amy Harrison

Today:  Jackie Cardy

Allan Ingham, Peggy Nalty

“The Spirit will teach you everything”