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TODAY'S MASS:   The Christian people are often depicted as a boat , with Peter at the helm. As in a boat, everyone has their part to play; kids to bring the excitement and the challenge, parents to take the responsibility, grandparents just to be there to comfort and reassure. Without Jesus, the disciples were getting exhausted, frustrated and probably bad-tempered and quarrelling. When Jesus appears, everything changes; first, terror and awed amazement, then Peter rushes to meet him  -  and loses confidence only to be swiftly rescued. How does Jesus come to me? In the joys of family? In the unwelcome criticism of an angry neighbour who tells me the truth about myself? In the worries of a job or the agonies of a failed relationship? In the staggering beauty of creation? In physical pain? In all these situations we may discover God's presence, and without that presence we cannot expect to cope. Jesus does not force himself upon us. He just jogs us and says, “Here I am if you want me.”  He may disappear into the sea-mist again for a time, and we may sink into the water like mistrustful Peter. But it all ends with a welcome and recognition that Jesus can help even in a life-threatening situation.   (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: “Do no be afraid,” is one of those expressions which goes straight to the heart. Who has not sometimes been afraid? The command not to fear combines two things : firstly, it is a recognition that yes, sometimes we are afraid: secondly, that in the community of faith, with Jesus, God-with-us, our companion on the way, we ought really to be free from deep fear, because “All shall be well.”  Let's hear again the words, “Courage! it is I! Do not be afraid.” (Fr. Kieran O'Mahony, osa)

PRAYER: Lord, save us when circumstances seem to overwhelm us, when we cannot see our way forward, when we see ourselves sinking. Take us by the hand and lead us to the open space of freedom and confidence in you.  (Fr. Kieran O'Mahony, osa)

WEEKLY PONDER: Why is Peter such a good role-model for us? Can you think of any stormy events in your own lives. I know I can, and vivid they were too.

SAINT THIS WEEK:  Friday is the feast of St. Maximllian Kolbe. Maximilan's act of volunteering to die for another in Auschwitz is justly well-known. But his rise to heroic holiness was not a sudden thing: had their been no concentration camps he would have been an extraordinary and holy man. He was a member of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual, and his life was built on a vigorous devotion to Our Blessed Lady and a determination to use every modern means to win the world for Christ.   (Liverpool Ordo)

YOUCAT:  (Question 401) Is there a priority of one sex over another?  No, God endowed men and women with identical dignity as persons.

THE POPE:  We must ensure that in the usual activities of every Christian community, in parishes, in associations, and movements, there actually be at heart the personal encounter with Christ who communicates himself to us in his word, because, as St. Jerome teaches us, “Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.”

SAINTLY GEMS:  The saints did not all begin well, but they ended well.   (St. John Mary Vianney)

The Lord is loving unto man, and swift to pardon, but slow to punish. Let no man therefore despair of his own salvation.  (St. Cyril of Jerusalem)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:  By changing the way people see the world, we change how they see themselves.  (Matthew Warner)

A weed is but an unloved flower.   (Ella Wheeler Wilcox)

FR. PETER CHARLES CROWTHER:  (Livestream)  St. Gregory 6.00pm. Saturday

                                                              (Livestream)  St. Joseph Withnell 10.00am.  (Holy Communion Car Park 11.00am.

                                                               (Livestream)  St. Joseph's Monday – Thursday 9.30am.  HC Car Park 1015am.

                                                               (Livestream)  Exposition on Saturdays 10am.  - 12pm.

WEEKLY BIBLE:  As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.  (Ephesians 4)

MEDITATION:  If your situation looks hopeless, you know that God has a way through. He is a mighty  fortress. He is always there, constantly ready to help us when we get into trouble. When we run to Him in the midst of our struggle, He provides protection. God is for you. Whoever, or whatever is against you is minor in comparison to the One who is for you!


CHORLEY FOOD BANK:  Desperate for food because of school holidays and unemployment. Please leave in the Presbytery porch. Thank you.

OUR MOORLAND SANCTUARY:  To support a small moorland parish, please go on to our Website:  moorlandsanctuary.com and donate to us through downloading and filling in our  Parish Mandate through the simple click Instruction at the bottom of the Newsletter page. Thank you.

CORONAVIRUS: Is not over by any means. Please remember to wear a mask when going into public places and that includes shops and churches. People are continuing to break this Rule and the Distancing Rule as well. We have a duty to care for each other surely?  Coronavirus anywhere??  EVERYWHERE!!  BEWARE!!

CHANGE OF MASS TIMES: CHORLEY:  St. Mary's:  Saturday  Vigil 5.00pm.   Sunday 10.00am.  ANDERTON: 11.30am.

MASS TIMES:  Mass times throughout the Deanery could change again from September when the Deanery Conference Season re-commences!!!

THE HOLY ROSARY:  Next weekend we celebrate the Assumption.  Perhaps a good opportunity to renew our devotion to the Holy Rosary.  Mary is the Mother of the Church. The Church needs the Rosary more than ever during these turbulent times. Even one Decade a day is better than nothing! Let us ask our Mother to free us of the Virus. Mothers have the good of their children at heart and will do anything for them! Our Blessed Lady!  The Rosary!!  Come on!!

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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Francesc Badia

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 19 A  , 09th August 2020

10th. Sunday after Pentecost               

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Canon Donald MacKay, Dcn. Thomas Washington, Fr. John Harvey, Dcn. Raymond Stevenson, Dcn. James William Cox, Fr. Gerald Hurst, Margaret Cheetham, Timothy Christopher, Rosemary Cafferky, Bernard Highway, Kirsty MacKay, Marian Fry, Ian McMullan, Eleanor Syme, Agnes Carlisle, Margaret Higson, John Richardson, Lisa Pepperall, Tony Wells, Frank Edwardson, Edward Preston, Veronica McVeen, Marie Davies, Peter McLaughlin, Ryan Conway, Emily Roe, Tom Neild, Richard John Hughes, John Deady.

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Next Week:   




“Lord!  Save me!”

A Catholic Survival Guide for the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic, by Deacon Nick Donnelly (Part One)


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!