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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:  Each year the two middle Sundays of Advent centre on John the Baptist, preparing the way for Jesus. John came to prepare a community of repentance, of those who would be ready for the Messiah. This was to be a community not of those who went around moping about their sinfulness, but a community of those who had changed their ways, that is, their whole system of values and priorities.  The Hebrew concept of repentance which John proclaimed was a matter of turning round and going in the opposite direction. To be ready for the Messiah meant, and still means, just such a radical change of attitude. John himself had prepared by going out into the desert, for the Messiah was to come striding across the desert, as did Israel at the Exodus from Egypt. John's clothing and his whole way of life showed his rejection of current materialism and his single-minded dedication. His is not primarily a negative point of view, for his quotation of Isaiah (reflected also in today's first reading from Baruch) shows that the flattening of the hills and the filling of the valleys is a preparation for the Kingdom of peace and justice. A good deal of positive planning and of spade-work is needed if we are to be ready to welcome that Kingdom.  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

GOSPEL LESSON:  By prayer and quiet, let us prepare for the coming of the God-Man Jesus at Christmas. At the first Christmas God entered into His world that in His generosity He could save us from ourselves. Lord by your Cross and Resurrection You have set us free. You ARE the Saviour of the world.

WEEKLY PONDER: What sort of change did John the Baptist ask from his listeners? Think of one change you need to make in your life to welcome Jesus.  (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)

SAINT THIS WEEK: Thursday is the feast of St. Lucy. She was martyred in Syracuse, probably during the persecution of  Diocletian ( which started in 303 ). Devotion to her spread rapidly across practically the whole Church, and her name is included in the Roman Canon of the Mass. She is the Patron of those who have eye problems.  (Archdiocesan Directory)

YOUCAT: (Question 332) How is the solidarity of Christians with other people expressed? Christians are committed to just societal structures. Part of this is universal access to the material, intellectual, and spiritual goods of this world. Christians also make sure that the dignity of human work is respected, which includes a just wage. Handing on the Faith is also an act of solidarity with all mankind.

THE POPE: In a world wounded by conflict, the unity of Christians is a sign of hope that must radiate ever more visibly. United we give a more effective response to the needs of so many men and women of our own time, especially those who suffer from poverty, hunger, illness and war.

ADVENT PRAYER: Grant that your people we pray, Almighty God, may be ever watchful for the coming of your Only Begotten Son, that as the author of our salvation himself has taught us, we may hasten alert and with lighted lamps to meet him when he comes.  ( Jesuit/Creighton)

MEDITATION: Some parents are concerned when they see their children leaving the places where they themselves pray. But will not the best of their Faith appear again when the children grow up and have to take on important responsibilities? The fine flower of trust in God, glimpsed in childhood, is not lost forever. Its scent pervades the soul, invisibly.  (Taize)

SAINTLY GEMS: You would not seek Me if you had not already found Me, and you would not have found Me if I had not first found you.  (  Pascal )

The needs of the times will teach you what to do.  (Blessed Adolph Kopling)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: We are not called to run from the culture. On the contrary, we are called to stand in the middle of the culture and live the truth. We are called to live authentic Catholic lives. Now more than ever, we need heroic Catholicism.  (John Wood)

Allow God to lead you, so you can lead others.  (John Wood)

WEEKLY BIBLE: I will pasture my sheep, I will show them where to rest; it is the Lord who speaks. I shall look for the lost one, bring back the stray, bandage the wounded and make the weak strong. I shall be a true shepherd to them.  (Ezekiel 34:15-16)

ADVENT CONFESSIONS: Saturdays 15th., and 22nd. December from twelve until twelve-thirty.

DEANERY SERVICES OF SORROW: St. Gregory: 16th. December at 3.00pm.  Sacred Heart: Monday 17th. December at 7.00pm.   St. Mary: Friday 21st. December at 7.00pm.

CHRISTMAS EVE MASS:  4.30pm.    Christmas Day: 10.00am.

BAMBINELLI SUNDAY: Next Sunday. Bring your Jesus Crib Figure for a Blessing before placing it in your home Christmas Crib Scene.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: There was a great turn-out of people and a lovely atmosphere. We raised £1946.45,  which will be divided equally with the school; £973.22 each. Sincere thanks to all concerned.

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME:  Next Sunday at the 10.00am. Mass. Please make sure you are there.

200 CLUB AND BONUS BALL:  We need Sponsors for both of these weekly fund-raising events. You are all very generous all of the time and I hate asking.  However, if you wish to join either Venture see Ann Hayes for the 200 Club or John Hodgson for the Bonus Ball. 200 Club prize £25 weekly.  Bonus Ball £30 weekly. Thank you.

CHORLEY FOOD BANK AND PRESTON REFUGE:  Can we now go “all out” in providing food and clothing for these Outlets. This is Christmas; not us and presents and over-eating and drinking but  feeding and clothing our brothers and sisters in Christ. This is an urgent appeal from me, please. We are lucky; let us count our blessings by helping others.

SCHOOL CAROL SERVICE:  Friday 21st. December at 1.00pm. in church. It will be a good start to the feast of the Nativity of the Lord, and I know that the children are working hard at the Carols.

FLOWERS FOR CHRISTMAS: If you would like to make a donation, there will be a basket at the back of the church for NEXT SUNDAY ONLY. Thanks.

LANCASHIRE POLICE:  Have started their Christmas drink/drive campaign and have already taken 2000 drivers off the roads.  You can be 'got' the following morning if you have had drinks the night before and still have too much alcohol in your blood. Be sensible over the Christmas Season, and if you want to have a drink then please do not drive.

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.

Advent 2 Year C   ,  9th. December 2018

Hand in hand with Jesus

2nd. Sunday of Advent     

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Populus Sion, ecce Dominus veniet


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Anne Wilson, Marie Gomersall, Clement Heaton, Mary Waine, Margaret Marshall, Mary Bickerstaffe, John McLoughlin, Betty Jamieson, Tom Shovlin, Jack Carlisle, Allan Stringfellow, Margaret Rimmer, Betty Unsworth.

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

Next Week:  Elizabeth Duke

Today: David Southworth

Derek Harwood   

 “Preaching repentance ”