1 May 2022 – 3rd Sunday of Easter

 

MASS INTENTIONS THIS WEEK

Saturday 30th April – Martin O’Connor RIP

Sunday 1 May – The Wright family

Monday 2nd May –  The Cooper family

Thursday 5th May – Frank & Elizabeth Wright RIP

Saturday 7th May – Parishioners

Sunday 8th May – Anne & Harold Cooper RIP

LATEST  UP-DATE 

WELCOME TO THE WEBSITE FOR SS PETER & PAUL, MAWDELSEY!
 Please ring or email to book places for weekend Masses on Fridays between 10.30am and 3pm if you wish to sit in the social-distancing areas. 


 PARISH NEWSLETTER
THIS WEEK’S NOTICES & MASS READINGS 

WISHING YOU A VERY HAPPY AND PEACE-FILLED EASTER
Christ is Risen!  Alleluia, Alleluia!

IMPORTANT – PLEASE CONTINUE TO BOOK
You only need to pre-book if you wish to sit in the designated section (side pews) for social-distancing.  Contact the parish Office on Fridays, between 10.30am and 3pm.  Thank you.
The Archdiocese continues to recommend the wearing of face masks, out of consideration for others.   Thank you

PRIVATE PRAYER:  Church is open for private prayer on Fridays, between 11am and 1pm.

HOLY MASS:  MONDAYS and THURSDAYS – 10.00am
Thursdays: Eucharistic Exposition & Benediction – 10.25am to 11am

CONFESSION : last Saturday of the month: 4.15pm to 4.45pm: Saturday 30 April

READINGS FOR 1 MAY
1st Reading: Acts 5:27-41, We are witnesses of all this, we and the Holy Spirit
Psalm 29, I will praise you Lord, you have rescued me
2nd Reading: Apocalypse 5:11-14, The Lamb that was sacrificed is worthy to be given riches and power
Gospel: John 21:1-19, Jesus stepped forward, took the bread and gave it to them, and the same with the fish
Gospel acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia!  Lord Jesus, explain the scriptures to us.  Make our hearts burn within us as you talk to us. Alleluia!
Communion antiphon: Jesus said to his disciples, Come and eat, and he took bread and gave it to them, alleluia.

REFLECTION FOR 3rd SUNDAY OF EASTER
Skilled fishermen though they were, Peter and the apostles were unable to land a catch: “We have laboured all night and caught nothing”.  The apparent disaster of the crucifixion and the ending of all their hopes – or so they thought – had driven them back to their former occupation of fishing.  Again, as when Jesus first called them only three years previously, this is the wrong sort of fishing.
So Jesus calls them again and reminds them of their calling, to fish ‘for men’.  They can do this, not through any feeble means of their own, but through the all-powerful means of Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  Jesus has given his life for this moment – to be the first to be raised from the dead and the first of all those ‘fished’ from the ‘sea’ of sin and death.
By this miracle in today’s Gospel, Jesus reminds the apostles of their original calling; he renews their faith and their hope; he gives them confidence and courage – and confirms Peter’s leadership: a leadership based on working in Love and for Love.

PRAYER INTENTIONS THIS WEEK
Archbishop Malcolm has asked us to pray the following at this time of crisis:
God Our Father, each person is precious to You.
You are the Giver of life.
Have mercy on us and protect us at this time, as the coronavirus threatens health and life.
You are an ever-present Helper in time of trouble.
Watch over those who are suffering, give strength to those who are aiding the sick and give courage to all in this time of anxiety.
We ask this of you in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for May:
For faith-filled young people
We pray for all young people, called to live life to the fullest; may they see in Mary’s life the way to listen, the depth of discernment, the courage that faith generates, and the dedication to service.

Let us pray…
That all Christians may strive for holiness by repenting of past sins;
That all who doubt or distrust the Gospel message may recognise the risen Christ in the goodness and kindness of others and learn to turn to God in faith and love;
That the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ for all people may teach us that there is no such thing as a worthless life, or a person God does not love;
That as Covid restrictions are lifted and more people receive their vaccinations, may the bonds of our relationships be renewed and strengthened

We pray now in the words Jesus gave us:
Our Father, who art in heaven…

SPECIAL FEASTS THIS WEEK
2 May – St Athanasius
3 May – Ss Philip & James, apostles; St Philip was originally a follower of John the Baptist and St James is known as the first Bishop of Jerusalem and is the writer of the epistle on the New Testament.
4 May – English Martyrs, 125 martyrs from the 16th and 17th centuries

VOCATION SUNDAY 8 MAY
The National Office for Vocation has planned a week of events leading up to the day – and on the day itself – which will celebrate people living out their vocation and also encourage discerners as they listen to God’s call. This year’s theme is ‘The Journey’.  All details can be found at www.ukvocation.org/vocations-sunday.
Zoom Talk: Thursday 5th May at 7:30pm – 9pm ‘The Conversation’
Listen in and ask our guest panel about how they live out their vocation and the work they carry out in the Church.
The panel includes: Helena Judd (Radio Maria); Deacon Toby Duckworth (Transitional Deacon at the VEC), Richard Mills (Catenias); Elliot Vanstone (Mission Adviser – Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales); Annabel Ward (Youth 2000); Catherine Wiley (Catholic Grandparents Association) and more …
This event takes place on Zoom and live on Radio Maria England. It is free to join.
To book (free) www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-conversation-tickets-306529176017
COLLECTION NEXT WEEK: Priests’ Training Fund

PARISH FOODBANK – VOLUNTEER DRIVERS WELCOME
Thank you for donations already received, which have been taken to the foodbank centre at St Mary’s in Leyland.  Deliveries will be made every other week. If anyone is interested in helping out as a driver, then we may be able to organise weekly donations.  Volunteers at St Mary’s do all the lifting and carrying, which makes things very easy for the drivers.  If you have a bit of free time on Monday mornings (when the foodbank is open) and would like to help out, please speak to Teresa Culshaw after Sunday Mass, or contact the Parish Office to find out more.  Thank you.

CHURCH FLOWERS – VOLUNTEERS WELCOME
Very many thanks to Freda Helme, who for many years, has made sure that our church always looks its best with beautiful fresh flower arrangements every week. We are very grateful for all she has done to support our worship in this way – and also to Anne Scholes who has kindly offered to continue Freda’s work of arranging flowers each week.  Anne would be grateful for any help from parishioners interested in joining her team.  No experience is necessary, just a willingness to help and  a love of flowers.  Please ring or email the Parish Office if you are interested in finding out more.  Thank you.

MISSIO NEWS – OUR MISSION BOXES
Even during the pandemic and various lockdowns, we were able to send £442.00 to Mission for 2021.  Thank you to everyone who contributed so generously.

       
       
       

FOOD FOR THE SOUL: TALKS & RETREATS
Our Archdiocese has information about a number of talks and retreats coming up over the next few months.  Many are local.  All are welcome to find out more and to apply for these enriching courses.  Many are free, or the cost is minimal.  Please check the Pastoral Development link on the Archdiocesan website, or telephone 0151 522 1048, to speak to Helen Jones. http://www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/pastoral-development

EASTER COURSES RUN BY THE ARCHDIOCESE: THE GOD WHO SPEAKS
This month we celebrate Christ’s Resurrection Hope as we stand in solidarity with the People of Ukraine.
https://www.godwhospeaks.uk/resurrection-hope/
The third article in the Meaning of Life series by Bp David Evans explores Adaptability: being and becoming – godwhospeaks.uk/the-meaning-of-life-part-3-adaptability

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES 2022-23
New boxes are now available for collection from the narthex. Please can you help, by delivering boxes to any parishioners who live close to you.
Please leave a message at the Parish office (phone / email /letter) if you no longer wish to use these envelopes.  Many thanks.

MASS INTENTONS
Mass intentions are welcome, not just for our dear departed, but for any other occasion eg in thanksgiving, successful outcome (exams / operation), wedding / anniversary blessings.
Please write your name and intention, with the preferred date – if applicable –  on a piece of paper and place in an envelope, along with your offering, either in the weekly offertory basket or through the presbytery door.  Every effort will be made to ensure that a Mass is said on the day requested, or as close to it as possible, should that date have already been booked. 

THE UKRAINE CRISIS – HOW TO HELP

LIVERPOOL ARCHDIOCESE
The Archdiocese has set up text numbers for anyone wanting to make a financial donation. All donations will be sent to the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of the Holy Family of London.
The text numbers are:

  • Text HELPUKRAINE to 70085 to donate £2 
  • Text HELPUKRAINE to 70450 to donate £3 
  • Text HELPUKRAINE to 70460 to donate £5 
  • Text HELPUKRAINE to 70470 to donate £10

(Texts will cost the donation amount plus one standard network rate message.)
More information can be found on our website: http://www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/ukraine-s

Donations can be made by bank transfer to: Account name: Archdiocese of Liverpool
Sort code: 40-29-12       Account: 01551493  Reference: Help Ukraine
Or by cheque made payable to “Archdiocese of Liverpool” and with “Help Ukraine” written on the reverse.  Please post to Finance Department: St Margaret Clitherow Centre, Liverpool Archdiocesan Office, Croxteth Drive, Liverpool, L17 1AA

OTHER FORMS OF HELP

  • First and most important is prayer and fasting, that God may strengthen and protect the Ukrainians and other persecuted peoples, and thwart their aggressors. Prayer cards available in the narthex plus Info Sheets detailing more local help and prayers.
  • On the website of the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Family in London, details are available of the appeal by the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain (augb.co.uk ).
  • The Polish shop U Miska, 27 Steeley Lane, Chorley PR6 0RD (opposite Kingprint) T. 01257 273676 is collecting clothing, footwear, blankets, nappies, women’s hygiene products, baby milk and other humanitarian help for refugees. 
  • Donations can be made directly on the crowdfunding website: https://www.gofundme.com/f/helpukraine  or Direct to the central appeal fund – Barclays Bank, Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain Limited, 80038237, 20-65-89, with reference HelpUkraine. This is a joint undertaking of: 
    The Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of the Holy Family of London, [Ukrainian Cathedral House, 22 Binney Street, London, W1K 5BQ – cheques could be sent here too]Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church in Great Britain
    Association of Ukrainians (AUGB)
    Association of Ukrainian Women (AUW)
    Ukrainian Youth Association (CYM)
    Plast Ukrainian Scouts in Great Britain
    Association of Ukrainian Teachers (AUT)

CURRENT COVID GUIDANCE FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE
The Archdiocese remains cautious in its most recent guidance and advises the following:

  • Parishioners are asked to continue to wear face masks, out of consideration for others
  • Churches should continue to be well-ventilated, as Covid is an airborne disease
  • Parishioners who wish to sit in a socially-distanced area should be enabled to do so
  • Singing during Mass can be restored
  • Holy water will be available in the stoups

In addition, anyone who has not yet received any vaccine is strongly encouraged to start now.  To be effective against the new, highly contagious Omicron virus, a course of 3 vaccines is required (a first dose, followed by a second dose, after 8 weeks, then a 3rd dose – or booster – 12 weeks after the 2nd dose).  This applies to everyone over the age of 18 years.  It will take 2 weeks for booster immunity to build up, so the sooner, the better.

  • Take regular LFT tests (2 or 3 a week), particularly before going out and mixing with others.
  • Avoid going out if you feel unwell or test positive

It’s worth remembering that anyone hesitating to start the course of vaccines because they are concerned about the chemicals used, could potentially end up being treated in hospital –  with a range of chemical medicines!

WEEKLY COVID UP-DATE: Mawdesley & Croston
As of 24 April, 18 people tested positive – a fall of 30 since last week, but we are still well above the national average in this area, so please be careful when mixing with others.
75 people are receiving hospital treatment again, a fall of 15, but deaths have increased by 4 this week, to 7.
For daily updates, please use the following link: https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/search?postcode=L40%202PA

LET’S KEEP TALKING – SUPPORT FOR ANYONE SUFFERING IN ANY WAY AS A RESULT OF THE PANDEMIC
Please pick up a leaflet on your way into/out of church, from Lancs & S Cumbria Mental Health Support.  Help is out there if you’re struggling to cope, or you know someone who is struggling.

MUSICAL TREATS FOR THE WEEK
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCcGqMHndxo
This week’s musical treat picks up the text from our 2nd reading in Handel’s rousing final choruses from ‘The Messiah’.  This is the Royal Choral Society + the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performing at the Royal Albert Hall in 2012.  This recording was released in April 2020, during the lockdown which prevented so many Easter gatherings.

WITH EVERY BLESSING FOR PARISHIONERS & FAMILIES THIS NEXT WEEK


MASS ON SUNDAYS REGULAR WEEKLY NOTICES

As you may be aware, our Bishops have lifted the obligation to attend Sunday Mass.
To keep Sundays holy, it might be helpful to spend some time reading the Scriptures.  Besides your Bible, the Magnificat publication can be a wonderful aid to prayer and of course, you also get the readings for Mass for every day of the week!  At a cost of less than £1 a week, you may be interested in subscribing now: tel. 020 7448 3618; email: uk@magnificat.com or visit the website: www.catholic-herald.myshopify.com
Masses will continue to be live-streamed and televised for many months yet, so you can still take part in Sunday worship and the Act of Spiritual Communion will continue to be an important part of people’s worship for the foreseeable future. 
If you have any queries or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

THE ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul. 
Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you. 
Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.

MASSES ONLINE
Locally, there is St Clare’s, Sharoe Green Lane, Fulwood: www.saintclares.co.uk which streams Mass daily at 9.30am.  Please follow the easy links on the website. 
https://www.vaticannews.va/enPope Francis
https://www.churchservices.tv/whats-on-now/  Great selection of Masses and other Church serviceshttps://www.lourdes-france.org/en/tv-lourdes/ Mass and daily at 2pm, the Rosary in English
https://www.livemass.org Extraordinary Form (1962 Missal)
Use the website links to EWTN (Sky Channel 588)) or the Archdiocese to access daily Masses
On the radio: Catholic Radio Sky Channel 0147
Also, you may wish to try the Pray as you Go phone app:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=pl.foxcode.prayasyougo&hl=en
PRAYERS from the Archdiocese, for Stations of the Cross etc: https://www.liverpoolcatholicresources.com/

Please email the Parish Office with details of any other online services you know of that may help parishioners at this very difficult time.  We will try to include them in next week’s Newsletter.

CLOTHING DONATIONS FOR AFGHAN REFUGEES
Donations to Care4Calais are being collected in Aughton L39 5DW: Please email mcevoyden@gmail.com to arrange drop-off time / venue. Care4Calais is specifically asking for the following items, which must be in good condition: baby / children’s clothes & shoes (trainers), jeans and leggings, t-shirts, hoodies, & other winter clothes / shoes. You may wish to donate directly to Care4Calais: Care4Calais | Refugee Crisis Charity | Fundraise Donate Volunteer

THE UNIVERSE CATHOLIC WEEKLY
The Universe Catholic Weekly has launched their new online newspaper with the full support of their first subscriber, none other than His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols.
Order your Digital copy by going to www.universecatholicweekly.co.uk or ring 0743661 7650 and ask for Michelle.
Special offer: Only £20 for 3 months

EWTN – GLOBAL CATHOLIC TV & RADIO
Getting connected is easier than you might think.  EWTN is free, there’s no subscription.  You can stream live and on demand via the website: www.ewtn.co.uk/get-ewtn or get the app for your mobile (EWTN APP), or Amazon’s Echo Auto.
Every day: daily Mass at 1pm and Children’s Rosary every day, at 7.30pm

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMES ON EWTN
Children’s religious programmes, based on the teachings of Jesus, are available on EWTN every week day, from 3.30pm to 4.30pm – and on Saturday mornings, from 9am to 10am.

WEEKLY MASS FOR CHILDREN: FREE RESOURCE BOOKLET
Redemptorist Publications is pleased to introduce Celebrate: an initiative designed to help children grow in their faith. 
Each week they will provide a Children’s Liturgy in the form of a video of the week’s Gospel reading, a reflection and a final prayer.  
Fun, engaging and practical worksheets/resources will also be provided to help children continue to practise their faith during this time.  Please ring 01420 592974 or check the following link for the RP KidZone: https://www.rpbooks.co.uk/celebrate-following-your-faith?utm

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OFFERTORY DONATIONS
Many thanks to generous parishioners who continue to support the parish during this extremely challenging year.
Instead of putting money in offertory envelopes each week, those who are able to make an offering are asked to either:

  • Write a monthly cheque (payable to ‘Ss Peter & Paul Church’) and post to the presbytery with a covering letter and one offertory envelope for gift aid purposes.
  • Contact the office (by phone or email) to request a Standing Order mandate for your bank –

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like to discuss this further.


 HELP DURING THE PANDEMIC

COVID VACCINES – IMPORTANT

IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE, PLEASE MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FOR A BOOSTER VACCINE & EVERYONE SHOULD CONTINUE TO WEAR FACE MASKS, IN ORDER TO PROTECT OTHERS.
Please note that the Catholic Church has given its full support to the vaccine (all  of them) and is keen to assure Catholics that there are no moral issues linked to the science of the vaccines, whatsoever.  The vaccines are safe. The Archbishop of Liverpool is anxious to dispel any myths and urges Catholics to have the vaccines. 
Unfortunately some people are trying to exploit the fears of others, so be on the alert for so-called vaccine scammers, who will try and charge you for a vaccine. 
There is NO CHARGE.
The vaccines are free. 
GP surgeries are not paid.  The government is paying for the whole programme.

Please also note that there are some scammers pretending to be the NHS.  There is only one official NHS email address, which is www.nhs.uk

The NHS will never ask for details like family maiden names of bank accounts / credit & debit cards.  Nor will they require you to pay anything for the vaccines.  If you are contacted by a group claiming to be the NHS and they’ve asked for these details, it is a scam and you must ignore it.  Then report it!

It is essential to continue to observe the ‘basics’: hand hygiene, face masks, social-distancing – and lots of good ventilation – at all times

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUERIES OR NEED ANY HELP, PLEASE CONTACT FR ANDERS AT THE PRESBYTERY IN TARLETON ON 01772 812242, OR EMAIL THE MAWDESLEY OFFICE (ssppm@rcaol.org.uk)

WISHING ALL PARISHIONERS AND THEIR FAMILIES EVERY BLESSING FOR THE COMING WEEK