MASS INTENTIONS THIS WEEK
Elsie Redmond RIP
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THIS WEEK’S NOTICES & MASS READINGS / REFLECTIONS
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. Please telephone on Fridays, 10.30am-3pm / email by 3pm
DURING MASS: Please wait for the stewards to direct you when going up to receive Holy Communion. Thank you.
QR CODE: Please continue to register your attendance at church by using the NHS QR code, displayed as you enter / leave the building. Infection rates are extremely high, so helping to support the Track & Trace programme is more important than ever now. Thank you.
PRIVATE PRAYER: Church will be open for private prayer next Friday from 11am to 1pm. No need to book
HOLY MASS: Thursdays, 10am
READINGS FOR 12 DECEMBER
1st Reading: Zephaniah 3:14-18, The Lord will dance with shouts of joy for you as on a day of festival
Psalm 12, Sing and shout for joy, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.
2nd Reading: Philippians 4:4-7, The Lord is very near
Gospel: Luke 3:1-6, What must we do?
Gospel acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! The spirit of the Lord has been given to me. He has sent me to bring good news to the poor. Alleluia!
Communion antiphon: Say to the faint of heart: Be strong and do not fear. Behold, our God will come, and he will save us.
REFLECTION FOR THE 3rd SUNDAY OF ADVENT
John the Baptist was baptised with water – as Christians ever since have been baptised. John tells us, Jesus is “someone who is more powerful than I am.” Jesus himself tells us, “The Son of Man has authority on earth.” The Son of Man, who is the Son of God, demonstrates this power and authority many times during his mission on earth: curing illnesses, walking on water, calming storms.
Jesus is the Son of the Creator of all things; indeed, he is “the Word through whom all things come into being.” He has the power, he has the ultimate authority, to change, to alter, to adapt, the laws of nature.
For us, he is the source through the pouring of water in baptism, of our receiving the Holy Spirit and being reborn as the children of God.
Baptism brings about a real change in us: a change in ‘being’.
Through the power and authority of Christ, we receive a life of grace, the life of God, for our sanctification and salvation.
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.
Pope Francis’ prayer intention for December:
Let us pray for the catechists, summoned to announce the Word of God: may they be its witnesses, with courage and creativity and in the power of the Holy Spirit.
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
13 December – St Lucy
14 December – St John of the Cross – helped St Teresa of Avila to reform the Carmelite order
Your main intention in Communion should be to grow, strengthen and abound in the love of God; for Love’s sake receive that which Love Alone gives you. Of a truth, there is no more loving or tender aspect in which to gaze upon the Saviour as this act, in which he, so to say, annihilates himself and gives himself to us as food in order to fill our souls and to unite himself more closely with us.
St Frances de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life
CAFOD PRAYER FOR 3rd SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Gracious God, we thank you for your gifts. Teach us to trust you more than possessions or wealth. Give us generous hearts. Inspire us to share what we have and work for justice, so that all may flourish and live in dignity. Amen.
FINAL WEEKEND: ADVENT FOODBANK – 12 DECEMBER
This is the final weekend to bring in seasonal as well as the usual food items such as cereals, tins of fruit and veg, tea /coffee etc. Don’t forget to check the sell-by dates to ensure that the items will last throughout the Christmas period. Thank you for all the very generous donations made so far. A very welcome batch has already been delivered to local families in need this Christmas – and they are overwhelmed by your kindness.
As usual, one of the Christmas Masses will be offered for all the intentions on your Christmas Lists. Please write your intentions and place them in an envelope marked, ‘Christmas List’. You may wish to enclose an offering. Many thanks.
Christmas Eve: 5pm (Friday 24 Dec)
Christmas Day: 11.15am (Saturday 25 Dec)
Christmas Sunday: 11.15am (26 Dec) – Holy Family
Booking: Places in the socially-distanced areas are necessarily limited, so please apply to reserve your place(s) at one of the above Masses, by phone or email on FRIDAY 17 December, between 10.30am and 3pm.
OFFICE OPENING AT CHRISTMAS
Please note the office will be open on Wednesdays, rather than Fridays over the Christmas period, as follows:
Wednesday 22 December, 9.30am to 2.00pm – for Mass bookings / admin
Wednesday 29 December, 9.30am to 2.00pm – for Mass bookings / admin
OUR CHRISTMAS APPEAL
This year we are raising funds for the CAFOD Water Project, which aims to provide clear, pure running water for all those in desperate need. Letters are available from the narthex – with Gift Aid envelopes.
Our target is to raise £750. Your help is much appreciated!
RESOURCES FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE FOR DECEMBER
God Who Speaks December Resources
Focus on Dreams and Revelations: godwhospeaks.uk/dreams-and-revelations
Dreaming with Joseph this Christmas: On Dreaming in a Time of Crisis (Part 1 & 2) by David McLoughlin:
Why wasn’t Jesus born in the Temple by Fr Michael Hall: godwhospeaks.uk/dreams-and-revelations/christmas-the-lord-who-enters-his-temple
Christmas Creation Commandment No. 9 by Fr Michael Hall: godwhospeaks.uk/commandment-9-let-the-child-make-all-things-new
Fleur chooses our Top Ten Nativity Animal Paintings: godwhospeaks.uk/top-ten-nativity-animal-paintings
Christmas Resources: godwhospeaks.uk/christmas-resources
Family Advent Wreath Resource from Bishop Peter Brignall: godwhospeaks.uk/christmas-resources/traditional-advent-resources
Donkey Detective Story and Make your own Donkey Activity: godwhospeaks.uk/the-christmas-donkey
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
Veni, Veni Emmanuel – The Gesualdo Six – YouTube
A lovely setting of the very familiar, traditional hymn ‘O Come, O Come Emmanuel’. Everything about this performance is perfect.
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: email@example.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.
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.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.
YEAR OF ST JOSEPH
With his apostolic letter, ‘Patris Corde’ (‘With a Father’s heart’), Pope Francis has proclaimed a ‘Year of St Joseph’ running from 8 December 2020 (Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception) to December 2021.
At the end of the letter, he asks us to pray the following prayer to St Joseph:
Hail Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you, God entrusted his only Son,
In you, Mary placed her trust,
With you, Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too,
Show yourself a father
And guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage
And defend us from every evil.
CLOTHING DONATIONS FOR AFGHAN REFUGEES
Donations to Care4Calais are being collected in Aughton L39 5DW: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 ARCHDIOCESAN PASTORAL PLAN: SYNOD 2020-21
The synodal process, which was launched in 2019 has now, after more months than originally anticipated, has resulted in a Pastoral Plan which will be outlined at every Mass in our Archdiocese this weekend.
Key themes of the Plan include:-
- Becoming a Church that accompanies people through life
- Becoming a Church that honours the vocation of all the baptised
- Becoming a Church where synodality is embedded
- Becoming a Church that renews its organisational structures and administers its property to serve its mission
- Becoming a Church where young people and adults flourish
- Becoming a Church that cares for its priests
Cards, identifying these key themes are available in the narthex, as well as leaflets summarising the main points of the Plan. The full text can be accessed on www.liverpoolpastoralplan.org.uk or you may wish to order a copy (£2 + P&P) from Pauline Books on 0151 709 1328.
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 DURING THE LOCKDOWN
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.
1st & 2nd DOSE VACCINES ARE ESSENTIAL FOR ALL
BOOSTER VACCINES ARE NOW BEING GIVEN TO ALL OVER 40s – THEY CONFER OVER 90% PROTAECTION AGAINST SEVERE ILLNESS, including from Omicron
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 (email@example.com)
WISHING ALL PARISHIONERS AND THEIR FAMILIES EVERY BLESSING FOR THE COMING WEEK