MASS INTENTIONS THIS WEEK – Both parishes
Michael Anthony Kelly RIP
Holy Souls NDL
Stan & Pam Errington RIP
Winifred Derbyshire RIP
|UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE|
OUR LADY’S and Ss PETER & PAUL’S – No Masses or services as yet, but preparations are being made for opening in early August. Parishioners will be advised by email/post. Fr Anders will continue to say Mass for the intentions listed above.
MESSAGE FROM FR ANDERS ON THE CAUTIOUS RE-OPENING OF OUR CHURCHES
We are beginning the process of opening up our churches for public Masses. Obviously, this needs to be done cautiously and within strict government, Public Health England and Archdiocesan guidelines.
Parishioners will all be notified by post or email, as well as in this Newsletter, when our churches will be opening. You will also receive a set of Guidelines so that you know what to expect when you do return to church in early August.
Unfortunately, we do not necessarily have the correct or up-dated contact details for all parishioners, so apologies if you have not received a letter requesting your permission for us to use your details so that we can inform you of events. Please email either office, or ring to speak to Diane on Thursdays between 10am and 4pm at Our Lady’s, or on Fridays at Ss Peter & Paul’s, same times, with those details. Those who have received a letter are asked to complete the form and send to either presbytery as soon as possible. Many thanks.
In the meantime, the Sunday obligation remains lifted for the foreseeable future. I am aware that many parishioners may still be nervous and wary about going to church. 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 some time yet.
In the meantime, St Mary’s in Leyland is the first church in our deanery opening for Mass. Please ring or email – and check the website – to book: Broadfield Drive, Leyland PR25 1PD Tel. 01772 455955 www.leylandstmarys.org.uk
If you have any queries or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
God bless you and your families this coming week. Fr Gerald Anders
ARCHDIOCESAN RISK ASSESSMENT / GUIDELINES
Please use the link to see the sort of measures that the Archdiocese is asking all churches to put in place. This will become our ‘normal’ modus operandi from now on.
CHURCHES OPEN FOR PRIVATE WORSHIP – Please see June Newsletters
NEIGHBOURING CHURCHES – Please see June Newsletters
Should the infection rate (R rate) show signs of increasing then the churches will have to be closed again.
MESSAGE FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE
Archbishop Malcolm states very clearly in his video message to parishioners that “We’re not going back to normal, to how things were before the lockdown in March. We have to think differently from now on…”
Please see the video message from Archbishop Malcolm McMahon which will show you the sort of things to expect if you attend Mass at your local church.
PRAYER INTENTIONS THIS WEEK
For the Pope, and all bishops and priests: that they may govern the Church with God’s wisdom, especially in this time of crisis – and serve the faithful with Christ’s love
Lord, in your mercy…
That Christ may guide the minds of all civil leaders so as to promote the common good, according to God’s will and to make the right choices in determining their policies to protect the health of all people.
Lord, in your mercy….
That the Lord will be close to the poor, the sick, the dying, the lonely, the addicted, the homeless and the unemployed and give them hope and comfort in these difficult and stressful times.
Lord, in your mercy…
READINGS FOR 12 JULY
1st Reading: Isaiah 55: 10-11 – The word that goes from my mouth does not return to me empty
Psalm 64: Some seed fell into rich soil and produced its crop
2nd Reading: Romans 8: 18-23 – The whole creation is eagerly waiting for God to reveal his sons
Gospel: Matthew 13: 1-23 – The one who received the seed in rich soil is the man who hears and understands it.
Gospel acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! Speak Lord, your servant is listening: you have the message of eternal life. Alleluia!
Communion antiphon: The sparrow finds a home and the swallow a nest for her young: by your altars, O Lord of Hosts, my King and my God. Blessed are they who dwell in your house, forever singing your praise.
THIS WEEK’S GOSPEL REFLECTION
We live in a very noisy world. We get so used to noise that we are surprised when we encounter silence. During the lockdown it became quite a talking point. We heard the sound of birdsong! Imagine! The noise that our ears are subjected to on a daily basis does not, however, mean that we actually listen to what is going on around us. In fact the noisy world does not seem to be a listening world at all. The feeling of not being heard is a very common experience; we know when we are being ignored, treated with glazed looks, heard but not understood; above all when the evident dismissal of our words makes us feel totally rejected. Equally we know only too well when we are being respectfully heard and the hearer gives themselves to be truly present to me as well as to my words. So it is with Jesus. He knows that while the crowd around were giving lip service to listening to him, only a few, a very few, were actually present to his word. In order to make that clear, especially to his disciples, he tells a story –the story of a farmer scattering seed. He describes all the ways in which the seed comes to
nothing because it falls in the wrong soil, and how even the seeds that fall in the very best of rich soil vary in how well they produce their crop. He is describing, of course, the many ways his teaching is either received or rejected, what happens to his word when it reaches the ears of his listeners.
And just as we ourselves are aware of being rejected when we are not listened to, so Jesus knows that the dismissal of his word is the refusal to accept him and the Father who sent him. It is the rejection of “the Word (that) be-came flesh and dwelt among us.”
Sr Kathleen McGhee SND
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.
MAKING OFFERTORY DONATIONS DURING THE LOCKDOWN
A big Thank You to the thoughtful parishioners of both parishes, who have kindly sent in cheques. They are very much appreciated. A reminder, that instead of putting money in offertory envelopes each week, those who are able to make an offering are asked to:
• Write a monthly cheque (payable to either ‘Our Lady Help of Christians Church’ or ‘Ss Peter & Paul Church Mawdesley’) and post to the presbytery with a covering letter and one offertory envelope for gift aid purposes, if applicable. Or…
• Contact the office (by phone or email) to request a Standing Order mandate for your bank. Or…
• Make your offertory donation online or by text – please see the May newsletters for information on this.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like to discuss this further.
MASSES ONLINE WILL CONTINUE TO BE STREAMED INDEFINITELY
Locally, there is St Clare’s, Sharoe Green Lane, Fulwood: www.saintclares.co.uk which streams Mass daily at 10am. Please follow the easy links on the website.
https://www.vaticannews.va/en Pope Francis
https://www.churchservices.tv/whats-on-now/ Great selection of Masses and other Church services https://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, those who have Sky can tune in on Channel 588, or the Archdiocese to access daily Masses
On the radio: Catholic Radio 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.
FEAST DAYS THIS COMING WEEK
13 July – St Henry – Holy Roman Emperor in the 11th century. Patron of Benedictine oblates
14 July – St Camillus de Lellis, d.1614 A very relevant saint for today: he is patron of the sick, hospitals and medics
15 July – St Bonaventure, d.1274 regarded as the ‘second founder’ of the Franciscan Order
16 July – Our Lady of Mount Carmel – Commemorates the day when Our Lady gave the brown scapular to St Simon Stock (in 1251), to set up the Carmelite Order
18 July – Blessed Virgin Mary
The Archdiocese has recently published a new timetable, which will allow for much greater consultation on the themed proposals by parishioners.
The Synod itself will now meet in June 2021.
The online portal for receiving proposals, in the light of the Covid pandemic remains open until 1 September.
18 October – Synod Sunday: the Archdiocese will send out a leaflet which includes new reflections based on the Covid experience
October to December: Parish meetings (Possibly via Zoom / Skype), to examine the lists of proposals and share responses.
March to June 2021: Further parish discussions on the proposals and a vote by parishioners
NEWS ITEMS FEATURED IN THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSE & TIMES THIS WEEK
• Lockdown proved that religion was the pillar of the community
• Covid-19 pushes more people in to deepest poverty
• How should English football end racism: some hard truths have to be faced
• Channel crossings of refugees are on the rise
• Vendors of The Big Issue make a welcome return to our towns
• Bishops in the Amazon start a new ecclesial conference looking at threats to the environment, the impact of the pandemic and the on-going shortage of priests
• Tensions between the east and west churches: Orthodox and Catholic
• Joan of Arc: a powerful symbol for unity and feminism
• Meeting Mike Reid, former host of ‘Top of the Pops’
• Grow your own vegetables and save money
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WITH EVERY BLESSING FOR THE COMING WEEK