MASS INTENTIONS THIS WEEK – Both parishes
James & Edith Hooper RIP
Holy Souls NDL
Kathleen & Bert Edwardson RIP
Elsie & William Welch RIP
|UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE|
OUR LADY’S and Ss PETER & PAUL’S – No Masses or services. Church can no longer open for private prayer. Fr Anders will continue to say Mass for the intentions listed above.
MESSAGE FROM FR ANDERS
Following the government’s announcement that places of worship may be open for private prayer as from 15 June, the Archbishop has decided to allow up to two churches in each pastoral area to be opened.
In our pastoral area of Leyland, the two churches are:-
• St Teresa’s RC Church, 34 Queensway, Penwortham PR1 0DS Tel. 01772 743337 http://www.catholic-penwortham-longton.btck.co.uk/
o Opening times tbc
• St Mary’s R C Church, Broadfield Drive, Leyland PR25 1PD Tel. 01772 455955 www.leylandstmarys.org.uk
o Opening times are every day, 10am to 12 noon and 3pm to 5pm
o Please keep a distance of 2m from others. A one-way system is in operation so entrance is by the side door only – on the right-hand side. Please follow the signs.
Please note: You will not be able to light candles, nor will there be any holy water.
Please wear a face mask
Use the hand sanitisers when you enter and when you leave
Do not accept a car lift from anyone who is not in your household.
Only one church will be opening in Southport, Preston and Chorley, as follows:-
Southport – St Marie’s, Seabank Road, Southport PR9 0EJ Tel. 01704 531229 www.stmariessouthport.org.uk
• Opening times are Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 12noon
Preston – St Clare’s, Sharoe Green Lane, Fulwood PR2 9HH Tel. 01772 719604 www.stclares.co.uk
• Opening times are Monday to Friday 4.30pm to 6.30pm, Saturday 11am to 1pm and Sunday 2pm to 4pm
Chorley – St Mary’s, Mount Pleasant, Chorley PR7 2SR Tel. 01257 262357 www.stmarys-chorley.org.uk
• Opening times are Mondays to Saturdays, from 11am to 1pm
Please note that the same conditions apply to visits to any church during this period, as we slowly ease out of lockdown.
Should the infection rate (R rate) show signs of increasing then the churches will have to be closed again.
CHURCHES TOGETHER: TARLETON WALKING DAY – SATURDAY 13 JUNE
Today is Tarleton Walking Day! Fr Anders will be making the address, via a video link, on the theme of ‘Hope & Thanksgiving’. One family from each parish in Tarleton / Hesketh Bank will set off to walk the route, at 10-minute intervals. John and Emma O’Hare, with Niall and Connie, will be representing Our Lady’s. The whole event will be available to people to see on Facebook. Please use the following link to access the pictures and videos: https://www.facebook.com/Tarleton-Walking-Day-102708574799283/
THIS WEEK’S GOSPEL REFLECTION – FOR THE MOST HOLY BODY & BLOOD OF CHRIST
Catholics today tend not to be too alarmed by the thought of eating and drinking the body and blood of Christ – perhaps because for many, it’s an idea we’ve grown up with and therefore we don’t think about it as deeply as we might. However, when Jesus told his largely Jewish followers that they would not have eternal life unless they ate his flesh, it came as a tremendous shock and they struggled to come to terms with this.
Jesus tried to help them to understand what was happening when he explained for them (and us) again, the nature of his close relationship with the Father: “As I, who am sent by the living Father myself draw life from the Father, so whoever eats me will draw life from me.”
What Jesus is offering to us when we eat his body and drink his blood, is the possibility of entering in to the life of the Father – and joining him in heaven. There is a danger that the Eucharist can become a habit or a mere act of symbolism, so let us make a real effort from now on to spend some time, both before and after Mass, to think about what a great gift this is. And to recognise what a privilege God in his goodness is bestowing on us. A privilege that enables us to deepen our relationship with God and with each other. Our Faith on Sunday
READINGS FOR 14 JUNE – HOLY BODY & BLOOD OF CHRIST
1st Reading: Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14-16 – He fed you with manna which neither you nor your fathers had known
Psalm 147 – O praise the Lord, Jerusalem!
2nd Reading: I Corinthians 10:16-17 – That there is only one loaf means that, though there are many of us, we form a single body.
Gospel: John 6:51-58 – My flesh is real food and my blood is real drink
Gospel acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! I am the living bread which has come down from heaven, says the Lord. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever. Alleluia!
Communion antiphon: Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him, says the Lord.
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.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OFFERTORY DONATIONS DURING THE LOCKDOWN
The Archdiocese has now issued a set of guidelines for priests and parishioners – and also set up a direct online-giving facility.
They advise against offertory envelopes being posted through presbytery doors because this increases the number of non-essential journeys being made by vulnerable people. It also requires the counting and retaining of cash in the presbytery and subsequent trips to banks / post offices – all increasing the likelihood of spreading infection.
The Archdiocese therefore recommends that parishioners who are able to and who wish to continue with their offertory donations can do one of the following:
1. Wait until the crisis is over and then write out 1 cheque only, payable to the parish, and place in that particular week’s offertory envelope / an envelope with your offertory number on (so that it can be identified for Gift Aid, if appropriate)
2. Take out a standing order with your bank. You will need the parish account name, sort code and account number. Please either email the parish office for this information, or phone the Tarleton presbytery on 01772 812242 and we will send you (mail / email) a Standing Order Mandate form. You may wish to make your offering to the parish on a monthly basis, rather than weekly in this instance.
3. Via Liverpool Archdiocese’s online giving website: Each parish has its own unique link on the website and a photograph of your church is shown to provide additional reassurance to donors that they are donating to their parish. All donations will go to the parish selected by the donor.
Here is the link for Our Lady’s in Tarleton: https://donate.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/our-lady-help-of-christians-tarleton
Here is the link for Ss Peter & Paul, Mawdesley: https://donate.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/ss-peter-and-paul-mawdesley
Please see last week’s newsletter for instructions on how to donate via text, to either parish.
Locally, there is St Clare’s, Sharoe Green Lane, Fulwood: www.stclares.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, 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.
HELPING HANDS – LOCAL FREE NEWSLETTER Residents should be receiving a newsletter this week, from a group of local volunteers, operating under the auspices of the Care Commissioning Group. This is the first of a (free) monthly newsletter, featuring help and advice on how to cope under the current lockdown and providing local information about shops and goods / delivery services. Parishioner and Parish Admin Diane Mackley is one of the volunteers who have been working on this. She would welcome your comments and feedback for the next edition (in July) and would also love to hear your ideas for items that could be featured in the future. Please telephone 01772 815508. Thank you.
USEFUL CONTACTS: GETTING HELP – WEST LANCS PARTNERSHIP Please see the May newsletters
THE ARCHDIOCESE ALSO RECOMMENDS THE FOLLOWING HELP LINES Please see the May newsletters
BE ALERT – BE SCAM SMART!
a. Don’t give credit / debit card PIN numbers to anyone you don’t know and trust
b. Don’t believe anyone who rings and tells you they’re from your bank / building society / telephone provider etc
c. Don’t order medicines on-line without checking with family / friends first
d. Don’t give cash to anyone you don’t know, who says they’ll get shopping in for you
e. Don’t give your pension book to anyone other than a family member / known friend
f. Finally, if in doubt, say you need to check with family / friends to any caller you don’t know
NEWS ITEMS FEATURED IN THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSE & TIMES THIS WEEK
Catholics are urges to rally round their parishes to keep everyone safe – in spite of the lifting of restrictions everyone has a responsibility to keep the community safe.
• Scottish bishops make face masks compulsory
• Bishop Malone is remembered as a ‘true friend’ at his burial on 2 June
• Foodbank use hits new high during the pandemic
• Pope Francis tells Italians to take care and avoid celebrating too soon as the virus is still very much alive and kicking: he expressed concern that many countries that had relaxed restrictions were seeing increases in infections and this coincides with the WHO’s warning that lockdown is easing too fast
• How early Christians preserved many classical Roman sites for the future
• Several articles and pieces reflecting on the horrors of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis
• TV presenter Clare Balding talks about fitness, her dogs and writing
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WITH EVERY BLESSING FOR THE COMING WEEK