MASS INTENTIONS THIS WEEK
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Richard & Mary Singleton RIP
WELCOME TO THE WEBSITE FOR SS PETER & PAUL, MAWDELSEY!
Church is now open for public Masses / Service. Please ring or email to book places for weekend Masses NEXT WEDNESDAY, 18 August between 10.00am and 12.30pm if you wish to sit in the social-distancing areas at Mass on either 21 or 22 August. Thank you.
THIS WEEK’S NOTICES & MASS READINGS / REFLECTIONS
IMPORTANT – PARISH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED ON FRIDAY 20 AUGUST
Instead, the Office will be open for a few hours next Wednesday 18 August, between 10am and 1pm for Mass bookings the following weekend. Please telephone next Wednesday, 18 August between 10am and 12.30pm if you wish to book a place for Mass on either Sat. 21 August or Sunday 22 August. Thank you.
Church will therefore not be open for private prayer on Friday 20 August.
BOOKING FOR MASS
The Archdiocese has stipulated that we should all continue to wear face masks/coverings in our churches for the time being, due to rising infections.
You will still need to pre-book if you wish to be seated in the designated section for social-distancing.
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.
READINGS FOR 15 AUGUST
1st Reading: Apoc 11:19, 12:1-6, 10, A woman adorned with the sun, standing on the moon
Psalm 44: On your right stands the queen, in garments of gold
2nd Reading: Co 15:20-26, Christ as the first-fruits and then, those who belong to him
Gospel: Luke 1:39-56, The Almighty has done great things for me, he has exalted the lowly.
Gospel acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! Mary has been taken up to heaven; all the choirs of angels are rejoicing. Alleluia!
Communion antiphon: All generations will call me blessed, for he who is mighty has done great things for me.
ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
The Dogma confirming that Mary was assumed body and soul into heaven was only defined in 1954 by Pope Pius XII, yet he was only confirming what Catholics had held to be true for many centuries. Of course, there is no biblical evidence to prove that Mary did not suffer death, like the rest of humanity, but then Mary was exceptional in so many ways that it would seem appropriate to think that she was given special treatment when the time came for her to leave this earth.
Mary’s ‘Yes’ to the angel to become the Mother of God was in itself amazing proof of her total faith in God. She spent the whole of her life living the will of God to perfection, even to the point of being at the foot of the cross as Jesus breathed his last. And now, she wants us to go to her when we are troubled. She wants to be our advocate before her son.
At the wedding feast in Cana, she asked Jesus to save their hosts from embarrassment and, such was her faith, she told the hosts, “Do whatever he tells you.” She will therefore always help us to do whatever Jesus tells us. What a comforting Mother.
FINAL WORDS FROM ST THÉRÈSE OF LISIEUX
Just weeks before she died in 1897 (at the age of 24 yrs), Thérèse wrote on the back of a little picture of Our Lady of Victories: ‘Mary, if I were Queen of Heaven and you were Thérèse, I should want to be Thérèse, so that you might be the Queen of Heaven!!”
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 August:
Let us pray for the Church, that she may receive from the Holy Spirit the grace and strength to reform herself in the light of the Gospel.
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
15 August – Solemnity of the Assumption
16 August – St Stephen of Hungary, canonised with his son, Emeric.
19 August – St John Eudes, spread devotion to the Sacred Heart
20 August – St Bernard, Cistercian abbot and reformer
21 August – St Pius X, encouraged frequent Communion and admission of children to Communion
NEWS FROM AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED (ACN)
Piano Recital: ‘From Mourning to Dancing, from Tears to Joy’ on 9th September, 2021, 7pm – 9pm at St Wilfrid’s Hall, Brompton Oratory, Brompton Road, London SW7 2RP
If you are in London on the day, please join us for a late summer evening musical meditation with poetry on the joyful witness of Faith shown by our persecuted brothers and sisters.
World-class pianists, Imma Setiadi and Nigel Clayton bring us a programme of pieces for four hands by Debussy, Dvorak, Brahms and Chabrier, inspired by song and dance. The evening will also premiere a piece, inspired by Psalm 126, written specially for the occasion by Dr Philip Wilby.
Entrance is free and a collection will be taken for ACN’s work in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq. Due to COVID guidelines and more limited capacity, please reserve your places via Eventbrite at www.acnuk.org/piano21
A Heart Like Mary’s
As the month of August is traditionally dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, ‘A Heart like Mary’s’ is the perfect book for all Catholics wishing to begin or deepen their devotion to Mary. Author and Marian theologian Rev. Edward Looney guides us through thirty-one daily meditations on the unique characteristics of Mary’s heart. This easy-to-read and engaging monthly devotional is full of practical lessons that address the personal challenges we all face as Mary’s fellow pilgrims walking the path of faith. Buy it here Aid to the Church in Need | A Heart Like Mary’s (acnuk.org)
APPLICATIONS FOR BISHOP RAWSTORNE ACADEMY
One of the entry requirements of C of E schools requires evidence of the commitment of one of the parents or guardians of the prospective pupil to the Christian faith, ie fortnightly worship for a period of at least one year. Please note that the Church is contacted to verify attendance for the year preceding entry. For pupils hoping to enter in Sept 2022 the period of assessment started on 1 Sept 2020. Therefore, for entry in Sept 2023, the period of assessment will begin this September. Please pass this info on to parishioners who may not always manage to see the Newsletter. Please check this link on the school’s website for further details: https://files.schudio.com/bishopr/files/Admissions/3.__Admissions_Policy_for_Sept_2022_Intake_-_Ratified_by_Full_Governors_July_2020.pdf
UPDATE FROM CAFOD: 10th Anniversary of the Syrian conflict – how your donations have helped the Syrian people
Thanks to your donations, CAFOD has been helping people in Syria since the crisis began 10 years ago. Over 12 million people have left their homes, 5.6 million are refugees in neighbouring countries and within Syria, 13 million people need help. At the beginning, our focus was on delivering food and blankets through our local church partners. Then we started providing education, health and legal services, and helping people earn a living. Our latest projects are supporting children, lonely elderly people, helping women learn to read, and helping people restart their small businesses. We’ve always planned for the long term, standing alongside people who lost everything. None of this work would have been possible without your support of CAFOD. Thank you.
CLIMATE CHANGE – CAN YOUR FAMILY HELP TO RAISE AWARENESS?
CAFOD are looking for families who would be interested in talking about climate change in church, creating displays or recording short videos. Support will be given. If you are interested, please contact Siobhan Farnell at email@example.com or 07779804241
THE AUGUST EDITION OF THE CATHOLIC PIC…
… is now available in print and online.
The latest edition is available to download here: https://bit.ly/37eU5jE
COVID VACCINE POP-UPS FOR EVERYONE!
Vaccination pop-up clinics / vaccine bus for over 18s will be held at these venues over the next few weeks: https://www.westlancs.gov.uk/news/get-vaccinated-at-the-covid-19-pop-up-sites-and-bus.aspx
Please pass on this important information to younger friends / family.
MESSAGE FROM NUGENT CARE
We are delighted to invite you to the 15th Annual Phil Thompson Golf Classic on Thursday 16th September 2021. The event will be held at Houghwood Golf Club and will provide attendees with a ‘par’-fect opportunity for you to come together with pals and colleagues to enjoy a great game of golf with panoramic views over the Lancashire plain and the Welsh hills.
Tickets are priced at £450 (for teams of 4). This includes a hearty breakfast barm, a ‘tee’-riffic day of golf, snacks and refreshments plus a wholesome evening meal with anecdotes shared by Phil and a brilliant guest speaker. All net proceeds from this event will be used to help secure Nugent’s future and the vital services we provide across Merseyside.
COVID-19 has brought huge challenges for our society and particularly for Merseyside. Children and families experiencing complex social issues are facing even greater risks. At such a difficult time, Nugent, which has deep and longstanding roots in the communities it serves, has never been more needed – this is why we need your support. For more information, or to book your place today, please see the attached flyer or contact: Ainsley Briscoe, Fundraiser – Corporate Partnerships and Major Gifts at Nugent: E: firstname.lastname@example.org or M: 07833091852.
HELP TO PROTECT OUR RESIDENTS: FREE COVID LATERAL FLOW TESTS KITS ARE AVAILABLE
Local councils are asking all residents to take 2 Covid tests a week so that they can accurately monitor the number of cases in the borough. They are able to help people who test positive to self-isolate – and there is funding available to help if that means that someone is unable to go in to work for the required period.
Free test kits will be distributed at Mass over the next two weekends. They can also be dropped off at your home if you’re unable to get to Mass. Please contact the office.
MUSICAL TREATS FOR THE WEEK
In honour of Our Lady, here is an uplifting version of Salve Regina Coeli from the Canto Católica – 450 voices from around the world, recorded in April 2020.
Salve Regina (tono simple) | 450 voces – coro virtual | Música Católica – YouTube
REGULAR WEEKLY NOTICES
MASS ON SUNDAYS
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.
PRAYER CARDS FOR THE YEAR OF ST JOSEPH: Prayer cards are available – please notify the Parish Office and we will send one out to you so that you can say the prayer to St Joseph during the week. We know we can rely on his guidance and protection in every difficulty and challenge. And his intercessions are certainly much-needed by us all at the moment!
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.
CATHOLIC NEWSPAPERS: These are available to order directly from the publisher (www.thecatholicuniverse.com or 0161 820 5722). It can be posted to you each week. Introductory offers: printed copies for three months – £25; twelve months – £99; or digital copy £55 for twelve months.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY – SEE THIS NEW INITIATIVE! ‘The Mark 10 Mission’
Please click on the link below and identify this Sunday’s video.
The Mark 10 Mission team is passionate to see the Gospel shared with children and to help them grow in their relationship with Christ. The website is updated each Friday morning with a new episode, so happy viewing!
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
FREE test kits are available from your local chemist. Each kit contains 7 tests (2 per week, plus 1 extra in case there’s a problem with one of the tests.
Residents can also book an appointment if they are experiencing symptoms of Covid19 via www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
COVID VACCINES – IMPORTANT
Please note that the Catholic Church has given its full support to the vaccine (all three 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. Cardinal Vin Nichols has had his first vaccine. So has the Pope – and hospital chaplains have also received their first doses.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
WISHING ALL PARISHIONERS AND THEIR FAMILIES EVERY BLESSING FOR THE COMING WEEK