MASS INTENTIONS THIS WEEK – Both parishes
Carole Ann Moore RIP
Holy Souls NDL
OUR LADY’S and Ss PETER & PAUL’S – Both churches are now open for Sunday Vigil and Sunday Masses. Social distancing rules require all parishioners wishing to attend, to contact the relevant parish office in order to reserve their place at Mass each week. Please wear a mask
THE RE-OPENING OF OUR CHURCHES
Please continue to contact the parish office on Thursdays to reserve your place(s) at Our Lady’s on 01772 812242 between 10.30am and 3pm – or email email@example.com – and on Fridays to reserve your place(s) for Ss Peter & Paul on 01704 822618 between 10.30am and 3pm, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to those who have kindly been supporting the parish financially too, throughout this period, by your standing order donations and those who have sent cheque donations. I am very grateful.
If you haven’t already done so, please consider taking out a standing order with your bank. Again, please contact the parish office on Thursdays (Our Lady’s) or Fridays (Ss Peter & Paul) to arrange this.
It is important to note that we cannot accommodate anyone who does not contact us on Thursday or Friday for a place at Mass.
Don’t forget that 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. Please remember that the Sunday obligation remains lifted. This is especially important for those over 70 and those with underlying health issues, who may be wary of attending public events.
If you have any queries or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
GDPR Forms: There are still some forms outstanding so please can you return them as quickly as possible, or you risk missing out! Our apologies if you’ve not received one of these forms. Please can you email / ring either the Tarleton or Mawdesley office and Diane will send one out to you asap.
PRAYER FOR GOD’S MERCY DURING THE PANDEMIC
Archbishop Malcolm invites us to pray together with him through these times
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,
READINGS FOR 16 AUGUST
1st Reading: Apocalypse 11:19, 12:1-6 – A woman adorned with the sun, standing on the moon
Psalm 44 – On your right stands the queen, in garments of gold
2nd Reading: I Corinthians 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 into heaven; all the choirs of angels are rejoicing. Alleluia!
Communion antiphon: All generations will call me blessed, for the Almighty has done great things for me
PRAYER INTENTIONS THIS WEEK
For all those who are suffering from the long-term effects of Covid-19, their families and those who care for them,
Lord, in your mercy…
For those in authority as they make important decisions on our behalf, that the Spirit will guide them in wisdom and compassion,
Lord, in your mercy….
That all citizens throughout the world will recognise their responsibility to protect others by observing medical advice at all times,
Lord, in your mercy…
THIS WEEK’S GOSPEL REFLECTION
Take a few moments to receive and reflect on this poem by Malcolm Guite.
Here is a meeting made of hidden joys,
Of lightenings cloistered in a narrow place,
From quiet hearts the sudden flame of praise
And in the womb the quickening kick of grace.
Two women on the very edge of things
Unnoticed and unknown to men of power
But in their flesh the hidden Spirit sings
And in their lives the buds of blessing flower.
And Mary stands with all we call ‘too young’,
Elizabeth with all called ‘past their prime’,
They sing today for all the great unsung
Women who turned eternity to time
Favoured of heaven, outcast on the earth
Prophets who bring the best in us to birth
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.
Offertory boxes for this next year will be available for collection from 22 / 23 August.
AID TO LEBANON: Aid to the Church in Need is one of a number of international agencies struggling to raise urgent funds during the pandemic, so the recent disaster in Beirut has made the situation even more desperate. Your prayers and generous donations are urgently needed for the shell-shocked victims of this very troubled region. ACN Lebanon expert Father Samer Nassif, said that the Christian zone of Beirut was “completely devastated”, with at least 10 churches destroyed, 300,000 people homeless and many others suffering, with livelihoods “totally destroyed” by the blast. Please use the following link to see how you can contribute to the emergency work being carried out at this moment: www.acnuk.org/news/beirut-charity-offers-emergency-food-package/
CALLING ALL AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHERS – JOINT PARISH CALENDAR 2021
Amongst other things, the lockdown period has enabled many of us to re-discover the joys of our natural world right here on our doorstep and many children and adults have been using phones and cameras to capture the beauty of God’s world in photographs. We’re inviting our parishioners from both parishes to email their best photographs, so that they can be selected for our first ever joint parish calendar.
There are 3 categories: 9 yrs and under; 10 to 16 yrs and over 17’s.
Photographs must be in landscape format and may have been taken at any time over the last 5 – 6 months
The theme is ‘All Things Bright & Beautiful in West Lancs’
Please convert to a jpeg file and identify the photograph, when you send the email.
It might be flowers or vegetables, birds of wildlife in your garden, or scenes of the countryside when you’ve been out walking.
Closing date is Friday 2 October
You might like to use the following link to find advice on how to photograph wildflowers and birds https://www.countryfile.com/countryfile-tv-show/countryfile-calendar/countryfile-calendar-competition-2021/
The calendar will be available to purchase in time for Christmas and would make ideal gifts for family and friends!
Proceeds will be shared between our two parishes and another registered charity.
OFFERTORY DONATIONS DURING THE LOCKDOWN
Many thanks to generous parishioners who have sent in donations to our churches. Your thoughtfulness is very much appreciated.
Instead of putting money in offertory envelopes each week, those who are able to make an offering are asked to complete a Standing Order Mandate for your bank, from either your parish office. We can email the document to you, if you wish, so that you can print off, complete and send to your bank.
Alternatively, you may still wish to write a 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.
Donating by text / online: Please check the May Newsletters and use the links provided
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
19 August – St John Eudes, priest: 1601-81, founder of the Congregation of Jesus & Mary
20 August – St Bernard, French abbot and doctor: a Cistercian and early 12th century church reformer
21 August – St Pius X, Pope: 1835 – 1914, he encouraged frequent communion
22 August – Queenship of Mary: established by Pope Pius XII in 1954
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IF YOU HAVE ANY QUERIES OR NEED ANY HELP, PLEASE CONTACT FR ANDERS AT THE PRESBYTERY IN TARLETON ON 01772 812242, OR EMAIL EITHER OFFICE.
WITH EVERY BLESSING FOR THE COMING WEEK