MASS INTENTIONS THIS WEEK
John Sefton Molyneux RIP
Julie Hodgkinson 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 on Fridays, 10.30am to 3.00pm. Thank you.
THIS WEEK’S NOTICES & MASS READINGS / REFLECTIONS
BOOKING FOR MASS & ARRANGEMENTS FROM 24 / 25 JULY
As Covid restrictions have been reduced considerably in England from 19 July, we will be following the general guidelines from the Archdiocese, adapted by individual churches, depending on their size and demographic etc.
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. Nor will the Sunday obligation be restored as yet.
Pews on the left-hand and right-hand side (as you face the altar) will still maintain social-distancing, so please phone or email as usual (10.30am – 3pm Fridays) if you wish to sit socially-distanced.
All the pews in the centre block will be available, with no social-distancing and therefore there is no need to book.
Holy Communion will now be restored to the normal time during Mass. Please wait for the steward to guide you from your pew.
The offertory basket will remain at the entrance of the church.
Further liturgical changes will be announced as we move forward.
In September, midweek services and Masses will be reviewed for the new schedule.
Thank you all for your support and understanding during the last fifteen months – and God bless you and your families
Fr G Anders
Please keep me in your prayers on Saturday 17 July: it will be 38 years since I was ordained to the priesthood, on that very day.
WELCOME & THANKS
To Fr Victor Walter, who is very kindly saying Masses for us this weekend.
READINGS FOR 18 JULY
1st Reading: Jeremiah 23:1-6, The remnant of my flock I will gather and I will raise up shepherds to look after them
Psalm 22: The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want
2nd Reading: Ephesians 2:13-18, Christ Jesus is the peace between us and has made the two into one
Gospel: Mark 6:730-34, They were like sheep without a shepherd
Gospel acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice, says the Lord, I know them and they follow me. Alleluia!
Communion antiphon: Behold, I sand at the door and knock, says the Lord. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door to me, I will enter his house and dine with him and he with me.
REFLECTION FOR 16th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Jesus is concerned for his apostles: they must be exhausted. So they all try and escape to a “lonely place”, but without success. The crowds are there to meet them; the crowds to whom Jesus has been preaching, while his apostles toured the villages.
The presence f the crowds, their eagerness, their need, goes to the heart of the “Good Shepherd”; he cannot rest, so he starts to teach them again. Clearly then as now, Jesus was and is the ‘One Teacher’. All those who came after him: apostles, popes, bishops, priests and catechists, teach for him and in him – they have no other authority.
So if Jesus is always the “Good Shepherd”, then we (as learners) are always the “sheep”. And such is the pity of the Good Shepherd for his sheep, that he continues to teach and guide us from heaven. “I will not leave you orphans,” he said at the Last Supper. “In a short time the world will no longer see me, but you will know that I live.”
History has proved the truth of that promise: for 2000 years, Christ’s Church has stood firm – in spite of often being rocked to its very foundations. His guidance – the guidance of the Good Shepherd – is sure and true and will never lead us astray.
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 July: Social Friendship
We pray that, in social, economic and political situations of conflict, we may be courageous and passionate architects of dialogue and friendship.
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
20 July – St Apollinaris, bishop and martyr
21 July – St Laurence of Brindisi, Franciscan and Capuchin
22 July – St Mary Magdalene, disciple
23 July – St Bridget , patron of Europe, foundress (and mother of St Catherine of Sweden)
24 July – St Sharbel Makhluf, Lebanese monk
JULY LOTTERY WINNERS
Mrs K Cooper, Heskin
Mr B Smith, Heskin
Mrs I Patton, Chorley
PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 2021 AT HOME
The Liverpool Archdiocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes was due to take place during the week 25-30 July 2021 but was cancelled due to the pandemic.
The organisers have instead arranged a Lourdes at Home Pilgrimage Programme to take place from Sunday 25 July to Friday 30 July. Archbishop Malcolm will celebrate the opening Mass in the Metropolitan Cathedral at 3.00 pm on Sunday 25 July and the pilgrimage will conclude with a picnic followed by the Rosary and Torchlight Marian Procession in Our Lady’s prayer garden, Southport Road, Lydiate from 6.00 pm on Friday 30 July.
There will be two celebrations each day during the week at venues across the archdiocese which people will be able to attend. Please wear face masks.
The full programme is available at http://www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/index.php?p=315
Sunday 25th July
Opening Mass – 3pm – Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, L3 5TQ
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament – 7pm – Fr Des Seddon St Mary’s, Prescot Road, Aughton, Ormskirk, L39 6TA
Monday 26th July
Mass of Our Lady of Lourdes – 12noon – Mgr John Butchard St Michael’s, St Michael’s Road, Ditton, Widnes, WA8 8TF
Rosary – 7pm – Mgr John Butchard Holy Rosary, Altway, Aintree Village, Liverpool, L10 2LG
Tuesday 27th July
Stations of the Cross – 2pm – Fr Des Seddon/Youth coach Our Lady’s prayer garden, Southport Road, Lydiate, Liverpool, L31 4HH
Mass of the year “I Am the Immaculate Conception” – 7pm – Fr Simon Gore St Mary’s Lowe House, 99 Crab Street, St Helens, WA10 2BE
Wednesday 28th July
Mass of St Bernadette – 12noon – Bishop Tom Williams St Mary’s Priory, Broadfield Drive, Leyland, PR25 1PD
Reconciliation Reflection – 7pm St Gregory the Great, 94 Liverpool Road, Lydiate, Liverpool, L31 2NA
Thursday 29th July
Mass of Anointing/Healing – 12noon – Fr Grant Maddock St Anne and Blessed Dominic, Monastery Road, Sutton, St Helens, WA9 3ZD
Hospitalité Night Prayer – 7pm – Fr Mark Beattie St Benet’s, Copy Lane, Netherton, Liverpool, L30 7PE
Friday 30th July
Mass of St Joseph – 12noon – Fr Joe Kendall St Joseph’s, Harpers Lane, Chorley, PR6 0HR
Picnic – 6pm, Rosary and Torchlight Marian Procession – 7.30pm Our Lady’s prayer garden, Southport Road, Lydiate, Liverpool, L31 4H
WORLD DAY OF GRANDPARENTS & THE ELDERLY – SUNDAY 25 JULY
This first World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly is being celebrated midway through the year dedicated to family by the Holy Father on the fifth anniversary of the apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia.
This is a deliberate choice that stems from awareness of how the elderly −all the elderly, including those who are not grandparents − need a family environment in which to live, and also how it is necessary for families to become aware of the role being played by their older members.
The decision to hold a World Day for Grandparents and Older People has come at a time marked by a pandemic and by the suffering of our older generations in recent months in every part of the world. To be unable to be close to those who suffer is at odds with a Christian’s calling to show compassion.
This World Day is an opportunity to reaffirm that the Church can never remain distant from those who carry across. The theme chosen by the Holy Father, “I am with you always”, expresses clearly that, during the pandemic and in the better times that will hopefully follow, every ecclesial community wishes to be with the elderly always.
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
1st COMMUNION PREPARATION FOR 2021-22
We will be aiming to begin monthly preparation sessions for children (and their parents) in Yrs 4 and 5 in September. Application forms are available at Mass / via email. Deadline = 1 August
The July issue of the Catholic Pic is now available in print and online.
The latest edition is available to download here: www.catholicpic.co.uk It includes a full report of the results of the Synod 2020 voting process, plus pictures of the Synod Mass and a copy of the Archbishop’s pastoral letter of 27 June.
Please get in touch with Kim O’Brien by email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have.
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 TO PARISHIONERS FROM CAFOD
As Pope Francis urges us all to take part in the synod we will be holding online sessions, open to all with experts sharing what is a synod, why it is important and how parish communities are participating. I appreciate that many parishioners will have been involved in the Liverpool Archdiocese synodal process that has recently taken place and will be more familiar with the process than many Catholics throughout the rest of the country.
All are welcome to join these sessions and please invite your parishioners to come along too. Our first session on Tuesday 27 July at 7pm will feature a conversation with Christopher Lamb, Rome correspondent for The Tablet, about why Pope Francis is inviting us all to participate in the synod. (www.cafod.org.uk)
Many Catholic parishioners have been responding to Pope Francis’ call for a better kind of politics and meeting their MPs this summer. If you supported one of these CAFOD meetings, calling for more action to tackle the climate crisis and to help the poorest countries cope with the pandemic, thank you. Thank you also if you are supporting our petition to the Prime Minister.
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
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: email@example.com 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
Sound the Trumpet – Henry Purcell – YouTube
Westlake Girls’ High School in Auckland. North Shore took part in The Big Sing, a national schools singing competition, with this impressive performance of Purcell’s anthem, ‘Sound the Trumpet’, a favourite of many choirs around the world.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
OPENING FOR PRIVATE PRAYER, FRIDAYS 11am to 1pm
In order to remain Covid-secure, please observe the following rules when you come:
- No need to book
- Wear a face mask, as usual
- Sanitise hands when you come in
- Sign in – a sheet will be on the table in the porch. (Use your own pen but if you have to borrow one, please ensure you’ve sanitised your hands before using the pen)
- Take a sheet with a ‘X’ on it
- Observe social distancing (1m-2m) at all times
- Sit in an empty pew (no ‘X’ sheet)
- When you leave, place the sheet with a ‘X’ on the spot where you were sitting, to warn others that they cannot sit there
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 (email@example.com)
WISHING ALL PARISHIONERS AND THEIR FAMILIES EVERY BLESSING FOR THE COMING WEEK