MASS INTENTIONS THIS WEEK – Both parishes
Foundation Mass (Tarleton)
Holy Souls NDL
Foundation Mass (Mawdesley)
Kathleen & Bert Edwardson RIP
|LATEST UP-DATE ON OPENING|
OUR LADY’S and Ss PETER & PAUL’S – No Masses or services as yet, but preparations are being made for opening on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 August. Parishioners will be advised by email/post on what to expect when they attend Mass for the first time. Fr Anders will continue to say Mass for the intentions listed above.
…To Fr Anders, who celebrated the 37th anniversary of his ordination this week. Parishioners will want to join in sending him heartfelt good wishes and many blessings for the year ahead. Thank you for all you do, Father!
WEEKLY MESSAGE FROM FR ANDERS
We are working hard to open both our churches for public Masses on the weekend of 1 and 2 August – in line with most other churches in the deanery. This is great news!
The Saturday Vigil and Sunday morning Masses will be held at the usual time ie
SS PETER & PAUL, MAWDESLEY: 5pm on Saturday and 11.15am on Sunday
OUR LADY’S TARLETON: 6.45pm on Saturday and 9.30am on Sunday
We are proceeding with caution – as advised by the Archdiocese – therefore there will be no midweek Masses at present.
In order to comply with the requirement to ensure social-distancing, parishioners will understand the necessity of limiting the number of parishioners who can attend Mass at any one time. Our smaller church in Tarleton means that we will only be able to accommodate 22 (including the stewards) and in Mawdesley, this will be 30 (including the stewards). It will therefore be necessary for parishioners to book a slot for either the Saturday Vigil, or the Sunday morning Mass.
Tarleton parishioners: please email or ring the parish office on Thursday 30 July, between 10.30am and 3.30pm.
Mawdesley parishioners: please email or ring the parish office on Friday 31 August, between 10.30am and 3.30pm.
It is important to note that we cannot accommodate anyone who does not book in advance.
Diane will be sending out further important details and guidelines relevant to the opening of our churches in the next week. It is therefore essential that you return your GDPR forms as soon as possible, or you risk missing out!
I am really looking forward to seeing you again and welcoming you to the joy of receiving holy communion in our churches.
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.
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.
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
ST MARY’S, LEYLAND: Please ring or email – and check the website – to book: Broadfield Drive, Leyland PR25 1PD Tel. 01772 455955 www.leylandstmarys.org.uk
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.
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.
CHURCHES OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER – Please see June’s Newsletter
NEIGHBOURING CHURCHES – Please see June’s Newsletter
Should the infection rate (R rate) show signs of increasing then the churches will have to be closed again.
READINGS FOR 19 JULY
1st Reading: Book of Wisdom 12:13-19 – After sin, you will grant repentance
Psalm 85 – O Lord, you are good and forgiving
2nd Reading: Romans 8:26-27 – The Spirit expresses our plea in a way that could never be put into words.
Gospel: Matthew 13:24-43 – Let them both grow till the harvest
Gospel acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our mind, so that we can see what hope his call holds for us. Alleluia!
Communion antiphon: The Lord, the gracious, the merciful has made a memorial of his wonders; he gives food to those who fear him.
PRAYER INTENTIONS THIS WEEK
For the spiritual growth of our parish community: that we may commit ourselves to the truth of the Gospel with zeal, self-sacrifice and hope,
Lord, in your mercy…
For those who risk their lives in order to protect the lives of others: that they may be strengthened, shielded and aided,
Lord, in your mercy….
For the work of those who are trying to aid those who cannot help themselves, especially child refugees and those who are starving,
Lord, in your mercy…
THIS WEEK’S GOSPEL REFLECTION
Time is something we all have. Sometimes we have too much of it, sometimes we don’t have enough but we cannot escape it one way or another. We are most comfortable when we think we are in charge of it; we like a tidy beginning, a middle and an end! Indeed that is often how we organise life: by keeping time. Life, the great mystery we think we can control by putting it in some kind of chronological order. The parables in today’s Gospel are all about time. They are about those blocks of time that we don’t like very much; those times when, far from being in control, we actually have to wait.
The woman baking bread has to wait till the yeast has leavened the whole mixture; the birds have to wait for the tiny mustard seed to grow into a large shrub; the farmer has to wait until all the seeds in his field, good and bad, have fully grown. Only then can he distinguish the wheat from the weeds. He has to wait patiently for nature to take its course. His servants want to rush in and start weeding early in the growing process. They want to take control of the field as soon as possible –no time to be lost! The farmer restrains them: it is too soon to be sure of knowing the good from the bad. They must wait patiently.
Jesus is teaching his disciples, and us, about the mystery of the Kingdom of God. The good seed is the kingdom and the sower is Jesus himself. The kingdom is to be established in God’s time not ours. Like the servants we might be inclined to rush in to get things sorted in our way, and in our haste destroy indiscriminately, so preventing the gentle, natural process of growth to take its own course.
This requires patience. If the woman interrupts the proving process before it is complete, the bread is spoiled; if the birds peck at the seeds before the tree has grown they will not have shelter. If we fail to recognise what God sows in us, we will not grow in faith, hope and love. We will not have “life and have it to the full” (John 10:10).Jesus wants his followers to believe that his Kingdom is coming; not an earthly kingdom but a kingdom of “justice, love and peace.”
Again and again in example after example he emphasises that it will not come quickly but through the slow, quiet organic growth that flourishes step by step in our hearts. We are to wait patiently until gradually it is given to us to know, not by our own effort or in our own time, but by God’s grace, through faith, how to discern the good. Slowly but surely, we begin to glimpse the mystery that is the Kingdom of God here on earth.
St. Paul uses the self-same analogy to proclaim the kingdom, when he prays that “Christ may live in your hearts through faith, then planted in love and grounded in love” you will know “the love of Christ which is beyond all knowledge and be filled with the utter fullness of God.”
Of such is the Kingdom of God.
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
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 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.
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.
DISASTER EMERGENCY COMMITTEE APPEAL – An urgent message from Jo Kitterick, Head of Fundraising and Participation at CAFOD
The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), of which CAFOD is an active member, launched a nationwide Coronavirus appeal on Tuesday 14 July. Thanks to generous support from the Catholic community, we are already working across 26 countries, to prevent the virus’ spread, and limit the food shortages it has caused in the poorest communities. But there is so much more to be done.
So this month, as the DEC raises awareness of the global situation, we are asking the Catholic community to keep those worst affected in their thoughts, prayers and where possible, their alms giving.
If your parish has already donated, thank you so much for your support, but if parishioners would like to help us again, then your local CAFOD representative will be very pleased to hear from you. Please contact Celeste Lyinbo or Marine Harrington on firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 07775704546
We ask you continue to pray for the communities worst hit by this pandemic and its many effects. We and those we work with so appreciate your prayers and support.
Everything we do, in every region, is different because of this disease. The challenges are enormous and ongoing. But your support is enabling us through our Catholic networks, to adapt and respond.
I am as ever grateful for your trust, and your support. Thank you.
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FEAST DAYS THIS COMING WEEK
20 July – St Apollinarus: a disciple of St Peter, who in turn inspired St Romauld
21 July – St Lawrence of Brindisi: (1559-1619) A chaplain of the Holy Roman Emperor’s army
22 July – St Mary Magdalene: One of Jesus’ disciples – she was the first to meet the risen Jesus outside the empty tomb
23 July – St Bridget: (1303-73) She and her husband were both Franciscan tertiaries; their daughter Catherine (of Sweden) also became a saint
24 July – St Sharbel Makhluf (d. 1898) A poor shepherd boy living in Lebanon whose adult life was focussed entirely on the sacrifice of the Mass
25 July – St James: Disciple and apostle who witnessed all the key moments of Our Lord’s life and who left inspiring and uncompromising teaching in his letters.
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
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CATHOLIC PICTORIAL: To order your own copy of the Catholic Pic please ring 0151 709 7567 or email Kim O’Brien at firstname.lastname@example.orgSt John Fisher, scholar and bishop
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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