MASS INTENTIONS THIS WEEK – Both parishes
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OUR LADY’S and Ss PETER & PAUL’S – Both churches are now open for Sunday Vigil and Sunday Masses only. There are no weekday Masses currently, nor are the churches able to open for private prayer as yet. 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
Please note that, due to social-distancing rules, stewards may struggle to accommodate anyone who has not reserved a place at Mass. Contact the parish office on Thursdays and Fridays (10.30am – 3pm).
Your help on this is greatly appreciated – it helps us to keep everyone safe.
MASS ON SUNDAYS
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.
READINGS FOR 25 OCTOBER
1st Reading: Exodus 22:20-26, If you are harsh with the widow, the orphan, my anger will flare against you.
Psalm 17: I love you Lord, my strength
2nd Reading: I Thessalonians 1:5-19, You broke with idolatry and became servants of God; you are now waiting for his Son.
Gospel: Matthew 22:34-40, You must love the Lord your God, and your neighbour as yourself.
Gospel acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! Open our hearts, O Lord, to accept the words of your Son. Alleluia!
Communion antiphon: We will ring out our joy at your saving help and exult in the name of our God.
SPIRITUAL REFLECTION FROM ‘OUR FAITH ON SUNDAY’ – 25 OCTOBER
The Pharisees come at Jesus again – and Jesus turns the tables on them: the answer to their question is to be found in “the Law and the prophets”, in their Scriptures, on which they themselves are considered to be the experts. But what a consoling answer to those who follow Jesus: so clearly and simply put.
The Law, basically the ten Commandments, comes from God; the prophets speak for God; everything then, given in the Ten Commandments or taught by the prophets comes from God Himself, to teach his people how to love him, to love their neighbour, to live a life blessed by God. Only in St John’s letter are we told that ‘God is Love’.
Here, Jesus is saying that all that God his Father does, is the expression of his love, his desire for the eternal happiness of his children, beginning in this life with their happiness among themselves. “In this way, we know that we love God’s children,” writes St John, “When we love God and keep His commandments. This is where the love of God is: keeping his commandments.”
THIS WEEK’S GOSPEL REFLECTION FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE
This reflection is from Fr Simon Gore, Director of Animate Youth.
In my day to day work I am part of the Animate Youth Ministry Team that lives and works in St Helens. We work with young people in our schools and parishes offering retreats and missions. One of the most common retreat themes we are asked for is one which we have just heard in the Gospel, ‘Love your Neighbour’. I can understand why it is a popular option for our schools and parishes. It opens up the retreat to allow young people to think about how their words and actions affect others. They can be challenged to reflect on how they treat others in their own school, and in the wider world. In recent years we have seen young people we have worked with really engage with this theme in relation to the plight of asylum seekers and refugees. I think it says a lot about the young people of our diocese that they do seem to see their neighbour in those who have been dispossessed or are fleeing for their lives. Even the most stand-off-ish young person who we might have struggled to connect with all day perks up when they hear first-hand accounts of how a real-life individual has come to seek asylum in this country. There can be a real energy in the room as they talk and look for ways to end injustice in the world.
And, of course, it is not just those retreats when I have a chance to see the message of ‘Love of Neighbour’ come alive. I am very fortunate that every year I see that message lived out by the young people I accompany on the Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes. They do, I believe, embody the message of love of neighbour in their care for the assisted pilgrims and their fellow youth pilgrims. And at the risk of emphasising the point too much, the Archbishop would have had to shake the hand of over 1200 young people who last year were due to receive their Faith in Action award for loving their neighbour in their actions in their schools and parishes. Sadly, the pandemic lockdown happened before we could have the award ceremony but I think it is to the credit of the families, schools and parishes of the Diocese that we have so many young people trying to live out that theme of loving their neighbour in their everyday life. But, and there is always a ‘but’ isn’t there, that is only one half of what we are asked to consider today. Love of neighbour is vital. We must see God in our neighbour, and we must act accordingly. But we must also love God with all our heart, soul and mind. That is a lot harder to see in action, a lot harder to quantify. Maybe for that reason we have never been asked to lead a retreat on ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and soul’. And to be honest I am pleased as I am not even sure where you start with that when planning a retreat day for year 7’s! It does us a disservice, though, to simply ignore that bit of the Gospel in order to focus on the latter half of the Golden Commandment.
We are often told that the heart is the seat of the emotions: we love and we grieve from the heart. Our hearts are full, or they can be broken. In many ways it can be easier to love God when our heart is broken as we yearn for His compassion and an end to suffering. We know we can turn to Him and ask for guidance and succour. But there can be times when that suffering seems too much for us to take and we question where God is and how this can be happening. It is then that we might be reminded to love God with all of our heart.
PRAYER INTENTIONS THIS WEEK
That through the Church’s announcement of the Gospel, God’s Word may increase love and give meaning to all pain and suffering,
Lord, in your mercy…
That our parish will reach out to those on the peripheries, especially during this period of crisis and fear, with the love and compassion of Jesus Christ,
Lord, in your mercy….
For all who are sick: may God be their strength and grant them health, and bless those who care for them,
Lord, in your mercy…
For all those who have died, especially those whose anniversaries occur around this time: that the Lord will bring them to the joy of eternal life,
Lord, in your mercy…
POPE’S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR OCTOBER: We pray that by the virtue of baptism, the laity, especially women, may participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church.
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 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.
HOLY SOULS: NOVEMBER DEAD LISTS: Please place your list and offering in an envelope and leave in the basket, before Mass or post it through the presbytery door. Several Masses in November will be offered for our faithful departed.
SYNOD 2020 – PARISHIONERS’ CONSULTATION THIS WEEK: Please make sure you collect a white sheet outlining the combined proposals for Theme 1 (All Called and Gifted by God). There is a lot to read through so please take your time to decide which of the proposals you support. Either highlight that proposal or place a tick / cross next to each one, then return the sheet next week. You can bring it to Mass or post it through the presbytery door.
You can see all the proposals on the Synod website if you wish: www.synod2020.co.uk
JOINT PARISH CALENDAR – VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE PHOTO: Deadline = 6pm on Sunday 25 October. Now that you’ve had chance to see all the beautiful photographs please start placing your orders (email or phone) for the calendars: the proceeds will be split between our two parishes and the amazing work done by Mary’s Meals, to feed children in undeveloped countries. Price: £10. Please make cheques payable to either ‘Our Lady Help of Christians’ or Ss Peter & Paul RC Church’. Many thanks.
FINAL WEEK – HARVEST SEASON / PARISH FOODBANK: If you are able to donate non-perishable foodstuffs, please bring them with you to Mass NEXT Saturday or Sunday and leave in the labelled box in the porch / narthex. Thank you!
NHS COVID-19 APP: If possible, please use your phone app to scan in our QR code when you come to Mass.
HELP DURING OUR TIER 3 LOCKDOWN: We are now in Tier 3 Lockdown, meaning we are on ‘Very High Alert’ and face a number of additional restrictions to help curb the pandemic. You can find details of current measures on Lancashire County Council’s website https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/coronavirus-updates/coronavirus-restrictions-in-lancashire/. Further information including the (strictly limited) exceptions to the rule against mixing of households can be found on the Government website https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-level-very-high.
The Council webpage also has guidance and the link to the application form for residents who have been asked the self-isolate by NHS Track and Trace and could be entitled to financial support. Please share with members of your household who you think may be entitled to this financial support:
Help is at hand! Don’t forget that local volunteers from Hesketh Bank and Tarleton Helpers stand ready to help anyone who needs support – with errands, shopping, collecting prescriptions – and friendly telephone calls for those who are feeling isolated. Please call Rev. Dave Dickinson (Co-ordinator), at All Saints Church on 01772 814458.
The NHS National Volunteer Responder Programme is still running until at least December – go to https://nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk/services for further information
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