MASS INTENTIONS THIS WEEK – Both parishes
Winefred Cobham RIP
Holy Souls NDL
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.
WEEKLY MESSAGE FROM FR ANDERS
We are looking forward to being able to open our churches next weekend at the usual Mass times on Saturday evening and Sunday morning as follows:-
The Sunday 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 approximately 22-24 (including the stewards) and in Mawdesley, this will be approximately 30 (including the stewards). It will therefore be necessary for parishioners to book a slot for either the Sunday 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 therefore be sending out further important details and guidelines relevant to the opening of our churches in this next week.
GDPR Forms: There are still some forms outstanding so please can you return them as quickly 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.
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.
Guidelines to help parishioners know what to expect will be sent out this weekend – by email or by post. Please get in touch if you’ve not received anything by Wednesday this next week (29 July).
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.
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 26 JULY
1st Reading: 1 Kings 3:5-12 – You have asked for a discerning judgement for yourself
Psalm 118: Lord, how I love your law!
2nd Reading: Romans 8:28-30 – God intended us to become true images of his Son
Gospel: Matthew 13:44-52 – He sells everything he owns and buys the field
Gospel acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! I call you friends, says the Lord, because I have made known to you everything I have learned from my Father. Alleluia!
Communion antiphon: Bless the Lord, O my soul, and never forget all his benefits
PRAYER INTENTIONS THIS WEEK
For our parish community, as we open our churches for the first time since March, that they will find the strength and comfort they need to sustain them during the weeks and months ahead,
Lord, in your mercy…
For those in our parishes who are shielding at home and unable to attend Masses, that the Spirit will reassure them of his continuing presence in their lives and God’s infinite love for them,
Lord, in your mercy….
That God may bless and strengthen all families in faith, hope and love,
Lord, in your mercy…
THIS WEEK’S GOSPEL REFLECTION
The reflection on the Gospel is provided by Eamonn Murphy, a parishioner in St Bartholomew’s Parish, Rainhill.
As a teenager I recall thinking that by the time I would be 25 or 30 years, I would have life ‘sorted’. I would have found whatever it was I was searching for… And then in my thirties I remember thinking that if only I could… if only I could rid myself of fear and self-doubt, I would get my life sorted. Today, I have come to terms with the fact that I will never have myself sorted.
There is consolation in U2’s song, ‘I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.’ The lyrics express this relentless quest: ‘Yes I have climbed the highest mountains. I have run through the fields. I have crawled. I’ve scaled city walls. ’This search is expressed in the first reading today when Solomon asks God to give him a heart to understand; and then the psalmist cries out, ‘Let your love come to me and I shall live.’ Jesus seems to understand the searching that is part of life and also that we might have a hard time believing that God is at the heart of our search. With no easy answers Jesus reaches out to us as he reached out to the Samaritan woman, the rich young man and so many others…… to invite, accept, cajole, encourage us to seek that which will bring us to another place as we follow the quest that will culminate in the fullness of life.
Jesus’ conviction that life is more than what we can physically see entices us by telling us that it is like a treasure hunt. We will not be disappointed! We will discover that our lives have been touched by the joy, the wonder, the surprise of the God who, as today’s second reading says, ‘turns everything to our good’.
During recent times we have all had to deal with many harsh realities. We have had to dig deep within ourselves; to learn to read the signs of the times; to discover what is important in our lives – our real treasure. We have been called to pay attention to our inner life, to listen, to let go of some things. Letting go seems to have been a feature of this unusual time of pandemic. It is not something we are comfortable with or indeed encouraged to strive for in our culture. Quite the opposite! But maybe we are learning how to lose in order to win authenticity, to seek God ‘with a sincere heart’ not outside ourselves but within.
As St Augustine wrote ‘Don’t scatter yourself around. Look to your intimate being. Truth resides in the inner person. ’Bono continued his song: ‘I believe in the kingdom come. Then all the colours bleed into one. Bleed into one. But yes still I’m running. ’As we return to the ‘new normal’, let us never give up this wonderful, intriguing, sometimes bewildering search. Life will never be sorted but that’s ok
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 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
29 July – St Martha, who with her sister St Mary expressed their complete faith in Jesus’ divine power to raise their brother Lazarus from the dead
30 July – St Peter Chrysologus (d.450) – Archbishop of Ravenna and a ‘man of golden speech’
31 July – St Ignatius of Loyola (1491 – 1556) Co-founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits)
1 August – St Alphonsus Liguori (1696 – 1787) Founder of the Redemptorist Congregation
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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WITH EVERY BLESSING FOR THE COMING WEEK