MASS INTENTIONS THIS WEEK
Phyllis Edwards RIP
The Stobbs family
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
There is no change to our current arrangements for attending Mass, therefore please continue to contact the office on Fridays, 10.30am to 3pm in order to book your place.
READINGS FOR 27 JUNE
1st Reading: Wisdom 1:13-15, 2:23-24, It was the Devil’s envy that brought death into the world
Psalm 29: I will praise you Lord, you have rescued me
2nd Reading: II Corinthians 8:7-9,13-15, In giving relief to others, balance what happens to be your surplus now against their present need
Gospel: Mark 5:21-43, Little girl, I tell you to get up
Gospel acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! Our Saviour Jesus Christ abolished death, and he has proclaimed life through the good news. Alleluia!
Communion antiphon: O Father I pray for them, that they may be one in us; that the world may believe that you sent me, says the Lord.
REFLECTION FOR 13th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Jairus – and the unnamed woman with the haemorrhage – are praised by Jesus for their faith. So what is faith? In today’s gospel story it is clearly having absolute confidence in Jesus’ power to heal – and in his goodwill to do so. In fact, the woman presumes even more: she behaves as though Jesus were indeed God incarnate, “If I can touch his clothes… then I shall be well again.”
Both Matthew and Luke report Jesus as saying that if we had “faith like a mustard seed”, we could work wonders. The saints have shown us this throughout the ages. They put their whole trust and complete confidence in Jesus and through them (and because of that faith), he was able to work miracles.
“Trust in God, trust also in me,” Jesus says to his disciples.
When Peter declared, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God!” Jesus praised him – not for his wisdom or perception – but because he was open to a revelation from the Father. In that sense, Peter’s faith in Jesus enabled him to be ‘re-born’ as a true follower of Christ.
Holding on to faith can be difficult, especially when we’re struggling with problems and difficulties. Gospel accounts like today’s can therefore provide a much-needed reassurance that we are right to have faith in God. He will never let us down!
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.
We join Pope Francis in his prayer intention for June:
Let us pray for young people who are preparing for marriage with the support of a Christian community: may they grow in love, with generosity, faithfulness and patience.
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
28 June – St Irenaeus, bishop + martyr
29 June – Ss Peter & Paul, apostles
30 June – First Martyrs of the See of Rome
1 July – St Oliver Plunket, priest + martyr
3 July – St Thomas, the apostle who recognised the risen Jesus as God
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 will be available from 4 July.
SYNOD 2020-21 – MESSAGE FROM LIVERPOOL ARCHDIOCESE
The Synod took place last weekend and 420 people took part by zoom and at the Cathedral Mass. Votes were taken on the 19 Synod Recommendations and the full results can be found in the July edition of the Catholic Pic and at synod2020recommendations.org.uk
SETTLEMENT SCHEME FOR EU CITIZENS: DEADLINE = 30 JUNE 2021
EU, EEA and Swiss citizens who were living in the UK by 31 December 2020 have until 30 June 2021 to apply for the Settlement Scheme. Those who not apply are at risk of losing their rights to live and work here, or access important services such as health care. (Irish citizens to not need to apply for this).
Please keep an eye out for elderly and vulnerable people who may require assistance with their online application or who may not even know that their status is at risk.
Please find all relevant info on the government website: www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/
Also check the European Commission website on www.eurights.uk/what-you-need-to-know/ and
Settled (charity): www.settled.org.uk
UP-DATE FROM CAFOD
Thanks to your support, CAFOD has been helping communities around the world cope with the pandemic. Just in Zambia, in the past year, our reports show we’ve been able to reach 1,234,200 people with messages on COVID-19, provide 13,312 people with access to safe water, train 392 frontline health workers from Zambia’s 11 dioceses on how to prepare and respond to COVID-19 in their local communities and donate over 1000 handwashing hygiene stations in communities to support handwashing measures. Thank you for standing alongside people in Zambia and for supporting people in more than 30 other countries worldwide.
LOTTERY WINNERS – JUNE
Mr Darbyshire, Bretherton
Mrs P O’Keefe, Mawdesley
Miss K Wilkinson, Rufford
COVID VACCINE POP-UPS FOR EVERYONE – PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!
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
Locally, that includes:-
- 29 June at Parbold Village Hall WN8 7DE, between 1pm and 5pm
- 30 June at Wheatsheaf Walk, Burscough St, Ormskirk between 12 noon and 6pm
- 7 July (Vaccine Bus) at the clock tower in Ormskirk, between 10am and 5pm
- 10 July at St Mark’s Square, Tarleton between 10am and 4pm
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
Vocal Ensemble Brevis – Francis Poulenc: Ave Verum Corpus – YouTube
No one can beat Mozart for the perfection of his harmonies and vocal lines, but this motet by Poulenc is still pretty stunning. The sublimity of the beautiful voices of this Croation ladies’ ensemble make is particularly unworldly.
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: email@example.com 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
WISHING ALL PARISHIONERS AND THEIR FAMILIES EVERY BLESSING FOR THE COMING WEEK