MASS INTENTIONS THIS WEEK
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WELCOME TO THE WEBSITE FOR SS PETER & PAUL, MAWDELSEY!
THIS WEEK’S NOTICES & MASS READINGS / REFLECTIONS
BOOKING FOR MASS: You will still need to pre-book if you wish to be seated in the designated section for social-distancing. Please telephone or email the Parish office on Fridays between 10.30am and 3.00pm to book.
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.
You will still need to pre-book if you wish to be seated in the designated section for social-distancing.
QR CODE: Please continue to register your attendance at church by using the NHS QR code, displayed as you enter / leave the building. Infection rates are extremely high, so helping to support the Track & Trace programme is more important than ever now. Thank you.
PRIVATE PRAYER: Church will be open for private prayer on Fridays from 11am to 1pm. No need to book
READINGS FOR 3 October
1st Reading: Genesis 2:18-24, They become one body
Psalm 127, May the Lord bless us all the days of our life
2nd Reading: Hebrews 2:9-11, The one who sanctifies and the ones who are sanctified, are of the same stock
Gospel: Mark 10:2-16, What God has united, man must not divide
Gospel acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! As long as we love one another, God will live in us and this love will be complete in us. Alleluia!
Communion antiphon: Though many, we are one bread, one body, for we all partake in the one Bread and one Chalice.
REFLECTION FOR THE 27th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
If we love him, Jesus says, we must keep his word, which is “not my own, but the word of the Father who sent me.” Today’s readings focus on the love of a man and a woman for each other: ‘Let us make man in our own image – in the likeness of ourselves’. He wills that in marriage, a man and a woman – both physically and spiritually – should be in love as one, in a reflection of the Oneness of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
It seems obvious that good, positive relationships, are essential to the fruitfulness, happiness, continuation and fulfilment of the human race. And God will never abandon those who struggle to maintain ‘good and positive’ relationships. His prophet tells us, “I am your God. I give you strength. Truly I help you, truly I hold you firm with my saving right hand.” Thankfully, God sent his Son as a man, to empower human love through the gift of grace and the friendship of the Holy Spirit.
Fruitful relationships are a true blessing, but if things go wrong, God is there at our side, to sustain, comfort and support, if we ask him.
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 October:
We pray that every baptized person may be engaged in evangelization, available to the mission, by being witnesses of a life that has the flavour of the Gospel.
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
4 October – St Francis of Assisi
5 October – St Faustina – inspired devotion to the Divine Mercy
6 October – St Bruno, founder of the Carthusians
7 October – Our Lady of the Rosary
9 October – St John Henry Newman
1st COMMUNION PREPARATION
Our children will be having their first preparation session this week. Please remember them and their families – and our catechists – in your prayers.
Warm congratulations to intrepid Tom Molyneux, who has safely completed his heroic cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats – all 1250 miles, in two weeks. He is hoping to raise £3000 for the John Molyneux Foundation – to help people with epilepsy. He and Marie Molyneux are still able to accept donations and his Just Giving page is still open: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/johnmolyneuxfoundation
Many thanks to all our generous parishioners who have already donated to this very important cause.
Please write the names of the deceased for whom you want to be included in the November Masses for the Holy Souls. You may also include your offering in the same envelope (available from the table in the narthex as you enter/leave church).
LOTTERY WINNERS FOR SEPTEMBER
Mrs K Cooper, Heskin
Mrs J Sharrock, Bispham Green
Mr S Mercer, Bretherton
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY – 24 OCTOBER
Through our prayers and Masses on this special day, we are supporting missionaries everywhere in spreading the Good News. This year Missio is focussing on supporting the work of the church in Nigeria – a country threatened by conflict, political instability and economic and social injustice.
A month of daily prayers (available from the narthex as you come in / leave church) will be a powerful tool to help the work of missionaries like Sr Veronica of the Women’s Interfaith Council in Nigeria, establishing and building peace, reconciliation, and forgiveness to this bruised country. Please offer your prayers this month.
Please also bring in your red Mission boxes at the end of the month, so that we can send off our important donations and do our bit to help God’s will to be done to help his suffering members in Nigeria.
CLOTHING DONATIONS FOR AFGHAN REFUGEES: Donations to Care4Calais are being collected in Aughton L39 5DW: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange drop-off time / venue. Care4Calais is specifically asking for the following items, which must be in good condition: baby / children’s clothes & shoes (trainers), jeans and leggings, t-shirts, hoodies, & other winter clothes / shoes. You may wish to donate directly to Care4Calais: Care4Calais | Refugee Crisis Charity | Fundraise Donate Volunteer
CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY (1 October) – & CLIMATE CRISIS APPEAL
The Covid pandemic is propelling people all around the world into poverty and is deepening inequalities. The poorest and most vulnerable people in the world are also the ones who are hardest hit by the impact of climate change: harvests are failing, cities and rural communities are flooding and people are finding it harder and harder to survive in the place they call home.
This year especially, CAFOD is hoping to both raise much-needed funds to help these people as well as pressuring governments to be much more pro-active in changing laws that will help to protect our precious and very fragile planet for our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
What can we do to help?
- Support Family Fast day by making a donation and eating a simple, planet-friendly meal in solidarity with other Christian communities in England & Wales, to show that we can step up to the challenge of being pro-active ‘guardians of God’s creation’.
- ‘Go Green’ for October, with family and friends (plastic-free / vegetarian / one vegan meal a week)
- Visit www.cafod.org.uk/reclaim for other ideas and initiatives, as well as signing the petition to the Prime Minister, calling for more effective leadership and initiative in tackling our climate crisis
How can I donate?
- Via the CAFOD website: www.cafod.org.uk
- By text: text CAFOD10 to 70508 to donate £10 (CAFOD20 to donate £20, CAFOD50 to donate £50 etc). Texts cost £10 plus one standard rate message. If you just wish to donate and do not wish to receive any marketing communications from CAFOD, please text CAFODNOINFO to 70508.
THE SEASON OF CREATION
St Francis of Assisi
The Season of Creation culminates in the feast of St Francis of Assisi on 4 October. St Francis is the patron of all God’s creatures and the environment.
One of the issues that demands our urgent attention is how we treat animals. The current pandemic is a wake-up call. God did not give us animals to do with as we like. He entrusted them to us – we are their custodians. Many animals suffer appalling cruelty because of our demand for food and sport. Christians have a duty of care to God’s creatures. We can’t keep turning a blind eye!
A Prayer for Animals
Hear our humble prayer, O God, for our friends the animals,
especially for animals who are suffering;
for animals that are overworked, underfed and cruelly treated;
for all wistful creatures in captivity that beat their wings against bars;
for any that are hunted or lost or deserted or frightened or hungry;
for all that must be put death.
We entreat for them all Thy mercy and pity,
and for those who deal with them we ask a heart of compassion
and gentle hands and kindly words.
Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to animals,
and so to share the blessings of the merciful.
Attributed to the theologian and philosopher, Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)
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
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 few 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
All Good Gifts-Godspell – YouTube
The feast of St Francis along with the timing of much needed-harvests, remind us to offer thanks to God for the wonderful world he has created. It’s also no accident that our Season of Creation, CAFOD Family Fast Day and the COP26 Conference are very timely reminders of our own responsibility for taking care of our beautiful word.
This clip is from a recent US youth production of the musical ‘Godspell’.
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!
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
CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMES ON EWTN
Children’s religious programmes, based on the teachings of Jesus, are available on EWTN every week day, from 3.30pm to 4.30pm – and on Saturday mornings, from 9am to 10am.
WEEKLY MASS FOR CHILDREN: FREE RESOURCE BOOKLET
Redemptorist Publications is pleased to introduce Celebrate: an initiative designed to help children grow in their faith.
Each week they will provide a Children’s Liturgy in the form of a video of the week’s Gospel reading, a reflection and a final prayer.
Fun, engaging and practical worksheets/resources will also be provided to help children continue to practise their faith during this time. Please ring 01420 592974 or check the following link for the RP KidZone: https://www.rpbooks.co.uk/celebrate-following-your-faith?utm
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.
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