The Lord is our shepherd.
During these difficult times this page will be used to give you any information that is given to us from the Archdiocese and Deanery. This will hopefully guide and help us and through our prayers the issues will soon be resolved.
This page and the Topics/Bulletin page will be updated whenever new information is forthcoming. Additional new information and topical news is on the Topics/Bulletin page.
Stations of the Cross It has been suggested that we pray the Stations of the Cross in our homes. Each day a reflection will be added. Please click on this link to the Forum page.
Online masses https://www.stgregoryschorley.org.uk/ On Sunday St. Gregory’s will live stream a Service of Reconciliation with Absolution at 3pm
Other online sites: https://www.churchservices.tv/whats-on-now/
and Sky TV: EWTN Channel No: 588
This weeks readings Sunday April 5th – April 11th
Readings of the day, click on the following link: https://www.magnificat.com/free
If you have access to a computer our local priests are taking turns to celebrate Mass in St
Gregory’s Church in Chorley. If you go onto their website you will find schedules of Masses and recordings of services that have already taken place. https://www.stgregoryschorley.org.uk/ Other online site: https://www.churchservices.tv/whats-on-now/
and Sky TV: EWTN Channel No: 588
Please pray for our sick and housebound
Julie K, Anne Henrys, Pat Johnson, Robert Rainford, Brenda Wrightson, Maria Reynolds, Richard Farnworth, Eileen Ainscough, Tony Morris, Marie Barnish, Eileen Farnworth, Helen Witte, Peter Fishwick, Gabrielle Myerscough, Mary O’Brien, Connie Foy, Mark Smith and Marie Fowler neé Clayton. The residents of Highcliffe, Greenways, Brookside, Meadow Bank Nursing homes and Brookhaven
Fr. Mark is saying a private Mass everyday so will be able to include the intentions of three parishioners per week. Contact Fr. Mark on 01257 460154 if you want a Mass said.
Facebook: Parishes of St Chad and St Bede
The Elderly, Sick and Housebound. Please could we remember the elderly, sick and housebound. Give them a telephone call, a few minutes of your time will mean an awful lot. Please continue to support each other and let us keep each other in our prayers.
A message from Fr Mark
Dear Friends, I’m keeping you all in my prayers more than ever during these uncertain and worrying weeks. I remember you especially at Mass each day, which is strange without your physical presence. The blessing at the end of Mass is a special moment for me, holding you in my heart as I ask our loving God to be with each one of you wherever you are spending this time. While our church buildings are closed let’s continue to keep each other in our daily prayers, especially those who are anxious and lonely, those working hard to keep us safe, those caring for the sick and those who are grieving a painful loss. If you need to speak to a priest please call me on 01257 460154. If you know someone who you think would appreciate a call from me please let me have their phone number.
We have set up a Facebook group to help people keep in touch with each other. Go to Facebook and look for “Parishes of St Chad and St Bede”. Please spread the word about this group if you can.
My God bless you and those you love and keep you in His care.
Masses are being streamed at this time from St Gregory’s Church here in Chorley. If you go to their website, https://www.stgregoryschorley.org.uk and click “our Church” then “livestream” then “schedule” it gives you the times of Mass and other services that are available to watch live on your computer or smartphone. Other churches also have the ability stream their services. More information can be found on our Diocesan Website www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk where there is link to eight parishes live streaming their services.
There is a nice time of prayer to follow on the website of the Salesians which has been produced for this time. http://www.salesians.org.uk/news-articles/featured-news/when-i-can-t-get-to-church.html
I would also like to offer this traditional prayer of St Alphonsus for Spiritual Communion to be said when it is not possible for us to attend Mass. Many of our older parishioners will remember this prayer from their childhood but it has perhaps found a place in our lives again now.
An Act of Spiritual Communion
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.
Here are some recent words which are attributed to Pope Francis. Whether he wrote them are not, they are a comforting thought.
Tonight before falling asleep
think about when we will return to the street.
When we hug again,
When all the shopping together will seem like a party.
Let’s think about when the coffees will return to the bar,
the small talk, the photos close to each other.
We think about when it will be all a memory
but normality will seem an unexpected and beautiful gift.
We will love everything that has so far seemed futile to us.
Every second will be precious.
Swims at the sea, the sun until late, sunsets, toasts, laughter.
We will go back to laughing together.
Strength and courage.
See you soon!
Keeping you and your loved ones in my prayers and remembering you all in my daily offering of the Mass,
God bless, Fr. Mark
Pastoral Letter that was read Sunday 22 March
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
“The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want”
I send my best wishes and prayers to you and those you love at this time of uncertainty, unprecedented in modern history. We are living in challenging times and as such are called to live as the Church in a different way in these days. We are unable to gather for the Holy Eucharist and other times of prayer and praise in our communities and parishes but our hope and trust in the Lord Jesus’ presence continues.
With the threat of Covid-19, the English and Welsh bishops have unanimously agreed to suspend all public celebrations of Mass and other liturgies in the Cathedrals and Churches up and down the land from Friday March 20th. This is done to protect us all. Your priests will continue to offer the Holy Mass without a congregation physically present to ensure our prayers and concerns are offered to God as always. We are seeking new ways to express and live our faith in these trying times. But we should remember that as God’s holy, faithful people we are filled with hope and the belief that Christ always walks by our side and accompanies us in our trials and tribulations. The Lord is present to us; He hears our prayers; He understands our concerns. You and I are being called now, more than ever, to pray, to place ourselves in His presence in these days and walk humbly with our crucified and risen God.
I know that you understand that we must do everything we can in the battle against Covid-19 and to offer this necessary sacrifice of gathering as the Church for a short while in order to assist with this. This will also mean doing other things differently but social distancing and limiting gatherings with others does not mean that we close in on ourselves and forget others, rather our faith turns us outwards to those in need. There are those in our community who are more vulnerable to Covid-19. We can telephone them to ask how they are doing and if they need shopping or medication. We can all do our part to be the hands and eyes and ears of Jesus Christ as St Teresa of Jesus suggested in her prayer. These new circumstances allow us to be closer through social media.
Holy Mass will be live-streamed from the Metropolitan Cathedral, St Anne’s, Overbury Street, St Gregory’s, Chorley and St Mary’s on the Isle of Man; and the archdiocesan website will keep you abreast of new initiatives which will unite us in our prayer.
In these strange and peculiar circumstances let us ask the prayers of Our Lady;
We fly to thy protection, O holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin.
Once again, assuring you of my spiritual closeness at this time. May God bless you and your families,
Most Rev Malcolm McMahon OP Archbishop of Liverpool
A letter from the President and Vice-President on behalf of all the Bishops of the Conference
CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF ENGLAND AND WALES.
issued 18th March 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, so many aspects of our lives must change. This includes the ways in which we publicly express our faith. It is very clear that, following official advice and in order to keep each other safe, save lives and support the NHS, at this time we must not gather for public acts of worship in our churches. This will begin from Friday evening, 20th March 2020, until further notice.
However, the celebration of Mass, Sunday by Sunday and day by day, will take place without a public congregation.
Knowing that the Mass is being celebrated; joining in spiritually in that celebration; watching the live-streaming of the Mass; following its prayers at home; making an act of spiritual communion: this is how we share in the Sacrifice of Christ in these days. These are the ways in which we will sanctify Sunday, and indeed every day.
We want everyone to understand that in these emergency circumstances, and for as long as they last, the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is removed. This is, without doubt, the teaching of the Church (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2181). This pandemic is the ‘serious reason’ why this obligation does not apply at this time.
You will find more details about the pathway of prayer and sacramental life we are now to take in the accompanying document and on the Bishops’ Conference website (www.cbcew.org.uk). Your own bishop and parish priest will provide further support, encouragement and information about our way of prayer together in the coming weeks.
The second vital aspect of these challenging times is our care for each other. There are so many ways in which we are to do this: being attentive to the needs of our neighbour, especially the elderly and vulnerable; contributing to our local food banks; volunteering for charitable initiatives and organisations; simply keeping in touch by all the means open to us.
During these disturbing and threatening times, the rhythm of the prayer of the Church will continue. Please play your part in it. The effort of daily kindness and mutual support for all will continue and increase. Please play your part in this too. For your commitment to this, we thank you.
‘The Lord is my shepherd,
There is nothing I shall want.’
May God bless us all. Vincent Cardinal Nichols Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP. President Vice-President
St Bede’s is a Catholic church within the Chorley Deanery belonging to the Archdiocese of Liverpool. We are a medium sized parish set on the A6 between Chorley and Preston. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of any assistance.
Parish Priest Father Mark Beattie
598 Preston Road, Clayton Green, Chorley.
Tel: 01772 335209 If there is no answer on this number and you need to talk to Fr Mark please call 01257 460154