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 also on the Topics/Bulletin page
We update the information here every week.
Tuesday June 30th 2020
Following a meeting of priests of the Chorley pastoral area we are informed that two of our churches will be open again for mass. It is vitally important that all parishioners who will be attending services read the guidelines issued by the Deanary and that they are followed for your own protection and for other parishioners. Please click on this link for full details and procedures that you are expected to follow. Cautious reopening of our churches – what to expect
Mass times at St Gregory’s and St Mary’s.
Dear Parishioners, priests and deacons of the Chorley Pastoral Area,The priests of the Pastoral Area, met on Tuesday 30th June to discuss the implementation of the cautious re-opening of churches for public worship. While we all acknowledged the great desire of people wishing to return to church, mass, and Holy Communion, we were also very aware of the restriction placed upon us in doing so.
In the light of the age and health of some of the priests; the restrictions in place and the number of volunteers needed it was decided that in the first instance we would only open two churches for mass. These would be St Gregory’s and St Mary’s which are large churches, with easy access, and a one way system can be followed easily. Mass times will be as follows:
St Gregory’s Monday- Saturday 8:30 am Sunday 9:30 am (masses will continue to be live streamed behind closed doors at the other mass times)
St Mary’s Monday- Friday 12 noon Saturday 5pm and Sunday 10:30 am.
It is important to emphasise that Sunday obligation has not been re-instated; people who are shielding or at risk should not feel obliged to attend any mass; people who have had any symptoms of COVID 19 should not attend for at least 14 days after the symptoms appeared. Those who can are encouraged to attend a weekday mass so that those who cannot, can attend at the weekend without the churches being over crowded.
Restrictions that will be in place include the wearing of face masks and giving personal details for track and trace. Social distancing of 1 meter + will be observed and so maximum numbers of 80 (St Gregory’s) 120 (St Mary’s) are allowed.
Some churches may open for private prayer and the celebration of the other Sacraments ( restrictions of 30 people attending), please see your parish newsletters or websites for this individual information.
As priest’s we realise that this cautious approach may disappoint some parishioners (and priests) but it was felt that the safety of all was paramount and that it was better to be safe than sorry. The re-opening of churches will be reviewed locally and by the Archdiocese on a regular bases. Please continue to pray for each other and keep safe.
God Bless you all
Fr Graeme Dunne (Dean of the Chorley Pastoral Area)
July 4th 2020
I’m sure we were all very happy to learn that Masses in Chorley will resume this week at St Gregory’s and St Mary’s. We hope that Masses will resume at St Bede’s shortly and then a little later at St Chad’s.
From Monday 6th July Masses in Chorley will be as follows:
Monday – Saturday 8:30am, Sunday 9:30am
(masses will continue to be livestreamed behind closed doors at the other mass times)
Monday – Friday 12:00noon, Saturday 5:00pm, Sunday 10:30am
If you are attending Mass please remember that face coverings must be worn in church. Please use the hand sanitiser on entering and leaving church. Holy Communion will be distributed at the end of Mass and you are to exit the church straight after receiving Holy Communion.
You are not obliged to attend Mass even on Sunday. If you are in a group at particular risk from Covid 19 you are asked to stay away from Mass at the present time.
If you are able to attend Mass during the week please do so as that will leave more space on Sunday for those who are unable to get to church during the week.
We will open both St Bede’s and St Chad’s churches soon for a few hours each week for people to come and spend a little time in prayer. We are going to need stewards to allow this to happen. If you could spare a couple of hours each week to help us to open our churches again please ring me and I’ll let you know when you will be needed.
We are now permitted to hold funeral services, baptisms and weddings at St Bede’s and baptisms at St Chad’s. Numbers are strictly limited to 30 people in church for these services.
If you have any questions or concerns please get in touch with me on 01257 460154. I would be very happy to hear from you. If you would like to make a donation to your parish you can also get in touch and I will let you know the best ways to do this.
For the foreseeable future Masses will continue to be live-streamed on our Facebook page and from St Gregory’s. To pray along with Mass in our parishes go to Facebook and look for “Parishes of St Chad and St Bede” and request to join the group.
One of the hardest things about the current strange situation is that we don’t know how long these measures are going to be needed for. We have to take each day as we find it and try to be faithful to our Lord in whatever ways we can. Let’s try and remember that all the measures we are putting in place are to keep those most vulnerable among us as safe as we can. A little inconvenience or strangeness is worth putting up with to help other to stay well. I hope we have all discovered in a new way that our homes are holy places. God is with us there at every moment of the day. We can be mindful of His presence with us wherever we are, and find comfort and hope from Him. Keep close to you the words of Jesus in our Gospel this Sunday, “Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest.”
I keep you all daily in my prayers.
May God bless you and all those you are holding in your heart,
Apart from those seasons having their own distinctive character, thirty-three or thirty-four weeks remain in the yearly cycle that do not celebrate a specific aspect of the mystery of Christ. Rather, especially on the Sundays, they are devoted to the mystery of Christ in all its aspects. This period is known as Ordinary Time.
Please keep in your prayers all the families who should have celebrated the First Holy Communion of their child in these weeks. We have sent out by e-mail a letter and some things to read to all our First Holy Communion children. If you have not received your copy please ring Fr. Mark on 01257 460154 and he will send it to you. Other resources are also available on our Archdiocesan website at https://www.
With an awareness that many of our families would have been celebrating the first communion of their child at around this time the family catechesis resource includes:
Sessions for use at home.
A guide to ideas and activities that families can do at home.
A suggested text of a letter to your first communion families that you may like to use or adapt.
The archbishop will be recording a video specifically for our first communion families that will be available for this weekend All can be accessed/downloaded at https://www.
We have set up a group on Facebook for our parishes as a place to share our prayer and stay connected as a community. Mass is normally streamed each day from either St Bede’s Church or St Chad’s Church. Everyone is invited to take a look and join if they wish.
Go to Facebook and look for “Parishes of St Chad & St Bede” or click on the link below.
Mass is also livestreamed each day from St Gregory’s Church in Chorley and local priests are celebrating Masses there at the weekend. Go to www.stgregoryschorley.org.uk
If you go to https://www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk you will see other churches in our diocese which are webcasting their services.
If you would like to talk to Fr. Mark please ring 01257 460154
An important letter from Pope Francis and two prayers to Our Lady more
Our Lady’s Shrine, Walsingham All Masses, Services, Benediction, Exposition etc are available by 24 /7 live streaming. Three Masses every day and Exposition throughout the night. www.walsingham.org.uk/livestream/
Please keep in your prayers the sick and housebound of our parishes:
Syd Newton, George Morris, Peter Deacon, Amy Greenhalgh, Vincent Cahill, Margaret Gray, Thomas Hesse, Ray Briant, Winifred Baxendale, Rosalia Lakot. 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, Connie Foy, Mark Smith. The residents of Highcliffe, Greenways, Brookside, Meadow Bank Nursing homes and Brookhaven
Recently Deceased: Mary O’Brien, Dorothy Franks
Mass Intentions: Fr Mark is saying Mass privately each day and invites anyone who would like a Mass to be said for a particular intention to get in touch with him on Tel. No 01257 460154 or by email.
Isolated Parishioners If you know any parishioner who might be feeling a bit isolated Fr Mark would be very happy to ring them if you think that would help. Please ring Father or send an e-mail. Thanks.
Follow St Chad’s & St Bede’s on Facebook! We have a group to enable us all to stay more closely in touch with each other, particularly during these days when we do not meet weekly as we’ve been used to. Everyone is invited to take a look and join if they wish. Look for “Parishes of St Chad & St Bede” https://www.facebook.com/groups/232935341437045/
Important: Holy Communion whilst in hospital.
Please contact St. Joseph’s Presbytery if any of your family is admitted to Chorley Hospital 01257 262713.
If any family member is admitted to Preston Hospital, please inform the chaplain on 01772 522435.
If any family member is admitted to Wigan Infirmary, please inform the chaplain on 01942 822324.
This request comes from the respective hospital chaplains.
While our parish offices are closed this joint newsletter will be produced for both our parishes and placed on our notice boards and websites.
The Holy Rosary. To seek divine help through the crisis that we all find fearful a daily scripture reading is on the Topics/Bulletin and Forum page to accompany the saying of the Mysteries of the Rosary.
Online masses https://www.stgregoryschorley.org.uk/
Other online sites: https://www.churchservices.tv/whats-on-now/
and Sky TV: EWTN Channel No: 588
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
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.You might like to write a list of the people you are particularly holding in your prayers at this difficult time and keep it with you. Read through it slowly at different times of the day.
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
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