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
Our Church buildings are currently closed due to the need for social distancing but we hope this website can be a way we can still share news and keep in touch. We update the information here every week.
May 31st. Pentecost Reflection.
Thoughts for Pentecost
On this great day we find our joy and our peace in the merciful action of God. He has chosen to be with us always and everywhere through the presence of His Holy Spirit in us. Today we celebrate the continuation of the healing work of Jesus through the Church, through us, born in a new way through the gift of Pentecost.
The word “spirit” is closely connected to the word for “breath”. God’s breath is in you.
Take a moment to be aware of your breathing.
Just as we draw in air and breathe it out again, so we are always invited to draw in the presence of God and to let Him flow through us into the lives of those we meet.
It’s a profound prayer of openness to breathe in with the words “Fill me Holy Spirit” and to breathe out with the words “Use me however you want to”.
Our Gospel reading today is very intimate and personal. Jesus breathes His Spirit into each of the disciples one to one. He looks into their eyes and fills them with His presence. His breath is in them. His breath is in you now.
The Spirit always makes Christ present. Just as the Holy Spirit can transform bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ at every Mass, so too the Holy Spirit can make the love and compassion of Jesus present in our hearts and minds every day.
Ask Jesus to breathe on you now, to breathe His presence into you.
Hear Him say, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
Today is a good day to be humble. We need to be honest that there are so many things in our lives, in our Church and in our world that we don’t know how to change. We are stuck and can’t find the answers on our own. To know this gives the Holy Spirit an invitation to be the inspiration we need to try new things, to be brave, to break out of the locked rooms we sometimes find ourselves in. Like the disciples on the day of Pentecost we need the breath of God to stir us up and to put some fire back into our living out our faith. The Spirit drove the disciples out of their hidden room and into the world, to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth. May the same Holy Spirit open our eyes today to the needs around us and make us generous in responding to what we are shown.
Come Holy Spirit.
It’s an obvious thing to say, but you can’t see the wind. You can only see what it does, or hear the movement it creates. We can’t see the Holy Spirit, but we can recognise where God is at work through the fruit being produced for the good of God’s children. When the hungry are fed, when people work for peace and justice for those who are suffering, when people work to make the world a happier and more loving place, when scientists work hard to find healing and ways to care for our planet, when people try to build a community where everyone matters and everyone knows they are precious to God, we can say that there is the Holy Spirit: in this place our God is at work.
What goodness and beauty can you say thank you for today? Be a witness to God’s loving action around you.
Thank God for how He has been at work in your own life too. He uses you in ways you might not even notice. Thank Him.
Come Holy Spirit.
Help us to be open to your gentle action in our lives.
Use us to continue to work of Jesus in the world today.
Set us on fire with love so that we can be used by you for the healing of our world.
Come Holy Spirit.
May 30th. Our Church leaders have now started planning for the opening of our churches for private prayer as and when the government says it is safe to do so. Only churches approved by the Archbishop will be permitted to be open, some in each Pastoral Area. These churches will have to provide safe and separate entrances and exits, and volunteers to ensure that there is minimal risk of spreading coronavirus. Volunteers will receive training before they are able to begin their work. We will keep you informed if we require volunteers in our parishes for this task.
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
May 30th. New resources prepared by the Archdiocese of Liverpool to help us pray at this difficult time are now available including:
Reflection for Pentecost Sunday (with audio accompaniment)
Readings for Pentecost Sunday
Resurrection Appearances: John’s Gospel reflection
All can be accessed/downloaded at https://www.
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