October 20th – October 26th

Induction as Priest in Charge. 
To help me celebrate my forthcoming induction on October 10th as Priest in Charge of St Bede’s and St Chad’s Churches I would like to extend a warm invite to all the priests of the Liverpool Archdiocese to join me for the occasion. Holy Mass begins with a procession from the parish hall. We will vest in the parish hall. His grace Malcom McMahon Archbishop of Liverpool will be the Main Celebrant.
Holy Mass will be at 7 pm. Could all the volunteers, alter servers and those who hold responsibilities arrive one hour before the event or whenever you are asked to be present. Thank you.
Refreshments will be available after the event in the adjacent parish hall.

Altar Servers Rota: A new rota has been written for end of October, November, December and the first week in January 2019. Altar Servers can obtain the rota from the Sacristy.

A Message from Father George. Synod Sunday: Synod 2020
Today,21st October is “Synod Sunday” or this weekend we are celebrating Synod 2020. At the invitation of His Grace Archbishop Malcolm, the Archdiocese of Liverpool, people and priests together, are embarking upon a journey that will lead us to reflect on what God is asking of our Church in the years to come. In October 2020 the Archdiocese of Liverpool will hold a gathering called a “Synod” to reflect on what God might be asking of us today and making decisions about the future of our Church. Synod Sunday is a moment when the Church throughout the Archdiocese will pray for God’s blessing on this venture. Today we have been asked to pray for God’s blessing and listen to the Holy Spirit for more light during the next two years. The word “Syn-od” originally meant “Together on the road”.

To help us reflect on our journey over the next two years towards Synod 2020 we would like you to pick up a leaflet giving you information about how to be involved. Soon there will be a Synod Open Meeting on the 8th November at St. Mary’s in Leyland from 7.30pm till 9pm. There is no need of any registration. Please do attend. If you could participate then you will get a clear picture of Synod 2020. Synod is the work of the Holy Spirit. It is the work of all of us as well.

Now let us reflect up on Pope Francis’s words on the Church: “The Church’s mission in the world proceeds through the contribution of all those who are part of her. Some think they are the bosses in the Church: The Pope, the Bishops, the Priests, and then there are others. No; the Church is all of us! and we all have the responsibility to sanctify one another, to take care of the others. “The Church is all of us. Each one has his or her work in the Church, but she is all of us.” As I conclude I invite you to pray together with me for the Success of the forthcoming Synod. Let us put our heart and mind into it and pray:

“Come Holy Spirit, fill our hearts with wisdom, love and courage. Guide us in prayer and action as we journey towards Synod 2020 to become the Church you are calling us to be. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
God bless, Thank you, Fr. George

World Mission Sunday October 21st
Jesus Christ has invited us to follow him and to be with Him. Then he gave us the command to go out and proclaim His good news. Therefore, we are all missionaries. Mission means someone who is send. Mission Sunday reminds us that we are heralds of the Gospel. The Church cannot exist without being missionary. We must go out and preach the good news in many ways. World Mission Sunday is your chance to support missionaries and our Church in proclaiming the Gospel of hope to those who suffer around the world. By supporting Missio, the Pope’s official charity for overseas mission, you will be sharing the love of Christ with all people by helping everyone in need, regardless of background or belief. Today, your prayers and donations will help build a future of hope both in Ethiopia and around the world. Please give what you can. Thank you.

The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children: Has produced postcards so that you can send a message to your MP urging him/her to vote against a dangerous abortion bill which is coming up in the House of Commons on Tuesday 23rd October 2018. The bill seeks to decriminalise abortion which would remove any effective legal protection for unborn babies and their mothers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Postcards are available in the back of church. Thank you

Induction as Priest in Charge
All are invited for the Holy Mass and after for refreshments in the Parish Hall.

Pebbles. Please could you place a pebble in the basket at the back of church if you are attending the ‘Induction Mass’ and the meal afterwards. It is just to know the number of people coming and to avoid wastage of food. Thank you

Walking in the Spirit: The conference will be held on 24th – 25th November at St. Walburge’s Hall, St Walburge’s Gardens Preston. It is an opportunity to be inspired, encourage and equipped to draw closer to our heavenly Father, so that walking in step with Jesus His Son, we can share the power and love of the Holy Spirit. The speakers are, Ros Powell, Fr. Paul Keane and Niklas Carlsson. Registration fee £10 per person. For booking and more information

Second Collection: £329.50 was given for CAFOD. Many thanks for your support and generosity.

Mass Stipends: are now a recommended minimum£5 per Mass.

Annual Memorial Mass: On the 3rd November at 6.30pm. For those who have died in the past 12 months and anyone wishing to include other friends or relations, please give the names to Brenda or Jeannette.

The Irenaeus Project: are thrilled to welcome Fr. Eamonn Mulcahy, as the keynote speaker at the Come & See Day on Saturday 27th October. It will be held at Maricourt High School, Maghull L31 3DZ with workshops by Fr. Chris Thomas, Eileen T Snow and Dr. Karen Groves. Booking forms and more information about the day are available from

Lourdes 2019: Be part of something special … be part of the Liverpool Youth Pilgrimage to Lourdes. On 18th–27th July 2019m. For ages 15(or in year 10)-22 years of age. Applications available to download on 1st October from

House Blessing. A house blessing is a very important sacramental offering which every priest does annually. It is part of the pastoral responsibility of a priest. By Blessing the house, a priest can consecrate the family and their home to God. When was the last time your house was blessed? It is an occasion for a family and priest to sit together, to talk and get to know each other. All you need to do is let me know a time and convenient date. I will be happy to come and bless your home.

Vocation Discernment Group: In order to support men who are looking at and exploring the possibility of becoming a Roman Catholic Priest in the Archdiocese of Liverpool there will be a Day of Recollections on Sunday 13th October at St. John’s Presbytery, 13 Powell St. Wigan. WN1 1XL. There will be an opportunity to talk and ask questions of Priests in active service of their Ministry. More information is available from our Vocations Director Fr James Preston, whose contact details are: or 0151 727 2493. Also see Facebook, Archdiocese of Liverpool Vocations.A house blessing is a very important sacramental offering which every priest does annually. It is part of the pastoral responsibility of a priest. By Blessing the house, a priest can consecrate the family and their home to God. When was the last time your house was blessed? It is an occasion for a family and priest to sit together, to talk and get to know each other. All you need to do is let me know a time and convenient date. I will be happy to come and bless your home.

Upcoming second collections
21st October APF World Missions
Second Collection for Nugent: £194.60 was given. Many thanks for your support and generosity

Flood and Flood Relief in Kerala, India
My dear parishioners, once again I would like to write a word of appreciation and thank you for your great generosity and good will, which you have shown to the people of Kerala in their distress.

For your information, I feel I must write a few more things about the aftermath of the flood and the deverstating situations. The church in India worked with the Government and opened 14,000 Relief Camps. 75,000 Houses were partially or totally damaged. 45,000 hectares of agriculture land was devastated. 1,400,000 people were in the Relief Camps. 3,000 Priests, 7,000 Religious, 75,000 Youth and 100,000 People were involved directly in rescue operations. 32 Dioceses spent £400,000 for the rescue operations. I have sent the money you contributed (£2,322) to the Bishop in India and some people who were desperately in need of help.

If you have missed the contribution for any reason and would like to make a donation, you could either pay as a cheque or cash. Cheque is payable to “Mar Joseph Kallarangatt” the Bishop in India.
Thank you so much, Fr. George

Children’s Liturgy – “Little Church”. Meets every Sunday morning during the 10.30am Mass for children up to the age of First Holy Communion. If you would like to help as a volunteer on a Sunday, – please contact Joanne Lingard for more details

Volunteers for church cleaners. If anyone is interested in volunteering, please contact Aidan Ormisher

Volunteers for parish florists. If anyone is interested in volunteering, please contact Doreen 01257 261821

Uniform Bank. Due to the beginning of a new school year, the uniform bank may be of interest. To donate please contact Sean Cull, SVP. Web address

Marriage Preparation courses will start on 20.10.18 and 17.11.18. Book a place on a course at

will be said in church Tuesday to Friday before morning Mass/Eucharistic Service.

Preston Homeless Drop in Centre are in need of Mens jeans, jogging bottoms (smaller sizes 32-36), trainers, boxer shorts, hoodies, rucksacks, sleeping bags, towels and toiletries. Will collect from church or contact you.

Billington Bears Pre-School. St. Bede’s Parish Centre. Sessions available for children 2 to 4 years. Contact Claire on 01772 626699

The Parish Centre can be hired for birthday parties, baptism celebrations etc. Reasonable rates. Contact Claire Billington on 07956669945 to book.

Only 8.30 Sunday mass and weekday masses will be affected during Father’s absence. The following is for information on local Sunday Mass Times. Further info on other days can be obtained by clicking on the parish names.
Sacred Heart Chorley Sat 7.00 Sun 11.00 
St Chads Whittle
Sat 5.00 Sun 9.00
St Josephs Brindle Sat 6.00 Sun 9.30
St Josephs Chorley Sat 6.00 Sun 8.30 10.30 4.30
St Marys Chorley Sat 6.15 Sun 8.00 10.30
St Marys Leyland Sat 6.00 Sun 9.30 11.00
St Marys Bamber Bridge Sat 7.00 Sun 9.30 11.00 6.30

Brownedge Christians Together Food Bank: On behalf of the Volunteers and Families of the Food Bank we would like to say a heartfelt ‘thank you’ for your amazing food and financial donations this year. We have been able to provide bags of food that are a balanced diet to the families in need. This August we were also able to give out extra bags of food for the children who are given free school meals, but only when at school and not during the holidays. Your ‘deeds of charity’ allow us to respond to our local families in need and distress and we look forward to your valuable support in the future. Many thanks and God Bless you all. Geoff – Food Bank Volunteer.

Most needed items.

Rice pudding            Custard   Sugar  Jars of Sauce

Tinned Meat Fish       Rice        Tinned pots

Long life milk          Coffee            Noodles            Tea Bags

Tinned Veg             Cereal            Tomatoes

The SVP is looking for new members to help in it’s work for needy families. Contact Ted Murphy on 01772 322904