April 3rd 2020
All church services are now suspended until further notice.
Many of the faithful will be aware of their Easter Duties; that is, to receive Holy Communion during the Easter Season. As it is not possible for the faithful to receive Holy Communion at this time and possibly for some time ahead, the Bishops of England and Wales have dispensed the Easter Duties for the year 2020, so that the consciences of people may be reassured and any scruples which they have be eased.
Holy Week. To celebrate Holy Week and to seek divine help through the crisis that we all find fearful, from Palm Sunday a daily scripture reading will be on this page to accompany the saying of the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary. The second Mystery will be on this page on Tuesday.
During his papacy Pope Benedict suggested that the faithful consider the use of Lectio Divina as a way of finding a deeper faith, The pope paid particular attention to the importance and efficacy of “lectio divina,” a form of prayerful meditation on the word of God, and he offered a step-by-step guide on the practice. The principal being; A Reading, Meditation, Prayer and Contemplation. Please click on this link for some prayers for Holy Week
Feast Days this Week
Tuesday St. John Baptist de La Salle
Holy Thursday The Lord’s Supper
Good Friday Fast & Abstinence
Saturday Easter Vigil
The Sorrowful Mysteries
The Agony in the Garden Mk 14:32-42
They came to a place which is called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” But he took Peter, James and John along with him, and becoming filled with fear and distress,he said to them, “My soul is full of sorrow, even to death. Remain here and stay awake.” Then he went a little further on and fell to the ground, praying that, if possible, this hour might pass him I by. Jesus said, “Abba. Father; “all things are possible for you; take this cup away from me. Yet not what I want, but what you want.’ Then he came and found them asleep, and he said to Peter, Simon, are you sleeping? Couldn’t you stay awake for one hour? Stay awake and pray, all of you, so that you may not slip into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the body is weak. And going away he prayed, saying the same words.When he came back to the disciples, he found them asleep again; they could not keep their eyes open, and they did not know what to say to him. When he came back the third time! he said’ “You can sleep on now and take your rest! It is all over,” the time has come: the Son of Man” is given into the hands of sinners. Get up, let us go! Look: the one who betrays me is approaching.
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy: The Priests of the Deanery suggest at this time that we adopt somebody who is sick in hospital and/or an NHS worker and say prayers for them each day. We suggest The Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
How to pray the chaplet of Divine Mercy.
1. Make the Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the
Holy Spirit. Amen.
2. Optional Opening Prayers
You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth
for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the
whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine
Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out
(Repeat three times)
O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart
of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You!
3. Our Father
Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name;
Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day
our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass
against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, Amen.
4. Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us
sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen.
5. The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus
Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the
Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He
descended into hell; on the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended
into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there
He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy
catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection
of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
6. The Eternal Father
Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly
Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the
7. On the 10 Small Beads of Each Decade
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
8. Repeat for the remaining decades
Saying the “Eternal Father” (6) on the “Our Father” bead and then 10 “For the sake
of His sorrowful Passion” (7) on the following “Hail Mary” beads.
9. Conclude with Holy God (Repeat three times)
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the
10. Optional Closing Prayer
Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion —
inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult
moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence
submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.
21 March 2020 Message from Archbishop Malcolm
In such challenging times we struggle to comprehend all that is happening around us. Now more than ever there is the need for us to be united in prayer. Please find some resources that may be helpful. In the coming week more will be made available via the archdiocesan website. http://www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/
God bless, Matthew
Episcopal Vicar for Formation
Archbishop Malcolm invites us to pray this prayer with him as we journey together through Lent to the Light of Easter:
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
Prayer of St Alphonsus. My Jesus, I believe that you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar. I love you above all things and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come spiritually into my soul so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever. Amen.
Catholic Bishops of England & Wales
From Friday 20th March the last Public Mass will be offered. From this date in order to keep each other safe, save lives and support the NHS, we MUST NOT gather for public acts of worship in our churches for the foreseeable future. Full statements are available from www.cbcew.org.uk
Eucharistic ministers will not be visiting the sick and housebound until further notice. our eucharistic ministers will contact the people that they usually go and see each week to pray and offer support to our sick and housebound parishioners.
Fr. Graeme Dunne will be streaming Masses from St. Gregory’s, Weld Bank, Chorley. To get access to these Masses go to the website: www.stgregoryschorley.org.uk Our local priests will be taking turns celebrating these Masses
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 and Marie Fowler neé Clayton. The residents of Highcliffe, Greenways, Brookside, Meadow Bank Nursing homes and Brookhaven
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 522998. (Hospital Switchboard) This request comes from the respective chaplains
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Parish Contact Details
Fr Mark can be contacted on 01257 460154
If your call is to request the services of a Priest in an emergency and there is no answer please telephone another local Catholic Church. It is possible that the Priest may not be able to hear your message for some time
Marriage Matters: When we take our child for baptism, we are given a candle, a reminder ‘to keep the flame of faith alive’. This can be difficult but let us not avoid the issues ‘to keep the peace’ but grow in listening and trust together.
Sick or Housebound Parishioners: Can watch a Mass streamed through their Wi-Fi system. Fr. Graeme Dunne streams Masses every week from St. Gregory’s, Weld Bank, Chorley. To get access to these Masses go onto the ‘St Gregory’s RC Church-Chorley’
website.Wi-Fi system. https://www.stgregoryschorley.org.uk/
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