April 21st – April 26th 2019

Easter Message of the Most Reverend Malcolm McMahon OP,

Archbishop of Liverpool. Whether we recognise it or not our lives have been changed for ever by the Risen Lord at Easter. All too often we fail to see the good things of life when they are right in front of us, it may be the joy which other people can bring us, or it could be something we see in the beauty of the world around us, particularly as new life comes to us in spring time after the darkness of the winter months.

On the first Easter morning Mary of Magdala stayed outside the empty tomb weeping. She was grieving, mourning the death of Jesus. It was the end of everything that she had hoped for and believed in. Her Lord had been crucified and buried, now his body had been taken. As she wept a man came up to her and said, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?’ Mary didn’t recognise the man and thought he was the gardener, she said, ‘Sir, if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and remove him.’ Then the man looked at her and said, ‘Mary’ and at that point she recognised him as Jesus, the Risen Lord.

In that instant Mary’s life changed, all she had hoped for came true, and in the most unexpected way. She didn’t recognise Jesus, she even thought he was the gardener, and then she knew him. ‘It was very early on the first day of the week and still dark, when Mary of Magdala came to the tomb’, and with the dawn the darkness of her own life was transformed for ever. If we can hear the Risen Lord saying our name, our lives can be transformed too.

We live in difficult times. These last weeks and months have been filled with uncertainty and division. Political indecision and financial insecurity lead us to worry about the future for ourselves and for our families. We need the light to keep us going and give us hope. Real hope is based on the resurrection of Jesus, otherwise it is just optimism. The trouble with optimism is that it is just a desire for things to get better and is really only wishful thinking. Hope says that they will get better because Jesus has risen from the dead, and that hope is given to us too. So why not enjoy this season of Easter by looking for signs of new life and resurrection in the ordinary things we encounter every day. You will be surprised by what you see, your faith will be enriched, and it will be full.

Message from Father. My dear people, I am finding it hard to be back from St. Chad’s in time for 10.30am Mass on Sunday’s. Due to me seeing parishioners at the end of Mass at St. Chad’s. I would like some time before the Mass to organise the music group, altar servers, and to hear confessions. Therefore, after Easter, I would like the Mass to be at 11am. Thanks for your understanding and co-operation.

Baptism Preparation Course: To be held after 11.00am Mass on Sunday 28th April in the Parish Centre. For all baptisms contact Fr. George. Baptisms will be with appointment only.

Sacramental Programme. 
The First Holy Communion practise is on Thursday 2nd May in church at 6.30pm.

The Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions: For doctors and their humanitarian collaborators in war zones, who risk their lives to save the lives of others.

Easter Blessings. Kindly note that House Blessings will resume after Easter. If anybody wants to bless their house to be blessed and consecrated to Jesus, please contact Fr. George.

Sunday Mass Time Changes. After Easter, Sunday Mass will be at 11am.

The Feast of Divine Mercy is being celebrated in St. Mary’s Church, Leyland. The Celebrations starts at 3pm on Sunday 28th April 2019, with Holy Mass at 5.30pm

The Parish council is looking for an external auditor for the parish finances. Anybody interested please contact Father George

Help. If any parishioners ‘who would be gardeners’, please get in touch with Aiden Ormisher Mobile: 07842 484319. The grounds around the church need some tender loving care.

Pray for our Seminarians: A poster in our church porch give details of the Seminarians in the Archdiocese of Liverpool 2018-2019. Please would you prayer for them, Father George.

House Blessings.
If you wish to do a house blessing please text me your name and address on my mobile so that I can come and do house blessing as soon as possible, Father George.

Confessions:Will be held on 20th April 2019, Holy Saturday at 5.30pm – 5.55pm in Church before Mass

Marriages. Please give 6 months, notice, especially marriages taking place abroad.

Silent prayer: Before Mass on Sunday mornings, 10.15 – 10.30am.

Holy Rosary: Please join for Holy Rosary before Mass during the week, 9.00 – 9.10am. Thank you.

SVP National Raffle. Winning Tickets are on a notice at the back of church

Mass Intentions: If you want a Mass said for a particular intention for yourself or a member of your family or a friend, please come into the sacristy after Mass. The Mass stipend is £5 per Mass intention.

Altar Servers: Anybody who would like to become on Altar Server, please see Father George.

Gift Aid Envelopes: please collect from the back of church, Year 2019. If anyone would like to give gift aid, then please contact David Scott 01772 335209

Synod Representatives: Aiden Dugdale from St. Bede’s and John Reilly from St. Chad’s have agreed to be the Representatives for the Synod 2020.

The SVP are looking for new members, if anyone is interested in volunteering, please contact Ted Murphy on 01772 322904

Marriage Preparation Courses: To book a course please visit or contact Mr Mike Snelham 0151 428 4410

Gift Aid Envelopes: please collect from the back of church, Year 2019. If anyone would like to give gift aid, then please contact David Scott 01772 335209

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

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.

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

Rosary 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.

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