June 16th – June 21st 

Message from the Dean Father Marsden.
Due to unforeseen developments Fr. George Joseph Cheeramkuzhy has had to take some leave. For a period, the Archbishop has asked Canon Peter Stanley (St Joseph’s, Harpers Lane) to look after St Chad’s Parish, South Hill, and Fr. Graeme Dunne (St Gregory’s, Weld Bank) will be serving St Bede’s, Clayton Green. To enable these two
priests to cover these two extra parishes, some Masses have to be cancelled. It is foreseen that
there will be no weekday Masses at St. Chad’s or St. Bede’s. From NEXT weekend (22nd / 23rdJune), on a temporary basis, the following Masses
can no longer be provided:
Sat 4.30 pm at St Chad’s, Sun 10.30 am at St
Joseph’s, Harpers Lane,
Sun 11.00 at St Bede’s, Sun 6.30 pm at St Gregory’s Weld Bank.
This leaves the following Masses on the timetables for the following Parishes:
St Chad’s: Sunday 10.30am
St Joseph’s, Harpers Lane: Sat 6.00pm, Sun 8.30am, 4.30pm
St Bede’s: Sat 6.30pm
St Gregory’s: Sun 9.30am & 11.00am
Synod 2020: The Parish submission has been sent in following the Listening/Discernment meeting
on 23rd May but if anyone wishes to complete the Survey, go to the website.
Submissions must be in by 30th June. Thanks,
Catechist Meeting: Tuesday 18th June 2019 in the Presbytery at 7.30pm

The Spirit of Truth (John 16:12-15)
The early part of John chapter 16 is quite tender and emotional as Jesus gathers his disciples for the final time. There was fear or even sadness perhaps, given the great ministerial journey that had taken place with Jesus was now coming to an end.
The context to today’s Gospel verses rests in Jesus’ statement to the disciples, “I am returning to the Father”. The great relationship of the
New Testament is at the heart of this Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.
Indeed, the brief lines we read today state that there is much more to
say about God and God’s love, but such information would be too much
to take at this particular time. So, the promise of Jesus is to send the Spirit of truth who will offer wisdom and guidance during the difficult times to come. Jesus states, “the hour is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is doing a holy duty for God”. The sending of the Spirit into the lives of the disciples and into our own lives is God’s grace alive and active

Good Shepherd Masses.

Dates for your diary:    The Most Holy Trinity: 16th June, Corpus Christi: 23rd June, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus: 28th June, Peter and Paul: 30th June

Upcoming Second Collections: Day of Life on 16th June  and Peter’s Pence 30th June.

Eucharistic Ministers and Readers: the list for July, August and September is available at the back of church on the noticeboard. Or a separate sheet can be obtained from the Sacristy

Brownedge Christians Together Food Bank: The volunteers and families would like to say a heartfelt thank you for your amazing food donations. Your generosity has enabled us to give an extra bag of food items to families with school age children during the Christmas, Easter and February half term holidays. We look forward to your continuing support.

The Holy Father’s Prayer Intention for June: May priests, through the modesty and humility of their lives, commit themselves to an active solidarity with the poorest.

Exam Time: Please pray for all those sitting exams and their teachers and families.

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.

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

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