Topics/Bulletin

January 26th – January 31st 2020
Until further notice;
St Chad’s: Sunday 10.30am
St Joseph’s, Harpers Lane: Sat 6.00 pm, Sun 8.30am, 4.30pm
St Bede’s: Sat 6.30pm Sunday 11.00 am
St Gregory’s: Sun 9.30am & 11.00am

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/

A Prayer for the New Year:
Let us live each day in the most loving ways.
Let us serve all who are in need, regardless of race, colour or creed.
May your year be filled with peace, prosperity and love.

May God’s blessings shower upon you and bestow upon each of you a bright, healthy and peaceful New Year
Wishing you all a Happy New Year and bless the year ahead. May God’s light guide your way in 2020. Fr. Graeme and Fr. Kenny

Sacramental Programme. The First Holy Communion Dates:
Session 5 in the School Hall on Thursday 13th February 2020 at 6.30pm.
Family Mass in the Church on Saturday 15th February 2020 at 6.30pm.

Thanks. We would like to take this opportunity to thank those many people who have worked so hard within and for the Parish throughout the year. Your dedication is much appreciated. It only remains for us to wish you all a very Happy & Holy Christmas and may the Prince of Peace bless you and your loved ones. God Bless you all, Fr. Graeme & Fr. Kenny

Restores Lives – Recovery from Divorce and Separation.
The Restored Lives course is a series of six meetings starting on Wednesday 12th February 2020 at Holy Rosary, Aintree, Liverpool L10 2LG. The course is for any person who has been impacted by the end of a serious relationship whether separated, currently going through a divorce or already divorced. Meetings are free, confidential, informative and affirming.
If you would like to attend, please contact Maureen O’Brien 07967 753371 or Jacqui Sellek 07793 825815

Children’s Liturgy – “Little Church” Meets every Sunday morning 11am Mass for children up to the age of First Holy Communion.

Please – we need your help
Church Cleaning: Every fortnight after Mass on a Wednesday, approximately 9.45 – 10.30am, feel free to just turn up on the day.
Church Flowers: Immediate help required; no experience needed. 1-1½ hours every other week, usually Thursday or Friday mornings. Please ring Tina for more information 01257 263386. As soon as possible. Thank you.

Baptism: If you would like to book a baptism for your child, please see Fr Graeme or Fr Kenny after one of the Sunday Masses. Thank you.

New Diocesan Certificate in Catechesis: Following the gathering for Catechists held in June we are offering further opportunities to develop our understanding of the catechetical needs across the diocese. All sessions are open to both new and existing catechists. The Conversations will take place at LACE or St. Joseph’s Wrightington in November 2019, March and June 2020. Each session will cost £10 or £25 if registering for all three. To register for the course please contact Pastoral Formation 0151 522 1040 or Email: formation@rcaol.co.uk

Thanks to Audrey Kane who did the safeguarding position for many years. Audrey has just moved to a new house and parish. So, we wish her all the best.

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.
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

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.

Gift Aid Envelopes: please collect from the back of church, Year 2020. 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 www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/marriage-preparation or contact Mr Mike Snelham 0151 428 4410 Email:mike@snelham.co.uk

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

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 Sandra.brassington@yahoo.co.ukThank 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
  Sun 10.30
St Josephs Brindle Sat 6.00 Sun 9.30
St Josephs Chorley Sat 6.00 Sun 8.30. 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