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December 16th – December 21st
A Message from Fr. George: Sincerity in Repentance.
Today we continue to reflect on what John the Baptist was preaching in the desert. John was challenging the people who came to him for baptism for conversion. As he was preaching a baptism of repentance, he challenged people for change. His call was a call for a return to social justice. He challenged them to practice honesty and generosity. John questioned the sincerity of their conversion. He wanted people to take a new way of life by receiving the word of God. People called him a Teacher and asked him what should, they need to do in their life. Common folk approached him. He told them to share what they have with others. If they have two tunics, then they should give one to those who have none and also to share food with those who have nothing to eat. Tax collectors were asked to stop collecting more than what is prescribed. Roman soldiers were advised to not practice extortion and do not falsely accuse anyone. He also told them to be satisfied with their wages. In this manner JOHN THE BAPTIST invited people for radical change in their life to welcome the Messiah into their life and prepare for the messianic age and thus be members of God’s Kingdom. Old Testament, through the voices of many of its prophets speak of the Day of the Lord. According to  Isaiah ((13:9), ‘God will come one day in judgement and display his wrath against sin and sinners. God will vindicate his own people by defeating their enemies’. Prophet Amos says: ‘God will judge his own sinful people’. In the New Testament the Day of the Lord means He will judge the human race and will establish the final reign of God. Psalm 1: 4-6 speaks of God’s action of separating the righteous from the wicked. John said to people that Jesus will baptise them with Holy Spirit and fire. We are people who are baptised with Holy Spirit and fire. Fire in the biblical sense means God and his actions in the life of his people. The image of fire is used in the bible to state God’s glory (Ezekiel 1:4,13), his protective presence. (2Kings 6:17).
Like John the Baptist we need to bear witness to Christ by receiving the word of God in our life. Let us draw others to Jesus the anointed one of God by our word and good actions. Let us be role models like John the Baptist and let the fire of the holy spirit be always be burning in us for change.
God bless, Fr. George

Deanery Recollection Services:
Sunday 16th December St. Gregory, Weld Bank, Chorley at 3pm.
Monday 17th December Sacred Heart, Brooke St. Chorley at 7pm.
Friday 21st December St. Mary’s, Mount Pleasant, Chorley at 7pm

St. Bede’s and St. Chad’s Christmas and New Year Masses
Sunday 23rd December 2018: 9am St. Chad’s
10.30am St. Bede’s
Monday 24th December 2018: 6.30pm St. Chad’s
8.30pm St. Bede’s
Tuesday 25th December 2018: Christmas Day
9am St. Chad’s, 11am St. Bede’s
Wednesday 26th December 2018: Boxing Day
9.15am St. Bede’s, 10.30am St. Chad’s
Thursday 27th December 2018 no mass either at St. Bede’s or
St. Chad’s. No Eucharistic service.
Friday 28th December 2018 no mass either at St. Bede’s or St.
Chad’s. No Eucharistic service.
Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th December 2019 normal Masses
Monday 31st December 2018: No mass either at St. Bede’s or
St. Chad’s. No Eucharistic service.
Tuesday 1st January 2019: New Year Day
9.15am St. Chad’s, 10.30am St. Bede’s

Advent Recollection
17th December 2018
5.30pm Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
6pm Holy Mass
6.30pm Talk: God’s Love by Fr. Santiago
18th December 2018
5.30pm Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
6pm Holy Mass
6.30pm Talk: God’s Mercy & Forgiveness by Fr. Santiago
Confession from 6.30pm onward.

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.

Toy Sunday SVP: This appeal is for new toys only, age group 3 months – 2 years, 3 to 6 years. Please bring your gifts and place them in the large cardboard box at the back of church.

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

Carols by Candlelight: on Wednesday 19th December at 7.30pm at St. Joseph’s Bolton Road, Anderton, PR6 9NA.

Dementia Friendly Christmas Carol Service: with Archbishop Malcolm McMahon at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King on Friday 14th December at 2pm. For further information please contact the Pastoral Formation Department 0151 522 1046 or m.knight@rcaol.co.uk

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

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

Carol Service: St. Bede’s Primary School will be having a carol service in the church on Wednesday 19th December at 6.30pm. All are welcome.

Prayer Meeting: has now finished for Advent. The prayer group will commence after Christmas on Thursday 10th January 2019.

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

Dementia Friendly Christmas Carol Service: with Archbishop Malcolm McMahon at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King on Friday 14th December at 2pm. For further information please contact the Pastoral Formation Department 0151 522 1046 or m.knight@rcaol.co.uk

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

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

Letter from His Grace Most Reverend Malcom McMahon OP Archbishop of Liverpool: Following Fr. George’s Induction on 30th October, His Grace the Archbishop sent a letter to Fr. George expressing his pleasure at meeting and chatting to so many parishioners. He thanks everyone for the warm welcome and a “most uplifting time”.

World Gifts: catalogues hold a range of virtual gifts that make a real difference to communities around the world. Not only are these great gifts to give to friends and family, they are also a way to keep Christ’s love for the poorest members of our global family at the heart of Christmas giving. The catalogues will be in the back of church and you can order your world gifts from Email: cafod.org.uk/worldgifts or by telephoning 0808 1400 014.

Animate Youth Award: The Award is designed to reward the good work young people in our diocese are already doing. The programme rewards active service in schools, parishes and local communities, encouraging participants to take their service into the wider community and accept greater responsibility for putting their faith into action. The award encourages young people to shine the light of their faith upon their everyday experiences and then reflect on how this shapes and moulds them as young people. At the end of the year young people receive an award from the Archbishop to thank them for the work they have done. If you are interested in the award scheme, there is some information at the back off church or you can Email: admin@animateyouth.co.uk to find out more.

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.

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

Life and Soul: An evening of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, with praise and worship music, scriptural reflections and the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation 11th December St. Joseph and St. Laurence, Bewley Drive, Kirkby. L32 7PZ at 7.00 – 8.00pm. All welcome. Animate Youth Ministries. Email:admin@animateyouth.co.uk

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 admin@animateyouth.co.uk

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

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 http://www.uniformbank.co.uk

Marriage Preparation course will be on 17.11.18. Book a place on a course at www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/marriage-preparation

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 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.

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