August 17th – August 23rd

Until further notice;
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

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.

The Holy Father’s Prayer Intention for August. May families, through their live of prayer and love, become ever more clearly ‘schools of true human growth’

Baptism Preparation Course: To be held at 11am on Sunday 8th, 15th and 22nd September

Synod Journey: The online Synod Survey closed on 30th June. The parish listening sheets were sent to the Synod Office and from there they are being analysed to discern the next step on our Synod Journey. Prayer is vitally important at this time. Archbishop Malcolm’s words last February can be at the heart of our praying: ‘In convoking the Synod I am calling us to be bold and creative in the task of rethinking the goals, structures, style and methods of evangelisation in our Archdiocesan community with its various parish and ecclesial, religious and social communities.’

Thank you for all that has taken place and please pray as we move to the next steps of Synod 2020

Little Church: There are no sessions now until September 2019

Blessed John Henry Newman will be canonised on 13th October 2019, with four other Blessed’s in St. Peter’s Square in Rome.

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.

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

Gift Aid Envelopes: If you attend Mass away from St. Bede’s at the moment, please use gift aid envelopes as normal in the collection. If you don’t gift aid, please either put your money into a plain envelope with “St. Bede’s” written on it and put it in the collection at the other church. Or put your collection money in an envelope and post it through St. Bede’s Presbytery door. This will enable us to keep things running, at the moment

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

The School House: The cottage is now available to rent. The letting agents are PR Lettings & Management, 01772 284606 and website is

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 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.

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
  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