Sep 072014
 

The Christian community is called to be a witness to reconciliation and to the building of relationships of justice, love and peace. As we gather for the Eucharist, let us be mindful of this common vocation and seek to express it in our lives.

MASS THIS WEEK AND INTENTIONS
Monday 7.00pm Greater obedience
NATIVITY OF THE BVM
Tuesday 12noon Unborn children
7.00pm* Walsingham
Wednesday 9.15am Peace in the world
Thursday 7.15pm General Practitioners
Friday 9.15am Aid organisations
Saturday 9.15am Christian teachers St John Chrysostom

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
Morning Prayer: Tue – Sat 8.55am
Evening Prayer: Tue,Thur & Fri 5.00pm

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILATION
By appointment only this week.

NEXT SUNDAY: MASSES at 8.00 & 10.00am

TODAY’S ORGAN MUSIC
Pastorale (BWV 590)
Allabreve (BWV 589)
J.S. Bach

*WALSINGHAM CELL meets here on Tuesday. Mass at 7.00pm, followed by a meeting to plan the 2015 cell programme. Refreshments. All welcome.

STANDING COMMITTEE Thursday at the Vicarage, straight after the 7.15pm Mass.

NEXT SUNDAY is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY CHRISTMAS CARDS may now be ordered. There is a catalogue at the back of church as well as a form on which to make your orders. There are some excellent Christian designs (not snowmen, santas and sleighs), so please have a look.

AN EVENING OF MUSIC FOR ORGAN AND ORCHESTRA at the Ascension, Torrisholme, using the new pipe organ, with the Orchestra of the Royal Northern College of Music. Friday 26th September at 7.30pm. The concert includes a selection of Handel’s Organ Concertos (Op4) and works by Corelli, Vivaldi and Albinoni. Tickets £10 from Fr Chris (413144) or Alan Forshaw (419174).

GARDENING PARTY Sunday 21st September. Please bring a packed lunch and do whatever you can to help. Refreshments will be served.

READERS Please collect your readings from the sacristy.

FOR REFLECTION
Reconciliation is at the very heart of the Gospel. The whole trajectory of the ‘event’ of Jesus, from the Incarnation to the Pentecost, is the reconciliation of the human estrangement from God caused by sin and the wrong use of our God-given freedom. It follows that we ourselves have a part to play in the reconciliation of the world with God; we are the disciples of Jesus today, and his reconciling work is to be carried on in and through us. Let us pray for the grace to be reconcilers in the world and banish any attitudes which run counter to this vocation.
SJ

 Posted by at 7:25 am
Aug 292014
 

We are often reluctant to respond to what God asks of us. If we are to become more like Christ, and more like the prophet Jeremiah for that matter, we have to struggle to overcome the temptation to take the easy and safe option. This option is not usually the way of love.

MASS THIS WEEK AND INTENTIONS
Monday 7.00pm New teachers
Tuesday 12noon Those starting school
Wednesday 9.15am Christian Unity
ST GREGORY THE GREAT
Thursday 9.15am* Our school
12.45pm Funeral Mass for Mary Morgan RIP
7.15pm Bishops
St Cuthbert
Friday 9.15am Local businesses
Saturday 9.15am The Children’s Society of Our Lady

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
Morning Prayer: Tue – Sat 8.55am
Evening Prayer: Tue, Thur & Fri 5.00pm

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILATION
By appointment only this week.

NEXT SUNDAY: MASSES at 8.00 & 10.00am

TODAY’S ORGAN MUSIC
Commun du Vêpres de la Vierge (Vespers for the Common of the BVM)
Antiphons II (before) and V (after)
Marcel Dupré

*EXTRA MASS to mark the start of a new school year. Daniel Hargreaves, the new headteacher, has asked for a Mass for staff, governors and parishioners at 9.15am on Thursday. Do please come and affirm our mutual hope for a fruitful and productive relationship between school and parish.

MARY MORGAN RIP Mary, a very longstanding parishioner, died last Tuesday, and her Funeral Requiem Mass is on Thursday at 12.45pm. You may receive Holy Communion at this Mass and at ONE of the other two Masses on the day.

FASHION SHOW Friday this week at 7.30pm in church. Tickets are available today from any member of the Stewardship Committee.

PLEASE PRAY FOR our home communicants, who will receive the sacrament this week.

GARDENING PARTY Sunday 21st September. Please bring a packed much and do whatever you can to help. Refreshments will be served.

HOSPITAL CHAPLAINCY VOLUNTEERING Fr Ian Dewar, the new chaplain at the RLI, is asking for volunteers to help with the chaplaincy work. Please let Fr Stephen know if you would like to know more.

together, the latest issue of the new free paper of Forward in Faith, is available in church today. Please take a copy.

READERS Please collect your readings from the sacristy.

FOR REFLECTION
The Christian life, properly lived, is a costly business. Some Christians in the world, have paid and continue to pay the ultimate price for their discipleship. What might discipleship mean for us, in the comfortable West where our lives are not in danger? It must mean, at the very least, a constant re-adjustment of our priorities so that we guard against complacency and so that we can establish a real spiritual solidarity with the majority of Christian people who live in much more demanding situations.
SJ

 Posted by at 12:13 pm
Aug 232014
 

If Christ can choose a fallible person like Peter to be the very foundation of his Church, then he can certainly use each of us in his service. This means that we must never undervalue the gifts which we have received, nor the potential we have.

MASS THIS WEEK AND INTENTIONS
Monday 10.00am* Departed of August
Tuesday 12noon Security services
Wednesday 9.15am Mothers
St Monica
Thursday 7.15pm Theologians
St Augustine
Friday 9.15am Victims of violence Passion of St John the Baptist
Saturday 9.15am Walsingham
of Our Lady

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
Morning Prayer: Tue – Sat 8.55am
Evening Prayer: Tue – Fri 5.00pm

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILATION
By appointment only this week.

NEXT SUNDAY: MASSES at 8.00 & 10.00am

TODAY’S ORGAN MUSIC
Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend (Lord Jesus Christ, be with us now) (BWV 709)
Fugue in C (BWV 531)
J.S. Bach

*PLEASE NOTE that tomorrow’s Mass (Bank Holiday) is at the earlier time of 10.00am (not at 7.00pm, as it incorrectly says in the Parish Magazine).

WEEKDAY WORSHIP There are still people away on holiday, so please help us to sustain our daily worship schedule. It is a principal characteristic of this parish and we should be proud of it.

PARISH MAGAZINE for September is available today for collection and distribution.

FASHION SHOW Friday 5th September. Tickets are available today from any member of the Stewardship Committee.

CROSS-BAY WALK in aid of new disabled facility, Saturday 6th September. Please sign up on the list on the notice-board on the south wall of the church, and try to get as many sponsors as you can. And why not try to get your friends to do the walk with you?

HOSPITAL CHAPLAINCY VOLUNTEERING Fr Ian Dewar, the new chaplain at the RLI, is asking for volunteers to help with the chaplaincy work. Please let Fr Stephen know if you would like to know more.

together, the latest issue of the new free paper of Forward in Faith, is available in church today. Please take a copy.

HOLIDAYS if you are going away, please remember to attend the Eucharist wherever you are (Fr Stephen can recommend places in different parts of the country) and bring back bulletins/magazines for us to have a look at.

DAILY WORSHIP Do please make an extra effort to support our daily worship pattern at a time when so many people are away.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS There is always the need for greater vigilance around the church building during the long summer holiday, so please do call into church if you are anywhere near and do your bit to enhance our security. You’ll find a lovely oasis of quietness if you do!

READERS Please collect your readings from the sacristy.

FOR REFLECTION
There is a general tendency among Christian people to undervalue the gifts they have. This makes people reluctant to give of themselves as they might. Jesus’ call of Peter to be the ‘Rock’ shows us that God’s grace will always make up for what is lacking in us, and that, in any case, God has richly endowed us. We should ponder seriously the ways in which God may be calling us, and then seek the grace to be able to respond positively.
SJ

 Posted by at 7:14 am
Aug 152014
 

We are invited to trust God and place our faith in Christ. It is necessary for us to seek to foster and nourish the faith that is God’s gift to us. We have the scriptures and the sacraments at our disposal and we must draw from them.

A special welcome to Lucianna Atkinson-Doherty, who is to be baptised today, and to her family and friends.

MASS THIS WEEK AND INTENTIONS
Monday 7.00pm Ken Tickell RIP
Tuesday 12noon All preparing for marriage
Wednesday 9.15am Hyning Monastery
St Bernard
Thursday 7.15pm Defenders of the faith
St Pius X
Friday 9.15am Greater faithfulness
Queenship of Mary
Saturday 9.15am Growth in prayer
St Rose of Lima

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
Morning Prayer: Tue – Sat 8.55am
Evening Prayer: Tue, Wed and Fri 5.00pm

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILATION
By appointment only this week.

NEXT SUNDAY: MASSES at 8.00 & 10.00am

TODAY’S ORGAN MUSIC
Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier (Dearest Jesu, we are here) (BWV 731)
Prelude in C (BWV 531)
J.S. Bach

STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE Wednesday, 7.30pm, at 114A North Road.

FASHION SHOW Friday 5th September. Tickets are available today from any member of the Stewardship Committee.

CROSS-BAY WALK in aid of new disabled facility, Saturday 6th September. Please sign up on the list on the notice-board on the south wall of the church, and try to get as many sponsors as you can. And why not try to get your friends to do the walk with you?

HOSPITAL CHAPLAINCY VOLUNTEERING Fr Ian Dewar, the new chaplain at the RLI, is asking for volunteers to help with the chaplaincy work. Please let Fr Stephen know if you would like to know more.

together, the latest issue of the new free paper of Forward in Faith, is available in church today. Please take a copy.

HOLIDAYS if you are going away, please remember to attend the Eucharist wherever you are (Fr Stephen can recommend places in different parts of the country) and bring back bulletins/magazines for us to have a look at.

DAILY WORSHIP Do please make an extra effort to support our daily worship pattern at a time when so many people are away.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS There is always the need for greater vigilance around the church building during the long summer holiday, so please do call into church if you are anywhere near and do your bit to enhance our security. You’ll find a lovely oasis of quietness if you do!

READERS Please collect your readings from the sacristy.

FOR REFLECTION
Our faith should be a way of life for us, and not merely something which is tacked on to a life which could be lived perfectly well without it. We have to make our faith visible to others, by holding to sound principles in our daily dealings and conversations, and organising our commitments around the centrality of the Eucharistic assembly. Why would anyone take us seriously otherwise?
SJ

 Posted by at 9:06 pm
Aug 092014
 

If we listen, we shall know when God is making himself known to us – and we have to be prepared for the unexpected.

MASS THIS WEEK AND INTENTIONS
Monday 7.00pm Contemplatives
St Clare
Tuesday NO MASS*
Wednesday 9.15am Peace in the world
Thursday (St Maximilian Kolbe)

THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY***
Thursday 7.30pm SUNG VIGIL MASS Parish
Friday 9.15am Walsingham Cell

Saturday 9.15am Christian monarchs
St Stephen of Hungary

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
Morning Prayer: Tue – Sat 8.55am
Evening Prayer: Wed – Fri 5.00pm

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILATION
By appointment only this week.

NEXT SUNDAY: MASSES at 8.00 & 10.00am

TODAY’S ORGAN MUSIC
Invocations (2011)
To the Holy Spirit
To the praise of God
Denis Bédard

LOVELY NEWS Fr Chris and Dawn are now the proud parents of Lucy, born on Wednesday!

ROSARY tomorrow at 7.30pm.

*NO MASS on Tuesday this week.

***FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY We are celebrating the principal feast of Our Lady with a Sung Vigil Mass on Thursday at 7.30pm and a said Mass on Friday morning at 9.15am (see overleaf). This is a feast on which we should all be present at the Eucharist, and each of these celebrations fulfils the Obligation.

WALKING PILGRIMAGE We shall be welcoming the Arundel and Brighton diocese pilgrims on their walk from Liverpool to Carlisle on Friday at 2.35pm. They are stopping in the parish church for about 20 minutes for prayers. The focus is on the start of the First World War, St Francis and the way to peace. Do come and help us to welcome them. To find out more, visit www.thepilgrims.org.uk

WALSINGHAM CELL Friday at St Barnabas. Mass at 7.00pm, followed by refreshments in the garden, if fine. All welcome.

HOSPITAL CHAPLAINCY VOLUNTEERING Fr Ian Dewar, the new chaplain at the RLI, is asking for volunteers to help with the chaplaincy work. Please let Fr Stephen know if you would like to know more.
together, the latest issue of the new free paper of Forward in Faith is available in
church today. Please take a copy.

CHURCH GARDENS Any help that you may be able to give to those already working in the church gardens would be very much appreciated.

HOLIDAYS if you are going away, please remember to attend the Eucharist wherever you are (Fr Stephen can recommend places in different parts of the country) and bring back bulletins/magazines for us to have a look at.

DAILY WORSHIP Do please make an extra effort to support our daily worship pattern at a time when so many people are away.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS There is always the need for greater vigilance around the church building during the long summer holiday, so please do call into church if you are anywhere near and do your bit to enhance our security. You’ll find a lovely oasis of quietness if you do!

READERS Please collect your readings from the sacristy.

FOR REFLECTION
What might we be able to achieve, as individuals and as a community, if we actually trusted God more? To what extent does pessimism, or fear of failure, hold us back? When we pray, do we do so with real expectation?
SJ

 Posted by at 8:28 am