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
Aug 022014
 

God gives us the new life of Christ in the sacrament of Baptism, whereby we become his people, sustained with the food of the Eucharist.

A special welcome today to Lori Isabella Plevey, Nel Stryjj and Franek Stryjj, who become one with us in the fellowship of the Universal Church through Holy Baptism. Welcome, too, to their families and friends.

MASS THIS WEEK AND INTENTIONS
Monday 6.00pm* Parish Priests
St John Vianney
Tuesday 12noon The bereaved
Wednesday 9.15am Home communicants
TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD
Thursday 7.15pm Local Christians
Martyrs of Lancaster
Friday 9.15am Dominicans
St Dominic
Saturday 9.15am Peace in the world
ST TERESA BENEDICTA OF THE CROSS

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

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILATION
By appointment only this week.

NEXT SUNDAY: MASSES at 8.00 & 10.00am

TODAY’S ORGAN MUSIC
Kyrie
G. Frescobaldi
Fuga alla Giga
D. Buxtehude

*MASS TOMORROW is at the earlier time of 6.00pm. This is because of the Ecumenical Service at the town war memorial for the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1, at 7.00pm. (Rosary is next Monday, 11th).

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!

ADVANCE NOTICE (1) The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (15th August) will be celebrated here with a Sung Vigil Mass on Thursday 14th at 7.30pm and a said Mass on the Friday morning at 9.15am. It’s a feast upon which we should all be present to worship (being Our Lady’s principal feast), so please note this information now. There is also a Sung Mass on the evening of the 15th at St Barnabas’, after which the Walsingham Cell meets and to which all are welcome.

ADVANCE NOTICE (2) The Diocese of Arundel and Brighton Ecumenical Walking Pilgrimage (they’re doing Liverpool to Carlisle this year) will be passing through Carnforth at around 2.35pm on 15th August. It is focussing upon the start of the First World War and St Francis and the way of peace. The 50-60 pilgrims wish to pray for a few minutes in church and it would be good if some of us could be there to greet them. To find out more, please visit www.thepilgrims.org.uk

READERS Please collect your readings from the sacristy.

FOR REFLECTION
The feeding of the five thousand is a story with clear eucharistic framework. The actions of Jesus in the story are exactly the same as at the Last Supper and which are replicated each time we celebrate as Jesus commanded us to do in his memory. He took bread, gave thanks for it, broke it and gave it to the people. It is Jesus and Jesus alone who fulfils our deepest needs; and he does so superabundantly.
SJ

 Posted by at 7:16 pm