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
Jul 202014
 

We stand in continual need of the mercy and forgiveness of God and, when we repent, we receive such grace.

A special welcome to our school Year 6 leavers today, who will receive their bibles before their transfer to high schools. We assure them of our prayers and good wishes.

MASS THIS WEEK AND INTENTIONS
Monday 7.00pm Len Dunford RIP
Tuesday* NO MASS TODAY
St Mary Magdalen
Wednesday 9.15am People of Europe
ST BRIDGET
Thursday 7.15pm Greater courage
Martyrs of Cumbria
Friday 9.15am Spread of the Gospel
ST JAMES
Saturday* 9.15am Grandparents
SS Joachim & Anne

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
Morning Prayer: Thur, Fri & Sat8.55am
Evening Prayer: Thurs & Fri 5.00pm

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILATION
By appointment only this week.

NEXT SUNDAY: MASSES at 8.00 & 10.00am

*PLEASE NOTE that there is No Mass on Tuesday this week.

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.

ADVANCE NOTICE (1) The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (15th August) will be celebrated her with a Sung Mass on Thurdsay 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 greet them. To find out more, please visit www.thepilgrims.org.uk

READERS Please collect your readings from the sacristy.

 Posted by at 8:32 am
Jul 112014
 

As the followers of Christ, we are called to sow the seed of God’s Word. We can do this by word of mouth and by the manner of our lives. God’s Word brings new vision, renewal and understanding to communities and to individuals.

MASS THIS WEEK AND INTENTIONS
Monday 7.00pm The sick
St Camillus of Lellis
Tuesday 12noon Theologians
St Bonaventure
Wednesday 9.15am Foster parents
Thursday 7.15pm Marjorie Ford RIP
Friday 9.15am School leavers
Saturday* 8.15am (earlier time) Bishop John Martyrs of Lancashire

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
Morning Prayer: Tue-Fri 8.55am, Sat 7.55am
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
Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier (Dearest Jesus, we are here) (BWV
J.S. Bach

Prelude and Fugue in C
D. Buxtehude

CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION, TORRISHOLME is having a new pipe organ installed, and we are invited to Evening Prayer today at 6.00pm, when it will be blessed and dedicated. Damian Howard will play and there is a reception afterwards.

STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE 7.30pm on Tuesday, at 42 Bridgeside.

DIOCESAN FORWARD IN FAITH AGM on Thursday, 7.30pm at St Stephen-on-the-Cliffs, Blackpool. All welcome. This meeting is an important one as the Church of England tries to discover the best way forward for everyone in the future, subsequent to the passing of the women bishops legislation.

CHRIST CHURCH SCHOOL FRIENDS BARBECUE Friday at 7.00pm. All welcome.

*SATURDAY’S MASS is at the earlier time of 8.15am this week.

BISHOP JOHN’S FAREWELL MASS Saturday, 11.00am at the cathedral. If you’d like a lift, please meet on the car park after the 8.15am Mass here. Please pray for Bishop John and Vivienne at this time of the Bishop’s retirement. They will live in Tarlton, so we shall see them still from time to time.

NEXT SUNDAY, at ten, we shall bid farewell to the school leavers, as they will be presented with their bibles. Please pray for them as they prepare to go to their new high schools.

CHURCH GARDENS Any regular help to make and keep the gardens tidy would be appreciated. This is the face we present to the world, so it’s important that all is tidy and well-kept.

READERS Please collect your readings from the sacristy.

FOR REFLECTION
What sort of soil am I for the seed of God’s Word? How do I try to understand it better? Do I trust in God at difficult times or only when things are going well? Am I so absorbed by everyday matters that I ignore God’s Word and its demands? Or do I receive the Word as a gift from God, seeking to develop my understanding and allowing it to form my life? We’re all challenged by today’s Gospel. Let us not shirk the challenge. How do I/we need to change?
SJ

 Posted by at 5:42 pm