Apr 192014
 

Today is the most important day in the Christian calendar, the greatest event in history. We praise the Risen Christ who has triumphed over sin and death! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

MASS THIS WEEK AND INTENTIONS
Monday 10.00am* Thanks for Holy Week
EASTER MONDAY
Tuesday 12noon A joyful Eastertide EASTER TUESDAY
Wednesday 9.15am New Christians EASTER WEDNESDAY
Thursday 9.15am** Our school
7.15pm Keith Brigham (priest) RIP
EASTER THURSDAY
Friday 9.15am Effective witness EASTER FRIDAY
Saturday 9.15am Aid agencies
EASTER SATURDAY

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
Morning Prayer: Sun 7.30am; Mon 9.40am; 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 MUSIC
Erstanden ist der heilige Christ (The Holy Christ is risen) (BWV 628)
J.S. Bach
Sarabande for the Morning of Easter
H. Howells

Choir: Kyrie (Victoria); Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei (Darke in F); Christ the Lord is risen (German traditional)

THIS IS EASTER WEEK so do try and come to the Eucharist whenever you can. Each of the Gospel readings during the week sheds a particular light on the mystery of the resurrection.

*TOMORROW’S MASS (Bank Holiday) is at the earlier time of 10.00am.

1st CARNFORTH SCOUTS are holding their annual celebration of St George here on Tuesday evening at 6.30pm (the Church celebrates this feast on Monday 28th this year).

**SCHOOL EASTER MASS in church on Thursday at 9.15am. All welcome.

THANK YOU to our readers, intercessors, servers, choir and organist, sacristan, cleaners and for those who have prepared linen and flowers. They have all worked very hard during Holy Week especially, and we appreciate their efforts.

SPONSORED SWIM for Christian Aid. If you would like to sponsor Evie and Imogen Hutchins, please see the sponsor form in church. Thank you.

PLEASE PRAY FOR our school governors, meeting on Wednesday at 5.30pm to shortlist candidates for the soon-to-be vacant headship.

LENT BOXES please return these now and cross your name off the list. Thank you.

CONFIRMATION Anyone presently interested in pursuing this should have a word with Fr Stephen.

JIGSAWS A number of large, 1000-piece jigsaws have come into Fr Stephen’s possession. If you’d like any, please have a word with him.

READERS Please collect your readings from the sacristy.

EASTER is the most important feast in the Christian calendar, and its season lasts for fifty days. It is characterised by the very-prominent use of ‘Alleluia’. We celebrate the triumph of God in Christ over all that estranges us from him and brings everlasting death. Easter re-affirms and re-establishes the relationship of creature to Creator which human stridency sought to set aside. The only true way in which we can transcend ourselves is in Christ.
SJ

 Posted by at 7:06 pm
Apr 112014
 

Jesus enters Jerusalem to accomplish his saving work for us.

THIS IS HOLY WEEK (please note times)
Mon 6.15pm Sacrament of Reconciliation (Fr S)
7.00pm MASS Those in pain
7.30pm Stations of the Cross

Tue 11.15am Sacrament of Reconciliation (Fr S)
12noon MASS Exiles
7.00pm MASS Penitents

Wed 9.15am MASS The sick
6.15pm Sacrament of Reconciliation (Fr S)
7.00pm MASS Greater faithfulness

MAUNDY THURSDAY***
7.30pm MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER, PROCESSION TO THE ALTAR OF REPOSE AND SOLEMN WATCH

GOOD FRIDAY***
11.00am Stations of the Cross for children
3.00pm CELEBRATION OF THE LORD’S PASSION
4.15pm Sacrament of Reconciliation (Fr S)

HOLY SATURDAY***
8.30pm THE EASTER VIGIL (followed by drinks in the Vicarage)

EASTER SUNDAY: MASSES AT 8.00 & 10.00am

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
Morning Prayer: Sun 7.30am; Mon – Sat 8.55am
Evening Prayer: Mon – Wed & Sat 5.00pm

TODAY’S MUSIC
Valet will ich dir geben (All glory, laud and honour) (BWV 622)
J.S. Bach
Choir: O Lamb of God most holy (J.S. Bach)

PLEASE TAKE WITH YOU TODAY IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY a Holy Week 2014 leaflet (white) and a Repentance and Reconciliation leaflet (yellow).

HOLY WEEK POSTERS Please take one of these and display it in your window – a simple act of witness.

PALM CROSSES We always have far more than we need, precisely so that you may take them to friends and neighbours. Please take as many as you like, and extend an invitation to people you know to come along with you on Easter Sunday. Another act of witness we can all participate in. Please do your bit.

PLEASE NOTE the times for worship this week, the very heart of the Christian Year. Please make every effort to be with us, especially on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS 7.30pm tomorrow.

MAUNDY THURSDAY WATCH Thank you to all who have signed up already; now we need many more names for most of the slots. Please sign up for half-hour slots so that we can make sure each slot is covered by several people. Thank you.

HELP NEEDED on Saturday from 9.30am to get the church ready for Easter. Any help appreciated. ‘Many hands make light work’, and all that!

EASTER LILIES/FLOWERS There is a list in church for donations. If you are a tax-payer, please use a GIFT AID envelope and mark it ‘Easter flowers’. Thank you.

LENT BOXES please return these next Sunday and cross your name off the list. Thank you.

PLEASE PRAY FOR our readers, servers, choir and organist, sacristan, those who prepare linen and flowers and who do cleaning. They work very hard during Holy Week and we appreciate all their efforts.

MAGAZINE MATERIAL A reminder that material for the May issue is required by today, a week earlier than usual. Thank you.

JIGSAWS A number of large, 1000-piece jigsaws have come into Fr Stephen’s possession. If you’d like any, please have a word with him.

READERS Please collect your readings from the sacristy.

 Posted by at 6:56 pm
Apr 042014
 

Today, we hear of the raising of Lazarus, and we are given an invitation to renew our relationship with Christ, who ‘is’ the resurrection. May our observance of what remains of Lent, followed by Holy Week, lead us more deeply into the mystery of God.

MASS THIS WEEK AND INTENTIONS
Monday 7.00pm Youth work
(St John Baptist de la Salle)
Tuesday 12 noon Our readers (lectors)
Wednesday 9.15am Organist and Choir
Thursday 7.15pm Altar Servers
Friday 9.15am Church in Poland
(St Stanislaus)
Saturday 9.15am A fruitful Holy Week

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
Morning Prayer: Sun 7.30am; Tue – Sat 8.55am
Evening Prayer: Tue – Fri 5.00pm

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
By appointment only this week.

NEXT SUNDAY: MASSES at 8.00 & 10.00am

TODAY’S MUSIC
O Mensch bewein’ dein Sünde gross (O man, thy grievous sin bewail) (BWV 622)
J.S. Bach
Herzliebster Jesu (Beloved Jesus, how hast thou offended?)
J. Brahms

Choir: The royal banners forward go (T. Wingham)

ROSARY (Sorrowful Mysteries) tomorrow at 7.30pm. Requests for prayer welcome.

STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE Next meeting, Tuesday 8th April at 7.30pm at 42 Bridgeside.

LENT ADDRESS The last of these is on Thursday, and all are welcome. Mass at 7.15pm, Lent Address (on Clarity of Vision), Coffee, finishing with Night Prayer at 8.30pm.

MAGAZINE MATERIAL A reminder that material for the May issue is required by next Sunday, a week earlier than usual. Thank you.

HOLY WEEK begins next Sunday (Palm Sunday). Please make sure you take a (white) leaflet today with all the details. Please make every effort to participate in Holy Week as much as you can – it’s always a source of sadness that many don’t engage at all with what is the very heart of the Christian Year.

MAUNDY THURSDAY WATCH The list is in church today: please sign up for half-hour slots so that we can make sure each slot is covered by several people. Thank you.

REPENTANCE AND RECONCILIATION 2014 Please make sure that you take a yellow leaflet today, if you haven’t already got one.

STEWARDSHIP ENVELOPES are available today – please take yours if you haven’t already. Anyone wishing to join the scheme, please see John Holland. Thank you.

JIGSAWS A number of large, 1000-piece jigsaws have come into Fr Stephen’s possession. If you’d like any, please have a word with him.

together is a new newspaper of ‘The Catholic Voice in the Church of England’. There are free copies in church today, so please take one.

READERS Please collect your readings from the sacristy.

 Posted by at 5:20 pm
Mar 282014
 

You were darkness once, but now you are light in the Lord.’ St Paul’s words sum up our celebration today, as we give thanks to God for our earthly mothers, for Our Lady and for our Holy Mother, the Church Universal.

MASS THIS WEEK AND INTENTIONS
Monday 7.00pm Cancer research
Tuesday 12 noon Religious education Wednesday 9.15am Home Communicants
Thursday 6.00pm* Diocesan Synod
Friday 9.15am Members of Armed Forces
Saturday 9.15am Residential homes

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
Morning Prayer: Sun 7.30am; Tue – Sat 8.55am
Evening Prayer: Tue – Fri 5.00pm

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
By appointment only this week.

NEXT SUNDAY: MASSES at 8.00 & 10.00am

TODAY’S MUSIC
Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier (Dearest Jesus, we are here) (BWV 632)
J.S. Bach
Sarabande
S. Karg-Elert

Choir: Prayer of St Richard of Chichester (Whyte)

STATIONS OF THE CROSS tomorrow at 7.30pm. Why not come along to this traditional Lenten devotion, especially if you’ve never been before?

*THURSDAY’S MASS is at the earlier time of 6.00pm, because of the meeting of the Diocesan Synod. Sorry for any inconvenience.

LENT QUIET DAY (Diocesan Forward in Faith) Saturday this week at Tabor centre, Fulwood, Preston. £5.00. Fr Stephen has further details.

STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE Next meeting, Tuesday 8th April at 7.30pm at 42 Bridgeside.

LENT ADDRESSES The next of these is on Thursday 10th April, and all are welcome. Mass at 7.15pm, Lent Address (on Clarity of Vision), Coffee, finishing with Night Prayer at 8.30pm.

THANK YOU from Dylan Batterby-Hill to everyone who supported his cake stall for Cancer Research, and helped him raise £82.71.

HOLY WEEK is now just a fortnight away. The principal services are:
Palm Sunday: 8.00 & 10.00am (with Blessing and Procession of Palms).
Maundy Thursday: 7.30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper etc.
Good Friday: 3.00pm Celebration of the Lord’s Passion.
Holy Saturday: 8.30pm The Easter Vigil

REPENTANCE AND RECONCILIATION 2014 Please make sure that you take a yellow leaflet today, if you haven’t already got one.

STEWARDSHIP ENVELOPES are available today – please take yours if you haven’t already. Anyone wishing to join the scheme, please see John Holland. Thank you.

LENT There is a list of parish provision in the March issue of the Parish Magazine.

A COMMERCIAL Fr David Branford, the RC Chaplain at Lancaster Farms YOI and who lives in Bridgeside, has written an e novel, Cadwallan. It’s available from amazon.co.uk
together is a new newspaper of ‘The Catholic Voice in the Church of England’. There are free copies in church today, so please take one.

READERS Please collect your readings from the sacristy.

 Posted by at 9:10 pm
Mar 212014
 

God knows each one of us and comes to meet us in our need. He invites us to drink from the fountain of his love. Let us listen to his call afresh during this sacred season of Lent and let us ponder the message of today’s Gospel reading carefully during the course of the week ahead.

MASS THIS WEEK AND INTENTIONS
Monday 7.00pm (Vigil) Walsingham
*Tuesday 12 noon Greater obedience
ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD
Wednesday 9.15am Departed of March
Thursday 7.15pm Additional Curates Society
Friday 9.15am United Nations
Saturday 9.15am New PCC

PRAYER FOR THE CHURCH
Morning Prayer: Sun 7.30am; Tue – Sat 8.55am
Evening Prayer: Tue – Fri 5.00pm

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
Saturday at 5.15pm (Fr Stephen) or by appointment.

NEXT SUNDAY: MASSES at 8.00 & 10.00am

TODAY’S MUSIC
O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig (O sinless Lamb of God)
J. Pachelbel
Passacaglia in D minor
D. Buxtehude

Choir: Ave verum corpus (Byrd)

THE ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING is today at 11.15am. This is an opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to those who give of their time to attend to the workings of the parish, so please come along to what is never a long meeting. Minutes of last year’s meeting are available in church.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS tomorrow at 7.30pm – a traditional Lenten devotion. Why not come along?

*TUESDAY is the Feast of the Annunciation. Do try to join us at 12noon if you’re able. Monday’s 7.00pm Mass is a Vigil of the Feast, so there’s an alternative.

SCHOOL GOVERNING BODY meets on Wednesday at 6.30pm.

LENT ADDRESSES The next of these is on Thursday this week, and all are welcome. Mass at 7.15pm, Lent Address (on Transfiguration and Change), Coffee, finishing with Night Prayer at 8.30pm. Please note that the one scheduled for 3rd April has been cancelled because of a meeting of the Diocesan Synod that evening – please amend your yellow leaflet accordingly. Please would anyone willing to serve the coffee this Thursday and/or 10th April let Fr Stephen know?
REPENTANCE AND RECONCILIATION 2014 Please make sure that you take a yellow leaflet with you today.

LENT QUIET DAY (Diocesan Forward in Faith) Saturday 5th April at Tabor centre, Fulwood, Preston. £5.00. Fr Stephen has further details.

STEWARDSHIP ENVELOPES are available today – please take yours if you haven’t already. Anyone wishing to join the scheme, please see John Holland. Thank you.

LENT There is a list of parish provision in the March issue of the Parish Magazine.

LENT BOXES for the Additional Curates Society are available today. Please take one and write your name on the list. Thank you.

A COMMERCIAL Fr David Branford, the RC Chaplain at Lancaster Farms YOI and who lives in Bridgeside, has written an e novel, Cadwallan. It’s available from amazon.co.uk
together is a new newspaper of ‘The Catholic Voice in the Church of England’. There are free copies in church today, so please take one.

READERS Please collect your readings from the sacristy.

 Posted by at 5:27 pm