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
Jul 062014
 

Christ our King comes to us not in great majesty, but in humility and gentleness. May this spirit of Christ characterise the lives of all his followers now and always.

MASS THIS WEEK AND INTENTIONS
Monday 7.00pm Dorothy Franklin RIP
Tuesday 12noon Home Communicants
Wednesday 9.15am Adoptive parents
Thursday 7.15pm Foster parents
Friday 9.15am Bishop Nicholas Reade*
ST BENEDICT
Saturday 9.15am The Children’s Society of Our Lady

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

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILATION
By appointment only this week.

NEXT SUNDAY: MASSES at 8.00 & 10.00am

TODAY’S ORGAN MUSIC
Melody in A flat

Finale

Alfred Hollins

ROSARY tomorrow at 7.30pm. All welcome. Requests for prayer may be made on the prayer board in church – please follow the instructions there.

*BISHOP NICHOLAS READE celebrates the fortieth anniversary of his priestly ordination in Bexhill-on-Sea on Friday, and we are offering Mass here for him on the day at 9.15am.

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

DIOCESAN FORWRD IN FAITH COMMITTEE Fr Roger Parker, the Chairman, has asked if there is anyone from our parish who would be willing to serve on the committee for the ensuing year (from the AGM on 17th July). Please have a word with Fr Stephen if you would like to know more.

COUNTY SERVICE to mark the anniversary of World War 1 at Blackburn Cathedral, Sunday 3rd August at 4.00pm. If you’d like to go, please let Fr Stephen know straightaway so that he can supply numbers.

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.

STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE is looking for new blood! If you’d like to join this committee, please have a word with Elizabeth Battersby-Hill. Thank you.

READERS Please collect your readings from the sacristy.

FOR REFLECTION
Childlikeness and childishness are very different. The latter speaks of immaturity, the former of trust and humility. If we are to receive what God wants to offer, only a disposition of childlikeness will do. For then, we acknowledge God’s sovereignty over us; then, we pay tribute to the qualitative difference between Creator and creature. We acknowledge our dependence upon Him.
SJ

 Posted by at 8:05 am
Jun 282014
 

Today, we celebrate the so-called Princes of the Apostles, from whom we derive our Christian faith. Peter was the rock foundation of the Church, and Paul its most fearless preacher.

MASS THIS WEEK AND INTENTIONS
Monday 7.00pm Walsingham
Tuesday 12noon Departed of June
Wednesday 9.15am Our school
Thursday 7.15pm Spread of the Gospel
ST THOMAS
Friday 9.15am Peacemakers
St Elizabeth of Portugal
Saturday 9.15am Newly-ordained 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 MUSIC
Sonata 4
Second movement (before)
First movement (after)
F. Mendelssohn
Choir: O quam gloriosum (O how glorious is the kingdom in which the saints rejoice with Christ) (Victoria)

PCC meets on Thursday this week, beginning with Mass at 7.15pm. Minutes and Agenda are in the file in church. Please collect these today. Please also remember that this meeting is a week earlier than originally planned.

WALSINGHAM CELL meeting on Saturday at St Barnabas’, Morecambe at 3.00pm. Rosary, followed by afternoon tea in Fr Tom’s garden. All welcome.

CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION, TORRISHOLME is having a new pipe organ installed, and we are invited to Evening Prayer on Sunday 13th July at 6.00pm, when it will be blessed and dedicated. Damian Howard will play and there is a reception afterwards.

BISHOP JOHN retires in July, and there are still not many names wanting to go the Cathedral for his farewell Mass. He has been a good friend to our parish, so let’s help give him a fitting send-off on Saturday 19th July. Please put your name on the list if you’d like to go. Thank you.

DIOCESAN FORWRD IN FAITH COMMITTEE Fr Roger Parker, the Chairman, has asked if there is anyone from our parish who would be willing to serve on the committee for the ensuing year (from the AGM on 17th July). Please have a word with Fr Stephen if you would like to know more.

COUNTY SERVICE to mark the anniversary of World War 1 at Blackburn Cathedral, Sunday 3rd August at 4.00pm. If you’d like to go, please let Fr Stephen know straightaway so that he can supply numbers.

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.

STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE is looking for new blood! If you’d like to join this committee, please have a word with Elizabeth Battersby-Hill. Thank you.

JIGSAWS Fr Stephen has yet more, so if you’d like them, please let him know.

READERS Please collect your readings from the sacristy.

SS PETER & PAUL
The Church today needs institutional stability (Peter) and missionary zeal (Paul). Our prayer today must be that the faith of the ages may be proclaimed effectively to the people of our generation. If this is to be so, each and all of us must strive for catholic orthodoxy and a desire to share the riches of the faith with others. We are called by God to grow his Church.
SJ

 Posted by at 9:06 am
Jun 222014
 

We give thanks to God today for the gift of his Son’s Body and Blood in the Eucharist, to be our food for the journey through life. This is the means whereby we are infused with the life of Jesus, True God and True Man.

A special welcome today to Erin Grace Wild, who joins us in the fellowship of the Universal Church through baptism. We welcome her family and friends, too.

MASS THIS WEEK AND INTENTIONS
Monday 7.00pm (Vigil) Our relations
Tuesday 12noon Humility
NATIVITY OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST
Wednesday 9.15am Ladyewell Shrine
Our Lady of Fernyhalgh
Thursday 7.15pm (Vigil) Peace of the world
Friday 9.15am Growth in charity
SACRED HEART OF JESUS
Saturday 9.15am Growth in faith
Immaculate Heart of Mary

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 MUSIC
Eucharistic Hymns: Pange lingua (Sing, my tongue) and Verbum superum prodiens (The Word of God proceeding forth)
N. de Grigny
Choir: Ave verum corpus (Hail, True Body)

SCHOOL GOVERNING BODY meets on Wednesday this week at 6.30pm.

WALSINGHAM CELL Quiet Evening at Hyning, Wednesday at 6.45pm. All welcome.

STANDING COMMITTEE meets on Thursday at the Vicarage, straight after the 7.15pm Mass. PCC meets a week later on 3rd (note change of date from original date of 10th).

BISHOP JOHN retires on July, and it would be wonderful if we could take a sizeable contingent to the Cathedral for his farewell Mass. He has been a good friend to our parish, so let’s help give him a fitting send-off on Saturday 19th July. Please put your name on the list as soon as possible if you’d like to go. Thank you.

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. This really is quite important.

STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE is looking for new blood! If you’d like to join this committee, please have a word with Elizabeth Battersby-Hill. Thank you.

READERS Please collect your readings from the sacristy.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY’S FEAST
The same Holy Spirit who breathed at the beginning of creation, who overshadowed Mary at the Annunciation and enlivened the apostles at Pentecost is the same Holy Spirit who is invoked upon the bread and wine of the Eucharist. Thus, the Eucharistic food is the very life of the risen Lord Jesus, given to us to sanctify us and draw us, imperceptibly, into the fullness of the divine life of God the Holy Trinity. This is the miracle of the Eucharist. We should always try to prepare ourselves carefully before Mass so that we may become more and more conscious of this truth.
SJ

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