FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT (B)
18th March 2018
Among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. These approached Philip, who came from Bethsaida in Galilee, and put this request to him, ‘Sir, we should like to see Jesus.’ Philip went to tell Andrew, and Andrew and Philip together went to tell Jesus.
Jesus replied to them:
‘Now the hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you, most solemnly, unless a wheat grain falls on the ground and dies, it remains only a single grain; but if it dies, it yields a rich harvest. Anyone who loves his life loses it; anyone who hates his life in this world will keep it for the eternal life. If a man serves me, he must follow me, wherever I am, my servant will be there too. If anyone serves me, my Father will honour him.
Now my soul is troubled. What shall I say: Father, save me from this hour? But it was for this very reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name!’
A voice came from heaven, ‘I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.’ People standing by, who heard this, said it was a clap of thunder; others said, ‘It was an angel speaking to him.’ Jesus answered, ‘It was not for my sake that this voice came, but for yours.
‘Now sentence is being passed on this world; now the prince of this world is to be overthrown. And when I am lifted up from the earth, I shall draw all men to myself.’ By these words he indicated the kind of death he would die.
Sun 18th FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT (B)
16.45Vigil Mass – Parishioners 09.00Mass –Norah Dougan (A) 16.00Holy Hour, Evening Prayer and Benediction at St Mary’s Chorley 18.30Youth Mass at St Gregory’s with Animate.
Mon 19th SOLEMNITY OF ST JOSEPH
09.30 Mass (with school) – Margaret Garner
Tues 20th St Cuthbert of Lindisfarne
09.00 Mass – Fr William Formby (A)
Perpetual Succour Novena after Mass 20.00 Lenten Evening of Recollection for Men
Wed 21st St Enda
10.00 Mass – LISCF Thurs 22ndSt Nicholas Owen
09.10 Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion
Fri 23rdSt Turibius of Mongrovejo 09.10 Mass – Robert Brownlow (Foundation Mass) 19.00 Stations of the Cross Sat 24th 16.00-16.35Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 16.15Confessions
Sun 25th PALM SUNDAY
Sat 16.45Vigil Mass – Priest’s Intention 09.00Mass – Parishioners 16.00Holy Hour, Evening Prayer and Benediction at St Mary’s Chorley
Please pray for Pope Benedict, all the sick and the housebound.
“Heal Thy servants, O Lord, who are sick and who put their trust in Thee.
Send them help, O Lord, and comfort from thy Holy Place.”
RECENTLY DECEASED: Cyril Ashurst. Funeral Service 10.30 on Mon 26th March.
COLLECTIONS LAST WEEK: Offertory - £422; Many thanks for all your support and generosity. Retiring Collection next weekend is for flowers etc for the Altar at Easter. Any cheques should be made payable to: St Joseph’s Parish Account (068).
EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: Saturday afternoons for 35 minutes before the 16.45 Mass, during the Confessions period. Spend some silent time in Adoration before the Presence of Jesus in the Sacred Host, exposed in the monstrance. If you need some peace, quiet, and spiritual calm, this is where to find it!
OFFERTORY ENVELOPE SETS: The new ones for 2018/2019 are now available in the church porch for collection. They are labelled with your name and address.
If you do not currently use the envelopes but would like to do so, please leave a note of your name and address in the sacristy and we will get a set to you.
Did you know that if you are a taxpayer you can boost the value of your donations to the parish by 25% by registering for Gift Aid? This does not involve you in any extra cost. If you would like to know more contact Jennifer Turner (480569).
APF RED BOX HOLDERS: It’s Spring collection time and collectors will be coming around to empty your boxes over the next 4 weeks. Forms are available for those who would like to Gift Aid their donations – please contact Kath Heald.
ST JOSEPH’S MUSIC GROUP: the date for a practice (for Easter) – Wednesday 21st March at 19.00 prompt in church.
ST JOSEPH’S 100 CLUB- Winners in the March draw were: £25 – Eileen Taylor; £15 – John Butterworth; £10 – Mary Fearnhead.
DEANERY SERVICES OF RECONCILIATION FOR HOLY WEEK
Sunday 25th March at St Gregory’s Chorley. PR7 3NW at 15.00
Monday 26th March at Sacred Heart, Chorley. PR6 0NG at 19.00
Tuesday 27th March at St Mary’s Chorley. PR7 2SR at 19.00
TRIDUUM SERVICE TIMES HERE AT ST JOSEPH’S:
Holy Thursday - Mass of the Lord’s Supper 17.30.
Good Friday Stations of the Cross 10.30 Lord’s Passion: 15.00
Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil. 16.45 Easter Day Mass 09.00 as usual.
LENTEN ALMS: The Poor Box in the porch can be used to give your Lenten Alms.
SPUC PETITION – There is a petition you can sign at the back of church, or very easily online at www.spuc.org.uk.
LENTEN EVENING OF RECOLLECTION FOR MEN: There will be another mini-retreat for men here on Tuesday evening, at 20.00, starting with a meditation, a guided examination of conscience and time for Confession, Holy Rosary, a second meditation, and Benediction. Refreshments at 21.15/21.30. Further information from Robert Aston on 01204 468896.
“A LENTEN REFLECTION” MUSIC EVENING: Joanne Wallace with Martin Fletcher, Fri 23rd March at St Joseph’s Wrightington WN6 9PA. Tickets £5. 19.30 start. Tickets available from the parish office 01257 676027
YOUTH MASS @ ST. GREGORY’S: The Evening Mass today, Sunday 18th March is led by ANIMATE, the Archdiocesan Youth Service. All youth in the area are very welcome to share is this very special opportunity to celebrate Mass with young people from throughout the Archdiocese.
SAINTS OF THE WEEK: Bd Roger Wrenno (18th March) - A Chorley weaver, hanged in 1616 at Lancaster for harbouring Fr John Thules (his co-martyr) in his cottage just off Anderton St. Bd Roger arranged for visiting priests to say Mass in the various halls around Chorley still in Catholic hands.
St Nicholas Owen - A highly skilled carpenter, born in Oxford, who constructed priest hiding-holes in many country houses, to enable Jesuits and other colleagues to conceal themselves during the years of persecution. Arrested and tortured in 1594, he would not reveal the names of any of his Catholic contacts. Caught again in 1606, he died after vicious tortures in the Tower of London. Some of his hiding holes were so expertly concealed that they have only been discovered in recent years.
St Cuthbert of Lindisfarne (634-687) Born in Melrose, was a monk in Ripon, Melrose, then prior of Lindisfarne (Holy Island) and bishop there from 684-686, when he returned to his hermitage on the Farne Islands. He died on Inner Farne and was buried on Lindisfarne. Eleven years later, transferring his coffin to their church, the monks found his body totally incorrupt. Pilgrims flocked to his tomb and miracles of healing were claimed. After Viking attacks, the monks evacuated Lindisfarne in 875, and Cuthbert’s body rested in Chester-le-Street, and finally Durham. It was still incorrupt in 1538 when the King’s Commissioners ransacked and despoiled the shrine.
By 1827 only Cuthbert’s skeleton remained, and was re-interred behind the High Altar of Durham Cathedral.
PALM SUNDAY, 25th March, at 18.30 in St Laurence’s Church, Chorley, the combined choirs of Chorley Choral and Anglican Choirs are performing Stainer’s Crucifixion & Williamson’s A Procession of Psalms, with Peter Morrison at the organ and Alan Winstanley conducting. No tickets or charge but a retiring collection to cover costs.
LITTLE CHURCH meet during 09.00 Sunday Mass, for the benefit of the children, so they can hear the Bible readings at a level suited to their age and understanding.
CHORLEY HOSPITAL: Please contact St Joseph’s, Harper’s Lane (262713) if any member of your family is admitted into the Hospital and needs the priest to visit. In an emergency, the ward staff will call in the duty priest chaplain via the switchboard.
MASS OF CHRISM this year is on Wednesday 28th March at Liverpool Cathedral. A coach will leave Tyrer’s office in Adlington at 17.00, arriving back from Liverpool at approx. 22.30. Cost of the coach is £10 for adults, £5 for high school pupils and free for primary school ages. If you would like to go please add your name to the list in the porch, put the money for your fare(s) in one of the envelopes provided with your name on it & hand in to the sacristy. Contact for any queries is Michael Cross. All names & fares to be in by 19th March please.
QUOTATIONS FOR REFLECTION
“Apart from the cross, there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven.”
-St. Rose of Lima
"As Lent is the time for greater love, listen to Jesus’ thirst…He knows your weakness. He wants only your love, wants only the chance to love you.”
– Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
"Show me your hands. Do they have scars from giving? Show me your feet. Are they wounded in service? Show me your heart. Have you left a place for divine love?"
-Ven. Fulton Sheen
“Give something, however small, to the one in need. For it is not small to one who has nothing. Neither is it small to God, if we have given what we could.”
-St. Gregory Nazianzen
THE HOLY FATHER’S PRAYER INTENTION FOR MARCH
“That the Church may appreciate the urgency of formation in spiritual discernment, both on the personal and communitarian levels.”
Parish Priest: Fr Francis Marsden (01257) 480237
(Also 01257 262537 - St Mary's Chorley)
Parish Office: St Joseph’s Presbytery, 28, Bolton Road, Adlington, Chorley PR6 9NA
(Open Wednesdays 10 am – 3.30 pm)
LIVERPOOL ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESAN TRUSTEES INC
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