TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
18th August 2019
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘I have come to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were blazing already! There is a baptism I must still receive, and how great is my distress till it is over!
‘Do you suppose that I am here to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on a household of five will be divided: three against two and two against three; the father divided against the son, son against father, mother against daughter, daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law, daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.’ Luke 12:49-53
Sat 17thOur Lady of Knock 16.00-16.35Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 16.15–16.30Confessions Sun 18thSUNDAY XX IN ORDINARY TIME (Mass bk.p.124) Sat 16.45Mass – Parishioners 09.00Mass – Rita Gordon (RIP) Mon 19th St John Eudes 09.10Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion Tues 20thSt Bernard of Clairvaux 09.10Mass – Anthony Leonard (L.D.) Perpetual Succour Novena Wed 21stSt Pius X 10.00Mass – Sydney Morton (L.D.) Thurs 22ndThe Queenship of Mary, St John Wall, St John Kemble, Blessed Thomas Percy 09.10Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion Fri 23rd St Rose of Lima 09.10Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion Sat 24thSt Bartholomew, Apostle 12.00Wedding Service – Naomi Jade Collinson and Jack Alexander Evans 16.00-16.35Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 16.15Confessions Sun 25thSUNDAY XXI IN ORDINARY TIME (Mass bk. p.127) Sat 16.45Mass –Margaret Lavin (L.D.) 09.00Mass – Parishioners
LITTLE CHURCH – no meetings until 8th September.
Please pray for all the sick and the housebound including:
Emeritus Pope Benedict,
and all at Grove House & Marley Court.
COLLECTIONS: Offertory for 11th August - £410. Any cheques for the parish should be made payable to St Joseph’s Anderton (068) Parish a/c.
REPOSITORY: Cards for all occasions, Bibles, missals, medals, crucifixes, silver crosses & much more. If not in stock we can order items for you.
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. For the chaplaincy service at Royal Preston Hospital please ring 01772 522435. For the chaplaincy service at Wigan Infirmary T. 01942 822324.
FIRST CONFESSIONS AND HOLY COMMUNION PROGRAMME: Thank you to the four people who have volunteered.
POPE FRANCIS –RECENT INTERVIEW WITH LA STAMPA-VATICAN INSIDER
You have expressed the wish that « Europe return to being the dream of the Founding Fathers » What do you expect?
PF: Europe cannot and must not break asunder. It is an historical and cultural unity as well as a geographical one. The dream of the Founding Fathers had consistency because it was a realization of this unity. We must not now lose this patrimony.
How do you see it today?
PF: It has grown weaker over the years, also on account of some problems of administration, of internal disagreements. But it needs to be saved. After the elections, I hope that a relaunching process will start to move ahead without interruptions.
Are you happy to see a woman (Ursula von der Leyen) invested as President of the European Commission
PF: Yes. Also because a woman can adapt to reviving the impulse of the Founding Fathers. Women have the capacity to build community, to unite.
What are the principal challenges?
PF; One above all – dialogue. Between the parties, between people. The mental mechanism must be “First Europe, then each of us.” The “each of us” is not secondary, it is important, but Europe counts more. In the EU it’s necessary to talk, to face one another, to learn about one another. Instead sometimes one sees only monologues of compromise. No. Listening is also necessary.
How much do national identities count for? If one exaggerates the defence of identity, does one not risk isolation? How should we respond to those identities which generate extremism?
PF……One’s own proper identity is not negotiated away but integrated. The problem of exaggerations is that one’s own identity becomes closed in, not opened up. One’s identity is a richness – cultural, national, historic, artistic – every country has its own, but it is integrated with dialogue. This is decisive: starting from one’s own identity, one should open oneself to dialogue in order to receive something greater from the identities of others. Never forget that the whole is greater than the parts. Globalization, unity, should not be conceived as a sphere, but as a polyhedron: each people preserves its own identity in unity with the others.
What are the dangers of sovereignism? [an excessive stress upon sovereignty] PF: Sovereignism is an attitude of isolation. I am worried because speeches are heard which resemble those of Hitler in 1934. “First us…us…..us” ..these are thoughts which create fear. Sovereignism is closure. A country should be sovereign, but not closed in. Sovereignty is defended, but so too should relationships with other countries, with the European Community, be defended. Sovereignism is an exaggeration which always finishes badly: it carries countries towards war.
And forms of populism?
PF: The same. It’s one thing that a people expresses itself, it’s another to impose upon a people a populist attitude. The people are sovereign (they have a way of thinking, of expressing themselves, of feeling and valuing), but forms of populism move them towards sovereignism: that suffix “-ism” never turns out well.
[Translated from the Italian – FM]
What Pope Francis denounces as “sovereignism” is the attitude we see with Trump, Salvini in Italy, Johnson and Farage in this country, Le Pen in France, the AfD in Germany. We might use the word “nationalism” instead i.e. banging the jingoistic drum and isolating one’s country from the international community. This is the sort of xenophobic nationalism which denigrates all foreigners, stokes racism and creates hostility between nations. God is not an Englishman. To Him all people of every race and nation are equally valuable, equally created to share one day His divine life, if they cooperate with His plans.
A warm welcome to all our visitors and to any new members of our parish who share with us today's Celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. We are pleased that you have come to join us in our community of faith. New Parishioners, please take a copy of the Parish Directory, available in the church porch or ask at the Repository. New Parishioners are also invited to complete their contact details on the forms available in the church porch and hand them in to the sacristy.
BAPTISMS: In order to arrange a baptism, please see Fr Marsden immediately after one of the weekend Masses. The next baptism preparation course will be in September.
A MESSAGE OF THANKS from Deacon David’s family – ‘On behalf of Jean and the family, we would like to thank Fr Marsden and Fr Stewart Foster (Brentwood Diocese), Deacon Norman and the Altar servers. The church looked beautiful and combined with the flowers, the music from the organist and the resonance of the choir we were able to celebrate David’s life in a truly memorable Requiem Mass. The words spoken and prayers offered up were of great consolation.
There are really too many people to thank, from cleaners to flower arrangers, to all who attended the Requiem Mass, allowing us to truly celebrate and remember David’s life. Thank you all and God bless.’
ST JOSEPH’S GRAVEYARD – the Regulations for the graveyard permit the Parish Priest to have removed from graves, without notice, any items planted or left on or around graves which interfere with the maintenance of the grounds within the graveyard. If you need any advice as to what is permissible or not, Michael Cross, who oversees the graveyard from day to day on behalf of Fr Marsden, will be pleased to help with guidance.
BANNS OF MARRIAGE: Naomi Jade Collinson and Jack Alexander Evans to be married here on Saturday 24th August. If anyone knows of any reason why the above should not be joined in Holy Matrimony, they are obliged to inform the Parish Priest immediately.
ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY HAND OF ST EDMUND ARROWSMITH at the Church of St Oswald and St Edmund Arrowsmith, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Sunday 25th August, 2019. Mass at 15.00 followed by Blessing of the Sick and Veneration of the Holy Hand. Celebrant: V. Rev. Fr Aidan Kelly, Dean of Wigan.
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)
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