Anderton St Joseph's        


13 th SEPTEMBER 2020

Peter went up to Jesus and said, ‘Lord, how often must I
forgive my brother if he wrongs me? As often as seven times ?’
Jesus answered , ‘Not seven , I tell you, but seventy - seven times .
 ‘And so the kingdom of heaven may
be compared to a king who decided to
settle his accounts with his servants .
When the reckoning began , they brought
him a man who owed ten thousand
talents; but he had no means of paying ,
so his master gave orders that he should
be sold, together with his wife and
children and all his possessions , to meet
the debt . At this, the servant threw himself down at his master's
feet. “Give me time ” he said “and I will
pay the whole sum .” And the servant’s
master felt so sorry for him that he let
him go and cancelled the debt .
Now as this servant went out, he
happened to meet a fellow servant who
owed him one hundred denarii; and he
seized him by the throat and began to
throttle him. “Pay what you owe me”
he said. His fellow servant fell at his
feet and implored him, saying , “Give me time and I will pay
you.” But the other would not agree; on the contrary, he had
him thrown into prison till he should pay the debt .
His fellow servants were deeply distressed when they saw
what had happened , and they
went to their master and reported
the whole affair to him. Then the
master sent for him. “You wicked
servant ,” he said “I cancelled all
that debt of yours when you
appealed to me. Were you not
bound , then, to have pity on your
fellow servant just as I had pity on you?” And in his anger the
master handed him over to the torturers till he should pay all
his debt . And that is how my heavenly Father will deal with you
unless you each forgive your brother from your heart.’
Matthew 18:21- 35

 Sun 13th
11.30 Mass – Margaret Lavin
 Fri 18th
13.30 Funeral Mass – John Kerins
 Sun 20th
11.30 Mass – MW (Thanksgiving)

 Sat 12th
16.00-16.45 Open-air Confessions – presbytery garden, house porch if raining.
17.00 Mass – Fr John Smith and Derek Smith (A)
 Sun 13th
10.00 Mass – Parishioners
 Mon 14th Exaltation of the Holy Cross
12.00 Mass – Private Intention
 Tues 15th Our Lady of Sorrows
12.00 Mass – Mary Catherine Logue (A)
 Wed 16th SS Cornelius and Cyprian
12.00 Mass – Roy Smith (LD)
 Thurs 17th St Robert Bellarmine
12.00 Mass – Herbert Barry Phipps (LD)
 Fri 18th
12.00 Mass – George and Margaret Bury RIP
 Sat 19th St Januarius, St Theodore of Canterbury
16.00-16.45 Open-air Confessions – presbytery garden, house porch if raining.
17.00 Mass – Michael Cheston (LD) (MC)
10.00 Mass – Andrew Waddington RIP

including: Emeritus Pope Benedict, 
and all at Grove House & Marley Court.

COVID 19 PRECAUTIONS – please note that both Church and Government rules
require face masks to be worn in church, covering both mouth and nose.
RULE OF SIX: So far as we are aware, places of worship can continue operating
as they have been, with social distancing and hygiene measures. For funerals
and baptisms the limit is 30. We really do have to be careful, given that we are
adjacent to areas with the worst infection levels in the country: Bolton,
Blackburn and Preston. Chorley and Adlington have done extremely well up
until now keeping the virus at bay. Let us continue to take care.

ONLINE GIVING FACILITY TO OUR PARISH: You can donate directly to our parish.
Just click on the link

ST JOSEPH’S 100 CLUB: The “June” draw winners: £25 – Anthony Walkden (24);
£15 – Mary Fearnhead (18); £10 – Eileen Taylor (22). Thank you for all your support,
both through the draw and in your donations to the parish.
APF SUPPORTERS & RED BOX HOLDERS: If anyone wishes us to pass on their
donations to the APF please feel free to bring them along or send them to church at
11.30 Mass on Sunday where either Kath or Jen will collect them.

zero when prompted, or email

VATICAN CITY – PAPAL AUDIENCE The common good — and not political or
economic gain — should be at the heart of the race to find a vaccine for COVID-19,
Pope Francis said.
During his weekly general audience Sept. 9, the pope said that “we see partisan
interests emerging” in the search for a vaccine, and some people “are taking
advantage of the situation to instigate divisions: by seeking economic or political
advantages, generating or exacerbating conflicts.” “Others simply are not interesting
themselves in the suffering of others; they pass by and go their own way. They are
devotees of Pontius Pilate: they wash their hands,” he said.
Continuing his series of talks on “healing the world,” highlighting Catholic social
teaching, the pope reflected on the importance of love and the common good,
especially in a time of crisis.
The Christian response to the pandemic, he said, “is based on love,” which is
difficult, especially when it means “loving the enemy,” which is “the highest summit of
holiness.” “Many times, a caress does more good than so many arguments — a
caress of forgiveness and not many arguments to defend ourselves. It is inclusive love
that heals,” the pope said, departing from his prepared remarks.
Love, he continued, not only makes families and friendships flourish, but also
“social, cultural, economic and political relationships,” thus allowing for the growth of a
“civilization of love.” “Without this inspiration, an egotistical, indifferent, throwaway
culture (that) casts out those who we don’t love, prevails,” he said.
Pope Francis said the coronavirus pandemic highlights how “each person’s true
good is a common good” and that “a virus that does not recognize barriers, borders or 
borders or 
cultural or political distinctions must be faced with a love without barriers, borders or
distinction.” “If the solutions for the pandemic bear the imprint of selfishness, whether
it be by people, businesses or nations, we may perhaps emerge from the coronavirus
crisis, but certainly not from the human and social crisis that the virus has brought to
light and accentuated,” the pope said.
“Therefore, we must be careful not to build on sand! To build a healthy,
inclusive, just and peaceful society we must do so on the rock of the common good,”
he said. “Common good is a rock.”

QUOTATIONS FOR THE GOSPEL: "God's forgiveness is what we all need, and it is
the greatest sign of His mercy. A gift that every forgiven sinner is called upon to share
with every brother and sister he or she meets. It is beautiful to be forgiven, but you too,
if you wish to be forgiven, forgive in turn. Forgive!” Pope Francis
“The saints have no hatred, no bitterness; they forgive everything, and think they
deserve much more for their offences against God.” St Jean-Marie Vianney ​

St Joseph's Chorley (262713) if any member of your family
is admitted into Chorley Hospital and needs a visit. Please,
by making a request for the visit, make sure that the
ward staff understand that you would like the RC
Chaplain to come and administer the Sacraments to
your loved one, the ward staff will call the Chaplain on
his bleep/phone. For the chaplaincy service at Royal
Preston Hospital please ring 01772 522435. For the
chaplaincy service at Wigan Infirmary T. 01942 822324.

FEAST OF THE HOLY CROSS: We wish all students,
teachers and ancillary staff at Holy Cross High School well on Monday, their feastday,
and pray for them.
“O Cross of Christ, hope of Christians, guide of all those who have gone astray,
haven of the storm-tossed and victory in warfare, firm foundation of the inhabited
earth, healer of the sick and resurrection of the dead, have mercy on us.”
The origins of the Feast go back to fourth-century Jerusalem. The date marks
the dedication of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre on 13/14 September 335 AD.
The Roman Emperor Constantine had his personal interest in the Cross. As he
approached Rome in October 312, challenging his rival Maxentius for the Imperial
Throne, the Cross had appeared to him, either in the sky or in a dream, with the
words: “En Toutoi Nika.” – “In this sign, conquer!” He had his soldiers emblazon their
shields and tunics with the Cross. The following day they were victorious against
superior forces at the battle of the Milvian Bridge. Constantine became Emperor and
legalized Christianity.
In 326 Constantine despatched a detachment of soldiers and builders with his
mother, St Helena, to excavate the holy sites. Arriving in Palestine, Helena supervised
the building of the basilicas of the Nativity in Bethlehem, the Holy Sepulchre, and the
Eleona on the Mount of Olives, site of the Ascension. She excavated Calvary and
found the remains of the true Cross, with fragments of others.
“O Cross, you are the radiant sign among the stars. In prophecy you have
revealed the sign of victory to the godly king, and when his mother Helena found you,
she displayed you in the sight of all the world.”
St Helen took sections of the True Cross back to Constantinople and Rome. A
large chunk can be seen in the Roman Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme. All
the splinters and fragments of the True Cross preserved as relics come to probably
about 2% of its total volume, according Charles Rohault de Fleury, who catalogued all
known European relics of the True Cross. He published his researches as “Mémoire
sur les instruments de la Passion” in Paris in 1870. 

Parish Priest: Fr Francis Marsden 
Secretary: Mr Frank Webster

Parish Office: St Joseph’s Presbytery, 28, Bolton Road, Adlington, Chorley PR6 9NA
Tel: 01257- 480237 or 01257- 262537 (St Mary’s Chorley)
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