THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
14th AUGUST 2022
Mary set out and went as
quickly as she could to a town in the
hill country of Judah. She went into
Zechariah’s house and greeted
Elizabeth. Now as soon as Elizabeth
heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt
in her womb and Elizabeth was filled
with the Holy Spirit.
She gave a loud cry and said,
‘Of all women you are the most
blessed, and blessed is the fruit of
your womb. Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of
my Lord? For the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my
womb leapt for joy. Yes, blessed is
she who believed that the promise
made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.’
And Mary said: ‘My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and my spirit exults in God my saviour;
because he has looked upon his lowly handmaid. Yes, from this day forward all generations will call me blessed, for the Almighty has done great
things for me. Holy is his name, and his mercy reaches from age to age
for those who fear him. He has shown the power of his arm, he has
routed the proud of heart. He has pulled down princes from their thrones
and exalted the lowly. The hungry he has filled with good things, the rich
sent empty away. He has come to the help of Israel his servant, mindful
of his mercy – according to the promise he made to our ancestors – of
his mercy to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’
Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then went
back home. Luke 1:39-56
St Pontianus, Pope and St Hippplytus, martyrs
16.15-16.45 Confessions at St Mary’s
17.00 Mass at St Mary’s Chorley
Sun 14th ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY (Massbook p.188)
10.00 Mass at St Mary’s Chorley
11.30 Mass – Charles Henry and Frances Stonor (F)
St Stephen of Hungary
10.00 Mass – Henry and Mary Agnes Kellett (F)
Fri 19th St John Eudes
10.00 Mass – Robert Anderton, Stonor family and war dead (F)
Sat 20th St Bernard of Clairvaux, Doctor mellifluous
16.15-16.45 Confessions at St Mary’s Chorley
17.00 Mass at St Mary’s Chorley
Sun 21st XXI SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (Massbook p.127)
10.00 Mass at St Mary’s Chorley
11.30 Mass – Jim Sankey LD
Weekday Masses at St Mary’s: Mon. Tues.(Req) Wed (Req.) Fri. at 12.00 noon
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK AND THE HOUSEBOUND: Emeritus Pope Benedict, Joan Bailey, Stan Bolton, Francis Brennan, John Campbell, Gerard Clarke, Alison Critchley, John Fearnhead, Mary Fearnhead, Pat Font, Tom Fraser, William Freeman, Alan Gent, Bob Goulding, Fr John Heaney, Cyril Hodkinson, Rosemary Hough, Cathy
Hull, John Kerfoot, Mary Johnston, Emma King, Gordon Lee, Fr Barry McAllister, Janet McGowan, Finton McPeake, Fr Laurence Mayne, Val McGlade, Ellen Morris, Fr Michael O’Dowd, Teresa O’Malia, Heidi O’Neill, Barrie Swift, Alan Taylor, Stella Walton. Sylvia Walsh, Jean White, Betty Wignall, all at Grove House & Marley Court.
RECENTLY DECEASED: James (Jim) Sankey (82) of Chapel St, Adlington, on 31st July in Royal Preston Hospital, onetime licensee of the Clayton Arms, husband of Janet, father of Jackie, Sean, Paul, Kevin, John and Jacqueline, leaves fourteen grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. May he rest in peace. Funeral service at
Overdale Crematorium (West Chapel) at 14.00 on Wed. 17th Aug.
DATES AVAILABLE FOR BAPTISMS: 18th September, 23rd October, 27th November
ST BERNADETTE SOUBIROUS: The Relics of St Bernadette will be visiting St Mary’s Chorley 20.30 on Thurs 15th Sept – 09.00 on 17th September. Please tell your families and friends. We are looking for volunteers who will meet and greet pilgrims, show people to the parish centre, help out with refreshments in the parish centre..
www.stmarys-chorley.org (click onto the link to the itinerary schedule.)
FESTIVAL AT ST. GREGORY'S - SEPT 4TH involves various stalls from parishes in the deanery and other denominations. This is organised by The Chorley Network of Catholic Laity (CNOCL). It’s Catholic-led, but we invite the main Churches in Chorley and the main voluntary organisations. Our parish is running a tombola stall like last year and will be collecting any unwanted, packaged gifts and bottles for the stall manned by volunteers from our parish here in St Joseph’s. Last year we made over
£170 with your generosity which went to paying for gazebos, music and the organisation of this year's festival. The purpose of the festival is to encourage our community to get together and celebrate. Please contact Kath Heald 01257 483041, mob 07584
575025 or Pat Whitehead 01257 480302, mob 07580 913186
ALPHA 21 DAY PRAYER CAMPAIGN: Are there people you know who you would like to draw into the church? Alpha is a great way to introduce them or bring them back, but you may feel worried about asking. The first most important step is to PRAY for them.
We will have a 21-day Prayer campaign for everyone you would like to invite to Alpha. This began on 11th August but you can join in any time. The Alpha programme starts on 1st September at St Joseph’s Parish Centre, Harpers Lane. Prayer cards on which you can name three people that you will pray for, will be available at the back of church.
REFLECTIONS ON THE ASSUMPTION:
Pope Pius XII confirmed Catholic belief about the Virgin Mary as the perennial teaching of the Church when he defined it formally as a dogma of Catholic faith in 1950, invoking papal infallibility to proclaim, “that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever-Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.”
In the East this conviction is expressed in the Feast of the Dormition (Falling Asleep) of the Virgin. The Church does not say precisely whether Mary’s soul separated from her body i.e. died. It does say that she was spared the corruption of death. The Book of Revelation ch. 12 describes Mary, gloriously crowned in heaven.
"It was fitting that she, who had kept her virginity intact in childbirth,
should keep her own body free from all corruption even after death.
It was fitting that she, who had carried the Creator as a child at her
breast, should dwell in the divine tabernacles.
It was fitting that the spouse, whom the Father had taken to himself,
should live in the divine mansions.
It was fitting that she, who had seen her Son upon the cross and who had
thereby received into her heart the sword of sorrow which she had escaped in
the act of giving birth to him, should look upon him as he sits with the Father.
It was fitting that God's Mother should possess what belongs to her Son,
and that she should be honoured by every creature as the Mother and as the handmaid of God." - St John Damascene (675-749)
“As the most glorious Mother of Christ, our Saviour and our God and the giver of life and immortality, has been endowed with life by Him, she has received an eternal incorruptibility of the body together with Him who has raised her up from the tomb and has taken her up to Himself in a way known only to Him.”
St Modestus of Jerusalem (d. 630)
PARISH FORUM MEETING: After 11.30 Mass on Sunday 11th September
MARY FEARNHEAD is now resident at Grove House, Willow section, having moved there from Euxton Hall. and would welcome visits from old friends. For protecting residents against COVID you need to wear a mask, that is all.
CHORLEY AND PRESTON HOSPITALS: Please contact St Joseph's Chorley
(262713) if any member of your family is admitted into Chorley Hospital and needs a visit. Please ask the ward staff to 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.
BEER FESTIVAL at St Gregory’s Weldbank commences Friday 19th August 19.00 –
23.00. Food will be on sale also. It is always a very good event.
CONCERT IN THE GARDEN event will be held in the Parish Grounds at St Gregory’s on Sat 20th August from 2pm. The event is free, so bring along your friends and family and your own picnic chairs and blankets! There will be live music to entertain you from
2:30pm to 4:00pm and donkey rides for the children so please come along and support us - either bring your own picnic or enjoy delicious food from our BBQ and refreshment stand. Beer, wine and cider will also be available to purchase. All welcome to attend.
RETREAT PROGRAMME 2022-23 Our Lady of Lourdes and St Gerard Majella, Brownedge Rd, Lostock Hall PR5 5AA.are offering a monthly retreat programme led by Donna Worthington. 11.30am-3pm (including 30 mins lunch – please bring a packed lunch) Cost £20 (per retreat) First is on Saturday 10th September 2022 – ST JOHN
OF THE CROSS - SPIRITUAL CANTICLE. Register an initial interest for a particular retreat(s) by MONDAY 29th AUGUST 2022 Please contact the Parish office on 01772 335387 Or Email – email@example.com including your name and contact details
and the retreat (s) you are interested in. Please note – a MINIMUM of 15 people are required for a retreat to be offered. See https://saintgerards.org.uk/St-GerardsFiles/thisweek.pdf
NEWS ITEMS: At least seven people have been arrested in connection with the horrific Pentecost Day massacre at a Catholic Church in Nigeria, the governor of Ondo State has confirmed. One of the arrested suspects is a high-ranking member of ISWAP, socalled Islamic State in West Africa Province and a breakaway faction of Boko Haram.
On June 5, several gunmen attacked St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Owo, near the end of Mass, killing at least 40 and injuring scores more with bullets and explosives.
Victims ranged in age from a 2-year-old all the way to 85.
POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTION – AUGUST 2022
We pray for small and medium - sized businesses; in the midst
of economic and social crisis. May they find ways to continue
operating and serving their communities
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)
Parish Website: www.stjosephsanderton.com
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