Anderton St Joseph's        

                            SUNDAY XVII IN ORDINARY TIME
                                            25 th JULY 2021

Jesus went off to the other side of the Sea of Galilee – or of Tiberias – and 
a large crowd followed him, impressed by the signs he gave by 
curing the sick. 
Jesus climbed the hillside , and sat down there with his
disciples . It was shortly before the Jewish feast of Passover .
Looking up, Jesus saw the crowds approaching and said to 
Philip, ‘Where can we buy some bread for these people to 
eat?’ He only said this to test Philip; he himself knew exactly 
what he was going to do. Philip answered , ‘Two hundred 
denarii would only buy enough to give them a small piece 
each.’ One of his disciples , Andrew , Simon Peter’s brother , 
said, ‘There is a small boy here with five barley loaves and 
two fish; but what is that between so many?’ Jesus said to 
them , ‘Make the people sit down .’ There was plenty of grass 
there , and as many as five thousand men sat down . Then 
Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks , and gave them out to all 
who were sitting ready; he then did the same with the fish, 
giving out as much as was wanted . When they had eaten 
enough he said to the disciples , ‘Pick up the pieces left over, 
so that nothing gets wasted .’ So they picked them up, and 
filled twelve hampers with scraps left over from the meal of 
five barley loaves. The people , seeing this sign that he had 
given, said, ‘This really is the prophet who is to come into 
the world.’ Jesus, who could see they were about to come 
and take him by force and make him king, escaped back to the 
hills by himself. John 6:1-15

Sat 24th
17.00 Vigil Mass at St Mary’s Chorley

Sun.10.00 Mass at St Mary’s Chorley
11.30 Mass – Bernard Swarbrick

 Mon 26th St Joachim and St Anne
10.00 Mass – William Phalen 
 Tues 27th
 Wed 28th
10.00 Mass – Margaret Lavin
Thurs 29th Ss Martha, Mary and Lazarus
 Fri 30th St Peter Chrysologos

 Sat 31st  St Ignatius of Loyola
17.00 Vigil Mass at St Mary’s Chorley

Sun.10.00 Mass at St Mary’s Chorley
11.30 Mass – Tom Murphy 
Burial of Ashes – Tom Murphy (TBCF)

Emeritus Pope Benedict, Joan Bailey, Stan Bolton, Francis Brennan, Gerard Clarke, 
John Fearnhead, Mary Fearnhead, Philip Fishwick, Pat Font, Tom Fraser, William 
Freeman, Bob Goulding, Cyril Hodkinson, Cathy Hull, John Kerfoot, Mary Johnston, 
Marion Kerins, Emma King, Gordon Lee, Paul McBeth, Finton McPeake, Eddie 
Marsden, Fr Laurence Mayne, Fr Barry McAllister, Ellen Morris, Teresa O’Malia, Heidi
O’Neill, Barrie Swift, Alan Taylor, Irene Tootell, Peter Warren, Betty Wignall, and all at 
Grove House & Marley Court.

PRAYERS DURING THIS PANDEMIC: Collect from the special Mass
Almighty and eternal God, our refuge in every danger, to whom we turn in our 
distress; in faith we pray look with compassion on the afflicted, grant eternal 
rest to the dead, comfort to mourners, healing to the sick, peace to the dying, 
strength to healthcare workers, wisdom to our leaders and the courage to reach
out to all in love, so that together we may give glory to your holy name. Through
our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of 
the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.

In Chorley the infection rate per 100,000 over the seven days to July 
22nd soared by 122.5% and is now the highest ever, 850 new cases in seven 
days, giving a rate of 717/100,000, up from 323 a week ago. Have people thrown 
all caution to the winds? Please take care, for your own sake and the sake of your 
loved ones. Hospitals in Preston and Manchester have COVID wards full again. 
We all want to resume some normality in our lives and get rid of this lethal 
virus. However, the medics and the scientists are telling us to be very cautious. How 
ironic that the new Health Minister himself tested positive for Coronavirus on so-called
“Freedom Day.” A warning for us all.
St Joseph’s is continuing with the following measures: 
* Masks must be worn in the church (unless you are exempt). No mask – no entrance.
* Hands must be gelled coming into the church and upon exit. 
* 2 metre distancing must be maintained. Only every second pew is in use. 
The capacity number is 60 (weddings and funerals included) until further notice for 
any service or Mass. I want you to feel safe and looked after when you come to 
church here. We need to prioritize the care we offer for the elderly and the vulnerable. 
We wear facemasks not only to protect ourselves but as an act of generosity
to protect other people. The Archdiocese recommends the continued use of 
facemasks and hand-cleansing measures. There can be a limited amount of 
congregational singing allowed indoors, so we may use the chants of short parts of 
the Mass. For those helping in church to distribute Holy Communion, or to do home 
visits, it is very strongly recommended that you have received the two jabs. If 
unvaccinated, please keep to roles where you are not in close contact with other 
Vaccines offer protection, but they are not 100% effective. Sir Patrick 
Vallance, the government’s chief scientific advisor, reported that 60% of those in 
hospital with COVID are unvaccinated, but that means that 40% have had either one 
or two jabs. He added: "In the winter wave, we were up to around 60,000 people 
testing positive per day….We are now somewhere on towards 50,000. So we're quite 
close to the size of the winter wave of infections and this is going to increase."
We know that vaccine efficiency (from three weeks after the second jab) is 
around 85-95%. Young people particularly are at risk of developing Long Covid if they 
contract the virus. We cannot afford to be reckless or careless. Thank you for your 
cooperation and understanding. Fr Francis Marsden.

BAPTISMS: It is difficult to socially distance in a safe way when 
administering the sacrament of baptism. Therefore the resumption of baptisms is 
delayed except in emergency.

Pope Francis has decided to institute a Church-wide celebration of a World Day for 
Grandparents and the Elderly. Starting this year, it will be held on the fourth Sunday of
July, close to the memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus. 
The Pope said, “The Holy Spirit even today stirs up thoughts and words of 
wisdom in the elderly.” The voice of the elderly “is precious because it sings the 
praises of God and preserves the roots of the peoples.” The elderly “remind us that 
old age is a gift and that grandparents are the link between the different generation, to
pass on to the young the experience of life.”
He has instituted this Day of Grandparents and the Elderly because 
“grandparents are often forgotten, and we forget this wealth of preserving roots and 
passing on” what the elderly have received. He emphasized the importance of 
grandparents and grandchildren getting to know one another, because “as the prophet
Joel says, grandparents seeing their grandchildren dream,” while “young people, 
drawing strength from their grandparents, will go forward and prophesy.”
A Plenary Indulgence is available on this day under the usual conditions to 
the Elderly and to Grandparents and to those who care for them. "Big is beautiful" may be a clever slogan, but God still asks, "Who dares despise the 
day of small things?" (Zech.4:10)...A few loaves and fishes fed thousands. Little is 
much if God is in it." Warren W. Wiersbe
“Many, if not most, of the miracles recorded in the Gospels can, in fact, be directly 
connected to the earlier miracle of the Creation. The same Being who, as YHWH, 
organized the elements and framed the heavens and the earth was thus, as the Man 
of Galilee, able to control the winds and the waves. He could change water to wine, 
multiply loaves and fishes, heal bodies, and restore sight by the same power...that he 
had exercised in the beginning.” ― Eric D. Huntsman, The Miracles of Jesus. 

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.

A CHRISTMAS CARD ORDER is currently being compiled, even though it is a bit 
early. You can place an order now if you wish for cards, and there is also a 
catalogue available for other items for Christmas which can be viewed by 
contacting Sheila Cronin on 01257 475153.

LOURDES AT HOME 2021 ; A Lourdes at Home Pilgrimage Programme takes place 
from Sunday 25 July to Friday 30 July. Archbishop Malcolm will celebrate the opening 
Mass in the Metropolitan Cathedral at 3.00 pm on Sunday 25 July and the pilgrimage 
will conclude with a picnic followed by the Rosary and Torchlight Marian Procession in
Our Lady’s prayer garden, Southport Road, Lydiate from 6.00 pm on Friday 30 July. 
Full timetable printed of the events at the back of the church on individual sheets.. 
Livestream available.

KNITTED HEARTS: We have had another request from the hospitals for more 
twinned knitted hearts. One heart stays with the poorly patient and the other stays with
the family. Please keep them coming in. Thank you.

CHORLEY FOOD BANK: The summer holidays have arrived. This means that some 
children may get little to eat during the day. Normally at school they would be on free 
dinners. Please donate food to the food bank if you can. Your donations will be 
gratefully received. It is surprising how much food is given out during school holidays. 
Thank you. The Food Bank is at Living Waters on Bolton Street. Contact number is: 
07889 757045.

The Parish hopes to run a bottle stall for tombola. All donations please to Kath Heald

Social Friendship: We pray that, in social, economic and political
situations of conflict , we may be courageous and passionate
architects of dialogue and friendship                        

Parish Priest: Fr Francis Marsden
Secretary: Mr Frank Webster  

 Parish Office: St Joseph’s Presbytery, 28, Bolton Road, Adlington, Chorley PR6 9NA
  Wed. 10.00-13.00
  Tel: 01257- 480237 or 01257- 262537 (St Mary’s Chorley​

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