Anderton St Joseph's        

​                    SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER 
                        9th May 2021

Jesus said to his disciples : ‘As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.
I have told you this so that my own joy may be in you and your joy be complete . This is my commandment : love one another , as I have loved you. A man can have no greater love than to lay down his life for his friends . You are my friends , if you do what I command you. I shall not call you servants any more , because a servant does not know his master’s business ; I call you friends , because I have made known to you everything I have learnt from my Father. You did not choose me: no, I chose you; and I commissioned you to go out and to bear fruit, fruit that will last; and then the Father will give you anything you ask him in my name . What 
I command you is to love one another .’ John 15:9-17

Sat 8th
17.00 Vigil Mass at St Mary’s Chorley
10.00 Mass at St Mary’s Chorley
11.30 Mass – John and Dorothy Moss

Mon 10th St John of Avila
Tues 11th
Wed 12th St Pancras, St Nereus and Achilleus
10.00 Mass – Parishioners
12.00 Mass at St Mary’s, Chorley
15.00 Funeral Service – Teresa Ward
19.30 Mass at St Mary’s Chorley 
Fri 14th St Matthias, Apostle
Sat 15th St Carthage
17.00 Vigil Mass at St Mary’s Chorley 

Sun.10.00 Mass at St Mary’s Chorley
11.30 Mass– Karl Manley

Emeritus Pope Benedict, Deacon Norman Arrowsmith, Joan Bailey, Stan Bolton, Francis Brennan, Gerard Clarke, Jimmy Doherty, John Fearnhead, Mary Fearnhead, Philip Fishwick, Pat Font, William Freeman, Barbara Goulding, Fr Dunstan Harrington, 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.

RECENTLY DECEASED: Teresa Ward (74), widow of the late Vincent Joseph Ward. 

There will be a RETIRING COLLECTION FOR THE SVP this week.

HEALTH & SAFETY: Please follow the H&S rules. If you break the rules and if we had a positive COVID case, the church would have to shut for a deep clean. If you are unwell, do not come to church. The Sunday obligation to attend Mass is still suspended. Please keep to the two metres social distancing. Exit the church following the arrows. You must wear a mask unless you are exempt. Please sanitise your hands upon entering and leaving the church. 

REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that
anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession
was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, 
my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O 
Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear 
and answer me. Amen. 
WE FLY TO THY PROTECTION, O Holy Mother of God; Do not despise our 
petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O Glorious 
and Blessed Virgin. 
This is the earliest prayer we have to Our Lady. The earliest text of this hymn was 
found in a Coptic (Egyptian) Christmas liturgy, and is dated to the late third century. . 
The hymn is used in the Coptic liturgy to this day,

ANNUAL NOVENA TO THE HOLY SPIRIT commences on Friday 14th May up to 
Pentecost Sunday on 23rd May. Copies available in the porch. 

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION: Dear Parents, Carers, Grandparents and 
Young People. Please read the letter below and the instructions if your 
teenagers wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this year. This applies 
to all baptised Catholics in Year 8 or above at High School. Confirmations will 
take place in the Chorley Deanery in November 2021. 
Dear parent/guardian, the Archdiocese of Liverpool is inviting young people in year 8 
(and above) to the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Confirmation is the sacrament through which we receive the Holy Spirit to make us 
stronger and more perfect Christians and true witnesses of Jesus Christ. 
The preparation for the sacrament will be started through a series of video 
introductions to the sacrament from Animate, the archdiocesan youth ministry team (if 
your child has not seen these in school please direct them to and find the four ‘Called … videos). 
Year 8 pupils will then study the subject of confirmation in their RE classes.
There will also be preparation sessions at a local level in your town/local area. 
Following these local preparation times young people will be invited to be confirmed.
If your child would like to receive the sacrament of confirmation this year it is 
essential they register online at:
Registration must take place before the 28th June.
Please complete the form that can be accessed through clicking the button at the top right-hand side of the webpage (‘Register for Confirmation’). If you are unable to do this at home, please inform the school chaplain who will be able to help. When a young person has registered they will be contacted by your local confirmation co-ordinator who will take you through the next steps of the preparation process. 
If you have any questions, please contact Fr Simon Gore on 01744 740467 or Or your parish priest. 
Yours sincerely, +Malcolm McMahon OP, Archbishop of Liverpool 

THE MANLEY FAMILY would like to thank Fr. Marsden and those who helped organise the beautiful Requiem Mass; everyone who attended and stood outside church; those who
wished to come but were unable due to Covid restrictions. We would also like to thank all those who sent Mass cards, flowers, letters, cards of condolence and everyone who has generously
donated to Lymphoma Action in memory of Karl.
Finally, thank you to the many, many kind friends who have offered us lifts, cooked for us, run errands and offered emotional support. Your kindness will always be remembered
with affection. Many thanks, Jacinta

POPE FRANCIS has added extra invocations to the LITANY OF ST JOSEPH viz:
Pillar of families, Support in difficulties, Solace of the wretched, Hope of the sick, 
Patron of exiles, Patron of the afflicted, Patron of the poor     

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, 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.

ARCHDIOCESAN SYNOD: ‘As we approach our, taking place online on 19th June, 
Synod Members are currently discerning how they will vote on the recommendations 
which emerged. If you haven't seen them yet, you can find them:
1. Printed in the April edition of the Catholic Pic (
2. On our Synod Recommendations Website 
( alongside theological reflections 
3. Printed in our Synod book Together on the Road which also includes resources for 
discernment and the theological reflections (available for £3 from Pauline Books and 
Media, and the Synod Office, email:, tel: 0151 486 1206).
Please continue to keep the Synod in your prayers in the coming months. ‘

CEMETERY NOTICE: Please note instructions on the back of grave papers. “To 
enable grass cutting to be done, owners are not allowed to plant flowers, shrubs or 
trees on their graves. All embellishments will be removed and the owners will be 
charged for the expense involved. …….Any flowers or vases may only be placed 
within 19.7 inches (0.5 metres) measuring from the back of the headstone.” There are 
a couple of infringements. Please move them or they will be removed soon and the 
graveholders charged for the expense. 

THANK YOU to whoever it was who dedicated the Mass for or father Richard Kerfoot 
on the feast day of Saint Catherine of Siena, on Thursday 29th April. To say Thank 
you from the families of Christine Jane Greaves and Juliet Kennedy.

We pray for those who risk their lives while fighting for funda m e n tal rights under dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and even in democracies in crisis.

Parish Priest: Fr Francis Marsden
Secretary: Mr Frank Webster 
Parish Office: St Joseph’s Presbytery, 28, Bolton Road, Adlington, Chorley 

Tel: 01257- 480237 or 01257- 262537 (St Mary’s Chorley)
Parish Website: