Anderton St Joseph’s Catholic
SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
22nd May 2022
10.00 First Holy Communions Mass
17.00 Vigil Mass at St Mary’s Chorley (Confessions 16.15-16.45)
SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (Mass book p. 274?)
Sun.10.00 Mass at St Mary’s Chorley
11.30 Mass – Maureen Lee
10.45 Christian Meditation course – in church
Wed 25th St Bede the Venerable
19.30 Vigil Mass at St Mary’s Chorley
Thurs 26th THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD
10.00 Mass – Matthew Anthony Hughes
12.00 Mass at St Mary’s Chorley
Fri 27th St Augustine of Canterbury
10.00 Mass – Philip Rawcliffe
Sat 28th Bd Margaret Pole, martyr, Bd Lanfranc of Canterbury
17.00 Vigil Mass at St Mary’s, Chorley
(Confessions 16.15-16.45 at presbytery door)
Sun 29th SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (Mass book p. 277?)
Sun.10.00 Mass at St Mary’s Chorley
11.30 Mass – Joseph Cross (A)
Masses at St Mary’s Chorley this week: 12.00 noon daily
DATES AVAILABLE FOR BAPTISMS: 26th June, 24th July, 28th August, 25th September
PLEASE PRAY FOR ALL THE SICK AND THE HOUSEBOUND: Emeritus Pope Benedict, Joan Bailey, Stan Bolton, Francis Brennan, John Campbell, Gerard Clarke, John Fearnhead, Mary Fearnhead, Pat Font, Tom Fraser, William Freeman, Bob Goulding, Fr John Heaney, Cyril Hodkinson, Ellen 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, Teresa O’Malia, Heidi O’Neill, May Smith, Barrie Swift, Alan Taylor, Sylvia Walsh, Jean White, Betty Wignall, all at Grove House & Marley Court.
An invitation from the Bishops of England and Wales
Spring Plenary 2022 Resolution
This is the bread come down from heaven (John 6:58)
A beautiful hallmark of the Catholic faith is the profound desire to participate in the Holy Mass and share in the Eucharist. We do so with deep gratitude and joy. The Eucharist gives the Church her identity – “The Eucharist makes the Church, and the Church makes the Eucharist.” It enables us to worship Almighty God, to support each other on our journey of faith, and to be a visible sign of faith in the world. This hallmark is supported and strengthened by the precept that our fundamental Christian
duty is to worship God by participating in the celebration of Mass. Attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is the greatest of all privileges, sometimes referred to as “the Sunday Obligation.”
Since the beginning of the Covid pandemic, until the present time, we have shared with you our judgment that the situation of the last two years has meant that the Sunday Obligation has been impeded and has needed to be fulfilled in other ways. We thank God that this situation has now changed. The pressing challenges of the pandemic have lessened significantly. Most people have resumed the wide range of normal activities, no longer restricted by the previous Covid measures. We
therefore believe that the reasons which have prevented Catholics from
attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation no longer apply.
We understand there will still be some members of our congregations who, for reasons of health, do not feel safe enough to return to Mass. It has always been the understanding of the Church that when the freedom of any Catholic to attend Mass in person is impeded for a serious reason, because of situations such as ill health, care for the sick or legitimate fear, this is not a breach of the Sunday Obligation.
Our Catholic people and parishes have benefitted during these difficult times from the online streaming of Mass and other services. “Virtual viewing” of Mass online does not fulfil the Sunday Obligation. It may, however, be a source of continual spiritual comfort to those who cannot attend Mass in person, for example those who are elderly and sick, for whom the obligation does not apply. In this context, we recognise gratefully the ministry of those who administer Holy Communion to the elderly, sick and housebound.
We are grateful to our clergy, religious and lay faithful who have served our parishes, schools and communities with dedication and distinction throughout this pandemic. Now we look forward with renewed faith and confidence.
In the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Lord’s Supper, the Lord Jesus entrusted to us the precious gift of Himself. With humility, we glory in being a Eucharistic people for whom attendance at Mass is essential. Looking forward to the forthcoming feast of Pentecost, we now invite all Catholics who have not yet done so to return to attending Mass in person.
As the Church needs the witness of the presence of each person, so too each believer needs to journey in faith and worship with their fellow disciples. Nourished by our encounter with the Risen Lord Jesus, fed with His Word and His Body and Blood in Holy Communion, and supported by the presence of each other, we receive
strength week by week, to serve the Lord and glorify Him with our lives.
Approved by the Plenary Assembly of the Bishops’ Conference
Friday 6 May 2022
COVID RECOMMENDATIONS: Following a recent meeting of the Archbishop’s Council the following Guidelines are being offered.
Face Coverings: Face-coverings are now optional for people who attend a service in church.
Sanitising: Sanitiser/gel should still be available for those who wish to use it on entering the building. It is not seen as necessary to make the sanitising of hands mandatory.
For the distribution of Holy Communion: The priest/deacon or extraordinary minister should still cleanse their hands prior to beginning distribution (and after). A face–covering should still be worn when distributing Holy Communion.
Communion under both kinds is not to be offered yet (We will continue to review this.) If Communion on the tongue is requested, it should be offered when all others have approached the altar and the minister’s hands should be cleansed after each individual distribution.
It is not envisaged that intinction should be offered (except at a concelebration.)
PS. Physical distancing is still sensible and courteous to others. A second booster vacination is available to the over 75s and people categorised as volnerable. There is a walk in centre on Market Walk in Chorley, or booked appointments at Chorley Hospital or Hootons Pharmacists in Horwich, or elsiwhere. ,
POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTION – MAY 2022
We pray for all young people, called to live life to the fullest. May they
see in Mary's life the way to listen, the depth of discernment, the courage that faith generates, and the dedication to service.
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
LIVERPOOL ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESAN TRUSTEES INC Registered Charity No.232709