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The Ascension of The Lord Year A   28th May 2017

THIS WEEKEND    The Ascension of The Lord Year A
 ' I am with you always '
Date Time Church Devotion
Saturday 27th May
17:00 PM

18:30 PM
St Oswald's

St Teresa's
Len Hatfield & Eadward Inch

Tabitha & James Fairhurst
  & Pauline Reeve
Sunday 28th  May 08:30AM St Mary Magdalen's Priest’s Intention
(Latin Extraordinary Form Mass)
08:30 AM St Oswald's John Worswick (90th Birthday)
09:30 AM St. Teresa's Emily Watkinson
11:00 AM St. Mary Magdalen's Marie Bridge, Frank Bridge
  &May Foley
WEEKDAY MASSES     Divine Office Week 3
Monday 29th May 10:00 AM St Teresa's Edith Rice
Tuesday 30th May 09:15 AM St Teresa's Peggy Roscoe
Wednesday 31st May 09:30 AM St Mary Magdalen's Betty Walmsley
Thursday 1stJune 10:00 AM St Teresa's
Funeral Mass: Patricia Ann Bentley
Friday 2ndJune 09:15 AM St Teresa's Ellen Carroll
Saturday 3rd June 11.30 AM
13.00 PM
St. Mary Teresa's
St.Oswald's
Wedding Service:
David Hitchen &Katherine Clare
Wedding Service: Christopher Markham &Grace Parker
NEXT WEEKEND Pentecost Sunday   Year A
Saturday 3rd June
10:00 AM St Teresa's Exposition + Confessions
17:00 PM

18:30 PM
St Oswald's

St Teresa's
Marriage of Louise & Damian Arthur Moulding
  Brian De Rome
Sunday 4thMayJune 08:30AM St Mary Magdalen's Priest’s Intention
(Latin Extraordinary Form Mass)
08:30 AM St Oswald's Robin Smyth
09:30 AM St. Teresa's Catenian Mass for Vocations
&Private John Unsworth
11:00 AM St. Mary Magdalen's Margaret Davis
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   Fr Philip Inch: St Teresa's Church, 34 Queensway, Penwortham. PR1 0DS
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The Ascension of The Lord Year A

28th  May 2017 by Fr.Philip Inch

' I am with you always '

Forty days after the Resurrection, Jesus ascends to heaven. He ascends triumphant to sit at the Father’s right hand. For the disciples, their time of formation with him is over. How is their relationship with him altered?

The First Reading from the Acts of the Apostles gives an account of the Ascension. Jesus promises to send his Holy Spirit to be with his disciples, to fill them with his power, so that they can witness to him ‘to the ends of the earth.’

The Psalm emphasises Jesus’s triumph in his Ascension, and the whole Church sings in praise of the Lord who reigns over all.
The Second Reading, too, stresses Christ’s power: his Father has ‘put all things under his feet.’ That power is exercised for us, not only in the gifts of his grace, but also in the promise of eternal glories.

St Matthew’s Gospel account of the Ascension focuses on Jesus’s authority and his sending forth of the disciples to witness, baptise and teach. He promises to be with them ‘to the end of time.’ The Ascension links the Resurrection and the coming of the Holy Spirit in our Easter journey.


        			Image of Christ's Ascension; When reviewing the Gospel of John, Chapter 17 when Jesus was praying for His disciples, He said, 'Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one as we are one.' [Jn. 17:11] 'I protected them in your name that you have given me.' [Jn. 17:11] Notice here that Jesus states that He and the Father shared the same Name. And what was that Name? It was the Name of Jesus. Therefore, based on the aforementioned, it can logically be understood that the Name Jesus also belonged to the Father.

General Election: The Bishops of England and Wales have issued a letter to Catholics on the forthcoming general election, which will be distributed in parishes across all dioceses this weekend. The letter is an encouragement to all Catholics to play an active part in the election. While voting for any particular political party is a matter of conscience, the bishops encourage people to use their vote at this pivotal time for our nations, as we prepare to leave the European Union. The letter lays out broad principles to guide our thinking in the run-up to the election, taken from Pope Francis’s ‘Evangelii Gaudium.‘To a great extent the outcome of this election will determine the approach taken on how this (leaving the European Union) is achieved, the priorities we pursue and the values we wish to treasure as our own in the UK and as partners with countries around the world. It will determine how we can heal divisions in our society, care for the vulnerable, how our public services are run and whether we can remain a united kingdom. ‘The letter moves from these broad guiding principles to more specific questions for consideration and to raise with candidates, including questions on how best to encourage and enable families to flourish, promote freedom of religion across the world and care for refugees and asylum seekers. The letter concludes with a prayer: "Lord grant us wisdom to act always with integrity, seeking the protection and flourishing of all and building a society based on justice and peace.’


RCIA

Celebrations of 1st Holy Communion: The next of our weekends of celebrations will be on May 13th. There will be Masses at St Mary Magdalen’s at 10.30am and at 12 noon. All welcome.

Praying with people living with Dementia. Tues 16th May at 7.30pm. Fr Chris Thomas. St Patrick’s Parish Centre, Marshside Road, Southport, PR9 9TJ. Contact m.knight@rcaol.co.uk or call 0151 522 1040

Events coming up in the Archdiocese:

 

We are compiling a leaflet giving details of the various groups within the parishes. Primarily for new parishioners, it would also be useful to anyone who wishes to get further involved in parish activities. If you would like your group to be included please contact Paul on: paulfalcone_uk@yahoo.co.uk or telephone: 07981493737. Thank you.

Praying with people living with Dementia: A workshop to encourage those caring for or visiting people living with dementia. Tues 16th at 7.30pm with Fr Chris Thomas. St Patrick’s Parish Centre, Marshside Road, Churchtown, Southport, PR9 9TJ. Contact m.knight@rcaol.co.uk or call 0151 522 1040

Gift Aid Envelopes: It is the time of year to re-order these. If you would like to assist your parish by converting to standing order (it saves envelope costs and admin) phone Gift Aid co-ordinator Andy on 751472. If you're not already a member of the Gift Aid programme, you're most welcome to join.

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News

28th May2017

St Oswald’s Church

The Church will only be used for weekends at the moment. This means the decorators don’t have to clean up each day and we do not have to worry about health and safety issues each day. So there will only be weekend Masses at St Oswald’s until further notice. Thank you for the donations so far of £400 towards the redecorating fund. We have to try to raise £4500!

Invitation:

You are all cordially invited to the Ordination of Michael Barrett to the priesthood by Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP, Archbishop of Liverpool on Sat July 15th, 2017 at 11am. St. Mary’s Church, Broadfield Drive, Leyland, PR25 1PD. A buffet reception will follow the Ordination. Please sign the list in the porch by June 28th if you wish to go.


					When reviewing the Gospel of John, Chapter 17 when Jesus was praying for His disciples, He said, 'Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one as we are one.' [Jn. 17:11] 'I protected them in your name that you have given me.' [Jn. 17:11] Notice here that Jesus states that He and the Father shared the same Name. And what was that Name? It was the Name of Jesus. Therefore, based on the aforementioned, it can logically be understood that the Name Jesus also belonged to the Father.

New Priest:

A few people have asked that with a new priest coming to
work in our 3 churches in September can we have old Mass times back.
The answer is I don’t think so. There are 3 reasons for this answer: a) we
must presume that Fr Michael will only do a short curacy and then he will
get his own parish. b) Priests are allowed 6 weekends off each year, that
means that for 12 weekends we would need to find cover, that is just not
possible. c) The Archbishop wants each Deanery to be able to cover
sickness and emergencies for priests, with our Mass times staying as they
are we can help other parishes. I hope that helps.

GOING INTO HOSPITAL?

If you are going into hospital and would like to celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, please let Fr Philip know and he will celebrate the sacrament with you. — If you are admitted to hospital and would like to see one of the hospital chaplains, you (or a relative) need to inform the hospital staff who will contact the hospital chaplaincy team. The priest serving the Hospital will not know that you
have been admitted or wish to see a priest unless you do this.

Parishes meeting about the Archbishop’s letter - Tuesday 25th May:
7.00pm at St Teresa’s Parish Centre. This meeting will discuss the
Archbishops request for local help in planning for the future. It is for
people from all three churches, it will enable us to have our share in the
Deanery response to the Archbishop.

 

Parish Groups

We are compiling a leaflet giving details of the various groups within the
parishes. Primarily for new parishioners, it would also be useful to anyone
who wishes to get further involved in parish activities. If you would like
your group to be included please contact Paul on:
paulfalcone_uk@yahoo.co.uk
If you cannot email please contact the
parish office by phone. Thank you.


Short Prayers

Pray for Priests

O Jesus, our great High Priest, Hear my humble prayers on behalf of your priest, Father [N]. Give him a deep faith, a bright and firm hope and a burning love which will ever increase in the course of his priestly life.
In his loneliness, comfort him In his sorrows, strengthen him In his frustrations, point out to him that it is through suffering that the soul is purified, and show him that he is needed by the Church, he is needed by souls, he is needed for the work of redemption.
O loving Mother Mary, Mother of Priests, take to your heart your son who is close to you because of his priestly ordination, and because of the power which he has received to carry on the work of Christ in a world which needs him so much.
Be his comfort, be his joy, be his strength, and especially help him to live and to defend the ideals of consecrated celibacy. Amen.

The Pardon Prayer

The seers said this prayer was taught to them in the initial Fátima apparition in the spring of 1916, by an angel who called himself "the Guardian Angel of Portugal".

My God, I believe, I adore, I trust and I love Thee! I beg pardon for all those that do not believe, do not adore, do not trust and do not love Thee.

Prayer to St. Anthony for lost items.

St. Anthony, perfect imitator of Jesus, who received from God the special power of restoring lost things, grant that I find [name the item] which has been lost. At least restore to me peace and tranquillity of mind, the loss of which has afflicted me even more than my material loss. To this favour, I ask another of you: that I always remain in possession of the true good that is God. Let me rather lose all things than lose God, my supreme good. Let me never suffer the loss of my greatest treasure, eternal life with God. Amen.

PRAYER OF THE ANGEL
taught to the 3 children of Fatima
My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love You, I ask forgiveness for those who do not believe nor hope nor love You. Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly, and I offer You the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference with which He Himself is offended. And, through the infinite merits of His Mist Sacred Heart, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of You the conversion of poor sinners. Amen.

A Prayer of St Richard of Chichester (1197-1253)

Thanks be to you, our Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits which you have given us, for all the pains and insults which you have borne for us. Most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother, we know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day.


Contemplations

"The story of the healing of blind Bartimaeus is a spiritual icon of enormous power. When one has spiritual sight, he speaks up against the evils of the world, the falsehoods that are infiltrating the Church. Concerned with the salvation of all his brothers and sisters, he points out the errors that oppose Catholic teachings. And he does not run after false teachings because of supernatural manifestations that surround them, nor read material associated with false teachings. Why? Because such material corrupts the soul, places doubts in the mind and finally corrupts the heart of the individual." Father Philip

"St. Anthony, perfect imitator of Jesus, who received from God the special power of restoring lost things, grant that I find [name the item] which has been lost. At least restore to me peace and tranquillity of mind, the loss of which has afflicted me even more than my material loss. To this favour, I ask another of you: that I always remain in possession of the true good that is God. Let me rather lose all things than lose God, my supreme good. Let me never suffer the loss of my greatest treasure, eternal life with God. Amen." Prayer to St. Anthony for lost items

"The seers said this prayer was taught to them in the initial Fátima apparition in the spring of 1916, by an angel who called himself "the Guardian Angel of Portugal" .

My God, I believe, I adore, I trust and I love Thee! I beg pardon for all those that do not believe, do not adore, do not trust and do not love Thee." The Pardon Prayer