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2nd Sunday Easter Year A   23rd April 2017

THIS WEEKEND    Easter Sunday Year A
“ Alleluia, He is Risen! ”
Date Time Church Devotion
Saturday 22nd April
17:00 PM St Oswald's
Reginald Patterson
18:30 PM St Teresa's Margaret & Thomas Conway
Sunday 23rd April
08:30AM St Mary Magdalen's Priest’s Intention
(Latin Extraordinary Form Mass)
08:30 AM St Oswald's Mr & Mrs Taschuk, Special Intention
09:30 AM St. Teresa's Vincent Maddock, Andrew & Catherine Baines 30th anniversary
11:00 AM


11:00 AM
St. Mary Magdalen's


St Oswald's
Win Varetto, Lucy & Tim O’Brien
A friends young granddaughter
WEEKDAY MASSES   Divine Office Week 2
Monday 24th April
St George
09:15 AM
13:30 PM
St Oswald's
St Teresa's
Barbara Anne Howe
Funeral Service: Jack Fisher
Tuesday 25th April
St Mark
09:15 AM St Teresa's Sid Simpson
Wednesday 26th April 19:30 AM St. Mary Magdalen's Confirmation Mass at 7.30pm
Thursday 27th April 11:15 AM St Oswald's Funeral Mass: Sheila Huyton
Friday 28st April 09:15 AM St Teresa's Nelly Killeen
NEXT WEEKEND   3rd Sunday of Easter   Divine Mercy   Year A
Saturday 29th April
10:00 AM
17:00 PM

18:30 PM
St. Teresa's St Oswald's

St Teresa's
Exposition & Confession
John Gilleran, Margaret Hatfield
Betty Rigby, Bernard Pope

Campbell Family
Sunday 29th April 08:30AM St Mary Magdalen's Priest’s Intention
(Latin Extraordinary Form Mass)
08:30 AM St Oswald's Michael Mullark
09:30 AM St. Teresa's Tony Cain
11:00 AM St. Mary Magdalen's Clarke Family
PLEASE NOTE:
   Fr Philip Inch: St Teresa's Church, 34 Queensway, Penwortham. PR1 0DS
Service of the Word + Communion:
St Oswald’s: Tue, Wed Fri, 9.00am.
St Teresa's: Thu 9.15am.
Confessions: Last Sat of April at 10.00am at St T and on request.

Sacrament of Reconciliation
at St Wilfrid's Church

Monday to Friday
8.15 - 8.25 am
11.50 am - 12.10 pm
5.15 - 5.30 pm

Saturday
8.15 - 8.25 am
11 am - 12 noon
2.30 - 3.30 pm
5 - 5.30 pm


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Easter Sunday of Lent Year A
‘ Alleluia, He is Risen ’

23rd April 2017 by Fr.Philip Inch

The Risen Christ brings new life to all. Resurrection is not just an historical event, but an ongoing ever-present reality. United with Christ, we are called to an ever deeper understanding of the wonder of resurrection in our lives.

In today’s Gospel story, Thomas is not present when the Risen Jesus first comes to the disciples in the upper room. Eight days later, Jesus reveals the reality of his resurrection to Thomas in a personal way. Thomas recognises the truth and exclaims “My Lord and my God!” Jesus breathes his spirit on the disciples and sends them out into the world to spread his message of love, forgiveness and peace

In the First Reading from Acts, the early Christian Church is filled with the same Spirit to transform the lives of others. They share their belongings, live in community and break bread together. Praying and praising God, they would be familiar with today’s Psalm – a song of gratitude, joy and celebration of the Lord’s unending love.

In the Second Reading we are assured that faith in the Risen Christ will guard us through difficulties and will be a source of joy now that we have been made children of God. This week, let us pray for willing hearts that are open to receive the transforming deep peace that only Christ can give us


        On Palm Sunday, we are privileged to listen to one of the great passion narratives. In Matthew's account, we see Jesus as a still-point in the maelstrom, as God's fidelity amidst a cacophony of sin. In the course of the passion, Jesus confronts betrayal, laziness, violence, untruth, abuse of power, self-destruction, and wanton cruelty--the whole panoply of human dysfunction. And he takes away this sin precisely by his obedience and his mercy.

Lent 2017: This week:

EASTER JOY: The Archbishop has appointed our one new priest for this
year, Michael Barrett, to work in the parishes of St Mary Magdalen, St
Teresa and St Oswald. Michael will be ordained in St Mary’s Leyland on
July 15th and then in September will come and work in our parishes. He
will be living at St Oswald’s. He and Fr Philip will work together to serve
our 3 churches

In 2018, Pope Francis will invite Bishops and others to Rome to talk about

Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment. At this gathering they will discuss how

the Catholic Church can accompany young people in their faith and help them to

hear God’s call. If you are aged between 13-29 years old, the Catholic Church in

England and Wales would like to hear from you; your thoughts on faith and how

you connect with the Catholic Church. A Youth Poll can be accessed using this

link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/parish-youth-poll


RCIA
RCIA: The next session is Wed 5th April. Please keep in prayer:
Clare Miller, Catherine Godbold, Yvonne Cragg, Joe Whitaker, Vernon
James Cross, Karen McCallum, Kathryn Quinn, Roger Hough, James Fuller,
David Terry, Jane Riding Smyth, Janine Pickering. They will enter the
Church at the Easter Vigil.


Events coming up in the Archdiocese:

Food Bank: Week 5: Healthy oily fish! sardines, pilchards, salmon.

Easter Sunday at 2.00pm: As part of the Faith in Action project, helping
young people and their families connect with Church, we are going to
have a sponsored 5K, walk, run, cycle, scoot, be pushed: between St O
and St T. It is open to everyone. Sponsorship forms now available with
training opportunities on them! Can anyone get match funding as we
hope to raise fund for the web cam and for the Lourdes Youth.

Confirmation: The Archbishop is coming to our Pastoral Area on Wed 26th April at 7.30pm for Confirmation. If you are 15 or over and have not yet been confirmed—this would be a great opportunity. A form is in the sacristy to fill in. Please see Fr Philip for more details.

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

26 February 2017

Your Guidance and Help

Dear Father,

I am writing to you to ask for your guidance and help.

You will be aware that one of the main tasks that I have as your Archbishop is the appointment of priests to the parishes. In many ways it is one of the most important and sacred tasks of a bishop. It is also one of the most difficult.

As you know we have fewer priests and people at Mass than we had in recent times. There is also a number clergy preparing to retire from active ministry after a lifetime of service to the Church.  So I need your advice.  I am asking you, clergy and people together, to look carefully at your Pastoral Area and to see how we can best serve the mission of the Church in your part of the Diocese. I want to best use the resources of priests, people and buildings that we have. I would be very grateful if you could share with me your ideas of how we can go forward with fewer priests and perhaps fewer buildings too.

I have asked your Dean to call clergy and people together to help me in the forward planning that we need to embark upon. I know that many of you took part in the Leaving Safe Harbours process and we have been able to put in place some of the recommendations that came from Pastoral Area plans, I thank you for that. You may wish to revisit the planning that you did then.  I ask you to share with me in this present task, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, so that we can be the Church that God has called us to be.

Yours in sincerely in Christ,

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Archbishop of Liverpool


					Image of The Risen Christ, My brothers and sisters in Christ, the glorious Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, witnessed by hundreds in the early days of the Church, is our proof that one day we will all be united as one eternal family. This life is temporary. What awaits us is so much better and greater. Until we reach that day, let us live the joy of Easter with all our brothers and sisters in Christ. Let us make a special effort to reach out to those who do not share in our joy and especially those who have been forgotten so they may manifest their joy outwardly as we are doing today. As of today, may you all go forth in the Spirit of Christ and bring the joy of the Lord to all those who touch your lives!

 

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 April:
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.

 


					Image of the Easter Cross, My brothers and sisters in Christ, the glorious Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, witnessed by hundreds in the early days of the Church, is our proof that one day we will all be united as one eternal family. This life is temporary. What awaits us is so much better and greater. Until we reach that day, let us live the joy of Easter with all our brothers and sisters in Christ. Let us make a special effort to reach out to those who do not share in our joy and especially those who have been forgotten so they may manifest their joy outwardly as we are doing today. As of today, may you all go forth in the Spirit of Christ and bring the joy of the Lord to all those who touch your lives!
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 may 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 may 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, may 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 may 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 may 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