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Fourth Sunday of Lent Year A   26th March 2017

THIS WEEKEND    Fourth Sunday of Lent Year A
“The Lord is compassion and Love
Date Time Church Devotion
Saturday 25th March
17:00 PM St Oswald's
Kathleen Bilsborough & Edward Embly
18:30 PM St Teresa's Kathleen Noblett
Sunday 26th March 08:30AM St Mary Magdalen's Priest’s Intention
(Latin Extraordinary Form Mass)
08:30 AM St Oswald's Pat Day
09:30 AM St. Teresa's Special Intention (GW)
11:00 AM St. Mary Magdalen's Clarke + Lerning Families
WEEKDAY MASSES   Divine Office Week 4
Monday 27th March
St Joseph
09:15 AM St Teresa's Robert Carroll
Tuesday 28th March
18:30 PM St Oswald's Vi Singleton
Wednesday 29th March 10:00 AM St Teresa's Funeral Mass: Bridie Cook
Thursday 30th March 09:15 AM
19:30 PM
St Teresa's
St Teresa's
Mary Garner
HOLY HOUR
Friday 31st March 09:15 AM St Teresa's In Thanksgiving
NEXT WEEKEND   5th Sunday of Lent      Year A
Saturday 1st April
10:00 AM
13:30 PM

17:00 PM
St Teresa's
St Oswald's

St Oswald's
Confessions + Exposition
Wedding Service: Hoyle &: Green

George Mainey
18:30 PM St Teresa's Mary Traynor
Sunday 2nd April 08:30AM St Mary Magdalen's Priest’s Intention
(Latin Extraordinary Form Mass)
08:30 AM St Oswald's George Hosker
09:30 AM St. Teresa's Eileen Moran
11:00 AM St. Mary Magdalen's Eileen Moran
PLEASE NOTE:
   Fr Philip Inch: St Teresa's Church, 34 Queensway, Penwortham. PR1 0DS
Service of the Word + Communion:
St Oswald’s: Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri 9.00am.
St T: Tuesday at 9.15am, Sat 10.00am.

Confessions: 1st Sat of the month at 10.00am at St T and on request.
Please note: Mass time at St O on Tuesday. Confessions Saturday at 10.00am.


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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The Fourth Sunday of Lent Year A
‘I was blind and now I can see!’

26th March 2017 by Fr.Philip Inch


  		  Our Gospel story for this weekend is the narrative of the man born blind. In the Bible generally and in John particularly, sight is used as a metaphor for spiritual vision or faith. Therefore, the man born blind is every one of us, born in the state of original sin. The Church, through the sacraments, offers us the salve of Christ's Incarnation so we might be converted, healed, baptized, and attending Mass in right praise.

God’s loving vision is a light that guides us out of darkness and heals our spiritual blindness. God sees the potential in us through his loving gaze. His judgements are based on compassion and love, and not on our human standards.

In the first reading Samuel is surprised that God chooses the simple shepherd boy David to be the King of Israel, when his brothers all seemed so much more suitable. In time, David’s descendant Jesus will become the true Good Shepherd: the Servant King who opens the eyes of the blind.

Psalm 22 (23) is the “Good Shepherd” Psalm. Its words of comfort describe how God tenderly cares for his people, giving them rest, guiding them through darkness, and richly anointing them with love.

St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians calls us to wake from our sleep so that we can see ourselves as God sees us. We are children of light! Darkness no longer has a hold over our lives, and as children of light we are called to share fully in the life of the Risen Christ.

Today’s Gospel describes the healing of a man from lifelong blindness. It shows how his eyes are opened not just physically but spiritually too, so that he can see who he truly is. He is now able to recognise Christ and declare his belief in Him. Just as Samuel was surprised at God’s choice of a king for his people, the Pharisees cannot believe that Jesus chooses a “sinner” to be healed. Their judgements make them blind

Lent 2017: This week:

Sunday: Stations of the Cross and Benediction at St Teresa’s at 4.00pm

Tuesday: “Our search for happiness.” 7.00pm - 8.00pm in St Oswald’s Presbytery.

Wednesday: 10.00am Stations of the Cross at St Mary Magdalen.

Thursday: Holy Hour at St Teresa’s from 7.30pm- 8.30pm, come for some

or all of it, stay for the whole hour or slip in and out as you please.

Friday 9.00am at St Oswald’s: Stations of the Cross.

6.00pm: Training Session for the Faith in Action sponsored event.

Meet outside St T Church, you can walk or run on this training.

Class Masses: Year 6 St T class Mass on Wednesday this week

 

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
The next session is Wed March 22nd. The theme is how Catholics see the world.

Please keep in prayer those from the RCIA group this year: 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 are preparing to enter the Church at the Easter Vigil.

Events coming up in the Archdiocese:

Food Bank: 4th Sunday: biscuits (e.g. digestives, rich tea, ginger nuts).
Week 5: Healthy oily fish! Tinned sardines, pilchards, mackerel, salmon.

Easter Triduum Services:
Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper:
6.30pm St Oswald’s and
8.00pm St Teresa’s.
Good Friday: Passion Service:
12 noon St Teresa’s,
3.00pm St Mary Magdalen,
3.00pm St Oswald’s.
Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil: 8.00pm at St Teresa’s
Easter Sunday: Masses at 8.30am and 11.00am St Oswald’s
9.30am St Teresa’s and 11.00am St Mary Magdalen.
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


					Our Gospel story for this weekend is the narrative of the man born blind. In the Bible generally and in John particularly, sight is used as a metaphor for spiritual vision or faith. Therefore, the man born blind is every one of us, born in the state of original sin. The Church, through the sacraments, offers us the salve of Christ's Incarnation so we might be converted, healed, baptized, and attending Mass in right praise.

 

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.

Parish Evangelisation Team:

A number of exciting things were discussed at the meeting. We agreed to explore the possibility of having a web cam fitted in church so that anyone housebound could follow the Mass each week, each day infact, We explored the idea of a parish information leaflet with contact numbers so that anyone new could find out what is going on and how to get involved. We studied the annual financial return for St Teresa’s and decided that this will be published for all the parish. We decided on a special event on Easter Sunday and another special day on October 14th—more details will follow. Thank you to those who give their time to help the parish move forward.

Marriage Preparation: Next Saturday (25th) we are holding our annual day of
preparation for marriage. So many couples are getting married this year that
we have had to move it to a larger venue, St Oswald’s Parish Hall. Please pray
for those preparing for marriage.

Easter Sunday:
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, be pushed, between St O and St T. It is open to everyone. Training will be given! Sponsorship forms out in Lent! Can anyone get match funding as we hope to raise fund for the web cam and for the Lourdes Youth.

 


					It is amazing how there is always a passage in the Gospel Reading that touches the heart in a special way. Today, we are touched by the Sacred Words, 'We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work.' [Jn. 9:4] This verse blends beautifully with the Lenten Season, reminding us of our obligation to prepare ourselves for the liturgical celebration of the glorious Resurrection of the Lord Jesus that is quickly approaching. More will be said on this later on.

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