A few helpers are needed to travel with the bus to assist passengers enter and alight the vehicle.
It is anticipated that this will involve one Sunday morning every 3 or 4 months.
Like to help? Telephone John O'Donnell on 01772 746339.
To find out more, you can see a video about the campaign by clicking here.
The Pontifical Council Cor Unum announced today that the Holy Father has pledged an initial donation of $150,000 to aid the Philippine population suffering from the devastation left by super typhoon Haiyan which struck over the weekend.
The donation was announced after a telegram from Vatican Secretary of State, Archbishop Pietro Parolin, was sent to President Benigno Aquino III on behalf of Pope Francis.
Archbishop Parolin stated that the Holy Father expressed his condolences as well as his solidarity to all the victims of the super typhoon. “[The Holy Father] is especially mindful of those who mourn the loss of their loved ones and of those who have lost their homes,” the telegram stated.
“In praying for all the people of the Philippines, the Holy Father likewise offers encouragement to the civil authorities and emergency personnel as they assist the victims of this storm. He invokes divine blessings of strength and consolation for the Nation.”
In a communique released some time after, the Pontifical Council Cor Unum stated that an initial contribution of $150,000 will be sent to aid the population affected by the tragedy. Several reports stated that while there are 250 confirmed deaths, officials stated that the death toll could reach up to 10,000.
The aid sent by the Holy See will be distributed through the local Church in the regions mainly affected by the typhoon and will support relief efforts for those displaced and affected by flooding.
The donation, the communique concluded, is meant to be the “first and immediate concrete expression of the sentiments of spiritual closeness and paternal encouragement of the Supreme Pontiff towards the people and territories devastated by the floodings.”
July 6 – Lachrymations and Messages to Sister Agnes Sasagawa Katsuko from 1973 to 1981 (Akita, Japan, recognized by Bishop Ito in 1984)
I need some proper kind of speech since you are the Mother of the Good Lord
I don't look that tidy I know,
Got no time to change my clothes.
Sorry! I’m comin' in your chapel like I am,
Just goin’ home from work.
Seems to me your head is bowed,
Just to smile at all the runts.
Good Virgin Mary in your white dress
With your arms under your blue shawl outstretched.
I wanna tell you how grateful I am
For all the good things you give me.
I talk so bad when I think about it,
Makes me wanna stop my chattering.
But I do wanna make you understand
What my poor old heart feels,
I can't find the sweet words,
The golden words that it takes for someone like you.
But when I want to banter
To Saint Joseph or the good Lord,
Funny how I’ve got the gift of the gab.
It just pours from my heart.
Of course, we just speak man to man.
They were workers, just like me.
Yeah, I'm not a fancy kind of guy,
But I do feel at ease praying to them.
You’re another story, dear Lady,
When I wanna talk to you, Queen of Heaven,
I need some proper kind of speech
Since you're the Mother of the Good Lord
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death. Amen.
This week's readings take us to chapter 11 of the prophet Isaiah. Isaiah looks back to the garden of Eden and the world in right alignment with God, and then looks forward to the Messiah who will set right what has gone wrong in God's world. Sin interrupts right order, justice, and goodness. The righteous king will restore justice when he rules on his holy mountain.
So wake up, and place God at the center of your life!
How central is the Lord's Prayer to Christianity?
Basically this prayer is about ordering ourselves to God and letting his way of being order all levels of our lives. But we must not think that we will easily orientate ourselves to God. There are powerful forces that resist this, and we must not be naive about them. The Lord's Prayer is the itinerary for our spiritual journey.
"The Christian truth is attractive and persuasive because it responds to humanity's deepest needs."
- Pope Francis
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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.
we act together to tackle the reasons why people go hungry in a world of plenty.
Today, along with 100 other organisations, we’re launching a brand new campaign to make 2013 the year when we begin to end the global hunger crisis.
Together, we’re calling on world leaders to tackle four big IFs.
we give enough aid to stop children dying from hunger, and help the poorest people feed themselves
we force governments and big corporations to be honest and open about their actions that stop people getting enough food
we stop big companies dodging taxes in poor countries, so that millions of people can free themselves from hunger
we stop poor farmers being forced off their land, and use crops to feed people, not fuel cars
… then there really will be enough food for everyone.
But we can’t do it without you. IF there are enough people behind this campaign, we can make world leaders listen - and urge David Cameron to use his G8 presidency this year to act on hunger.
Please join us. Together we can make IF happen
Our Hungry for change campaign is continuing, alongside IF. Thank you for your amazing support so far. Your support for both of these campaigns will help us have the biggest possible impact in this crucial year.
Is one of the biggest words in the world?
The clergy in Penwortham have experienced an increase recently in people asking for practical help because they are affected by the economic recession and are in desperate financial need. Sometimes a temporary solution can be found by referring people to a foodbank such as the ones which operate in Preston and Leyland. Recent meetings of the Churches Together in Penwortham Forum have explored the idea of opening a foodbank in Penwortham.
Discussions have taken
place with established foodbanks and with Penwortham Town Council which is
keen to help in setting up this project by making facilities available at Kingsfold
Community Centre. The next meeting to take this project forward is on Monday 7th
January 2013 and the Penwortham churches would like to know before then the
extent of support they might be able to call on from parish groups or individual
Projects such as local foodbanks offer a very practical means for
Christians to live out their faith by helping those in need and demonstrate
Ecumenical solidarity by working together with members of other Churches for the
good of the local community. If you are interested in helping in any way with the running of a Penwortham foodbank could you please leave your details on the list at the back of the Church
VATICAN CITY, July 21, 2013 (Zenit.org) - Here is the translation of the Holy Father's words before and after the recitation of the Angelus today to the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square * * *
Dear brothers and sisters, hello!
The reading of the 10th chapter of the evangelist Luke continues this Sunday too. Today’s passage is the one about Martha and Mary. Who are these 2 women? Martha and Mary, sisters of Lazarus, are relatives and faithful disciples of the Lord, who lived in Bethany. St. Luke described them in this way: Mary, at Jesus’ feet, “listened to his word,” while Martha was busy with a lot serving (cf. Luke 10:39-40). Both offer welcome to the Lord as he is traveling, but in different ways. Mary sits at Jesus’ feet, listening. But Martha lets herself be absorbed by the things that need to be prepared and in so busy that she turns to Jesus saying: “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me” (7:40). And Jesus responds rebuking her with sweetness. “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her” (10:41).
What does Jesus wish to say? What is this one thing that we need? Above all it is important to understand that it is not a matter of contrasting 2 attitudes: listening to the Lord’s word, contemplation, and concrete service to our neighbor. They are not 2 opposed attitudes but, on the contrary, they are 2 aspects that are both essential for our Christian life; aspects that must never be separated but lived in profound unity and harmony. So why does Martha receive the rebuke even if it is done with sweetness? Because she took only what she was doing to be essential, she was too absorbed and worried about things to “do.” For a Christian, the works of service and charity are never detached from the principle source of our action: that is, listening to the Word of the Lord, sitting – like Mary – at Jesus’ feet in the attitude of a disciple. And for this reason Mary is rebuked.
In our Christian life too prayer and action are always profoundly united. Prayer that does not lead to concrete action toward a brother who is poor, sick, in need of help, the brother in difficulty, is a sterile and incomplete prayer. But, in the same way, when in ecclesial service we are only concerned with doing, we give greater weight to things, functions, structures, and we forget the centrality of Christ; we do not set aside time for dialogue with him in prayer, we are in risk of serving ourselves and not God present in our needy brother. St. Benedict took up the way of life that he summed up for his monks in 2 words: “ora et labora,” pray and work. It is from contemplation, from a strong relationship of friendship with the Lord that there is borne in us the capacity to live and bear God’s love, his mercy, his tenderness to others. It is also our work with our needy brother, our labor of charity in works of mercy, that brings us to the Lord because we see the Lord in our needy brother and sister. Let us ask the Virgin Mary, the Mother of listening and service – who teaches us to meditate on the Word of her Son in our heart – to pray with fidelity, to be always more concretely attentive to the needs of our brothers.
[Following the recitation of the Angelus, the Holy Father spoke these words to those gathered in St. Peter’s Square.] I greet with affection all the pilgrims present: families, parishes, associations, movements and groups. In particular I greet the faithful from Florence, Foggia and Villa Castelli, and the altar boys from Conselve with their families. I see a banner down there that reads “Buon Viaggio!” (Have a good trip!). Thank you! Thank you! I ask you to accompany me spiritually with prayer on the trip that I will start tomorrow. As you know, I will travel to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil for the 28th World Youth Day. There will be many young people down there from every part of the world. And I think that you could call this Youth Week, yes, indeed, Youth Week! The young people will be the protagonists of this week. All of those who come to Rio want to hear Jesus’ voice, to listen to Jesus: “Lord, what should I do with my life? What it the road I should take?” You too – I don’t know if there are young people here in the piazza today! Are there young people? Aha! You young people too who are in the piazza, ask the Lord the same questions: “Lord, what should I do with my life? What it the road I should take?” Let us entrust these questions to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, much loved and venerated in Brazil: those that the young people will ask there and those that you will ask today. And may Our Lady help us in this new stage of pilgrimage. I wish you all a good Sunday! Have a good lunch. Goodbye! [Translation by Joseph Trabbic]
"Before us there is the God of the living, the God of the covenant, the God who bears my name, our name, as he said: 'I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,' also the God with my name, with your name, with your name... with our name. God of the living"
Vatican City, November 10, 2013
Here is a translation of the address Pope Francis gave today before and after praying the midday Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter's Square.
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Dear brothers and sisters, hello!
This Sunday’s Gospel presents us Jesus contending with the Sadducees, who denied the resurrection. And it is precisely on this topic that they pose a question to Jesus to give him trouble and ridicule faith in the resurrection of the dead. They propose a hypothetical situation: “A woman had seven husbands, who died one after the other,” and they ask Jesus: “Whose wife will she be after her death?” Jesus, always meek and patient, first of all responds that life after death does not have the same parameters as life on earth. Eternal life is another life, in another dimension, where, among other things, there will be no marriage, which is linked to our existence in this world. The resurrected, Jesus says, will be like angels, and they will live in a different state that we cannot experience or imagine now. And this is how Jesus explains things.
But then Jesus, so to speak, launches a counterattack. And he does this by citing Sacred Scripture with a simplicity and an originality that fills us with admiration for our Master, the only Master! Jesus finds the proof of the resurrection in the episode about Moses and the burning bush (Exodus 3:1-6), where God reveals himself as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The name of God is connected to the men and women to which he binds himself, and this link is stronger than death. And we can also say of God’s relationship with us, with each one of us: He is our God! He is the God of each one of us! It is as if he bore our name. It pleases him to say it, and this is the covenant. This is why Jesus says: “God is not the God of the dead but of the living, because everyone lives for him” (Luke 20:38). And this is the decisive link, the fundamental covenant, the covenant with Jesus: he himself is the Covenant, he himself is the Life and the Resurrection because, with his crucified love, he overcame death. In Jesus, God gives us eternal life, he gives it to everyone, and thanks to him everyone has the hope of a life still more true than this one. The life that God prepares for us is not merely an embellishment of this present life: it transcends our imagination, because God continually awakens wonder in us with his love and with his mercy.
So, what will happen is precisely the contrary of what the Sadducees expected. It is not this life that illuminates eternity, the other life, the one that awaits us, but eternity – that life – that illuminates and gives hope to the earthly life of each one of us! If we look at things only with human eyes, we are brought to say that man’s journey runs from life to death. This is obvious! But this is only the case if we look at things with human eyes. Jesus stands this perspective on its head and says that our pilgrimage runs from death to life: to fullness of life! We are on a journey, on pilgrimage toward the fullness of life, and that life is what enlightens us on our journey! So, death is behind us, at our backs, not in front of us. Before us there is the God of the living, the God of the covenant, the God who bears my name, our name, as he said: “I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,” also the God with my name, with your name, with your name..., with our name. God of the living! ... Before us is the final defeat of sin and death, the beginning of a new time of joy and of light without end. But already on this earth, in prayer, in the Sacraments, in fraternity, we meet Jesus and his love, and in this way we can have a foretaste of the risen life. Our experience of his love and his fidelity lights a fire in our heart and increases our faith in the resurrection. In fact, if God is faithful and loves, it cannot be for a limited time: fidelity is eternal, it cannot change. God’s love is eternal, it cannot change! It is not for a limited time: it is forever! And to go forward! He is faithful forever and he awaits us, each of us, he accompanies each of us with this eternal fidelity.
[Following the recitation of the Angelus, the Holy Father greeted those present in St. Peter’s Square:]
Today in Paderborn, Germany, Blessed Maria Theresia Bonzel will be proclaimed blessed. Foundress of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, she lived in the 19th century. The Eucharist was the source from which she drew spiritual energy to dedicate herself with untiring charity to the weakest. Let us praise the Lord for her witness!
I would like again to assure the people of the Philippines and that region, who have been struck by a massive typhoon, of my closeness to them. Unfortunately, there are many victims and enormous damage. Let us pray for a moment in silence and then to Our Lady for these brothers and sisters of ours and let us try also to help them concretely. Let us pray in silence. [And then after a pause:] Hail Mary...
Today is the 75th anniversary of the so-called “Kristallnacht,” the night of violence against Jews, their synagogues, homes and businesses [in Germany and Austria] November 9-10, 1938. It marked a sad step toward the tragedy of the Shoah. Let us renew our nearness and solidarity with the Jewish people, our big brothers. And we pray to God that the memory of the past, the memory of past sins help us to be ever more vigilant against every form of hatred and intolerance.
This Sunday in Italy the Day of Thanksgiving is celebrated. I join my voice to that of the bishops, expressing my nearness to the agricultural world, especially to young people who have chosen to work the land. I encourage those who work to ensure that no one goes without healthy and adequate food.
I greet all the pilgrims, who have come from different countries, the families, the parish groups, the associations; in particular I greet the faithful of the dioceses of Liguria, accompanied by Cardinal Bagnasco and by the other bishops of the region.
I greet the Istituto Secolare Operaie Parrocchiali, the Centro Académico Romano Fundación, the faithful from the United States of America and from Tahiti, along with those from Riccione, Avezzano, Torino, Bertonico e Celano. A special thought goes out to the young people of the Pontifical Missionary Societies, the young people from Pescara and Monte San Savino and the Green Cross of Alessandria.
I wish everyone a good Sunday. Goodbye and have a good lunch!
[Translation by Joseph G. Trabbic]
This year’s course is at St. Bede’s High School, St. Anne’s Rd. Ormskirk L39 4TA. Orientation evening there on 26th. September at 7.30pm. (until about 9.30pm.) Application forms: www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/CCRS All costs (Including transport) will be covered by the parish for anyone wishing to take part in the course, so speak to Fr. Austin. See poster in Church porch.
Wednesday 9th. October 2.00pm. till 4.00pm. Everyone welcome. Next Social Event : Tuesday 15th. October. “Greenhalgh’s Baker”, commencing at 7.30pm. Admission £1.50 including refreshments. Everyone welcome.
Sunday 13th. October after the 09.15 Mass. Proceeds to Fr. Habila’s project to refurbish a medical room at St. Peter’s Seminary, Nigeria. The medical room will complement the new “Ladies Loos” which have now been built, photos of which are displayed at the back of church. Many thanks to all who supported last year’s coffee morning in support of Fr. Habila’s project. We would ask again for your support once again by coming along on the 13th. Any donations of goods for the various stalls, or raffle prizes, would be gratefully received and can be left in the Piety Shop at the back of Church.
Now is the time to think about filling a shoe box for the annual
Any of the following items are suitable : Small cuddly toy, pens, pencils, crayons, notebook, tennis ball, skipping rope, flannel, soap, toothbrush, hat, scarf, gloves, bag of boiled sweets etc. Please wrap box and lid separately in Christmas paper and secure with an elastic band. Finally indicate who the box is suitable for and the age group.
"To remember an event, however, does not simply mean to have a memory of it; it also means, above all, to make an effort to understand the message it represents for our today