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St Chad's, South Hill, Whittle-le-Woods

Serving the Catholic Community at South Hill since 1791

St Chad's, South Hill, 237 Town Lane, Whittle-le-Woods,

Chorley, PR6 8AJ    Tel. 07429311437

Priest-in-charge:  Fr George Cheeramkuzhy

       email:   stchads.chorley@gmail.com         website: www.stchads-southhill.org       

20th January 2019.  Week 2 of Ordinary Time Year C

                               MASSES                                                                                  INTENTIONS                                                                                                  FEASTS

Jan 19th               Saturday  5.00 pm  Vigil MASS                                              Parishioners

Jan 20th               Sunday  9.00 am   MASS                                                       Amy & Bill Billington

Jan 21st               Monday  No Mass or Eucharistic Service                                                                                                                                                      St Agnes

Jan 22nd              Tuesday  9.15 am   MASS                                                     Charles Wilson R.I.P. Deceased members                                                    St Vincent

of Moss, Holder & Halpin families

Jan 23rd               Wednesday   9.15 am   Eucharistic Service

Jan 24th               Thursday  9.15 am MASS                                                       Jack Robinson (Birthday)                                                                                St Francis De Sales

Jan 25th               Friday  No Mass or Eucharistic Service                                                                                                                                                          Conversion of St Paul

Jan 26th               Saturday   5.00 pm Vigil MASS                                                Holy Souls                                                                                                       Sts Timothy & Titus

Jan 27th               Sunday   9.00 am  MASS                                                          John Eccles (Anniversary)

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT:  Saturday 4.00pm          CONFESSIONS: Saturday 4.15- 4.45pm.   The  ROSARY is said at 8.55am before 9.15am Mass / Eucharistic Service.

ST BEDE'S MASS TIMES:    Sat 6.30pm,  Sun  10.30am,  Wed and Fri  9.15am

 

MESSAGE FROM FR GEORGE:     John 2:1-11

Today we learn so many things from the miracle at Cana. The scene is when Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding feast

in Cana in Galilee.  May I share a recent experience I had with you? A few weeks ago, when I was invited for a dinner with one

of my friend's family, by coincidence there was a young lad present who I new before.  He was my altar server a couple of years

ago and I have not seen him since I moved from that parish.  Now he is grown up and has so many questions to ask.  One of his

questions was about the miracle of Cana.  He wanted to know why Jesus transformed water into wine.

      There are so many explanations about this miracle.  Many people think Jesus wanted to save the young couple from the humiliation

they might face in front of all the guests if they didn't have enough wine because wine was such an important part of the wedding meal. What a shameful situation

it would have been for the family, especially for the young couple. But that was not the real reason. What was the real reason then? The answer is there in the gospel itself; the Evangelist himself gives us an answer. 

        John writes in the end of the gospel that by performing such a miracle Jesus was revealing his divinity so that his disciples should believe in him and be saved.

Jesus  said to his mother that his time hadn’t come, still he  gave  this sign to show his glory.

       There are many other signs Jesus showed and they are written in the first 11 chapters of the gospel. The multiplication of bread was another sign.

John’s gospel is classified into two: the Book of Signs and the Book of Glory. The first 11 chapters are called the Book of Signs and chapters 12 to 20

are called the Book of Glory.

      Jesus will show us also so many signs. It may be an accident we escaped miraculously by the grace of God or a healing and a miraculous cure from an illness;

we won a lottery or got a good job. Let us see God’s involvement and protective care in all those things and praise and thank God forever instead of

taking things for granted.  God Bless.  Fr George

 

HOUSE BLESSING is a very important sacramental which every priest does annually. It is part of the pastoral responsibility of a priest. By a house blessing a priest can consecrate a family and house to God. When was the last time your house was blessed? It will bring a lot of blessings to the family. Moreover, it is an occasion for a family and priest to sit together and talk to know each other. You don’t need to do anything, just let me know your time and convenient date. I will come and bless your home. God Bless. Thank you. Fr George.

RECENTLY DECEASED:  Fr Alexander Fleming, Anne Murphy, Pauline Lamont, Charles Wilson

ANNIVERSARIES:   Jean Clitheroe, Patricia McNicholas, Barbara Green, Frederick Biel, Donald Longton, Stephen Corcoran

SICK AND HOUSEBOUND:  George Morris,  Peter Deacon, Amy Greenhalgh, Margaret Gray,  Thomas Hesse,  Ray Briant,  Vincent Cahill,  Winifred Baxendale

If anyone has a family member or friend you would like to be included in the Sick and Housebound List please inform Fr George.  Similarly, if anyone who is currently on the list no longer wishes or needs to be included please leave a note for Fr George in the Sacristy

IF YOU KNOW ANYONE WHO IS SICK OR  HOUSEBOUND and would appreciate a visit please let Fr George know either at church or Mobile 07429311437.  The same for anyone who can no longer manage to get to church and would like to receive Holy Communion regularly at home, and for enquiries about baptisms or marriages.

MASS REQUESTS:  Please pass all requests for Masses to Fr George, preferably using the forms and envelopes available in the porch.  If you wish to Gift Aid your donation you will need to complete a Gift Aid form (available in the porch),  even if you have already completed one for other donations. Thank you.

COLLECTIONS:  The Offertory collection last weekend, amounted to £377.60, including £231.18 Gift Aided.

READERS FOR NEXT WEEKEND:  Sat. 26th Jan. A Robinson,      Sun. 27th Jan. A Rigby

THE OCTAVE OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY begins on Friday, 18th Jan and ends on Friday 25th Jan, the feast of the Conversion of St Paul.

SERVICE OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY:  Wed. 23rd Jan 7.00pm at St Gregory’s Church, Weld Bank. The ‘Chorley Churches Together’ invite all Christians to the service and remind us that there is ample

parking space at St Gregory’s

CHORLEY HELP THE HOMELESS: Thank you to all parishioners who put extra items in the bucket for Christmas and small gifts to go in the Christmas parcels they make up.

Gavin Clayton always thanks St Chad’s for the regular weekly food donations they depend on to help the vulnerable and homeless. Monet donations fund the operational costs of giving housing and benefit advice and counselling as well as running the food bank.

JUSTICE & PEACE GROUP:  Meet once a month at St Bede’s. All invited to join. Please phone Susan Torevell for more details: 07753526908

FEAST OF THE WEEK:  Sts Timothy & Titus were 1st Century Bishops and disciples of St Paul.  Timothy accompanied  accompanied St Paul on his travels and was put in charge of the Church at Ephasus.

Titus was put in charge of the Church in Crete and was Paul’s secretary to various Christian communities. Paul wrote Epistles to both men.

DIGITAL LEADERS:  Within St Chad’s school we have a group of children known as Digital Leaders who love new technology and have a good level of skill. They carry out a role in school supporting fellow pupils and would like extend and share their knowledge to help others, of all ages, in the local community. To find out if such help is needed and would be welcome they are asking if parishioners would find out more about their project and kindly complete a very short survey. If such a need is identified the plan is to offer drop-in sessions and/or sessions on specific topics, such as Online Safety, for which the school should be able to provide the hardware required. Forms are available at the back of church. Please take one, complete it and return it to the school office. The Digital Helpers of St Chad’s thank you very much for your interest and help.

LOURDES 2019.  Youth Pilgrimage, 18-27 July, 2019 for ages 15-22. See the poster at the back of church for details of how to download application forms on 1st October through admin@animateyouth.co.uk.

ANIMATE - the next Cymfed event for youth; 'Flame' on 2nd March 2019. Bookings being taken now, £25 for ticket and travel, at admin@animateyouth.co.uk.  See poster for speakers and contact nos.

STAMPS:  The parish collects stamps to help support the fundraising activities of Derian House. To help this very worthy cause please place used and unwanted stamps in the box in the church porch.

HOSPITAL CHAPLAINCY:  If you or a family member is in hospital you need to tell the nurse who takes your details that you are a Catholic AND that you wish to see a Catholic Chaplain, otherwise the chaplaincy team (which includes lay ministers) will not be aware of your stay. Please ring St Joseph's Presbytery, 01257 262713 if any member of your family in Chorley Hospital needs visiting.  In an emergency ask staff to contact immediately the on-call Catholic Priest via the switchboard.

CATHOLIC TELEVISION - EWTN - Sky 589 under the Religion category.    EWTN Radio - Sky 0147

Have a look at our CATHEDRAL WEBSITE:  http://www.liverpoolmetrocathedral.org.uk   Lots of future events listed.

The general ARCHDIOCESAN WEBSITE :   http://www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/

Liverpool Roman Catholic Archdiocesan Trustees Inc.  Registered Charity No 232709