Newsletter

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       

18th May 2019.  EASTER WEEK 5   

                               MASSES                                                                                           INTENTIONS                                                     FEASTS

May 18th            Saturday  4.30 pm  Vigil MASS                                                         Maureen Hughes (Anniversary)

May 19th            Sunday  9.00 am   MASS,                                                                  Parishioners

May 20th            Monday  No Mass or Eucharistic Service                                                                                                                      St Bernadine of Sienna

May 21st            Tuesday  9.15am  Mass                                                                    Special Intention                                                  St Christopher of Megallanes & Companions, Martyrs

May 22nd            Wednesday  9.15 am Eucharistic Service                                                                                                                     St Rita of Cascia

May 23rd            Thursday  9.15 am  Mass with Class 5                                            Derek Butterworth (Anniversary)

May 24th            Friday  No Mass or Eucharistic Service

May 25th            Saturday 4.30pm  Vigil Mass                                                            Peter Hampson R.I.P                                           St Bede the Venerable. Priet and Doctor

Baptism 2.30pm    Brogan James Wright

May 26th            Sunday   9.00 am MASS                                                                    Parishioners

 

ST BEDE'S MASS TIMES:   Sat 6.30pm,  Sun  11.00am, (From Sunday 28th April)   Wed and Fri  9.15am

MESSAGE FROM Fr GEORGE:      Love one another as I have loved you

The term “Love” is the most used and the most abused word in today’s world and it has a vast field of meanings and interpretations. When we talk about love naturally we think

of love between man and woman. In Greek the term used for such a love is “Eros.” There is another form of love which is called brotherly love or it could be love between sisters

or friends. It is called “Philia.” The third form of love is “Agape.”

Pope Benedict in his first encyclical, “Deus Caritas est” mentions all the three forms of love. In the gospel perspective the love Jesus intended for his disciples was an unconditional

and selfless love and the Greek term is “Agape.” It defines God's immeasurable, incomparable love for humankind. It is the divine love that comes from God. Agape love is perfect,  unconditional, sacrificial and pure.

The love Early Christians fostered always was “Agape.” Acts 2:44. They shared everything they had with others. It is sacrificial love. It involves a readiness to sacrifice oneself for the other. God’s love is selfless and sacrificial. The love Jesus showed towards us is the same love. Jesus expressed love in its most sublime form. He died for us because of His great love. He gave up His entire life on the cross for each and every human person. Jesus ensured a lasting presence for this act of giving through the institution of the Holy Eucharist, in which, under the species of bread and wine, He gives Himself as a ‘new manna’ uniting us to Him. By participating in the Eucharist, we too become involved in the dynamics of His act of giving. We unite ourselves to Him, and at the same time unite ourselves with everyone else to whom He gives Himself. Thus we all become "a single body." In this way, love for God and love for others are truly fused. St Teresa of Calcutta once said: “To be able to love one another, we must pray much, for prayer gives a clean heart and a clean heart can see God in our neighbour.”

With the progressive growth of the Church the practice of charity has become one of her priorities. So, the Church exists for three reasons: 1. Service of the Word. 2. Administration of sacraments. 3. Service of charity. I remember how generously our parish contributed to the flood relief fund in Kerala last year. Through Nugent, Cafod, St Vincent De Paul Society, the Church continues its charitable activities and shows our genuine love towards humanity. Jesus invites us to love our neighbour as He loved us. It is only with the grace of God that we love our neighbour as ourselves in this new way. It is only by living every day with Jesus that we can love our neighbour as ourselves.

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: Mary Vera Biel, Peter Hampson, Alma Griffiths, Fr Joseph Cunningham

ANNIVERSARIES  Mary Josephine Snape, Ella Livesey, Maureen Willman

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

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.

BAPTISMS AND MARRIAGES:  are by appointment only.  First enquiries should be made personally to Fr George.  At least 6 months notice is required for a Marriage and, if a specific date is required for a Baptism or a Marriage, please ensure it is available before making any other arrangements to avoid disappointment.  We always do our best to accommodate everyone's wishes.

COLLECTIONS:  The Offertory collection last weekend, amounted to £342.09, including £201.85 Gift Aided.

GIFT AID ENVELOPES.  Packs for the Tax Year 2019/20 are available at the back of church. If you Gift Aid your donations please collect yours before the start of the new Tax Year (unless you donate by Standing Order)

READERS FOR NEXT WEEKEND: Saturday. 25th May.  D Dunn,  Sunday. 26th May.  M Rigby

SEMINARIANS:  The Archbishop has asked us to pray for the Seminarians from Liverpool Archdiocese who are currently studying for the priesthood.  There is a poster on the Notice Board with names and photos.

SYNOD 2020 5th SUNDAY OF EASTER:

Reflection

The first followers of Jesus were recognised by the love they showed for one another; they were learning to love one another in the same way that Jesus loved them.

That is the challenge Jesus has left us –to go and make disciples by loving as He loved. Can you imagine trying to do this on your own? For all its faults, the Church is still

called to do what Jesus came to do. The third Synod question invites us to think about what that means here and now.

Synod Question 3

What is the purpose of the Catholic Church in the world today?

Prayer

Risen Jesus, may we know the power of your love in our lives and through your

Holy Spirit may we have the courage to share that love with a world that is hungry and broken and so glorify your name.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

SYNOD PRAYER:  We will say the prayer together after every Mass so, please make sure you have your prayer card handy. More cards available in the porch.

Synod Prayer  Father, we thank you for the love you have shown us in the gift of Jesus your Son. We thank you for the gift of the Church, through which you show us that you are always with us and are always at work in our lives.

As we journey together to Synod 2020 help us to become the Church that you are calling us to be.

May your Holy Spirit be powerfully at work among us. Strengthen each of us and guide Francis, our Pope and Malcolm, our Archbishop.

Help us to respond to the challenges of our times in new ways to bring your love to all our sisters and brothers. We make this prayer through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen

'WALK WITH ME' meditation booklets for Eastertide are available in the porch.  A contribution of £1 would be appreciated.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Willing and able volunteers are invited to attend to the Presbytery lawn and gardens which have become very neglected. Many hands will make light work so, please speak  to Fr George if you can offer an hour or two to give the areas an overdue sprucing up. Thank you.

PRIESTS' TRAINING FUND:  Donation envelopes are available at the back of church and can be returned any time up to June 9th, the feast of Pentecost.

COFFEE MORNING:  Is anyone interested in running a Coffee Morning on June 16th, 23rd or 30th? The last one was such a success in getting parishioners together, another one would be good. It could be for he parish, the church itself or a Charity in an African or Indian diocese. Please contact Josie for details.

CELEBRATE THE CHILD: The annual Mass in celebration of children will be said at 3pm on Sunday 30th June at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic College, Highfield Road, Widnes, WA8 7DW. The main celebrant will be Archbishop Malcolm McMahon. Activities to prepare for Mass will begin at 1.00pm. Please see the poster at the back of church.

ROSARY FOR THE UNBORN. Please join the Knights of St. Columba and the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children in praying for the unborn. To celebrate the centenary of the Knights of St Columba, each month the Knights and SPUC members will be praying the Rosary before the Blessed Sacrament and invite everyone to join them. Cards with more information are available at the back of church.

ADVANCE NOTICE: A 50’s and 60’s Music Extravaganza is arranged to take place in St.Chad’s Parish Centre on Sat.13th July at 7.30pm. The tickets are available from Sue at a cost of £8 each including Hot Pot supper. Please see the notice at the back of the church.

PLEASE PRAY for women seeking abortion, the fathers, the families, staff of abortion centres and the local communities.  They all need conversion of heart.  Prayer cards are available in the porch for this purpose with Our Lady of Walsingham and a prayer for the conversion of England.  On the reverse is a a photo of the Twickenham abortion centre which used to be a hostel run by Catholic nuns.

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 WEEKSt Bernadine of Sienna, 1380-1444.  He was a friar minor and a priest, a great preacher and brought about so many conversions he has become associated with all areas of speaking, advertising, public relations etc.  Renowned as a peacemaker, in the Franciscan tradition, he tried to calm feuding factions in the turbulent political world of the Renaissance.

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.

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