Second Sunday in Lent – 27/28th Feb

  

    Hi Everybody....and a special greeting to anyone who has Welsh blood ! It is your Feast Day on Monday. We celebrate St David... Patron Saint of Wales. He came from Pembrokeshire and is famous for founding the two great Monasteries of Glastonbury and Minervia. He had the nickname Aquaticus because his monks only drank water - no beer or wine which was the usual drink in those days.


On Thursday of this week at 1.45 pm there is the Requiem Mass for Moreen Wagner. Though Moreen only joined the Catholic Church in 2001 she had been a Catholic at heart for many years. She also taught for many years in St Peter's School so many of her pupils are our own parishioners. May she "Rest in Peace".


There is some positive news this week. The Deanery Priests have decided that if we don't over react,and we continue to abide strictly to the Covid Rules we can open our Churches again for Mass (with the same limited numbers ) from the weekend 13th/14th March . It is also Mothers Day which is lovely !

Mass Times as usual for the Saturday and Sunday Masses....11 am


Warrington Hospital is sadly still full of Covid patients. Numbers may be coming down from the high peak that they were, but they still remain high. So please ....keep the distance rules when coming to and going from Mass. Do not stop and chat after Mass in either the garden or the car park.


Lastly please look on the Church website under "Events" and join in the " Pave the Way to Easter".


Finally, I would like to share with you this lovely short verse that I saw this week and thought how appropriate it is for us all during Lockdown. Have a lovely week, keep sensible in your activities and remember to smile ....it can often make someones day !

Fr G


First Sunday in Lent – 20/21 Feb

 

Hello Everyone

Lent started on Wednesday. I hope you all managed to receive your ashes either during one of the Masses being streamed or from joining us in our Virtual Service on Ash Wednesday. This Service was recorded and can still be assessed on this website if you missed it.

 

We are maybe wondering where to start our Lenten journey. Well, CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY is next Friday 28th February. Why not make it more real by actually fasting on that day? One small breakfast in the morning; nothing all day not even a biscuit or sweet then ending the day with a moderate dinner in the evening. It is important however to drink liquid during the day. – don’t dehydrate. Then put a substantial  donation in an envelope and drop it into the parish house letterbox. We will count all donations and send the money onto CAFOD. Please encourage your friends and relations to do the same. I know that is not easy but it is for a really good cause. CAFOD do great work around the world and we really should support and help them.

 

Then there is a bigger challenge :  CAFOD wants to help communities who have to walk miles for fresh water  by supplying wells or solar powered water pumps to their villages. See the CAFOD video. Cafod.org.uk / fast day.

 

The challenge is to get your relations and friends to sponsor you for a 10 mile walk or less – perhaps once or twice round Woolston Park. Collect the money and drop it off at the presbytery any time during Lent. A ten mile walk is suggested because Abdella in Ethiopia does a 10 mile round trip each day to collect water. He says his life is being wasted as he has no time to do anything else. I find that really sad. Any length of a sponsored walk would be a help to this project. Every small amount counts. Thank you on behalf of CAFOD.

 

 On a lighter note I feel Spring is definitely in the air now. Walking around Woolston Park today it was lovely to see children riding bikes and in the playground..  Last time I was there it was snow and ice on the swings !!! Crocus and snowdrops are pushing their way up around the garden and the daffodils are almost in full bloom. Their beautiful yellow colours brighten my day. It is less cold and the days are getting longer. I can now stay out in the garden till 5.30pm !!!

Have a good week folks. Try to keep up your Lenten promises and prayer life, and remember to think of others.

JOY…..Jesus, Others and Yourselves last !!!

 

Fr G                      


6th Sunday in Ordinary Time– 13/14th February 2021

Hi Everyone,

                       I hope you all enjoyed this week as much as I did.:- so fresh and sunny.  It made you want to get into the garden and do a few jobs in preparation for spring; and having got out, to see the snow drops and crocus smiling at you and the daffodils and bluebells pushing their way through was quite exhilarating.

   This Sunday’s readings, about lepers being directed to isolate outside the communities, reminds us of our own situations, and the danger that our nurses and doctors have put themselves into in order to help their fellow human beings.  Apart from covid patients I have encountered many who have had to go into hospital for other illnesses and they were all full of praise at the care and love they received.

 When the leper asked Jesus to cure him I think he got the courage to ask from knowing that compassion, care and love just ouzed from Jesus.  Jesus did not fail him.  “Of course I want to heal you” said Jesus even though he knew by touching the leper, he himself would be regarded as a leper, and would have to self isolate and would not be allowed to enter any town or village.   It is the love of Jesus not the miracle that Mark wants to emphasise.  He wants us to imitate that love because that’s the only thing that will make us ‘Christ like’.

 During our prayer session on Thursday evening, we were challenged by Steve O’Reilly to clarify our thoughts about science and our faith.  Do they clash?  Does one deny the other?   Most of those present didn’t see any real problem to accepting both.  Both are trying to find the ultimate truth and they are running on parallel lines. When the facts are not known, or are obscure, then scientists have faith in scientists and religion has faith in God. 

Examples: Did humans get to the moon? We have not been and all pictures can be simulated by computers.  In the end we have faith in the scientists.

Did the Red Sea really part  to allow  the Isrealites to cross  and escape  the Egyptians?  The writer wasn’t writing a history book so wasn’t interested in historical details.  The Isrealites were in danger, they prayed to God to save them – and he did.  They put their faith in God.  If the scientist want answers to the seeming miracle they need to find the facts; the same as they need to find the facts to the miracle of the Cosmos.

 

This week we celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. A very special place in the eyes of many people here in our parish. On February 11th I enclosed a few photos of our parish pilgrimages including our wonderful young people with their group. Lauren also kindly sang “As I kneel before you “.

Today I am including a video sent to me by a good friend of mine called Chaddy. He started as a teenager with the Youth Pilgrimage, moved onto the over 18’s and finally is now a member of the Lourdes Hospitality who are responsible for all sick pilgrims. I am so proud of him.  

Chaddy ( Anthony Chadwick ) sent me this video singing for me one of my favourite hymns to Our Lady which I would now like to share with you.  Enjoy !!!



5th Sunday in Ordinary Time– 7th February 2021

Hello Everyone,

Where has this week gone?? It only seems 2 minutes since I was typing  last week’s Blog!

This week we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes on Thursday 11th February.

It is also a day of prayer for all sick people. Please especially remember all the sick people in our parish in your prayers on that day. I have enclosed a photo of the last time we went on a parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes in 2019. I have some wonderful memories of those trips. Have a look on the website on Thursday as I will be putting more photos up of our past pilgrimages to Lourdes including our wonderful young people who did tremendous work there with the sick pilgrims. Lauren has kindly agreed to sing on video a lovely hymn to Our Lady called “ Hail Mary Gentle Woman “

We have received a Thank You letter from SPUC for the money we raised for their White Flower Appeal : £164.

They have asked us for help in campaigning against three issues ;

  1. Home abortions pushed through parliament under Covid-19 regulations by those getting rich out of abortion clinics and drugs.
  2. Abortion to be entirely removed from the criminal  Law.
  3. The abortion lobby flooding our schools with pro abortion propaganda.

Please support and help SPUC fighting back against these challenges facing them.

Have a good week. As always stay safe and enjoy the fresh air on your walks ! By the way if anyone wants a free copy of  The Catholic ‘Pic just knock on the presbytery door and we‘ll throw you one over the fence ! ! !

 Fr G 


4th Sunday in Ordinary Time– 31st January 2021

Hello Everyone.

I can’t believe it is another week over. I still can’t remember what day of the week it is….but I am not worried as I think I am not alone there !

Some various bits of news this week :

 

    - Barbara Greenhough has had her operation and all went well.  I spoke  

      to her on Tuesday night and she was in fine spirits. Obviously relieved

      it is all over and now ready for her recovery period….hopefully it is

      Penny’s turn to look after her ! I have just spoken to her on the phone

      and she is hoping to come home on Monday.

 

  -   Sad news, Jean Molphy died this week. Our thoughts and prayers are

      with her husband John and the family.

 

  -   I continue to say Mass most days and remember you all in my

       prayers. It is still strange without you all….missing you ! Can I ask

       you to remember in your prayers all of the sick and housebound

       people in our Parish…. too many to mention everyone by name.

      

 -     Our Prayer Group met up again on Zoom on Thursday night. I was

       able to join in this week…..well I couldn’t get my picture up but I

        heard it all ok and it was wonderful. Very inspiring – people sharing

       their views about prayer. How prayer is involved in their lives. Some

      were brave enough to share their favourite prayers.

       John, Carole and Lauren Glynn led it this week….over to Sandra

       Dawson to lead the zoom session next Thursday at 7.30 pm.

       I  would strongly encourage all of you to take part. A very rewarding and

       non threatening experience …simply listen to others or join in if you feel

       comfortable enough to. It only lasts half an hour.

 

-      It actually stopped raining on Wednesday so I was able to get out

        into the garden. Moving the wood chippings and pruning bushes and

        trees is great exercise and I must admit the grounds on the far side of

        the car park are looking much neater and more open.

 

-       Frank Hawley is now ready for the next part of his treatment so please

         keep him in your prayers.

 

 

That’s all for this week folks ! Hope you are all keeping well and in good spirits…..I know it is not easy but keep you chin up and smile often !!!!

 

Fr G


3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Hello Everyone,

Sunday is Christian Unity Sunday, so don't forget to pray for unity and maybe ring up a non-catholic friend and say that you are praying 'that all may be one as the Father and Jesus are one'

 

Life for me has become unreal again as I say Mass in an empty church. However, the image of familiar faces in front of me has not gone away so I don't feel so alone at Mass. We are together in Spirit !

I am certainly remembering you all in my daily prayers and I hope you are remembering me in yours !

 

Meanwhile, since since the church was closed, 7 trees have been cut down and most of the others pollarded for safety. You will find the Memorial Garden a much more pleasant place to sit in the Spring....see photos.

Hopefully there will be less nests and birds flying around. They leave such a mess.

We have been busy covering the garden with wood chippings. Hopefully we will have no weeding this year.

 

We have plenty of chippings left so if any of you would like some for your gardens do come and help yourselves. You could combine it with a lovely walk along the river or canal. Just bring sacks or bin bags. You will be most welcome as there is tons of the stuff !!!

 

Have a lovely week - please keep the Covid rules and keep safe. Please God we will all meet again soon. I have had my vaccine jab so am looking forward to a game of golf....I won't hold my breath though !!!

Fr. G


Intro  10th Jan 2021  covid

Good morning everyone and a big welcome to our weekly Mass.

I hope you are all coping with our latest Lockdown.  On a positive note – the nights are getting shorter. It is light now till 4.30pm….. Soon be time to plant our tomatoes and spuds again !

 This week we celebrate  The Baptism of The Lord

The Mass is being said   in Thanksgiving;  Sun Betty James                                Thurs :  Brian Corbett

 Can I ask you now to PLEASE SIT

Christmas was a great celebration of the baby Jesus being born. We all felt LOVEY DOVEY over the baby and would have loved to ask Mary if we could hold him. We sang Silent Night, Sleep Holy Babe and much more. Then the shepherds came - they seemed to represent all the poor and marginalised of the world; but later came the Wise Kings – representing all the rich, privileged, high and mighty of the world….but every one adored the child.

All around the baby there was love and acceptance and you couldn’t help wondering “Who is this Child ?”   and  “What will he turn out to be?“

We don’t find the answer to that until we meet his cousin John… 30 odd years later. John is calling people to be baptised and to change their lives because The Saviour is coming. When Jesus turns up and insists on his own baptism John reluctantly baptises him, and then, as he does so, we receive the answer to our question “Who is this child?” “What will he turn out to be?”

God the Father himself, gives us the answer “You are my beloved Son”

 God repeats this at the Transfiguration “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased; listen to Him !

Let us now listen to the voice that calls US beloved children and gives us a job to do…that of proclaiming the Gospel and living it. How? By loving God and our neighbour, the poor, the rich, even the high and mighty so that we create in our world an atmosphere of love and acceptance.

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Let us now call to mind, and confess, our faults and failings and then I will give you Absolution.

 Silent reflection

 

                                                    “ I confess…”

 

 “ Through the Ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace and I absolve you from your sins in The Name of The Father and of The Son and of The Holy Spirit  

 

                                               GLORIA

 

                                                                         “CREED”

Bidding Prayers

 

Celebrant :    Loving Father we bring to you our petitions, our thoughts, our worries

                        safe in the knowledge of your love and support…

  

Silent reflection

 

Celebrant:  On this day of The Baptism of The Lord let us ask Mary to help us to listen to the will of The Father and to help us build our world in an atmosphere of love and acceptance.

   Hail Mary     

 

 

Celebrant  :  Loving Father, may every nation on earth adore you. Hear our petition

                     and, united with the Blessed Virgin Mary, draw us close to your Son,

                     who is our Lord now and for ever.  AMEN.

 

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Intro 2nd January 2021 Covid

 

Good morning everyone and may I wish you all A Very Happy New Year ! Lets hope 2021 is a more pleasant, healthy and Covid free year for us all !

Once again a big welcome to our weekly Mass.

 

 Today we celebrate  The Feast of The Epiphany

The Mass is being said for :  -  Tony Tasker

Sun ( Feast of The Epiphany ) Patrica McKeown

Thurs : ( Feast of The Epiphany ) People of The Parish

 

 Can I ask you now to PLEASE SIT

 

Today we welcome the Three Wise Men because they were wise enough to recognise the little baby as Christ, the saviour of the world.

That is what we are celebrating on this Feast day of the Epiphany. 

 

Jesus Christ is God made man who has come to save us by showing us how to achieve heaven.  We do it by imitating his love for God and people.

Let us now call to mind, and confess, our faults and failings and then I will give you Absolution.

 Silent reflection

 

                                                    “ I confess…”

 

 “ Through the Ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace and I absolve you from your sins in The Name of The Father and of The Son and of The Holy Spirit

GLORIA

 

CREED

 

Bidding Prayers

 

Celebrant :    Following the example of The Three Wise Men, we come before the Lord in adoration with our gifts and petitions.  We humbly ask that the whole world will follow Christ through our example of  love and compassion :

Silent reflection

On this Feast of The Epiphany let us ask Mary to help us all to work together, to make this Year 2021, one full of hope, love and togetherness….:

   Hail Mary     

Celebrant  :  Loving Father, may every nation on earth adore you. Hear our petition and, united with the Blessed Virgin Mary, draw us close to your Son, who is our Lord now and for ever.  AMEN.  

 

The corona virus seems to be getting worse and during this winter so many of us seem to be suffering from various illnesses  - so much that we may tend to ask :

What is the point ??

But notice that in today’s Gospel, the Angel Gabriel didn’t ask Mary to be the Mother of the Redeemer he announced she was going to be !   Her response was to say:

“Yes OK” I will accept that with all that it entails but how will it work out?

 

Whatever happens to us… that must be our response also BUT we must also have the same trust in God that Mary had and expect the same love from Him as He gave her.

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Intro 1st January 2021 Covid

 

Good morning everyone and may I wish you all A Very Happy New Year ! Lets hope 2021 is a more pleasant, healthy and Covid free year for us all !

I pray 2021 will bring EVERYONE in our world to a realisation of the need to be less selfish, less egoistic and more Christian in our attitudes towards each other   again a big welcome to our weekly Mass.

 Today we celebrate  The Feast of Mary, Mother of God

 

This Mass is being said for :  - Jim + Elsie Sheeran

Please make yourselves comfortable by sitting

 

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Mary is the mother of Jesus and our mother, also; Jesus revealed this to us when, dying on the cross. He spoke to Mary with these words                                                      “ Mother behold your son”, and then to John “Behold your mother”

In Jesus Mary had the perfect son.

Mothers love their children by instinct.  It is a love like no other.  In their eyes they have the best, brightest most perfect child  despite the child’s failings This can be illustrated when, say a teacher points out some fault. “Oh it wasn’t my child, my child wouldn’t do that, the others are to blame “. A mother’s instinctive love coming to the fore.

Therefore, let us rely on Mary’s motherly love, for help among the sorrows and joys of this world.

Whilst I was in the seminary a Retreat Father gave us an image of Mary that I have never forgot. It was judgement day in heaven and all the Holy Souls were lined up to be judged. There was a large pair of scales. One side for our sins the other for our good actions. Mary was standing on the good action side. Every time the scales began to go down with the weight of our sins Mary would surreptitiously pull down on the good side.

As a Mother she is always on our side. As a mother she is always full of compassion and her love for us, like Christ’s, is always unconditional.

 

And that is what we celebrate today 

 

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Intro 27th December 2020 Covid

 

Good morning everyone. I hope you are all well and had a lovely Christmas.. be that it was,  no doubt, different to previous years !

Once again a big welcome to our weekly Mass. Today we celebrate

The Feast of The Holy Family and

This Mass is being said for :  - 

 Sun :  Teresa Evans  

 Tues : Colin Hodgett, Dominic Christopher Byrne and Don Cullen.

Fri : The feast of Mary, Mother of God Jim and Elsie Sheeran.

Sat : (Feast of The Epiphany ) Tony Tasker

. Can I ask you now to PLEASE SIT down.

Over the lockdown it has been difficult for families with young children to come to Mass as a family.  Usually, for my words of wisdom on this day, I normally point to the congregation and simply say, you are my sermon, you families are witnesses to what good family life should portray.

 Instead I will recall a priest Fr Peyton who in the 1950s started the family rosary and started the catch phrase ‘the family that prays together stays together. Many families did start to say the rosary together each evening.  Now when I ask children if they ever pray most say ‘yes in school and at night’  GREAT!  

Maria von Trapp mother of the van Trapp family of the sound of music fame, use to urge the whole family to take at least 5-15 mins a day to find time to pray, no matter how difficult it was.  She took for her inspiration from Our Lady, whose name she had been given, because as we read over Christmas, at the birth of Christ, when so  much was going on, Mary pondered all these things in her heart.  Jesus spent most of his life in the family home because he knew that family life is so important.  The family is a microcosm of the whole Family of Man as the song tells us.  If families are sound then the neighbourhood is sound and if that is sound then society will be sound then the country, the continent and so on. Most fairy tales- our dreams, end with the two lovers finding each other and all living happily ever after.  Good families normally come from good families.

 

That is what this feast is all about.

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Let us now call to mind, and confess, our doubts and failings and then I will give you Absolution.  “ Through the Ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace and I absolve you from your sins in The Name of The Father and of The Son and of The Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

 Silent reflection

                                         “ I confess…”

 

GLORIA

 

                                                                         “CREED”

Bidding Prayers

 

Celebrant   God humbled himself to be born of a human family and sanctified family life forever.  As members of God’s family, we now pray for the needs of our families and our world.

 

 

Silent reflection

 Hail Mary     +

 

Celebrant  God our Father, as we remember the Holy Family, the shepherds and the magi, we pray that we will continue to give homage to Jesus; especially when we receive him in Holy Communion, he who lives and reigns for ever and ever.    Amen

 

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Advent Intro  19th Dec. ‘20

 

Good morning everyone. I hope you are all well.

 

Once again a big welcome to our weekly Mass celebration.

 

This Mass is being said for :  -  Sat : People of the Parish

 Sun :  Jack Redmond, Sheila + Arthur Shuttleworth, Stephen Walklett, and Sean Rogers

Mon : Fr Bernard Eager ( private Mass )

Tues : Arthur Wilkinson ( Private Mass )

 

Christmas Masses:  Janet + John Gildea,  John + Ottalie Bishop, Hynes + Byrnes Families, Brenda Hattersley, Rita + Geoff Boyer, Dennis + Jean Foy.  

 

Today we light our Fourth Advent Candle. First week was the candle of promise; the second, the candle of light, the third week was the candle of joy.

This week we light the fourth candle, the candle of LOVE.

St John tells us :- “That God so loved the world that he gave us his only begotten Son, so that whoever believed in Him would have eternal life “

So our fourth candle is the candle of LOVE.

 

For our Jesse Tree this week we will be thinking about: John the Baptist and the Holy Family.

Joseph symbolised by a hammer and a saw.

Mary symbolised by a rose.

John the Baptist symbolised by a writing board and pen.

Jesus symbolised by a star.

         Can I ask you now to PLEASE SIT down.

 

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Let us now call to mind, and confess, our doubts and failings and I will give you  Absolution. 

 Silent reflection

“ I confess…”

 

“ Through the Ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace and I absolve you from your sins in The Name of The Father and of The Son and of The Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

 

 

“CREED”

 

Bidding Prayers

 

 Priest  :  With longing for The Lord and his coming at Christmas, we offer him our

                prayers as we turn to him with our needs….

Silent reflection

 Hail Mary     rejoiced to be the mother of Jesus: at foot of cross our mother also

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Priest:    Father you so loved the world that you sent your only Son, Jesus Christ,

              to be our Redeemer. Grant that united with Him in charity, we may

             love you with the love of The Holy Spirit. We make this prayer through

             Jesus Christ our Lord.  AMEN.  

 

 

 

The corona virus seems to be getting worse and during this winter so many of us seem to be suffering from various illnesses  - so much that we may tend to ask :

What is the point ??

But notice that in today’s Gospel, the Angel Gabriel didn’t ask Mary to be the Mother of the Redeemer he announced she was going to be !   Her response was to say:

“Yes OK” I will accept that with all that it entails but how will it work out?

Whatever happens to us… that must be our response also BUT we must also have the same trust in God that Mary had and expect the same love from Him as He gave her.

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 This week I want to introduce you to the “O” Antiphons. You are not unfamiliar with them.    Basically they have been paraphrased in the verses of the hymn :

“O Come O Come Emmanuel “.  They are the antiphons sung before The Magnificat ( Mary’s prayer of praise ) at Vespers. One is sung each evening  from the 17th – 23rd December. 

 

Basically they are asking God to give us wisdom to understand that he created us and gave us the Ten Commandments which were explained to us by Moses. Having broken them so often we have brought upon ourselves misery and suffering so we cry out  “ come and save us Lord “.  He did so via the ancestry of king David.

 Christmas is the time when we sing “Rejoice, Rejoice!

Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel”

  Christmas is just as real and relevant today as it was 2020 years ago, when Christ was born in Bethlehem.

 

 

We are putting the “O” Antophons on the website and I would like you each day to join in. Many of you have been unable to attend Mass during Advent and hence may have missed out on the religious preparation. To join in with the antiphons may help us to focus all week on the coming birth of Jesus.

2nd Sunday of Advent Intro  4th Dec. ‘20

 

Good morning everyone.

Once again a big welcome to our weekly Mass celebration.

You have all been sadly missed !

This Mass is being said for :  -  Emily Foley and Margaret Hartery.

Sun- Sean McKeown.            Thurs : Liam O’Neil.

 

 Last week we started Advent without you in Church. We lit the first Advent candle, the candle of promise. Today we light the candle of light called so because God prepared a very special light, to show the way, to the birth of Jesus. It was the STAR over the stable of Bethlehem.

So, this second purple candle reminds us that Jesus was to become The Light Of The World.

He is our STAR, burning brightly to show us the way to heaven.

We also erected our Jesse Tree. We are gradually dressing it with symbols from the Old Testament depicting the promise of the Saviour – Jesus Christ.

These symbols are explained in your bulletins

 

Advent is a time to prepare for Christmas which is a reliving of the birth of Christ into this world, but more important a re - welcoming of Christ into our own personal lives. We need to prepare for this rebirth by repenting of all that hinders us from having a true and honest relationship with Jesus

 

Can I now ask you to PLEASE SIT DOWN :

 

 

 

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Let us now call to mind, and confess, our faults and failings; and I will give you  General Absolution. 

 Silent reflection

“ I confess…”

 

“ Through the Ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace and I absolve you from your sins in The Name of The Father and of The Son and of The Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

 

 

“CREED”

 

Bidding Prayers

 

 Priest  : Let us offer our petitions to the Eternal father, who sent St John the Baptist to announce the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We turn to him with our needs….

Silent reflection

 Hail Mary

 

 

Priest:  Heavenly Father, St John the Baptist preached repentance and the coming of Jesus Christ, your Son, and as Pope Francis said  “We pray, this Advent, that our personal relationship with Jesus Christ be nourished by The Word Of God and a life of prayer”  We make this prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord.  AMEN.                                                                                                                                                                                  


FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Advent begins this week end. It is a time when we prepare ourselves for the coming of Jesus. This year, because of covid 19, we will have to think hard about who we will invite to be in our Christmas 'bubble'. This may make us re-examine our relationships with family and friends; will we need to make up with or forgive anyone?

This Advent there is one hope that I have, and that is that you will all invite into your 'bubble' the one whose birthday it is:- Jesus. We normally do this at the Mass we attend on Christmas eve or Christmas day. unfortunately most of you wont be able to come to Mass this Christmas because the covid rules only allow for restricted numbers: for St Peters that is 40 people per Mass. However, there has been at least one good outcome from covid - people have discovered anew, personal prayer and praying together as a family even if it is only 'grace before meals' or night prayer.

May I plead with you to find more time to pray during Advent.

I also recommend that you say a decade of the Rosary together on the 3rd and 4th Sunday of Advent and, then, on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning gather together before the crib and say the third decade of the Joyful mysteries 'the birth of Christ.'

 

So:-Sunday 14th Dec Gaudete [rejoice] Sunday when we light the 3rd Advent Candle [the purple one]gather together and say one decade of the rosary [one our Father, ten Hail Marys & one Glory be to the Father] while you think of the chat that Mary had with Angel Gabriel about her becoming a Mother at the age of 14 and her baby would be God.

 

Sunday 21st Dec 4th Sunday of Advent gather together again around a candle and say another 'decade,' this time thinking of Mary making the arduous journey, about 80 miles, to go and see her cousin Elizabeth who was also pregnant. Did Joseph who she was engaged to go with her; or her parents or did she go alone?

 

Christmas, gather around the crib and say a decade of the rosary thinking of the birth of Jesus and all it means to you.

N.B.If you don't have a crib there will at least be one of your Christmas cards that will portray a crib.

Have a joyous Advent, safe shopping and peaceful preparations. God bless Fr. G

 

 

FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING

 

Hi Everyone,

Hope you all keeping well and fighting fit for the last week or so of Lockdown. Time to count down the days now....hopefully we will come out of this level of safety precautions and move on towards a semblance of normality . Maybe even be able to share Christmas with our families. Wouldn't that be lovely !

 

This week we celebrate The Feast of Christ The King which brings to a close our liturgical year.

I started to play cards with all the family, around the dining table at home. I have never lost my love of cards.

The 52 Sundays of the year, like a full deck of playing cards, have been shuffled and dealt out - each with its own message. Today we hold the last of the 52 - The King of Hearts. And the gospel tells of his coming in glory at the end of time. The Lord will be escorted by his angels to bless those who have ministered to the hurting people of the world, for, by doing so, they have served their king.

 

Jesus is not the King of Clubs. He does not rule with ruthless force and power. The club is the extension of the fist, rather than the heart.

 

Jesus is not the King of Spades. For the Lord throws no dirt on others, nor does he need to cover his actions or bury his past. His reign is open for all to see and imitate.

 

Unlike some earthly rulers, Jesus is not the King of Diamonds desirous of wealth, glory and glitter. His glory comes from another world. " I am a King" he said to Pilate, "but my kingdom is not of this world"

 

As the four suits, like the four seasons, reflect the cycle of the year, it is encouraging to know that Jesus has chosen to be the " King of Hearts ". Jesus is as central to our lives as the heart is to the body.

"Learn of me," the King said "For I am meek and humble of heart"

 

If our hearts have been broken for whatever reason, know that His was broken for us. He is the wounded healer. Jesus the shepherd of lost sheep, saviour of sinners, teacher, lover and king of the world.

 

Today's gospel spells out the do's and don'ts of the Christian life. It explains how our entire salvation hinges on the manner in which we care for the less fortunate. It is another teaching of the necessity of helping others.

 

"Come, inherit the kingdom, for....I was hungry and thirsty...and you gave me something to eat and drink"

 

I was a stranger - and you welcomed me.

 

I was poor, without enough to clothe my family- and you provided something.

 

I was sick - and you had time for me.

 

I was treated unjustly, or in prison - and you tried to do something for me.

 

This is Christ's message for us and it is possible for all of us to imitate this way of life. And, it carries an everlasting promise. We have it on the word of the The King of Hearts himself !!!

 

Have a happy week. Be good and kind to others.....

Bye for now.

Fr G.

 

 

Sunday 15th November

 

Hello Everybody ! ( That makes me sound like Ewan the BBC Weather reporter ! )

Hope you are all ok and bearing up with our second Lockdown. Are you like me,less enthusiastic and more resigned and bored than the last one ? I think most of us, just want more than anything, to simply... " get back to normal. " Hopefully, this one will only be until 2nd December. I pray people will abide by the rules and ensure this will happen. Wonderful news we may have found a vaccine ready to be use early next year. Thank God for our talented Scientists !!!

 

With this new Lockdown our Churches are once again shut and closed for Services.There are no meetings or socialising and if this state of affairs continues does this mean there will be no " Church ?" So... the question arises " What is the Church ?

 

The early Christians never defined "The Church". They understood the words of Jesus that 'the kingdom heaven is here" as referring to him, Jesus, as encountered in his actions. These actions are continually going on,even now, through The Holy Spirit.-..... sent by God The Father, when Christ went back to him. Hence you might say : The Church is 'life' and the 'source of life'.

 

It is the interaction of love and peace which God and man are involved in. It is Christ, who became man, rose and lives. It is his spirit (The Holy Spirit) who dwells in the heart of people and breaks forth into loving, caring and peaceful activity The Church is, therefore, the coming of the Eternal into time and space; the appearing and manifestation of God's life and love.

Covid 19 is something evil that we cannot see,hear or feel. It has traveled throughout the world wreaking havoc and devastation. We only know it is there when we see or feel its effects. The Holy Spirit works much in the same way but he brings the opposite to evil. He brings love, peace, and caring. 'Where there is love there is God.. there is CHURCH. .

 

The Church lives on... in us and through us. Our lives are an example to others of what God intended for the human race.

A big responsibility.

 

Pope John Paul 2 when he visited our Archdiocese in 1982, told the young people he met " You are The Living Church "

I never forgot that message it was so powerful.

 

My prayers this week are that we here in St Peter's continue to be in the community " The living Church ".

 

May God bless you and all your family, your friends and neighbours !

 

Remember to smile at someone this week !

 

Here is a joke that Fr David sent me.. it made me laugh and smile... hopefully it will make you smile too !!!

 

 

Fr G


SUNDAY 8TH NOVEMBER

 

This Sunday is Remembrance Sunday and we had hoped to remember all those who had died in wars and pray for them at our Masses this week. Unfortunately, with the latest Lockdown in force that is not possible. Non- the- less I suggest that you use the video on our website, to gather the family together to pray for them all. Thanks to John and Carole Glynn for producing this video.

 

During November we also pray for all those who have died; we remember especially our own relations and friends. We often take the time to write out their names and put the list in a book that is displayed in church ( see photo). Masses are said for them throughout November. I will continue to say Mass privately for your intentions until Lockdown is ended.

 

Some Good News....This past week we finally got to celebrate our First Holy Communions. The Masses were truly beautiful and full credit to the children and their families. I especially want to offer a BIG THANK YOU to the Teaching staff and the Catechists for the wonderful preparation work they did many moons ago in helping the children understand this beautiful Sacrament. Their faith sharing, teaching and support was wonderful and inspiring for me when celebrating the Mass. The children looked lovely, were very reverent and, as always, sang beautifully. On Friday they were able to have a small " Breakfast meal together " . . Not quite the normal celebrations but in the circumstances it was great ! Chocolate all over their mouths !!!

 

Have a good week everyone. Please keep to the regulations and therefore stay safe.. Look after each other - check your neighbours and if possible keep in touch by phone / WhatsApp / handwaves in the street with as many people as possible.

 

Pray for each other and remember to smile !!!

Laughter and smiling are the greatest up lifters ever !!

 

God Bless you and your families.

Fr G.


 

Sunday 1st November is the feast of All Saints and Monday 2nd November is the feast of The Holy Souls. This year we are celebrating the two feasts together.

Our Mass today is being said for Don Cullen.

 Sunday - Marie Hulme ( successful operation ) .  Tuesday – Pious List

 

We all become Holy Souls as soon as we die. Then as we appear before the beauty and goodness of The Almighty God we will instinctively fall back , because the sins that we were involved in during our life on earth, will have sullied our own beauty as a person, and we will feel that we cannot share in the pure goodness of God and all he will have to offer us after our life on earth.

 As we stand there before our God, we know deep within us, that we want to be purified and be  rid of our earthly sins and this will  cause us intense inner suffering. It is not God who forces this feeling on us but our own burning desire to share the good life of God. We want to be good and pure. It is only then, when we are purified by God, that we will become saints.

I have just heard that the Prime Minister has closed all the churches. There seems to be an anti- religious bias in our parliament. You can go into shops for food for the body, you can go into school for food for the mind but you cannot go into church for food for the spirit.. MPs pay lip service to helping with mental health but close the very places that sustain it.

 

I was going to get in touch with the Cardinal and Archbishop but while writing this Blog I have just heard that all the bishops have protested against the closure of churches. Lets hope that Johnson has enough sense to listen and understand. We await his response.

 

Meanwhile, I will continue to say Mass in private for the intentions already requested.

Stay Safe yours in Christ, Fr G

 




Weekend 24th / 25th October 2020

Good morning Everyone, I hope you are all fit and well.

 

 In the Gospel today Jesus gives us two commandments : To Love God  totally and to Love Your Neighbour as yourself. So , remember, unless we love ourselves we cannot love others. Not self love as in being selfish or egoistic. Loving ourselves is about appreciating our talents, knowing we are unique, respecting all those talents and the goodness we  have within us. God loves us because he created us, so we love him in return.  He, also created every one else so we are his family; that is why we love our neighbour:- we are all ‘the Family of Man’ as one song of the 60’s put it.

We must understand that we cannot fly without wings, grow plants without roots and we cannot offer warmth to others if our fireplace is cold and empty. Where there is no love, put love and then,  only then, will you find love.

So, how do we show our love of God ?  Simply by living The Gospel !

When something in our body is painful be it a finger, heart, or hip, our  whole body is affected, and we don’t function properly…. so it is with the Mystical Body of Christ”.

 We love God, then in turn ,we will love each other.

 

 As the song goes “You can’t have one without the other


 Weekend 8th/ 9th October 2020

 

Hello Everyone,

Hope you all well. Unfortunately, this week I have been in hospital for a couple of nights. I had a slight hiccup. I had a small bleed on my brain but thankfully it has all been sorted and my medication changed to help thicken my blood.

The  good news is that I heard  that  the scan showed that, despite what people think, I do have a brain….!

 

In the second reading today, St Paul assures us that “There is nothing I cannot master with the help of the One who gives me strength “ 

 He believes that God is there for us in  the good and bad times of our lives. In other words we should always feel both his love and support throughout the whole of our lives.

 I know I certainly felt him with me this week in hospital just as much as I felt him  during the two weeks   I spent  in the sunshine in Spain with my family…. without a care in the world !

 

So this week remember……no matter what life hits you with  :

 

“Trust in The Lord – he is with you in both the good times and the bad “

 AND    

“ Live each day to the full !”

 

I don’t have any photographs of me in hospital but here are a couple from Spain – please don’t be envious!     

With my niece, Rachel.
With my niece, Rachel.
Having a drink with his two nieces Rachel + Elizabeth
Having a drink with his two nieces Rachel + Elizabeth
The Family BBQ! :)
The Family BBQ! :)
Debating a ride 🤣
Debating a ride 🤣


2nd October 2020

Hello Everyone !

Greetings from the Presbytery !

I hope you are all well. It seems ages since I last saw you all or wrote here on my "Blog".

The reason being, that I have been away during September. I flew to Gibraltar and stayed with my two nieces and nephew who live in a forest in Andalucia in Southern Spain... nowhere near Madrid....Thank God !

It is a beautiful area - a village seeped in the past. People still ride their horses as a means of transport .

I stayed in the family bubble, relaxing in their swimming pool, reading, walking in the forest (with my mask on, as it is compulsory to wear one outdoors in Spain ) and of course having the odd glass or two of vino - very civilised !

It was good to spend time with my family and enjoy the sunshine.

 

Unfortunately, as a result of being in Spain I have had to self isolate on return. Luckily for St Peter's, I have good Priest friends who have covered for me. A big Thank You to Fr Reynolds and Fr Griffin for helping us out.

 

Sadly whilst I was away, four lovely members of our Parish died.... Carol Banks, her sister Yvonne Wareing,Joseph Jones and Angela Bradley.

I was really sorry not to be there to support their families. May they rest in peace.

 

It is good so many of you have now returned to weekly Mass. A testing time for our faith and we all need to continue to be strong, patient, and keep praying. Prayer is so powerful. We must also continue to support each other in both our prayers and practical support. Please continue to be aware of your neighbours' needs, and, as always, "Thank You" for your generosity to our local food banks. May I also "Thank You" for your continued support of the parish finances through your Offertory Collection and direct debits etc.

 

Meanwhile, I will be busy catching up on admin, hopefully speaking on the phone to our sick parishioners during the week, and of course, continue my work in the garden. Benches to paint, roses to prune, weeds to pull up and of course tend to my tomatoes...now resting in a drawer upstairs with bananas and a few ripe tomatoes...hoping to finally ripen so we can make basil and tomato sauce....hope you are all suitably impressed !!!

 

May God Bless each one of you and your families and may he keep them all safe.

 

God Bless.

 

Fr G.

 

 

MEMORIAL GARDEN MESSAGE

I wish to extend a big thankyou to the Hawley brothers for their work this week in the Memorial garden. They weeded all the rose beds and then cleaned and retreated all the pavement area. A MAMMOTH TASK. THANK YOU FRANK AND TONY .

Fr Gildea.

 

 

 

 

 

Fr Gildea is keeping in touch with parishioners, especially checking on those who are sick.

Getting ready for the first parish party.

The tables and many of the chairs have been painted.

The hanging baskets, grown from seed , in the garden by beginner

are looking good.

 

Fr Gildea has been mending the garden chair in memory of Deacon Tom Washington.

He has given the benches in the Memorial Garden a smart coat of paint

Fr Gildea is confident that we will get through this unprecedented world event, that we are all going through, so he is keeping the garden tidy. 

Fr Gildea is painting the fences and  the garden benches ready for our first parish barbeque and tea and cakes on the lawn in the summer. 


Hello Everyone again !

 

Hope you all doing ok and not fallen out yet with each other at home !

For those living on your own....I especially think of you and remember you in my prayers.

It is lovely to have the warm weather and sunshine enabling us to go out into our gardens... the sun energises me, makes me want to do things.....

The fences are coming along nicely and will be ready for our tea/cakes on the lawn after Mass and of course our first Parish BBQ celebrating the end of these past weeks and awful period. It will end and hopefullysociety will be better for it. Have faith!

 Don’t forget to go out at 8pm on Thursday night to show our love and appreciation  of all those people  who are  looking  after our sick and elderly   people!    Heroes   one  and  all.  May  God  bless   them   for their dedication and bravery.  I will change the Mass of The Last Supper to 7pm so afterwards I will be able to join in with everybody  outside,

 

clapping with appreciation .

 

 


4th April 2020

Hello Everyone,

Greetings from St Peter’s!

Hope you are all keeping safe and well.

It is a difficult time for us all … many of us away from family and friends and for some -  work !

Let’s hope and pray that it will all soon be over and not too many lives lost.

I have been able to say Mass each day and have remembered you all during them. In particular I have thanked God for our wonderful, dedicated and brave NHS workers and ALL who work in our hospitals in so many capacities. It was wonderful to hear so many people clapping on Thursday night in appreciation of their work to end this terrible virus. May God reward them AND their families who share their worry and fear.

 

It is very quiet around the house but on occasions I have been able to shout “hello” to people over the fence. I have equally met many of you on my daily walks…..so important to keep up our physical health!  For those of you who can’t get out and about, I recommend stretching of leg/arm muscles with walking around the house / garden if possible. Thank’s to so many of you who have also rung me up or dropped a note in to check I am ok and, “Do I need any shopping ?”…. very kind of you all.

Father Gildea