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A warm welcome to all our visitors and to any new members of our parish

who share with us today's Celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

We are pleased that you have come to join us in our community of faith.

If you will be permanent members, please take the information leaflet available in the church porch and/or contact the Parish Office


BAPTISMS: Would parents please contact Fr Marsden or Deacon Norman personally, after one of the weekend Masses, to obtain the application form and see about enlisting on the next Preparation Course (if necessary). The current course continues this Mon 2 Mar, 7 pm-8.15pm.
ST ANNE’S GUILD: Bingo at 7.45 pm this Tuesday 3rd March in the Parish Centre.
FRIENDS OF UGANDA. are holding a Bring and Buy & Coffee Morning in the Parish Centre on Tuesday 17th March from 10.00 am until 1.30 pm.
CHORLEY HOSPITAL: Please contact St Joseph’s, Harper’s Lane (262713) if any member of your family is admitted into the hospital and needs the priest to visit. In emergency the ward staff will call in the duty priest chaplain via the switchboard.
CHORLEY AND DISTRICT FOOD BANK: Please continue to support the Food Bank through the box in the Pietà. N.B. Nothing perishable or out-of-date please.
GENERAL ELECTION 2015: The Bishops of England and Wales have written a joint letter to all Catholics encouraging us to participate and vote in the election and offering some key issues and questions for reflection on where candidates stand. Copies are available in the resource area and can also be obtained together with other information from the Bishops’ Conference Website www.catholicnews.org.uk Please read this letter and encourage others to do the same.

IF ANYBODY HAS AN UNUSED OR SURPLUS PETROL MOWER in good working order and would be willing to donate it to us for mowing the laws around the church and the garden, please contact Fr Marsden or Michael Cross.

NATIONAL WEEK OF PRAYER AND AWARENESS OF DEMENTIA: at Cardinal Heenan House, Roby Mill, Up Holland, Skelmersdale on Thursday 12 March at 10.00 am. More information on the notice board.

CHORLEY CHORAL SOCIETY presents an evening of Edwardian music, featuring the work of Gilbert &Sullivan, on Saturday 28th March at 7.30 pm in Chorley Town Hall. Tickets £12 available from Malcolm’s Music Land.

At his Transfiguration Christ showed his disciples the splendor of his beauty, to which he will shape and colour those who are his: ‘He will reform our lowness configured to the body of his glory’” (Philippians 3:21) (St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae).




Fr Francis Marsden 01257 262537

Parish Secretary – Mr Michael Cross

E-mail address: stmaryschorley@yahoo.co.uk

Parish website: www.stmarys-chorley.org


Parish Centre: 270122 or 07971 025985 (Manager – Heather Roscoe)
LIVERPOOL ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESAN TRUSTEES INC. Registered Charity No. 232709

St Mary’s Catholic Church, Chorley




SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT

1st MARCH 2015

Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone by themselves. There in their presence he was transfigured: his clothes became dazzlingly white, whiter than any earthly bleacher could make them. Elijah appeared to them with Moses; and they were talking with Jesus. Then Peter spoke to Jesus: “Rabbi,” he said "it is wonderful for us to be here; so let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” He did not know what to say; they were so frightened. And a cloud came, covering them in shadow; and there came a voice from the cloud, “This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.” Then suddenly, when they looked round, they saw no one with them any more but only Jesus.

As they came down from the mountain he warned them to tell no one what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. They observed the warning faithfully, though among themselves they discussed what 'rising from the dead' could mean.


MASSES, MASS INTENTIONS AND SERVICES

The Rosary is recited after Mass on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Sun 1 March SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT (Mass bk.p.151)

Sat 6.15 pm Mass – Nora Carter (A)

8.00 am Mass – Parishioners

10.30 am Mass – James & Elizabeth Touhey



4.00 pm Exposition, Evening Prayer (4.30) and Benediction (4.45)

Mon 2 March St David and St Non

9.30 am Morning Prayer

10.00 am Funeral Mass – Ronald Peter King



7.00 pm Baptism Preparation Course

Tues 3 March

9.30-11.30 am Morning Prayer and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

12.00 noon Funeral Mass – Marie Winifred Morrison



Wed 4 March St Casimir

8.40 am Morning Prayer

9.00 am Mass – Ian Francis Grime (A)


Thur 5 March

12.00 noon Mass – Bernard Rigby


Fri 6 March St Colette (Day of Abstinence from Meat)

9.30-11.45 am Morning Prayer and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

11.30 am Divine Mercy Chaplet

12.00 noon Mass – Bernard & Alice Joyce (A)



7.15 pm Evening Prayer

7.30 pm Stations of the Cross, Benediction

and Holy Communion

Sat 7 March SS Perpetua & Felicity

11-11.45 am Confessions

12.00 noon Mass – Bridget Fannin
Sun 8 March THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT

(Mass bk.p.154)

Sat 6.15 pm Mass – Kathleen Watmough (A)

8.00 am Mass – Kate Redhead (A)

10.30 am Mass – Parishioners

11.45 am Sacramental Preparation Yr. 4

children (in the Parish Centre)

2.00 pm Msza Swięta po polsku



3.00 – 4.30 pm Prayer Vigil for Religious Freedom

(Aid to the Church in Need)


Please pray for the sick and the housebound: Rita Almond, Emily Atkins, Christopher Ballestero, Pauline Bennett, Frances Bond, Brigid Cain, Michael Collins, Melville Coombes, Marie Croasdale. Joan Doran, Yvonne Finlayson, Martin Henry, Simon Holcroft, Paul Howarth, Thora Huddy, Peggy Hughes, Annie Johnson, John Johnson, Joan Jones, Mary Jones, Doreen Lang, Julie Lowe, Tusia Lynch, Debbie MacFarlane, Jude Mack, Mary McDaid, Frances McHale, Veronica Mobbs, Alex Morris, William Morris, Canon Kevin Mullen, Christine Nelson, Kathleen Rae, Kathleen Reynolds, Margaret Rice, Gerard Shaw, Frank Snape, Molly Taylor, Paul Tiffin, Frank Waring, Agnes Young and parishioners in the nursing homes of The Adelphi, The Gables, Westwood, Gillibrand Hall etc.

RECENTLY DECEASED: Marie Winifred Morrison (mother of Peter) aged 91, who died in Headington, Oxford on 22nd February. Requiem Mass will be celebrated here on Tuesday 3rd March at 12 noon. May she find eternal peace….. Fr John Seddon, a priest of the Archdiocese, Fr George Robson SDB.
READERS: 28 Feb/1 Mar 6.15pm Kinga Grzeczynska, 8.00am Greta Fazakerley, 10.30 am John Daniels 7/8 Mar 6.15pm Kinga Grzeczynska, 8.00am Volunteer, 10.30 am Jane Eccles.
PARISH COLLECTION last week amounted to £909, including £431 which was Gift Aided. Many thanks for your generosity. Last Friday 27th February was the CAFOD Lenten Fast Day. Envelopes for any late donations are still available in the Resource area. Thank you. This weekend is the monthly collection for the Restoration Fund.
PLEASE JOIN US IN THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS each Friday evening through Lent. In this way we meditate upon Jesus’ Passion and His immense love for each one of us, that He was willing to go through such suffering and death, for you and for me. What little return can we make to Him for all His pains?

ANNIVERSARIES: Nora Carter, Ian Francis Grime, Bernard & Alice Joyce, Kathleen Watmough.

SAINTS OF THE WEEK: St Casimir (1458 -1484) was a crown prince of Poland and Lithuania who became a patron saint of the two countries. In 1948 Pope Pius XII made him the special patron of all youth.

Ss Perpetua & Felicity - Martyrs. These two young mothers, the former a lady of high rank, the latter a slave, were arrested at Carthage with other Christians. Condemned to the wild beasts they died finally by the sword, AD 202.Both are mentioned in the Roman Canon of the Mass.


THE WALSINGHAM ASSOCIATION is holding a ‘Bring and Buy’ with ‘Light Lunches’ at St Mary’s Parish Centre, this Tuesday 3rd March from 11.30 am to 2.00 pm. Raffle, Tombola, Home-made cakes, jams etc. Stalls. Admission 50p. All proceeds from the event will aid development work to pilgrim accommodation in Walsingham.

MASS OF CHRISM 2015 is on Wednesday 1st April at our Cathedral. A coach will pick up at West Street at 5.15 pm prompt, returning from the Cathedral at 9.30 pm. All those wishing to go, please sign the list in the porch. The cost is £8 per person which should be placed in the envelope provided and handed in to the Parish Office. There is no charge for children. .

A LENTEN EVENING OF RECOLLECTION FOR MEN will be given by Fr Peter Bristow of the Opus Dei Prelature at St Joseph’s Anderton on Tuesday 17th March at 7.30 pm.
AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED are holding a Prayer Vigil for Religious Freedom next Sunday 8 March at 3.00 pm here at St Mary’s. The vigil will last just over an hour and will give us the chance to learn about, reflect on and pray for all of those Christians around the world who are currently suffering terrible hardships because of their Faith. An Iraqi Christian will speak about the plight of his people.

Death and sickness are grabbing the children and elderly people among the thousands of refugee families spread over the Kurdistan Region who lost everything in the recent tragic development while the ISIS militants are still advancing and the humanitarian aid is insufficient.



There are seventy thousand displaced Christians in Ankawa along with the other minorities in this city that has a population of more than twenty-five thousand Christians. The families who found shelter inside the churches or schools are in a rather good condition while those who are still sleeping in the streets and public parks are in a deplorable situation ….

“In Dohuk, the number of Christian refugees amount to more than 60,000 and their situation is worse than those in Erbil… the human needs are escalating: housing, water, medicine and funds….. The Churches are offering everything within their capacity.” Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako – Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon, President of the Assembly of the Catholic Bishops in Iraq.


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