20th September 2020 – 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mass times are as follows:-

 St. Hubert’s Dunsop Bridge.              Saturday 12 noon.

 St Michael & St John’s Clitheroe.    Saturday 5pm,  Sunday 9.30am.

St. Mary’s Sabden.                                Sunday 11am.

Mass during the week at 10am Monday – Friday in Clitheroe.

Wednesday 7pm Sabden

Saturday 12 noon in Dunsop Bridge 

No Private Prayer on Saturday in Clitheroe


Face-coverings are now mandatory whenever you come into church.

(unless you are exempt for whatever reason)

 Feasts this week:

Monday               St. Matthew
Wednesday         St. Padre Pio
Thursday             Our Lady of Walsingham

Baptisms To arrange your baby’s baptism please contact Fr. Paul.

First Holy Communions Fr. Paul has written to all those who took part in this year’s Sacramental Programme and invited parents to contact him if they would like their children to receive their First Holy Communion in the next few weeks. So far 15 families from Clitheroe and Sabden have contacting him with a positive response.
Because of present restrictions there won’t be a special First Holy Communion Mass as was originally planned, only 30 people would be allowed in church, so instead a few children will make their First Communion at Weekend Mass, and only the child and five others can come along and be in a bench together. I know this is very different to what we would normally do, but we are living in very different and challenging times, but at least the children are now able to receive Our Lord in their First Holy Communion, and that is wonderful.

Bishop John Writes:

On Sunday 4th October 2020 at 3pm, from the Cathedral, I will lead a Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament. Please join me via Church Services TV as we pray for all those who have died, have suffered and are grieving, and also as we give thanks to God for all the good works during this time. We will pray for God’s grace as we continue on our Hope in the Future journey as Missionary Disciples.

God Bless you and your families. Fr. Paul


On 27th September there will be a virtual Pilgrimage of Reparation and Prayer for the Sanctity of Life to Walsingham. It can be accessed via YouTube on Walsingham Catholic TV (https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=0aJG5juz0) or at the Basilica livestream https:// www.walsingham.org.uk/live-stream/ Devotions will be streamed throughout the day, beginning with the Mass at 12.00. Full details are available on the website, including the programme for the day: https://www.prolifepilgrimage.org/


ZOOM COURSE September 2020. After the success of our first Family is Sacred Webinar in July the Diocese is offering the full 14 week course online via zoom. The first session will take place on Wednesday 23rd September, 7:30 p.m.- 9.00 p.m. and will run every other Wednesday for 14 weeks. The course is designed to enrich and support marriage and family life and the building up of the Domestic Church. There will be input from various speakers followed by small group discussion and Q&A. All Welcome! Register your free place by emailing formation@dioceseofsalford.org.uk before Tuesday 22nd Sept


For anyone interested in exploring/rekindling their Christianity and The Trinity, the On-line (Zoom) ‘Alpha’ course will begin the last week in September.  For information and to register an interest please contact:
alpha@stjamesandallsouls.com (Fr Frankie’s parish in Salford is hosting this course)


Newspaper cutting – I think from Clitheroe Times??

SEPTEMBER 24th 1884

Special services were held at SS.Michael & John’s Church, on the 18th, to celebrate the opening of a new Lady Chapel, constructed on the right-hand side of the principal altar.  High Mass was sung in the morning, and a sermon preached by the Rev. Father Walter Sidgreaves, of Stonyhurst.  At the evening service the chapel was blessed, and the sermon was preached by the Rev. Walter Clare of Manchester, “Constructed at a cost of over £600, in a recess formerly used as a confessional, the chapel is elaborate in design, its main feature harmonising with the architecture of the church.  The fl;oor if formed of mosaic, marble and alabaster, and the pillars, arches, etc, are of marble.  Mr Nichol, of London, is the architect, and the work has been done by Mr Anstey, of London.  To the right of the entrance there is a statue of Our Lady, and in the chapel are three paintings (the work of Mons.Bouvier) depicting incidents in the life of the Blessed Virgin.  The whole work has been carried out with great artistic skill and taste, and presents an exceedingly rich appearance.




St Augustine’s Roman Catholic Secondary School, Billington, would be “a great instrument of education,” and would help fashion Christian men and women from the children of 11 parishes.

So declared the Bishop of Salford, the Right Rev George A Beck, when he opened and blessed the new £267,000 school.

The Bishop was speaking to governors, teachers, parents pupils and friends, who packed the school hall for the opening ceremony.

The Bishop paid tribute to the work of the headmaster Mr J.G.Worthington and his staff, and urged parents to give every support to “a great team enterprise,” which would ensure that the children became Christian citizens of which the country and the Church would be proud.

He said, “so much of the school’s work will be wasted without the co-operation and support of the homes from which these children come.”

The Bishop was thanked by Lancashire’s Chief Education Officer, Mr Percy Lord, and Father Hubert McEvoy of Clitheroe, who is one of the school governors.

Earlier, the Bishop toured the school to bless the classrooms and a statue of St Augustine which stands at the main entrance.

He was assisted by Father Joseph Porter, of Langho , chairman of the school governors and Canon Joseph E McEnery of Blackburn.


     Father Vincent Lang, Bishop’s secretary and the head boy and head girl, Brian Greenall (14) of Mayfield Avenue, Clitheroe, and Margaret Duddy (14) of Trafford Gardens, Barrow, also accompanied the Bishop.

Other guests included the most Rev William T Porter, Archbishop of Cape Coast; Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke MP for Darwen, Dr R.C.Webster, Accrington Medical Officer of health; Mr Thomas H Seed, chairman of the No 5 Division Executive; Mr Gladney Haigh, No 5 Division Education Officer; Mr A.J.Rogerson former Divisional Education Officer, Councillor J.W.Brewer, chairman of Blackburn Rural Council; and priests and councillors from the area.

Boys and girls of the school gave a short recital of choral singing and speaking conducted by Mr Worthington and Miss Margot Downer-Bottomley, music mistress.

Other pupils gave a gymnastic display.

Work on the new school which was designed by Mr A Ratcliffe of Stirrup and Son, Blackburn, started in May 1961, and the first pupils entered last August.

It includes five-and-a-half acres of buildings and 17½ acres of playing fields.

The school has 450 pupils at present and will eventually accommodate 750. The staff number 19.

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