23rd August 2020 – 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

Wednesday 7pm Sabden

Saturday 12 noon in Dunsop Bridge.

St. Michael and St. John’s open for Private Prayer

Saturday 11 – 12

Yet again I am delighted to report that everything went well at weekday Masses in our three churches last week. Thank you. People who have been to Mass are obviously delighted to do so, and because of all that is in place, feel safe. Thank you for adhering to the rules and regulations we are all asked to observe, and let us continue to do so. Things are certainly different for all of us.

Again, thanks to our stewards who direct us while we are in church and clean after we have left. They make it possible for us to open our churches.

There is still No Sunday Obligation

Try and make Mass during the week your ‘New Sunday Mass time’.

When we start celebrating Mass again on Sundays

we will need to let those who cannot come during the week

take priority in attending weekend Mass.

In doing this we would have no problem getting everyone safely in church

either during the week, or at the weekend.

Patience and generosity will be required from us all

for this to work.


Face-coverings are now mandatory

whenever you come into church.

 (unless you are exempt for whatever reason)

Please keep your face covering on

when you come forward to receive Holy Communion

Parishes have been instructed that once Mass begins no one can enter church


All being well

we will start to celebrate public Mass on Sundays from 5th September


Feasts this week:

Monday               St. Bartholomew.

Wednesday         Blessed Dominic of the Mother of God.

Thursday             St. Monica.

Friday                   St. Augustine

Saturday              The Passion of St. John the Baptist

Baptisms can once again be celebrated in church. Certain conditions are placed before us for celebrating baptisms, this includes limiting numbers who attend.

If you wish to arrange your baby’s baptism then please contact Fr. Paul.

Funerals Requiem Mass can again be celebrated, but again adhering to certain conditions which includes no more than 30 being able come into the church.

Weddings can once again take place, again no more than 30 are able to come into church and other conditions need to be adhered to as well.

As we listen to today’s gospel (Matthew 16: 13-20), we particularly remember the present successor of Peter, Francis our Pope; we give thanks to God for him and we pray that God may continue to bless him in faith and wisdom; that being strong in himself, he may help to strengthen us in our faith; and that as Chief Shepherd he may help us on our way to the Kingdom.

God Bless our Pope


God Bless you and your families. Fr. Paul

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