5th April 2020 – Palm Sunday

Message from Fr. Paul:

I hope that you are all keeping safe and well.

I was of course looking forward to celebrating my first Holy Week and Easter with you here in Our Lady of the Valley parish. But as we know only too well, things have changed dramatically over the last few weeks, and that will no longer be possible. We are certainly living in challenging and difficult times.

You can see from below that I am of course still celebrating Mass each day, albeit alone, which of course is so necessary at this time, and will celebrate Holy Week here in church, again alone, at the times you can see listed. It is all very different to what we are used to, and at times we may think that we are alone, but we never are, as I believe and know from my own life, as you will from yours. God is so good, even when we perhaps find it difficult to understand.

I promise to continue to keep you all in my thoughts and prayers as I celebrate Mass each day, and in my other prayers too, and ask if you could please remember me in yours.

Thank you for the many phone calls, emails and notes, asking how I am and saying that you are thinking of me. They are very much appreciated, and encourage me greatly.

The coming weeks and are no doubt going to bring difficulties and uncertainty for all of us, as we are reminded of just how fragile we are and how we need God and each other.

But again, let us remember that we are never completely alone: Christ is beside us, before us, behind us, on our right and on our left, beneath us and above us. He will never desert us. Let us stay close to him, and to one another.

Stay safe and keep well, and let us all do what is being asked of us at this difficult and challenging time.

God bless you and your families.

Fr. Paul


Bishop John will celebrate the following Holy Week Ceremonies at the Cathedral, and they can be seen live by going on the diocesan website

Palm Sunday Mass 11am

Holy Thursday Mass 7.30pm.

Good Friday Liturgy 3pm.

Holy Saturday Vigil 8pm.

Easter Sunday Mass 11am.

Fr. Paul will be celebrating the following liturgies in St. Michael and St. John’s church, alone as presently required, at the following times:

Palm Sunday Mass 9am.

Monday Mass 9am.

Tuesday Mass 9am.

Wednesday Mass 9am.

Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper 6pm.

Good Friday Stations of the Cross 10am.

Liturgy of the Passion 3pm.

Holy Saturday Vigil 6.30pm.

Easter Sunday Mass 9am.

 

Mass is broadcast daily from some churches in U. K. and in Ireland.
They can be viewed by going on the following websites,

www.churchservices.tv

www.mcnmedia.tv


Bishop John says ‘Thank you’  and you can find the link here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPzwvG2IxBM


Money Matters

Several people have been asking what have they to do about their offertory collection, should they put it through the presbytery letterbox. I would suggest that, if you wish, and are able to, then perhaps you could just put it to one side each week and then place it on the offertory basket when we are able to celebrate Mass again together. A day we all look forward to so much.

29th March 2020 – Fifth Sunday of Lent

Gift Aid envelopes 2020/21

Following recent government restrictions announced earlier this week the new 2020/2021 Gift Aid envelopes WILL NOT be available for collection from this Sunday 29th March as stated in last week’s newsletter (22nd March). Please keep checking OLOTV website (http://www.olotv.org.uk/) and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/olotv/members/ for any updates.

Still on Gift Aid: I have had several phone calls from parishioners saying that they wished to change from weekly envelope to direct debit. If you wish to do this please ring me (Janet) on 01200 424657 or mobile 07866 898109 or email me on janegg@hotmail.co.uk.


SABDEN
The Weekly Bonus Ball has been suspended for the time being but again keep checking the website for any updates.


Please pass on this news to anyone you know who does not have access to the internet.

If anyone has any news they have and would like to share on the newsletter then again give me a ring or email me (Janet)

22nd March 2020 – Fourth Sunday of Lent

Announcements and Arrangements
concerning the current pandemic situation

Mass Offerings

Whilst there are no masses, Mass offerings can still be requested, just give details to Fr Paul or pop through the letterbox in an envelope.

Fr Paul is still available should you need him, so please don’t hesitate to contact him for whatever reason, just call at the presbytery or  telephone (01200 423307 ext 1)  or Email:  paul.brindle@dioceseofsalford.org.uk


Gift Aid

We have had several calls regarding Gift Aid envelopes: Fr Paul has asked that you keep your offerings at home until we are back up and running.

New Gift Aid and Non Gift Aid envelopes for the forthcoming year 2020/2021 start again on April 12th.  These will be available for you to collect if you so wish, from the presbytery – from Sunday 29th March onwards.


Newsletters

Future newsletters will still be posted up on our website, olotv.org.uk, but will be basic and just to update parishioners on any changes there may be.  There will also be a newsletter posted up in the outside notice board and porch at all of our three churches.

Many of our elderly parishioners do not have access to the internet and rely on a hard copy of the weekly newsletter. Unfortunately there will be no hard copies so if you know of someone in this situation please give them a ring and keep them up to date with what’s going on.

Janet will be working from home but don’t hesitate to contact her on mobile 07866 898109 or 01200 424657 or by email: janet.clegg@dioceseofsalford.org.uk or janegg@hotmail.co.uk


Easter Lilies

For the last few weeks people have been giving £3 for an Easter Lily in memory of a loved one on the Altar at Easter.  Because of the current situation this will not happen this year. More on this next week.

Easter cards are still on sale in the side porch (Clitheroe)

15th March 2020 – Third Sunday of Lent

Coronavirus update – guidance from Salford Diocese

  • Cease the use of shared hymn books etc
  • Collect a newsletter and service sheet as you enter church and take both of these home with you
  • The collection plate will not be passed around—please put your offering in the basket provided as you leave church
  • If you have cold or flu symptoms please refrain from coming to church
  • Suspend distribution of Communion under both kinds. The host to be given on the hand only
  • Suspension of the Sign of Peace
  • Holy Water stoops to be removed
  • Eucharistic Ministers to sanitize their hands before distributing communion—please do this in the sacristy before Mass
  • Tea and Coffee will still be served after Mass—it is up to the discretion of individual whether they partake

    Hope in the Future

     

  • Our next meeting will be in the Presbytery on Thursday 19 March at 7.30 when we will discuss ‘Living the Sunday Eucharist.’ The meetings last approximately one hour and there is much thoughtful discussion which will help our reflections in Lent.Discussion and reflection will be based on the following questions
    • How do we prepare to listen to God’s Word each Sunday?
    • Do we ever look at the Scripture readings in the week before Mass?
    • What aids help us listen attentively? Are ‘missalettes’ a distraction?
    • Is there a real atmosphere of listening in the Liturgy of the Word there a real atmosphere of listening in the Liturgy of the Word?
    • How effective is the Homily in “nurturing Christian life”?
    • Is the Creed a powerful proclamation of faith or just words to be recited?
    • Do we have enough readers to give variety in voices?
    • Would introductions to the readings help our understanding?
    • Do we have cantors to sing the Psalm? If not, how can we make the Psalm a reflective prayer?
    • Are our microphones and amplification system effective? Is there a working loop system?
    • How could our celebration of the Liturgy of the Word give us a better awareness of the presence of Jesus?
    • Who writes the intercessions? Are they prayerful and universal?

    Michael Hargreaves will be leading the session and we hope that you will find time to think about the questions before the 19th.

    Refreshments will be served at the start of the session!

     

 

Coronavirus – guidance from Salford Diocese

Corona Virus update—guidance from Salford Diocese

  • Cease the use of shared hymn books etc
  • Collect a newsletter and service sheet as you enter church and take both of these home with you
  • The collection plate will not be passed around—please put your offering in the basket provided as you leave church
  • If you have cold or flu symptoms please refrain from coming to church
  • Suspend distribution of Communion under both kinds. The host to be given on the hand only
  • Suspension of the Sign of Peace
  • Holy Water stoops to be removed
  • Eucharistic Ministers to sanitize their hands before distributing communion – please do this in the sacristy before Mass
  • Tea and Coffee will still be served after Mass—it is up to the discretion of individuals whether they partake

 

8th March 2020 – Second Sunday of Lent

REFUGEE DAY OUT: JUNE 13 2020

Our hearts have gone out to people forced from their homes by floods but when the misery is further afield, an emotional response may hardly register. In the world today there are around 70 million displaced persons who have fled their homes due to violent conflict. As the problem stretches out its tentacles the world responds not with sympathy but with fear and rejection. We can turn our heads but the early church fathers were clear about Jesus’ message. Giving to the poor is not an act of generosity but a repayment of resources that God had bestowed on all. Hanging on to what we’ve worked hard for comes naturally in a world where structural sin is endemic. We see no reason to blame ourselves for the circumstances of others. But when no-one is responsible everyone is.
From 2016 to 2018 we held a Refugee Day Out but in 2019 our leaders were unable to continue the work they had done with such devotion for three years. For 2020 we have a date of June 13 Giving a hundred or more refugees a day out does nothing to tackle a global problem but it does give a little something to those who desperately need a break from the routine of a life without work or money.
If you feel you can volunteer or perhaps even be part of the planning team please be in touch with Anthony Brown on 01200 422811 or at abrown.boggarts@gmail.com


Hope in the Future

Our next meeting will be in the Presbytery on 19 March at 7.30 when we will discuss ‘Living the Sunday Eucharist.’ A reminder of the questions posed by Bishop John will be printed in the newsletter next week. The meetings last approximately one hour and there is much thoughtful discussion which will help our reflections in Lent. Light refreshments will be served.

1st March 2020 – First Sunday of Lent

BACK IN TIME – 1874

An entry in one of our old log book reads:

‘Owing to the kindness of Captain Trappes & his brother Charles, about 1250 trees were planted in our Cemetery, some likewise round the kitchen and also a wooden railing put up round the kitchen & the back premises. A large wooden Cross was erected in the Cemetery, the walks widened and a house built of wood for tools etc.  Wooden railings were also put in front of the church.  Before the end of the year Gas Standards were put up in the Church at a cost of a little more than £44 and 4 additional windows were put into the Schools.


SLAIDBURN SILVER BAND

…have kindly offered their services free to St Michael & St John’s Church in an Afternoon Band Concert in The Assembly Hall (formerly SMSJ Parish Hall) on

Sunday 15th March at 2.30pm. 

Entrance £3 (including light refreshments) payable on the door.  All profit from this event will be donated to Mary’s Meals, a charity that works in countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean, by providing one good meal a day in a place of learning.  Mary’s meals is named after Mary, mother of Jesus.

For every pound raised they spend a minimum of 93p on their charitable activities.

Come along and enjoy an entertaining programme of popular music

Back in Time: 1874

An entry in one of our old log books reads:

‘Owing to the kindness of Captain Trappes & his brother Charles, about 1250 trees were planted in our Cemetery, some likewise round the kitchen and also a wooden railing put up round the kitchen & the back premises. A large wooden Cross was erected in the Cemetery, the walks widened and a house built of wood for tools etc.  Wooden railings were also put in front of the church.  Before the end of the year Gas Standards were put up in the Church at a cost of a little more than £44 and 4 additional windows were put into the Schools.’

Fairtrade Fortnight – 24 February to 8 March

CLITHEROE OLOTV CAFOD GROUP will sell fair-trade goods after Mass in the Assembly Hall 1st & 8th March.  When you buy Fairtrade you know farmers get a better deal.
There will also be a Fairtrade stall at St Mary’s Sabden in the hall after Mass on 8th March.

16th February 2020 – 6th Sunday in Ordinary time

HOLY WATER

In Christianity Holy Water is water that has been blessed by a member of the clergy and is used in baptism and to bless individuals, churches, homes and articles of devotion. The Holy Water fonts known as stoups can be found at the back of churches as you enter, and in Clitheroe on two of the pillars situated in the side aisles.

Fr Paul has blessed some water this week, and filled Holy Water bottles are now available for sale at the back of church for 50p (for the bottle not the water), in all of our three churches
Why not take one home with you to use to bless your house and family