From 4th – 7th August 2016 Mark Dixon and his son Sam (Son and Grandson of John & Pat Dixon) will with 4 other young men attempt to cycle 226 miles from Moshi in Tanzania to Dagoretti in Kenya in aid of two charities CAFOD and The Medaille Trust.  They aim to raise £4,400 (which is the distance between Manchester and Nairobi).  The bicycles are gifts from Liverpool Police (i.e. unclaimed stolen bikes) and supported by Clitheroe’s Cycle Recycle.  They will be left in Kenya for use by Youth and Charity workers.  More details are on a poster in the church porch.  Anyone wishing to sponsor them please click here…


Pentecost Sunday – 15th May 2016

Dear Parishioners,

The new Reconciliation Room (Confessional box) is open for business! It is different to before but then again it is the same, so feel free to look in and walk around. When you enter you will immediately see a traditional screen with a white curtain in front of the grill. Before the screen is a kneeler for those who wish to receive the sacrament in the traditional manner but next to this is a chair for those who experience any difficulty kneeling or afterwards regaining their feet. The chair is a sturdy piece of furniture with arm rests so if you have any problem whatsoever with your knees please do not hesitate to sit. Those who may wish to receive the sacrament face to face need only walk on past the screen. The wide entrance and door permit access by wheelchair.

The walls have been insulated and plastered, so the room should maintain a fairly comfortable temperature. On the outside wall there is a light that indicates when the room is in use.

The usual time for the sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) is from 11 to 11.45 each Saturday morning. This Year of Mercy should prompt us to ask ourselves, ‘When did I last go to confession; when did I last receive the sacrament of reconciliation?’

Finally, what is the name of the sacrament: Confession or Reconciliation? Both! We confess our sins and thereby are reconciled with God and the community.

On the upcoming Bank Holiday, Monday 30th May, we shall again host Right to Life’s sponsored Walk for Life. There is no doubt that Right to Life is the most successful of organisations that work to defend the dignity of life from conception to the grave. It does so by encouraging and supporting pro-life MPs in their task of raising the awareness and disseminating information on life issues among their fellow Parliamentarians. The success of this work is seen in that whenever a Euthanasia Bill has appeared in the House on each occasion the number voting against it has increased. Right to Life also provides education packs for Secondary level schools. Demand for this by both state and religious secondary schools outstripped supply.

All these activities cost money even though Right to Life works on a shoestring budget. Please consider joining us this year on our scenic eight mile circular walk along the River Ribble together with Bishops John and Patrick Kelly and Lord David Alton among others. If you are unable to walk then please do consider sponsoring a walker.

Fr John

Help for Syrian Refugees

Thank you for all the wool and donations.  We now have enough needles, wool, blankets squares, dolls and card making equip to fill around 5 suitcases plus £170 in donations.  All this will travel to Turkey from now to August.  Some wool and needles have been held back for a Knit and Knatterthon to be arranged. Contact Anthony Brown 01200 422811 or

Sunday Teas – Dunsop Bridge

Our long standing Sunday teas and refreshments return for the 2016 season in Dunsop Bridge Village Hall.  Come and visit our volunteers in the Village Hall each Sunday from Easter Sunday until the end of August and choose from a delicious selection of homemade sandwiches, cakes and scones.  We are open from 10.30am—16.00 hours.  On Sunday 3rd April the proceeds will go to Our Lady of the Valley parish, St Huberts, so please plan your day of activities with friends and family in either the Dunsop or wider Hodder Valley and commence or end your day with a stop off at the Village Hall for a taste of our freshly homemade refreshments.  If you are available to provide cakes or help to serve the teas please contact Julie Bennett on 01200 448630


The Tombola at the Easter Bonnet Parade raised £118.50.  Thank you to all. We are now a registered charity no 1166189 so can claim Gift Aid. Photos are now available of the foundations of the school building.  The next Bank Transfer will go early April.


Help for Syrian Refugees –

Pete & Rosie Simpson (Anti-Trafficking Network) have a home in Turkey where 50 Syrian refugee families live.  They need unwanted balls of wool, knitting needles or crochet hooks.  Contact Anthony Brown 01200 422811 or


We are HELPING PEOPLE HELP THEMSELVES.  No one wants to live on handouts.  Our priority is to equip people with skills and opportunities to live with dignity, support their families and give something back to their communities.  For further information, please visit our website –

Anti-Slavery Week – 18th to 24th October – Parish Activities


There are more slaves today than at any time in history. It is impossible to accurately estimate numbers but the figure has been put at around 30 million worldwide. These are people held captive through threat of violence to self or family, or in debt bondage. They are slaves in the most literal sense of the word.

In the UK there are an estimated 15,000 slaves, many trafficked from Eastern Europe, Nigeria and China. In Lancashire the Police target brothels, nail bars, car washes, places where migrants work, and anywhere brought to their attention by observant members of the public.

For Anti-Slavery Week locally, we are working with Lancashire Constabulary, Epiphany Trust, The Medaille Trust, Clitheroe Citizens in Partnership, Caritas Salford and Salford Diocese Education Department to do everything we can to raise awareness. Below are some specific events to raise money and awareness.

On October 23, Question Time on trafficking at St Michael and St John’s Parish Hall, Clitheroe, with Lord Alton of Liverpool, Mike Emberson, Project Director of the Medaille Trust; Sue Cawley, Head of Public Protection, Lancashire Constabulary; Hannah Flint, Regional Development Executive, the International Justice Mission, and Mark Wiggin of Caritas Salford (Chair).

On October 24, Chicago gospel singer Elsa Harris at the Grand in Clitheroe. Elsa sings songs from her album telling the story of slavery and the evolution of spiritual songs.

Also on October 24 Gemma Frankland does a sponsored sky dive for the Medaille Trust.

For details contact Anthony Brown on 01200 422811 or

Sponsored sky dive – Medaille Trust

GEMMA FRANKLAND sponsored sky dive for the Medaille trust on October 24th. Sponsor direct via or Anthony Brown on 01200 422811

Harvest Fast Day – CAFOD

CAFOD Harvest Fast Day is next Friday October 2nd. Your support and donations this Harvest Fast Day will enable our partners to work with people across the world to have access to tools and training, and empower them to become self-sufficient despite living in the most difficult of conditions. Envelopes will be given out this weekend. Please return