21st February 2021 – 1st Sunday of Lent

20th February the week ahead:-

Today is the First Sunday in Lent

Mass 12 noon (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm        (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am       (Sunday)    Clitheroe

Mass 11am           (Sunday)    Sabden

Monday                No Public Mass

Tuesday                 Mass 10am

Wednesday           Mass 10am

Thursday     Mass 10am

Friday                    No Public Mass


 Second Sunday in Lent                

Mass 12 noon (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm             (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am      (Sunday)    Clitheroe

Mass 11am          (Sunday)    Sabden

A Public Mass can only be celebrated on the days that we have stewards who are available. (see above)

This week there will be a Public Mass at 10am in Clitheroe on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Our continued thanks go to all our stewards


The Word This Week

We begin our Lenten journey at the decisive moment of the flood, when God establishes his first Covenant with man, in the person of Noah. Noah was saved from the waters, while we (as Saint Peter points out) are saved by the waters of Baptism. This is the Covenant we live in, thanks to Christ, who came to establish this “new and eternal Covenant in his blood”. He is the only one who can do this, because he is without sin, despite “having been tempted in ever way that we are”.


 Emails:
Please do not respond to emails which look as if they are from Fr. Paul, asking for money, they are NOT from Fr. Paul.


Lent Resources 2021 A list of resources to help sustain your prayer life this Lent can be found here – https://www.dioceseofsalford.org.uk/lent-in-lockdown-resources/


Austen Ivereigh & Diocese of Salford Lent Course

LET US DREAM — Our Lenten Journey with Pope Francis, guided by Austen Ivereigh.
Over the Wednesdays of Lent we will explore Pope Francis’ book, Let us Dream, with the assistance of Austen Ivereigh, who worked closely with Pope Francis on the book. Let Us

Dream is the first book by a pope in response to a specific crisis, and offers us Pope Francis’s spiritual guidance for humanity in the throes of the Covid crisis, helping us to seize the opportunity for conversion and change — as individuals and as a society. The course will begin with an Introductory presentation by Austen on Wednesday 24th February at 7pm.
Every Wednesday from 3rd March until 31st March we will meet 7pm-8.30pm, again with an opening reflection from Austen, to explore the book in five sections, share our thoughts, ask questions and deepen our understanding of the Lord’s call to us, to our Church and world through the teaching of Pope Francis.To sign up, please email formation@dioceseofsalford.org.uk   https://www.dioceseofsalford.org.uk/lentcourse/


A thought from Pope Francis for Lent

POPE FRANCIS’ WORDS
Do you want to fast this Lent?

·        Fast from hurting words and say kind words.

·        Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.

·        Fast from anger and be filled with patience.

·        Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.

·        Fast from worries and trust in God.

·        Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.

·        Fast from pressures and be prayerful.

·        Fast from bitterness and fill your heart with joy.

·        Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others.

·        Fast from grudges and be reconciled.

·        Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.


MASSES RECEIVED THIS WEEK
Alice Wells, Rita & Frank Donvaband, Special intention, Marie Thornber, Anna Copsey x 4, Birthday Blessings, John McGillonay, Heather Young, Pat Brennan

LATELY DEAD
Lawrence John Gilsenan, John McGillonay, Heather Young

ANNIVERSARIES
Marie Thornber, Pat Brennan, Fr Hubert McEvoy


Live simply thought of the week:

During Lent, can you make a commitment to reduce your carbon footprint?  Walk or cycle instead of using the car, give up processed foods, cook from scratch, use up leftover food instead of throwing away


Fairtrade Fortnight 22 Feb to 7 March 2021

(for more information, go to www.fairtrade.org.uk

Fairtrade changes the way trade works through better prices, decent working conditions and a fairer deal for farmers and workers in developing countries.

When you choose to buy Fairtrade goods, you are helping to ensure that the person who grew the banana you are eating, or the coffee beans used to make your drink was paid fairly for their work.  Look for the Fairtrade logo when shopping.


UPDATE!

CYCLE RIDE – CLITHEROE TO LOURDES

Parishioners Paul and Bernadette Worden had intended to cycle ride from Clitheroe to Lourdes in support of Mary’s Meals, but Covid has made it very unlikely to happen any time soon. However they are planning the following as per an email from them –

“We have now decided to do this as a virtual ride by clocking up our mileage on local rides each day, following lockdown requirements, and relating that to where it would have got us had we actually been en route to Lourdes.

Our ‘virtual journey’ began from Clitheroe on Saturday 13th February.  Four days in and we are nearly at Hull for a ferry crossing on Ash Wednesday.  We will then cross Belgium and make our way South East to the Rhone Valley and then south as far as Avignon before heading west through the Pyrenees to Lourdes.  We plan to ‘arrive’ in Lourdes on Easter Sunday 4th April after completing our challenge of cycling 1065 miles in 51 days.

In reality all is going well.  We have cycled four local loops and stayed dry so far.  The ice has disappeared, for now, and there are signs of Spring around.

Mary’s Meals is a charity dedicated to providing life changing meals to some of the worlds poorest children.  Their vision is that every child receives one daily meal in their place of education and that all those who have more than they need, share with those who lack even the most basic things.  We would really appreciate your support in helping raise funds for this charity.  You can read more about their great work and perhaps donate to our project via the link below.

https://giving.marysmeals.org/en_gb/projects/cin1-clitheroe-to-lourdes—virtually

Alternatively you can ring Arnold on 01200 427096 or email cycle211lourdes@yahoo.com to be added to the sponsor list, and receive weekly updates on our progress if you desire. www.mytb.org/BernieW

Please enjoy the journey with us and follow our progress, both real and virtual, via our travel blog www.mytb.org/BernieW

Thankyou.  Paul and Bernadette Worden


Lent Fast Day – Friday 26th February

This year our focus is on “Walking for Water.”

Abdella, who is a young man, lives in an extremely remote and mountainous part of Ethiopia, where it is getting hotter and drier each year.  It takes him ten hours every day to collect water for his family.

Throughout Lent each time you resist a treat or give up something put the money you save in an envelope and then return the envelope at Easter.


RIBBLE VALLEY FOODBANK

The Ribble Valley Foodbank is looking for a part-time assistant to the manager, starting as soon as possible. 8 hours a week for a three month period, mainly to be worked on a Monday or Thursday, with the possibility of extra hours to cover for the Foodbank Manager, when necessary.

To apply please send CV and covering letter to info@ribblevalley.foodbank.org.uk.

Or for an informal chat, or  more information please contact the Foodbank Manager Jane Chitnis on 07849 534431

Closing Date today, Sunday 21st February 2021


CLITHEROE CIVIC SOCIETY

Next meeting and presentation – Monday 1st March 2021-02-11

Speaker is Stephen Illingworth who will deliver his presentation titled

“The Pilgrimage of Grace in the Ribble Valley”

This intriguing title, with local connections is further explained by

Steven Illingworth as follows:

“1536 King Henry VIII faced a major rebellion called The Pilgrimage of Grace, in opposition to the religious changes being imposed by the King and his ministers. 

The rebels, based mainly in the North of England, were particularly keen to defend the monasteries against the government’s attempt to close them down.  This talk tells the story of the struggle for Sawley Abbey in the autumn of 1536 and how close Henry VIII came to a disastrous defeat there.”

For details of how to access please see poster below
(Image to be added shortly)


RIBBLE VALLEY YOUTH

JOIN THE TEAM! Could you be someone we are looking for? We need people who have a passion for young people to join the RVY team. You don’t have to be young and cool (look at Chris and Lucy!) but you do need to genuinely want to see young people hear about Jesus, grow in their relationship with him, have a clear DBS and a bit of spare time. Currently we are looking for people who would like to be on our Livestream team – help plan and present the livestream videos. People to be part of the gaming team – be in the game, help lead the conversation in the zoom call and monitor behaviour to keep it a safe space. We are also looking for people who like being outdoors, who would like to join our detached team, going out into the community and talking to young people who are out and about. To find out more head over to our website. If you are thinking about getting involved with RVY we’d love to hear from you. We are always looking for people to join the team. We need volunteers for all three streams of RVY. We have a recruitment process for all volunteers to ensure that the young people and the volunteers are safe. Our procedure is as follows: – Application form – Interview – DBS check If you are then accepted on to the team we will then train you in the following areas: – Safeguarding – Health and safety (appropriate to the stream you are joining) – RVY youth work principles, policies and procedures. Continuous team development: We believe that volunteering is not just about giving but also about your development. We organise a termly (3 times a year) for our team to come together and build their skills and confidence together. Our promise to our team: That each member would have an amazing opportunity to be part of a fantastic team who serve the young people in the Ribble Valley, with all the support, training and practical skills that they need to do it. If you want to know more, please get in touch.


FROM THE ARCHIVES

This week extracts from the Infants Log Book for 1953 written by Miss Coneron.
Those of you who are in your late 60’s and early 70’s
should remember some of the following events:

Jan 5 School reopened after the Christmas Holidays.  Sixteen children admitted bringing the number on roll to 111.  Stock Books etc sent for audit.
  6 School closed all day for the Feast of the Epiphany.
  14 I (E.Coneron) was absent today, with permission of the Rev. Manager
    To attend the funeral of a friend.  Classes II & III were taken together
  25 Stock books returned from county audit.  Number on roll 112.  Average attendance 85.  Low attendance due to epidemic of coughs & colds.
  29 Thirty three children made their First Confession.
Feb 5 I (E.Coneron) was absent today suffering from a cold.
  13 Five children made their First Confession.  School closed at 3.45pm today for the mid-term holiday.
  18 School reopened after mid-term holiday.
  20 Nurse Bates made G.C. examination of all children in school. 103 present.  A collection was taken today for the Mayor’s Flood Relief Fund.  Children & staff subscribed £10.  Number on roll 113.  Average attendance 104.
Mar 1 From today cost of school dinner rises from 7d to 9d.
  6 Number on roll 113.  Average attendance 104.  Number staying for school meals has dropped from 70 to 56 owing to the increase in price.
  11 Religious examination.  Registers marked as usual.
  15 Nurse Bates weighed and measured new entrants.  Number on ro11 115.  Average attendance 98.
  26 Children had individual photographs taken by the Scholastic Souvenir Co Lt Ltd, Blackpool (Mr Hilton) 9am.  Medical Inspection of new entrants and children suffering from defects carried out by Dr Royle and Nurse Bates at 10.15am.  Received requisition from Hope Bros (Feb)
Apr 1 Number on roll 115. Average attendance 95.  Several cases of chickenpox reported in the past week.  School closed today at 3.45pm for the Easter Holidays.
  16 School reopened at 9am.  Twelve new children admitted making number on roll 127.  Received photographs from Scholastic Souvenir Co Ltd.
  17 Average attendance 91.  The poor attendance is due to an epidemic of chickenpox.
  24 Received school meals equipment and returned surplus stock of cutlery.
May 1 Finished quarterly totals.  Number on roll 126.  Average attendance 106.  More cases of chickenpox.
  8 During the past week the classrooms have been decorated with pictures, trimmings etc for the Coronation.  Forwarded P.T. requisition
  16 Thirty six children made their First Holy Communion.
  18 Collection for the Lepers (Fr Damien’s Day) £4
  22 The Lady Mayoress presented Coronation Beakers to the children.  Number on roll 128.  Average attendance 98.  There are still several cases of chickenpox in the school.  School closed today for the Whitsuntide Holiday 1 week).  Coronation Holidays (3 days) & Corpus Christi (1 day).
June 5 School reopened today at 9am.  The all-schools concert for the Coronation had to be cancelled owing to bad weather.  It should have taken place this afternoon on the Castle stage.
  9 In the afternoon, registers were marked, and then the children were taken to the all-schools Coronation Concert.  Twenty four children took part in the concert.  The danced six nursery thyme dances.
  19 Number on roll 130.  Average attendance 111.  During the past week Class III has had term tests.  Individual reports forwarded to parents.
  22 Children had group photographs taken by Scholastic Souvinir Co Ltd Blackpool.  One group consisted of dancers from the Coronation Concert.
  23 School closed today by request of the Mayor.  Children taken in the afternoon to the Grand Cinema to see the Coronation Film.
  29 School closed today for feast of SS Peter & Paul.
July 6 The Rev Fr d’Andria gave prizes to Class III
  10 Filled in Equipment stock book (meals) and forwarded P.M.4
    Number on roll 131.  Average attendance 113.  There are a few cases of measles amongst the absentees.
  13 Nurse Bates held G.C. examination of all children.
  17 Completed quarterly & yearly totals.  School closed today for the summer holidays.
Aug 24 School reopened at 9am.  Thirty six children transferred to senior dept and thirteen new ones admitted, bringing the number on roll to 108.  Filled in Form 7a (4 copies)
Sep 3 Nurse Bates visited.  New entrants etc weighed and measured.
  10 Dr Royle & Nurse Bates carried out Medical Inspection of new entrants & children suffering from defects from 10am – 11.45am
  18 School closed at 3.45pm for September Holiday
  28 School reopened today at 9am. Received six chairs.
Oct 1 Miss Barrett gave her resignation to the Rev Manager.  She wishes to retire at Christmas.
  20 Rev Fr d’Andria, our Rev Manager, paid his farewell visit to the school.  Received P.E. requisition
  28 Finished quarterly totals.  Number on roll 105.  Average attendance 95. Received meals requisition.  School closed at 3.45pm for Mid-term holiday.
Nov 2 School reopened after mid-term holiday.
  3 Rev Fr Walmsley our new Rev Manager paid a visit.
  13 Number on roll 105.  Average attendance 91.  Many children suffering from coughs & colds.
  19 Nurse Bates made G.C. examination of the older children of the school (Class III)
  20 Number on roll 104.  Average attendance 84.  Many more children suffering from coughs  colds.
  23 Nurse Bates made G.C. examination of Classes II & III.  Stock & Sales books sent for county audit.
Dec 1 Dr Royle & Nurse Bates visited at 11.15am.  New entrants immunised against diphtheria .
  8 18 tables & 36 chairs (surplus since 7+ children were transferred to Senior Dept.) were collected by the Education Authority.
  15 Children had group photographs taken round the crib and Lady Altar and the Christmas Tree by the Scholastic Souvenir Co, Blackpool
  17 Children gave their Christmas concert in the afternoon for the priests, parents and friends.  This was Miss Barrett’s farewell concert.  At the end of the concert, Fr Walmsley presented her with a Spiritual Bouquet from the past & present pupils and friends, and also a supper trolley from the infants and staff.  Mr Satterthwaite, chairman of the divisional executive, and Mr Nicholas, assistant commissioner of one Nation Savings Group were present.  Miss Barrett has been secretary for the school savings since 1917.  Mr Briggs brought a number of children to represent the senior dept.  Fr Walmsley and Miss Barrett distributed the presents from the Christmas Tree.
Dec 22 Miss Barrett resigned her position today after eleven years in the Infants dept, and twenty-nine years in the senior dept.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14th February 2021 – Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

13th February the week ahead:-

Today is the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mass 12 noon (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm        (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am   (Sunday)    Clitheroe

Mass 11am      (Sunday)    Sabden

Monday           No Public Mass

Tuesday            Mass 10am

Wednesday    Ash Wednesday

                            9am Mass in Sabden

                            10am Mass in Clitheroe

                            12 noon Mass in Dunsop Bridge             

Thursday          Mass 10am

Friday                No Public Mass

 Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time :          

Mass 12 noon (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm        (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am  (Sunday)    Clitheroe

Mass 11am     (Sunday)    Sabden

A Public Mass can only be celebrated on the days that we have stewards who are available. (see above)


The Word This Week

Thankfully, we do not encounter leprosy in our culture. It can therefore be difficult to enter into the real depth of today’s readings. We have to understand that leprosy meant exclusion, rejection and the end of “normal” life. For your leprosy to be cured would be like being given a second chance at life. What is the cause of exclusion and rejection in our society – or even in the Church? Who are those who must “live apart”? And how can we put into effect in our day those most touching of the words of Jesus, when asked if he wants to cure the leper: “Of course I want to!”? Contemplating exclusion and rejection in our world can be hard work: Saint Paul guides the way: the Christian path is not to work “for my own advantage, but for the advantage of everybody else”.


Lent in Lockdown resources
For lots of information and suggestions go to the Salford Diocese website. Included on this site you will see:-

Pastoral Latter. Resources for individuals. Resources for families. Weekly Eco thought. Events. Giving back in Lent.

https://www.dioceseofsalford.org.uk/lent-in-lockdown-resources/


Caritas: Pray – Fast – Give
In his Apostolic Letter proclaiming this as ‘The Year of St Joseph’, Pope Francis describes St Joseph as “a tender loving father…who is creatively courageous”. We certainly could have no better patron than St Joseph for our annual Lenten St Joseph’s Penny schools appeal, which has been launched this week and for well over a century has been helping to fund the care, protection and nurturing of vulnerable children, adults and families in our Diocese.
As part of our Pray-Fast-Give resource provision for schools, we are delighted that many have responded to our request for short prayers written by pupils on the themes of Catholic Social Teaching, for inclusion in our daily Lenten Prayer For The Day. It would be very encouraging indeed for our schools and our wider Caritas family if our parishes could join us in virtual prayer each day during Lent by accessing the daily prayers pupils have written.
The prayers for each week of Lent will be available on our St Joseph’s Penny webpage and updated each Friday throughout Lent, ready for the following week.
Please go to https://www.caritassalford.org.uk/service-view/sjp2021/ and scroll down to Weekly Prayers.


Lent Course

I’ve been asked to draw your attention to a Lent course Women in the Shadows online course for Lent 2021 which can be found at: https://www.theclewerinitiative.org/womenintheshadows


GLOBAL HEALING
In 2015, Pope Francis published his ground -breaking letter on the environment “Laudato Si’”. Since then, millions of people worldwide have joined the global movement to address the environmental crisis our world is facing. This Lent, we are inviting YOU to join us for a series of reflective evenings with inspiring speakers, prayer and discussion, using the film-based resource “Global Healing”. These engaging documentaries will inform and challenge people to respond to Pope Francis’ call to Care for Our Common Home. Suitable for all who are concerned about what is happening to our world and who want to take action. When? Six Thursdays from 18th February – 25th March 2021, 7.30 p.m – 8.30 p.m. How to join? To register please email jane@catholicclimatemovement.global


LATELY DEAD
Alice Bolton

ANNIVERSARIES
Michael Pryle, Wilfred Clegg,

MASSES RECEIVED THIS WEEK
Special Intention, 50th Birthday, Michael Pryle, Special Intention, Fr Wareing,
Rita & Frank Donvaband, Pauline Kliuis, Dorothy Raynor, Sarah Raynor, Kate Wolstenholme, Louise, Special Intention, Anna Copsey x 4, Alice Bolton, Arthur Peters, James Albert Hartley, Wilfred Clegg

Live simply thought of the week:
Have you insulated your house? Blocking up the draughts will reduce your fuel bill and reduce your carbon footprint.

Fairtrade Fortnight:
22 Feb to 7 March 2021 (for more information, go to www.fairtrade.org.uk)

Fairtrade changes the way trade works through better prices, decent working conditions and a fairer deal for farmers and workers in developing countries.
When you choose to buy Fairtrade goods, you are helping to ensure that the person who grew the banana you are eating, or the coffee beans used to make your drink was paid fairly for their work.  Look for the Fairtrade logo when shopping.


CYCLE RIDE – CLITHEROE TO LOURDES
Parishioners Paul and Bernadette Worden had intended to cycle ride from Clitheroe to Lourdes in support of Mary’s Meals, but Covid has made it very unlikely to happen any time soon. However they are planning the following as per an email from them –

“We have now decided to do this as a virtual ride by clocking up our mileage on local rides each day, following lockdown requirements, and relating that to where it would have got us had we actually been en route to Lourdes.

     Our ‘virtual journey’ will begin from Clitheroe on Saturday 13th February.  Our virtual route would be to Hull to take the ferry crossing to Belgium, then make our way to the Rhone Valley and travel south as far as Avignon before heading west through the Pyrenees to Lourdes – all without leaving our local area!

     We plan to ‘arrive’ in Lourdes on Easter Sunday 4th April after completing our challenge of cycling 1065 miles in 51 days.

     Mary’s Meals is a charity dedicated to providing life changing meals to some of the worlds poorest children.  Their vision is that every child receives one daily meal in their place of education and that all those who have more than they need, share with those who lack even the most basic things.

     We would really appreciate your support in helping raise funds for this charity.  You can read more about their great work and perhaps donate to our project via the link below.

https://giving.marymeals.org/en_gb/projects/1omh-clitheroe-to-lourdes—virtually-

     Alternatively you can ring Arnold on 01200 427096 or email arnoldmarsden@gmail.com to be added to the sponsor list.  Please enjoy the journey with us and follow our progress, both real and virtual, via our travel blog www.mytb.org/BernieW 

     Alternatively you can email cycle21lourdes@yahoo.com and we will include you in a weekly update of our progress”.

Thankyou
Paul and Bernadette Worden


Lent Fast Day – Friday 26th February

This year our focus is on “Walking for Water.”

Abdella, who is a young man, lives in an extremely remote and mountainous part of Ethiopia, where it is getting hotter and drier each year.  It takes him ten hours every day to collect water for his family.
Throughout Lent each time you resist a treat or give up something put the money you save in an envelope and then return the envelope at Easter.


RIBBLE VALLEY FOODBANK

The Ribble Valley Foodbank is looking for a part-time assistant to the manager, starting as soon as possible. 8 hours a week for a three month period, mainly to be worked on a Monday or Thursday, with the possibility of extra hours to cover for the Foodbank Manager, when necessary.

To apply please send CV and covering letter to info@ribblevalley.foodbank.org.uk.

Or for an informal chat, or more information please contact the Foodbank Manager Jane Chitnis on 07849 534431

Closing Date 21st February 2021


CLITHEROE CIVIC SOCIETY

Next meeting and presentation – Monday 1st March 2021-02-11

Speaker is Stephen Illingworth who will deliver his presentation titled “The Pilgrimage of Grace in the Ribble Valley”

This intriguing title, with local connections is further explained by Steven Illingworth as follows:

“1536 King Henry VIII faced a major rebellion called The Pilgrimage of Grace, in opposition to the religious changes being imposed by the King and his ministers. 

The rebels, based mainly in the North of England, were particularly keen to defend the monasteries against the government’s attempt to close them down.  This talk tells the story of the struggle for Sawley Abbey in the autumn of 1536 and how close Henry VIII came to a disastrous defeat there.”


RIBBLE VALLEY YOUTH

JOIN THE TEAM! Could you be someone we are looking for? We need people who have a passion for young people to join the RVY team. You don’t have to be young and cool (look at Chris and Lucy!) but you do need to genuinely want to see young people hear about Jesus, grow in their relationship with him, have a clear DBS and a bit of spare time. Currently we are looking for people who would like to be on our Livestream team – help plan and present the livestream videos. People to be part of the gaming team – be in the game, help lead the conversation in the zoom call and monitor behaviour to keep it a safe space. We are also looking for people who like being outdoors, who would like to join our detached team, going out into the community and talking to young people who are out and about. To find out more head over to our website. If you are thinking about getting involved with RVY we’d love to hear from you. We are always looking for people to join the team. We need volunteers for all three streams of RVY. We have a recruitment process for all volunteers to ensure that the young people and the volunteers are safe. Our procedure is as follows: – Application form – Interview – DBS check If you are then accepted on to the team we will then train you in the following areas: – Safeguarding – Health and safety (appropriate to the stream you are joining) – RVY youth work principles, policies and procedures. Continuous team development: We believe that volunteering is not just about giving but also about your development. We organise a termly (3 times a year) for our team to come together and build their skills and confidence together. Our promise to our team: That each member would have an amazing opportunity to be part of a fantastic team who serve the young people in the Ribble Valley, with all the support, training and practical skills that they need to do it. If you want to know more, please get in touch.


CCP (CLITHEROE CHURCHES IN PARTNERSHIP)

An update on the Hamper Project given in last week’s newsletter:

Below is a message regarding hamper items which can be dropped off in advance of the hamper distribution.  Thank you for supporting this hamper initiative; we hope it will greatly bless and encourage our amazing key workers.

We aim to provide a good variety of items that will genuinely be appreciated by those working on the ‘front line’.  The hamper contents will consist of individually wrapped items to help make them as COVID secure as possible.  Some items, such as hand creams, will be sourced in bulk online; other, such as packaged fresh fruit, will be purchases shortly before hamper delivery.  For these reasons we ask you to restrict your contributions to the items on the following list:

  1. Cadbury’s Heroes (290g box)
  2. Celebrations box
  3. Tesco Finest cookies (Quadruple Chocolate/Belgian Milk Chocolate/Milk Chocolate & Hazelnut/Sultana & Oat)
  4. Nature Valley Granola Bars – 5 x 24g
  5. 25g Nut Sachets (Almond/Cashew/Mixed)

Items can be delivered in advance to Clitheroe Community Church (Millthorne Avenue, Clitheroe, BB7 2LE between Saturday 13th February (10am – 12noon) and Wednesday 17th February (1pm – 3pm)

If you have any questions or anything needs clarifying, please contact Chris Meyer at chrischrismeyer@gmail.com

This hamper project is now on the Love Clitheroe website –

https://www:loveclitheroe.com/keyworker-hampers if you want to direct people there, and the link for donations (which is also linked from the website) is

https://www.give.nte/loveclitheroeevents


CCP PRAYER of the MONTH

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”  Colossians 4:3

Each month, Clitheroe Christians in Partnership have identified a theme for our prayer as a town. This month, February, we are praying for Refugees in Calais.

Immigration controls can be a contentious social and political issue. People can be worried about uncontrolled entry to their country, their city or their town. ‘Who is picking up the bill?’, is a common concern. Despite all such things what might be the Christian perspective?

​One of the main ‘jumping off areas’ for illegal entry to the UK is around Calais and whatever our personal view might be there are undoubtedly men, women, children and families who are desperate for a new future and in a position of great physical, and emotional need. The choices that have driven them to Calais could well be born out of a genuine fear and desperation that we struggle to imagine. Into the New Year Clitheroe Churches in Partnership (CCP) are looking at the plight of refugees as part of their aim to raise awareness around human rights abuse and the blight of criminal trafficking of vulnerable people.

Parishioners from Our Lady of the Valley pledged to send money saved during Covid lockdown to some of the most vulnerable.   We searched for charities where money would go directly to those in need.   Sister Bridie Dowd of the Sisters of Mercy of St Vincent de Paul, one of our Anti-Trafficking networkers, has been to Calais a number of times and put us touch with Alex Holmes, who was soon to spend a month with Maria Skobtsova House in Calais over the Christmas period.  Alex goes to Calais regularly and is a trusted friend of Sister Bridie.

Maria Skobtsova House says: “We are very grateful that we have been able to rely on Alex and Joëlle who have been faithfully supporting the mission of the house over the past four years. Their regular presence in the House assures, beyond the practical help, a solid continuity in nourishing the spirit of Maria Skobtsova House, in all the uncertainties, precariousness and turmoils of the situation and the daily life in Calais.”

In September Alex wrote:  “For the refugee community in Calais, this past year has continued to be shaped by police violence and the building of ever more barriers. Almost daily the refugee communities are confronted with a hostile environment, the constant dismantling of their living spaces, and actions that are an attempt to dissuade them from staying in Calais. Despite the Covid pandemic there has been no letup in the pursuit of a policy of zero tolerance by the authorities towards refugees. “

It was much colder in January when Alex emailed us from Calais with a message of thanks: “HAPPY NEW YEAR from across the Channel in Calais”

“We had an amazing Orthodox Christmas celebration two days ago, on January 7th.  Thank you for helping make this possible.  We were able to use one of the churches in Calais, St Joseph’s…more than 60 Eritreans came for a 3 hour prayer service led by two Eritrean deacons.  A fine team of 6 Eritrean refugees prepared a meal for 150 of their community.. Because of Covid, this had to be outdoors…and mercifully it was dry all day.”

So, Christians in Clitheroe reached across the divide and actively contributed to keeping those people in need, warm, sheltered and well fed over Christmas.

Please join us in praying for refugees in Calais

Lord of the Lost, Calmer of the Waves, a Man of Sorrows acquainted with grief,

We pray for all refugees in Calais as they seek new life from desperation,

As they seek a place to call home,

As they seek protection from danger, hostility and violence,

As they confront barrier after barrier to simple freedom,

As they are haunted by uncertainty and fear for their loved ones.

Lord in Your Mercy may they see and feel You reaching out to them,

Lord in Your Mercy protect them,

Lord in Your Mercy uplift and empower those who lovingly minister to them,

Lord in Your Mercy show us a way to help.

Lord Jesus, in Your Mercy, Hear Our Prayer


FROM THE ARCHIVES

Back in 1940 the Pantomime was Sleeping Beauty.
The performance was given on Christmas Day, believe it or not, and Boxing Day.

THE HALL LOWERGATE

Christmas Day Dec 25 & Boxing Day Dec 26

**GRAND PANTOMIME**

SLEEPING BEAUTY

(By kind permission of Abel Heywood)

NEW ADDITIONS, NEW DRESSES, SINGING, DANCING AND MIRTH

Special Engagement of MR S BRIDGE and MR d Drane

King:  Mr J. O’DONNELL     Producer: Mrs J SHERLIKER

Musical Director:  Miss M. GUDGEON, L.R.A.M;  A.R.C.M

Dancing and Acrobatic Turns Taught by MISS M SHERLIKER

COMMENCE 2.15 PROMPT

ADMISSION: RESERVED SEATS 1/6 UNRESERVED 1/-

Children Half-price to 1/- Seats only 1/- Tickets may be had from any of the Company

PLEASE NOTE – Seats may be booked at MISS DRIVER’S, opposite Catholic Church

CATHOLIC PANTOMIME,

“A WINNER”

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FUN FAST AND FURIOUS

Large audiences thoroughly enjoyed themselves at The Hall, Lowergate, on the afternoons of Christmas Day and Boxing Day when repeat performances of the pantomime, “Sleeping Beauty” were presented.  This popular pantomime was originally presented a few weeks ago for SS Michael & John’s Comforts Fund, but this week the players far surpassed anything they achieved at the first performance.  Since that time new numbers and new dance routines have been added and what was a good show has been made even better.  The old numbers lost nothing by repetition, indeed for those who had already seen them they brought back happy memories, whilst to the newcomers they were a revelation.

COMEDY BLITZ

To see the happy, smiling faces, the gay and colourful costumes, the snappy dances was to forget Hitler and his “Blitz” and there can be no doubt that both players and audiences alike were better and happier for the relaxation.  Once again Mr J O’Donnell was a complete success at the King and received strong support from Miss Jean Devaney, who played the Queen to perfection.  Miss Stella Eccles was as charming and gracious a princess as one could wish to meet, while Miss Marie Sherliker in the role of the Prince added just the right touch of dash and vigour, which this role demands.  As Baron Factotum, Mr Sam Bridge caused many hearty chuckles and he had an admirable foil in Miss Frances Jackson, who played the role of Dandy, the Prince’s valet, with distinction.  Two “good” fairies were represented by misses Greta Dickenson and Josephine Dodd, who as always in pantomimeland, triumphed over the evil machinations of Fairy Spiteful who was played by Miss Agnes Rice.  The role of first lady in waiting on the royal couple was in the capable hands of Miss Brenda Dickenson.

TOPICAL TURNS

In keeping with the times, the first three numbers were of a military character, “All Pals Together.” “Tiggerty Boo” and “Let the Bands Play.”  The last named one of the new items was sung with vigour by Miss Greta Dickenson, who was ably supported by the chorus, whose skilful dancing was greatly enjoyed.  Another new item “Cheerio,” sung by the King and Queen with a background of dancers, created a favourable impression and Miss Irene Boyer delighted everyone with her sweet singing of “Smiling Along.” Messrs Sam Bridge and J O’Donnell once more created roars of laughter in their comedy song and dance “Whose little whatsit are you?” and other popular dance numbers were “Save a Little Sunshine,” “Happy Youth,” “Playmates,” “If I should fall in love again,” and “Blighty,” whilst a clever acrobatic number was acclaimed with enthusiasm.  Miss Greta Dickenson sweetly sang “When you wish upon a Star,” but what everyone agreed to be easily the loveliest number in the show was “Memories live longer than Dreams,” sung by the Prince and Princess, Misses Marie Sherliker and Stella Eccles, followed by a beautiful dance the “boys” being dressed in blue and white satin suits and the girls being attired in pale blue and pink frocks.  Several amusing turns were also given by Mr Sam Bridge and his partner Mr D Drane, who enlivened the proceedings considerably with many a clever quip and sally, putting the audiences into the best of good humours and contributing in no small manner to the success of the production.

BRIGHT FINALE

The finale was more impressive, the songs including “Cheerio,” “When you wish upon a Star,” “Smiling along,” “Let the Bands Play” and concluding with “There’ll always be an England,” in which the solo was taken by Mr Drane.

Much of the credit for the success of the production may be claimed by Mrs J Sherliker, who was producer and to her daughter Miss Marie Sherliker, who taught the dancing and acrobatic numbers.  Miss Marie Gudgeon L.R.A.M, A.R.M.C, may also claim no small share of praise for her handling of the musical side of the show, and thanks are also due to the stage managers, Mr W Bush and Mr Dickenson for their efficient work behind the scenes.

7th February – Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

7th February the week ahead:-
Today is the FIFTH Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mass 12 noon (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge
Mass 5pm (Saturday) Clitheroe
Mass 9.30am (Sunday) Clitheroe
Mass 11am (Sunday) Sabden

Monday No Public Mass
Tuesday Mass 10am
Wednesday No Public Mass St. Scholastica.
Thursday Mass 10am Our Lady of Lourdes.
Friday No Public Mass

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mass 12 noon (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge
Mass 5pm (Saturday) Clitheroe
Mass 9.30am (Sunday) Clitheroe
Mass 11am (Sunday) Sabden
A Public Mass can only be celebrated on the days that we have stewards who are available. (see above)

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, World Day of the Sick. Thursday 11th Feb, Mass at 10AM
In 1992, Pope John Paul II, instituted the World Day of the Sick which would be held on the Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes. On the 11 Feb. 1858 Our Lady first appeared to Bernadette Soubirous. Bernadette was to hear Our Lady declare ‘I am the Immaculate Conception’. Pope Francis reminds us this Feast Day is an opportunity to devote special attention to the sick and to those who provide them with assistance and care whether that be in healthcare institutions or within families and communities. We think in particular this year of those who have suffered, and continue to suffer the effects of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

Lately Dead:
Catherine (Kitty) Wilson, Paul Bradley, Anna Copsey
Masses received this week:
Rita & Frank Donvaband
Anniversaries:
Fr Joseph Wareing SJ – today Sunday 7th February)


CYCLE RIDE – CLITHEROE TO LOURDES
Parishioners Paul and Bernadette Worden had intended to cycle ride from Clitheroe to Lourdes in support of Mary’s Meals, but Covid has made it very unlikely to happen any time soon. However they are planning the following as per an email from them –
“We have now decided to do this as a virtual ride by clocking up our mileage on local rides each day, following lockdown requirements, and relating that to where it would have got us had we actually been en route to Lourdes.

Our ‘virtual journey’ will begin from Clitheroe on Saturday 13th February. Our virtual route would be to Hull to take the ferry crossing to Belgium, then make our way to the Rhone Valley and travel south as far as Avignon before heading west through the Pyrenees to Lourdes – all without leaving our local area!
We plan to ‘arrive’ in Lourdes on Easter Sunday 4th April after completing our challenge of cycling 1065 miles in 51 days.
Mary’s Meals is a charity dedicated to providing life changing meals to some of the worlds poorest children. Their vision is that every child receives one daily meal in their place of education and that all those who have more than they need, share with those who lack even the most basic things.
We would really appreciate your support in helping raise funds for this charity. You can read more about their great work and perhaps donate to our project via the link below.
https://giving.marysmeals.org/en_gb/projects/1omh-clitheroe-to-lourdes—virtually-?fbclid=IwAR0KJ4wNcVfm4gqvDRCD4ZJHydLRSuvmQksgJP3f6PtKkVx4I6McqayttVE
Alternatively you can ring Arnold on 01200 427096 or email arnoldmarsden@gmail.com to be added to the sponsor list. Please enjoy the journey with us and follow our progress, both real and virtual, via our travel blog www.mytb.org/BernieW
Alternatively you can email cycle21lourdes@yahoo.com and we will include you in a weekly update of our progress”.
Thankyou
Paul and Bernadette Worden


RIBBLE VALLEY FOODBANK
The Ribble Valley Foodbank is looking for a part-time assistant to the manager, starting as soon as possible. 8 hours a week for a three month period, mainly to be worked on a Monday or Thursday, with the possibility of extra hours to cover for the Foodbank Manager, when necessary.
To apply please send CV and covering letter to info@ribblevalley.foodbank.org.uk.
Or for an informal chat, or more information please contact the Foodbank Manager Jane Chitnis on 07849 534431
Closing Date 21st February 2021


CCP (CLITHEROE CHURCHES IN PARTNERSHIP)
An update on the Hamper Project given in last week’s newsletter
Below is a message regarding hamper items which can be dropped off in advance of the hamper distribution. Thank you for supporting this hamper initiative; we hope it will greatly bless and encourage our amazing key workers.
We aim to provide a good variety of items that will genuinely be appreciated by those working on the ‘front line’. The hamper contents will consist of individually wrapped items to help make them as COVID secure as possible. Some items, such as hand creams, will be sourced in bulk online; other, such as packaged fresh fruit, will be purchases shortly before hamper delivery. For these reasons we ask you to restrict your contributions to the items on the following list:
1. Cadbury’s Heroes (290g box)
2. Celebrations box
3. Tesco Finest cookies (Quadruple Chocolate/Belgian Milk Chocolate/Milk Chocolate & Hazelnut/Sultana & Oat)
4. Nature Valley Granola Bars – 5 x 24g
5. 25g Nut Sachets (Almond/Cashew/Mixed)

Items can be delivered in advance to Clitheroe Community Church (Millthorne Avenue, Clitheroe, BB7 2LE between Saturday 13th February (10am – 12noon) and Wednesday 17th February (1pm – 3pm)
If you have any questions or anything needs clarifying, please contact Chris Meyer at chrischrismeyer@gmail.com
This hamper project is now on the Love Clitheroe website –
https://www:loveclitheroe.com/keyworker-hampers if you want to direct people there, and the link for donations (which is also linked from the website) is https://www.give.nte/loveclitheroeevents


On the Feast Day of St Bakhita let us pray for the victims of human trafficking.
St Bakhita, born in Sudan around 1869, was taken into slavery as a child. She died in 1947, her body scarred from the dreadful wounds she received from whipping. The name Bakhita, given to her by her slave master, means ‘lucky one.’ After years of horrific abuse, she did become the ‘lucky one.’ She was bought by someone who treated her kindly and finally she found peace and freedom with the Cannosian sisters. She took her vows in 1896. Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical letter Spe Salvi (In Hope We Were Saved) relates her entire life story as an outstanding example of Christian hope.
Slavery wasn’t officially abolished in Sudan until 1924. Even today Sudan remains one of the countries with the greatest incidence of modern slavery in the world. We pray that there may be hope for all those enslaved – an estimated 40 million worldwide, 136,000 in the UK.
Two young women, rescued only a few weeks after they had been forced into a brothel in Preston in 2015, were lucky. For most, there is no escape and the misery these women endure was captured in DNA found in fingernail fragments where a woman had tried to scratch her way through a locked door in Belfast. The DNA matched a woman subsequently rescued in London.
In 2019 39 Vietnamese people died in a container. We do not know the life they were bound for but Caritas Anti-Trafficking worked with a Vietnamese trafficked woman a few years ago, who said, “They come from same province where we are from. These bring back bad memories. I couldn’t breathe when I was in the Lorry. Twenty-three of us would have died if the police came five minutes late. Thank God, we’re still alive. I have been through all so I feel so bad thinking about them. We pray for them every night, and thank God saved us. Thank you for your prayer and your thoughts so much. This reminds us how lucky we are to be here, to live in the UK.” They too were the lucky ones.
We have many stories, all different, all witnessing to the worst excesses of human behavior.
When Benedict says “in hope we were saved” he refers to the hope for fulfillment in Christ’s promise but St Bakhita was saved from slavery first and again in the Christianity she learned from the Cannosian sisters. Let us pray for the hope that one day all slaves will be saved but much more than that, let us see modern slavery as a barometer or litmus test of how the much the world and the Church measure up to a striving for the Common Good. And let us pray that we have the strength to acknowledge our complicity in the root of it all – structural sin and the globalisation of indifference.

Anthony Brown


FROM THE ARCHIVES
Girls School Log Book 1888-1889
Class Subjects 1888-9

1. English As in Code of 1888
Rep i & ii The homes of England

iii The Battle of Blenheim

iv, v, vi, vii Extract from “The Task”

2. Needlework As in Code 1888
May 4th His Lordship the Bishop of Salford honoured the children this morning with a short visit. He praised the neatness and cleanliness of a little girls exercise book which he took up and expressed his pleasure at seeing the children so neat and clean.

June 8th Twenty-one girls admitted from the infants’ department. All the girls examined have been removed a standard higher.
Martina Bramley is taking Standards I & II. Amy Dawson is taking charge of Standard III

June 15th The children have entered into their new work with great spirit.

June 22nd The children have again worked well in their new standards. Three full-time and several half-time certificates given.

June 26th Government report received today – Girls’ school. The Girls School is the equal of the Boys’ School in the excellence of the discipline, the skill of the teaching, and the thoroughness of the instruction and like, it fully deserves the Highest merit grant.
A. Dawson has passed well. Manager John Hartell

June 29th The midsummer holidays began yesterday.

Present staff
Mr A Baynes certificated 1st Class
Martina Bramley (article 50)
Amy Dawson 4th year pupil teacher
Manager John Hartell

Aug 3rd School re-opened on Monday July 30th. Holiday on Thursday for the annual agricultural show

Aug 9th Visited this School without notice. Tested and examined Registers and found everything correct. 98 present and marked.
Manager John Hartell

Aug 10th Margaret Marchant a child of 6 sent back to infant school not knowing her letters or figures

Aug 17th Holiday on Wednesday. Martina Bramley absent on Thursday & Friday through sickness.

Aug 24th Martina Bramley absent all week through sickness. Her sister Mary cam in her place and taught Standard II

Aug 31st Martina Bramley returned to school on Monday morning. Notice of pupil-teacher relisious examination received. It is to take place Octobert 13th at St Alban’s, Blackburn.12s paid to Manager for books sold.
Sept 7th On Tuesday morning the children had holiday to witness Miss Tipping’s wedding. Notice of the children’s religious examination received to take place on the 17th October

Sept 14th Four children absent through sickness. Average attendance lower than usual being only 89.

Sept 21st Average attendance better this week being 96.

Sept 28th Two children admitted one for Standard I and one for Standard III

Oct 5th 1s 4d received from guardians for Grace Wilson’s fees.

Oct 12th The average attendance this week is 100 and last week was 101.

Oct 15th Visited this department without notice, examined and tested the Registers, found everything correct 108 present and marked.
Manager John Hartell

Oct 19th The religious examination took place on Wednesday morning. Holiday was given in the afternoon. 11s 11d received from Guardians as fees for Ellen Foy and Margaret Parker

Oct 20th Holiday on Thursday and Friday for the annual fairs.

Nov 2nd 10s paid to Manager for books sold. Holiday on Thursday afternoon.

Nov 9th Holiday this afternoon in honour of the re-election of the mayor.

Nov 16th The reports on the religious examination – “An excellent school with a pious earnest spirit”

Nov 23rd Father Hartell gave Amy Dawson two lessons on astronomy.

Nov 30th 6s paid to the Manager for books sold.

Dec 7th Father Yates gave Standards IV, V & VI several exercises in mental arithmetic.

Dec 14th Examined Standards I & II and found them very well advanced for the time of the year. Father Yates again gave several mental arithmetic exercised to the upper standards.

Dec 20th Christmas holidays commence today

1889
Jan 7th Registers tested T.J.Johnson

Jan 11th 4s 8d received from Guardians. Holiday on Friday afternoon for the children’s annual tea-party. Mary Anne Scott sent back to Standard III

Jan 18th Several children have been absent this week with measles.

Jan 25th Standard IV have now been taught all their rules in arithmetic and have begun to work from cards.

Feb 1st Although several children are still away on account of measles the average attendance keeps above 80.

Feb 4th Visited this Dept without notice found 72 children present and 72 marked everything correct. Manager John Hartell

Feb 8th The average attendance this week has fallen to 77 on account of sickness and cold wet weather

Feb 15th Cutting out paper patterns taught to Standard VI

Feb 22nd Standards V & VI have begun to work sums from cards – having learned all their rules

March 1st Sickness still continues amongst the children there being 3 new cases this week.

March 8th Holiday given on Shrove Tuesday afternoon.

March 15th Margaret Swarbrick has returned after a month’s illness. She is still suffering from great weakness and rheumatism and is quite unfit to resume her studies in Standard VI. She has been allowed to do Standard V work, and had better remain in that Standard.

March 22nd The Manager heart Amy Dawson’s recitation and helped her with Stocks and Shares.

March 29th Form VIII filled up and returned to the Manager.

April 5th 12s 4d received from Guardians for Ellen Foy and Margaret Parker’s school fees.

April 12th Amy Dawson was allowed to study every morning this week.

April 15th Visited this school without notice found all things correct. Tested the attendance and registers – 90 present and 90 marked. Manager John Hartell.

April 19th Holiday today, Good Friday. Holiday also given for Easter Monday.

April 26th Notice received that the girls will be examined on Friday May 31st and inspected on Monday afternoon June 3rd.

May 3rd The new registers were begun on Wednesday.

May 10th Father Yates visited the school yesterday afternoon and looked at some of the needlework.

May 17th Examined standards III & IV in arithmetic and dictation. All passed in arithmetic 1 failed in dictation.

May 24th Examined Standards V VI VII in arithmetic, composition and dictation. All passed except one in composition.

May 31st The girls were examined this morning by Mrs Walsh

31st January 2021 – Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

30th January – 7th February the week ahead:-

Today is the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mass 12 noon (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm        (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am   (Sunday)    Clitheroe

Mass 11am      (Sunday)    Sabden

Monday         No Public Mass

Tuesday          Mass 10am  The Presentation of the Lord

Wednesday  No Public Mass

Thursday        Mass 10am

Friday              No Public Mass  St. Agatha


Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mass 12 noon (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm        (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am  (Sunday)    Clitheroe

Mass 11am     (Sunday)    Sabden

A Public Mass can only be celebrated on the days that we have stewards who are available. (see above)


Racial Justice Sunday – 31 January 2021
This weekend we celebrate Racial Justice Sunday with this year’s theme is ‘A Time to Act’ and it is perhaps more important than ever for us to actively oppose racism and pursue racial justice with renewed vigour.

 Congratulations  To Peter and Pat Ryan who are celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary this week.


Elizabeth Prout, Mother Mary Joseph C.P. An Englishwoman born in Shrewsbury, who spent most of her time ministering to people around Manchester, in Cheetham Hill, is advancing towards being recognised as a Saint.
Pope Francis has declared Elizabeth Prout to be Venerable, putting her a crucial step closer to final recognition as a Saint.
The Holy Father authorised the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate a decree on January 21 formally recognising that the Servant of God Mother Elizabeth Prout lived a life of heroic virtue.

As Bishop Mark Davies said, “The Church has declared her Christian life and virtues worthy of our veneration.It seems appropriate this announcement came during the pandemic when we can look to Elizabeth’s example and ask the help of her prayers as a woman who helped many during the epidemics which swept the industrial communities of Victorian England.”

Mother Elizabeth earned a reputation for her tireless efforts in teaching, sheltering, feeding and nursing the needy and for establishing a chain of schools and hostels across the other poverty-stricken parts of the North West of England.

She is considered to have been ahead of her time in teaching women skills to earn their own livings. She attracted other women who were motivated by their faith to join her in her work, and more than 20 of them were formed into a religious community by 1852, the Sisters of the Cross and Passion.


Global Healing  On Thursday 18th February, Bishop John will launch a series of speakers, prayers and discussions based on the film-based resource, “Global Healing”. The talks will take place each week from the 18th February throughout Lent, with our Head of Environment Dr Emma Gardner sharing her own knowledge and experiences with us on Thursday 4th March’s event.

We all have our own part to play in responding to the environmental crisis our world is facing and Pope Francis has called each of us to listen to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.

The “Global Healing” documentaries will inform and challenge people to respond to Pope Francis’ call to Care for Our Common Home. The films are suitable for all who are concerned about what is happening to our world and who want to take action, or those who want to learn more about the issue.

The films will take place over six Thursdays, from 18th February – 25th March 2021, between 7.30pm – 8.30pm and are hosted by the Global Catholic Climate Movement Laudato Si’ Animators in the UK.

To register to join, please email jane@catholicclimatemovement.global


The Word This Week Where does authority come from? Why is one man regarded as a prophet, and another as a lunatic, and a third as a hypocrite? Jesus startles the crowds with a ‘new teaching’ today, but what amazes them so much is not the message but the authority behind it: they are convinced because what he does somehow adds credibility to what he says. It’s the old situation that we are all familiar with – we look through words to see the actions, which show us the real message. The scribes did not heal or work miracles, but simply talked about God. Jesus talks about the Kingdom of God, but also shows the people what it is – a Kingdom where all that damages human happiness is abolished. The other side to this is that we must listen to a prophet or teacher when they are backed by such authority; we may not “harden our hearts” and ignore the message when we have recognised that the messenger is sent by God. This is the hard part, because it demands that we too show, by our actions, that we have heard.


Caritas Sunday, January 31st, 2021

Last year our Parish donated £692.89 from the collection.  Can we aim to do the same this year by donating on line?

In past years we have had envelopes and perhaps a speaker from the pulpit but this year things are very different.   Things are different for a lot us.  Some are experiencing loss of income from loss of work or reduced hours.  Some have more money through inability to spend on the usual little joys of life.  For some people in our community Inequality suddenly feels more pronounced.   A different form of inequality arises from being confined to our homes.  People react differently and whilst for some it isn’t much of a problem, for others there is the stress of inactivity, isolation or worse.  The stricture is the same but the effect creates another form of inequality.

For the people who rely on Caritas their problems have increased.  Once again the gap between those who have and those have not has grown bigger.

Fr Ged Murphy, Episcopal Vicar for Caritas, speaks for Caritas

The Parable of the Good Samaritan is a familiar one: a traveller is beaten by robbers, stripped and left for dead by the road. First a holy man and then another comes by, but both avoid the man. Finally, a Samaritan happens upon and helps the injured man, showing great compassion, reflecting the lengths to which love will go. He treats the injured man not as an enemy but as a neighbour, as one of his own. Through this parable, Jesus indicates that a person truly acts as a neighbour through love.

“But who is my neighbour?”

Every gift Caritas receives means we can love and support the most vulnerable and marginalised in our communities. We provide a befriending service for older people, preventing loneliness and isolation. We welcome the stranger, teaching English to those seeking asylum and those with refugee status so they can quickly integrate into their new home community. And we continue to love and feed the hungry, and shelter the homeless, across Greater Manchester and Lancashire. Pope Francis reminds us that, before we are anything else, we are brothers and sisters sharing a common home, and we are called to become neighbours and friends. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen rising inequalities in wealth and new forms of poverty and a disregard for human worth. We have a universal responsibility to act; to accept the obligations we bear to each other, and to find ‘fraternal love’. A willingness to respond to human need wherever it is found. So I ask for your help in responding now. Please choose to help Caritas to continue its life-changing work during 2021 with our brothers and sisters in need. The best way to answer the question ‘Who is my neighbour?’ is to choose to become.

So how do I donate?

It’s quite easy actually.  £10 provides a weekly befriending phone call.  £30 provides one to one case support work for the vulnerable.  £55 pays for groceries for a small family.  Please give what you can by clicking on the link https://www.caritassalford.org.uk/service-view/sunday2021/

Learn more about Caritas

Read the latest Caritas Salford Beacon.

Read the Caritas impact report for 2020


LATELY DEAD:
Gerald Walmsley, Dr Paul McCondie, Kieran Hughes, Catherine (Kitty) Wilson, Paul Bradley, Anna Copsey

MASSES RECEIVED THIS WEEK:
Gertrude Feely & Ann Copsey, Rita & Frank Donvaband, John Snape, David Whitty, Barbara Dewhurst, Keiran Hughes, John Hartley, Special Intention, Harriet Foulker, Chris Carr,  Special Intention x 4, James Hardwick, Dr Paul McCondie, Gerald Walmsley x 2, Ann Wharton

ANNIVERSARIES
Fr Joseph Wareing S.J., Harriet Foulker, Ann Wharton


Live simply thought for the week:

The Environment Agency is warning that the UK could face serious water shortages within the next 25 years.

The Energy Saving Trust (www.energysavingtrust.org.uk) says cutting showering time by one minute will reduce energy bills and reduce water consumption.


CAFOD LENT APPEAL:

Are you ready to change your life and transform someone else’s this Lent? Then please check out the following:

Walk for Water is the only Lent challenge you need: 10,000 steps a day – done your way. Every day for 40 days. Go the distance this Lent and help to end water poverty.

Sign up now, raise money and do something different to fight poverty: https://walk.cafod.org.uk/


CLITHEROE CHURCHES IN PARTNERSHIP

Pray for Refugees in Calais – CCP February 2021 Immigration controls can be a contentious social and political issue. People can be worried about uncontrolled entry to their country, their city or their town. ‘Who is picking up the bill?’, is a common concern. Despite all such things what might be the Christian perspective? One of the main ‘jumping off areas’ for illegal entry to the UK is around Calais and whatever our personal view might be there are undoubtedly men, women, children and families who are desperate for a new future and in a position of great physical, and emotional need. The choices that have driven them to Calais could well be born out of a genuine fear and desperation that we struggle to imagine. Into the New Year Clitheroe

Churches in Partnership (CCP) are looking at the plight of refugees as part of their aim to raise awareness around human rights abuse and the blight of criminal trafficking of vulnerable people. Parishioners from Our Lady of the Valley RC fellowship pledged to send money saved during Covid lockdown to some of the most vulnerable. They have searched for charities where money would go directly to those in need. Sister Bridie Dowd of the Sisters of Mercy of St Vincent de Paul, Salford, one of the Catholic Church Anti-Trafficking networkers, has been to Calais a number of times and put them in touch with Alex Holmes. Alex was to spend a month with Maria Skobtsova House of welcome and relief helping to minister to refugees in Calais over the Christmas period. Alex goes to Calais regularly and is a trusted friend of Sister Bridie. Maria Skobtsova House says: “We are very grateful that we have been able to rely on Alex and Joëlle who have been faithfully supporting the mission of the house over the past four years. Their regular presence in the House assures, beyond the practical help, a solid continuity in nourishing the spirit of Maria Skobtsova House, in all the uncertainties, precariousness and turmoils of the situation and the daily life in Calais.” Our friends at our Lady of the Valley knew they could trust Alex completely and were able to donate directly to the ‘front line’ of the problem. In September Alex wrote: “For the refugee community in Calais, this past year has continued to be shaped by police violence and the building of ever more barriers. Almost daily the refugee communities are confronted with a hostile environment, the constant dismantling of their living spaces, and actions that are an attempt to dissuade them from staying in Calais. Despite the Covid pandemic there has been no letup in the pursuit of a policy of zero tolerance by the authorities towards refugees. “ It was much colder in January when Alex emailed us from Calais with a message of thanks: “HAPPY NEW YEAR from across the Channel in Calais” “We had an amazing Orthodox Christmas celebration two days ago, on January 7th. Thank you for helping make this possible. We were able to use one of the churches in Calais, St Joseph’s…more than 60 Eritreans came for a 3 hour prayer service led by two Eritrean deacons. A fine team of 6 Eritrean refugees prepared a meal for 150 of their community. Because of Covid, this had to be outdoors…and mercifully it was dry all day.” So, Christians in Clitheroe reached across the divide and actively contributed to keeping those people in need, warm, sheltered and well fed over Christmas. Please join us in praying for refugees in Calais:

Lord of the Lost, Calmer of the Waves,
a Man of Sorrows acquainted with grief,
We pray for all refugees in Calais as they seek new life from desperation,
As they seek a place to call home,
As they seek protection from danger, hostility and violence,
As they confront barrier after barrier to simple freedom,
As they are haunted by uncertainty and fear for their loved ones.
Lord in Your Mercy may they see and feel You reaching out to them,
Lord in Your Mercy protect them,
Lord in Your Mercy uplift and empower those who lovingly minister to them,
Lord in Your Mercy show us a way to help.
Lord Jesus, in Your Mercy, Hear Our Prayer


CCP (CLITHEROE CHURCHES IN PARTNERSHIP)

A letter sent from Chris Meyer Outreach/Youth Coordinator at the Grand Clitheroe regarding a Hamper initiative.:

Thank you all for your interest and support of the Hamper initiative.  It was great to share the vision of the project and hear your thoughts and ideas as well.  I’ve set out the details of the project below.

Aim

The aim of the project is to send a message of appreciation, hope and encouragement to those in our community who have been working tirelessly on the ‘front line’ over the last year.

Scope

Due to the scale of the project, it is proposed that the hampers will be delivered in three ‘waves’.  Initially hampers will be delivered to organisations in the medical and care sectors:

  • Castle Medical group
  • Pendleside Medical Group
  • Clitheroe Funeral Services
  • The COVID testing site *
  • The ten care homes in Clitheroe
  • Clitheroe Ambulance Station

* In this group, we will give individual bundles to the COVID Testing site rather than group hampers in order to ensure the safety of individuals working there.

Cost (first phase)

We estimate we will need fifteen group hampers plus individual hampers for COVID testers.

The estimated total cost is therefore about £500.  However, Tesco has already contributed approximately £90 worth of items towards the first phase.

CCP has funds available to make an initial donation of £400 towards the first phase.

The budget for each of the following phases is likely to be approximately the same as the first phase.

Logistics

Each hamper will include six packs of either biscuits or chocolate, a bundle of hot chocolate sachets, and a handwritten card.  We will be sourcing drinks sachets via a bulk order online and buying the other items from local shops.

Clitheroe Community Church will act as the distribution “hub”.  We’ll arrange times when items can be dropped.

Invitation

I would like to invite churches to be involved in various ways:

  • Consider contributing financially towards the cost of the hampers. This could be done corporately or individuals can donate via the giving pace on the CCP website.

  • Consider buying items for the hampers. To ensure items are of consistent quality, covid safe, and to avoid duplication, please contact me at chrischrismeyer@gmail.com beforehand if you would like to donate in this way.  I will provide you with an up to date list of the required items.

  • Invite volunteers to help put the hampers together and distribute them. I will co-ordinate the volunteers.

Timescale

The goal is to make up the hampers during the half-term week of February (15 – 19th February) and deliver the following week.

Evaluation

We’ll evaluate the best way forward after completing the first phase.  If there is sufficient support, it is proposed the following phases will include schools, those in public services, such as refuse collection and school crossing patrols, and various individuals such as child carers.

Thank you all for your support and involvement in the project!

Chris Meyer

Details of how to pay will be given in next weeks newsletter


ARCHIVES – CLITHEROE

1953 Copies of correspondence in response to an application to use rooms in Stanley House for use as a Club.

A letter was sent to The Trustees, Catholic Club, Clitheroe from J.C. Smith & Son, Collectors and Restorers of Antique Furniture,
54-58 Lowergate , Clitheroe Telephone 400 on 15th May 1953.

Dear Sirs,

With reference to your application for rooms in Stanley House for use as Club.

Fr d’Andria is willing to consider this application providing the members of the Girls’ Club will move from their present rooms and take those on the first floor.

The floors of the latter are thought to be insufficiently strong for use such as you would require.

The Leader of the Girls’ Club is being interviewed and it is hoped that a reply to your request will be possible in the next few days.

A reply was sent the following day May 16th from The Trustees:

Dear Sirs,

In view of the fact that members of the Girls’ Club are willing to take rooms on the first floor of Stanley House, Father d’Andria has favourably considered your request for rooms and is prepared to let those on the ground floor, such as are not let to Girls on the following terms:-

Rent 30/- (thirty shillings) per week, payable quarterly.

You as tenants to be responsible for the payment of rates, including  water rates.
The cost of any alterations to the interior for use as Club premises to be borne by you, but it is hoped that if any be found necessary these will prove of minor order and that every care will be taken of  the walls and interior fitments.

Twelve months notice will be given should the premises be required by the Parish Priest for parochial purposes.

As Stanley House is scheduled as a historical building the exterior of the house must not be altered in any way.

A reply sent from The Knights of St Columba  Council 215.  Back York Street, Clitheroe on the 21st May 1953.

RE: PROPOSED GENTLEMENS’ CLUB AT STANLEY HOUSE

Dear Sir,

By kind permission of the Leader of the Girls’ Club our Accommodation Committee have viewed the ground floor rooms of Stanley House now occupied by the Girls.  We have reached the conclusion that these rooms are totally unsuitable and utterly unadaptable for use as a Catholic Gentlemens’ Club.

In spite of this we are still interested in transferring to premises worthy of same.

In your letter of the 15th instant you state that you consider the floors of the now vacant section to be unsafe for our particular requirements.  Three members of the Committee with long experience in the building trade feel certain that this is not so and that the floors in question would quite easily carry.  Further we are agreed that the vacant section viewed by us on Sunday the 10th instant is entirely suitable for our purposes and that no major alterations are either necessary or desirable.
Consequently, should your view concur we shall be pleased to receive and consider your Terms for same.

Yours faithfully,

For & on behalf of

THE ACCOMMODATION COMMITTEE

Convener


ARCHIVES – SABDEN

The following was either in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times or The Lancashire Evening Telegraph 21st December 1956

JUBILEE

Solemn High Mass was celebrated at St Mary’s R.C. Church on Sunday evening for the first time to mark the golden jubilee of Father Thomas Murray, Sabden’s 75 year old parish priest.

On Saturday before a crowded audience in the schoolroom Fr Murray was presented with a cheque.

Other presents were bestowed on him by the children, the Children of Mary and the Knights of St Columba.

Fr Murray, a native of Glasgow, was ordained in 1906, after which he spent 20 years as a missionary in South Africs.

He was curate for four years at St Anne’s Church, Blackburn, and later at St Michael’s, Ancoats.

He succeeded Fr Meade as parish priest at St Mary’s Sabden, in the year 1933, and in 1938 he was largely instrumental in the building of the village church of St Mary, which he has served so faithfully and well for the past 23 years.


 

17th January 2021 – Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

The week ahead:-

Today is the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mass 12 noon (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am     (Sunday) Clitheroe

Mass 11am         (Sunday) Sabden

 

Monday               Mass 10am (Clitheroe)

Tuesday               Mass 10am (Clitheroe)

Wednesday        No Public Mass

Thursday             No Public Mass

Friday                   Mass 10am (Clitheroe)

 

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mass 12 noon (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm           (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am     (Sunday) Clitheroe

Mass 11am         (Sunday) Sabden


ONLINE TALKS

“The Adventures of a Biblical Translator” Saturday 23rd January 2021, 11.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. An event by The Catholic Biblical Association of Great Britain “The Adventures of a Biblical Translator” by Dom Henry Wansbrough. Editor of the New Jerusalem Bible and most recently the Revised New Jerusalem Bible, Dom Henry has spent a life-time in Bible translation. To access this live stream event go to www.ssppilford.org.uk and click on live stream remote services. Event available subsequently on www.whatgoodnews.org. Dr Sean Ryan, chair of the CBA, will introduce the event. Questions for Fr Henry on Bible translation may be emailed beforehand to catholicbiblicalassociation.gb@gmail.com

Austen Ivereigh: Let Us Dream! Saturday 30th January 2021, 11.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.

“Let Us Dream!” is the first book written by a pope in response to a major crisis, and the first ever to be drafted in English – by his collaborator and biographer, Austen Ivereigh. The book offers not just the Pope’s reflections on the multiple coronavirus crises, but spiritual guidance on how to make use of the pandemic to make a better world, drawing on powerful episodes from his own life and a lifetime of leadership. Austen Ivereigh is a writer, journalist and commentator best known for two highly regarded biographies of Pope Francis: The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope and Wounded Shepherd: Pope Francis and His Struggle to Convert the Catholic Church. To access this live stream event go to www.ssppilford.org.uk and click on live stream remote services. Event available subsequently on www.whatgoodnews.org.  Questions for Austen may be emailed beforehand to adriangraffy@dioceseofbrentwood.org


Ribble Valley Youth  RVY livestream this month will be on Friday 29th at 7PM on the Ribble Valley Youth Youtube channel.


Pastoral Letter – 16th/17th January
A Pastoral Letter from Bishop John. A voice recording of the letter can be found here: https://soundcloud.com/salford-diocese/pastoral-letter-for-weekend-16th17th-january-2021

and download the text here: http://www.olotv.org.uk/newsletters/Pastoral%20Letter%2020%2017-01-2021.pdf


The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 18th – 25th January. 2021 has been prepared by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland. The theme that was chosen, “Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit”, is based on John 15:1-17 and expresses Grandchamp Community’s vocation to prayer, reconciliation and unity in the Church and the human family.

Today the community has fifty sisters, all women from different generations, Church traditions, countries and continents. In their diversity the sisters are a living parable of communion. They remain faithful to a life of prayer, life in community and the welcoming of guests. The sisters share the grace of their monastic life with visitors and volunteers who go to Grandchamp for a time of retreat, silence, healing or in search of meaning.

For 2021, the sisters are inviting churches across the world to enter into their tradition of prayer and silence that is rooted in the ancient traditions of the catholic Church.


A THANK YOU FROM CARITAS We are very grateful for the financial and practical donations received in response to our Advent 2020 campaign #MiracleOfKindness. As a result, we were able to sustain our services providing food throughout the Christmas period and we can continue to provide essential support during this latest period of lockdown. Please keep our service users, volunteers and staff in your prayers. Thank you.


As we are now in a lockdown situation due to the spread of Covid, it is important to remember the guidance which is given and which allows places of worship to remain open. As Bishop John has emphasised throughout the pandemic, he wants those coming into the Church to pray and worship to be as safe as possible. This has been and remains our aim here in the Parish of Our Lady of the Valley. So please continue to adhere to the guidelines and the rules while you are in church, as well as before and after Mass while outside church.  Please do not come to Mass if you are not well or if you are displaying any symptoms of having the virus. Presently there is no obligation to attend Sunday Mass.

Let us do all we can so as to keep safe and well, and help others to do the same.

Our thanks to the stewards for all they are doing which allow us to keep our churches open and keep everyone safe while at Mass.

God bless you all in these difficult times, and let us continue to pray for each other.

Fr. Paul


LATELY DEAD

Elizabeth Mary McGruer died 6th January aged 78 years

Stephen Francis Myerscough died 5th January aged 94 years

Barbara Dewhurst died 3rd January aged 78 years

Margaret Ireland died 9th January aged 78

Pasqualli Ferro

 

ANNIVERSARIES

Agnes Marsden, Stephen Pryle, John Marsden

 

MASSES RECEIVED THIS WEEK

Barbara Dewhurst, Agnes Marsden x 2, Rita & Frank Donbavand,

Stephen Pryle, Special Intention, Pasqualli Ferro,


LIVE SIMPLY: THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

Plan daily and weekly menu, then make a shopping list of what you need. We throw away seven million tonnes of food and drink per year in the UK. Compost peelings and use up leftovers. https://www.rivercottage.net/recipes-in/love-your-leftovers etc. is packed with great suggestions.


FROM THE ARCHIVES:

ST MICHAEL & ST JOHN’S

Clitheroe Advertiser and Times October 10th 1952

LAND SHORTAGE AT R.C.CEMETERY

Although technically St Joseph’s R.C. Cemetery in Waddington Road, Clitheroe should have been closed some years ago, interments are still taking place in the limited amount of land available.

In the near future, however,, it is inevitable that the existing space will be completely exhausted, and, when that time arrives, the Roman Catholic authorities will have no option but to seek alternative accommodation elsewhere in Clitheroe even if the negotiations at present in progress for the Borough Council to become a burial authority are not completed.

COMMON GRAVES

Fr A.B. d’Andria told an “Advertiser and Times,” reported this week that they were still using St Joseph’s Cemetery, but there were only common graves.  It was impossible to provide private graves owing to the lack of room.  Many people had family graves, and these would, of course, continue to be used.

Fr. D’Andria said the negotiations between the various church authorities over the Town Council becoming a burial authority began some six or seven years ago and he had hoped that something might have been done before now.

 

 

Again from Clitheroe an advert describing the property Stanley House on Lowergate which was presumably prior to its sale (no date on the advert)

Stanley House

Clitheroe

COMPRISES: Residence; Stables and

Outbuildings; Gardens;

Glass houses; Lawn

   
RESIDENCE: Lofty rooms; southerly outlook
   
GROUND FLOOR: 3 entertaining rooms;

Study; Butler’s Pantry &

Offices; Entrance Hall;

Kitchen

   
FIRST FLOOR: 4 Bedrooms; 2 Dressing

Rooms; Bathroom

   
SECOND FLOOR: Billiard Room; several

Attic Bedrooms.

 

EXTENSIVE CELLARS

The property, gardens and grounds are

self-contained and free from Ground

Rent or any other charges

Stands alongside Presbytery and Church.

A private entrance through the Playground to the Church

 

Suitable for Nursing Home, Rest House,

Country House for religious or

Convalescent Home.

 

There is room for extension

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SABDEN – someone has sent me the following snippet from the Blackburn Standard 16th June 1877:

SABDEN: NEW CATHOLIC CHAPEL

On Sunday the opening services at St Mary’s School Chapel, Sabden were continued.  High Mass was celebrated at eleven o’clock by the Rev Joseph Johnson, S.J. late of St Walburge’s Preston  An eloquent and impressive sermon was preached by the Rev.William Loughman S.J. of Stonyhurst College.  He took for his text St Paul to Titus iii c,4 and 5 verses – “But when the goodness and kindness of God our Saviour appeared, not by the works of justice which we have done, but according to His mercy, He saved us by the laver of regeneration and renovation of the Holy Ghost.”  The music at the morning service was Weber’s Mass in G.  The offertory piece was Melluzzi’s “Locus Iste,” which was sung with great taste by the members of the choir from the Catholic Church, Clitheroe.  The evening service consisted of Zingarelli’s “Biatus Vir,” after which the Rev William Lawson, of the Church of the Holy Name, Manchester, gave a forcible and powerful address.  The service was concluded by Terziani’s “Tantum Ergo.” The congregations at the service were both respectable and numerous, in fact many were unable to get seats.  The collections amounted to the sum of £24

 

 

10th January 2021 – The Baptism of the Lord

The week ahead:-

Today is the Baptism of the Lord

Mass 12 noon (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am     (Sunday) Clitheroe

Mass 11am         Sunday) Sabden

Monday               Mass 10am (Clitheroe)

Tuesday               Mass 10am (Clitheroe)

Wednesday        No Public Mass

Thursday             Mass 10am (Clitheroe)

Friday                  No Public Mass

 

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mass 12 noon (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm           (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am     (Sunday) Clitheroe

Mass 11am         (Sunday) Sabden

 

Things are changing rapidly and will no doubt continue to do so over the next few weeks. So as you can see from above there will be no Public Mass on Wednesday or Friday. We cannot open church for Mass without the stewards, and so as not to overburden our volunteers by asking them to steward more than once a week, for the time being it is perhaps best for us not to have a Public Mass every weekday. Our thanks to all our Stewards who have been so generous in giving of their time over these past months, and keeping us safe.

It is so important that we all continue to do everything within our power to keep safe and well, and to help others to do the same. When we come to Mass we must continue to follow the instructions and keep the rules while we are in church and also outside the building before we enter and as we leave, otherwise we would have to close.

 Ordinary Time Begins on Monday.

Sunday readings are from Cycle B and weekdays from Cycle 1

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 4th January, England will once again move into a national lockdown. Churches may remain open for the celebration of Mass. 

However, the safety of our communities remains our priority and it is important to remember that the Sunday Obligation continues to be lifted and that this does not mean that our faith has to be put on hold.

Places of worship You can attend places of worship for a service. However, you must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble. You should maintain strict social distancing at all times. You should follow the national guidance on the safe use of places of worship.


LATELY DEAD

Bridget Barnes (previously Lynch nee Kerr) died 26th December aged 77 years

Elizabeth Mary McGruer died 6th January aged 78 years

Stephen Francis Myerscough died 5th January aged 94 years

Barbara Dewhurst died 3rd January aged 78 years

ANNIVERSARIES

Fr Bernard Dobson SJ, David Person, James & Frances May Holden, John Mead, Joseph Lofthouse, Ann Wharton, Robert Graham, Hazel Grainger, Henry Thornber

MASSES RECEIVED THIS WEEK

David Person, Joe Brennan, Rita Donbavand, James & Ferances May Holden,

Herbert & Mary Brown, Jack & Andrew Whitwell, Robert & Ada Graham,

Daniel & Mary Lambert, Andrew, Jack & Pat Whitwell, Ann Wharton, Joseph Lofthouse, John Lofthouse, John Mead, Special Intention x 3, D.Raynor,

Pauline Klivis, Rita & Frank Donbavand, Robert Graham, Hazel Grainger, Henry Thornber

Live simply thought of the week:

12 green ideas for the New Year:

  1.   Buy local produce
  2.   Make the most of what you have
  3.   Reuse, Repair, Recycle
  4.   Plan meals to avoid food waste
  5.   Eat better meat and eat a lot less of it.
  6.   Take your own bags to the supermarket
  7.   Don’t leave the tap running while cleaning your teeth.
  8.   Make sure dishwasher/washing machine is full before switching on
  9.   Use a cooler wash, save electricity
  10. Buyclothes when you need them not when you want them
  11. Don’t leave electrical items on standby – switch off
  12. Use greener cleaning products

On behalf of CAFOD and Laudato Si Groups


Is there an Arabic speaker in the parish?

If so could you please ring Tom Clay on 07962 136749

hal yujad natiq bialerbyt fi alraei?

yrja alaitisal b Tom Clay ealaa 136749 07962


PAX CHRISTI (PEACE SUNDAY)

17th January 2021

Please join us for our National Peace Sunday Reflection on Saturday 16th January at 6pm, when we will gather on zoom to pray, share and reflect on Pope Francis’ message.

To register please contact the office at admin@paxchristi.org.uk


CLITHEROE CHRISTIANS IN PARTNERSHIP

We are thankful to God for the launch of Ribble Valley Youth, or “Revy” as it’s affectionately named now. The idea of a town-wide youth initiative has been discussed and prayed over for a long time, and in November RVY had its first online event. Lucy Skelton and Chris Meyer met frequently over the summer to discuss what RVY would look like and how it could work. The vision of RVY is to develop a town-wide youth ministry, not linked to any particular church, but functioning as part of the Body of Christ in our town. We aim to provide a place where all young people in the Ribble Valley can grow in their faith. In short, RVY seeks to build community, reach out effectively, and invest fruitfully in the young people of our community.  Friendships are a vital part of growing in faith as a young person, and we hope that RVY will inspire young people to be strong in their faith, and to be courageous in sharing it with their friends. Young people can easily feel isolated, but we want RVY to be a place where friendships can be built and strengthened. RVY therefore seeks to develop a range of projects and events, both online and face to face. Online, the majority of young people engage with several different technologies. Youtube, Gaming, and Social Media are the key platforms young people are attracted to. RVY has already begun to engage with our young people through social media and live streaming on Youtube. We have already received very positive feedback and a core group from across the churches is beginning to come together. In the new year, we hope to launch a RVY gaming channel for young people to join and enjoy with their friends. Credit goes to Lucy for overcoming the technological hurdles and figuring out how to be a “You-tuber” with Chris! Apart from the online engagement, we also hope (as soon as COVID permits) to get out on the streets with a team of RVY Youth Workers; volunteers from local churches who are passionate about engaging with young people in our community. A couple of months before RVY was launched we did a street survey of young people which showed there is both a huge need and an opportunity to meet and engage with them right on the street. The dream is to help young people, who have never engaged with church before, find a home in a church family that is right for them. This isn’t a job for the few but depends on local churches’ involvement. Can we encourage you to tell your young people about RVY? We would also be grateful for volunteers with a passion for youth work to join the team, and, of course, for your prayers for RVY. We are very excited about what God will do through His church as RVY moves forwards. If you are interested in joining the team please contact Lucy or Chris: chrischrismeyer@gmail.com lucyskelton@stjamesclitheroe.co.uk Lucy Skelton and Chris Meyer Prayers: Father, thank you for your goodness and favour, as RVY has taken its first steps. Thank you for every church and young person who has engaged with it. Thank you for the vision you have given the team, to bring together your sons and daughters, and share your love with the Ribble valley. Lord we ask that you will continue to inspire us, to seek your will, for more young people to become part of RVY, and for your wisdom as we move forwards. Let your kingdom come and will be done, here on earth as it is in Heaven. In Jesus’ name. Amen. Please also pray for: – Young believers to grow in their friendships through RVY.  – Young people to be inspired to join RVY and local church life. – Wisdom for leaders in effectively reaching young people online. – Wisdom for leaders as we plan how best to reach young people face to face in the community. – Volunteers to join the RVY team as it grows – Support and investment from local churches


FROM THE ARCHIVES:

CLITHEROE ADVERTISER AND TIMES

1957 – PANTOMIME – QUEEN OF HEARTS

FUN FOR ALL IN “QUEEN OF HEARTS”

Gay Dances: Tuneful melodies

For many years now the brightest package in Clitheroe’s Christmas tree has generally been regarded as the pantomime presented by the Catholic Pantomime Society at The Hall.

This year the package is bigger, brighter an funnier thank ever, full of snappy dance routines, colourful scenery, lavish costumes and breezy humor.

Right from the word go, the audience was enthralled with scene after scene of mounting excellence designed to please the eye and ear of even the most fastidious.

The choice of story this time was that evergreen favourite the “Queen of Hearts.”

These pantomime stories get thinner and thinner every year, but the audiences do not seem to mind and certainly there is no lack of other ingredients in this delectable connection.

Principle boy and girl were once again that delightful pair, Margaret O’Donnell and Audrey Smith, the one bold and dashing, the other sweet and winsome in the best pantomime tradition.

Their pleasing voices combined in many a pleasing duet, while they contributed a number of solo items of equal distinction, numbers like “The Birds and the Bees,” “Getting to Know You” and “More”.  All were most enjoyable.

The Queen of Hearts was none other than our old friend Sam Bridge.  His incomparable sense of fun is given full rein in a tailor-made role to which he did full justice.

LOCAL INSTITUTIONS

     As is right and proper he poked fun at local personalities and institutions, his sallies sending the audience into shrieks of laughter.

Particularly good was his “over-the-garden-wall” effort – in which he portrayed a Lancashire housewife chatting to a neighbour and his stories as “Revolving Doors” and glamorous clippie.

His partner in fun was mainly Joe Bailey.

Particularly funny was a glorious day at the seaside – in which they looked like a couple of old ladies who had strayed from a Giles cartoon.

Technically, Mr Bailey played Black Patch, but most of the time he and Mr Bridge were engaged in knockabout comedy acts of a revue character which added spice and zest to the production.

Another figure of fun was Derek Rawcliffe as the testy King of Hearts, while John Byrne made a dashing Knave.  Derek and Sam were joined another riot, “Rock around the Click”.

The bold bad King of Spades and his henchman the Knave, were admirably portrayed by William Altham and Ernest Swarbrick, while Patricia Wareing was a dainty Pink Fairy.

Other roles were portrayed by Keith Stansfield, Fred Dunn, Brenda Grant and Tommy Walker.

SIGNATURE TUNE

    The opening chorus “Bring your Smile Along” was the signature tune of the show.

It introduced a well-drilled chorus, the delightful pantomime children whose self-assurance and general air of competence belied their years.

Even the tiniest of tots carried themselves like troupers, parading and dancing with skill and precision in the most complicated of manoeuvres.

The principal speciality scene of the first half of the programme was “Vienna in Springtime,” which introduced Tommy Walker whose vigorous singing was one of the highspots of the show.

With Brenda Grant and Joan Preedy, as the dancers in beautiful white gowns, he submitted an appealing “Lovely Lady”.

Patricia Wareing was also heard to advantage in another delightful song in this scene, “Swing High, Swing Low,” while she was joined by Ernest Swarbrick in a lilting duet, “Moonlight, the Danube and You.”  Tommy Walker again excelled in “Serenade.”

LOVELY SCENES

     All these numbers were portrayed against a beautiful scenic background and a colourful and competent array of dancers.

Another speciality scene, “Way Down South,” introduced a number of well-known melodies like “Swanee,” by Derek Rawcliffe and the company, “Tenessee” by Ernest Swarbrick and “Midnight Choo-Choo,” an opportunity to hear the pleasing singing of Helen Turner and the slick dancing of the Tappers.

Tommy Walker’s vigorous voice was heard again in “Lucky Old Sun.” Joe Bailey and Sam Bridge brought more laughs with another piece of tomfoolery, “Lily of Laguna.”

The children were again to the fore in “Are you from Dixie?” while the company brought a rousing scene to a successful close with “On the Mississippi.”

There was a military air about the scene as Tommy Walker introduced a number of martial numbers with “The Sergeant Major’s on Parade.”

He was the exasperated sergeant major who had to deal with a couple of loony recruits – Sam Bridge and Joe Bailey, guaranteed to make any N.C.O. resign in despair.

THE TINY TOTS

     Sandra Webster gave us a delightful “Lollypop Major.” While Maria Foulker led the tiny tots in the “Toy Town Artillery.”

One of the outstandingly beautiful numbers was a hunting scent, in which a picture of red-coated huntsmen came to life to sing a number of well-known hunting songs.

In contrast was a Nativity scene which unfolded as Vanessa Houlker sweetly and reverently sang, “Angelus.”

One of the most appealing items was “Apple Blossom Time, “which featured little Marlene Bridge, Mary McDonald and the Tiny Tots, while Mary Waterhouse and Vanessa Houlker gave much enjoyment with their rendering of “Wild, wild roses.”

This is but a selection of the outstanding items from a show which has more than 70 artistes and nearly 50 musical numbers. Yet interest never flags, such is the sure direction the production has been given by the joint producers, Mr Edmond Cambien, Mr J.K.Sherliker, Miss Frances Lofthouse and Miss Marie Sherliker.

3rd January 2021 – Second Sunday of Christmas

A new-year prayer for God to bless and protect his people (Numbers 6:22-27)

‘The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.’

May the Lord  fill your hearts, your homes and your families
with his peace and his love throughout this New Year.

Prayers and blessings.

Fr. Paul
 

The week ahead:-

Today is the Second Sunday of Christmas

Mass 12 noon (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm        (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am   (Sunday) Clitheroe

Mass 11am      Sunday) Sabden

Monday           Mass 10am (Clitheroe)

Tuesday           Mass 10am (Clitheroe)

Wednesday     Mass 10am (Clitheroe)

Thursday          Mass 10am (Clitheroe)

Friday               Mass 10am (Clitheroe)

The Baptism of the Lord

Mass 12 noon (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm        (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am   (Sunday) Clitheroe

Mass 11am      (Sunday) Sabden


The Drama Displayed: A Journey of Salvation

A free series of online talks offered by the Christian Heritage Centre. A range of excellent speakers will examine the key moments of salvation history, with the aid of great works of art. At 7:30pm every second Thursday, from 14th January to 25th March. For info and registration: https://christianheritagecentre.com/events/the-drama-displayed/


Thank You    Fr. Paul would like to thank you for your cards and gifts, prayers and best wishes for Christmas. They were all very much appreciated.

Thank you also for your continued help and support during the last twelve months, and as strange as things have been, together we have, with God’s help, safely got through it.


Places of worship

You can attend places of worship for a service. However, you must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble. You should maintain strict social distancing at all times.

You should follow the national guidance on the safe use of places of worship. We must adhere to all the previous rules and regulations.


2021 – TIER 4

As we enter 2021 it is a time when we can reflect on how we are managing the procedures that have been put in place for the safe opening of our churches.

In the last few days we have heard more about the virus mutating and becoming more easily transmissible. It is important, therefore, to review how we maintain the good practice to keep our churches safe, so that people who use them can do so safely, and so that we are able to remain open.

Ventilation is important, so too sanitising, people wearing face coverings (unless exempt) and no socialising either in or at the back of church, or outside the church, are things we need to remember.

It is also still advised that people should sit throughout the liturgy. People should not kneel nor stand with the obvious exception when going to receive Communion. Communion must only be given in the hand, not on the tongue. Communion will be administered at the end of Mass.

Singing should also not take place.

During tier 4 weddings can only take place in an emergency.

Funerals are limited to 30 members present, not including the priest and stewards. Whilst music can be played care should be taken that it does not prolong the Service.

At Baptisms there should be only 6 present.

We are all a lot more confident about dealing with these matters than we were a year ago but we need to be careful of becoming complacent, especially as the numbers of Covid cases are presently rising rapidly.

Finally people should leave church straight after Mass and not congregate at the back of church, or outside, to chat.

Priests should stay away from the back of church afterwards and if anyone wishes to talk with him they should ring him.


Lately Dead:

Bridget Barnes (previously Lynch), née Kerr, aged 77


Live simply thought for the week:  

12 green ideas for the New Year:

  1.   Buy local produce
  2.   Make the most of what you have
  3.   Reuse, Repair, Recycle
  4.   Plan meals to avoid food waste
  5.   Eat better meat and eat a lot less of it. 
  6.   Take your own bags to the supermarket
  7.   Don’t leave the tap running while cleaning your teeth. 
  8.   Make sure dishwasher/washing machine is full before switching on
  9.   Use a cooler wash, save electricity
  10. Buyclothes when you need them not when you want them
  11. Don’t leave electrical items on standby – switch off 
  12. Use greener cleaning products

On behalf of CAFOD and Laudato Si Groups


Is there an Arabic speaker in the parish?

If so could you please ring Tom Clay on 07962 136749

hal yujad natiq bialerbyt fi alraei?

yrja alaitisal b Tom Clay ealaa 136749 07962


27th December 2020 – The Holy Family

LATELY DEAD

Joe Balshaw aged 86years from Burnley, late of Clitheroe


MISSIO

Fr Chantry from Missio has sent the following message:

There is no doubt that this year has been a very difficult time for all of us.  We have all had to find ways to cope not only with the restrictions around us, but with isolation and sometimes loss.  Thank you for doing all you can in the present situation to support Missio.  A very important part of Missio’s work is to pray for each other and for those in need across the world.  Your prayers have played a vital role in supporting mission and missionaries.

Please continue to pray for us, as I will for you.

As we say goodbye to this year let us hope and pray that next year will bring us some welcome relief.

May God bless you and your loved ones at this special time.

Father Tony

Fr Anthony Chantry

Missio National Director

England and Wales


CONGRATULATIONS…

to Mrs Chris Carr who last weekend celebrated her 99th birthday.  She is one of, if not the oldest of our parishioners.

She was ‘serenaded’ on the occasion by local singer Arthur Geldard, outside despite the weather last weekend.

The surprise event was arranged by Mrs Marina Barrett and helped by our Ladies Group.

Some parishioners joined in the celebration along Bleasdale Avenue, socially distancing of course.


CLITHEROE CIVIC SOCIETY

A casual walk along Woone Lane will reveal the fact that a tremendous amount of work has been undertaken to return the area to a more natural state, and providing access to an area, which will rapidly become a really valuable and accessible local asset.

We are most fortunate to invite Jack Spees, the director of the re-wilding project, who will give a presentation via Zoom on Monday 4th January.

The presentation is available to Civic Society members as part of membership fees, and is available to others on payment of £3 per viewing person, via contact with the society’s treasurer.  Contact details can be found via the website:

www.clitheroecivicsociety.org.uk

Don’t miss this golden opportunity.


CAFOD

The Cafod group send their best wishes for a very Happy Christmas


Father Paul, Janet and Teresa send their best wishes to all parishioners for a very holy and peaceful Christmas and New Year

20th December 2020 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

From 19th December.     The Week Ahead:-

Sunday              Mass 12 noon (Saturday) in Dunsop Bridge    (4th Advent)

Mass 5pm (Saturday) in Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am in Clitheroe

Mass 11am in Sabden.

Monday            Mass 10am in Clitheroe

Tuesday            Mass 10am in Clitheroe

Wednesday      Mass 10am in Clitheroe

Christmas Masses 2020

Christmas Eve

12 noon Dunsop Bridge
3pm Clitheroe
5pm Clitheroe
7pm Clitheroe
6pm Sabden
8pm Sabden

Christmas Morning

8am Dunsop Bridge
10am Clitheroe

Boxing Day         Mass 11am in Clitheroe       (St. Stephen)

Sunday 27th        Mass 9.30 in Clitheroe
Mass 11am in Sabden

Monday 28th  to   Friday 1st
                                  Mass 11am in Clitheroe

Saturday 2nd       Mass 12 noon in Dunsop Bridge
Mass 5pm in Clitheroe

Sunday 3rd            Mass 9.30am in Clitheroe
Mass 11am in Sabden


LATELY DEAD

Miles Eastwood, Mary Payne, Vincent Mulhearn, Jose Noblet,

MASSES RECEIVED THIS WEEK

Vera Hope, Vincent Fox, Mrs Carr, Mary Payne, Special intentions x 4,

Private Intention, Holy Souls, Thanksgiving, Birthday, Glenn Peters x 3,

Terry Peters, Margaret & Arthur Peters, Filbin & Atherton families,

James Reid, Margaret Thompson, Robert Thompson, Anne Copsey (sick), Tom & Marian Macauley, Alf & Ada White, Jason Townsend, Sick Relative, Jose Noblet, Winifred, Richard & Roy Fox, Alice & Wilfred Clegg, Mary Agnes Clegg, Betty Birtwell, Ann Stanley, Betty Brown, Private Intention, Paul Trotter, Margaret McGough, Michael Pryle, Stephen Pryle.

ANNIVERSARIES

Filbin & Atherton families, Tom & Marian Macauley, Alf and Ada White, Winifred, Richard and Roy Fox, Alice Clegg, Winifred Gidlow, John Humphreys

LIVE SIMPLY THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS – 12 ACTS OF KINDNESS

  1. Smile when you are out and about
  2. Look out for your elderly neighbours
  3. Gift toys to your nearest children’s hospital
  4. Donate to Foodbank
  5. Donate pet food to a local shelter
  6. Thank the bin men, milkman, postman, window-cleaner
  7. Put out organic bird seed in your garden.
  8. Spend 10% less on each person’s gift and donate that 10% to a charity you know they support.
  9. Be patient in the Christmas sales and tell shop assistants that they are doing a wonderful job.
  10. Try and reduce your meat consumptionover Christmas and buy organic when you can.
  11. Support your local independent businesses, including your local market
  12. Buy a ‘Christmas sandwich’ and Hot Chocolate and give it to a homeless person.

CAFOD

Don’t know what to get for Christmas presents? Buy a World Gift for Christmas and help to change the lives of those living in poverty.

Please check out the following website:

World Gifts explainedhttps://worldgifts.cafod.org.uk/pages/gifts-in-action
(copy and paste into your browser)

Grace Fellows on behalf of OLOTV CAFOD/Laudato Si Groups

LADIES GROUP

The Chair and Committee of our Ladies Group hope you are all keeping well in these rather unusual times.  The Ladies Group will resume its meetings as soon as it is safe to do so.  I certainly miss being able to chat and catch up with everyone.  We will let you know when meetings will restart, meanwhile remember to keep in touch with one another.  Wishing you all a Joyous Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Carol Riley (Chair).

DUNSOP BRIDGE

Congratulations to Andrew, a pupil at Thorneyholme School for writing to Bishop Arnold asking for a live-streamed Christmas Mass for the schools. Bishop Arnold phoned Mrs Jackson at the school with his thanks for the suggestion.
The Mass was live-streamed on Thursday 17th December at 2.00 pm and will be available to download for the next few days on
https://www.dioceseofsalford.org.uk/watch-the-salford-cathedral-livestream

Andrew and Arthur were two pupils from Thorneyholme School who were recorded reading The First reading and the Responsorial Psalm for the Mass. Well done

13th December 2020 – Third Sunday of Advent – Gaudete Sunday

From 13th December.     The Week Ahead:-

Sunday                      Mass 12 noon (Saturday) in Dunsop Bridge      (3rd Advent)

Mass 5pm (Saturday) in Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am in Clitheroe

Mass 11am in Sabden.

Monday                    Mass 10am in Clitheroe    (St. John of the Cross)

Tuesday                    Mass 10am in Clitheroe

Wednesday  Mass 10am in Clitheroe

Mass 7pm in Sabden

Thursday                   Mass 10am in Clitheroe

Friday            Mass 10am in Clitheroe

Saturday                   Mass 12 noon in Dunsop Bridge                         (4th Advent)

Mass 5pm in Clitheroe

Sunday                      Mass 9.30am in Clitheroe

Mass 11am in Sabden

 

LATELY DEAD:
Rita Donbovand, Miles Eastwood

ANNIVERSARIES:
Kenneth and Janet Barlow, Richard Embery, Margaret Watkins

LIVE SIMPLY THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:
Try using recycled/recyclable gift wrap or material to wrap up your presents.  Look for cards with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) mark. This guarantees the paper has been produced sustainably and ethically.

CAFOD
Don’t know what to get for Christmas presents? Buy a World Gift for Christmas and help to change the lives of those living in poverty.
Please check out the following website:

World Gifts explained   https://worldgifts.cafod.org.uk/pages/gifts-in-action


CHRISTMAS MASS STEWARDING

Additional volunteers are needed for some of the Christmas Masses.  We’re “OK” for the 3pm and 5pm on Christmas Eve but could do with a few more names for the 7pm one.  We also need more names for the Mass on Christmas morning.  Please contact Ann Harkin if you could help

anhark456@aol.com


LAUDATO SI’ At our Laudato Si’ meeting on Tuesday Dominic Aunger alerted us to the CAFOD Send a Message to the Brave initiative which was a humbling reminder of just how much some people are prepared to do for the rest of us. The Brave are human rights defenders and environmental activists across the world who are risking everything to defend our brothers and sisters and protect our common home. You can also look at the CAFOD website to view their latest petitions. In order to ensure our defenders receive their messages by Christmas, please send your online messages before 19 December.  

https://cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Latest-campaigns/Messages-to-the-brave?fbclid=IwAR0JrQnTbdLhXFLJj059C9D6EFUWAz6TPIbKOYBMRF51EP56NgeAR_6mq8k


LOVE CLITHEROE – CAROLS IN THE CASTLE

The usual Carols in the Castle event will not take place this year due to Covid19 restrictions but there will be a service on Saturday 19th December at 6pm which will be streamed on Youtube and Facebook Live.  This is an outreach event aimed at those outside of our Churches more so than those who are already have a faith.   The programme includes a trimmed down Carols band for some more traditional Carols alongside some local musicians and local actors in the Zoom Nativity/


CLITHEROE CHURCHES IN PARTNERSHIP

PRAYER THEME

This month’s CCP prayer theme will focus on intercession for the various outreach activities taking place in our community during Advent. Let us pray for both the online event and physical events such as the Christingle services. Also, on Christmas Day the Salvation Army are planning to hold a meal for the lonely. Please pray for God’s wisdom in their planning, for protection, and a good atmosphere within the restrictions of social-distancing.
Let us pray that God will open the minds of many in our community so they will see the light of the gospel. May the Holy Spirit work His work, turning hearts back to Himself, and may there be fruit for eternity as a result of these outreach activities.
Let us also pray for God’s protection over His Church as we do our best to safely meet in our congregations during this time.      A.Meyer (chairman CCP)


Please see the Caritas Salford Advent appeal here https://www.caritassalford.org.uk/


The Word This Week So who is coming? This Sunday’s readings help to answer that question. John the Baptist is asked about the coming of the Messiah – is it him? He affirms his role as a witness to speak for the light, by pointing to the one who stands among the crowd unknown to them who is coming after him. This idea is present in the First Reading, where Isaiah proclaims what the anointed one” (Messiah in Hebrew) will do, and the joy that this will bring. It is interesting that the Psalm appointed for this Sunday is the Magnificat – Mary’s song of praise at the announcement that the Messiah would be born of her – in which she sings of the works of the coming Messiah. Paul then reminds us that we are still waiting patiently: God has called you, and he will not fail you. This is why, on this ‘Gaudete’ Sunday, we as God’s people rejoice in his care, made visible in his promises, fulfilled in Jesus.


The Diocese has started work with academic partners on a ‘decarbonisation strategy.’ This will involve understanding our carbon footprint and ways to reduce it, over the next two years. The team would welcome anyone with expertise in this area in our parish communities to get in touch at decarbonisation@dioceseofsalford.org.uk. so that they are aware of those that might want to get involved.


Year of St Joseph – December 8th 2020-2021 The 8th December, marked the 150th anniversary of  Blessed Pius IX placing the Universal Church under the Protection of St. Joseph. To mark the anniversary Pope Francis as written a powerful meditation on St. Joseph, particularly in the light of the current pandemic. http://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/events/event.dir.html/content/vaticanevents/en/2020/12/8/letteraapostolica-patriscorde.html

The Pope has dedicated the next twelve months as a Year of St. Joseph. The Decree from the Apostolic Penitentiary is not yet available in English but there is a good summary here https://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2020-12/apostolic-penitentiary-plenary-indulgence-year-st-joseph.html


Thank You  For a cheque to the parish for £2000 from the Sabden Village Folk Panto Group. We will miss the Pantomime this year due to the present Covid restrictions.

Also to the Sabden Knit, Stitch and Natter Group for their cheque for £150. We look forward to you being able to meet again once we are able to meet in the future.

Salford Diocese Caritas Advent Appeal  If you would like to make a donation this Advent and Christmas. Call Rachel Taylor 0161 817 2285 or visit the website https://www.caritassalford.org.uk/service-view/advent-appeal-2020/


Christmas Masses 2020

Christmas Eve

12 noon Dunsop Bridge
3pm Clitheroe
5pm Clitheroe
7pm Clitheroe
6pm Sabden
8pm Sabden

Christmas Morning

8am Dunsop Bridge
10am Clitheroe

We have put on an extra Mass in each of our three churches this year because we will still be limited in the number that can be in the church for Mass. Previous guidelines will still need to be adhered to at all times. Fr. Ian Kelly has very kindly offered to help us out.
There is still no obligation to attend Mass, and as Christmas continues to be celebrated after the 25th, perhaps you might even consider coming to one of the Masses between Christmas and 1st January which is the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God.
It is important that we continue to keep safe and well, and help others to do the same.


Offertory Collection Thank you for your continued financial support to the parish during these difficult times through standing orders and by leaving your offertory collection in the box which has been left near the hand sanitizers at the back of church. It is much appreciated.


First Holy Communions  As you are aware, the children now in year 4 who took part in the Sacramental Programme had just started to receive their First Holy Communion before we had to again suspend all public worship. We are hoping that these children will be able to receive their Fist Holy Communion at one of our weekend Masses starting in the New Year. The schools will give you a date and the time of the Mass for you to attend.


Diocesan Almanacs Are now available giving diocesan and parish info at £3.50 each.


FROM THE ARCHIVES

Whilst reading through some St Hubert’s correspondence this week I found the following account regarding its history.  Some parishioners already know this story but for those who don’t, this is what I found:

Part of the funds for the building of St Mary’s & St Hubert’s Roman Catholic Church, which was opened in 1865 came from a race horse win.

The land round about was owned by the Towneley family and the church itself is a memorial to the family and the energy of Richard Eastwood who carried the title of Bowbear of Bowland.  Awarded the title by Peregrine Towneley of Burnley, Richard Eastwood with assistance of Charles Towneley, built the church on land belonging to the family.

The erection of the church cost about £700 and some of the money came from the winnings of the horse Kettledrum, which won the Derby in 1861.

Surrounded by stained glass windows there are two paintings of the horse on the decorated ceiling, also four small carved horses heads on the stone side pillars behind the altar.

Designed in the early English style and made to accommodate about 100 people the church was dedicated in May 1865.  The opening sermon was preached by Dr Richard Roskell, Bishop of Nottingham, who returned many times.  He was eventually buried in the Church yard.  Mr Charles Towneley head the church decorated in the 1870’s and the presbytery was built by Mrs John Towneley, while the family also furnished the sanctuary and provided funds for church expenses.

In the grounds of the church stands a huge white angel, which cost £1,000 to erect as a memorial to Richard Henry Towneley.

Mr Pergrine Towneley bought the ‘Whitewell’ estate in the early 1800’s.  A curious story is told in connection with the purchase of the property, Mr Towneley loved a joke and never cared in the least what people thought of him.  Hearing the property was for sale, he dressed himself as a tramp and begged a breakfast at Whitewell Inn.  To the amusement of the assembled company the ‘tramp’ bid at the extensive property, the auctioneer entered into the fun and accepted a higher bid and knocked down the estate at an absurd amount under the mistaken belief that he could not pay.  Where upon the ‘tramp’ laid a small card on the desk bearing the words Mr Peregrine Towneleym Tiwbeket Hall.

Charles Towneley succeeded his father in 1846.  The church has always been protected by the Towneley family and in 1937 when the rest of the family estates in the district were sold to the Duchy of Lancaster the church was excluded from the transfer.


FROM THE ARCHIVES – CLITHEROE

Clitheroe Advertiser and Times Friday January 2 1948

Helped To Stage His Own Pantomime

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Written in Greece in 1945

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CAST OF 70 REQUIRED 300 DRESSES

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Following his release from captivity by E.L.A.S. Forces during the Greek Civil War in 1945. Mr Edmund Cambien of Bawdlands, Clitheroe, occupied his leisure moments by writing a pantomime, and even went to the extent of designing the scenery on small sheets of foolscap.

This week his pantomime entitled “Humpty Dumpty,” came to life on the stage of The Hall, Lowergate, and Mr Cambien was not only joint producer with Mrs J.Sherliker, whose name is so often associated with Christmas entertainments at The Hall, but took a small part in the show himself.

Many willing helpers had thrown their resources into making the pantomime one of the finest achievements in the long run of successful entertainments at The Hall, about then complete changes of scenery and over 300 dresses, most of them locally made, contributing to the bright and colourful spectacle.

Abounding in humour, and generously sprinkled with tuneful songs, the pantomime romped along at lively pace, the versatility and enthusiasm of the cast of 70 investing it with an exuberance which met with a ready response from the audience

Following tradition the unfolding of the story served merely to link a succession of captivating stage pictures.  The multi-coloured dresses of the opening scene, and the rousing singing of the entire company put the pantomime in the right key, and the liveliness was sustained by subsequent song scenes which appealed to the eye as well as the ear.

PICTURESQUE SCENE

Perhaps the most stimulating of all was the exquisitely-performed Dutch scene in which chief honours went to the children.  Dancing with precision and singing with a delightful simplicity they presented a tuneful and picturesque scene, the solo parts being taken by Helen Turner, Ann White, Margaret O’Donnel and Vivian Calvert.

By contrast, another song scene “All the King’s Horses” had as the name implies, a military flavour, and was notable for some dexterous stage movement and skilful tap-dancing.  In “Winter Wonderland” the senior members were seen in some attractive dance figures which successfully created the illusion of skating, and another impressive number was “I was never kissed before” from the musical success “Bless the Bride,” the pastel-shaded period gowns and graceful dancing resulting in a scene of rare beauty.

A very effective number was a ballet by the children which had the charm appropriate to its title of “Fairyland,” the originality of the scene winning loud acclamation from the audience as a diminutive fairy emerged from a large “tulip” to join a group of garlanded children.  Another striking feature of this scene was a dance by a number of children representing butterflies, their gaily-painted wings being illuminated with small electric bulbs.  A similarly successful item was the finale, in which a small child was carried on to the stage in a basket of flowers.

PLENTY OF FUN

The men of the company were responsible for some brisk singing, and in their numbers “On the Quayside,” they contributed some popular shanties, the soloists being Richard and Robert Geldard and Jim Parker.  They also provided some rollicking fun, especially in the “paddling,” scene in which they were dressed in old-time bathing costumes and carried parasols.

Much of the success of the show rested upon the comedians, Mr Sam Bridge and Mr Jow Bailey as Gertie and Liza, their lively sense of fun keeping the audience in merry mood.  Mr Bailey’s characterisations as a schoolgirl and later as an old gossip were riotous affairs, and Mr Bridge was indefatigable in sustaining a continuous flow of quips and local allusions which were quickly appreciated.  His comedy songs “Big-hearted Lily,” and “An old Fairy,” were highly entertaining, and he managed to get the audience singing with him in “Has anyone seen my pom.”  The two combined in another uproarious sketch “Queuing,” the background of which was Clitheroe Market Place.

Mr Bridge also figured in duets with Mr J O’Donnel (the King), who proved a capable partner in the humorous songs “I get up every morning” and “If I had my way.”  Very few in the audience on Monday could have realised that Mr Bridge had been confined to bed with a cold until shortly before the performance.

SKILFUL INTERPRETATION

The more serious side of the pantomime was in equally efficient hands, the roles of Ricki and Jill being skilfully interpreted by Jacqueline Crawford and Marjorie Cambien.  The two were always decorative, and their voices blended well in their duets “This is my lovely day” and “I was never kissed before.”  Miss Cambien created a favourable impression in her first song, the lilting “Beautiful Morning” from “Oklahoma” and charmed with the contrasting “Rockabye,” a tenderly-interpreted number in which she was supported by the children.   Miss Crawford had an easy stage presence and brought to the role of principal boy appropriate assurance and vitality.  Her song “Top of the morning smile” was a distinct success.

Humpty Dumpty, whose three wishes form the basis of the story, was conveniently portrayed by Mr Joe Webster, and Miss Kathleen Nelson made an attractive Rosanne.  To the part of the Fairy Queen, Miss Frances Lofthouse brought considerable charm, and her solo dances were executed with skilful precision.  Messrs Robert Geldard and Phillip O’Hagan were responsible for some knockabout comedy as a wayward “horse” and another small role, that of Father Christmas in the “Rockabye” scene, was successfully handled by Mr Jim Parker.

EFFICIENT CHORUS

The chorus which played such an important part in the success of the show was as follows:

Children: K.Nelson, J.White, R.Bailey, B.Jackson, M.O’Donnel, V.Calvert, M.Tyrer, E.Batts, B.Vose, M.Hilton, I Stephenson, R.Frankland, K.Devine, M.Devine, A.Worswick, M.Booth, M.Taylor, M.Walmsley, K.Wilkinson, J.Wilson, K.Scott, M.Patefield, S.Webster, F.Jackson, L.Holmes, A.Birtwell, A.McNally, P.McNally, Pat Gudgeon, Pam Gudgeon, B.Goodbier, J.Jackson, J.Birtwell, H.Turner, M.Wrigley, A.White, C.Rawcliffe, R.Hargreaves, F.Birtwell, S.McNally, J.Preedy, M.Jackson, M.Winterbottom.

Ladies: D.Manley, M.Sherliker, F.Lofthouse, J.Hutchinson, E.Wright, S.Boyers, E.Boyers, J.Turner, M.Turner, E.Goodbier, M.Boyers, A.Rice, E.Vose, B.Punchard, J.Goodbier, D.Jackson

Men: Richard Geldard, Robert Geldard, P.O’Hagan, T.Bailey, J.Parker, F.Dunn, D.Birtwell, E.Cambien, J.MacDonald, T.Blacklock, J.Bailey, D.Hutchinson

The pantomime was a personal success for the joint-producers who seem to possess a flair for choosing the right type of material, as well as the capacity to infuse their enthusiasm into every member of the company.

To accommodate such a large cast on a small stage was a severe test of stage-craft, the difficulties being overcome by clever and effective grouping which enabled exits to be smoothly accomplished.

Credit is also due to Miss M.Sherliker who with the assistance of Miss F Lofthouse taught the children the many attractive dance routines, and to Mr S.Bridge for his humorous additions to the script.

The scenery was painted by Mr Cambien and Mr K.Sherliker who began this task last May and are to be complimented on their tasteful creations.  Musical orchestrations were by Mr Bert Cross, who conducted an orchestra comprising the following: Violins, Mr T.Isherwood, Mr W.Jackson and Mr R.W.Harris. Cello, Mr E.Isherwood, Flute Mr J.Marsden. Trumpet Mr F.Worden. Drums Mr J.Devaney. Pianist Mr K.Sherliker

Much hard work was done by Messrs A.Batts, W.Wrigley, J.MacDonald and J.Burnett, and their assistants in preparing the stage, Mr J.Gudgeon, electrician, Miss M.Bailey, wardrobe mistress, Messrs F.Bailey and H.Oddie make-up, and the Ladies Committee.  Proscenium decorations were by Polish friends, Miss M.Wrigley efficiently fulfilled the duties of secretary-treasurer.


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