26th June 2021 – Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Uitenhage Today         Mass 12 (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am Clitheroe

Mass 11am Sabden

Monday       Mass 10am Clitheroe

Tuesday       Mass 10am Clitheroe

Wednesday Mass 10am Clitheroe

Thursday     Mass 10am Clitheroe

Friday           Mass 10am Clitheroe

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Sunday     
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mass 12 noon (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am Clitheroe

Mass 11am Sabden

Kirkland
MASSES RECEIVED THIS WEEK
Rita & Frank Donbavand x 2, Ada Graham, Andrew Whitwell,

Marion Townsend, Margaret McGough, Special Intention, Safe Return,

Marie Storey

LATELY DEAD
Marion Townsend, Kathleen Johnson (nee Jones), Marie Storey,

ANNIVERSARIES

Ada Graham, Andrew Whitwell, Margaret McGough


Live simply thought of the week:

Check out Sainsbury’s recycling facilities.  Sainsbury’s have extended their recycling to include plastic items: carrier bags, bread bags and cereal bags,

bags and wrapping for fruit, vegetables, salad and flowers, bottle and can multipack wrapping, biscuit and cake wrappers, toilet roll and kitchen roll wrapping, rice and dry food wrappers, cheese wrappers, frozen food bags, household item wrapping, clothes bags, magazine and newspaper wrappers, baby food pouches, microwaveable pouches, pet food pouches, crisp bags, plastic or foil coffee packaging, foil confectionery wrapping, film lids from meat, fish, poultry and fruit, vegetable trays


PARISH BUDDY SYSTEM

It has been hard for many people during the Covid restrictions to keep in touch with what is happening in the Parish and I’m sure that some people are feeling isolated.  The Communications and Media Group has been discussing ways of reaching out to people and we came up with the idea of a Buddy System which we agreed at the last Parish Forum.
Please let us know of anybody (with their permission of course) who would welcome the odd ‘phone call to talk about Parish matters and have someone to contact for information.
We are also seeking names and contact details for people who would be prepared to act as the “Buddy”.

Please contact Anthony Brown on abrown.boggarts@googlemail.com or Janet Clegg on smsj@btinternet.com with your name and contact details if you would like to be part of this scheme and we will get back to you.


CCP – CLITHEROE CHRISTIANS IN PARTNERSHIP
RIBBLE VALLEY YOUTH

Below is an invitation from RVY to an event at

St James’ Church on 4th July 6PM-8PM:

We would love to invite you to JOIN US for our first LIVE RVY EVENT! Book in now to be part of the summer event, July 4th, 6-8pm, at St James’ Church, Clitheroe. 

It’s just £1 for entry – book in advance on the RVY website or pay on the door for a great night, including live music, games, prizes, and the RVY shop where you can grab goodies from. 

Come with your young people, join us on July 4th, 6-8pm for an incredible night.

Please Note: The RVY team has ensured the event will be fully compliant with Covid guidelines.

Please feel free to bring this to the attention of your congregations as you wish.

You can book tickets by heading to www.rvyouth.org/rvy-event or just turn up on the door, but spaces will be limited so best to book if you can. Youth leaders are welcome to accompany youth but please let us know if you are planning on doing so!


The CCP prayer theme has now been published on the Love Clitheroe Website. This month the focus is on homelessness..

Listen to God and let Him teach us how to love the most marginalised in society

All the different things I’ve done God has guided me.  He is the only power that I’ve got.

Sally Trench said these words in an interview with the Tablet in 2018.

It’s a sad reflection on the modern world that homelessness is increasing.  After the war it was our returning soldiers unable to adjust who finished up drinking themselves to death on meths, boot polish and gasoline.   These men didn’t last long and homeless World War II veterans disappeared from the streets.  Homelessness today is more the result of poverty, addiction and sometimes simply circumstance and misfortune.
Recently we have seen a number of destitute and homeless men in Clitheroe.  These men aren’t anything like the men Sally Trench knew.  We can help these men and by the grace of God that is what we are trying to do in Clitheroe.
But this month’s theme isn’t really about homelessness and it certainly isn’t about homelessness in Clitheroe.  It’s about God reaching out to us via inspirational people, and learning that if we can’t emulate those people we can at least support them in some small way, perhaps a little hands-on help or donations and prayer.

In the 1960s Sally Trench was just a young girl mixing and caring for destitute people on the streets of London. Her first book Bury Me in My Boots was published in 1967. The book tells how Sally had spent the previous five years sleeping rough with some of the most marginalised people in the world.  It is a tale of lived-out faith.   “I was living in this world on the bomb-sites,” she recalls, “with the rats, and the dossers. That is what I was there for, to help them die when they needed to die, or to keep them alive when they needed to keep alive.”  As one of them neared his end he said; “bury me in my boots, Sally”.   Sometimes without sleep or without food for days she lived amongst those men, experienced what they experienced, and as someone who felt a failure and a reject too, she identified with them.

Sally was a difficult kid from an early age.  She came from an upper middle class family and was sent off to a Roman Catholic boarding school at the age of five.  She was expelled when she was fifteen.  A year or so later, walking across London at about 11:30 pm she counted eighty-seven dirty, drunk, flea-ridden old men lying on the benches, under the benches, newspaper their mattress and newspaper their cover.  Her initial reaction of disgust and evasion turned to something quite different – a recollection of her Christian roots and a realisation of what that meant.  She turned back.  In her pearls and evening dress she sat between two of the dirtiest men.  Repelled by the smell of gasoline and urine and nausea but recognising these people were utterly homeless, utterly unwanted, uncared for, and nowhere to go, she went home and prayed.  She thanked God for her parents and her home and made a pledge that she would do something about these people because God had made her aware of them.

She got a job and spent her income on food, coffee, cigarettes, clothing, and started a night vigil at two o’clock every morning.  Climbing down the drainpipe she got on her bicycle and cycled six miles across London.  She gave out the food, the coffee, the cigarettes, and the blankets and at three o’clock she returned home and went to bed again.  She did this for a year.  No one knew.

At the end of that year she walked out of her home after a row with her father and didn’t return and it was then that she spent five years sleeping rough with the men.  She wrote Bury me in my Boots on toilet paper with pens provided by the station master at Waterloo Station and kept what she wrote in Left Luggage.

One day, she encountered a young woman who had used a knitting needle to try to abort her pregnancy and was bleeding to death. She summoned a local priest to give her the last rites. It was the start of a friendship with the Jesuit Hugh Thwaites that would inspire him to retrieve the diary from Left Luggage, type it up and send it to a publisher friend.

At the age of 22 she was interviewed by Studs Terkel. With her public school education and sophisticated voice, she doesn’t sound a failure or a reject; she sounds affected,  naïve, and over confident. Was living with the Meths Men just a teenage rebellion and a short phase in her life?  According to an article in The Tablet written in 2018, absolutely not. Sally prefers to be called Sparky and it is that spark that is the most obvious outward thread that connects the work she described in Bury Me in My Boots, and her subsequent missions.  First, she ran a successful referral school for 700 “delinquent children” in London. Next, in the 1990s, she rescued children from the civil war in Bosnia and gave them a home in Britain. Until April 2017, she spent a decade living in the Western Cape in South Africa working with 7,000 children in squatter camps.

All these ventures came under the auspices of Project Spark, the charity she established with the royalties from her first book. Her remarkable life goes back to a pact with God on her seventh birthday when, troubled about the Catholic convent teaching on mortal sin, she describes a sort of revelation: “I just felt this sort of amazing feeling of a voice, saying, ‘Hey, you’re not in mortal sin, let’s make a pact.’ And so I made this pact with God. I said, ‘You died for me, so I will live for you,’ and God said, ‘That’s a stunning pact. I agree with that one.’ And that was it. I’ve stayed with Him forever. We are a team. I can do nothing without Him.”

There is a message here for all of us.   Whenever we are reminded of how little will power we seem to have and reflect on the impossible things that remarkable people do, let’s think of those words of Sally Trench and pray that we will hear God’s personal message to us, whatever that might be.

PRAYER

Let us pray for love, that we can put base emotions out of our hearts and learn to love even those who are the most difficult to love. 

Let us try and love as Jesus loves for whoever Jesus loves, we must, in the best way we can, learn to love them too. 

Let us pray that, with love, God will also give us the strength to act.

And let us pray that little by little we can gain in strength to do more and eventually perhaps do what for the moment seems impossible.


FROM THE ARCHIVES:

 Taken from the Minute Book of the Youth Committee June 22nd 1941

Meeting held in the Hall Sunday 22nd June 1941

Rev Fr Kopp SJ in Chair

Representatives of the following sodalities were present.

Mens Guild, Womens Guild, Children of Mary, St Agnes Guild, Knights of St Columba, Squires of St Columba, Catholic Social Guild and Boys Guild.

It was agreed that an executive and active committee be set up, consisting of one member from each of the under mentioned sodalities, to meet at definite times and dates and to have powers to act.

It was agreed that the Committee be composed as under

Mens Sodality Mr L.Bradley
Womens Sodality Mrs W.Jackson
Boys Sodality Mr W.Gould
Children of Mary Miss M.Lofthouse
St Agnes Guild Mrs Eccleston
Knights of St Columba Mr C Chatburn
Squires of St Columba Mr W Brown
Catholic Social Guild Mr T Dobson
Liaison Officer Mr C Chatburn
Deputy Chairman Mr T Dobson
Secretary Mr W Fehrenbach

 

It was agreed that any member being unable to attend a meeting must send a deputy

It was agreed that the Committee meet at lease once every month, in the Presbytery Library, after the service of the Holy Hour.

It was agreed that the next meeting to be held on Thursday July 3rd, and that in the meantime all members do their utmost towards achieving a 100% Sodality membership.


Meeting held in the Presbytery Library Thursday July 3rd 1941.

Rev Fr Kopp in the Chair

After discussion, in which the indefinite state of present day youthful mentality was stressed, and the necessity for giving a lead to youth.

It was agreed that the members of the committee return to their sodalities and organise a canvas of the Youth of the parish, between the inclusive ages of 14 to 21 to attend a “SURPRISE NIGHT” to be held in The Hall on Wednesday August 6th from 7pm to 10pm.

It was agreed that a meeting be held in K.S.C. rooms on Monday July 7th at 8pm to arrange the method of canvas, or other means of approach to the youth of the parish.

It was agreed that the Secretary ask Miss Bramley to provide Two hundred and fifty tickets for the “SURPRISE NIGHT” and to distribute them to the committee members for further distribution.

Meeting held in the rooms of the Knights of St Columba on Monday July 7th 1941

Mr T Dobson in the Chair

It was agreed that the members of the committee should undertake a personal canvas of the members of their sodalities, and others to be invited, in their various districts.


Meeting held in the rooms of the Knights of St Columba on Friday July 19th 1941

Mr W Bush in the Chair

It was agreed that the Committee start a subscription list to engage music for the “SURPRISE NIGHT” on August 6th and the cost be divided amongst the members.

It was agreed that Mr Finlay Currie be given charge of the entertainment side of the “SURPRISE NIGHT”

It was agreed that Mr Robin Dobson be given authority to proceed with the installation of a Radio Gramophone for the same event.

It was agreed that the duration of the interval be limited to fifteen minutes from 8.30pm.

It was agreed that the next meeting be held on Sunday August 3rd (after the evening service) in the Hall.


Meeting held in the Hall on Sunday August 3rd

Mr T Dobson in the Chair

Reports were heard as below.

Mr L.Bradley (Mens Sodality) reported on a Special meeting held in the K.S.C. rooms on Wednesday July 29th under the chairmanship of Rev Fr Ferguson S.J. to which all men of the parish were invited to discuss with the Mens Sodality, the problems relating to Public representations and the Youth movement.  Twelve attended, a further meeting arranged was for the Tuesday before the fourth Sunday in August i.e. Aug 19th and those present were asked to bring others.  Rev Fr Ferguson gave some general remarks, stressing necessity for active interest in the Youth Movement.

Mrs Eccleston (St Agnes Guild)  reported on distribution of tickets for the “Surprise Night” to the effect that so far as could be ascertained, all eligible youths of both sexes in her district had been invited.

Miss Lofthouse (C.O.M) reported that all members of the Children of Mary and other eligible persons had had invitations to the “Surprise Night”.

Mr R Dobson (Boys Guild) reported that all available tickets had been distributed and that all arrangements were generally in order.

Mrs Wrigley (Womens Guild) deputising for Mrs W Jackson reported that through the members of the Womens Sodality tickets for the “Surprise Night” had been well distributed.

Mr Finlay Currie reported on the progress of the arrangements he had made for the entertainment side of the “Surprise Night”, the services of a Pianist, an Accordianist and an Entertainer having been secured.

The loan of a suitable Gramophone records was asked for.

The purchase of tins of Floor polish for use on the Dance floor was arranged.

Messrs L Bradley and F Cawley were appointed to act as door keepers.  Mr Bush was asked to undertake the preparation of the Stage, Lighting and Props generally.

The Secretary was instructed to attend to the provision of “Ideas” papers, for use during the “Surprise Night”, to accompany the Deputy Chairman to interview.

Rev Fr Donlevy S.J. with respect to his attendance, and the attendance of Rev Fr Ferguson

It was agreed that the next meeting be held on Sunday August 10th at 7.30pm


Meeting held in the Presbytery Library on Sunday August 10th.

Rev Fr Ferguson S.J present

Rev Fr Kopp S.J. in the Chair

A report of the “SURPRISE NIGHT”, and the matters arising from it, was given by the Secretary and discussed very thoroughly; as a result of which the Rev Chairman gave his permission for the use of the Hall (subject to his being satisfied with regard to the efficiency of the blackout, provision for the prevention of any rowdyism or other unseemly conduct on or around the Hall and School premises generally; the presence of responsible adult persons to supervise whatever functions were held, and the submission to himself of all requests for the use of the Hall; and it being further understood, that whilst Dances at which the age limit would be approx twenty five, could be held by the Youths of the parish, through the medium of the Youths Sodalities, Adult dances without an age limit would not be permitted, though other forms of social gatherings and entertainments were permissible).  At this point the Rev Chairman after being thanked for his attendance and co-operation, left the meeting, and Rev Fr Ferguson deputised for the remainder of the meeting.

After further discussion it was agreed that a “Black Out Committee” be appointed as follows.  Messrs W Bush, W.Brown, F.Livesey, J.Marsland and that this Committee attend to the provision of an efficient Black Out of the Hall.

It was agreed that the Sodalities and other organisations in the parish be asked to subscribe a minimum of Ten Shillings, for the provision of the necessary funds with which to purchase Black Out materials.

It was agreed that the date and time of the next meeting be fixed for August 22nd (Friday) at 8pm to be held in the K.S.C. rooms.


Meeting held in the Rooms of the Knights of St Columba on Friday August 22nd

Rev Fr Ferguson S.J. in the Chair, deputising for Rev Fr Kopp S.J.

A report of the “Black Out” Committee was given by Mr W.Bush of the measuring up for the necessary materials for the blacking out of the Hall and of the interview this Committee had with Rev Fr Kopp S.J. who agreed to loan the initial expenses, to be repair at a leter date.

It was agreed that the Black Out Committee create a set of regulations to be observed by those using the Hall and submit them for the approval of the Rev Fr Kopp S.J.

It was agreed that the subject of a Stage Properties Committee be deferred.

It was agreed that Mr R Dobson be co-opted to serve ofn the Black Out Committee.

It was agreed that the next meeting be held in the K.S.C. rooms on Wednesday August 27th at 8pm for the purpose of setting up a Junior Committee from those Young people who gave their names as being willing to serve on such a Committee, on the occasion of the “SURPRISE NIGHT”

20th June 2021 – Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today         Mass 12 (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am Clitheroe

Mass 11am Sabden

26/27th June

Sunday      Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mass 12 noon (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am Clitheroe

Mass 11am Sabden


MASSES RECEIVED THIS WEEK
Max Romer

LATELY DEAD
Max Romer

Live simply thought of the week:

Check out Sainsbury’s recycling facilities.  Sainsbury’s have extended their recycling to include plastic items: carrier bags, bread bags and cereal bags, bags and wrapping for fruit, vegetables, salad and flowers, bottle and can multipack wrapping, biscuit and cake wrappers, toilet roll and kitchen roll wrapping, rice and dry food wrappers, cheese wrappers, frozen food bags, household item wrapping, clothes bags, magazine and newspaper wrappers, baby food pouches, microwaveable pouches, pet food pouches, crisp bags, plastic or foil coffee packaging, foil confectionery wrapping, film lids from meat, fish, poultry and fruit, vegetable trays.

PARISH FORUM

The Parish Forum meeting due to be held this coming Wednesday 23rd June has been CANCELLED and has been re-scheduled to 7.30pm Wednesday 21st July, hopefully in the normal way in our Parish Hall.

PARISH BUDDY SYSTEM

It has been hard for many people during the Covid restrictions to keep in touch with what is happening in the Parish and I’m sure that some people are feeling isolated.  The Communications and Media Group has been discussing ways of reaching out to people and we came up with the idea of  a Buddy System which we agreed at the last Parish Forum.
Please let us know of anybody (with their permission of course) who would welcome the odd ‘phone call to talk about Parish matters and have someone to contact for information.
We are also seeking names and contact details for people who would be prepared to act as the “Buddy”.

Please contact Anthony Brown on abrown.boggarts@googlemail.com or Janet Clegg on smsj@btinternet.com with your name and contact details if you would like to be part of this scheme and we will get back to you.

LADIES GROUP

I hope you have kept safe and well these past months and that you are now enjoying the opportunity to reconnect with family and friends as the national restrictions begin to ease up. Spring has always been my favourite season but this year’s sense of renewal, anticipation and air of optimism as we look forward to a post-pandemic world is second to none – I hope you feel that too. I am still not sure when we will be able to meet again, but you can be sure we will meet again depending on the Government’s guidelines. Meanwhile make the best of the summer weather we are having at the moment. Carol Riley. (Chair).

CCP – CLITHEROE CHRISTIANS IN PARTNERSHIP

The CCP prayer theme has now been published on the Love Clitheroe Website. This month the focus is on homelessness..

Listen to God and let Him teach us how to love the most marginalised in society

All the different things I’ve done God has guided me.  He is the only power that I’ve got.

Sally Trench said these words in an interview with the Tablet in 2018.

It’s a sad reflection on the modern world that homelessness is increasing.  After the war it was our returning soldiers unable to adjust who finished up drinking themselves to death on meths, boot polish and gasoline.   These men didn’t last long and homeless World War II veterans disappeared from the streets.  Homelessness today is more the result of poverty, addiction and sometimes simply circumstance and misfortune.

Recently we have seen a number of destitute and homeless men in Clitheroe.  These men aren’t anything like the men Sally Trench knew.  We can help these men and by the grace of God that is what we are trying to do in Clitheroe.

But this month’s theme isn’t really about homelessness and it certainly isn’t about homelessness in Clitheroe.  It’s about God reaching out to us via inspirational people, and learning that if we can’t emulate those people we can at least support them in some small way, perhaps a little hands-on help or donations and prayer.

In the 1960s Sally Trench was just a young girl mixing and caring for destitute people on the streets of London. Her first book Bury Me in My Boots was published in 1967. The book tells how Sally had spent the previous five years sleeping rough with some of the most marginalised people in the world.  It is a tale of lived-out faith.   “I was living in this world on the bomb-sites,” she recalls, “with the rats, and the dossers. That is what I was there for, to help them die when they needed to die, or to keep them alive when they needed to keep alive.”  As one of them neared his end he said; “bury me in my boots, Sally”.   Sometimes without sleep or without food for days she lived amongst those men, experienced what they experienced, and as someone who  felt a failure and a reject too, she identified with them.

Sally was a difficult kid from an early age.  She came from an upper middle class family and was sent off to a Roman Catholic boarding school at the age of five.  She was expelled when she was fifteen.  A year or so later, walking across London at about 11:30 pm she counted eighty-seven dirty, drunk, flea-ridden old men lying on the benches, under the benches, newspaper their mattress and newspaper their cover.  Her initial reaction of disgust and evasion turned to something quite different – a recollection of her Christian roots and a realisation of what that meant.  She turned back.  In her pearls and evening dress she sat between two of the dirtiest men.  Repelled by the smell of gasoline and urine and nausea but recognising these people were utterly homeless, utterly unwanted, uncared for, and nowhere to go, she went home and prayed.  She thanked God for her parents and her home and made a pledge that she would do something about these people because God had made her aware of them.

She got a job and spent her income on food, coffee, cigarettes, clothing, and started a night vigil at two o’clock every morning.  Climbing down the drainpipe she got on her bicycle and cycled six miles across London.  She gave out the food, the coffee, the cigarettes, and the blankets and at three o’clock she returned home and went to bed again.  She did this for a year.  No one knew.

At the end of that year she walked out of her home after a row with her father and didn’t return and it was then that she spent five years sleeping rough with the men.  She wrote Bury me in my Boots on toilet paper with pens provided by the station master at Waterloo Station and kept what she wrote in Left Luggage.

One day, she encountered a young woman who had used a knitting needle to try to abort her pregnancy and was bleeding to death. She summoned a local priest to give her the last rites. It was the start of a friendship with the Jesuit Hugh Thwaites that would inspire him to retrieve the diary from Left Luggage, type it up and send it to a publisher friend.

At the age of 22 she was interviewed by Studs Terkel. With her public school education and sophisticated voice, she doesn’t sound a failure or a reject; she sounds affected,  naïve, and over confident. Was living with the Meths Men just a teenage rebellion and a short phase in her life?  According to an article in The Tablet written in 2018, absolutely not. Sally prefers to be called Sparky and it is that spark that is the most obvious outward thread that connects the work she described in Bury Me in My Boots, and her subsequent missions.  First, she ran a successful referral school for 700 “delinquent children” in London. Next, in the 1990s, she rescued children from the civil war in Bosnia and gave them a home in Britain. Until April 2017, she spent a decade living in the Western Cape in South Africa working with 7,000 children in squatter camps.

All these ventures came under the auspices of Project Spark, the charity she established with the royalties from her first book. Her remarkable life goes back to a pact with God on her seventh birthday when, troubled about the Catholic convent teaching on mortal sin, she describes a sort of revelation: “I just felt this sort of amazing feeling of a voice, saying, ‘Hey, you’re not in mortal sin, let’s make a pact.’ And so I made this pact with God. I said, ‘You died for me, so I will live for you,’ and God said, ‘That’s a stunning pact. I agree with that one.’ And that was it. I’ve stayed with Him forever. We are a team. I can do nothing without Him.”

There is a message here for all of us.   Whenever we are reminded of how little will power we seem to have and reflect on the impossible things that remarkable people do, let’s think of those words of Sally Trench and pray that we will hear God’s personal message to us, whatever that might be.

PRAYER

Let us pray for love, that we can put base emotions out of our hearts and learn to love even those who are the most difficult to love. 

Let us try and love as Jesus loves for whoever Jesus loves, we must, in the best way we can, learn to love them too. 

Let us pray that, with love, God will also give us the strength to act.

And let us pray that little by little we can gain in strength to do more and eventually perhaps do what for the moment seems impossible.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: 

Tuneful Panto at The Hall

Polish Soldiers in Chorus

POPULAR SONGS AND PERIOD COSTUMES

As year by year Cinderella and her Prince pursue the tangled paths of adventure and romance, the familiar story loses nothing of its attractiveness.

The year’s presentation of the pantomime, which opened at the Hall, Lowergate, yesterday, under the experienced guidance of Miss Phyllis Westby, the talented Great Harwood vocalist, is providing pleasant entertainment for Christmastide.

Great use has been made of every occasion to introduce delightful scenes, may enhanced by the period costumes.  The choice of songs, too, has been made with a view to satisfying popular taste and at the same time affording the principals scope opportunity to display undoubted versatility.

Miss Connie Houghton, as Cinderella, and Miss Mary Lawless, the Prince, gave a strong lead, and their singing was enjoyed particularly the fuet “Paradise For Two.”  Mr Tony Blacklock, making a welcome re-appearance as the Baron, was heartily applauded for his singing of “For You Alone.”  Miss K.Booth and Mr John Lawless, as the ugly sisters, Hygenia and Penelope, were efficiently wicked and selfish, while Master Joe Webster, as Buttons, added a generous measure of fun and thoroughly merited the honour of chief comedy role.  Other parts were played by Frances Lofthouse, as Betty; Edna Fenton, Dandini; Mrs A.Houghton, the Fairy Queen; and Bob Hothersal.

The chorus had something of an international flavour, all the men being members of the Polish Forces stationed at Low Moor.  These were Messrs. C.Wiesel, W.Ostrowski, J. Czekaj, J.Holender, B.Grabowski and T.Wianiewski.

Ladies chorus comprised M.Bailey, M.Conchie, F.Lofthouse, M.Lawson, M.Lawton, B.Punchard, E.Vose and M.Wiggans.

Children’s chorus were: – Girls: D.Barnes, M.Booth, R.Haslam, C.Hope, L.Holmes, D.Jackson, M.Patefield, B.Vose, H.Wilson, M.Walmsley, P.Wilson, S.Webster;  Boys; F.Dunne, M.Jackson, K.Jackson, F.Walmsley.

The Polish members played a burlesque ballet.  The children had an effective scene as “The Pendle Hill Hill-Billies,” introducing popular songs of the Range, and dance ensembles included Minuet, tap dances and ballet.

Mr H.B.Shaw, Mus.Bac., was musical director and conducted the Clitheroe and District Orchestra, Mr G.Hitchen was pianist and also played for rehearsals.  Mr T.Haslam was secretary and manager, Miss C.Houghton, dancing mistress, Messrs R.Geldard, P.Fullalove, A.Booth, A.Walmsley and Mr Fenton, stage staff.  Members of the Girls’ Club had charge of programmes.

Costumes for the principals were loaned, but the remainder were made by ladies of the congregation.

Original scenery for the production was designed and made by 2nd-Lieutenant Melczyslaw Kosik, who in civil life is a surveyor.  He made the scenery as an expression of thanks to Miss C.Houghton, who taught him to speak English.

13th June 2021 – Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today        Mass 12 (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am Clitheroe

Mass 11am Sabden

19/20th June

Sunday    Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mass 12 noon (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am Clitheroe

Mass 11am Sabden


MASSES RECEIVED THIS WEEK
In thanksgiving for safe delivery, Winifred Covey,
Grace Warren, Rita & Frank Donbavand
LATELY DEAD
Win Hargreaves

ANNIVERSARIES
Winifred Covey, Grace Warren

Live simply thought of the week:
Become a green purchaser: before buying, think ‘do I need it or just want it’.


LADIES GROUP

I hope you have kept safe and well these past months and that you are now enjoying the opportunity to reconnect with family and friends as the national restrictions begin to ease up. Spring has always been my favourite season but this year’s sense of renewal, anticipation and air of optimism as we look forward to a post-pandemic world is second to none – I hope you feel that too. I am still not sure when we will be able to meet again, but you can be sure we will meet again depending on the Government’s guidelines. Meanwhile make the best of the summer weather we are having at the moment.

Carol Riley. (Chair).


PARISH BUDDY SYSTEM

It has been hard for many people during the Covid restrictions to keep in touch with what is happening in the Parish and I’m sure that some people are feeling isolated.  The Communications and Media Group has been discussing ways of reaching out to people and we came up with the idea of a Buddy System which we agreed at the last Parish Forum.

Please let us know of anybody (with their permission of course) who would welcome the odd ‘phone call to talk about Parish matters and have someone to contact for information.

We are also seeking names and contact details for people who would be prepared to act as the “Buddy”.

Please contact Anthony Brown on abrown.boggarts@googlemail.com or Janet Clegg on smsj@btinternet.com with your name and contact details if you would like to be part of this scheme and we will get back to you.


ONLINE CHRISTIAN RETREATS VIA ZOOM

Offering a space for Christians to explore and deepen faith…

Seek ‘life in all its fullness’

CREATED & LED BY DONNA WORTHINGTON, all retreats are an invitation to be rejuvenated and affirmed in faith, to know Christ better and to open up sacred space in order to listen to the Holy Spirit and experience a living spirituality that consoles, challenges and inspires.  Varied methods enable Christians to deepen their own discipleship and travel on in their faith journeys (presentation, theological discussion, stillness, prayer, creative sessions, images, music etc).

Courses and training are also offered so individuals and groups can explore Scripture, prayer and faith’s themes and feel equipped to become prayer leaders in their own communities.

All retreats cost £20, unless otherwise stated.  For bookings, please see the website or contact Donna Worthington:
drworthington@live.co.uk
https://christianretreats.live

2021 – June – July

PETER, A DEEPLY HUMAN CHARACTER : We became alert to the spiritual dynamic in his journey in order to explore this path
Sat 12th June 2-5pm OR Mon 14th June 10am – 1pm

If people wish to, they may attend Part 2 of this retreat on Peter on Sunday 27th June 2 – 5pm

(REPEAT) THE PROBLEM OF EVIL:  This issue has caused many to question their faith.  We explore this from various angles in order to think the whole subject through, understand various approaches and see how this does not need to be an obstacle to faith.
Sat 23rd June 6.30pm – 9pm

THE HANDLESS WOMAN : Through the depths of an ancient story ‘The Handless Woman’, we will explore the wisdom which speaks to our heroic journeying.
Sat 24th July 10am – 1pm


CCP – CLITHEROE CHRISTIANS IN PARTNERSHIP

The CCP prayer theme has now been published on the Love Clitheroe Website. This month the focus is on homelessness…

Listen to God and let Him teach us how to love the most marginalised in society

“All the different things I’ve done God has guided me.  He is the only power that I’ve got.”    Sally Trench said these words in an interview with the Tablet in 2018.

It’s a sad reflection on the modern world that homelessness is increasing.  After the war it was our returning soldiers unable to adjust who finished up drinking themselves to death on meths, boot polish and gasoline. These men didn’t last long and homeless World War II veterans disappeared from the streets.  Homelessness today is more the result of poverty, addiction and sometimes simply circumstance and misfortune.

Recently we have seen a number of destitute and homeless men in Clitheroe.  These men aren’t anything like the men Sally Trench knew.  We can help these men and by the grace of God that is what we are trying to do in Clitheroe.

But this month’s theme isn’t really about homelessness and it certainly isn’t about homelessness in Clitheroe.  It’s about God reaching out to us via inspirational people, and learning that if we can’t emulate those people we can at least support them in some small way, perhaps a little hands-on help or donations and prayer.

In the 1960s Sally Trench was just a young girl mixing and caring for destitute people on the streets of London. Her first book Bury Me in My Boots was published in 1967. The book tells how Sally had spent the previous five years sleeping rough with some of the most marginalised people in the world.  It is a tale of lived-out faith.   “I was living in this world on the bomb-sites,” she recalls, “with the rats, and the dossers. That is what I was there for, to help them die when they needed to die, or to keep them alive when they needed to keep alive.”  As one of them neared his end he said; “bury me in my boots, Sally”.   Sometimes without sleep or without food for days she lived amongst those men, experienced what they experienced, and as someone who felt a failure and a reject too, she identified with them.

Sally was a difficult kid from an early age.  She came from an upper middle class family and was sent off to a Roman Catholic boarding school at the age of five.  She was expelled when she was fifteen.  A year or so later, walking across London at about 11:30 pm she counted eighty-seven dirty, drunk, flea-ridden old men lying on the benches, under the benches, newspaper their mattress and newspaper their cover.  Her initial reaction of disgust and evasion turned to something quite different – a recollection of her Christian roots and a realisation of what that meant.  She turned back.  In her pearls and evening dress she sat between two of the dirtiest men.  Repelled by the smell of gasoline and urine and nausea but recognising these people were utterly homeless, utterly unwanted, uncared for, and nowhere to go, she went home and prayed.  She thanked God for her parents and her home and made a pledge that she would do something about these people because God had made her aware of them.

She got a job and spent her income on food, coffee, cigarettes, clothing, and started a night vigil at two o’clock every morning.  Climbing down the drainpipe she got on her bicycle and cycled six miles across London.  She gave out the food, the coffee, the cigarettes, and the blankets and at three o’clock she returned home and went to bed again.  She did this for a year.  No one knew.

At the end of that year she walked out of her home after a row with her father and didn’t return and it was then that she spent five years sleeping rough with the men.  She wrote Bury me in my Boots on toilet paper with pens provided by the station master at Waterloo Station and kept what she wrote in Left Luggage.

One day, she encountered a young woman who had used a knitting needle to try to abort her pregnancy and was bleeding to death. She summoned a local priest to give her the last rites. It was the start of a friendship with the Jesuit Hugh Thwaites that would inspire him to retrieve the diary from Left Luggage, type it up and send it to a publisher friend.

At the age of 22 she was interviewed by Studs Terkel. With her public school education and sophisticated voice, she doesn’t sound a failure or a reject; she sounds affected, naïve, and over confident. Was living with the Meths Men just a teenage rebellion and a short phase in her life?  According to an article in The Tablet written in 2018, absolutely not. Sally prefers to be called Sparky and it is that spark that is the most obvious outward thread that connects the work she described in Bury Me in My Boots, and her subsequent missions.  First, she ran a successful referral school for 700 “delinquent children” in London. Next, in the 1990s, she rescued children from the civil war in Bosnia and gave them a home in Britain. Until April 2017, she spent a decade living in the Western Cape in South Africa working with 7,000 children in squatter camps.

All these ventures came under the auspices of Project Spark, the charity she established with the royalties from her first book. Her remarkable life goes back to a pact with God on her seventh birthday when, troubled about the Catholic convent teaching on mortal sin, she describes a sort of revelation: “I just felt this sort of amazing feeling of a voice, saying, ‘Hey, you’re not in mortal sin, let’s make a pact.’ And so I made this pact with God. I said, ‘You died for me, so I will live for you,’ and God said, ‘That’s a stunning pact. I agree with that one.’ And that was it. I’ve stayed with Him forever. We are a team. I can do nothing without Him.”

There is a message here for all of us.   Whenever we are reminded of how little will power we seem to have and reflect on the impossible things that remarkable people do, let’s think of those words of Sally Trench and pray that we will hear God’s personal message to us, whatever that might be.

PRAYER

Let us pray for love, that we can put base emotions out of our hearts and learn to love even those who are the most difficult to love. 

Let us try and love as Jesus loves for whoever Jesus loves, we must, in the best way we can, learn to love them too. 

Let us pray that, with love, God will also give us the strength to act.

And let us pray that little by little we can gain in strength to do more and eventually perhaps do what for the moment seems impossible.


FROM THE ARCHIVES:

From the School Log book 1942:

Aug 10 Monday.  School re-opened.  Mrs Quinn is in the Infirmary recovering from an operation.  Miss Margaret Smith, new from College, is supplying.  27 new scholars were admitted from the Infants Dep’t.  173 on roll.
Aug 18 Mrs Wrigley, Education officer, doubts whether Miss Smith is eligible for supply work in view of the Board’s circular directing young teachers to certain areas.  He is writing to the Board for a ruling.
Aug 19 The Evacuees, numbering about 2 dozen, have their meal now in a separate room.  Mr Scott advised the change.
Aug 24 Francis Marsland slipped in the Castle Grounds and cut his forehead.  The accident happened at about 1pm in the Castle Grounds after the Canteen Meal.  It would be interesting to know who is legally responsible for safety of scholars between 12.30 and 1.30.  It is difficult to expect scholars to remain on school premises a whole hour.
Aug 31 Miss Margaret Smith, at the request of the Board of Education ceased work today, Monday, as supply teacher.
Aug 26 Mr Scott, H.M.I. visited school today from 10.30 – 12.45.  He spoke in each class and attended the school meal, after which he made some suggestions for improvement.
Sept 1 Today, Tuesday, Mrs Cornwell commenced as Supply Teacher in From I during the continued absence of Mrs Quinn.
Sept 11 The average attendance at the School Canteen is 70 Catholics and 24 Evacuees.  The two groups dine separately.
Sept 18 Rev Fr Kopp today examined registers and found them correct.  School closed today at 4pm for the September Holiday.  On Friday, Sept 11, we had a full scale air raid practice.  The warden, Mr Albistone was fully satisfied.
Sept 28 School re-opened today Monday after a weeks holiday.  Mrs Quinn is still absent and Mrs Cornwell supplying.  Two scholars have so far been reported killed in active service.  John Chatburn and William Bugler, also Joseph Dixon (of Gt Harwood).
Oct 8 H.M.Inspector Mr Scott has forwarded a critical report of the school canteens following his recent visit.  In the authority of someone this report was published in full in the local press.  Ribblesdale School being mentioned by name and congratulated; other schools being indicated by letter.  This seems a clear case of divulging a confidential document.
Oct 30 School was closed this afternoon Friday to allow town children to attend a dance for Y.M.C.A.funds.
Nov 1 Sunday.  The assembled scholars and teachers this afternoon presented Rev Fr Kopp S.J, with £10 on the occasion of his leaving Clitheroe for Loyola Hall, Rainhill, after a rectorship here of twelve years.
Nov 4 Rev Fr Kopp left Clitheroe to-day, Wednesday.
Nov 11 Rev George Francis Gallagher, S.J. arrived to-day in succession to Fr Kopp.
Nov 2 Mrs Quinn re-commenced work to-day after a protracted absence due to an illness and operation.  Mrs Cornwell ceased as supply Teacher on Friday Oct 30 at noon and has transferred  to the staff of St Mary’s School, Burnley.
Nov 16 From to-day Monday, schools open at 9.30am.
Nov 20 Every effort is being made to urge children to be immunised against diphtheria.  There are four children not now immunised.
Nov 23 Mrs Quinn and Miss Wharton are absent ill to-day.  The classes are being temporarily amalgamated and the Time Table adjusted.
Nov 28 Schools are being again asked to co-operate in serving milk and meals during the Christmas holiday.
Nov 30 A list of St Augustine’s evacuees has been requested, some American gifts are to be sent them.  Mrs Quinn and Miss Wharton returned after a week’s absence.
Dec 3 James Carden scholar fell in the Castle Grounds and damaged his left wrist to-day.  Thursday, at 1pm after the canteen meal.  He received medical attention.
Dec 1 Miss Wharton was absent this afternoon (Tuesday) through illness.
Dec 2 Miss Wharton returned to-day.
Dec 4 Library books continue to be changed thrice weekly – Mon, Wed, Fri.  Scholars have recently assisted by gifts and a Raffle (£22) a local fund for soldiers.  Their total contributions in goods, etc, is about £50.  The Christmas Fayre is to-morrow, Saturday.  A recital of Table Manners for scholars at Canteens emanating from Ribblesdale has been passed to schools from the Education Officer.  It seems to us an impertinence.  Regulations relative to Teachers’ absences and salary adjustments are to be revised.  The Headmaster of this school has been asked to become an ‘Emergency Billeting Officer Assistant’ and has consented.
Dec 17 In preparation for the Holidays simple celebrations took place in the various classes.  Calendars and Christmas Cards were designed.  Christmas Carols and Hymns were sung by the whole school.
Dec 18 School closed to-day, Friday, for the Christmas Holiday (two weeks).
Dec 14 The assistant inspector spent the whole of to-day, Monday, in school.  He examined all classes and was present at the Canteen Dinner.  He expressed himself as generally satisfied.
1943            Jan 4 School re-opened to-day, Monday, after two weeks holiday.  149 on roll.  The Canteen continued its service, 52 partook of a meal.
Jan 5 The Headmaster has erected a Trapeze and Climbing ropes in the Assembly Hall which serves as the School Gymnasium.
Jan 6 School closed for the Feast of the Epiphany.  The Assistand Inspector was in the Evacuees Dept upstairs all day.
Jan 29 The Climbing Ropes and Trapeze which have been purchased for the school Gymnasium are proving of great use in physical training lessons.  The scholars are delighted with them – an acquisition which has so far been the privilege of secondary schools.
Feb 8 There was an Air Raid Siren Test to-day.
Feb 10 Preparations are afoot for the (1) County Scholarship (March 6th). (2) Convent Scholarship (March 13th), 3 Preston Scholarship (March 13th)
Feb 12 A revised exclusion list (Infectious Diseases) has been issued.
Feb 15 Mrs Quinn was absent today, Monday, through illness.  The class (Form I) is being temporarily amalgamated.
Feb 19 Mrs Quinn is still absent.  School now opens daily at 9am.
Feb 28 Mrs Quinn returned to duty to-day, Thursday, after an absence of 8 school days (illness).
Mar 5 Children availing themselves of the Canteen facilities are gradually increasing in number.  To-day there were 75.  The Headmaster stays every day to supervise and a further teacher helps in the distribution of meals.  A census has been taken of children who have milk and meals.
Mar 8 For the last three Sundays the Headmaster has taken a group of 10 Boys for an afternoon’s cycle ride in the surrounding country.  The excursions have proved very enjoyable and many places of local historical and geographical interest have been visited.
  Sunday Feb 21st – Worston, Downham, Chatburn, Sawley, Grindleton, West Bradford, Waddington, Mytton, Whalley, Wiswell, Clitheroe.  25 miles
  Sunday  Feb 28th Chatburn, Sawley, Holden Clough, Newton, Whitewell, Bashall Eaves, Clitheroe.  28 miles
  Sunday March 7th Holden Clough, Slaidburn, Newton, Dunsop Bridge, Little Bowland, Chipping, Higher Hodder, Clitheroe.  35 miles.
  There were 78 for Dinner to-day.  Miss Wharton is taking an appointment as assistant at St Mary’s, Billington on April 1st.  Rev Fr Gallagher S.J. is arranging for the post to be filled.
  Miss Allaun and Mr Pearson, Physical Training supervisors, have visited the school 3 times in the past several days and expressed themselves very pleased with the recent additions to the Gymnasium.
Mar 9 With the advent of better weather, football on the field has again started.
  A plaque commemorating Warships Week has been exhibited in the school.  Competitions have been arranged for Wings for Victory week.
  School has been closed to-day, as is customary: Shrove Tuesday.
Mar 10 The children attended Mass and distribution of ashes at 8.45am
Mar 15 Miss Wharton was absent to-day owing to illness of her mother in Grimsby.  Her class is amalgamated with another.
Mar 18 Miss Wharton returned to-day, Thursday after three days absence.
Mar 20 Rev Fr Gallagher S.J. Correspondent Manager, has been ill for the past week, since returning from his brother’s funeral, and was taken to-day to St Joseph’s Hospital, Preston.
Mar 26 Preparations are afoot for celebrating ‘Wings for Victory@ week.
Mar 31 Miss Wharton, an assistant here for 15 years, left to-day, Wed, to take an appointment as assistant at St Mary’s, Billington.  Two Evacuee Teachers – Misses Dawson of Sabden – left to-day to take appointments in Burnley. Two Teachers are now upstairs – Mrs Bennett and Mrs Chapman.
  Registers examined and found correct.
Apr 1 Mrs Jackson is supplying, pending arrival of new Teacher, Miss Kathleen Wright.
Apr 7 Two vans removed 42 dual desks to-day to Manchester.
Apr 8 The Science Room, now used as the new Dining Hall, was washed thoroughly to-day.
Apr 10 The Headmaster fitted a new bell in the Dining Hall to-day, Saturday  a proposal to disperse the Evacuees among All St James’ and Pendle Junior is deferred till the Summer Holiday when the transition will be more easily arranged.
  John Bullock recently fractured his arm during Physical Exercise in the Assembly Hall.
  Joseph Sherliker had a front tooth broken by a boy swinging on the bar near the Lavatories.
Apr 19 The Headmaster is allowing four older boys to remove the netting from all windows.  It harbours dust, prevents access of light and is unsightly.  The particular emergency which caused it to be put up has we hope passed.  This removal will allow all windows to be thoroughly cleaned by the men during Easter.
  The Headmaster visited Fr Gallagher in Preston on Saturday.  He is improving.
Apr 21 Cricked matches were recently started on the field.  Netball is in full sing.  Marbles, however have been the chief interest for four weeks.  @Marble Alley’ has been well patronised.
Apr 22 Mrs Jackson completed her supply service to-day in place of Miss Wharton
  Maundy Thursday children attended mass at 9 o’clock.  Closure of school at 4pm for the Easter vacation.  Miss Wharton to-day concluded her teaching service at this school.  She commences as assistant at St Mary’s Billington, on May 1st.  The children and teachers gave her presents and expressed good wishes.
May 3 School re-opened to-day, Monday after the Easter holiday.  Miss Kathleen Wright, former scholar to-day succeeded Miss Wharton as assistant.
May 7 Friday, School closed this afternoon for a ‘Wings for Victory’ Dance.
May 10 Wings for Victory week commenced to-day.  Visits from Air Force officers are arranged.
May 11 Senior Girls and Boys assisted in a display on the Castle, netball and games 2.30 – 4pm.
May 14 School was closed this afternoon to allow attendance of children a a Savings function at the Castle.  Bridge building at Brungerley followed and Low Moor Mill chimney was felled at 4.45
May 28 Attendance is moderate.  There is a fair amount of minor illness.
May 29 The Headmaster accompanied ten boy cyclists to the Upper Hodder to-day, Sunday; distance 23 miles.
Jun 3 Feast of the Ascension and a school holiday.
Jun 11 School closed to-day, Friday, for the Whitsuntide vacation which this year comes late.  As the midsummer holiday is shortly after, it has been decided to reduce the Whitsuntide break to two days and extend the Summer holiday to five weeks.  Rev Fr Gallagher S.J. Rector returned to-day after his illness.
Jun 13 The Headmaster accompanied twelve boys on a cycle ride via Sawley, Holden, Slaidburn, Newton, Dunsop, Whitewell, Chipping, Thornley & Higher Hodder.  Distance 28 miles.
Jun 16 School re-opened to-day, Wednesday, after two days holiday.  Attendance is good.  Two evacuee classes still use two rooms upstairs under Mrs Bennett and Mrs Smith (of London and Sawley respectively).
  This evening at 4.30 the Headmaster accompanied several boys to a farm near Slaidburn by cycle to visit a former scholar.  Teturn journey was via Dunsop and Whitewell.
Jun 22 Tuesday evening.  Ten boys and the Headmaster cycled to Clitheroe Reservoir and from there to the Flyde Reservoir beyond Slaidburn which supplies Blackpool.  The contrast in sizes was interesting.  The return was via Holden and Sawley.
Jun 21 Trinity Sunday.  Nearly forty children were consecrated in the two Sodalities to-day.
Jun 24 Thursday.  Feast of Corpus Christi and a school holiday.  Headmaster accompanied 10 boys on a days cycle tour by way of Whitewell, Dunsop, Trough of Bowland, Abbeystead, Lancaster, Cockerham, Pilling, Fleetwood, Elswick, Broughton, Longridge and Hurst Green (80 miles). The following watersheds were crossed: – Ribble, Hodder, Wyre, Bonder, Lune.  The Castle and St Peter’s Cathedral were visited at Lancaster.  They crossed the ferry on the Wyre at Knott End.  It was a very enjoyable day.
Jun 25 Preparations are being made for promotion of classes at the close of the school holiday.
Jun 29 Tuesday.  Feast of SS Peter & Paul, a school holiday.  Seventy children accompanied by the Headmaster and three teachers spent a day at Dunsop Bridge.  25 children and the Headmaster cycled, while the rest travelled by bus at 7.20am.  Half of the day was passed in the Trough of Bowland and the afternoon in the Whitendale Valley.  The party attended 9 o’clock mass at St Hubert’s.  The cyclists returned via Slaidburn and Sawley.
Jul 2 School closed to-day for 5 weeks holiday.  The Evacuees who have used the upper floor almost continuously since Sep 1939 are leaving to-day.  They take with them our best wishes.  Some adjustments are now being made in our own classes.
Jul 5 The Headmaster and two teachers accompanied fifty children on a days outing to Southport by train at 7am, arriving at 9am.  They indulged in boating on the Lake and other amusements.  Arrived home at 9.45pm after a very enjoyable day.
  The Headmaster and a few boys have spent the first week of the school holiday in re-arranging desks and classrooms, following the removal of the evacuees, and erecting the school stage which will now be a permanent fixture, we hope.  There will be an assembly hall as well as a gymnasium.
  Brenda Walmsley has been awarded a County Scholarship while Eileen Pollard and Margaret Bowker have won Governors’ Scholarships tenable at Convent of Notre Dame, Blackburn.  Brian Keogh goes to Preston Catholic College as fee-paying pupil.

 

6th June 2021 – Corpus Christi

Today              Mass 12 (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am Clitheroe

Mass 11am Sabden

Monday          Mass 10am Clitheroe

Tuesday          Mass 10am Clitheroe

Wednesday   Mass 10am Clitheroe

Thursday        Mass 10am Clitheroe

Friday              Mass 10am Clitheroe The Sacred Heart of Jesus

Sunday   (Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Mass 12 noon (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am Clitheroe

Mass 11am Sabden

MASSES RECEIVED THIS WEEK:
Katie Collins, Rita & Frank Donbavand, Bernard & Ronnie Higgins,
For successful operation, Thanks for safe delivery, Special Intentions x 3,
Millicent Driver, Theresa Pinch, Edmund Carus, Win Hargreaves

LATELY DEAD
Theresa Pinch, Edmund Carus, Win Hargreaves

ANNIVERSARIES
Millicent Driver


Laudato Si Week 2021

Please take the time to watch:

Critical Opportunities in 2021 to create change: call for an integral path. | Laudato Si Week Day 1
https://youtu.be/uDxeC13iQSo


LADIES GROUP

I hope you have kept safe and well these past months and that you are now enjoying the opportunity to reconnect with family and friends as the national restrictions begin to ease up. Spring has always been my favourite season but this year’s sense of renewal, anticipation and air of optimism as we look forward to a post-pandemic world is second to none – I hope you feel that too. I am still not sure when we will be able to meet again, but you can be sure we will meet again depending on the Government’s guidelines. Meanwhile make the best of the summer weather we are having at the moment.
Carol Riley. (Chair).


PARISH BUDDY SYSTEM

It has been hard for many people during the Covid restrictions to keep in touch with what is happening in the Parish and I’m sure that some people are feeling isolated.  The Communications and Media Group has been discussing ways of reaching out to people and we came up with the idea of  a Buddy System which we agreed at the last Parish Forum.

Please let us know of anybody (with their permission of course) who would welcome the odd ‘phone call to talk about Parish matters and have someone to contact for information.

We are also seeking names and contact details for people who would be prepared to act as the “Buddy”.

Please contact Anthony Brown on abrown.boggarts@googlemail.com or Janet Clegg on smsj@btinternet.com with your name and contact details if you would like to be part of this scheme and we will get back to you.


ONLINE CHRISTIAN RETREATS VIA ZOOM

Offering a space for Christians to explore and deepen faith…

Seek ‘life in all its fullness’

CREATED & LED BY DONNA WORTHINGTON, all retreats are an invitation to be rejuvenated and affirmed in faith, to know Christ better and to open up sacred space in order to listen to the Holy Spirit and experience a living spirituality that consoles, challenges and inspires.  Varied methods enable Christians to deepen their own discipleship and travel on in their faith journeys (presentation, theological discussion, stillness, prayer, creative sessions, images, music etc).

Courses and training are also offered so individuals and groups can explore Scripture, prayer and faith’s themes and feel equipped to become prayer leaders in their own communities.

All retreats cost £20, unless otherwise stated.  For bookings, please see the website or contact Donna Worthington:
drworthington@live.co.uk
https://christianretreats.live

2021 – June – July

PETER, A DEEPLY HUMAN CHARACTER : We became alert to the spiritual dynamic in his journey in order to explore this path
Sat 12th June 2-5pm OR Mon 14th June 10am – 1pm

If people wish to, they may attend Part 2 of this retreat on Peter on Sunday 27th June 2 – 5pm

(REPEAT) THE PROBLEM OF EVIL:  This issue has caused many to question their faith.  We explore this from various angles in order to think the whole subject through, understand various approaches and see how this does not need to be an obstacle to faith.
Sat 23rd June 6.30pm – 9pm

THE HANDLESS WOMAN : Through the depths of an ancient story ‘The Handless Woman’, we will explore the wisdom which speaks to our heroic journeying.
Sat 24th July 10am – 1pm


CCP – CLITHEROE CHRISTIANS IN PARTNERSHIP

The CCP prayer theme has now been published on the Love Clitheroe Website. This month the focus is on homelessness…

Listen to God and let Him teach us how to love the most marginalised in society

In Itchy Park“All the different things I’ve done God has guided me.  He is the only power that I’ve got.”    Sally Trench said these words in an interview with the Tablet in 2018.

It’s a sad reflection on the modern world that homelessness is increasing.  After the war it was our returning soldiers unable to adjust who finished up drinking themselves to death on meths, boot polish and gasoline. These men didn’t last long and homeless World War II veterans disappeared from the streets.  Homelessness today is more the result of poverty, addiction and sometimes simply circumstance and misfortune.

Recently we have seen a number of destitute and homeless men in Clitheroe.  These men aren’t anything like the men Sally Trench knew.  We can help these men and by the grace of God that is what we are trying to do in Clitheroe.

But this month’s theme isn’t really about homelessness and it certainly isn’t about homelessness in Clitheroe.  It’s about God reaching out to us via inspirational people, and learning that if we can’t emulate those people we can at least support them in some small way, perhaps a little hands-on help or donations and prayer.

In the 1960s Sally Trench was just a young girl mixing and caring for destitute people on the streets of London. Her first book Bury Me in My Boots was published in 1967. The book tells how Sally had spent the previous five years sleeping rough with some of the most marginalised people in the world.  It is a tale of lived-out faith.   “I was living in this world on the bomb-sites,” she recalls, “with the rats, and the dossers. That is what I was there for, to help them die when they needed to die, or to keep them alive when they needed to keep alive.”  As one of them neared his end he said; “bury me in my boots, Sally”.   Sometimes without sleep or without food for days she lived amongst those men, experienced what they experienced, and as someone who felt a failure and a reject too, she identified with them.

Sally was a difficult kid from an early age.  She came from an upper middle class family and was sent off to a Roman Catholic boarding school at the age of five.  She was expelled when she was fifteen.  A year or so later, walking across London at about 11:30 pm she counted eighty-seven dirty, drunk, flea-ridden old men lying on the benches, under the benches, newspaper their mattress and newspaper their cover.  Her initial reaction of disgust and evasion turned to something quite different – a recollection of her Christian roots and a realisation of what that meant.  She turned back.  In her pearls and evening dress she sat between two of the dirtiest men.  Repelled by the smell of gasoline and urine and nausea but recognising these people were utterly homeless, utterly unwanted, uncared for, and nowhere to go, she went home and prayed.  She thanked God for her parents and her home and made a pledge that she would do something about these people because God had made her aware of them.

She got a job and spent her income on food, coffee, cigarettes, clothing, and started a night vigil at two o’clock every morning.  Climbing down the drainpipe she got on her bicycle and cycled six miles across London.  She gave out the food, the coffee, the cigarettes, and the blankets and at three o’clock she returned home and went to bed again.  She did this for a year.  No one knew.

At the end of that year she walked out of her home after a row with her father and didn’t return and it was then that she spent five years sleeping rough with the men.  She wrote Bury me in my Boots on toilet paper with pens provided by the station master at Waterloo Station and kept what she wrote in Left Luggage.

One day, she encountered a young woman who had used a knitting needle to try to abort her pregnancy and was bleeding to death. She summoned a local priest to give her the last rites. It was the start of a friendship with the Jesuit Hugh Thwaites that would inspire him to retrieve the diary from Left Luggage, type it up and send it to a publisher friend.

At the age of 22 she was interviewed by Studs Terkel. With her public school education and sophisticated voice, she doesn’t sound a failure or a reject; she sounds affected, naïve, and over confident. Was living with the Meths Men just a teenage rebellion and a short phase in her life?  According to an article in The Tablet written in 2018, absolutely not. Sally prefers to be called Sparky and it is that spark that is the most obvious outward thread that connects the work she described in Bury Me in My Boots, and her subsequent missions.  First, she ran a successful referral school for 700 “delinquent children” in London. Next, in the 1990s, she rescued children from the civil war in Bosnia and gave them a home in Britain. Until April 2017, she spent a decade living in the Western Cape in South Africa working with 7,000 children in squatter camps.

All these ventures came under the auspices of Project Spark, the charity she established with the royalties from her first book. Her remarkable life goes back to a pact with God on her seventh birthday when, troubled about the Catholic convent teaching on mortal sin, she describes a sort of revelation: “I just felt this sort of amazing feeling of a voice, saying, ‘Hey, you’re not in mortal sin, let’s make a pact.’ And so I made this pact with God. I said, ‘You died for me, so I will live for you,’ and God said, ‘That’s a stunning pact. I agree with that one.’ And that was it. I’ve stayed with Him forever. We are a team. I can do nothing without Him.”

There is a message here for all of us.   Whenever we are reminded of how little will power we seem to have and reflect on the impossible things that remarkable people do, let’s think of those words of Sally Trench and pray that we will hear God’s personal message to us, whatever that might be.

PRAYER

Let us pray for love, that we can put base emotions out of our hearts and learn to love even those who are the most difficult to love. 

Let us try and love as Jesus loves for whoever Jesus loves, we must, in the best way we can, learn to love them too. 

Let us pray that, with love, God will also give us the strength to act.

And let us pray that little by little we can gain in strength to do more and eventually perhaps do what for the moment seems impossible.


FROM THE ARCHIVES:

Priest pulls new club’s first pint

 This week we go back to when our Parish Centre opened on Wednesday May 11th 1977.  It shows Fr Willoughby pulling the first pint accompanied by parishioners most of whom sadly are no longer with us.

The Ceremonial pulling of the first pint by Parish Priest Fr E.X.Willoughby marked the opening of the new £15,000 community centre at SS Michael and John’s Church, Clitheroe.

But Fr Willoughby didn’t drink the first glass of ale.  Instead it was bottled and sent to social centre secretary Mr Tony Thornber who had to miss the opening because of a spell in hospital.

“Tony had done a lot of hard work and we felt the honour of the first drink should go to him,” Fr Willoughby explained.

“Putting the finishing touches to the centre, he fell down some steps and tore ligaments in his knee.  I took the bottle to him in hospital and even though he is on a strict diet I suspect he will have had a little tipple.”

The community centre was officially opened with a special Mass in the lounge area – the site where the town’s Roman Catholics met before the church was built.

The Mass was concelebrated by Fr Willoughby and Fr Bernard Dobson and attended by more than 300 parishioners – most of whom stayed behind to sample the delights of the centre.

These included a luxurious lounge, bar facilities and a games room complete with a full-size billiard table, pool table and darts board.  Work on the hall, which should provide one of the largest dance areas in the town, will be completed by late autumn and a regular programme of social events will be arranged.

The centre will be very familiar to most of the town’s Catholics, the former infant school buildings and the church hall having been converted during the past six months, mainly through voluntary effort, to provide a proper meeting place for the parish.

“Celebrating the Mass and pulling the first pint were marvellous moments for me,” said Fr Willoughby.  “It was the culmination of months of hard work and planning by a lot of people in the parish.

Another highlight of the evening was the presentation of life membership certificates to Mr Jim Holmes and his wife, Bernadine, for the work they had done at the centre.

Manned by volunteers, the centre will be open each week night as well as Sunday lunchtime.  Membership already exceeds 300 and Fr Willoughby expects the final number will be far higher.

30th May 2021 – Trinity Sunday

Today           Mass 12 (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am Clitheroe

Mass 11am Sabden

Monday              Mass 10am Clitheroe

Tuesday               Mass 10am Clitheroe

Wednesday         Mass 10am Clitheroe

Thursday             Mass 10am Clitheroe

Friday                  Mass 10am Clitheroe

Sunday Corpus Christi

Mass 12 noon (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am Clitheroe

Mass 11am Sabden


MASSES RECEIVED THIS WEEK

Jeremy Grout Smith, Rita & Frank Donbavand


Live Simply Thought of the Week:

If you have a garden you have a share of God’s good earth. So, if you can, leave a corner (the larger the better) undisturbed for insects, birds, amphibians and small mammals and pray to God they thrive. Also, could you make sure there are gaps in garden walls to act as wildlife corridors from one garden to another? Put a bell on the cat.


Laudato Si Week 2021

Please take the time to watch:

Critical Opportunities in 2021 to create change: call for an integral path. | Laudato Si Week Day 1

https://youtu.be/uDxeC13iQSo


PARISH BUDDY SYSTEM

It has been hard for many people during the Covid restrictions to keep in touch with what is happening in the Parish and I’m sure that some people are feeling isolated.  The Communications and Media Group has been discussing ways of reaching out to people and we came up with the idea of  a Buddy System which we agreed at the last Parish Forum.

Please let us know of anybody (with their permission of course) who would welcome the odd ‘phone call to talk about Parish matters and have someone to contact for information.

We are also seeking names and contact details for people who would be prepared to act as the “Buddy”.

Please contact Anthony Brown on abrown.boggarts@googlemail.com or Janet Clegg on smsj@btinternet.com with your name and contact details if you would like to be part of this scheme and we will get back to you.


ONLINE CHRISTIAN RETREATS VIA ZOOM

Offering a space for Christians to explore and deepen faith…

Seek ‘life in all its fullness’

CREATED & LED BY DONNA WORTHINGTON, all retreats are on invitation to be rejuvenated and affirmed in faith, to know Christ better and to open up sacred space in order to listen to the Holy Spirit and experience a living spirituality that consoles, challenges and inspires.  Varied methods enable Christians to deepen their own discipleship and travel on in their faith journeys (presentation, theological discussion, stillness, prayer, creative sessions, images, music etc).

Courses and training are also offered so individuals and groups can explore Scripture, prayer and faith’s themes and feel equipped to become prayer leaders in their own communities.

All retreats cost £20, unless otherwise stated.  For bookings, please see the website or contact Donna Worthington:

drworthington@live.co.uk

https://christianretreats.live

2021 – June – July

PETER, A DEEPLY HUMAN CHARACTER : We became alert to the spiritual dynamic in his journey in order to explore this path
Sat 12th June 2-5pm OR Mon 14th June 10am – 1pm

If people wish to, they may attend Part 2 of this retreat on Peter on Sunday 27th June 2 – 5pm

(REPEAT) THE PROBLEM OF EVIL:  This issue has caused many to question their faith.  We explore this from various angles in order to think the whole subject through, understand various approaches and see how this does not need to be an obstacle to faith.
Sat 23rd June 6.30pm – 9pm

THE HANDLESS WOMAN : Through the depths of an ancient story ‘The Handless Woman’, we will explore the wisdom which speaks to our heroic journeying.
Sat 24th July 10am – 1pm


C.C.P.  CLITHEROE CHRISTIANS IN PARTNERSHIP

PRAYER

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

From Clitheroe Christians in Partnership, this is the latest theme for our prayer as a town and, we are praying for those in chains.

“Blessed and merciful Lord, some have lost their freedom and access to justice and we pray for all such, for their restoration and journey into faith through Christ.

Others have lost their freedom through injustice and persecution as they stand for the rights of common people – we lift up their plight to You.

We pray for the all those in unchecked power who oppress and silence the voices of those that seek freedom for all people; that their deeds will be made visible and they will be convicted of the cruelty of their abuse and find a pathway to God.”

Pray for the Light of Our Lord to shine in nations where freedom is currently restricted: MYANMAR, YEMEN, CHINA/HONG KONG, EGYPT, COLOMBIA, RUSSIA, ZIMBABWE, The PHILIPPINES, AFGHANISTAN and LIBYA.

For the victims of oppression, we pray this month for:

Nonoy Espina, chair of the national union of Journalists of the Philippines as he represents a free press and campaigns following the murders of 191 journalists since 1986. The mission of the NUoJ is to continue upholding press freedom; to protect journalists from attacks, threats, and harassment; and to organise media workers for better working conditions.

In 2010 a young Tunisian man Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in the town of Sidi Bouazizi in protest at mistreatment by the authorities. Pray for the work of the Truth and Dignity Commission, established in response to this tragedy, as it works to ensure justice against human rights violations in Tunisia.

For Ibrahim Ezz el-Din in Egypt, labelled as a terrorist in his campaign as a housing rights activist for the poor and homeless and kept in pre trial detention for thirteen months, tortured and suffering from ill health and depression. For Yu Wensheng an imprisoned Chinese Human Rights lawyer convicted at a secret trial to serve four years for inciting subversion of state power.

For the singer Yahaya Sharif-Aminu sentenced to death by the Upper Sharia Court in northern Nigeria for placing a song on WhatsApp that is allegedly blasphemous. Not permitted a lawyer at his trial, he has been able to lodge an appeal with help from the international human rights community.

For Tran Huynh Duy Thuc a Vietnamese business person imprisoned for sixteen years to be followed by five years house arrest for advocating social, educational, economic and democratic reform via the media of blogging.

Lord of all that is right, may they not become forgotten prisoners, may they be protected from torture, may they be sustained in captivity until their chains are broken and they are free at last.

Soul of Christ, sanctify them

Body of Christ, save them

Blood of Christ, inebriate them

Water from the side of Christ, wash over them

Passion of Christ, strengthen them

O good Jesus, hear us

Within thy wounds hide them

From the wicked foe defend them.


FROM THE ARCHIVES

Entry from the Mixed School Log Book 1914

Jan 9 School reopened on Wednesday morning (Jan 7th) with a good attendance.  At this date Miss M Barrett returned to school.  The Rev’d Manager visited the school several times during the week.
  16 A fall in the attendance on Friday afternoon.  Rev’d Fr Keating visited the school and gave the usual Religious Instruction lesson on Wednesday morning.
  23 Attendance during the week lower than in the previous two weeks, as several children are suffering from colds
  21 I have examined the registers and found them correct
    Fr Robinson
  29 First term examinations commenced on Wednesday morning.
Feb 6 First term examinations continued during the week.
  13 First term examinations completed and results entered in the scheme books of the teachers of the various classes.  School visited on Tuesday morning by the nurse, who examined the hair of every child present.  School visited on Tuesday afternoon by Dr Musson (Chairman of the Education Committee) who questioned the 1st class on the geography of Canada
  20 Miss Cowgill absent all week through sickness.  Her class taught partly by the headmistress and partly by Miss Joyce.
  29 Miss Cowgill absent all week.  School visited on Thursday morning by the Rev’d J Nicholson.  The Rev’d Manager visited several times.
Mar 6 School visited on Friday by Dr Musson.  Miss Cowgill absent all week.
  13 School visited on Thursday morning by the Rev’d J Nicholson and the Rev’d Manager.  Some children absent on account of suffering from “mumps”.  Miss Cowgill absent all week.
  20 The Rev’d Manager visited the school several times during the week.  On Thursday morning the Rev’d J Nicholson visited and heart some of the 1st Class recite.  He also asked a few questions on the poem.
  27 Miss Cowgill absent all week.
Apr 3 School visited on Thursday morning by the Rev’d J Nicholson and the Rev’d Manager.  Several of the girls of the 1st class absent during the week.
  8 Received from the Clitheroe Education Committee two copies of Circular 833 and two copies of Circular 834 (History & Geo).  Miss Cowgill absent.  School closes for Easter.
  24 School reopened on Tuesday (21st) .Miss Cowgill absent all week.  Received copies of Form IX and the other forms to be filled at the end of the financial year.
May 1 Attendance during this week has been good.  Mr Thomas visited the school on Wednesday morning to examine the registers.
  8 Miss Cowgill returned to school this week.
  15 The Rev’d Manager visited during the week and on one occasion explains to the children the correct way of fixing the Union Jack.
  22 Holiday on Thursday being Ascension Day.
  29 School closed for Whitsuntide.
June 12 School reopened on Monday (June 8th)
  19 Good attendance during the early part of the week.  A thunder storm interfered with the attendance on Tuesday afternoon.  The Rev’d Manager visited several times during the week.
  26 Dr Barker visited the school to ask that notices be sent to several parents of children who are to be medically examined on Wednesday and Thursday next.
July 3 Holiday on Monday being the Feast of SS Peter & Paul.  Received on Tuesday, notice of the Religious Examination which is to be on July 17th.
  10 Standards I and II wrote the papers for the Second Term Examination.  A visit from Dr Musson on Monday.
  17 O this date the registers were not marked in the morning and a holiday was given in the afternoon (religious examination).
  21 Have examined the Registers and found them correct
  24 Last term examinations completed and results entered in scheme books of various classes.  School closed for Summer Vacation.
Aug 28 School reopened on August 25th (Tuesday).  Admitted from the Infant Department 15 boys and 26 girls.  Attendance during the week good.
Sept 4 Attendance good.  The children are working hard in their new Standards.
  11 The attendance still continues good.  Fr’s Keating and O Dwyer visited the school to give Religious Instruction on Wednesday
  18 A short visit from Mr Robinson on Wednesday morning.  School inspected by Mr Thomas on Thursday (19th)
  25 Holiday given on Monday.  Miss H Myerscough absent on Wednesday through sickness.  After a visit to the eye specialist several children sit in school idly and this has to continue form the 17th to the 29th
Oct 2 Children who have visited the eye specialist still unable to follow their lessons, because parents cannot afford to buy glasses for them.
  9 Have examined the Registers and have found them correct.
  16 The Rev’d Manager visited the school twice during the week and gave the usual religious instruction on Wednesday morning.
  23 Holiday on Thursday on account of the annual Cattle Fair held in

the town.

  30 The Clitheroe Education Committee presented each of the children of Standards VI and VII (37) with tickets to admit them to a lecture on “The Deeper Causes of the War” given by Ramsey Muir Esq.
Nov 6 Attendance during the week very good in most of the classes.  The Rev’d Manager visited several times.
  13 Holiday given on Monday at the request of the Mayor.  A decided fall in the attendance partly accounted for by the very inclement weather of Wednesday and Friday mornings.  Dr Barker examined several of the children.
  20 Attendance during the week improved.  The Rev’d Manager visited several times.
  27 School visited on Tuesday by the Rev’d Manager and the Rev’d Fr Dobson of London.  The latter was struck with the clean and healthy appearance of the children.
Dec 4 Mr Thornton of H.M.I.S. visited the school this afternoon and remained from 2.45 to four o’clock.  The following is a copy of the report of the Religious Inspection.
    “The religious training given in this school is of the very best standard and likely to bear excellent fruit in the after life of the children: the intelligent nature of their replies and their interest in their religious instruction strongly testify to the great care taken in their spiritual welfare.”
  11 The nurse visited the school on Tuesday to test the hearing of several of the children.  Attendance during the week very good, the average being 211.
  18 All children from Standard II upwards having ascertained their height, weight, chest measurement and length of pace, has entered the items on the last page of their Arithmetic exercise books.
  23 School closes for Christmas Vacation.

 

23rd May 2021 – Pentecost Sunday

23rd May 2021 – Pentecost Sunday

Today         Mass 12 (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

                   Mass 5pm (Saturday) Clitheroe

                   Mass 9.30am Clitheroe

                   Mass 11am Sabden

Monday            Mass 10am Clitheroe

Tuesday            Mass 10am Clitheroe

Wednesday     Mass 10am Clitheroe

Thursday          Mass 10am Clitheroe

Friday                Mass 10am Clitheroe

Sunday              Mass 12 noon (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

                          Mass 5pm (Saturday) Clitheroe

                          Mass 9.30am Clitheroe

                          Mass 11am Sabden


Wedding:

Congratulations to Joshua Roper and Maria Wilkinson who were  married last Friday here at St. Michael and St. John’s.

MASSES RECEIVED THIS WEEK
McGuire family x 2, Aiden McGuire, Rita & Frank Donbavan,
Helena Keane, Ada Graham

LATELY DEAD
Helena Keane

ANNIVERSARIES
Margaret Marsden, Ada Graham


CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF ENGLAND AND WALES:
Pastoral Letter for Pentecost 2021
It was the decision of the Bishops of England, Wales and Scotland to unite in promoting a Pastoral Letter for Pentecost Sunday which reads as follows:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The Solemnity of Pentecost reminds us that everything which exists, every person and the whole of creation, is a gift of “God the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.” God our loving Father creates and continues to give life to the world through His Word, Jesus Christ, in the power of His Holy Spirit. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Church, which we celebrate at Pentecost, is not something separate from Creation. God’s revelation of himself in Creation is inseparable from the revelation of his love for us in Christ and in his desire to live in us through his Holy Spirit.

God’s revelation of himself in Creation
‘God’s Spirit is always and everywhere “the Lord, the Giver of Life”, and the voice of Pentecost is echoed in the voice of creation being transformed into the glorious liberty of God’s children.’  In this liberty, as God’s children, we call on the Spirit to ‘renew the face of the Earth’, and as his children, we are called, in turn, to use this liberty for the good of creation and for the good of all that brings life. Our world, God’s creation, is a precious gift to us. It is our common home entrusted to each generation. But how have we used that glorious liberty? How do we honour this precious gift? Are we really demonstrating love, care and respect for our common home?

Interconnected and interdependent
As we celebrate Pentecost this year, we are acutely aware of the damage that continues to be inflicted on the Earth, and the repercussions for the well-being of our brothers and sisters, both here in our own countries and, more especially, in the poorest countries of our world. Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis have both taught us that everything is interconnected and interdependent. The way we live our everyday lives has an impact on everyone and on the earth.

The urgency of the situation, and the enormity of the challenges we face, have spurred us to speak out together this Pentecost Sunday, as bishops of England, Wales and Scotland, about the role that the Catholic Church and our faith must play in our shared care for God’s gift to us.

Unsustainable consumption
For all too long we have either been ignorant of, or ignored, the systematic exploitation of our planet and the unsustainable consumption of its resources. While accepting the crucial need and demand for energy for the benefit of the poorest of our brothers and sisters, the provision of our energy must, nonetheless, be by means which radically reduce the use of carbon-based fuels.

In our political thinking, there must be a new global understanding of our world, where nations recognise our common responsibility for the dignity of all people and their rights to sustainable livelihoods, in authentic freedom. Pope Francis speaks of a global politics that looks beyond our own needs to the needs of all, most especially the poor and the marginalised.

Restoring our common home
But we cannot leave the healing of our common home and the wellbeing and care of our brothers and sisters merely to a response from industry and governments. Our own local concern and action is necessary and has far-reaching consequences. We all have a part to play, each and every one of us, in the routines, choices and decisions of our everyday lives and our aspirations for the future. The actions of parishes, families, schools, and individuals will have a significant impact on our efforts to restore our common home. There are now many resources, freely available, to advise us on our choice of food, saving of water and electricity, suggestions about travel, waste, and re-use. These are measures that everyone can employ, in some degree, with minimal inconvenience and change. They are effective ways in which we can each reaffirm our personal vocation to be stewards of creation.

G7 and COP26
This Pentecost comes at a time of remarkable challenge and opportunity. We are gradually emerging from the tragedies and restrictions of the pandemic. We have the ability to make changes. Our countries are also hosting two most important meetings this year, the G7 in June and COP26 in November. These meetings will gather together men and women who have the power to make defining choices and policies which will help us build back better, provide for our brothers and sisters, and take care of our common home.

In all our human endeavours, we need the presence of the Holy Spirit, “the Lord, the Giver of Life”, whose gift to the Church and the world we celebrate again at Pentecost. Let us keep this Feast with that enduring hope that we can begin to repair the damage we have done and provide a healthy home for future generations. Our hope will be strengthened by our prayer. May our constant request be that the Holy Spirit guide us, strengthen our resolve and ‘renew the face of the earth’.

Stay with us, Lord, on our journey.
Yours devotedly,
+John Arnold Bishop of Salford


As we return to Ordinary Time after Pentecost, the Department for Formation is pleased to offer four online evenings on the Gospel according to Mark.

Wednesday 26 May 2021 – Mark Time – some of the main themes and ideas to look out for in our Sunday Gospels over the coming weeks and months (with Fr Christopher Lough)

Wednesday 2 June 2021 – The Humanity of Jesus in Mark (with Fr Eamonn Mulcahy CSSp)

Wednesday 9 June 2021 – The Disciples in Mark (with Fr Michael Deas)

Wednesday 16 June 2021 – The Little People in Mark (with Fr Michael Winstanley SDB)

Each presentation will be from 7.00 to 8.30 pm and will include time for discussion and questions. They are offered free of charge. To reserve a place on one or all the evenings and to receive the Zoom link in advance, please email:

formation@dioceseofsalford.org.uk


Christian Heritage Centre Event – Faith & Reason: A Catholic Integration
A short, residential summer course exploring the relationship of faith with philosophy, science and culture. Particularly helpful for catechists and teachers fielding commonly-asked questions around Catholicism, besides anyone wanting to deepen their understanding of the Faith. Runs 5th – 8th August. For more info and registration, https://christianheritagecentre.com/events/faith-and-reason/

Baptisms:
If you would like to have a child baptised then please contact Fr. Paul.


Zoom into our Laudato Si’ Meeting, Tuesday 25th May, 2.00 pm

Caring for the environment has always been a key part of Catholic Social Teaching but since Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’ (On Care for Our Common Home) in 2015 there has been a huge raise in awareness of environmental issues from both a secular and Christian perspective.

As things promise to return to normal the Laudato Si’ (Live Simply) Group has arranged a special meeting with the Heads of the three primary schools and Bob Turner of Cambodia Craft.  Bob has been responsible for leading environmental projects in diocesan schools.  We are fast approaching the end of the school year and want to get something in place before the summer break.

We also need to revive the rest of our Parish Live Simply Plan and head for the CAFOD Live Simply award.

AGENDA

  1. Apologies
  2. Action arising
  3. Laudato Si updates from the Diocese, CBCEW and CAFOD
  4. Environmental Input update from Bob Turner of Cambodia Craft
  5. Thoughts from the primary schools
  6. Plan of Church Grounds for environmental projects
  7. Progress on the Parish Laudato Si (Live Simply) Plan
  8. AOB
  9. Date and time of next meeting

Join Zoom Meeting:

https://zoom.us/j/96554187982?pwd=S3JOTUE5Rk8wL1htOGRkVWZCSnVpdz09

Meeting ID: 965 5418 7982 Passcode: 188324


PARISH BUDDY SYSTEM

It has been hard for many people during the Covid restrictions to keep in touch with what is happening in the Parish and I’m sure that some people are feeling isolated.  The Communications and Media Group has been discussing ways of reaching out to people and we came up with the idea of  a Buddy System which we agreed at the last Parish Forum.

Please let us know of anybody (with their permission of course) who would welcome the odd ‘phone call to talk about Parish matters and have someone to contact for information.

We are also seeking names and contact details for people who would be prepared to act as the “Buddy”.

Please contact Anthony Brown on abrown.boggarts@googlemail.com or Janet Clegg on smsj@btinternet.com with your name and contact details if you would like to be part of this scheme and we will get back to you.


ONLINE CHRISTIAN RETREATS VIA ZOOM

Offering a space for Christians to explore and deepen faith…

Seek ‘life in all its fullness’

CREATED & LED BY DONNA WORTHINGTON, all retreats are an invitation to be rejuvenated and affirmed in faith, to know Christ better and to open up sacred space in order to listen to the Holy Spirit and experience a living spirituality that consoles, challenges and inspires.  Varied methods enable Christians to deepen their own discipleship and travel on in their faith journeys (presentation, theological discussion, stillness, prayer, creative sessions, images, music etc).

Courses and training are also offered so individuals and groups can explore Scripture, prayer and faith’s themes and feel equipped to become prayer leaders in their own communities.

All retreats cost £20, unless otherwise stated.  For bookings, please see the website or contact Donna Worthington:
drworthington@live.co.uk

https://christianretreats.live

2021 – June – July

PETER, A DEEPLY HUMAN CHARACTER : We became alert to the spiritual dynamic in his journey in order to explore this path

Sat 12th June 2-5pm OR Mon 14th June 10am – 1pm

If people wish to, they may attend Part 2 of this retreat on Peter on Sunday 27th June 2 – 5pm

(REPEAT) THE PROBLEM OF EVIL:  This issue has caused many to question their faith.  We explore this from various angles in order to think the whole subject through, understand various approaches and see how this does not need to be an obstacle to faith.

Sat 23rd June 6.30pm – 9pm

THE HANDLESS WOMAN : Through the depths of an ancient story ‘The Handless Woman’, we will explore the wisdom which speaks to our heroic journeying.

Sat 24th July 10am – 1pm


C.C.P.  CLITHEROE CHRISTIANS IN PARTNERSHIP

PRAYER

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

From Clitheroe Christians in Partnership, this is the latest theme for our prayer as a town and, we are praying for those in chains.

“Blessed and merciful Lord, some have lost their freedom and access to justice and we pray for all such, for their restoration and journey into faith through Christ. Others have lost their freedom through injustice and persecution as they stand for the rights of common people – we lift up their plight to You.

We pray for the all those in unchecked power who oppress and silence the voices of those that seek freedom for all people; that their deeds will be made visible and they will be convicted of the cruelty of their abuse and find a pathway to God.”

Pray for the Light of Our Lord to shine in nations where freedom is currently restricted: MYANMAR, YEMEN, CHINA/HONG KONG, EGYPT, COLOMBIA, RUSSIA, ZIMBABWE, The PHILIPPINES, AFGHANISTAN and LIBYA.

For the victims of oppression, we pray this month for:

Nonoy Espina, chair of the national union of Journalists of the Philippines as he represents a free press and campaigns following the murders of 191 journalists since 1986. The mission of the NUoJ is to continue upholding press freedom; to protect journalists from attacks, threats, and harassment; and to organise media workers for better working conditions.

In 2010 a young Tunisian man Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in the town of Sidi Bouazizi in protest at mistreatment by the authorities. Pray for the work of the Truth and Dignity Commission, established in response to this tragedy, as it works to ensure justice against human rights violations in Tunisia.

For Ibrahim Ezz el-Din in Egypt, labelled as a terrorist in his campaign as a housing rights activist for the poor and homeless and kept in pre trial detention for thirteen months, tortured and suffering from ill health and depression. For Yu Wensheng an imprisoned Chinese Human Rights lawyer convicted at a secret trial to serve four years for inciting subversion of state power.

For the singer Yahaya Sharif-Aminu sentenced to death by the Upper Sharia Court in northern Nigeria for placing a song on WhatsApp that is allegedly blasphemous. Not permitted a lawyer at his trial, he has been able to lodge an appeal with help from the international human rights community.

For Tran Huynh Duy Thuc a Vietnamese business person imprisoned for sixteen years to be followed by five years house arrest for advocating social, educational, economic and democratic reform via the media of blogging.

Lord of all that is right, may they not become forgotten prisoners, may they be protected from torture, may they be sustained in captivity until their chains are broken and they are free at last. 

Soul of Christ, sanctify them

Body of Christ, save them

Blood of Christ, inebriate them

Water from the side of Christ, wash over them

Passion of Christ, strengthen them

O good Jesus, hear us

Within thy wounds hide them

From the wicked foe defend them.


CCP – CLITHEROE CHRISTIANS IN PARTNERSHIP

MAY PRAYER THEME

This month we will be joining with Christians in over 170 countries, and from within 80 different traditions, in the Thy Kingdom Come prayer movement. We are invited to pray during the eleven days from Ascension to Pentecost i.e. between Thursday 13th – Sunday 23rd May. We are inviting all Christians in our community to enter into Thy Kingdom Come in the hope that friends, family, neighbours and colleagues may come to faith in Jesus Christ.

During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, the focus will be on:
• Deepening our relationship with Jesus Christ
• Praying for five friends or family to come to, or be restored to, faith in Jesus
• Praying for the empowerment of the Spirit that we would be effective in our witness.

Further information, including prayer helps can be found in the links within the attached documents.


RIBBLE VALLEY YOUTH (RVY) EVENTS FOR MAY 2021

Monday May 17th – detached youth work/ youth social in the castle park, 6:30pm. Meet Lucy and Chris at the park for fun and a space to freely hang out and talk about things. This is an invitation for all young people in our churches.

Monday May 24th – next RVY Livestream, 7pm on the YouTube channel.

Please feel free to bring this information to the attention of your congregations as you wish.

Graphics in PDF and jpg form are attached if you would like to use them.

As always, if you have anything you would like to publicise on through RVY please get in touch with Chris or Lucy.

chrischrismeyer@gmail.com

lucyskelton@stjamesclitheroe.co.uk


FROM THE ARCHIVES:

FROM THE INFANT SCHOOL LOG 1892

January

15 Attendance good considering the severe cold weather.  Admitted one new child.  Miss Emma Wilsow came to supply for her sister, who is to take Miss Bilsborough’s place.
  22 Average attendance this week 79.  Admitted two new children – John Charles and Gilbert Nield have returned to Blackburn.  Mistress alone this week the assistant being ill.
  29 Average 74.  Admitted one new child.  Mistress still alone.
February 5 No school this week owing to  an epidemic of Influenza.
  12 One new child admitted on Monday.  Average attendance for the week 81.  Miss Wilsow, who was to have began duties on Monday, is delayed another week through sickness.
  19 Average attendance 69.  Holiday given on Wednesday afternoon owing to a very heavy fall of snow during the morning.  Attendance for the rest of the week was very poor, the numbers reaching only 64.  Reverend Manager visited school on Tuesday afternoon and Fr Swift on Friday.
  26 Average this week 81.  There are several away still through sickness – 2nd class have made great improvement in Writing.  Rev’d Manager visited on Thursday morning.
March 4 Average 86.  A quantity of wool and calico obtained on Monday.  Gave a lesson in paper folding on different forms – many of them were accurately done.  Miss Wilsow began duties on Monday.
  11 Average this week 76.  Holiday given on Thursday morning.  A lesson given on Paper Folding on Wednesday in which the children took great interest.  Rev’d Manager visited several times, and on Friday watched the drill.
  14 Visited this department without notice.  Tested attendance and registers found everything correct 80 present and marker.
    Manager John Hartell
  18 Visited the school today.  School registers correct.
    Average attendance 79.  Only 41 present on Tuesday morning owing to a heavy fall of snow.  Gave a drawing copy on Friday to be produced on paper, which the children did very neatly, whilst the girls were examined in sewing.
  25 Attendance improved.  Average 93.  Rev’d J Hartell visited school on Wednesday accompanied by two priests.  Several children still at home with colds.
April 1st Attendance very tood average being 102.  Several of the 2nd class finished their specimens of sewing.  Rev’d J Hartell visited school several times.  Admitted two new scholars.
  8 Two new scholars admitted.  Average attendance 109.  Received a supply of pencils etc on Friday.  Rev’d Manager visited on Friday afternoon, and watched part of the drill.
  14 Attendance continues good – average 102.  Sewing of 2nd class much better.  One boy has left the town and gone to Burnley.  Holiday from Thursday to Tuesday morning for Easter holidays.
  22 Average attendance 104.  Rev’d J.Hartell visited school on Thursday, and brought in notice of Examination which takes place on May 25th.
  29 Average attendance 105.  School visited by Rev’d Manager accompanied by Fr Huggins.  Needlework very much improved.
May 6 Average attendance for the 1st week of the new school year is 78.  Admitted 5 new scholars.  Three of the 1st class are still away through sickness.  Rev’d Manager visited school several times.
  13 Two scholars left for America.  Attendance for the week very good.  Fr J Hartell visited and watched drill on Friday.
  20 Average attendance this week 74.  Needlework in 1st class was very well done.  On Wednesday Rev’d Manager visited on Monday and heard Recitation of 1st class.
    List of Lessons for 1892 – 93
    1st Class
Objects   Coins, Leather, Wood, Coal, Candle, Sugar, Tea, Potato, Orange Turnip, Uses of water, Tin Cruet, Trees, Glass, Clock-face, Glass, Umbrella, Kindness to animals.  Rain
     
Animals   Lion, Whale, Goat, Sheep, Dog, Horse, Camel, Mouse, Bee
     
Employments   Postman, Carpenter, Sheep-washing and Shearing, Haymaking.
     
    Form and Colour
    2nd Class
Objects   Trees, Cherries, Baskets, Boots, Watches, Barrow, Furniture of a House, Cup & Saucer, Stable, Sponge, Fenders, Thimble, Lamp, Railway Train, Mirror, Paper
     
Animals   Cow, Cat, Elephant, Cock, Ostrich, Bear, Pigeon, Horse, Pig
     
Employments   Grocer’s Shop, Tailor, Shoemaker,
     
May 27 Visited this department without notice.  Examined and tested Registers and attendance, found everything correct.  60 present and marked 59, one being a little visitor.  Manager John Hartell
    Average attendance 77.  Annual Exam held on Tuesday and Wednesday – 125 children to be presented – actually present 113 sever of them being away ill.  Children of six years transferred to the Boys’ and Girls’ departments.
June 3 School closes today for a week for Whitsuntide.  Admitted seven new scholars.  Average attendance 80.  Fr J.Hartell visited school several times.
  17 Average attendance 88.  Holiday on Thursday it being a Feast of the Church.  Admitted eight new scholars.  Mistress alone this week, Miss Wilsow being ill.
  25 Average attendance 81.  Miss Bramley is supplying the place of Miss Wilsow who is still ill.  Rev’d J Hartell visited school several times.
July 6 Holiday on Wednesday it being a Feast of the Church.  Average attendance 81.  Admitted two new scholars.  Rev’d J Hartell visited on Thursday morning.
  6 The Annual Report came today of which the following is a copy.
    Infants School
    “The Infants’ school has made a clear advance in efficiency this year.  Both at the examination and at a recent visit without notice I found good order and on the whole careful teaching.  The work of the first class deserves much praise throughout.  The grouping of the youngest children with the second class is not altogether satisfactory for either, but the Teacher in charge is on the whole managing the two successfully.”
    The staff of the Infants’ School should be at once strengthened so as to meet the requirements of Article 73 which are not at present satisfied. (Article 108).  Manager John Hartell .

 

Staff for the present year

    Mistress – Jane Alice Birch

 

Assistant – Clara Wilsow

Manager – John Hartell

July 7 Average 79.  School closes today for a month’s holiday.
August 12 School reopened on Monday.  Attendance poor owing to wet weather.  Father Swift visited school several times,  Admitted six new scholars.
  18 Visited this department without notice found everything correct, tested registers and attendance, 87 were present and marked. Manager John Hartell
  19 Average attendance 83.  Admitted five new scholars.  Rev’d J.Hartell visited on Thursday & Friday.  Mary Walker, Candidate on probation, commenced teaching on Monday.
September 2 Rev’d Father Swift visited school daily.  Average attendance 78, the decrease being the result of a very wet week. Many of the girls have learnt how to kniw and the boys are drawing fairly.
  9 Average attendance 85.  Children of 1st class improved in reading during the last fortnight.  Rev’d J Swift visited school several times.
  16 Attendance continues about the same.  Rev’d F Cullen visited on Wednesday accompanied by fr Brindle.  Boys trying hart with their drawing.
  23 Average attendance 90.  Rev’d F Williams visited school on Wednesday morning.  First lesson in Paper Folding given to 1st class this week.
  30 Average attendance 85.  Rev’d F Hartell visited school on Friday morning and afternoon.  Taught a new song “I’ll be a carpenter”.  Reading of 2nd class much improved.
October 7 Attendance not good, average 83.  Rev’d Manager visited several times.  Admitted one new child.  Several children away through sickness.
  14 Register not marked on Wednesday morning, it being the Religious Examination.  Holiday given in the afternoon.  Owing to very heavy rain there were only 45 present on Friday.  Rev’d Manager visited school several times.
  19 School visited by Rev’d F Swift on Monday.  Holiday on Thursday and Friday the Cattle Fair being held in the town.  Admitted one new child.  Average 95.
  28 Average attendance 70.  Several of the children away with colds.  Visiting of 1st class greatly improved.  Rev’sd Manager visited school several times.  Obtained a new drawing chart and two pictures – “The Laundry” and “Bakery”.
November 4 Average attendance 76.  Rev’d J Hartell visited on Thursday afternoon and gave mental arithmetic for quarter of an hour to 1st class.  Reading of 2nd class is much better.  Holiday on Thursday afternoon it being a Feast of the Church.
  11 Half holiday on Wednesday at the request of the new Mayor.  Average attendance 82.  Admitted two new scholars.
  18 A supply of pencils, drawing books to be obtained.  Average attendance 87.  Several o the children away with mumps.
  25 Average attendance 93.  Admitted four new scholars.  Rev’d J Hartell visited on Thursday afternoon.  1st class boys drew very nicely on Wednesday.  Children sang very well for Mr Green on Thursday.
December 2 Visited this department without notice tested and examined attendance and registers, found everything correct.  93 present and marked.  Manager John Hartell.

 

Average attendance 92.  Miss Higginson visited school on Tuesday morning – writing of 1st and 2nd class much better.

  9

 

 

Average attendance 72.  The decrease is owing to very bad weather, and the slippery state of the roads.  Many of the 1st class girls have begun their examination knitting.
  16 Average attendance 82.  Admitted one new scholar.  The lesson on paper folding was very well done on Monday afternoon.
  22 Average 87.  Admitted one new child.  School closes today for two weeks for Christmas Holidays.

 

16th May 2021 – Seventh week of Easter

Today                       Mass 12 (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am Clitheroe

Mass 11am Sabden

Monday                   Mass 10am Clitheroe

Tuesday                   Mass 10am Clitheroe

Wednesday            Mass 10am Clitheroe

Thursday                 Mass 10am Clitheroe

Friday                      Mass 10am Clitheroe

Pentecost               Mass 12 noon (Saturday)

Sunday                    Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am Clitheroe

Mass 11am Sabden

 

Pope Francis writes:
“Every day, for over forty years, following Lauds I have recited a prayer to Saint Joseph taken from a nineteenth-century French prayer book of the Congregation of the Sisters of Jesus and Mary. It expresses devotion and trust, and even poses a certain challenge to Saint Joseph: “Glorious Patriarch Saint Joseph, whose power makes the impossible possible, come to my aid in these times of anguish and difficulty. Take under your protection the serious and troubling situations that I commend to you, that they may have a happy outcome. My beloved father, all my trust is in you. Let it not be said that I invoked you in vain, and since you can do everything with Jesus and Mary, show me that your goodness is as great as your power. Amen.”


MASSES RECEIVED THIS WEEK

Holy Souls, Special Intentions x 2, Rita & Frank Donbavand,

Mary Cushion, Golden Wedding

LIVE SIMPLY THOUGHT OF THE WEEK:
When possible try to include seasonal produce from your local farm shop or greengrocer in your diet. As well as supporting your local economy, you might get to know local producers and get tips on how to prepare seasonal foods.


LAUDATO SI WEEK 2021
“for we know that things can change”(LS 13)

 (to be held May 16-24), will be the crowning event of the Special Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year and a celebration of the great progress the whole Church has made on its journey to ecological conversion. Laudato Si’ Week 2021 will also be a time to reflect on what the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us and prepare for the future with hope.


PARISH BUDDY SYSTEM

It has been hard for many people during the Covid restrictions to keep in touch with what is happening in the Parish and I’m sure that some people are feeling isolated.  The Communications and Media Group has been discussing ways of reaching out to people and we came up with the idea of a Buddy System which we agreed at the last Parish Forum.
Please let us know of anybody (with their permission of course) who would welcome the odd ‘phone call to talk about Parish matters and have someone to contact for information.
We are also seeking names and contact details for people who would be prepared to act as the “Buddy”.

Please contact Anthony Brown on abrown.boggarts@googlemail.com or Janet Clegg on smsj@btinternet.com with your name and contact details if you would like to be part of this scheme and we will get back to you.


ONLINE CHRISTIAN RETREATS VIA ZOOM

Offering a space for Christians to explore and deepen faith…

Seek ‘life in all its fullness’

CREATED & LED BY DONNA WORTHINGTON, all retreats are on invitation to be rejuvenated and affirmed in faith, to know Christ better and to open up sacred space in order to listen to the Holy Spirit and experience a living spirituality that consoles, challenges and inspires.  Varied methods enable Christians to deepen their own discipleship and travel on in their faith journeys (presentation, theological discussion, stillness, prayer, creative sessions, images, music etc).

Courses and training are also offered so individuals and groups can explore Scripture, prayer and faith’s themes and feel equipped to become prayer leaders in their own communities.

All retreats cost £20, unless otherwise stated.  For bookings, please see the website or contact Donna Worthington:  drworthington@live.co.uk

https://christianretreats.live

2021 – May

PENTECOST:  The divine fire and the call to go forth into a life based on freedom and hope   Sun 23rd May 2-5pm

2021 – June – July

PETER, A DEEPLY HUMAN CHARACTER : We became alert to the spiritual dynamic in his journey in order to explore this path

Sat 12th June 2-5pm OR Mon 14th June 10am – 1pm

If people wish to, they may attend Part 2 of this retreat on Peter on Sunday 27th June 2 – 5pm

(REPEAT) THE PROBLEM OF EVIL:  This issue has caused many to question their faith.  We explore this from various angles in order to think the whole subject through, understand various approaches and see how this does not need to be an obstacle to faith.

Sat 23rd June 6.30pm – 9pm

THE HANDLESS WOMAN : Through the depths of an ancient story ‘The Handless Woman’, we will explore the wisdom which speaks to our heroic journeying.

Sat 24th July 10am – 1pm


C.C.P.  CLITHEROE CHRISTIANS IN PARTNERSHIP

PRAYER

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”

Colossians 4:3

From Clitheroe Christians in Partnership, this is the latest theme for our prayer as a town and, we are praying for those in chains.

“Blessed and merciful Lord, some have lost their freedom and access to justice and we pray for all such, for their restoration and journey into faith through Christ.

Others have lost their freedom through injustice and persecution as they stand for the rights of common people – we lift up their plight to You.

We pray for the all those in unchecked power who oppress athis nd silence the voices of those that seek freedom for all people; that their deeds will be made visible and they will be convicted of the cruelty of their abuse and find a pathway to God.”

Pray for the Light of Our Lord to shine in nations where freedom is currently restricted: MYANMAR, YEMEN, CHINA/HONG KONG, EGYPT, COLOMBIA, RUSSIA, ZIMBABWE, The PHILIPPINES, AFGHANISTAN and LIBYA.

For the victims of oppression, we pray this month for:

Nonoy Espina, chair of the national union of Journalists of the Philippines as he represents a free press and campaigns following the murders of 191 journalists since 1986. The mission of the NUoJ is to continue upholding press freedom; to protect journalists from attacks, threats, and harassment; and to organise media workers for better working conditions.

In 2010 a young Tunisian man Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in the town of Sidi Bouazizi in protest at mistreatment by the authorities. Pray for the work of the Truth and Dignity Commission, established in response to this tragedy, as it works to ensure justice against human rights violations in Tunisia.

For Ibrahim Ezz el-Din in Egypt, labelled as a terrorist in his campaign as a housing rights activist for the poor and homeless and kept in pre trial detention for thirteen months, tortured and suffering from ill health and depression. For Yu Wensheng an imprisoned Chinese Human Rights lawyer convicted at a secret trial to serve four years for inciting subversion of state power.

For the singer Yahaya Sharif-Aminu sentenced to death by the Upper Sharia Court in northern Nigeria for placing a song on WhatsApp that is allegedly blasphemous. Not permitted a lawyer at his trial, he has been able to lodge an appeal with help from the international human rights community.

For Tran Huynh Duy Thuc a Vietnamese business person imprisoned for sixteen years to be followed by five years house arrest for advocating social, educational, economic and democratic reform via the media of blogging.

Lord of all that is right, may they not become forgotten prisoners, may they be protected from torture, may they be sustained in captivity until their chains are broken and they are free at last.

Soul of Christ, sanctify them

Body of Christ, save them

Blood of Christ, inebriate them

Water from the side of Christ, wash over them

Passion of Christ, strengthen them

O good Jesus, hear us

Within thy wounds hide them

From the wicked foe defend them.


CCP – CLITHEROE CHRISTIANS IN PARTNERSHIP

MAY PRAYER THEME

This month we will be joining with Christians in over 170 countries, and from within 80 different traditions, in the Thy Kingdom Come prayer movement. We are invited to pray during the eleven days from Ascension to Pentecost i.e. between Thursday 13th – Sunday 23rd May. We are inviting all Christians in our community to enter into Thy Kingdom Come in the hope that friends, family, neighbours and colleagues may come to faith in Jesus Christ.

During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, the focus will be on:
• Deepening our relationship with Jesus Christ
• Praying for five friends or family to come to, or be restored to, faith in Jesus
• Praying for the empowerment of the Spirit that we would be effective in our witness.

Further information, including prayer helps can be found in the links within the attached documents.


RIBBLE VALLEY YOUTH (RVY) EVENTS FOR MAY 2021

Monday May 17th – detached youth work/ youth social in the castle park, 6:30pm. Meet Lucy and Chris at the park for fun and a space to freely hang out and talk about things. This is an invitation for all young people in our churches.

Monday May 24th – next RVY Livestream, 7pm on the YouTube channel.

Please feel free to bring this information to the attention of your congregations as you wish.

Graphics in PDF and jpg form are attached if you would like to use them.

As always, if you have anything you would like to publicise on through RVY please get in touch with Chris or Lucy.

chrischrismeyer@gmail.com

lucyskelton@stjamesclitheroe.co.uk

 

9th May 2021 – Sixth week of Easter

Today               Mass 12 (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am Clitheroe

Mass 11am Sabden

 

Monday           Mass 10am Clitheroe

Tuesday           Mass 10am Clitheroe

Wednesday     Mass 10am Clitheroe
Mass 6.30pm Clitheroe (Ascension)

Thursday          The Ascension of the Lord

Mass:       9am Sabden
10am Clitheroe
12 noon Dunsop Bridge

Friday               Mass 10am Clitheroe

Sunday             Mass 12 noon (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge
Mass 5pm (Saturday) Clitheroe
Mass 9.30am Clitheroe
Mass 11am Sabden

Ascension is not just a feast that happens to fall in Eastertide: it is an integral part of the Easter mystery. Remember the Lord’s words at the Last Supper: “I am going to prepare a place for you, and after I have gone and prepared you a place, I shall return to take you with me”.

The resurrection presumes the Lord’s return to the Father. This is therefore a feast of hope: our hope in the Lord’s return, as he went. Our hope that he will take us with him, when our bodies are raised as his was. Our hope that we will take our place in heaven, where he sits on the Father’s right.


Message from Cafod: As coronavirus brings devastation across India, CAFOD is working with experienced local Church agency, Caritas India, to provide vital support to poor and marginalised communities. Donations to CAFOD’s Coronavirus Appeal will help Caritas India distribute PPE kits to frontline health workers, promote COVID & vaccine awareness campaigns, and set up safely run isolation & quarantine centres. If you would like to make a donation you can do so on line: cafod.org.uk/give.  Please keep praying for the people of India and all those affected by the pandemic


MASSES RECEIVED THIS WEEK
Pauline Klivis x 2, Mr & Mrs Klivis, Dorothy Raynor, Mr & Mrs Raynor,
Special Intention x 2, McGuire family, Rita & Frank Donbavand


Live Simply – Thought for the Week

Could you take part in the ‘No Mow May’ challenge? Letting the flowers bloom on your lawn helps to provide a vital source of nectar for bees and other insects. This is why we’re asking you to take on a special challenge to support Plantlife’s ‘No Mow May’ project.  (plantlife.org.uk)


Laudato Si Week 2021

“for we know that things can change”(LS 13)

 (to be held May 16-24), will be the crowning event of the Special Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year and a celebration of the great progress the whole Church has made on its journey to ecological conversion. Laudato Si’ Week 2021 will also be a time to reflect on what the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us and prepare for the future with hope.  https://youtu.be/xOUxcNHxCWw


PARISH BUDDY SYSTEM

It has been hard for many people during the Covid restrictions to keep in touch with what is happening in the Parish and I’m sure that some people are feeling isolated.  The Communications and Media Group has been discussing ways of reaching out to people and we came up with the idea of a Buddy System which we agreed at the last Parish Forum.

Please let us know of anybody (with their permission of course) who would welcome the odd ‘phone call to talk about Parish matters and have someone to contact for information.

We are also seeking names and contact details for people who would be prepared to act as the “Buddy”.

Please contact Anthony Brown on abrown.boggarts@googlemail.com or Janet Clegg on smsj@btinternet.com with your name and contact details if you would like to be part of this scheme and we will get back to you.


CCP – CLITHEROE CHRISTIANS IN PARTNERSHIP

MAY PRAYER THEME

This month we will be joining with Christians in over 170 countries, and from within 80 different traditions, in the Thy Kingdom Come prayer movement. We are invited to pray during the eleven days from Ascension to Pentecost i.e. between Thursday 13th – Sunday 23rd May. We are inviting all Christians in our community to enter into Thy Kingdom Come in the hope that friends, family, neighbours and colleagues may come to faith in Jesus Christ.

During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, the focus will be on:
• Deepening our relationship with Jesus Christ
• Praying for five friends or family to come to, or be restored to, faith in Jesus
• Praying for the empowerment of the Spirit that we would be effective in our witness.

Further information, including prayer helps can be found in the links within the attached documents.


ONLINE CHRISTIAN RETREATS VIA ZOOM

Offering a space for Christians to explore and deepen faith…
Seek ‘life in all its fullness’

CREATED & LED BY DONNA WORTHINGTON; all retreats are an invitation to be rejuvenated and affirmed in faith, to know Christ better and to open up sacred space in order to listen to the Holy Spirit and experience a living spirituality that consoles, challenges and inspires.  Varied methods enable Christians to deepen their own discipleship and travel on in their faith journeys (presentation, theological discussion, stillness, prayer, creative sessions, images, music etc).

Courses and training are also offered so individuals and groups can explore Scripture, prayer and faith’s themes and feel equipped to become prayer leaders in their own communities.

All retreats cost £20, unless otherwise stated.  For bookings, please see the website or contact Donna Worthington:
drworthington@live.co.uk

https://christianretreats.live

2021 – May
WILDERNESS RETREAT:
  We follow Jesus into the Wilderness
Sat 8th May 2-5pm OR Mon 10th May 10am – 1pm

THE ARAMAIC LORD’S PRAYER:  A morning, soaking in Jesus’ profound and beautiful prayer in its original language.
Sat 15th May 10am – 1pm

PENTECOST:  The divine fire and the call to go forth into a life based on freedom and hope
Sun 23rd May 2-5pm

2021 – June-July
PETER, A DEEPLY HUMAN CHARACTER
: We became alert to the spiritual dynamic in his journey in order to explore this path
Sat 12th June 2-5pm OR Mon 14th June 10am – 1pm

If people wish to, they may attend Part 2 of this retreat on Peter on Sunday 27th June 2 – 5pm

(REPEAT) THE PROBLEM OF EVIL:  This issue has caused many to question their faith.  We explore this from various angles in order to think the whole subject through, understand various approaches and see how this does not need to be an obstacle to faith.
Sat 23rd June 6.30pm – 9pm

THE HANDLESS WOMAN : Through the depths of an ancient story ‘The Handless Woman’, we will explore the wisdom which speaks to our heroic journeying.
Sat 24th July 10am – 1pm


C.C.P.  CLITHEROE CHRISTIANS IN PARTNERSHIP

PRAYER

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

From Clitheroe Christians in Partnership, this is the latest theme for our prayer as a town and, we are praying for those in chains.

“Blessed and merciful Lord, some have lost their freedom and access to justice and we pray for all such, for their restoration and journey into faith through Christ.

Others have lost their freedom through injustice and persecution as they stand for the rights of common people – we lift up their plight to You.

We pray for the all those in unchecked power who oppress athis nd silence the voices of those that seek freedom for all people; that their deeds will be made visible and they will be convicted of the cruelty of their abuse and find a pathway to God.”

Pray for the Light of Our Lord to shine in nations where freedom is currently restricted: MYANMAR, YEMEN, CHINA/HONG KONG, EGYPT, COLOMBIA, RUSSIA, ZIMBABWE, The PHILIPPINES, AFGHANISTAN and LIBYA.

For the victims of oppression, we pray this month for:

Nonoy Espina, chair of the national union of Journalists of the Philippines as he represents a free press and campaigns following the murders of 191 journalists since 1986. The mission of the NUoJ is to continue upholding press freedom; to protect journalists from attacks, threats, and harassment; and to organise media workers for better working conditions.

In 2010 a young Tunisian man Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in the town of Sidi Bouazizi in protest at mistreatment by the authorities. Pray for the work of the Truth and Dignity Commission, established in response to this tragedy, as it works to ensure justice against human rights violations in Tunisia.

For Ibrahim Ezz el-Din in Egypt, labelled as a terrorist in his campaign as a housing rights activist for the poor and homeless and kept in pre-trial detention for thirteen months, tortured and suffering from ill health and depression. For Yu Wensheng an imprisoned Chinese Human Rights lawyer convicted at a secret trial to serve four years for inciting subversion of state power.

For the singer Yahaya Sharif-Aminu sentenced to death by the Upper Sharia Court in northern Nigeria for placing a song on WhatsApp that is allegedly blasphemous. Not permitted a lawyer at his trial, he has been able to lodge an appeal with help from the international human rights community.

For Tran Huynh Duy Thuc a Vietnamese business person imprisoned for sixteen years to be followed by five years house arrest for advocating social, educational, economic and democratic reform via the media of blogging.

Lord of all that is right, may they not become forgotten prisoners, may they be protected from torture, may they be sustained in captivity until their chains are broken and they are free at last.

Soul of Christ, sanctify them

Body of Christ, save them

Blood of Christ, inebriate them

Water from the side of Christ, wash over them

Passion of Christ, strengthen them

O good Jesus, hear us

Within thy wounds hide them

From the wicked foe defend them.


RIBBLE VALLEY YOUTH (RVY) EVENTS FOR MAY 2021

Monday May 17th – detached youth work/ youth social in the castle park, 6:30pm. Meet Lucy and Chris at the park for fun and a space to freely hang out and talk about things. This is an invitation for all young people in our churches.

Monday May 24th – next RVY Livestream, 7pm on the YouTube channel.

Please feel free to bring this information to the attention of your congregations as you wish.

Graphics in PDF and jpg form are attached if you would like to use them.

As always, if you have anything you would like to publicise on through RVY please get in touch with Chris or Lucy.

chrischrismeyer@gmail.com

lucyskelton@stjamesclitheroe.co.uk


CLITHEROE CIVIC SOCIETY

presents

The Conservation of Bellmanpark Limekilns

A virtual presentation of the Urgent Conservation Repair Works by Project Lead Consultant

Jayne Entwistle

Monday 10th May 2021 at 7.30pm

Civic Society Members & Students Free

Visitors & Members Guests (£3.00)

Access details via ccstickets@btinternet.com


FROM THE ARCHIVES:
This week a report from a Pantomime performed in 1933

THE HALL, LOWERGATE.

FOLLOWING ON THE GREAT SUCCESS OF

THE CHRISTMAS PANTOMIME

DICK WHITTINGTON

(Given by kind permission of Messrs Abel Heywood)

The Catholic Operatic Society will give a REPEAT PERFORMANCE ON]

NEW YEAR’S DAY—MONDAY NEXT

Full Orchestra under the direction of Mr Bar Cross.   Leader: Mr.J.Tomlinson

Doors open at 7pm; Commence at 7.30pm

Admission:  Reserved Seats, 2/- and 1/6.  Unreserved 1/-

Seats Now Booking at the Advertiser and Times Office, 6, Market Place until

Saturday, after Saturday at Miss Driver’s, Confectioners, Lowergate

DICK WHITTINGTON

Popular Pantomime Succeeds at

The Hall

CLEVER YOUNG PERFORMERS

     Seven years old Jacqueline Crawford made a distinct hit in the pantomime “Dick Whittington produced at The Hall Lowergate, on Christmas Night, Boxing Night and Wednesday night.  In spite of her tender years Jacqueline is a very gifted little actress.  She dominated the stage at her every appearance, and her singing of “There’s something about a soldier” was the finest part of the panto, and that is saying a very great deal.  Jacqueline has personality, who has that elusive quality referred to vulgarly in movieland as “It.”

Pantomime has become a tradition at The Hall.  A high standard attained by repeated successes in past years has been set and this standard was fully maintained by this week’s performances.  Again the production was in the hands of Mrs Sherliker and Mrs D Crawford, and they added to the laurels they have earned in past years by presenting a delightful and merry pantomime, full of action and lilting song from start to finish.  A successful pantomime needs to be well dressed and must have an abundance of tuneful numbers.  There must be dances in profusion and an unlimited variety of scenes.  All these ingredients were faithfully served up in “Dick Whittington,” a bright lively show teeming with good things.  It was just such an entertainment as makes an appeal at Christmastide, something to sit back in one’s chair and enjoy thoroughly without the expenditure of much mental effort.

The Tale They Told

The story, of course, following the usual pantomime custom, was extremely slight and followed the lines of the old legend of Dick Whittington, who turned again.  The way in which Richard Whittington, Esq;l made his fortune was rather clever.  He suddenly made his appearance with is famous cat at the Palace of an Eastern Potentate, whose land was overfun by rats.  He offered no less than a million pounds to get rid of the pests, and in less than apparently than it takes to write, Tibby did the work for Richard.  The next time we see the pair Dick has been made Lord Mayor of London and he comes to claim the hand of his childhood sweetheart Alice, while the bells of Bow ring out “Turn again Dick Whittington,” though why they should have chosen that particular moment to do so is rather incomprehensible.  No matter.  Nothing matters in pantomime except that the audience shall enjoy the show and this the audience at The Hall certainly did.

If there is one thing the performances at The Hall are noted for is the children’s chorus, and this group of bonny little girls excelled themselves this year.  They were tutored by Mrs Crawford, and in song and dance were a distinct credit to her.  They were beautifully dressed and they danced with precision and a cleverness that was both pleasing and astounding.  In fact the dancing of the whole chorus, both adult and children’s was one of the most enjoyable features of the pantomime.


The Principal Boy

Miss Winnie Gould was again cast for the part of principal boy and she fills this role remarkably well.  She has a good stage presence, acts charmingly and sings very sweetly.  Miss Edith Manley was pretty and sweet as the principal girl, Alice, and she sang and dances with great charm.  Miss Marie Sherliker is a very talented dancer indeed in spite of her youth.  She is extremely graceful and in addition to toe dancing can step dance splendidly.

She added greatly to the pleasure of the evening.  Miss H.Hargreaves is to be congratulated upon her performance as the cat.  In her furry skin she must have felt the heat acutely but she bore up well, and was a very clever pantomime cat indeed.  Mr J O’Donnell was responsible for a good deal of the humour of the panto and it was in good hands for he made an excellent dame.

Little Jack was excellently presented by Miss C Chatburn, and Mr J.Geldard made an admirable Fitzwarren, the bullying master of Richard, ere he fled to foreign climes.  Mr W Manley was the typical pantomime Emperor, more funny than regal, more rollicking than dignified.  He was well supported by his attendants, Messrs. C.White, T.Sherliker, D.Turner, V.Bush and J Bailey.  Mr C White made the best of a slight part as the policeman, and Mr J.Chatburn was just the right type of sea captain, bluff and hearty.  Mr White was also cast for the part of the fairy queen, which gave him opportunities to poke fun and add humour to the piece.  Master J.Bailey was a splendid footman.  Fairies were introduced to the story to assist Dick Whittington in his fortune hunting, and the parts were capitally filled by the children as follows: Greta Dickinson (Dawn), Joan Rigby (Sunray), Jacqueline Crawford (Mischief), Connie Houghton (Jazz), Dorothy Geldard (Aerial), Mary Walsh (Crystal) and Agnes Wrigley (Moonshine).

Adding to the Pleasure

And so the cast of Dick Whittington is completed, but there are others who added considerably to the pleasure of the audience.  Miss Mamie Carter, soprano, and Mr Fred Long, tenor, in songs and duets were greatly appreciated and loudly applauded.  Miss Carter sang beautifully “My hero,” using her pleasing voice to distinct advantage, while she was associated with Mr Long in the honours for the duets “Only a rose” and “Wild roses blooming.”  It was unfortunate that Mr Long was afflicted with a very severe cold, for his voice lost a lot of power but he rendered “Moonlight Madonna” very pleasingly.  Miss Maggie Bailey sand well in “Letting in the sunshine” and “Well done Gordon,” being the central figure of effective chorus work in both scenes.  Miss Houghton sang “Sundown” and “Spinning Wheel” with great success.  Other extraneous items included “Wear a great big smile, “admirably sung by Mr J.Geldard, who added greatly to the liveliness of the evening and who was splendidly assisted by the choruses.  More happiness was created by the song “Smiles” presented by Miss Gould, Messrs W.Manley, J.Geldard, R.Turner and the chorus.  Much merriment was created by Messrs. Manley and Geldard in the amusing duet “I raised by hat,” and Miss Gould was heard to great advantage in the song “In that little back alley” number with a distinct pantomime flavour.  Little Jacqueline was splendid in A.B.C. and her singing of this delightful little feat of memory for one so young.  She was ably assisted by Dorothy Geldard, Evelyn Boyers, Joan Rigby, Greta Dickinson, Eunice Robinson, Winnie and Agnes Wrigley.  There was more humour when Mr Jack O’Donnell, the dame of the show, combined with mr J.Geldard in the lively song “We’re just as good as they is.”  Miss Gould and Miss Manley sang very sweetly “I may never pass this way again,” and plenty of action was infused into the number “Zip in the air” in which Miss Marie Sherliker was associated with A.Morris and the children.  Miss Sherliker, Greta Dickinson and Dorothy Geldard combined in a very pretty number “Dragon Fly.”  Mr Walter Manley and the four Sultanas, Misses Winnie Chatburn, Monica Wright, Marie Sherliker and Margaret Chatburn, gave “Mary Rose” with complete success, Miss Chatburn adding to the charm of this Eastern scene by her splendid acrobatic dancing.

A Born Artist

As we have previously indicated the most successful number of the evening was the popular “There’s something about a soldier.” in which Mr O’Donnell, Mr Geldard and Jacqueline Crawford were principals.  Jacqueline carried the audience by storm.  She know how to use her eyes.  By the slightest gesture she conveys the impression she wishes to the audience, and she is indeed a very clever little artiste.  One of the prettiest scenes of the evening was “Crinoline,” a refreshing change from syncopation, and presented by Miss Bailey and the young ladies and young men in the chorus.  A fitting conclusion to this fine entertainment was “Let’s all be happy together,” sung by Misses W.Gould, E.Manley, and Messrs J.Geldard and J.O’Donnell.

The whole company was composed of Jacqueline Crawford, Betty Cornwell, Pat Cookson, Joan Cottam, Dorothy Geldard, Winnie Vose, Joan Rigby, Evelyn Boyers, Stacia Long, Eileen Joyce, Betty Frankland, Eunice Robinson, Winnie Wrigley, Greta Dickinson, Brenda Dickinson, Mary Walsh, Connid Houghton, Peggy Glancy, Joan Richardson, Mary Hargreaves, Margaret Chatburn, Millicent Hargreaves, Agnes Morris, Agnes Wrigley, Misses Marie Sherliker, Mary Grisenthwaite, Winifred Murray, Monica Wright, Edith Manley, Winnie Gould, Winnie Chatburn, Mrs Byrne, Mrs Houghton, Mrs O’Donnell, Misses Madeline Reid amd Mamie Carter, Messrs Walter Manley, Dick Turner, Jack Geldard, Jack Chatburn, Kenneth Sherliker, Vernon Bush, John Morris, C.White, Fred Bailey, Francis Wrigley, Joseph Bailey, John O’Donnell and Fred Long.

The stage work, which was excellent was in the hands of Messrs W.Brown, W & B Holden, carpenters and stage managers, while Messrs B.Simpson and T.Cookson were electricians.

The orchestra, conducted by Mr Bert Cross, and led by Mr James Tomlinson, was an excellent factor of the pantomime, and consisted of Messrs J.Tomlinson, J.Whatmough, W.Jackson (violins); Mr Marsden, Miss M.Shaw (flutes); Messrs C.Isherwood (cello); S.Gudgeon (bass); W.Nutter (cornet); J.Wilkinson (trombone); and Mrs W.Sharples (piano).

2nd May 2021 – Fifth week of Easter

Today               Mass 12 (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am Clitheroe

Mass 11am Sabden

Monday           Mass 10am Clitheroe

Tuesday           Mass 10am Clitheroe

Wednesday     Mass 10am Clitheroe

Thursday          Mass 10am Clitheroe

Friday               Mass 10am Clitheroe

Sunday             Mass 12 noon (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am Clitheroe

Mass 11am Sabden

Feasts – Monday: St. Philip & St. James

Tuesday: The English Martyrs

MASSES RECEIVED THIS WEEK
In thanksgiving, Special Intentions x 3,
Rita & Frank Donbavand, Norman Berry, Holy Souls, Nora Daly

ANNIVERSARIES
Norman Berry, Nora Daly

May is the month of Mary so let us try and pray the Rosary each day. Pope Francis said, “The prayer of the rosary is the prayer of the humble and of the saints who, through its mysteries, contemplate with Mary the life of Jesus, the merciful face of the Father.”


LIVE SIMPLY THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

Where possible: buy loose, not pre-packed fruit and vegetables—don’t put them in a plastic bag. Please think about the damage caused by plastic waste.


LAUDATO SI 2021

“for we know that things can change”(LS 13)

(to be held May 16-24), will be the crowning event of the Special Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year and a celebration of the great progress the whole Church has made on its journey to ecological conversion. Laudato Si’ Week 2021 will also be a time to reflect on what the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us and prepare for the future with hope.   https://youtu.be/xOUxcNHxCWw


The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have issued a reflection on post-pandemic recovery and the challenges faced by the Church in encouraging people back to the Church and her Sacraments.

In a reflection titled Day of the Lord, the Bishops also praise families, parish communities and those who have worked tirelessly in hospitals, care homes, schools and prisons during these challenging times of ill-health, grief and isolation.

The Bishops salute the leadership of our priests and also express gratitude for the ‘immense efforts’ of those who have provided food for those most in need:

“The generosity shown in the distribution of so very many meals has given eloquent expression to the mercy, love and compassion which are at the very heart of God. Many have been touched by the joy of meeting Christ in the poor; and many of the poor by the joy of meeting Christ in selfless parishioners.”

Whilst acknowledging the creative and diverse methods of outreach during the pandemic – not least the live streaming of Mass – attention then turns to the post-pandemic world.

The Bishops recognise that it is impossible to predict the pace at which we will emerge from the pandemic but state “what is clear is the challenge we face of bringing our communities and the practice of the faith to a still greater expression and strength.”

They identify the groups of people they are seeking to reach:

  • Those who have lost the habit of coming to church and who may be anxious about doing so
  • Those who may not want to re-establish a pattern of Catholic worship – who may have seen a gap widen between the spiritual dimension of their lives and any communal expression of that spiritual quest.
  • The ‘Covid curious’ who may have encountered the Catholic Church for the first time during the pandemic

The Bishops highlight the strengths, the “veritable treasures” of the Catholic Church as being the tools at their disposal to rise to these challenges. The greatest treasure is, of course, the sacramental life of the Church and at its heart, the Eucharist.

“It is the Eucharist, the celebration of the Mass, that makes the Church; and it is the Church, in the gift of the Holy Spirit, which makes the Eucharist. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the lifeblood of the Church. It requires our active participation and, to be fully celebrated, our physical presence.

“At this moment, then, we need to have in our sights the need to restore to its rightful centrality in our lives the Sunday Mass, encouraging each to take his or her place once again in the assembly of our brothers and sisters.

“We face the task of seeking to nurture the sense of Sunday as ‘a weekly gift from God to his people’, and something we cannot do without; to see Sunday as the soul of the week, as giving light and meaning to all the responsibilities we live out each day; to see the Sunday Eucharist as food for the unique mission with which we have been endowed.”


Fifth Sunday of Easter (B)

Last week it was sheep: this week, the vine. Jesus offers us another (agricultural) image to explain the mystery of his offering of himself, and our belonging to him, our being part of him, which comes about through the sacrament of Baptism. This is, as was stated earlier, the period of Mystagogy, when the newly baptised are helped to see what life in Jesus Christ really means. Today this comes out strongly for all of us, with two of the three readings emphasising the moral aspects of life in Christ: it is not simply enough to “belong” to him: our belonging must be shown by the works we do, by the fruits we bear – while remembering of course that we cannot bear fruit except in him.


Day of Prayer for the Victims and Survivors of Abuse – 4th May 2021
On Thursday 6th May at Salford Cathedral Bishop John will celebrate Mass for Survivors of Abuse. The Mass will begin at 7pm and is open to all. It will also be streamed on church stream at Salford Cathedral Livestream
The Bishops of England and Wales have moved the date of this annual Day of Prayer from Lent to Eastertide, in response to a request from survivors, to express that this is a day in the season of hope and new life on which to pray for those who have been abused.


First Holy Communion Congratulations to the children who over the past few weekends have received their First Holy Communion. Let us continue to keep these children and their families in our prayers. We also pray for those who will be receiving their First Holy Communion in the next few weeks.


ONLINE CHRISTIAN RETREATS VIA ZOOM

Offering a space for Christians to explore and deepen faith…

Seek ‘life in all its fullness’

CREATED & LED BY DONNA WORTHINGTON; all retreats are on invitation to be rejuvenated and affirmed in faith, to know Christ better and to open up sacred space in order to listen to the Holy Spirit and experience a living spirituality that consoles, challenges and inspires.  Varied methods enable Christians to deepen their own discipleship and travel on in their faith journeys (presentation, theological discussion, stillness, prayer, creative sessions, images, music etc).

Courses and training are also offered so individuals and groups can explore Scripture, prayer and faith’s themes and feel equipped to become prayer leaders in their own communities.

All retreats cost £20, unless otherwise stated.  For bookings, please see the website or contact Donna Worthington:

drworthington@live.co.uk

https://christianretreats.live


2021 – May
WILDERNESS RETREAT:
  We follow Jesus into the Wilderness
Sat 8th May 2-5pm OR Mon 10th May 10am – 1pm

THE ARAMAIC LORD’S PRAYER:  A morning, soaking in Jesus’ profound and beautiful prayer in its original language.
Sat 15th May 10am – 1pm

PENTECOST:  The divine fire and the call to go forth into a life based on freedom and hope   Sun 23rd May 2-5pm

2021 – June-July
PETER, A DEEPLY HUMAN CHARACTER
: We became alert to the spiritual dynamic in his journey in order to explore this path
Sat 12th June 2-5pm OR Mon 14th June 10am – 1pm

If people wish to, they may attend Part 2 of this retreat on Peter on Sunday 27th June 2 – 5pm

(REPEAT) THE PROBLEM OF EVIL:  This issue has caused many to question their faith.  We explore this from various angles in order to think the whole subject through, understand various approaches and see how this does not need to be an obstacle to faith.
Sat 23rd June 6.30pm – 9pm

THE HANDLESS WOMAN : Through the depths of an ancient story ‘The Handless Woman’, we will explore the wisdom which speaks to our heroic journeying.
Sat 24th July 10am – 1pm


C.C.P.  CLITHEROE CHRISTIANS IN PARTNERSHIP

PRAYER

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

From Clitheroe Christians in Partnership, this is the latest theme for our prayer as a town and, we are praying for those in chains.

“Blessed and merciful Lord, some have lost their freedom and access to justice and we pray for all such, for their restoration and journey into faith through Christ.

Others have lost their freedom through injustice and persecution as they stand for the rights of common people – we lift up their plight to You.

We pray for the all those in unchecked power who oppress athis nd silence the voices of those that seek freedom for all people; that their deeds will be made visible and they will be convicted of the cruelty of their abuse and find a pathway to God.”

Pray for the Light of Our Lord to shine in nations where freedom is currently restricted: MYANMAR, YEMEN, CHINA/HONG KONG, EGYPT, COLOMBIA, RUSSIA, ZIMBABWE, The PHILIPPINES, AFGHANISTAN and LIBYA.

For the victims of oppression, we pray this month for:

Nonoy Espina, chair of the national union of Journalists of the Philippines as he represents a free press and campaigns following the murders of 191 journalists since 1986. The mission of the NUoJ is to continue upholding press freedom; to protect journalists from attacks, threats, and harassment; and to organise media workers for better working conditions.

In 2010 a young Tunisian man Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in the town of Sidi Bouazizi in protest at mistreatment by the authorities. Pray for the work of the Truth and Dignity Commission, established in response to this tragedy, as it works to ensure justice against human rights violations in Tunisia.

For Ibrahim Ezz el-Din in Egypt, labelled as a terrorist in his campaign as a housing rights activist for the poor and homeless and kept in pre-trial detention for thirteen months, tortured and suffering from ill health and depression. For Yu Wensheng an imprisoned Chinese Human Rights lawyer convicted at a secret trial to serve four years for inciting subversion of state power.

For the singer Yahaya Sharif-Aminu sentenced to death by the Upper Sharia Court in northern Nigeria for placing a song on WhatsApp that is allegedly blasphemous. Not permitted a lawyer at his trial, he has been able to lodge an appeal with help from the international human rights community.

For Tran Huynh Duy Thuc a Vietnamese business person imprisoned for sixteen years to be followed by five years house arrest for advocating social, educational, economic and democratic reform via the media of blogging.

Lord of all that is right, may they not become forgotten prisoners, may they be protected from torture, may they be sustained in captivity until their chains are broken and they are free at last.

Soul of Christ, sanctify them

Body of Christ, save them

Blood of Christ, inebriate them

                                            Water from the side of Christ, wash over them

Passion of Christ, strengthen them

O good Jesus, hear us

Within thy wounds hide them

From the wicked foe defend them.


CLITHEROE CIVIC SOCIETY
presents

The Conservation of Bellmanpark Limekilns

A virtual presentation of the Urgent Conservation Repair Works by Project Lead Consultant

Jayne Entwistle

Monday 10th May 2021 at 7.30pm

Civic Society Members & Students Free

Visitors & Members Guests (£3.00)

Access details via ccstickets@btinternet.com


FROM THE ARCHIVES

A. M. D. G.

RULES

OF THE

CLITHEROE CATHOLIC SICK CLUB

ESTABLISHED MARCH 24th, 1844

CLITHEROE:

PRINTED BY W.WHEWELL, CASTLE STREET

1844
RULES

1st. – This association shall be called the “CLITHEROE CATHOLIC SICK CLUB;”and is placed under the patronage of the BLESSED VIRGIN MARY and SAINT JOHN THE EVANGELIST.

2nd. – This association shall consist of such boys and girls of the Clitheroe Catholic Schools, above the age of seven years who shall be considered unobjectionable on the score of health and character, and who are willing to comply with the following rules;  it shall also consist of Catholic women, whose admission shall take place before the age of forty-five, or the entrance money will be five shillings; at forty-six, six shillings; and so on, increasing one shilling every year till fifty-five: beyond that age none shall be admitted: and of honorary members of both sexes, without respect to their religious opinions.

3rd.- This association shall be under the management of the Catholic pastor, aided by a treasurer, secretary and a council of twelve, chosen by and from the adult members, at any quarterly meeting.

4th.- From the council, the pastor shall select such as he may judge proper to visit the sick.

5th.- The object of this association in charity: viz, to bind its members to act together for the greater honour and glory of God, and to contribute to the spiritual and temporal comfort of one another.

6th.- There will be four quarterly meetings, in the Catholic School room; viz., on the last Sunday of March, June, September and December, when the receipts and expenditure will be inspected, and the ordinary business of the society transacted.  The president may call a meeting when necessary at other times, and five shall be competent to act.

7th.-There will be an annual dinner in the school-room for such as choose to pay one shilling for it a week in advance; the day, time, and place, to be fixed at one of the quarterly meetings.  Honorary members to be invited by the secretary.

8th.- Any Teacher of the school, or scholar above seven years of age, of sound health and good character, upon payment of sixpence entrance money, may be admitted as a member at the monthly meeting: every other prostutant for admission, not being a teacher or a scholar must be proposed by one of the adult members, at the meeting which will be held in the school-room on the last Sunday of every month after vespers, and the president and council shall within a month afterwards decide upon the individual’s admission or rejection; but the admission money for such must be one shilling and the monthly pay fivepence, although the advantages will be only the same as those enjoyed by the teachers and scholars.

9th. – In case the monthly pay of fivepence should be neglected, a fine of one penny must be exacted together with the fivepence, at the next monthly meeting: – If not paid on that occasion, the fine shall be doubled; and I neglected a third time, the defaulter shall be excluded from the club at the end of the fourth month.

10th.- Each member being either a scholar or a teacher at the school, shall pay every Sunday morning personally to the superintendant or other person appointed by the president, his or her weekly subscription of one penny, unless prevented by sickness, or some cause, the reasonableness of which the president shall determine.  Any such member neglecting to pay his or her subscription for two Sundays shall be fined one penny on the third; twopence on the fourth; and if all arrears are not paid on the fifth, he or she shall be admonished by the visitor, and if no sufficient excuse be given, shall be excluded on the sixth Sunday.

11th. – The monies thus collected by the Superintendents or their substitutes shall be transferred to the treasurer at the monthly meeting.

12th. – Ladies and Gentlemen, desirous through a notice of charity of becoming honary members, will be gratefully received, upon payment of any sum they may please, providing that sum be not less than five shillings annually, and they shall be entitled to all the spiritual benefits of the association.

13th. – All monies except those necessary for current expenses shall be paid by the treasurer, every third month into the savings bank, in the names of the treasurer and secretary of the “Clitheroe Catholic Sick Club.”

14th.- No member shall receive relief from the fund till 9 months after his or her admission: such will then be entitled in case of sickness to a weekly allowance of four shillings; but if the sickness continue longer than four months, the weekly allowance shall be two shillings, if eight months, one shilling.  (See Apendix).  Any relapse or fresh illness occurring within two months shall be regarded as the same illness.  An expelled member shall, upon re-admission, within six months, be entitled to relief after three months.

15th.- No member shall be entitled to relief for any sickness of less than seven days duration, nor then, if the cause of sickness was known and concealed by that member when admitted, or was afterwards occasioned by immortality or criminal excess.  Fraud in feigning sickness, when established to the satisfaction of a majority at a monthly meeting, shall be sufficient cause for dismissal.

16th . – Any member incapable of work through illness, and claiming the benefit of the club shall send notice to one of the nearest visitors, who shall, immediately, and afterwards weekly (if the disease be not contagious, and the distance not more than two miles) visit the sick member, pay the weekly allowance, and report upon the nature of the case at the school-room on the following Sunday.

17th.  Any associate changing his place of abode to a greater distance than two miles from the nearest visitor must in case of sickness give information to the secretary in writing, signed by himself and attested by the Priest who attends him.

18th. – When any member of nine months standing dies, thirty shillings (see Apendix) shall be given to the Friends of the deceased for funeral expenses, and every member shall pay an extra penny into the fund.

19th. – Should the funds be ever so reduced as to leave only as many shillings as there are members, the weekly subscriptions alone shall be distributed to the sick in equal proportions, the scale being duly observed; (see appendix) and on the contrary, if by the blessing of God, few calls are made upon the funds, when they have accumulated to more than fifty pounds, the quarterly meeting shall determine their application.

20th. – Every male associate shall cease to be a member at the age of eighteen, but may be drafted into the “Clitheroe Catholic Association” (to be hereafter formed) if of approved health and character, without paying entrance money, and shall be entitled to relief for sixth months.

21st. – An associate upon showing good reason to the president for leaving the school may upon application within the month, and upon paying fivepence monthly, continue a member.  No one shall receive relief during sickness arising from confinement, &c; & no one while in the Union House, o receiving out-door parish relief shall be called upon to pay to the funds, nor shall he receive any help from them while so circumstanced.

22nd. – any member not frequenting the sacraments at the time of Easter, or practising fraud upon the society, or guilty of any other serious irregularity, shall be admonished or expelled at the discretion of the president.

23rd.- The communicants are earnestly advised frequently to approach the holy sacraments, especially during the times of plenary indulgences.

24th.- Every member is to say daily the “Hail Mary” and “Health of the weak, Refuge of sinners pray for us.”

25th.- On the first Sunday of every month, the associates are expected to assist at the Bona Mors prayers and the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

26th.- One Mass will be offered up for every member alternately for the living and dead members of the Club.

27th . – Every third month a Mass will be offered up alternately for the living and dead members of the Club.

28th. – When it is announced from the altar that an associate is dangerously ill, the members shall  remain a few minutes in the chapel after Mass, and recite the second part of the Rosary for his or her recovery, or for a happy death as God may please to direct..

29th. – If the funeral of a member take place on a Sunday, and at the Catholic Chapel, Clitheroe, the associates are to attend it, and afterwards in the Chapel recite the Litany for the dead, they shall also recite the same on the first Sunday after all ‘Souls’ day, for all deceased associates.

30th. – the secretary shall have in writing the name and abode of each associate and likewise the names of the honorary members, with the amount of their subscriptions.

31st. – All necessary and incidental expenses for books, &c., shall be defrayed by the treasurer out of the funds.

32nd. – The president and his council shall decide all disputes, and their decision shall be final: and should any alteration in these rules be judged necessary, they shall make it, with the sanction of the majority at a quarterly meeting.

APPENDIX

     It was resolved at the public meeting held in the school room, on the 24th March, 1844, that the rules of the “Clitheroe Catholic Sick Club” be adopted.  It was also resolved that any person of sound health and good moral character, and submitting to be guided by the rules, shall be at liberty to double his or her entrance money, viz., two shillings, and monthly subscription of tenpence, fines &., and thus to become entitled to eight shillings a week for the first four months of sickness, four shillings a week for the next four months, and two shillings a week afterwards, and three pounds for funeral expenses.

25th April 2021 – Fourth week of Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday)

Today                   Mass 12 (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am Clitheroe

Mass 11am Sabden

 

Monday               Mass 10am Clitheroe

Tuesday               Mass 10am Clitheroe

Wednesday         Mass 10am Clitheroe

Thursday             Mass 10am Clitheroe

Friday                   Mass 10am Clitheroe

 

Sunday                 Mass 12 noon (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am Clitheroe

Mass 11am Sabden

MASSES RECEIVED THIS WEEK
Glenn Peters x 4, Rita & Frank Donbavand, Ian Mayor, Albert Blockeel

LATELY DEAD
Ian Mayor

ANNIVERSARIES
Glenn Peters, Albert Blockeel, Moira Robinson

WANTED:

Someone to take care of the garden at the front of church – does not involve any mowing of the lawn.   Any day and any time it is up to the individual.
If you are willing to give a little of your time it would be very much appreciated.  See Arnold Marsden or telephone him 01200 427096

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If anyone out there, especially from Sabden or Dunsop has any items they feel would be suitable for the Archive section or indeed anything for our Newsletter please give Janet a ring or email her on smsj@btinternet.com 

Environmental Survey:
You are invited to complete a survey so that the diocese can understand different priorities around the environment. The survey takes around 15-20 minutes to complete. Please complete and share this link with anyone who may be interested. Thank you for your time: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SalfordEnvironment

 

The Logos & Literature: Elaborating the Divine:
A series of online evening talks exploring some of the great themes of Catholic Christianity in writing old and new, with Catholic scholars and contemporary authors. Every second Thursday at 7:30pm from 29th April. For info and registration: https://christianheritagecentre.com/events/logos-and-literature/


FROM THE ARCHIVES:

This week from the archives is from the Infant School Log 1947

Jan 7 School reopened at 9am. Four new children admitted making number on roll 70.  Miss Cottam began her duties at this school as welfare officer.  She is here from 11.40am – 1.30pm.  Mrs Trimby is senior kitchen assistant and Mrs Jolly ordinary assistant.
  9 Dental Inspection of all children in school carried out by Mr Heron.  63 children examined (2pm)
  16 Nurse Bates made a G.C. examination of all classes at 11.45am.
  21 Miss Reece, P.T. organiser paid an introductory visit
  24 Miss Graham, Meals organiser paid an introductory visit.  Number on roll 71.  Average attendance 63
  29 Received (November 1946) Requisition from Hope Bros
  31 Number on roll 71.  Average attendance 45.  The attendance this week has been badly affected by an epidemic of severe colds and sore throats.  This afternoon only 36 children are present.  This is the lowest attendance for the week.
Feb 7 Attendance still very low owing to sickness and severe weather.  Average attendance 40.
  14 Attendance improving slowly.  Average attendance 47.  School closed at 4pm for mid-term holiday.  Sent in P.T. and Games requisition for 1947-48
  19 School reopened at 9am
  26 Only 28 children present this morning owing to a very heavy fall of snow.
  27 Eighteen children made their First Confession.
Mar  

3

 

I (E.Coneron) was absent from school suffering from an attack of sinusitis.  During these three weeks Miss Crompton was in charge of Class I and Lower Class II.  Miss Barrett took the rest of Class II and Class III.  For two weeks the attendance was very low owing to heavy snowfalls.  Medical inspection of children was carried out by Dr Royal and Nurse Bates on March 17th.
  24 Religious Examination.  Register not marked today.
  25 Registers examined and found correct.  O.A.Kemball SJ
  28 School closed today at 4pm for the Easter Holidays.  Completed quarterly and yearly totals.
Apr 14 School reopened at 9am.  Four new children admitted bringing total on roll to 75.  Received electric radiator for canteen kitchen.  Stock book etc sent for audit.
  18 Attendance during past week very good.  Average attendance 73.
  24 Mr Halifax H.M.I. paid an introductory visit.  Examined electric radiator and was informed of its use.
May 2 Number on roll 75.  Average attendance 71
  22 Nurse Bates carried out G.C. examination of all children in the school.  72 were present.
  23 School closed at 4pm for the Whitsuntide holidays.
June 2 School reopened at 9am.  Two new children admitted bringing total on roll to 77.
  5 School closed today for feast of Corpus Christi.
  20 Attendance good.  Number on roll 78.  Average attendance 74.  During the past week Classes II and III have been tested in the three R’s.
  27 Registers examined and found correct.  O.A.Kemball SJ
    Received 3 official Meals Registers to be used from next week onwards.  Meals Register sent for audit at the end of March has not been returned and according to Mr Rogerson must be presumed lost.
July 2 Miss Coneron absent through sickness.  Classes grouped between Miss Barrett and Miss Crompton, as no Supply Teacher was available.  M.Barrett p.p. Miss Coneron
  16 Requisition from Hope Bros arrived.
  17 School closed at 4pm for the Midsummer Holidays.
Aug 25 School reopened.  Miss Coneron still absent.  Miss Maureen Joyce, a Mount Pleasant College Student, commenced a fortnight’s Teaching Practice.  25 children were transferred to the Senior Department, and 7 new one admitted; 1 left.  Total on Roll 64.
Sept   Nurse Bates made G.C. examination
    Requisition from Hope Bros arrived
  5 Miss Joyce completed her T.P.
  8 Miss Coneron still absent; classes grouped as previously
    School Photographer arrived about 10.45 and photographed the children.
  17 Registers examined and found correct. O.A.Kemball SJ
  19 The school closed at 4pm today for the September holiday.
  29 School reopened at 9 o’clock.  I (E.Coneron) returned to school after being absent since July 2nd on account of illness.  Four new children were admitted, making number on roll 70
Oct 2 Rev Fr d’Andria our new Rev Manager paid his first visit.  Rev Fr Kemball left the town during the September holiday.
  9 Miss Coneron is absent through sickness.  The classes as on a previous occasion have been grouped between Miss Barrett and Miss Crompton as no supply is available.  Miss Barrett pp. Miss Coneron
  10 Number on roll 70.  Average attendance 62.1.
  15 Commencing to-day and every Wednesday following, the afternoon secular lessons will start at 1.30pm to enable the children to go to church for Benediction at 3.50pm.
  21 The Rev Manager visited the school this afternoon
  24 The Medical Officer and Nurse Bates visited the school at 11am to examine all the children admitted since the last Medical Inspection
  27 The Rev Manager visited this morning.
  30 The school closed today at 4pm for the Mid-term holiday.  Average attendance 57
Nov 4 The school reopened this morning at 9am
  10 At the request of the Mayor the children had a holiday today
  12 The Rev Manager visited
  14 This week has seen charges in our Dining-room staff.  With Mrs Cottam’s resigning her duties as Welfare Officer on the 7th inst, Mrs Jolly took up these duties on the 11th.  On that day Mrs Trimby became 1st Dining room Assistant, with Mrs Bowker as second in charge.
  17 The Rev Manager visited
  18 The Rev Manager visited.  53 children present.  The considerable drop in attendance is owing to the prevalence of Whooping Cough.
  19 In celebration of the Royal Wedding of H.R.H. Princess Elizabeth and Lt Philip Mountbatten, this afternoon’s lessons were suspended to allow the children to enjoy party games in the Hall.  These were followed by a nice tea, after which prizes were given to the winners of the games.  Mr Walter Jackson, a School Manager paid a visit while the celebrations were in progress.  53 children were present.
  20 The children have a holiday to-day to commemorate the Royal Wedding.
  21 The Rev Manager visited.  71 children on the roll; average attendance 53.1
  25 Today the afternoon session commenced at 1.15 with secular lessons, and the children were dismissed at 3.15 in order to allow Miss Crompton and myself to attend at P.T. Demonstration given by Miss Reece and Mr Jones at Padiham.
  27 The Rev Manager visited.
  28 On Tuesday the 25th inst, requisition from Hope Bros arrived.
Dec 11 The Rev Manager visited.
  17 This morning at 10.30am the children were shown three interesting Health Films by Mr Bradford, who also gave a little talk on the same.  Dr Fairweather, Clitheroe’s Medical Officer, paid a brief visit.  56 children were present.
  18 Registered examined and found correct. A.B.d’Andria SJ
    This afternoon the children gave a short concert of Songs and Carols, attended by the Reverend Manager, who afterwards distributed gifts from the Christmas Tree.  60 children were present.
  19 The school closed at 4pm today for the Christmas Holiday.  Finished quarterly totals.