18th April 2021 – Third week of Easter

buy provigil online ireland Masses this week:

Sunday                  Mass 12 (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge
                              Mass 5pm (Saturday) Clitheroe
                              Mass 9.30am Clitheroe
                              Mass 11am Sabden
Monday                 No Public Mass (Funeral)
Tuesday                 Mass 10am Clitheroe
Wednesday            Mass 10am Clitheroe
Thursday                Mass 10am Clitheroe
Friday                     Mass 10am Clitheroe St. George
Sunday                   Mass 12 noon (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge
                               Mass 5pm (Saturday) Clitheroe
                               Mass 9.30am Clitheroe
                               Mass 11am Sabden

http://thehistoryhacker.com/2013/01/22/marylands-identity-crisis/?replytocom=308 MASSES RECEIVED THIS WEEK:
Margaret Donnelly, John Keely, Rita & Frank Donbavand x 2

http://watermarkgallery.co.uk/artist/fred-lawson/ LATELY DEAD:
Chris Carr, John Keely, Peter Whiteside

neurontin 500 mg ANNIVERSARIES:
Margaret Donnelly


PARISH FORUM

The next Parish Forum will be held tomorrow evening

Monday 19th April at 7.30pm via Zoom

It is simple to join the meeting and you do not need an invitation. If you have installed the Zoom App on your computer, tablet or smartphone (recommended) the ID is 865 074 9717.  If you don’t have the App installed, click on the link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8650749717


CHRISTIAN RETREATS 2021

LENTEN JOURNEY WITH SAINT PAUL:
A compelling, passionate witness to life lived in the Risen Christ, Paul a dedicated builder of Christian community and writer of Scripture, lived deeply from the ground of his deep faith. After his dramatic and life-changing conversion, he spent time in the desert – so we begin by following Paul into the desert during Lent and then seek to explore his challenging and profound experience of faith. This is a 4 week course and participants should attend all sessions if they are able to.
Thursdays 6.30-9pm   April 22th, 29th, May 6th  (Cost £80)

IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY:
An Introduction to Ignatian Discernment and The Examen.
Tues 20th April 6.30-9pm

THE DESERT FATHERS:
Exploring their profound spirituality.
Sun 25th April 2-5pm

THE CROSS AND RESURRECTION:
Reflection and contemplation.
Wed 28th April 2-5pm

WILDERNESS RETREAT:
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

All retreats cost £20, unless otherwise stated.

For bookings, please see the website or contact Donna Worthington: drworthington@live.co.uk

https://www.christianretreats.live


FROM THE ARCHIVES:

An extract from ‘Clitheroe in its Railway Days’ by Stephen Clarke

     The Catholic Band was formed in the year 1859 and was founded by Fr Bird and C.J.B.Trappes Esq.  The first band was a Fife and Drum one and gained two prizes, one at Belle Vue, Manchester, and the other at the opening of Moor Park, Preston.  Ultimately it became a reed band and subsequently a brass one.  The brass band obtained three prizes, two firsts at Leyland and one at Padiham, all in the same year.  The first band room was at the old school in Lowergate, but ultimately through the kindness of Mr Trappes, a splendid room was placed at their disposal behind Theyton House, Church Street.  Shortly after Mr Trappes removal to Manchester in the year 1887, Mr Trappes handed over the band’s property to Rev Fr Hartell SJ.  On this occasion the band, through the generosity of Mr Trappes, were regaled at Gisburn with an excellent dinner, and an enjoyable evening was spent.

The late Mr Charles Duckett was the first bandmaster, and held the position for upwards of 20 years, and was the recipient on the 10th August 1869 of a handsome silver snuff box presented to him by Mr Trappes on the 10th anniversary of the band’s existence.  Mr Michael Ducket, his son succeeded him, and was also presented in June 1879 by Mr Trappes with a time-piece, in recognition of 20 years services as bandmaster, he having, like his father proved an able bandmaster.

An extract from a church diary for 1933

Jan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feb

 

 

 

Mar

 

 

 

 

 

Apr

 

 

 

 

May

 

 

 

June

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July

Aug

 

 

 

 

 

Sept

 

 

Oct

 

 

 

Nov

 

 

 

 

 

Dec

20

 

 

22

23

24

 

25

 

30

 

2

19

20

24

1

3

5

 

 

27

5/6/7

9

14

23

30

7

21

26

28

5

18

20

23

 

 

 

 

 

7

7

 

 

16

19

21

15

20

26

3

24

26

30

3

8

12

26

 

 

3

6

7

8

10

13

25

Fr Lomax taken to Nursing Home, Shearbank Rd, Blackburn.  About 100 children were absent from School owing to epidemic of Influenza.

 

Death of Fr Lomax at 2ap after a heart attack.

Body brought from Blackburn at 9.10pm

Fr Kopp called away to sister who was dying

Fr Lynch, nephew, Oratorian arrived

Solemn Requiem at 10.30.  Fr Lomax was buried in our Cemetery although a grave had been reserved at Ford.

The Schools were closed for a fortnight: influenza.

Miss Bramley ended her teaching career on Jan 27.

Blessing of candles at 8.  Blessing of St Blaise after Holy Hour.

Presentation to Miss Bramley.

Fr O’Dwyer to Dublin; his mother had dies that day.

Blizzard for three days.

Ash Wednesday.  Fr Wilcock preaches on Wednesdays.

Fr Briffa arrived to help during Lent; till April 11th.

Q.Ore began.  Initiation of Knights at 2.30.  Procession oplu B Sact in the evening 150 menu

Church Porch panelled.

Small Ciborium lent to Fr Murray of Sabden; given to Sabden 1937

Fr Briffa gave Senior Children short Retreat.

Palm Sunday; H.Week as usual

Fr Magee preached Passion Sermon.

First meeting of new Council of Men’s Sodality after election.

School Sermons: Fr Sheridan

Procession in honour of Our Lady: School: Church only.

Fr Donohoe spoke to the men about Retreats.

Work on the church begun.  Scaffolding outside.

Sodality procession to the playground.

Whit Monday Procession; beautiful day and Procession

Procession of the B.Sact in the Church

Scaffold inside church

Cheque from Inspector (Claims) for £311.8.10: Claim inclusive for 6 years Income Tax acknowledged: (See Nov 28 1931).  The only tax to be now paid is on Ground Rent.  The Deeds were forwarded to Fr Blackett for execution by the Registered Trustees: afterwards registered the deed with Charity Commission as to free one property from Schedule A tax.  Notice given to local Inspector.

Fr Freeman came to supply

Fr ODwyer holiday.

Lease of Cross Keys falls in New Lease with Fr Blackett:  Lease renewed: signed November

Painter fell from scaffold and fractured thigh.

Mass vestments presented by Mrs Cook & Miss Lester.

K.S.C.watched before the B.Sact for 24 hours.

Schools broke at noon.  Loan £2000 to St Wilfrid’s

Bazaar in Hall & School.  Complete success.

Fr Crook arrived: joined the Staff

C.O.M Election

Fr Visitor arrived.

Fr Visitor left.

All outside scaffolding removed.

Builders departed.

Sent to Mount for retreat.

Fr Briffa lectured, Lantern lecture on Life of Our Lord.

Re-opening celebration.  High Mass at 10.30.  Fr O’Connor Rector os Stonyhurst, H.Priest: Fr Robinson, Deacon: Fr O’Dwyer, Sub Deacon: Fr Kopp.  Fr Sherliker preached morning and evening.

14 Boys received into Boys Sodality.

At 7.30 office B.V.M

At 7.30 Rosary

At 7.30 Reception: 18 C.O.M: 5 men

Procession in Hon of the Immac. Conception.  No boys walked

Notice from C.Y.S. London: The C.Y.S. cases now belong to us.

At Midnight Mass 730 present.  Eve: Sunday: Rosary and Bened at 3. Conf 7-9. C.Day: dinner at 2

At the end of October, a new Ideal Boiler fixed in the Servants’ Hall for heading the House.  Total Cost £9.13.8.

In November the Church Boiler was repaired.  Two sections were cracked.  Taken to pieces and the parts re-assembled: the two sections were paid for by Insurance Co: the work cost us £22.1.6.

On Dec 1 the final acct. was paid Mr Durkin on builder’s work connected with the Church.  Total £800.  200 Cubic feet of new stone had been inserted, treated with Szerelmey: all wood work and iron work has been replaced, or repaired, and painted.

On Dec 19 final acct. paid Mr Watson on cleaning & decorating interior: Total £629.4.0.  All stone work cleaned and repaired.  Painting  throughout.  Rebilding. Flood lights Cost £21.

On Dec 27: final acct paid Mr Smith the joiner, for work done during the year.  Total £210.13.5.  Panelling completed: New Main Doors.  The pitch pine comes from old school benches.  Grand Total £1639.17.5.

In may a defective beam below the Lady Chapel was removed and a stone arch inserted at a cost of £10.

In November, the Organ was thoroughly overhauled by Ainscough at a cost of £60

11th April 2021 – Divine Mercy Sunday

Second week of Easter

Sunday                      Mass 5pm (Saturday) Clitheroe

                                  Mass 9am Dunsop Bridge

                                  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
Frank Worden, Special Intention, Chris Carr x 2, Olive Whitwell, Margaret Harrison,
Fiona Douglas, Hazel Whittaker, Brian Ashton

LATELY DEAD:
Eileen Johnson, Chris Carr, Joyce Gorrighan

Live simply thought of the week:

Become a green purchaser: before buying,

think ‘do I need it or just want it’.


DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

APRIL 11th 2021

St Joseph’s, Audley Range,
Blackburn BB1 1TG
2.30pm – 3.30pm
Chaplet 3pm.

No Confessions


PARISH FORUM
The next Parish Forum will be held at 7:30 pm on Monday, 19th April via Zoom.  If you have anything you would like discussed please let me (Carol Riley) know by 11th April on Tel 01200 426769or e-Mail cariley.t21@btinternet.com


UPDATE!
CYCLE RIDE – CLITHEROE TO LOURDES

The final update to our virtual journey.  We ‘arrived ‘ in Lourdes on Easter Sunday after cycling 1216 miles in 51 days, in the beautiful local countryside through wind, rain, hail and sunshine.

Thank you to all who have encouraged us on our way and for the generous donations that have been made. We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received. We have raised over £2500 so far, but you can still sponsor us if you wish to support this worthy cause.

Mary’s Meals is a charity dedicated to providing life changing meals to some of the worlds poorest children. Their vision is that every child receives one daily meal in their place of education and that all those who have more than they need, share with those who lack even the most basic things. We would really appreciate your support in helping raise funds for this charity. You can read more about their great work and perhaps donate to our project via the link below.
https://giving.marysmeals.org/en_gb/projects/cin1-clitheroe-to-lourdes—virtually

Alternatively you may like to ring Arnold Marsden on 01200 427096 or email cycle21lourdes@yahoo.com to be added to our sponsor list.


CCP (Clitheroe Churches in Partnership)

Following the Hamper project please find a link to a short video expressing thanks to everyone involved in the project.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/10R7MEutvv93U0zSKm3-P6onDfA21H29Z/view?usp=sharing


COMMUNICATIONS

The Communication and Media Group is looking at ways to improve communication and community in the Parish so that everybody has access to everything they want to know. A meeting, was held this week, and one result of that, was the suggestion that groups within the parish may like to hold a Zoom (or equivalent) session to let people in the parish know what their particular group does. In the first instance it was thought that groups who had been active on Zoom during lockdown may like to take part first. Hoping that others will also take part later, to let members of the parish know about them and what they do. These information meetings would take place over quite a few months. Please let Margaret Spencer; j.spencer526@btinternet.com know if any groups would like to contribute.

In the meantime, there is one that everyone would be welcome to, on 11th April, and each Sunday after that, which is the Church Coffee Group. It has been running successfully for many months now, and has been a wonderful opportunity to keep talking about what we have been doing and what has been happening at Church.

It would be great to welcome other members of the Parish to join us. If you would like to join at 11am on Sunday mornings, please contact Margaret or John Spencer for the ID link on j.spencer526@btinternet.com


CHRISTIAN RETREATS 2021

LENTEN JOURNEY WITH SAINT PAUL
A compelling, passionate witness to life lived in the Risen Christ, Paul a dedicated builder of Christian community and writer of Scripture, lived deeply from the ground of his deep faith. After his dramatic and life-changing conversion, he spent time in the desert – so we begin by following Paul into the desert during Lent and then seek to explore his challenging and profound experience of faith. This is a 4 week course and participants should attend all sessions if they are able to.
Thursdays 6.30-9pm   April 15th, 22th, 29th, May 6th  (Cost £80)

IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY
 An Introduction to Ignatian Discernment and The Examen.
Tues 20th April 6.30-9pm

THE DESERT FATHERS
Exploring their profound spirituality.
Sun 25th April 2-5pm

THE CROSS AND RESURRECTION
Reflection and contemplation.
Wed 28th April 2-5pm

WILDERNESS RETREAT
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

All retreats cost £20, unless otherwise stated.

For bookings, please see the website or contact Donna Worthington: drworthington@live.co.uk

https://www.christianretreats.live


FROM THE ARCHIVES

1905

CLITHEROE CATHOLIC CLUB

The Club was opened on Monday October 2nd 1905 by the Hon Sir Jos Walton.  The first general meeting of the members was held on Monday October 9th, when 120 members were enrolled and the following Committee chosen:

Fr Moss was in the Chair

President: Mr Wm Wells

Secretary: Mr Edw Ingham

Committee:  Mr Denis Byrne

Mr Edw Walker

Mr Barrett

Mr Norbert Dewhurst

Mr Jos Brown Jnr

Mr Holden (Back Commons)

Mr Stanislaus Brown

The members of the Committee were chosen by ballot; the next two on the list being Mr Holden (Lowergate) and Mr T Cawley (Low Moor)

Committee Meetings

The first meeting of the Committee was held in the Club on Tuesday October 10th.  The Rev President (Fr Moss SJ) presiding:  all the members of the Committee were present.

The following resolutions were passed

  1. That the Club be open as follows:-

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 6pm – 10.30pm

Wednesday 2pm – 10.30pm

Saturday 1pm – 10.30pm

Sunday 2pm – 5pm;  also after evening service to 10pm.

N.B. During the public services in the Church and during Congregational entertainments the Club will be closed

  1. That Mr Duckett be Steward of the Club at a salary of 15/- per week nett, there being no perquisites such as minerals for his own profit.
  2. From the present date till Jan 1st 1906 the subscription be 1/6d: from Jan 1st 1906 the subscription be 3/- half year payable in advance. Honorary members subscription will be 10/6d per year.
  3. Those using cards to pay 1d per day – no cards be allowed but the Club cards.
  4. That the Rev President be Treasurer of the Club.
  5. That the age of admission be not less than 18. However the Committee saw that certain exceptional cases of youths under 18 would arise in which it would be advisable for them to be members: such cases were left to the absolute discretion of the Rev President.
  6. That the Committee would countenance the following sums to be played for.

Dominoes – ½d per game

Nap               1-2-3-4 @ ½d, Nap 1d – no doubles allowed

Whist            1d for 10 points

Solo Whist   solo ½d, abundance 1d, misere ½d

Misere ouvert 1d, abundance declared 1d – no tricks allowed

N.B.  The Committee wish it to be clearly understood that this is permitted only as a fillip to the games, and not as gambling.  Anyone known to go beyond the sums mentioned will be most severely dealt with.  The Committee appeal to the good sense and public spirit of the members to see that this is carried out to the letter.

Rev.F.Moss SJ

Oct 17th 1905

Minutes of the Committee held in the Club, October 17th 1905

The following were present:  Fr Moss SJ (Chairman), Mr Wells, Mr Edw Ingham, Messrs Byrne, Walker, Barrett, Dewhurst, Ince, Holden and S.Brown

Minutes of previous meeting read and confirmed.

It was resolved

  1. That various necessary things should be ordered at once:

These included chalks, wafers, spots, tips, tickets, sundry stationery, cue-tip fastener, file for cues, stick for taper, brush, looking glass, 4 roller towels, rollers etc

  1. that the Club join …….Union @ 5/- per annum
  2. that the admission of non-Catholics be left to the discretion of the Rev President, the President and Hon. Secretary. They were urged to be slow to admit such members.  That it must be duly understood that no non-Catholic could hold any position in the Club, or be a member of any Committee.
  3. that the following papers be obtained for the reading room

daily:  Yorkshire Post, Manchester Evening Chronicle, Northern Daily Telegraph
weekly: Catholic Times, Catholic Weekly, two local papers, Tit-Bits, Answers, Caudles Saturday Journal.

  1. that a Billiard Committee be chosen: their duties to consist in arranging and looking after handicaps, to arrange matches, to suggest anything to the General Committee which they consider good for the game. It was resolved further that all items of expenditure connected with billiards should first have the appubation of the General Committee and that all matches, or new moves should first have their appubation action was taken.
  2. The question of a lamp to light the outside steps was left in the hands of the Rev President and Mr Barrett.

Rev F Moss SJ

Oct 24th 1905

4th April 2021 – Easter Sunday

Easter Masses:

Mass 5pm (Saturday) Clitheroe (Easter Vigil)

Mass 9am Dunsop Bridge

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

 

Easter Blessings to you all

and

may your hearts and homes

be filled with hope and peace

from the Risen Lord

– Father Paul


Masses received this week

Jeremy Grout-Smith, James Nolan, Millie & Caitlin Holden, William Buggie, Rita & Frank Donbavand,
Andrew Dobson,Joyce Houghton, Pam Colligan x 2, Alice & Wilfred Clegg, Special Intentions x 2,
Terry Peters,Glenn Peters x 3, Margaret & Arthur Peters

Lately Dead

Eileen Johnson, Christopher Burke, Ian Mayor, Chris Carr,
Andrew Dobson, Joyce Houghton, Pam Colligan, Joyce Gorrighan

Anniversaries

Deacon Bill Gornall, William Buggie, Millie & Caitlin Holden

GIFT AID ENVELOPES 2021/2022

The new Gift Aid envelopes commence next Sunday 11th April 2021.  They are available for collection after both the Easter Vigil and Easter Day (Sunday) Masses. Please collect them from the Presbytery door as you leave church by the side porch.  After this weekend they will be available after Mass and for collection from the Presbytery.

They are also available for collection after mass at both Sabden and Dunsop

Live simply thought of the week:

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”  Mahatma Gandhi


CAFOD – Lent

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

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

Lenten offerings to Cafod can now be given in either in the offertory box at the back of church or through the Presbytery letterbox.  Cafod envelopes are available in the side porch or if you use your own please mark it ‘CAFOD’

Please Gift Aid your donation.


DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

APRIL 11th 2021

St Joseph’s, Audley Range, Blackburn BB1 1TG

2.30pm – 3.30pm

Chaplet 3pm.

No Confessions


PARISH FORUM

The Next Parish Forum will be held on 19th April (on Zoom unfortunately).

If you have any matter you wish adding to the agenda please let me let me (Carol Riley) know by phone 01200 426769 or email  cariley.t21@btinternet.com


UPDATE!

CYCLE RIDE – CLITHEROE TO LOURDES

Our ‘virtual journey’ began on Saturday 13th February. We are now 48 days into the trip.  Our plan is to ‘arrive’ in Lourdes on Easter Sunday, 4th April, after completing the challenge of cycling the 1071 miles route from Clitheroe in 51 days.

Back in the ‘real world’ we have cycled 48 different local loops of 21 plus miles.  We had some horrendous wind at the weekend but have lots of sunshine this week.

We are now making our way west across the bottom of France. We were in Toulouse on Tuesday and tonight (Thursday) in Saint Frajou.  We are now in the foothills of the Pyrenees and on target to arrive in Lourdes on Sunday.

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

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

Alternatively you may like to ring Arnold Marsden on 01200 427096 or email cycle21lourdes@yahoo.com to be added to our sponsor list and receive weekly updates on our progress if you desire.

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

Thank you,

Bernadette and Paul.


 CCP (Clitheroe Churches in Partnership)

Following the Hamper project please find a link to a short video expressing thanks to everyone involved in the project.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/10R7MEutvv93U0zSKm3-P6onDfA21H29Z/view?usp=sharing


COMMUNICATIONS

The Communication and Media Group is looking at ways to improve communication and community in the Parish so that everybody has access to everything they want to know. A meeting was held this week, and one result of that was the suggestion that groups within the parish may like to hold a Zoom (or equivalent) session to let people in the parish know what their particular group does. In the first instance it was thought that groups who had been active on Zoom during lockdown may like to take part first. Hoping that others will also take part later, to let members of the parish know about them and what they do. These information meetings would take place over quite a few months. Please let Margaret Spencer;  j.spencer526@btinternet.com know if any groups would like to contribute.

In the meantime, there is one that everyone would be welcome to, on 11th April, and each Sunday after that, which is the Church Coffee Group. It has been running successfully for many months now, and has been a wonderful opportunity to keep talking about what we have been doing and what has been happening at Church.
It would be great to welcome other members of the Parish to join us. If you would like to join at 11am on Sunday mornings, please contact Margaret or John Spencer for the ID link on j.spencer526@btinternet.com


‘Let us Dream’ – Pope Francis

You may have seen the article from The Catholic Universe by Celia Capstick in a recent Church newsletter (14th March) talking about Pope Francis’s book ‘Let us Dream’ (The Path to a Better Future), and how he has promoted women to top jobs within the Vatican departments. There is much, much more in this book, of 150 pages, which is very easy to read. As a result of learning about a series of Lenten Discussion evenings about the book held by the Diocese on Zoom, I decided to join, together with 5 or 6 other people from our parish.

Pope Francis, in interviews with Austen Ivereigh over three months during 2020, talks directly to us, the laity, in a very easy to follow way. He talks about times in his life which have caused him to change direction and calls them his “Covid moments”, and says we cannot just go back to what we had before, once this pandemic is over. He gives us his personal thoughts as to how he thinks things should change.

The book is very easy to buy online and for under £10, it is a wonderful, uplifting and thoughtful insight into our Holy Father and the dream he has for the world, for everyone in our world. “Land, Lodging and Labour for all.” He says God intended the goods of the earth to be for all, without excluding anyone.

I would recommend this book to everyone. Margaret Spencer


FROM THE  ARCHIVES:

A report of the Parochial Committee for Year 1946

The Committee this year consisted of the following members.

Rev O Kemball SJ

Mr Dobson …………………………………………………………..Study Club

Mr Bush……………………………………………………………….K.S.C.

Mr Briggs …………………………………………………………….Teachers

Mr Leeming………………………………………………………….Men’s Sodality

Mr Brown…………………………………………………………….Squires

Mr Calvert – later Mr Fullalove………………………………Junior Men

Mr Geldard…………………………………………………………..Dramatic Society

Mr Haslam……………………………………………………………Pantomime Committee

Mr Pollard…………………………………………………………….Insurance

Mrs Jackson – later Mrs Wrigley…………………………….Women’s Sodality

Mrs Feherenbach…………………………………………………..Girl’s Club

Mrs Bush………………………………………………………………Girl’s Sodality

Miss Crompton……………………………………………………..C.P.E.A

Miss Carter……………………………………………………………Children of Mary

Miss Walkden………………………………………………………..Comforts Committee

Mr Bush was elected Chairman, Mr Leeming – Treasurer, Miss Carter – Secretary, Mr Briggs was elected as Hall Secretary & Mr Geldard as Deputy Hall Secretary.  In April Mr Briggs gave notice of withdrawal as Hall Sec: and Mr Geldard took over the responsibility.  Mr Brown was elected Deputy.

Meetings:  During the year the Committee met thirteen times and attendances on the whole have been good.

Many items were discussed and propositions made – many of which are not yet in working order.

  1. Hall to the rules already pertaining to the use and hire of Hall it was agreed that payment of booking fees be made within 14 days. (To enable the former Hall Secretary to get his report made out.
  2. Some complaints had been made regarding the state of the Pot and Pan room and contacts after some dances, so rules pertaining to use of Pot and Pan room were made out by the Committee as follows:-

“Any society or person who use or hire the pot and pan room are responsible for

  • The careful use of contents therein.
  • For the cleanliness and orderly arrangement of crockery
  • For turning out the light and boiler.
  • For the return of the key of the cupboard to the Presbytery.

 

  1. It was agreed that there be no official tea-maker or person responsible for Pot and Pan Room, any society using the room to make their own arrangements.
  2. Mr Briggs – Hall Secretary: report for Year ending Dec 1945 showed a loss of £5-4-3d.
  3. The Committee agreed to the use of the Hall by a member of the Parish for a dancing class for Catholic children on a charge of 2/6 per hour and fractions accordingly.
  4. Stage lighting. Many discussions have been brought up by Mr Haslam on the need and means of making alteration to the stage lighting and ventilation.  The matter was left over for cogitation by Fr Kemball.
  5. Stage Properties A suggestion which came from the C.P.E.A. that the
    Stage Manager be provided with a pool fund for the supply of props the cost of which could be paid back from takings, whilst properties be kept as Parish property was agreed by the Committee.  A cash grant of £10 was agreed to by Fr Kemball.

Entertainment Groups   The amalgamation of the various entertainment groups in the parish has been suggested at several meetings during the year. It was suggested that each group keep its own identity but that a Central Committee be elected to co-ordinate efforts etc.  No headway seemed to be made, so it was suggested that a special meeting with two representatives from each body likely to use Hall for entertainment purposes be called and the possibility of a central Entertainments Committee be discussed.

Insurance Cover Policy   Mr Haslam brought to the notice of the Committee that the entertainment groups in Parish had not got an Insurance cover Policy of Personnel etc and suggested re the amalgamation of the entertainment groups that a General Cover Policy could be take out by a Central Committee of the above groups and expenses shared if the amalgamation was agreed to.  This of course will be a subject for the Central Committee (if one) to discuss.

Social Events  The Committee agreed to the suggestion by Mr Briggs that the Children’s Play ‘The Princess and Swineherd’ together with supporting items from other societies be utilised for a Social Evening.  The Pantomime Society and Girl’s Club offered their help with supporting items.

Arrangements for the event were run by the Parochial Committee, the entertainment being held in March.

Mr Haslam as Secretary of Sub-committee presented a Balance Sheet for the above showing a balance of £21.15.5½for the School Fund.

Orchestral Concert   A notice of an offer made by St Mary’s College, Blackburn to give an Orchestral Concert in the Hall for the School Fund was accepted by the Parochial Committee.  A sub-committee consisting Mr & Mrs Bush, Miss Crompton and Miss Walkden and Mrs Byrne was elected.  Arrangements were well carried out by the Sub-Committee and help in arrangement of Hall etc was given by Parochial Committee.  This event showed a balance of £10. 13. 4d

Christmas Fayre  Miss Crompton suggested the possibility of holding a Christmas Fayre and it was agreed that various sodalities be asked their views.  The Women’s Sodality will help if Children of Mary undertook responsibility for this successful affair and the Committee’s thanks are due to all who helped.

Stanley House   A suggestion for the formation of a Sport’s Club organisation on Stanley House premises was brought before the Committee by Mr Briggs.  The possibility of a tennis court or bowling green was discussed.  Fr Kemball and Mr Briggs reported measuring lawn and size found suitable for Tennis Court.  A special meeting was held in May to talk over the matter, but preparation and upkeep of the lawn was a big problem and the idea was not put into working order this year.

Cemetery  The disgraceful condition of the cemetery was brought up by Mr Bush.  It was suggested that a man willing to do the work be employed for several weeks on clearing and straightening paths etc.  Mr Bush ultimately found a man willing but as he was recovering from an operation could not immediately take over the job.

Fr Kemball reported having seen Mr Margerison re the escape of water in the Cemetery and he had promised to attend to the job.

Complaints had been received that tools used in cemetery had been left in a dirty condition, and sometimes not even replaced in shed.  It was proposed that people using tools should bet key to tool shed from Mr Holden and replace tools in shed in clean condition and return key to Mr Holden.

Comforts  Miss Walkden reported £61 in hand for Welcome Home.  During War more than ££1,800 collected by Comforts Committee.

Canteen   A report read by Mr Briggs from Canteen Committee showed a balance of £20. 2. 9d for 6 weeks ending November 8th.  The canteen was running more as a Social Centre.

Mr Brown wished to refute rumours that broken chairs  dumped in lower dressing room etc had been broken by squires and wished members of the Committee to stop such rumours if they had opportunity.

Thanks are extended to all members of the Committee for their services during the year, especially to Mr Bush who has so ably carried out duties of Chairman and to Hall Secretaries who seem to have the bulk of the work on this Committee.

28th March 2021 – Palm Sunday

HOLY WEEK 2021
Palm Sunday Mass 12 noon Saturday (Dunsop Bridge)
5.00pm Saturday (Clitheroe)
9.30am Sunday (Clitheroe)
11am Sunday (Sabden)

Monday Mass 10am (Clitheroe)
Tuesday Mass 10am (Clitheroe)
Wednesday Mass 10am (Clitheroe)

EASTER TRIDUUM:

HOLY THURSDAY
Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7pm (Clitheroe)

GOOD FRIDAY
The Passion of the Lord 3pm (Clitheroe)
(Stations of the Cross 11am in Sabden)
(Stations of the Cross at 11am in Dunsop Bridge)

HOLY SATURDAY
Easter Vigil 5pm (Clitheroe)

EASTER SUNDAY MASS
9am (Dunsop Bridge)
9.30am (Clitheroe)
11am (Sabden)

Masses received this week:
Clare Mercer, Mary & John Dewhurst, Trish Mercer x 2, Joe Healey,
Bryan Roberts, Rita & Frank Donbavand, Caarac O’Neill

Lately Dead:
Kathleen Hargreaves, Caarac O’Neill, Eileen Johnson, Christopher Burke

Anniversaries:
Clare Mercer, Mary & John Dewhurst, Trish Mercer, Joe Healey,
Bryan Roberts, Pauline Altham,

Holy Week & Easter Services:
Things will be very different and much simpler this year.
Palm Sunday: Palms will be blessed at the front of Church and then collected on exit. Maundy Thursday: no washing of feet, no public adoration at altar of repose.
Good Friday: Veneration will not involve kissing the cross, no congregational voice in the reading of the Passion.
Easter Vigil: No outdoor ceremony and no congregational candles
Easter Sunday: Simple services
Current Covid Regulations Continue HANDS – FACE – SPACE NO SINGING OR MINGLING!
Things will be very different to usual
but thankfully we are able to celebrate in church this Holy Week.

Brotherhood – the inner life of monks:
will be on bbc4 at 8pm on Sunday 28th March and could be worth watching. This is from the Cistercian Monastery in Coalsville, Leicester, Mount Saint Bernard’s Abbey.

Sacramental Programme:
Those children who took part in last year’s Sacramental Programme, and who have not received their First Holy Communion, will continue to do so after Easter.
Fr. Paul has written to all the families in year 3 about this year’s Sacramental Programme. Things will obviously be different to what we would usually do, but the children will begin their preparation, in school, after the Easter break and will receive the sacraments in the Autumn. Thank you to our schools for their support and cooperation in these difficult times.

GIFT AID ENVELOPES 2021/2022
The new Gift Aid envelopes commence on Sunday 11th April 2021. They will be available hopefully this weekend 27/28 March after both the Saturday and Sunday masses. Please collect them from the Presbytery door as you leave church by the side porch.
After next weekend they will be available after Mass and for collection from the Presbytery.
Envelopes for both Dunsop and Sabden will hopefully be distributed this weekend too.

Live simply thought of the week:
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

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

Laudato Si:
Global Healing: a series of talks for Lent 2021.
This is week 5: https://youtu.be/X7cW2tiEb54


PARISH FORUM
The Next Parish Forum will be held on 19th April (on Zoom unfortunately).
If you have any matter you wish adding to the agenda please let me let me (Carol Riley) know by phone 01200 426769 or email: cariley.t21@btinternet.com.

UPDATE!
CYCLE RIDE – CLITHEROE TO LOURDES
Our ‘virtual journey’ began on Saturday 13th February. We are now 41 days into the trip. Our plan is to ‘arrive’ in Lourdes on Easter Sunday, 4th April, after completing the challenge of cycling the 1071 miles route from Clitheroe in 51 days.
Back in the ‘real world’ we have cycled 41 different local loops of 21 plus miles.. The weather has been quite good this week with much less wind and lots of sunshine.
We have continued our journey down the Rhone and stayed in Avignon on Sunday. We then made our way south west along the Mediterranean coast before turning inland and arriving at Narbonne yesterday. We will arrive in Carcassonne on Saturday and Toulouse on Tuesday. Then it will be through the foothills of the Pyrenees and on to Lourdes.

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

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

Alternatively you may like to ring Arnold Marsden on 01200 427096 or email cycle21lourdes@yahoo.com to be added to our sponsor list and receive weekly updates on our progress if you desire.
Please enjoy the journey with us and follow our progress, both real and virtual, via our travel blog www.mytb.org/BernieW

21st March 2021 – 5th Sunday of Lent

20th March the week ahead:-

Mass 12 noon (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm        (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am       (Sunday)    Clitheroe

Mass 11am           (Sunday)    Sabden

 

Monday                No Public Mass

Tuesday                 Mass 10am

Wednesday           Mass 10am

Thursday              Mass 10am  The Annunciation of the Lord

Friday                    No Public Mass

 

Palm Sunday               

Mass 12 noon (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm             (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am      (Sunday)    Clitheroe

Mass 11am          (Sunday)    Sabden

 

Masses received this week

Rita & Frank Donbavand, Special Intentions x 3, Holy Souls,

Kathleen Hargreaves x 2, Laura Hargreaves

 

Lately Dead

Kathleen Hargreaves, Jean Ashworth, Jeremy Grout Smith

 

Anniversaries

Laura Hargreaves, Joan Preedy, Marion Hutchinson, Betty Brown, Bryan Roberts, Alice Wilkinson


The Year of St Joseph & the Family

March 2021 – 2022
“Although it may not be frequently mentioned, St Joseph is a Principal Patron of our Diocese. We will be celebrating his feast day on 19th March and we need to mark that day in a special way this year because Pope Francis has dedicated this year to St Joseph and the Family. That announcement was probably overshadowed by so much news about the pandemic but we have the year to remind ourselves of the important role of St Joseph in the history of our Faith and his example to us in his role as a protector and guardian of Mary and the child Jesus. In the secular age in which we live, we have a special need to “protect” the sense of Faith and all that it can provide for our world when we put gospel values into action to establish peace, the dignity of every human being, the sanctity of life from conception to its natural end and to eradicate poverty and suffering.

“It is too easy to think of St Joseph as just one of the saints whose statues we see in many churches, or in the crib at Christmas. But his influence is strong, as a model of the best qualities of manhood, in providing security and well-being for his family and for his trust in all that God was asking of him. He has been the inspiration in the founding charism of several religious orders, including the Mill Hill Missionaries and the Franciscan Missionaries of St Joseph, founded in this Diocese.

“We marked his goodness for many years in this Diocese particularly in what was known as “St Joseph’s Penny”, a collection for the poor and the needy, which became a foundation of the present valuable work of Caritas and its wide range of projects and programmes for those most in need in our towns and cities.

“In this Diocese we will mark The Year of St Joseph and the Family together from 19th March 2021 – 19th March 2022.

“St Joseph, pray for us.”

Bishop John Arnold

The Word This Week:

In the weeks of Lent so far we have followed God’s work of salvation: we have seen the Covenants he established with Noah, Abraham, Moses and the people of Israel after the return from Babylon. Now we come to one of the most significant parts of the Old Testament: the promise of a brand new Covenant, which will be different from all those that went before. This Covenant will see God and Man living more closely together. For the ratification of a Covenant, something was always sacrificed as a sign of the new relationship – normally man would offer some animal offering to God. But the New Covenant will be ratified not with the death of sheep or bull, but by the death of Jesus Christ, God and Man. In this perfect sacrifice is the source of our eternal salvation.

 

Please –
We must go on adhering to present restrictions and regulations when in church, these are laid down by the Hierarchy and the Government, and also outside church either before or after Mass. We have done really well this last twelve months, in difficult circumstances, let us not prematurely change things at this stage. Things will eventually change, but please wait for further instructions in the weeks and months ahead, and then we will hopefully be able to go back to what was familiar. Thank you for your patience and cooperation which has enabled us to remain open and get to where we now are.

 

Forty Martyrs:
The new online exhibition on the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales, put together by the British Province Archives, Dr Jan Graffius, Curator at Stonyhurst, and others, can now be viewed here: www.jesuitcollections.org.uk. Drawing on the Province’s extensive collection of papers and relics, it tells the story of the martyrs with short talks, text and pictures.

 

St. Joseph:
Last Friday we celebrated the feast of St. Joseph, and this year has been dedicated to St. Joseph at the request of Pope Francis.

“Each of us can discover in Joseph – the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet, and hidden presence – an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble. Saint Joseph reminds us that those who appear hidden or in the shadows can play an incomparable role in the history of salvation. A word of recognition and of gratitude is due to them all.”  Pope Francis

 

RVY Youtube:
The next RVY livestream will be on Friday 26th March at 7PM on the RVY Youtube channel:

 

GIFT AID ENVELOPES 2021/2022
The new Gift Aid envelopes commence on Sunday 11th April 2021.  They will be available hopefully next weekend after both the Saturday and Sunday masses.  Please collect them from the Presbytery door as you leave church by the side porch.  After next weekend they will be available after Mass and for collection from the Presbytery.


PALM SUNDAY AND HOLY WEEK SERVICES:
Unbelievably, we’re nearly at Easter again (I’m not sure if this has been the longest or the shortest year ever).  Once again, many thanks to everyone for their generous donation of time, especially when the snow and rain arrived.  I’m guessing that June may bring some changes, but I’m not counting any chickens as there will be a few surprises along the way.

Please see the Service times at the end of the newsletter.

May I ask for volunteers for

Monday, Thursday and Friday please.  Ann Harkin

 

Live Simply thought for the week:

“Fast” from excess water use. Pay close attention to your water footprint and try to eliminate it as much as possible through conservation. If you don’t have one already, it would be a good idea to install a water butt ready for the summer.

 

LENT

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

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

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

We have only just received the Cafod envelopes but they are now available from the side porch, please collect as you leave church, or you can use an ordinary envelope but please mark it ‘CAFOD’

Laudato Si:

Global Healing: a series of talks for Lent 2021.

This is Week 4:  https://youtu.be/Ccy0HsRi1cQ

UPDATE!

CYCLE RIDE – CLITHEROE TO LOURDES

Our ‘virtual journey’ began on Saturday 13th February. We are now 34 days into the trip and arrived at Valence, on the River Rhone.  Our plan is to ‘arrive’ in Lourdes on Easter Sunday, 4th April, after completing the challenge of cycling the 1071 miles route from Clitheroe in 51 days.

Back in the ‘real world’ we have cycled 34 different local loops of 21 plus miles. The weather has been so much better this week with much less wind and even some sunshine.

We cycled through Lyon last Saturday and have been slowly making our way down the River Rhone all week. We have arrived in Valence and will be in Avignon on Sunday. Avignon is also known as the city of the Popes and is in Provence. From 1309 to 1377, it was the seat of the Catholic popes. It remained under papal rule until becoming part of France in 1791. This legacy can be seen in the massive Palais des Papes in the city centre, which is surrounded by medieval stone ramparts.

We will then continue south along the Mediterranean coast to Narbonne before heading west to Lourdes via Toulouse.

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

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

Alternatively you may like to ring Arnold Marsden on 01200 427096 or email cycle21lourdes@yahoo.com to be added to our sponsor list and receive weekly updates on our progress if you desire.

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

 

RIBBLE VALLEY YOUTH:

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

This is to let you know the next RVY livestream will be on Friday 26th March at 7PM on the RVY Youtube channel:

RVY Youtube

Please feel free to bring this 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 the RVY livestream please get in touch with Chris or Lucy.

chrischrismeyer@gmail.com

lucyskelton@stjamesclitheroe.co.uk

Combatting Sex Trafficking in Lancashire

(By Anthony Brown and originally posted on the Love Clitheroe website)

A recent LEP article took me back to 2015 when a special anti-trafficking unit was set up in East Lancashire.  DCI Sion Hall was travelling back from a European conference on human trafficking with a colleague.  They were inspired to do something and scribbled down their initial thoughts on the back of an envelope.  From  those first thoughts emerged Sion’s team of 7 officers fighting human trafficking in East Lancashire.  For the size of the Police division it was proportionally bigger than any other Police force in the country yet no bigger than Sion judged to be the minimal requirement to be effective.  That envelope now hangs in a frame in the office of the current Chief Inspector’s office as testimony to what can grow from small beginnings.  Lancashire Police’s achievements are recognised throughout the country.

The nature and extent of sexual exploitation is little recognised locally.  In 2017 I went into a pop up brothel after the second major East Lancashire operation.  The door had yielded easily to the Police battering ram leaving only a barely noticeable circular impression.  The perpetrators and victims had been taken away and I looked at what was left in the now vacated terraced house in Preston –  condoms and thrush pills on a table, barely any furniture, mattresses on the floor and next to one of them a teddy bear.  I looked into the eyes of  the big, hard looking, steely eyed policeman I was with and recognised in his face the same emotion I was feeling.  One of the girls had left a diary.  She was a Romanian as are many of the girls who are trafficked to the UK.  She wrote  “I’m no longer a human being and my soul is wrapped in thorns. Oh, God this is so hard and I’m feeling so bad, that’s it, I can’t take this anymore!  The pain in my heart is making me scream. I wish for happiness and I get sadness, I wish for love and I get nothing but pain.  I’m worth nothing, maybe death doesn’t hurt as much as life does.”  I wondered if the teddy bear belonged to the girl who wrote that.

​Detective Stuart Peall was one of Sion’s recruits and he  featured in a recent LEP newspaper article talking about how Lancashire Police were successfully tackling modern slavery in the way they are targeting the gangs.  Stu emphasised the reluctance of terrified victims to cooperate with police which makes victim testimony almost impossible to get.  But a tactic used by Lancashire Police has enabled them to have the best charge rate out of any force in the country at almost 30 per cent.

​The force has found success by pursuing sexual offence charges such as controlling prostitution alongside trafficking charges, to strengthen cases without a cooperating victim.   Victims don’t testify because the protection offered by authorities to eastern European women “is nothing near what the offenders can offer them in threat. All they want to do is go home,” Stuart said. “And that’s basically just sending them back to the problem of how they got here in the first place.

​“Every woman I’ve met is poor, they’re from Romany backgrounds, and they have children. He pointed out that nine in 10 investigations are sparked by tip-offs from the public and other forces should simplify their approach.  He said: “People think that to prove a human trafficking offence you have to prove that the perpetrator moved a girl from say Romania to England.” But actually it’s much simpler.  “All you have to do is prove movement from one place to another.  If a girl in a brothel in Preston gets an incall for a private house you have proof that that there was movement or control of movement and that constitutes human trafficking in the terms of the Modern Slavery legislation.  That’s enough.  You don’t have to move to another town or even another street.

​East Lancashire Police had another idea.  While it’s illegal to pay for sex with a trafficking victim many of the men will be unaware they are committing a serious crime.  The criminals targeted are the gangs bringing the girls in but the reason they’re brought in is the demand.  As a way of reducing demand East Lancashire Police came up with another idea.  Officers recently contacted numerous men whose numbers they found on seized mobile phones and texted: ‘A lot of women around this time are being trafficked. If you have any concerns or know anything please contact 101 or reply to this text message’.  Men have nothing to fear if they tip off police about a suspected trafficking victim but very few do.  However even without a response to the texts they probably went a little way in reducing demand making the exercise worthwhile.  If men really understood what they were doing far fewer would do it.

You can read the full LEP article here.

​The Modern Slavery Helpline for reporting potential cases is 08000 121 700.


Improving communication in the Parish

Not everybody is comfortable with the digital world that we have had to rely on in the Parish for so long now.  Lots of information about the Parish including a much enlarged Parish newsletter is on the Parish website and for topical items of interest to Catholics there is Facebook.  But what about the people who don’t access websites,  aren’t familiar with zoom  or haven’t felt safe attending Mass during lockdown?

Some of these problems will disappear when normality returns but we would like to improve communication generally.  Communication is more than information, it’s community building, reaching out, keeping each other informed, looking after each other.

If you are interested in contributing to ideas and action on how to use communication to build a better community please join our next Communications and Media zoom meeting on 30 March at 7.00 pm.  We want your ideas more than commitment to action but practical assistance would of course be most welcome too.

Email Janet Clegg by telephone 01200 423307 or email janet.clegg@dioceseofsalford.org.uk so we can give you the link to join the meeting.

Anthony Brown

FROM THE ARCHIVES

1954

 Catholic Hall Pantomime is another winner

Clitheroe’s only Christmas show – and it extends into the New Year – is the pantomime “Robinson Crusoe,” submitted at the Catholic Hall with tremendous enthusiasm by a company well versed in the arts of entertainment and properly encouraged by crowded audiences.

This group of young people, thoroughly coached over the years by mrs J.Sherliker, a producer of talent and imagination, now has the additional advantage of the experience of Mr Edmond Cambien as co-producer.

Any decline in entertainment which might have been caused by the departure of popular principles has been avoided by the introduction of new leaders of pleasing personality and accomplishment.

The music and dancing challenge comparison with a long list of earlier successes, but there will be some who miss the robust humour of former shows.

New qualities of inventiveness and liveliness are added, however, and this pantomime has unmistakably won public favour.

HAPPY PRINCIPALS

     The new principals, Margaret O’Donnell as Crusoe, and Audrey Smith as Polly, set splendid standards in singing, acting and dancing, and another performer winning instant approval is Derek Rawcliffe, as Smug – one of the few comic figures.

As Mrs Crusoe, John Walmsley is happily effective in all he does, particularly with Derrick Hutchinson as Sultan, another figure of mirth.

John Chatburn is an inevitable success as Man Friday, and Edmond Cambien, as Captain Skull, leaves no doubt about his skill.

Frances Lofthouse, who shares with Derrick Hutchinson some of the most impressive scenes in the show, takes the part of Coraline, and her dancing is delightful and infectiously gay.

With Miss Peggy Wilson, Miss Lofthouse has arranged the dancing and trained the children in a number of vigorously contrasting scenes.  Their “Ballet of the Enchanted Reef” is beautifully done.

Other characters were taken by Fred Waterhouse, Eileen Smith, Charlie O’neill, Kevin O’Neill and Michael Jackson, while the singing star is Raymond Grice a tenor vocalist of resource who joins with the children in many a happy number.

Scenic effects, designed and executed by Mr Donald Kershaw, provide first class settings and the music is firmly led by Mr Philip Robertson.

 

Each year at Pantomime time the company always received a letter from a well know personality – this year it was Norman Wisdom.

His letter was as follows:-

A MESSAGE FROM NORMAN WISDOM

      I am very happy to send a few words of greeting to everyone who is helping to make “ROBINSON CRUSOE” the grand success I am sure it will be.

To you, the audience who are giving the company your attention and applause, realising that the “live” theatre, both in its amateur and professional forms, is worthy of support because in no other form of entertainment can the audience itself so participate by its actual presence to form that invisible but necessary link between a stage performer and his or her public.

To you, the “back-stage” staff and organisers of this pantomime, whose hard work rarely receives any other recognition than the knowledge of a job well done, but without whose unsparing efforts there would simply be no show.

And to you, the cast of “Robinson Crusoe” with your long hours of rehearsing in your spare time now over,  and the excitement of the actual performances bringing you the fruit of your labours, I would like to send some special words of encouragement, because you have not been satisfied merely to go and see shows, but have done something about it, often at the expense of your leisure hours, to bring pleasure to the thousands of people who will form your audience.

I think that Pantomime is important because it is usually the very first REAL stage show that a child sees, and so has the responsibility of creating a liking for the theatre by those first impressions which often remain with people for their whole life.

So you all have my very best wishes, and I would like to take this opportunity of sending you “The Compliments of the Season.”

Norman Wisdom 


Holy Week 2021
:

Last year Holy Week was celebrated in church behind locked doors, the priest celebrating alone in an empty church. Twelve months later our Holy Week ceremonies are able to be celebrated with a congregation, in church. They will obviously be different to the way we have become familiar with, but at least we are able to publicly celebrate the Easter Triduum, following the guidelines given, and at all times adhering to the present rules and regulations.

You can see below the times of all our Holy week Masses which will be celebrated in

Our Lady of the Valley Parish.

HOLY WEEK 2021

Palm Sunday Mass                12 noon Saturday (Dunsop Bridge)

5.00pm Saturday (Clitheroe)

9.30am Sunday (Clitheroe)

11am Sunday (Sabden)

Monday                    Mass 10am (Clitheroe)

Tuesday                     Mass 10am (Clitheroe)

Wednesday               Mass 10am (Clitheroe)

EASTER TRIDUUM:

HOLY THURSDAY

Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7pm (Clitheroe)

GOOD FRIDAY

The Passion of the Lord 3pm (Clitheroe)

(Stations of the Cross 11am in Sabden)

(Stations of the Cross at 11am in Dunsop Bridge)

HOLY SATURDAY

Easter Vigil 5pm (Clitheroe)

EASTER SUNDAY MASS

9am (Dunsop Bridge)

9.30am (Clitheroe)

11am (Sabden)

 

14th March 2021 – 4th Sunday of Lent (Mothering Sunday)

13th March the week ahead:-

Mass 12 noon (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm        (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am       (Sunday)    Clitheroe

Mass 11am           (Sunday)    Sabden

 

Monday                No Public Mass

Tuesday                 Mass 10am

Wednesday           Mass 10am                 St. Patrick

Thursday               Mass 10am

Friday                     Mass 10am                 St. Joseph

 

Fifth Sunday in Lent            

Mass 12 noon (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm                 (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am  (Sunday)    Clitheroe

Mass 11am     (Sunday)    Sabden


The Word This Week

There were two remarkable moments in the story of the Old Testament where God saved his people; one was in the escape from Egypt – we’ll keep that for the Easter Vigil. The other was the end of their second exile, this time in Babylon, which we hear of today. Of course there was an even greater moment when God saved his people: the work of Jesus Christ, the Son of God – and we hear Jesus tell Nicodemus about that today. So today’s theme is “salvation”: but to understand “being saved”, we must ask “What from?” Saved from slavery, from exile, from human enemies – these are all clear. But the last and greatest salvation brought by Jesus is harder to understand: saved from sin and death. These threaten us as much as any other enemy, and our salvation in Jesus is as real as any other.


Baptism We welcome into God’s family Thomas James Sidney Farragher who was baptised this weekend at St. Michael and St. John’s.


Forty Martyrs  The new online exhibition on the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales, put together by the British Province Archives, Dr Jan Graffius, Curator at Stonyhurst, and others, can now be viewed here: www.jesuitcollections.org.uk. Drawing on the Province’s extensive collection of papers and relics, it tells the story of the martyrs with short talks, text and pictures.


MASSES RECEIVED THIS WEEK

Sick Person, Pat Addy x 2, Special Intention, John Shorter, Ann Fox

Eric Whitehead, Rita & Frank Donbavand, Jeremy Grout-Smith

 LATELY DEAD

Pat Addy, Jeremy Grout-Smith

ANNIVERSARIES

Eric Whitehead


PALM SUNDAY AND HOLY WEEK SERVICES

Unbelievably, we’re nearly at Easter again (I’m not sure if this has been the longest or the shortest year ever).  Once again, many thanks to everyone for their generous donation of time, especially when the snow and rain arrived.  I’m guessing that June may bring some changes, but I’m not counting any chickens as there will be a few surprises along the way.   Ann Harkin

Please see below the Service times.

Palm Sunday Mass

12 noon Saturday (Dunsop Bridge)

5.30pm Saturday (Clitheroe)

9.30am Sunday (Clitheroe)

11am Sunday (Sabden)

Monday 29th March – Mass 10am (Clitheroe)

Tuesday 30th March – Mass 10am (Clitheroe)

Wednesday 31st March – Mass 10am (Clitheroe)

EASTER TRIDUUM:

HOLY THURSDAY

Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7pm (Clitheroe)

GOOD FRIDAY

The Passion of the Lord 3pm (Clitheroe)
Stations of the Cross 11am in Sabden

Stations of the Cross at 11am in Dunsop Bridge

HOLY SATURDAY

Easter Vigil 5pm (Clitheroe)

EASTER SUNDAY MASS

9am (Dunsop Bridge)

9.30am (Clitheroe)

11am (Sabden)

May I ask for volunteers for

Monday, Thursday and Friday please.   A.Harkin


LIVE SIMPLY THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

Eat less (and better) meat and dairy. (Supermarkets have lots of dairy substitutes)

You might be surprised to discover that farming animals is one of the biggest contributors to climate change.

Meat and dairy production causes 14.5% of planet-warming gases.


LENT

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

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

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


LAUDATO SI!

Global Healing: a series of talks for Lent 2021. This is Week 3:  https://youtu.be/WYeK0JOBiUo


UPDATE!

CYCLE RIDE – CLITHEROE TO LOURDES

‘Our ‘virtual journey’ began on Saturday 13th February. We are now 20 days into the trip and arrived at Chanoy in Burgundy still making our way south eastwards to the Rhone Valley .  Burgundy is renowned for its superb wines, excellent gastronomy and rich architectural heritage. Buildings of note include a large number of medieval and Renaissance homes, churches and monasteries.  Many are topped by the region’s distinctive, multihued tile roofs. Most of the monasteries belonged either to the Cistercian order or their bitter rivals, at the time, the powerful and wealthy Benedictines directed from Cluny.

Our plan to‘arrive’ in Lourdes on Easter Sunday 4th April, after completing the challenge of cycling the 1071 miles route from Clitheroe in 51 days.

Back in the ‘real world’ we have cycled twenty different local loops. We have had dry weather for the last week with Sunday being particularly warm and the last couple of days being extremely cold. We aim to be passing through Dijon this Sunday and Cluny, as mentioned above, on Wednesday.

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

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

Alternatively you may like to ring Arnold Marsden on 01200 427096 or email cycle21lourdes@yahoo.com to be added to our sponsor list and receive weekly updates on our progress if you desire.

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

CLITHEROE CHURCHES IN PARTNERSHIP – CCP

HAMPER PROJECT

Thanks to the generosity of individuals and churches I am delighted to be able to tell you that the whole project is now fully funded.

The second phase of the project has now been completed. This was the largest phase – a total of sixteen hampers have been sent to the schools in our community.

We have received some lovely responses:

“Such a lovely gesture, thank you to all for thinking of us, the hamper is a huge hit with our staff. Whilst it is absolutely lovely to hear a noisy school once more, it is also a little daunting, so the prayers are very much appreciated too.”

“A huge thank you to all the local churches for the wonderful hampers! They were very much appreciated and utterly devoured”

We are now at the final phase of the project, which is dedicated to our community services and nominated key workers. We’ll be preparing hampers for the Post Office, the recycling centre, council workers, school crossing patrol officers, plus an additional hamper to bless the staff at The Grand. Alongside this, we will be making up individual hampers to give to key workers nominated by you!

We invite you to nominate up to ten key workers to receive these hampers. If you would like to nominate more than ten key workers, please get in touch with Chris Meyer at chrischrismeyer@gmail.com . Please send Chris your list of nominated key workers by the 17th March. Please also include the names of your nominated key workers in your email so we can personalise the hampers.

We aim to deliver the personalised hampers to you week commencing 22nd March. When you send your nominated list, we will arrange a convenient time to deliver them to your church.

Thank you all once again. If you have any questions please contact Chris at the above address.

Please feel free to bring the above information to the attention of your congregations as you see fit.

Blessings,

Alan Meyer


Improving communication in the Parish

Not everybody is comfortable with the digital world that we have had to rely on in the Parish for so long now.  Lots of information about the Parish including a much enlarged Parish newsletter is on the Parish website and for topical items of interest to Catholics there is Facebook.  But what about the people who don’t access websites,  aren’t familiar with zoom  or haven’t felt safe attending Mass during lockdown?

Some of these problems will disappear when normality returns but we would like to improve communication generally.  Communication is more than information, it’s community building, reaching out, keeping each other informed, looking after each other.

If you are interested in contributing to ideas and action on how to use communication to build a better community please join our next Communications and Media zoom meeting on 30 March at 7.00 pm.  We want your ideas more than commitment to action but practical assistance would of course be most welcome too.

Email Janet Clegg by telephone 01200 423307 or email janet.clegg@dioceseofsalford.org.uk so we can give you the link to join the meeting.

Anthony Brown


Let us Dream of a different world – Celia Capstick

In his recent book Let us Dream, Pope Francis set out a roadmap: ‘a path to a better future’. In conversation with Austen Ivereigh, he muses on how the Coronavirus pandemic can lead to transformation. It affects most of the world and is the most visible sign of the many crises we face today: climate change, wars, refugees fleeing poverty and hunger, and destruction of the natural world. The Bible talks of such trials as passing through fire. We are all tested in life and, “it is how we grow.” From his own life the pope describes how three crises changed him dramatically, and after the pandemic we must all emerge better. As Christians we must put others first, and any blueprint for change, he says, must “serve the poor and marginalised, just as Jesus did.” In the section entitled A Time to Choose the pope says that a sign of hope in this crisis is the leading role of women. Women have been some of the hardest hit by the pandemic – as health care workers or domestic workers on low pay – but women are also some of the most resilient. He notes women prime ministers globally who have reacted with empathy. He refers to the strength of women in the Gospel who followed Jesus to his death and were the first witnesses to the Resurrection. He wonders: ‘Could it be that in this crisis, the perspective that women bring is what the world needs at this time to meet the coming challenges?’ The pope rejects the old economic model of maximisation of profits, using the measurement of GDP (Gross Domestic Product). He feels this model plunders our planet, creates huge disparities of wealth and is ultimately unsustainable. Women economists, he suggests, like Kate Raworth, who offers an alternative model called ‘Doughnut Economics’, start from a basis of protecting people and the natural world through a way of life which is regenerative and distributive. At its heart is a concern that all humanity has access to land, lodging and labour, themes of Catholic social teaching. Pope Francis has appointed Kate and two other UK women economists to the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy. March 5th is Women’s World day of Prayer; March 8th is International Women’s day. Let us pray that the world will listen to such women and to Pope Francis, so that we emerge from the pandemic to a new sustainable and compassionate way of living.

Celia Capstick is on the National Board of Catholic Women’s Social Responsibility Committee.

Printed with permission of the Catholic Universe


FROM THE ARCHIVES:

THE HALL, LOWERGATE

CLITHEROE

THURSDAY EVENINGS

Feb 25th & Mar 3rd 1932

THE MEMBERS OF THE

CATHOLIC AMATEUR DRAMATIC SOCIETY

Will produce a Drama of Christ’s Passion, entitled:

“THE UPPER ROOM”

(by ROBERT HUGH BENSON)

THE PERSONS OF THE DRAMA:

THE DOCTOR

ACHAZ (the landlord of the Upper Room)

SAMUEL (his servant

JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA

PETER

JOHN

JUDAS

LONGINUS

MARY

MARY MAGDALENE

VERONICA

The following Members will take part:

MESSRS C.WHITE, H.SUTCLIFFE, E.SWARBRICK, J.BALSHAW,

JAS. H, WINCKLEY, H.THORNBER, T.CAWLEY, W.MANLEY,

MISSES C.WHARTON, W.DEWHURST, R.CRABTREE.


Chorus of Male Voices under the direction of

Mr. Ed. Jackson, L.R.A.M.

Produced by MR.T.CAWLEY

Stage Managers: MESSRS. W.TAYLOR, F. PARKER, W. HOLDEN

Secretary: MR JOSEPH RENSHAW

Doors open 7.30p.m.                                        Commence 8pm prompt

Admission by Collection at the door


CLITHEROE CATHOLIC DRAMATIC SOCIETY

“ THE UPPER ROOM “

By Monsignor R.H.Benson

Crowded Audiences Show their Appriciation

The Hall, Lowergate, has a reputation for presenting good plays of all types, but we need have no qualms in asserting that none has been staged comparable with the sacred drama, “ The Upper Room.” Crowded audiences flocked to the Hall during Lent to witness what must surely be a unique production in the history of Clitheroe.

A Widespread Appeal.

It is indeed remarkable that the play made such a widespread appeal.  Men and women – young and old – were drawn to it equally, and their demeanour and comments testified to their appreciation:  we may say that it has been largely personal recommendation that many people came to the the drama, and this would assuredly have not ben forthcoming if the production did not merit it.

A Lasting Impression

One may naturally ask the cause of this immediate and distince appeal, and briefly we may reply that not only has the author chosen a subject which touches the heart of every Christian, but we had the good fortune of having an able band of actors to stage it as reverently and realistically as is humanly possible.  The company, in truth rose to heights of historic skill that amazed the people of Clitheroe.

The Last Supper and Calvary

The theme is one that touches the heart of every Christian, for the Passion and Death of Christ form the basis of the Divine scheme of redemption.  The Last Supper in the Upper Room, followed by the dramatic death on calvary, gave a life to the Church which will persist to the end of time.  He had promised to be present, to abide with us.  He is present, He abides.

A Lesson and its Teachers

We think it more appropriate in a drama of this kind to dwell rather on the theme than the actors, to consider the lessons rather than the teachers.  That they all of them gave of their best with sonsummate skill is a truth acknowledged by all who witnessed their presentation of the drama; and it would be an invidious task and uncharitable to those with lesser parts to institute comparisons or praise one more than another.  Without doubt it was difficult during the rendering to be conscious of them as our contemporaries, so ably did they portray and delineate the characters alotted to them.

A High Ideal

“Remisiscent of the Passion Play at Oberammergau,” was the verdict of one critic.  Now the “Upper Room” is a modest production in comparison with the Passion Play, but the players in both were inspired with the same faith, actuated by the same ideals and motives, to present in a true and humble way, for our edification and their own, the story of Christ’s Passion.  Clitheroe may feel proud of their achivement.


HOLY WEEK 2021

Palm Sunday Mass             12 noon Saturday (Dunsop Bridge)

5.30pm Saturday (Clitheroe)

9.30am Sunday (Clitheroe)

11am Sunday (Sabden)

 

Monday                Mass 10am (Clitheroe)

Tuesday                 Mass 10am (Clitheroe)

Wednesday           Mass 10am (Clitheroe)

EASTER TRIDUUM

HOLY THURSDAY

Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7pm (Clitheroe)

GOOD FRIDAY

The Passion of the Lord 3pm (Clitheroe)

(Stations of the Cross 11am in Sabden)

(Stations of the Cross at 11am in Dunsop Bridge)

HOLY SATURDAY

Easter Vigil 5pm (Clitheroe)

EASTER SUNDAY MASS

9am (Dunsop Bridge)

9.30am (Clitheroe)

11am (Sabden)

7th March 2021 – 3rd Sunday of Lent

6th March the week ahead:-

Today is the Third Sunday in Lent

Mass 12 noon (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm        (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am       (Sunday)    Clitheroe

Mass 11am           (Sunday)    Sabden


Monday                No Public Mass

Tuesday                 Mass 10am

Wednesday           Mass 10am

Thursday               Mass 10am

Friday                    No Public Mass


Fourth Sunday in Lent (Mothering Sunday)                   

Mass 12 noon (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm             (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am      (Sunday)    Clitheroe

Mass 11am          (Sunday)    Sabden

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

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

MASSES RECEIVED THIS WEEK:
Jack Whitwell, Rita & Frank Donvaband, Joseph Lofthouse,

LATELY DEAD:
Pat Addy

ANNIVERSARIES:
Jack Whitwell, Joseph Lofthouse

The Word This Week:
This week, in our journey through the Old Testament, we reach Covenant Number Three: and this is the big one – the Covenant with Moses at Sinai. The Ten Commandments are (or should be) familiar to us all: they form our side of the agreement with God – if we stick to these rules and commands, then we are truly God’s people, and he is truly our God. If we ignore them, or break them, then we break the Covenant or relationship. The Temple was, for the people of Israel, the place that guaranteed the permanence of this Covenant – God dwelling with man. Jesus alerts us to the new Temple – himself – since he is the core of the New Covenant, God and Man in perfect unity. Only by the destruction of this new Temple, in his death, will he rise again as an eternal Temple, and the eternal guarantee of the New Covenant which we enjoy.

Papal Visit to Iraq Friday 5th-Monday 8th March
Over the next few days Pope Francis is undertaking one of his most symbolic yet perilous Apostolic Journeys, to Iraq. Let us keep the Holy Father in our prayers.

Lent Resources 2021:
You can find these on the diocesan website here:  https://www.dioceseofsalford.org.uk/lent-in-lockdown-resources/

Caritas Update   The next meeting of DiSAN (Diocesan Social Action Network) will take place via Zoom on THURSDAY 25th MARCH 10.30 – 12 noon.
This is an opportunity for all involved in social action across our Diocese to share experiences, support one another and identify important opportunities for collaboration and working together in partnerships, in the face of ongoing challenges.
As our parishes continue to increase their direct engagement and support for the most marginalised in our local communities, we will be delighted to welcome Caritas Parish Representatives to the meeting, together with others who have a particular interest or responsibility in their parish for local social action/social justice activities.
During the meeting we will also hear from Mark Turnbull from the Greater Manchester charity Out There, about their transformational work providing emotional and practical support to the families and children of prisoners and how we can connect with their work.  Please can anyone wishing to attend the meeting email Kath Ansley k.ansley@caritassalford.org.uk by no later than 12 noon on Monday 22nd March. 

Hope in the Future Representatives Zoom Gathering – Tuesday 23rd March 2021, 7:00pm
Parish and Deanery Hope in the Future Representatives are invited to attend a Zoom Gathering on Tuesday 23rd March at 7:00pm. There will be chance to share the challenges and opportunities of this time in your locality as well as to hear about plans for Stage 4.
Register by emailing hope@dioceseofsalford.org.uk and you will receive the link the day before.

Living Laudato Si’: Zoom Retreats in 2021, 12th-16th March & 16th-19th April (led from Boarbank Hall, Cumbria)
What will happen? A long weekend of talks and discussions on zoom, and practical activities, on living the message of Laudato Si’ in and through your parish.
Who is it for? Any interested parishioner is most welcome to join us. The weekend is aimed especially at people with parish responsibilities or who are part of or want to start a relevant parish group.
Sessions will be on Friday night, Saturday morning and night, Sunday afternoon and night and Monday night (leaving people free during the day on Monday).
Cost – voluntary donations gratefully accepted, but there will be no fee for the weekend.
To apply, simply email Sr Margaret Atkins on margaret@boarbankhall.org.uk

LIVE SIMPLY THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:
Can you commit to using less electricity/gas this Lent?

When you consume less power, you reduce the amount of toxic fumes released by power stations, conserve the earth’s natural resources and protect ecosystems from destruction. By taking steps to reduce your energy intake, you’ll contribute to a healthier environment.  Encourage your family and friends to join you.

FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT 22 FEB – 8 MARCH 2021
Before buying Easter eggs, think:
Is it Fairtrade?
Many agricultural products are grown by overworked and underpaid workers.
Look for the Fairtrade logo to make sure that the person growing your chocolate receives a fair wage and working conditions.

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

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

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

LAUDATO SI
Global Healing: a series of talks for Lent 2021. This is Week 2  –https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaV3FKjQFN8&feature=youtu.be


UPDATE!

CYCLE RIDE – CLITHEROE TO LOURDES
‘Our ‘virtual journey’ began on Saturday 13th February. We are now 20 days into the trip and arrived at Chanoy in Burgundy still making our way south eastwards to the Rhone Valley .  Burgundy is renowned for its superb wines, excellent gastronomy and rich architectural heritage. Buildings of note include a large number of medieval and Renaissance homes, churches and monasteries.  Many are topped by the region’s distinctive, multihued tile roofs. Most of the monasteries belonged either to the Cistercian order or their bitter rivals, at the time, the powerful and wealthy Benedictines directed from Cluny.

Our plan to‘arrive’ in Lourdes on Easter Sunday 4th April, after completing the challenge of cycling the 1071 miles route from Clitheroe in 51 days.

Back in the ‘real world’ we have cycled twenty different local loops. We have had dry weather for the last week with Sunday being particularly warm and the last couple of days being extremely cold. We aim to be passing through Dijon this Sunday and Cluny, as mentioned above, on Wednesday.

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

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

Alternatively you may like to ring Arnold Marsden on 01200 427096 or email cycle21lourdes@yahoo.com to be added to our sponsor list and receive weekly updates on our progress if you desire.

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


CLITHEROE CHURCHES IN PARTNERSHIP

The CCP prayer theme for this month is an interactive prayer theme encouraging us to take seriously our God-given responsibility to care for the Earth. Amongst other things we can pray for those facing rising temperatures, drought and water shortages, failed crops, land loss and salination of vital water supplies.

You can find out more at loveclitheroe.com/prayer-for-our-town


FROM THE ARCHIVES:

Continued from last week, statistics and notes from a Commemoranda – a book containing something to be remembered – a record or written statement of something.  These figures are for Clitheroe & Sabden

1876
67 Baptisms

74 Instructed in the Sacraments

5296 Confessions

19 General Confessions

4849 Communions

861 Easter Communions

41 Extreme Unctions

15 Marriages

31 Deaths (18 adults 13 children)

During this year a Sodality of Our Blessed Lady was established for Men.  On Whit Monday there was a grand Procession of the congregation and school children to Sabden, for the purpose of laying the Foundation Stone of a new School Chapel.  The stone was blessed by Fr Anderdon and laid by Captain Trappes.  The Church was warmed more effectually by a new set of hot water pipes.

1877
74 Baptisms including 4 adults

66 Instructed in the Sacraments

5870 Confessions

9 General Confessions

5576 Communions

890 Easter Communions

32 Extreme Unctions

7 Marriages

34 Deaths including 10 infants

On March 25th the first Members of the newly established Mens Sodality were solemnly consecrated to our Blessed Lady in the presence of a crowded congregation.  A Bazaar was held at the beginning of May – the object was to raise funds for the School Chapel at Sabden, a Mortuary Chapel in our own Cemetery and also to make sundry improvements in our own church.  It cleared a very handsome sum of £573-19-4½.

On June 3rd there was a general Communion or our Holy Father the Pope, on occasion of his Jubilee.  It was preceded by a Triduum.

On June 7th St Mary’s School Chapel at Sabden was opened with solemnity, and the opening services were continued on the following Sunday.  The Day School commenced on June 18th.

Fr Provincial has arranged that Mass be said in Sabden once each month.

The Sabden School Chapel and 3 Cottages cost a little over £1039.

1878
91 Baptisms (including 11 adults)

145 Instructed in the Sacraments

6347 Confessions

10 General Confessions

5683 Communions

893 Easter Communions

32 Extreme Unctions

12 Marriages

32 Deaths including 18 adults

During the 3rd week of Lent Fr Loughnan gave the usual Retreat to the Men’s Soladity and to all the men of the congregation.

On Whit Monday the Bishop of Salford laid the Foundation Stone of the Mortuary Chapel in the Cemetery.  It is to be dedicated to St Joseph.

On the commemoration of All Souls Fr Wm Lea blessed the Mortuary Chapel and said Mass in it.  On the following day (Sunday) there was another opening service and the sermon was preached by Fr Maguire.  The usual retreat was given to the Children of Mary.

During this year we began to give Benediction at Sabden on the Sunday afternoons.

The Mortuary Chapel with a few improvements in the Cemetery cost about £703.

1879
74 Baptisms

314 Instruced in the Sacraments

6743 Confessions

15 General Confessions

5999 Communions

1002 Easter Communions

41 Extreme Uncti9ons

172 Confirmations

9 Marriages

33 Deaths including 21 adults

This year new gates were bought for the Cemetery and a new approach was made to the Mortuary Chapel.  The usual Retreats were given to the Children of Mary and to the Men’s Sodality.

1880
75 Baptisms

70 Instructed in the Sacraments

5524 Confessions  70 extra district

14 General Confessions

5490 Communions

864 Easter Communions

30 Extreme Unctions

12 Marriages

38 Deaths including 21 Adults

Fr Speakman came to Clitheroe in place of Fr Purbrick on Feb 7th 1880.  Fr Purbrick left Clitheroe for his tertianship on Feb 11th 1880.

In the month of May, Benediction was discontinued in Sabden except on the first Sunday of each month on account of the small number who came to the service.

On Whit Monday Fr Pinnington laid the Foundation Stone for our New Sacristy.

During this year several improvements were made in the Church.  The Sanctuary was tiled, new Communion Rails and a new Pulpit (both of Marble and Alabaster) were put up, and also a beautiful Font was bought.  The cost of these several improvements were

   £      s  d
New Sacristy, including room above it, Bathroom, Confessional & Belfry  735-0-0
Tling of the Sanctuary  161-0-0
Communion Rails   84-0-0
Pulpit  151-0-0
Font  104-0-0
  £1240-0-0

The Annual Retreats were given as usual, to the Children of Mary and to the Men’s Sodality.

1881
67 Infant Baptisms

82 Instructed in Sacraments

6032 Confessions    40 extra district

19 General Confessions

5349 Communions

936 Easter Communions

20 Extreme Unctions

8 Marriages

16 Adult Deaths

17 Infant Deaths

During this year the Organ in the Church was taken to pieces and throughly cleaned and repaired at a cost of £13. 10s 0d.

In the month of October a most successful Bazaar was held in the Schoolroom.  It realized ***£760.8s. 3½ (gross) – all was not sold.

The Church and House were pointed during this year at a cost of £158.  Of this about two thirds were for the Church and one third for the House.

In the month of December we began to have Evening Service on Sunday at 6.30.  We continued to have Afternoon Service for the children and for the convenience of those who could not come to the Evening Service.

The Annual Retreats were given as usual to the Children of Mary and to the Men’s Sodality.

     ***I make that £93,015.0s.0d in today’s money ???

1881
68 Infant Baptisms

109 Instructed in Sacraments

6608 Confessions

5 General Confessions

5411 Communions

959 Easter Communions

33 Extreme Unctions

13 Marriages

26 Adult Deaths

11 Infant Deaths
On January 8th a Guild for Boys and a Guild for Girls were established.  These Guilds were to take the place of the Boy’s Sodality and the Children of St Agnes.  At the beginning of Lent, there was a meeting of St Mary’s Guild at which meeting a large majority of the members decided that the Guild should be broken up and the money divided.  On October 25th the Holy League of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was established.

A Retreat was given to the Boys Guild and another was given to the Girls Guild.  Fr Grimston in bad health came here on febreary 14th.  He died on November 27th and was buried in our Cemetery on November 30th R.I.P

1883
62 Infant Baptisms

62 Instructed in Sacraments

7046 Confessions    40 extra district

12 General Confessions

6178 Communions

1108 Easter Communions

33 Extreme Unctions

176 Confirmations

12 Marriages

18 Adult Deaths

17 Infant Deaths
A Mission was opened on the first Sunday in Lent (February 11th) by Father Humphrey.  He was assisted by Father Joseph Kenny.  It lasted a fortnight and was well attended.  The Bishop of the Diocese confirmed 176 Persons on the 4th Sunday after Easter (April 22nd).

The new Sacristy was fitted up with new Cupboards and several new Vestments (including 2 sets for High mass) were bought.  A New Ciborium, Missal etc were also purchased.

Two new Confessionals were build.  The old Confessional is to be converted into a Lady Chapel.  The latter was used this Christmas for the Crib.  A very beautiful Crib group was bought from Mayer & Co.

After an interval of about 11 years, there was High Mass at Midnight this Xmas.  There was a large and devout congregation.

In compliance with the wish of the Holy Father, there was Rosary, Sermon and Benediction every night during the month of October.

The usual Retreat was given to the Girls Guild before December 8th.

The exterior of the Church, House, School, Cemetery and Cottages was painted this year.

The Crib group cost £23.

The Confessionals cost about £256 (this has then been crossed out)

The 2 sets of High Mass vestments (made in Rome) cost about £195.

The Ciborium cost…………….

The Missal cost…………………

1884
59 Infant Baptisms

84 Instructed in Sacraments

6000 Confessions    40 extra district

7 General Confessions

5519 Communions

935 Easter Communions

44 Extreme Unctions

8 Marriages

21 Adult Deaths

16 Infant Deaths

The number of Catholics who were abliged to leave the Town during the year in search of work, will have been one cause at least why the number of Confessions and Communions is smaller than last year.  During this year we began to have an Offertory at Mass and at Benediction on Holidays of Obligation.  Notice was also given that after 12 months the Bench Rents would be raised.  The Rosary was said on Sundays in place of Vespers and also on Holidays of Obligation, before Benediction.

The New Lady Chapel was opened on Sudnay September 21st.  Sermons by Fr W Sidgreaves and Fr Clare.  There was Rosary Instruction and Benediction every night during the month of October.  A Novena was made before the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Our Blessed Lady.  This year was the 300th Anniversary of the establishment of the “Prima Primasae”.

There was Midnight Mass this Christmas.

On account of the bad times, it was announced at the end of this year that the proposed raising of the Bench Rents would be put off for the present.

The New Lady Chapel cost about £618.

No figures for 1885 or 1886.

1887
53 Baptisms

417 Instructed in Sacraments

6770 Confessions

6000 Communions

1019 Easter Communions

24 Extreme Unctions

223 Confirmations

12 Marriages

No figure for deaths

6 new Stained glass windows were put into the Sanctuary.  Of these Colonel Trappes gave two and C. Trappes Esq one.  Mrs Lomax one, the remaining ones by collections.  In addition to the windows the collections helped considerably towards the thorough cleaning of the church – roof – walls, sanctuary, benches, confessionals and wood-work.

A Mission was given in November by Fr J.Clare S.J.  Great and good effects were produced, though many lagged behind.

Bishop Vaughn administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to 223.

Fr O’Donnell was replaced by Fr C Williams.

28th February 2021 – 2nd Sunday of Lent

27th February the week ahead:-

Today is the Second Sunday in Lent

Mass 12 noon (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm        (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am   (Sunday)    Clitheroe

Mass 11am      (Sunday)    Sabden

Monday           No Public Mass

Tuesday            Mass 10am

Wednesday     Mass 10am

Thursday          Mass 10am

Friday                No Public Mass

 

Third Sunday in Lent           

Mass 12 noon (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm        (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am  (Sunday)    Clitheroe

Mass 11am     (Sunday)    Sabden

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

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


The Word This Week:
We spool forward a few centuries in the story of the Old Testament, to arrive at Abraham, “our Father in faith”. Today we hear of another Covenant (like last week) – even though the word is not used. God promises Abraham descendants like “the stars of heaven”, and the showering of blessings. This shows how much God loves Abraham, and all his children.  This love is proved for us in Jesus: God loves us so much he sacrificed his only Son (just as Abraham was willing to do); but this is not all: Jesus also rose from the dead, to stand at God’s right hand and plead for us. All this is revealed in the story of the Transfiguration, where Jesus is seen in the glory that is rightfully his as the only Son of God. Not until after the Resurrection will the disciples see this fully again.

Lent Resources 2021:
You can find these on the website – https://www.dioceseofsalford.org.uk/lent-in-lockdown-resources/

Living Laudato Si’: Your Parish and Your Planet:
 Zoom Retreats in 2021 12th-16th March & 16th-19th April (led from Boarbank Hall, Cumbria)
What will happen? A long weekend of talks and discussions on zoom, and practical activities, on living the message of Laudato Si’ in and through your parish.
Who is it for? Any interested parishioner is most welcome to join us. The weekend is aimed especially at people with parish responsibilities or who are part of or want to start a relevant parish group.
Timings: Sessions will be on Friday night, Saturday morning and night, Sunday afternoon and night and Monday night (leaving people free during the day on Monday).
Cost – voluntary donations gratefully accepted, but there will be no fee for the weekend.
To apply, simply email Sr Margaret Atkins on margaret@boarbankhall.org.uk

MASSES RECEIVED THIS WEEK:
Lawrence Gilsenan, Deceased Filbin & Atherton families, Special Intention, Rita & Frank Donbavand, Bill Crotty, Vera Jacobson, Leo Wells,

LATELY DEAD:
Lawrence Gilsenan, Bill Crotty, Vera Jacobson,

ANNIVERSARIES:
Leo Wells, Hugh Hutchinson,

LIVE SIMPLY THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:
Lent with less:  try fasting from Fast Fashion

LAUDATO SI:
Global Healing: A series of Zoom talks for Lent 2021

This is the first webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhBIwXxBhHA&feature=youtu.be

And last week’s: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaV3FKjQFN8&feature=youtu.be

Fairtrade Fortnight 22 Feb to 7 March 2021

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

Before buying Easter eggs, think: Is it Fairtrade? Many agricultural products are grown by overworked and underpaid workers.

Look for Fairtrade to make sure that the person growing your chocolate receives a fair wage and working conditions.

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

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

In his pastoral letter…
Bishop John talks about Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving and on Fasting he reminds us that living in one of the most prosperous countries in the world, fasting is a way of recognizing just how much we have in comparison to so many of our brothers and sisters.  He asks us to remember the CAFOD Family Fast Day on Friday 26th February and to give the money saved from fasting to help CAFOD help others.   For the past few years our Parish has asked people to go a step further and save money throughout Lent.   This year many of us will also have money saved from the Covid lockdown and some parishioners have already used money saved during Lockdown for refugees in the camp at Calais.

Save your money and give it to CAFOD at Easter.

This year CAFOD’s focus is on “Walking for Water”.

Water shortage is a worldwide problem. The World Health Organisation states that one in three people around the world – over 2.2 billion people – don’t have access to safe drinking water. Of people who live in rural areas, one in eight people don’t have access to basic facilities like toilets, places to wash hands and drinking water.

It’s important to remember that since 2000, 1.8 billion people have gained access to water.

Abdella’s journey is a matter of life and death.  It will take him ten hours.   It is the long walk for water that keeps his family alive.  But for Abdella’s community and hundreds of millions around the world, climate change is making it more difficult just to stay alive. Rising temperatures, and less rain that falls in unpredictable seasons, will mean that water is more scarce with greater numbers of people looking for it.

So please think of Abdella during Lent and consider CAFOD as a charity to contribute too. However the most important thing is to give alms somewhere.  There are so many charities seeking our money, even in these newsletters.  If all of us subscribed to just one cause it would be a much better world.

See the CAFOD webpage https://projects.cafod.org.uk/walkforwater/ where you can make a small donation but if you want to do more keep the money aside that you have saved during Lent and during lockdown and let the Parish have it for CAFOD at Easter.

UPDATE!
CYCLE RIDE – CLITHEROE TO LOURDES

Our ‘virtual journey’ began on Saturday 13th February. We are now 13 days into the trip and arrived at Montigny sur Crecy.  Last night, Day 11, we were in Saint-Quentin, so named because St. Quentin is believed to have been martyred there in the third century. We have crossed Belgium and are now in France slowly making our way south eastwards to the Rhone Valley.  Our plan to ‘arrive’ in Lourdes on Easter Sunday, 4th April, after completing the challenge of cycling the 1071 miles route from Clitheroe in 51 days.
Back in the ‘real world’ we have cycled thirteen different local loops and experienced sun, ice, rain and lots of wind. We are well on target with miles cycled and aim to be passing through Dijon next Sunday (7th).

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

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

Alternatively you may like to ring Arnold Marsden on 01200 427096 or email cycle21lourdes@yahoo.com to be added to our sponsor list and receive weekly updates on our progress if you desire.

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


CCP (CLITHEROE CHURCHES IN PARTNERSHIP):

An update on the Hamper Project given in previous newsletters from Chris Meyer:

Dear All,
I am writing to update you on the hamper distribution project which aims to send a message of appreciation, hope and encouragement to those who have been working on the ‘front line’ in our community during the COVID pandemic. We are very grateful for all the support and messages of encouragement we have received.
I am very pleased to tell you that the first phase of the Hamper project is now complete. Hampers have been distributed to the Clitheroe COVID testing site, care homes, undertakers, and providers of medical and health care in our community.

In the second phase we will distribute hampers to those working in our schools. We plan to distribute these hampers week commencing 8th March.

Thanks to the generous donations we have received, the second phase of the project is now fully funded. However, you can still support the final phase of project if you would like to. Financial donations can be made via the Love Clitheroe website: www.loveclitheroe.com Gift Aid for eligible donations will be claimed automatically.

If you’d prefer to donate items instead of money, please could you select from the following list? Other items are being sourced via bulk buys or local shops for fresh products.

  1. Cadbury’s Heroes (290g box)
  2. Celebrations box
  3. Tesco Finest cookies (Quadruple Chocolate / Belgian Milk Chocolate / Milk Chocolate & Hazelnut / Sultana & Oat)
  4. Nature Valley Granola Bars – 5x24g
  5. 25g Nut Sachets (Almond / Cashew / Mixed)

Items can be delivered to Clitheroe Community Church (Millthorne Avenue, Clitheroe, BB7 2LE) on Friday 5th March between 10.30-12.00 and Saturday 6th March between 9.30 and 12.30.

We would also particularly value help with packing and distributing the hampers. If you can help in this way, or if you have any questions, please contact me at chrischrismeyer@gmail.com

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

Chris Meyer


CLITHEROE CIVIC SOCIETY:
Next meeting and presentation – Monday 1st March 2021

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

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

“1536 King Henry VIII faced a major rebellion called The Pilgrimage of Grace, in opposition to the religious changes being imposed by the King and his ministers.
The rebels, based mainly in the North of England, were particularly keen to defend the monasteries against the government’s attempt to close them down.  This talk tells the story of the struggle for Sawley Abbey in the autumn of 1536 and how close
Henry VIII came to a disastrous defeat there.”

FROM THE ARCHIVES:
The following statistics and notes are taken from a Commemoranda – a book containing something to be remembered – a record or written statement of something.

1867

Fr Thos Knight began to come over from Stonyhurst to help Fr Cardwell on Saturday and Sunday.  A field was bought for a Catholic Cemetery.

1868

This year there were

62 Baptisms + 18 baptized conditionally

107 people instructed in the Sacraments

5615 Confessions

59 General Confessions

5768 Communions

792 Paschal Communions

35 Extreme Unctions

5 Marriages

45 Deaths of whom 5 were taken into the church on their death bed

61 Conciones – Sung Masses ???

1869

This year there were

58 baptisms + 10 baptized conditionally

114 instructed in the Sacraments

7217 Confessions

21 General confessions

5768 Communions

293 Paschal Communions

17 Extreme Unctions

125 Confirmations

10 Marriages

44 Deaths and 31 Infant deaths

64 Conciones – Sung Masses???

The Cemetery was enclosed by a wall and railing.  On June 27th Dr Turner gave Confirmation to 120 members of the Congregation, and solemnly consecrated the Cemetery.

1870

Not much recorded this year, only 74 Baptisms, 9 Marriages and 27 Deaths

In the month of December Fr Grimston came to be the second resident Priest here.  A New School was build for the Girls and Infants.

1871

61 Baptisms

80 instructed in the Sacraments

2107 Confessions

3000+ Communions

900+Paschal Communions

20 (or about) Extreme Unctions

12 Marriages

23 Deaths

2 Conciones – Sung Masses???

Fr Cardwell left at the beginning of August and some time after Fr Botalla came as the second Priest under Fr Grimston who took Fr Cardwell’s place.  Before Fr Cardwell left, a very successful bazaar was got up to pay for the new school.  A fine bell was put up, to announce the church services.

1872

Unable to read the statistics.  April 8th Fr Botalla left Clitheroe and Fr Thomas Cooper was sent to take charge of the Mission.  Fr Grimston left on September 21st and was succeeded by Fr Legnani in the following month.  Fr Cooper took ill in November and left Clitheroe.  Dec 17th Fr Legnani was helped by a Father from Stonyhurst till the beginning of the following year, when Fr Wm Lea was sent to take charge of the Mission.

1873

65 Baptisms

14 instructed in the Sacraments

5460 Confessions

55 General Confessions

5019 Communions

770 Paschal Communions

28 Extreme Unctions

11 Marriages

24 Deaths

70 Conciones – Sung Masses???

The number of children instructed for the Sacraments is small, but it is only fair to add that there is a large class both of Boys and Girls who are nearly ready for their First Communion.  Fe Wm Lea came to take charge of the Clitheroe Mission, in place of Fr Thomas Cooper, on Jan 2nd 1873.  A few days after his arrival, fr Legnani left Clitheroe for the Seminary, whither he went as Professor.  His place was filled up by Fr Pittar, who remained here till the latter part of September, when he left for his tertianship and was succeeded by Fr Walter Lomax.

During this year 6 beautiful new Candlesticks were bought for the High Altar, at a cost of £30, and the Tabernacle together with all the centre part of the Altar were taken down and brought forward at a cost of a little more than £20.

The Infants School was made a distinct compartment – a wooden partition separating it from the Girls School.  Also a new and more convenient entrance was made into the Infants School.  The Cemetery was drained at a cost of a little more than £71.  A good wall was built, in place of an old one that was low and in danger of falling behind our cottages in Lowergate.  Thos Byrnard Trappes Esq re-built part of the wall separating our garden from his own.

At the beginning of this year we commenced having Rosary and Benediction on Saturday evenings at 6 o’clock.  On Trinity Sunday, Dr Vaughan came to preach for his Seminary – the Offertory was £29.  Fr Lea made a very vigorous effort to prevail on mr Garnett to allow our Catholic half timers at Low Moo to come to their own School.  The following was Mr Garnett’s answer:

        Dear Sir, There are my Father and Brother to consult as well as myself in all matters affecting the arrangements here – the latter is from home.  I am sorry to say I cannot accede to your request as to the half timers (Roman Catholic).  We have provided a School specially for the Mil and Mill purposes and don’t recognize Religious matters in its management at all.  The Roman Catholics are treated the same as all other denominations, and for my part I cannot see the difference between their coming to our school and their joining to a rate-aided one under a School Board such as the Manchester Schools, where they are attending by thousands – and apart from all these considerations I am quite sure it is to the interests of the children themselves that they should not have the fatigue of going to and from Clitheroe in all weathers: but should the Parents differ with me in opinion and deem their daily religious instruction essential, they could still come in an evening, the walk only remaining the same, as if they had gone in the morning.  I regret not being able to take your views. 

Yours very truly

Wm Garnett

The Children of Mary had their usual Retreat before the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

1874

72 Baptisms

254 instructed in the Sacraments

5303 Confessions plus 228 in Blackburn

30 General Confessions plus 22 in Blackburn

5199 Communions

723 Paschal Communions

25 Extreme Unctions

183 Confirmations

10 Marriages

36 Deaths

70 Conciones – Sung Masses???

Towards the end of December Fr Lomax left Clitheroe for Everingham and was replaced by Fr Venturi.

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

A Mission was given by Fr O’Reilly and Fr Jackson.  It was very well attended and much good was done; but the very bad members of the congregation were not reclaimed in any great numbers. A Sodality of Our Blessed Lady for boys up to 16 years of age was established, and a Mass for children was introduced.  The Bishop administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to 183 members of the congregation.  The usual Retread was given to the Children of Mary before the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.  About this time Fr Lea applied for Sisters of Notre Dame to take charge of the Girls School and the Infants School but none could be got.

This year also, Clitheroe had a Catholic Mayor in the preson of Charles J.B.Trappes Esq.  From motives of prudence he did not go to Church in his robes on the Sunday after his election.

It may be added that during this year a portion of the Girls and Infants playground was added to the garden.  A new Public Hall was opened in Clitheroe and the Catholic Brass Band and Choir gave a second concert in it for the benefit of the Mission.

1875

77 Baptisms

85 instructed in the Sacraments

5267 Confessions plus 228 in Blackburn

28 General Confessions plus 22 in Blackburn

5150 Communions

713 Paschal Communions

35 Extreme Unctions

183 Confirmations

17 Marriages

45 Deaths

Fr Venturi left Clitheroe for his tertianship early in October and was succeeded by Fr James Purbrick in November.

New desks were made for the Boys School at a cost of about £17.

The usual Retreat was given to the Children of Mary before the Feast of The Immaculate Conception.

21st February 2021 – 1st Sunday of Lent

20th February the week ahead:-

Today is the First Sunday in Lent

Mass 12 noon (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm        (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am       (Sunday)    Clitheroe

Mass 11am           (Sunday)    Sabden

Monday                No Public Mass

Tuesday                 Mass 10am

Wednesday           Mass 10am

Thursday     Mass 10am

Friday                    No Public Mass


 Second Sunday in Lent                

Mass 12 noon (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm             (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am      (Sunday)    Clitheroe

Mass 11am          (Sunday)    Sabden

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

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

Our continued thanks go to all our stewards


The Word This Week

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


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


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


Austen Ivereigh & Diocese of Salford Lent Course

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

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


A thought from Pope Francis for Lent

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

·        Fast from hurting words and say kind words.

·        Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.

·        Fast from anger and be filled with patience.

·        Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.

·        Fast from worries and trust in God.

·        Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.

·        Fast from pressures and be prayerful.

·        Fast from bitterness and fill your heart with joy.

·        Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others.

·        Fast from grudges and be reconciled.

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


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

LATELY DEAD
Lawrence John Gilsenan, John McGillonay, Heather Young

ANNIVERSARIES
Marie Thornber, Pat Brennan, Fr Hubert McEvoy


Live simply thought of the week:

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


Fairtrade Fortnight 22 Feb to 7 March 2021

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

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

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


UPDATE!

CYCLE RIDE – CLITHEROE TO LOURDES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thankyou.  Paul and Bernadette Worden


Lent Fast Day – Friday 26th February

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

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

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


RIBBLE VALLEY FOODBANK

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

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

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

Closing Date today, Sunday 21st February 2021


CLITHEROE CIVIC SOCIETY

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

Speaker is Stephen Illingworth who will deliver his presentation titled

“The Pilgrimage of Grace in the Ribble Valley”

This intriguing title, with local connections is further explained by

Steven Illingworth as follows:

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

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

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


RIBBLE VALLEY YOUTH

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


FROM THE ARCHIVES

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14th February 2021 – Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

13th February the week ahead:-

Today is the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mass 12 noon (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm        (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am   (Sunday)    Clitheroe

Mass 11am      (Sunday)    Sabden

Monday           No Public Mass

Tuesday            Mass 10am

Wednesday    Ash Wednesday

                            9am Mass in Sabden

                            10am Mass in Clitheroe

                            12 noon Mass in Dunsop Bridge             

Thursday          Mass 10am

Friday                No Public Mass

 Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time :          

Mass 12 noon (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm        (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am  (Sunday)    Clitheroe

Mass 11am     (Sunday)    Sabden

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


The Word This Week

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


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

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

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


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


Lent Course

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


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


LATELY DEAD
Alice Bolton

ANNIVERSARIES
Michael Pryle, Wilfred Clegg,

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thankyou
Paul and Bernadette Worden


Lent Fast Day – Friday 26th February

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

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


RIBBLE VALLEY FOODBANK

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

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

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

Closing Date 21st February 2021


CLITHEROE CIVIC SOCIETY

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

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

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

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

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


RIBBLE VALLEY YOUTH

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


CCP (CLITHEROE CHURCHES IN PARTNERSHIP)

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

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

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

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

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

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

This hamper project is now on the Love Clitheroe website –

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

https://www.give.nte/loveclitheroeevents


CCP PRAYER of the MONTH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please join us in praying for refugees in Calais

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

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

As they seek a place to call home,

As they seek protection from danger, hostility and violence,

As they confront barrier after barrier to simple freedom,

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

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

Lord in Your Mercy protect them,

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

Lord in Your Mercy show us a way to help.

Lord Jesus, in Your Mercy, Hear Our Prayer


FROM THE ARCHIVES

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

THE HALL LOWERGATE

Christmas Day Dec 25 & Boxing Day Dec 26

**GRAND PANTOMIME**

SLEEPING BEAUTY

(By kind permission of Abel Heywood)

NEW ADDITIONS, NEW DRESSES, SINGING, DANCING AND MIRTH

Special Engagement of MR S BRIDGE and MR d Drane

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

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

Dancing and Acrobatic Turns Taught by MISS M SHERLIKER

COMMENCE 2.15 PROMPT

ADMISSION: RESERVED SEATS 1/6 UNRESERVED 1/-

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

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

CATHOLIC PANTOMIME,

“A WINNER”

———————————-

FUN FAST AND FURIOUS

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

COMEDY BLITZ

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

TOPICAL TURNS

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

BRIGHT FINALE

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

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