11th July 2021 – Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

17th July – 25th July

Sunday          Mass 12 noon (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am Clitheroe

Mass 11am Sabden

Monday          Mass 10am Clitheroe

Tuesday          Mass 10am Clitheroe

Wednesday   Mass 10am Clitheroe

Thursday        Mass 10am Clitheroe  (St. Bonaventure)

Friday              Mass 10am Clitheroe (Our Lady of Mt. Carmel)

Sunday            Mass 12 noon Dunsop Bridge (Saturday)

Mass 5pm Clitheroe (Saturday)

Mass 9.30am Clitheroe

Mass 11am Sabden

Baptisms:        To arrange a Baptism, please contact Fr. Paul.


John Monaghan, Joan & Chris Leeming (Diamond Anniversary),
Special Intention, Paul Trotter, Special Intention, John & Ruth Humphreys, Maura Read, Stephen Humphreys, Chris & Jim Burke, James Albert Hartley,

Rita & Frank Donbavand x 2


John Monaghan former Head Teacher of Dunsop Bridge


James Albert Hartley, Bette Coleman, Paul Trotter, Maura Read, John Monaghan

Live Simply Thought of the Week:
Try to buy locally grown fruit and vegetables, especially those which are in season.



The Parish Forum due to be held on July 21st has been postponed until September when hopefully there will be more to discuss.


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

drworthington@live.co.uk https://christianretreats.live


PRACTISING THE PRESENCE OF GOD  A very practical seeking out of the wisdom of the delightful Carmelite Brother Lawrence as we explore what it means to pray and experience God as the ‘centre of rest’.

Fridays 6.30- 9pm, 9th, 16th, 23rd July (Cost £80)

GOD IN ALL THINGS   We explore Ignation understandings of this and seek to see and find God in all things – in our homes, nature, the senses etc and our journey will incorporate visiting various wells of wisdom including Saint Ignatius’ Suscipe (‘Receive’) prayer.  The retreat will be a mix of discussion, prayer, paintings, music etc.  But I always think that the best way to love God is to love many things. (Van Gogh).

Saturday 10th July 2-5pm or Monday 12th July 10am – 1pm

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

Saturday 24th July 10am – 1pm
SAINT JOSEPH  helper of the Incarnation, Listener to dreams, Maker, Embodier of Humility…. We walk alongside him to see what we can learn from him.  The day will also include exploring the Jungian notion of the positive animus and how the qualities in Saint Joseph can shed light on this.

Saturday 14th August 2-5pm or Monday 16th August 10am – 1pm


Walking in the cool of Eden’s evening, experiencing liminal spaces, seeking wisdom from the holy mountain, exploring the cave of humility and turning our gaze to the summit of transfiguration

A 3 hour retreat spread over the weekend with 3 x 1 hour sessions.

Saturday 28th August 11am – 12pm, then 4-5pm and

Sunday 29th August 4-5pm   Cost £20



This month we pray for all those who have been affected by the Covid virus in our community:

  • Those suffering with COVID infection
  • Those helping to restore COVID sufferers to health
  • Those working on the frontline maintaining essential services
  • Those whose education has been severely disrupted over the past year
  • Those caring for the vulnerable.

Loving Lord, as we fight this new strain of Covid,

give us the strength to face whatever happens

and the sense to do what is right to keep us safe.

Help the young people see the right way that with patience we will win over this nasty disease.

 Enfold us in Your loving arms Lord,

for we know that with you by our side we can face anything.   


A Psalm of lament and praise in a time of coronavirus

How shall we praise you, Lord, our God?

When we are locked down,

how shall we praise you?

When the doors to your house are barred,

and your people cannot assemble?

When those desperately in need of money and work

cannot even wait in the market-place?

When we have to circle round people in the street,

and to queue for shops maintaining safe distance?

When we can only communicate

by hearing on the phone,

or seeing on the screen;

or digitally messaging,

or even just waving through a window?

When we cannot meet our parents and children,

grandparents and grandchildren,

or other family members and friends?

When we cannot touch them in their flesh and blood,

to know they are really alive?

How shall we praise you?

How, like Thomas, shall we not see yet believe

that your son is raised among us?

How shall we praise you?

How can I praise you, Lord?

Are you plaguing us with this virus

to punish us because we have all done wrong,

or thought wrongly,

or felt wrongly,

or just been wrong?

If so, why do only some die,

and those, apparently, the ones who are the least worst or most caring amongst us?

Or are you trying to teach us a lesson?

If so, why is it so hard to learn?

And how are we to find the answer

when we do not even know the question?

Or are you still the same loving God,

coming to us in our sufferings

and opening up the way to new life in Jesus?

Lord, I will try to praise you.

Through gritted teeth,

I will try to praise you.

I will try to keep myself and others safe.

I will work to pray for them

and seek to help in whatever way I can.

Lord, when I cannot pray or worship

help me be aware of all your people

and your saints and angels

hovering around me,

lifting me up.

When I feel alone,

let me feel you near me,

even if only for a moment that enables me to go on.

Let me hear you say

Peace be with you”.

Lord, I will praise you.

Let all the peoples praise you.

Reproduced from The Methodist Church Website with kind permission from Revd Kenneth Howcroft.


 Clitheroe Advertiser and Times

March 15th 1957

Priest appears in colour film: Writes script

Shortly to be shown in Clitheroe is a film in which Fr Hubert McEvoy S.J. Rector of SS Michael & John’s Church, appears.

But not only does he appear in it, he has written the script and commentary.

The film, entitled “The Sacrament we Offer.” Was made by Mr Alan Turner, a Derby factory-owner, who puts into practice in his mills the social teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

In this film he has tried to show that the Sacrifice of the Mass should be linked with daily work of all kinds in such a way as to be the daily inspiration and support of the worker.


One shot shows incense from a thurible mingling with the smoke from a factory chimney.

The “Scottish Screen Review” said of the film, which is in colour, by the way: “By professional standards, the film is a competent job.  By amateur standards it is an outstanding achievement.

“The Times Educational Supplement” commented “Here is a film which by its simple sincerity will make a deep impression on all audiences.”

Also to be shown is More than the Trimmings,” another film by Mr Turner which shows the life and work in his Spa Lane Mills, producing trimmings of every kind from ribbons to complicated braids and tassels.

This film will, of course, have a particular appeal to Lancashire audiences.

But it goes far deeper than that.  It follows a factory girl in her integration into the life of the factory – the works council, factory chapel, Guild of Our Lady of the Factory, the youth club and the grand climax of the Factory Feast, with High Mass celebrated in one of the weaving sheds.

The loom is a raredos and the altar frontals are glowing in the surroundings where they were woven.


Unknown Newspaper article

September 24th 1884

The opening of the new Lady Chapel

Special services were held at SS Michael & St John’s, on the 18th, to celebrate the opening of a new Lady Chapel, constructed on the right-hand side of the principal altar.  High Mass was sung in the morning, and a sermon preached by the Rev. Father Walter Sidgreaves, of Stonyhurst.  At the evening service the chapel was blessed, and a sermon was preached by the Rev Walter Clare of Manchester.  “Constructed at a cost of over £600, in a recess formerly used as a confessional, the features harmonising with the architecture of the church.  The floor is formed of mosaic, marble and alabaster, and the pillars, arches etc., are of marble.  Mr Nichol, of London, is the architect, and the work has been done by Mr Anstey, of London.  To the right of the entrance there is a statue of Our Lady, and in the chapel are three paintings (the work of  Mons Bouvier) depicting incidents in the life of the Blessed Virgin.  The whole work has been carried out with great , artistic skill and taste, and presents an exceedingly rich appearance.


Clitheroe Advertiser and Times around 1933


Sir, Will you please convey to the Catholic Operatic Society, and the public my sincere thanks for the sum of £11.11s.6d towards the Mayor’s Clog Fund, the proceeds of a repeat performance of “Dick Whittington”.


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