15th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 13th July 2014

Dear Parishioners
Come Weld Day the rain disappeared and although it wasn’t wall to wall sunshine it was a pleasantly warm day and after the Mass we enjoyed a wonderful parish get-together as picnics were opened and shared. Congratulations to our eight altar servers who received their guilds during the Mass and the school choir who led the singing. Our thanks go to Phil and Judith Byrne for the bubbly, Livesey’s for the strawberries, the school for the cream and Dave Warbrick with his vintage ice-cream van for the cornets and 99’s! Lastly, I mustn’t forget Alan Moon who did sterling work preparing the garden. If you have any suggestions as to how we may improve the Weld Day celebration next year, then please do let me know.

Does your church bench feel any different this weekend and more comfortable? Two benches have been removed from each side of the centre aisle to create better access and more space. The resulting loss in seating capacity which will affect only a few high days and holidays will be more than compensated for by the more comfortable benches.

On the initiative of Imam Ashraf and Lily Perrin the Clitheroe Interfaith Friendship group which used to meet on a regular basis until five years or so ago met again a week last Tuesday in the Clitheroe Mosque. Most of the Clitheroe and Sabden churches were represented and resolved that we should meet on a regular basis to learn about each other and build bridges between our communities. Future meetings will be hosted by the different churches beginning with the URC on Tuesday 2nd September at 7.30pm. In the radicalised world in which we live such gatherings are important and so do consider coming along even if only out of curiosity. Meetings will end at 9pm sharp!

Today is Sea Sunday. Even in the 21st century seafarers lead tough lives, facing danger not only from the elements but also heavy machinery in the least regulated industry in the world. Most are from developing countries, often live in basic and cramped conditions, and spend eleven months at sea cut off from their families. Shipping is a competitive industry and ships spend little time in ports. But when docked their crews value the hand of friendship and the practical, personal and spiritual help the chaplains of the Apostleship of the Sea offer to them regardless of their religion. Once a year on Sea Sunday we are asked to support this work by our prayer and financial support.

Fr John

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