17th January 2021 – Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

The week ahead:-

Today is the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mass 12 noon (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am     (Sunday) Clitheroe

Mass 11am         (Sunday) Sabden


Monday               Mass 10am (Clitheroe)

Tuesday               Mass 10am (Clitheroe)

Wednesday        No Public Mass

Thursday             No Public Mass

Friday                   Mass 10am (Clitheroe)


Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mass 12 noon (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm           (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am     (Sunday) Clitheroe

Mass 11am         (Sunday) Sabden


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fr. Paul


Elizabeth Mary McGruer died 6th January aged 78 years

Stephen Francis Myerscough died 5th January aged 94 years

Barbara Dewhurst died 3rd January aged 78 years

Margaret Ireland died 9th January aged 78

Pasqualli Ferro



Agnes Marsden, Stephen Pryle, John Marsden



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

Stephen Pryle, Special Intention, Pasqualli Ferro,


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



Clitheroe Advertiser and Times October 10th 1952


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

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


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

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



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

Stanley House


COMPRISES: Residence; Stables and

Outbuildings; Gardens;

Glass houses; Lawn

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

Study; Butler’s Pantry &

Offices; Entrance Hall;


FIRST FLOOR: 4 Bedrooms; 2 Dressing

Rooms; Bathroom

SECOND FLOOR: Billiard Room; several

Attic Bedrooms.



The property, gardens and grounds are

self-contained and free from Ground

Rent or any other charges

Stands alongside Presbytery and Church.

A private entrance through the Playground to the Church


Suitable for Nursing Home, Rest House,

Country House for religious or

Convalescent Home.


There is room for extension


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


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



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