18th July 2021 – Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

Friday              Mass 10am Clitheroe

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.


Martin London, Fr Leon Morris, Bill Bramwell, Joan & Chris Leeming x 2,

 Bob Driver, Terry Peters, Tony Galea, Amanda Birtchall,

Rita & Frank Donbavand, Alice & Patrick Emerson


John Monaghan, Martin London, Amanda Birtchall, Daniel Forkin,


Bob Driver, Fr Leon Morris, Bill Bramwell


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.


Report by H.M.Inspectors.

6th & 7th September 1954 – Mixed Department

     Since this department was last reported on, its premises have been extended by the addition of the former parish club rooms on the upper floor of the original building.  These buildings were adapted for school use in 1939, when some alterations were made to the building, and all the accommodation in it used for this department.  There are two assembly halls (one on each floor) and seven classrooms.  Plans are in hand to partition a part of the upper hall to make an eighth classroom.  Cloakroom and washing facilities are not good.  Sanitary accommodation for the pupils is very poor: the offices on the playground are deplorable, and the two indoor wc’s provided for the senior girls are unfortunately situated next to the meals scullery, which also contains the washbasins.  There is one small playground and adjoining the premises, a school garden and about six acres of playing fields.

The department has 296 pupils, boys and girls aged from seven to fifteen years.  Numbers increased in 1952 when the first year juniors age group (7-8 years), previously taught with the infants was transferred to this department: pupils from outlying Roman Catholic schools in the rural areas around Clitheroe are admitted when they are eleven years old, and there make up more than half the total number in the senior forms.

     Essential equipment is reasonably good; the main difficulty is the lack of suitable storage for it.  An additional sewing machine and a long mirror for needlework, a better piano in the upper hall, and more reference books for the pupils’ use are among present needs.  Some 450 books on loan from the County Library form the nucleus of a useful school library, which could be more closely linked with classroom work.  This collection as yet unclassified and un-catalogued, is kept in the hall and used as a lending library by the senior pupils, most of whom borrow books for private reading both at home and in school.  The weekly library period allocated to each of the senior forms is used as a book-changing period.

The Head Master, a graduate of Glasgow University, was appointed in 1945.  His regular teaching programme of seven periods a week includes some English with each of the senior forms and history with the second year seniors.  The assistant staff consists of four women and four men, one of whom is a graduate.  Their combined teaching experience is not long, all but three having bee appointed within the last four years, four of whom without previous teaching experience.  Two of the assistant masters joined the school only a few days before it was inspected.  Among the members of the staff are several very capable and promising teachers and all work hard under the Head Masters’ leadership.  Relationships between the pupils and their teachers appear to be generally good.

In each of the junior classes most of the teaching is done by the class teachers and specialisation is limited chiefly to are, music and physical education.  In all these classes some good work has been seen and the pupils make steady progress in the basic subjects, though it is probable that this progress does not always match the abilities of individual pupils, which vary considerably.  The care taken in junior class 4 to produce written work carefully and neatly is particularly commendable and so, too, is the enthusiasm with which reading and number are tackled in junior class I.  Reading attainments in this large class of 47 seven year olds differ widely and the general level is not high.  In arithmetic, too many in this class are hardly ready for the written sums they attempt.  A more flexible programme, with fewer changes of teacher and without the emphasis on subjects and time-table periods which even a limited degree of specialisation compels, might be more appropriate to the needs of these children.  Recent staff changes have, no doubt, affected continuity of the work of the four junior classes; handwriting, in particular, might be improved here, and indeed throughout the school by the introduction of  an assistant policy.

A system of partial specialisation is operated in the senior form, where the form teacher takes his or her own form for English and Arithmetic and teaches other subjects to all forms.  Housecraft and handicraft instruction is given to the pupils in the four senior forms on four separate afternoons each week at Ribblesdale County Secondary School by members of the staff of that school.  Except that there is no course in science, the curriculum includes all the subjects usually taught in non-selective secondary schools.  Space and facilities for science teaching are limited, but it was suggested that much of what is now contained in nature study, hygiene and gardening as might be combined in a general course which would provide suitable alternatives for boys and girls in the fourth year.

Those older boys and girls are alert and willing to be interested.  They produce a fair amount of written work, much of which however is marred by poor handwriting and careless spelling.  Arithmetic follows text-books and while a good deal of competent works is done in exercise books, there is little or no practical work.  Although the syllabus which have been drawn up in the various subjects are designed as continuous courses, there is a tendency to treat the work in each form as if it were a self contained unit, with too little reference to the course as a whole.  More opportunities might be provided for group and individual work to cater for the special needs of the more able children and for those of the few who are backward.

Throughout the department some promising work is done in art and a voluntary art group meets once a week after school hours.  Light crafts are not very strongly developed.  The pupils enjoy their music lessons and they sing pleasantly.  There is a good supply of portable apparatus for physical education and vigorous lessons are taken in the playground and in the hall.  a morning assembly for corporate worship is held in the upper hall.  This hall becomes a dining room at midday.  The boys and girls dine separately, in two settings, and a start has been made to establish right standards of social behaviour.  The department takes part in local inter-school activities and widens its contacts by school visits and journeys both locally and abroad.  Regular reports are made to parents who see something of the work done in the department on Open Day.

There is a friendly spirit in this department and no lack of effort by the teachers.  They have little experience as yet of working together as a team and their separate contributions need to be more closely related to the general plan.  The schemes of work, though carefully drawn up, one rather dull and featureless and the pupils’ work is seldom outstanding in quality; there is no bad work, but here is little that is really interesting.  Here and there can be seen the gain of something much more promising; in art and in music for example, and in geography, where the pupils’ interest is around but scarcely exploited as it might be in their written work.  The Headmaster is aware of the directions in which improvement is desirable and matters which seem to need his attention were discussed with hum during the inspection.  The department now has a settled staff and organisation.  It is already doing some good work.  If the problems confronting it are faced realistically and with determination it should, as far as the limit of the premises allow, soon be going even better work.

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