24th January 2021 – Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

23rd – 31st January 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 Conversion of St. Paul.

Tuesday               Mass 10am (Clitheroe) Ss Timothy and Titus.

Wednesday        No Public Mass

Thursday             Mass 10am (Clitheroe) St. Thomas Aquinas.

Friday                  No Public Mass


Fourth 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)

We are in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 18-25 January. This year’s theme is taken from St John’s Gospel, 15:1-17: ‘Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit’. This year’s Week of Prayer has been very different from past years. We can however keep each other in our daily prayer. This Week of Prayer for Christian Unity should help all Christians to see that the closer they draw to Christ, the closer they will be to one another. A message from the Vatican Secretariat for Christian Unity said: ‘Divisions among Christians—moving away from one another—are a scandal because it is also moving further away from God. Christ’s prayer for unity is an invitation to turn back to Him and so come closer to one another, rejoicing in the richness of our diversity.’ Pope Francis will preside over the Second Vespers of the Solemnity of the Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle at the end of the Week of Prayer on Monday 25 January at 5.30 pm in the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls, with representatives of the other Christian communities in Rome and Italy. The celebration will be broadcast live on the Vatican News website

Live simply thought for the week:

REDUCE your waste; before you throw anything away can you REUSE or RECYCLE?


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

Caritas Collection:
Due to COVID-19 restrictions things are different this year, but you can still make a donation to Caritas Salford Diocese by placing your donation in an envelope marked ‘Caritas’ and leave it in the offertory collection box, or you may wish to make a one off debit or credit card donation online via their secure website
https://www.caritassalford.org.uk/donate/ or set up a direct debit mandate.  

To find out more about the work of Caritas Diocese of Salford or support the Miracle of Kindness appeal, please visit www.caritassalford.org.uk

Global Healing:
On Thursday 18th February, Bishop John will launch a series of speakers, prayers and discussions based on the film-based resource, “Global Healing”. The talks will take place each week from the 18th February throughout Lent, with our Head of Environment Dr Emma Gardner sharing her own knowledge and experiences with us on Thursday 4th March’s event.

We all have our own part to play in responding to the environmental crisis our world is facing and Pope Francis has called each of us to listen to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.

The “Global Healing” documentaries will inform and challenge people to respond to Pope Francis’ call to Care for Our Common Home. The films are suitable for all who are concerned about what is happening to our world and who want to take action, or those who want to learn more about the issue.

The films will take place over six Thursdays, from 18th February – 25th March 2021, between 7.30pm – 8.30pm and are hosted by the Global Catholic Climate Movement Laudato Si’ Animators in the UK.

To register to join, please email jane@catholicclimatemovement.global

Sacramental Programme:
Just to let you know that we have not forgotten you!!!

The children now in year 4 had just started receiving their First Holy Communion at one of the weekend Masses, but then this had to stop due to rapidly changing circumstances. As soon as we are able to, we will invite the children from last year’s programme to receive their First Holy Communion, again at one of the weekend Masses.

The children who are now in year 3 would have normally begun their preparation to receive the sacraments, but again due to present circumstances this has not been possible. When it is safe to do so, and perhaps in a shorter form, we will be in touch and invite these children to take part in the Sacramental Programme, and hopefully, all being well, receive their First Holy Communion towards the end of the year.

At this time I am not able to make any promises about what will be possible, but I hope and pray that we are able to move forward, and that our children in years 3 and 4 can then eventually receive the sacraments.

In the meantime, keep safe and stay well.