2nd May 2021 – Fifth week of Easter

Today               Mass 12 (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 (Saturday) Dunsop Bridge

Mass 5pm (Saturday) Clitheroe

Mass 9.30am Clitheroe

Mass 11am Sabden

Feasts – Monday: St. Philip & St. James

Tuesday: The English Martyrs

In thanksgiving, Special Intentions x 3,
Rita & Frank Donbavand, Norman Berry, Holy Souls, Nora Daly

Norman Berry, Nora Daly

May is the month of Mary so let us try and pray the Rosary each day. Pope Francis said, “The prayer of the rosary is the prayer of the humble and of the saints who, through its mysteries, contemplate with Mary the life of Jesus, the merciful face of the Father.”


Where possible: buy loose, not pre-packed fruit and vegetables—don’t put them in a plastic bag. Please think about the damage caused by plastic waste.


“for we know that things can change”(LS 13)

(to be held May 16-24), will be the crowning event of the Special Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year and a celebration of the great progress the whole Church has made on its journey to ecological conversion. Laudato Si’ Week 2021 will also be a time to reflect on what the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us and prepare for the future with hope.   https://youtu.be/xOUxcNHxCWw

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have issued a reflection on post-pandemic recovery and the challenges faced by the Church in encouraging people back to the Church and her Sacraments.

In a reflection titled Day of the Lord, the Bishops also praise families, parish communities and those who have worked tirelessly in hospitals, care homes, schools and prisons during these challenging times of ill-health, grief and isolation.

The Bishops salute the leadership of our priests and also express gratitude for the ‘immense efforts’ of those who have provided food for those most in need:

“The generosity shown in the distribution of so very many meals has given eloquent expression to the mercy, love and compassion which are at the very heart of God. Many have been touched by the joy of meeting Christ in the poor; and many of the poor by the joy of meeting Christ in selfless parishioners.”

Whilst acknowledging the creative and diverse methods of outreach during the pandemic – not least the live streaming of Mass – attention then turns to the post-pandemic world.

The Bishops recognise that it is impossible to predict the pace at which we will emerge from the pandemic but state “what is clear is the challenge we face of bringing our communities and the practice of the faith to a still greater expression and strength.”

They identify the groups of people they are seeking to reach:

  • Those who have lost the habit of coming to church and who may be anxious about doing so
  • Those who may not want to re-establish a pattern of Catholic worship – who may have seen a gap widen between the spiritual dimension of their lives and any communal expression of that spiritual quest.
  • The ‘Covid curious’ who may have encountered the Catholic Church for the first time during the pandemic

The Bishops highlight the strengths, the “veritable treasures” of the Catholic Church as being the tools at their disposal to rise to these challenges. The greatest treasure is, of course, the sacramental life of the Church and at its heart, the Eucharist.

“It is the Eucharist, the celebration of the Mass, that makes the Church; and it is the Church, in the gift of the Holy Spirit, which makes the Eucharist. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the lifeblood of the Church. It requires our active participation and, to be fully celebrated, our physical presence.

“At this moment, then, we need to have in our sights the need to restore to its rightful centrality in our lives the Sunday Mass, encouraging each to take his or her place once again in the assembly of our brothers and sisters.

“We face the task of seeking to nurture the sense of Sunday as ‘a weekly gift from God to his people’, and something we cannot do without; to see Sunday as the soul of the week, as giving light and meaning to all the responsibilities we live out each day; to see the Sunday Eucharist as food for the unique mission with which we have been endowed.”

Fifth Sunday of Easter (B)

Last week it was sheep: this week, the vine. Jesus offers us another (agricultural) image to explain the mystery of his offering of himself, and our belonging to him, our being part of him, which comes about through the sacrament of Baptism. This is, as was stated earlier, the period of Mystagogy, when the newly baptised are helped to see what life in Jesus Christ really means. Today this comes out strongly for all of us, with two of the three readings emphasising the moral aspects of life in Christ: it is not simply enough to “belong” to him: our belonging must be shown by the works we do, by the fruits we bear – while remembering of course that we cannot bear fruit except in him.

Day of Prayer for the Victims and Survivors of Abuse – 4th May 2021
On Thursday 6th May at Salford Cathedral Bishop John will celebrate Mass for Survivors of Abuse. The Mass will begin at 7pm and is open to all. It will also be streamed on church stream at Salford Cathedral Livestream
The Bishops of England and Wales have moved the date of this annual Day of Prayer from Lent to Eastertide, in response to a request from survivors, to express that this is a day in the season of hope and new life on which to pray for those who have been abused.

First Holy Communion Congratulations to the children who over the past few weekends have received their First Holy Communion. Let us continue to keep these children and their families in our prayers. We also pray for those who will be receiving their First Holy Communion in the next few weeks.


Offering a space for Christians to explore and deepen faith…

Seek ‘life in all its fullness’

CREATED & 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).

Courses and training are also offered so individuals and groups can explore Scripture, prayer and faith’s themes and feel equipped to become prayer leaders in their own communities.

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



2021 – May
  We follow Jesus into the Wilderness
Sat 8th May 2-5pm OR Mon 10th May 10am – 1pm

THE ARAMAIC LORD’S PRAYER:  A morning, soaking in Jesus’ profound and beautiful prayer in its original language.
Sat 15th May 10am – 1pm

PENTECOST:  The divine fire and the call to go forth into a life based on freedom and hope   Sun 23rd May 2-5pm

2021 – June-July
: We became alert to the spiritual dynamic in his journey in order to explore this path
Sat 12th June 2-5pm OR Mon 14th June 10am – 1pm

If people wish to, they may attend Part 2 of this retreat on Peter on Sunday 27th June 2 – 5pm

(REPEAT) THE PROBLEM OF EVIL:  This issue has caused many to question their faith.  We explore this from various angles in order to think the whole subject through, understand various approaches and see how this does not need to be an obstacle to faith.
Sat 23rd June 6.30pm – 9pm

THE HANDLESS WOMAN : Through the depths of an ancient story ‘The Handless Woman’, we will explore the wisdom which speaks to our heroic journeying.
Sat 24th July 10am – 1pm



“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”  – Colossians 4:3

From Clitheroe Christians in Partnership, this is the latest theme for our prayer as a town and, we are praying for those in chains.

“Blessed and merciful Lord, some have lost their freedom and access to justice and we pray for all such, for their restoration and journey into faith through Christ.

Others have lost their freedom through injustice and persecution as they stand for the rights of common people – we lift up their plight to You.

We pray for the all those in unchecked power who oppress athis nd silence the voices of those that seek freedom for all people; that their deeds will be made visible and they will be convicted of the cruelty of their abuse and find a pathway to God.”

Pray for the Light of Our Lord to shine in nations where freedom is currently restricted: MYANMAR, YEMEN, CHINA/HONG KONG, EGYPT, COLOMBIA, RUSSIA, ZIMBABWE, The PHILIPPINES, AFGHANISTAN and LIBYA.

For the victims of oppression, we pray this month for:

Nonoy Espina, chair of the national union of Journalists of the Philippines as he represents a free press and campaigns following the murders of 191 journalists since 1986. The mission of the NUoJ is to continue upholding press freedom; to protect journalists from attacks, threats, and harassment; and to organise media workers for better working conditions.

In 2010 a young Tunisian man Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in the town of Sidi Bouazizi in protest at mistreatment by the authorities. Pray for the work of the Truth and Dignity Commission, established in response to this tragedy, as it works to ensure justice against human rights violations in Tunisia.

For Ibrahim Ezz el-Din in Egypt, labelled as a terrorist in his campaign as a housing rights activist for the poor and homeless and kept in pre-trial detention for thirteen months, tortured and suffering from ill health and depression. For Yu Wensheng an imprisoned Chinese Human Rights lawyer convicted at a secret trial to serve four years for inciting subversion of state power.

For the singer Yahaya Sharif-Aminu sentenced to death by the Upper Sharia Court in northern Nigeria for placing a song on WhatsApp that is allegedly blasphemous. Not permitted a lawyer at his trial, he has been able to lodge an appeal with help from the international human rights community.

For Tran Huynh Duy Thuc a Vietnamese business person imprisoned for sixteen years to be followed by five years house arrest for advocating social, educational, economic and democratic reform via the media of blogging.

Lord of all that is right, may they not become forgotten prisoners, may they be protected from torture, may they be sustained in captivity until their chains are broken and they are free at last.

Soul of Christ, sanctify them

Body of Christ, save them

Blood of Christ, inebriate them

                                            Water from the side of Christ, wash over them

Passion of Christ, strengthen them

O good Jesus, hear us

Within thy wounds hide them

From the wicked foe defend them.


The Conservation of Bellmanpark Limekilns

A virtual presentation of the Urgent Conservation Repair Works by Project Lead Consultant

Jayne Entwistle

Monday 10th May 2021 at 7.30pm

Civic Society Members & Students Free

Visitors & Members Guests (£3.00)

Access details via ccstickets@btinternet.com


A. M. D. G.








1st. – This association shall be called the “CLITHEROE CATHOLIC SICK CLUB;”and is placed under the patronage of the BLESSED VIRGIN MARY and SAINT JOHN THE EVANGELIST.

2nd. – This association shall consist of such boys and girls of the Clitheroe Catholic Schools, above the age of seven years who shall be considered unobjectionable on the score of health and character, and who are willing to comply with the following rules;  it shall also consist of Catholic women, whose admission shall take place before the age of forty-five, or the entrance money will be five shillings; at forty-six, six shillings; and so on, increasing one shilling every year till fifty-five: beyond that age none shall be admitted: and of honorary members of both sexes, without respect to their religious opinions.

3rd.- This association shall be under the management of the Catholic pastor, aided by a treasurer, secretary and a council of twelve, chosen by and from the adult members, at any quarterly meeting.

4th.- From the council, the pastor shall select such as he may judge proper to visit the sick.

5th.- The object of this association in charity: viz, to bind its members to act together for the greater honour and glory of God, and to contribute to the spiritual and temporal comfort of one another.

6th.- There will be four quarterly meetings, in the Catholic School room; viz., on the last Sunday of March, June, September and December, when the receipts and expenditure will be inspected, and the ordinary business of the society transacted.  The president may call a meeting when necessary at other times, and five shall be competent to act.

7th.-There will be an annual dinner in the school-room for such as choose to pay one shilling for it a week in advance; the day, time, and place, to be fixed at one of the quarterly meetings.  Honorary members to be invited by the secretary.

8th.- Any Teacher of the school, or scholar above seven years of age, of sound health and good character, upon payment of sixpence entrance money, may be admitted as a member at the monthly meeting: every other prostutant for admission, not being a teacher or a scholar must be proposed by one of the adult members, at the meeting which will be held in the school-room on the last Sunday of every month after vespers, and the president and council shall within a month afterwards decide upon the individual’s admission or rejection; but the admission money for such must be one shilling and the monthly pay fivepence, although the advantages will be only the same as those enjoyed by the teachers and scholars.

9th. – In case the monthly pay of fivepence should be neglected, a fine of one penny must be exacted together with the fivepence, at the next monthly meeting: – If not paid on that occasion, the fine shall be doubled; and I neglected a third time, the defaulter shall be excluded from the club at the end of the fourth month.

10th.- Each member being either a scholar or a teacher at the school, shall pay every Sunday morning personally to the superintendant or other person appointed by the president, his or her weekly subscription of one penny, unless prevented by sickness, or some cause, the reasonableness of which the president shall determine.  Any such member neglecting to pay his or her subscription for two Sundays shall be fined one penny on the third; twopence on the fourth; and if all arrears are not paid on the fifth, he or she shall be admonished by the visitor, and if no sufficient excuse be given, shall be excluded on the sixth Sunday.

11th. – The monies thus collected by the Superintendents or their substitutes shall be transferred to the treasurer at the monthly meeting.

12th. – Ladies and Gentlemen, desirous through a notice of charity of becoming honary members, will be gratefully received, upon payment of any sum they may please, providing that sum be not less than five shillings annually, and they shall be entitled to all the spiritual benefits of the association.

13th. – All monies except those necessary for current expenses shall be paid by the treasurer, every third month into the savings bank, in the names of the treasurer and secretary of the “Clitheroe Catholic Sick Club.”

14th.- No member shall receive relief from the fund till 9 months after his or her admission: such will then be entitled in case of sickness to a weekly allowance of four shillings; but if the sickness continue longer than four months, the weekly allowance shall be two shillings, if eight months, one shilling.  (See Apendix).  Any relapse or fresh illness occurring within two months shall be regarded as the same illness.  An expelled member shall, upon re-admission, within six months, be entitled to relief after three months.

15th.- No member shall be entitled to relief for any sickness of less than seven days duration, nor then, if the cause of sickness was known and concealed by that member when admitted, or was afterwards occasioned by immortality or criminal excess.  Fraud in feigning sickness, when established to the satisfaction of a majority at a monthly meeting, shall be sufficient cause for dismissal.

16th . – Any member incapable of work through illness, and claiming the benefit of the club shall send notice to one of the nearest visitors, who shall, immediately, and afterwards weekly (if the disease be not contagious, and the distance not more than two miles) visit the sick member, pay the weekly allowance, and report upon the nature of the case at the school-room on the following Sunday.

17th.  Any associate changing his place of abode to a greater distance than two miles from the nearest visitor must in case of sickness give information to the secretary in writing, signed by himself and attested by the Priest who attends him.

18th. – When any member of nine months standing dies, thirty shillings (see Apendix) shall be given to the Friends of the deceased for funeral expenses, and every member shall pay an extra penny into the fund.

19th. – Should the funds be ever so reduced as to leave only as many shillings as there are members, the weekly subscriptions alone shall be distributed to the sick in equal proportions, the scale being duly observed; (see appendix) and on the contrary, if by the blessing of God, few calls are made upon the funds, when they have accumulated to more than fifty pounds, the quarterly meeting shall determine their application.

20th. – Every male associate shall cease to be a member at the age of eighteen, but may be drafted into the “Clitheroe Catholic Association” (to be hereafter formed) if of approved health and character, without paying entrance money, and shall be entitled to relief for sixth months.

21st. – An associate upon showing good reason to the president for leaving the school may upon application within the month, and upon paying fivepence monthly, continue a member.  No one shall receive relief during sickness arising from confinement, &c; & no one while in the Union House, o receiving out-door parish relief shall be called upon to pay to the funds, nor shall he receive any help from them while so circumstanced.

22nd. – any member not frequenting the sacraments at the time of Easter, or practising fraud upon the society, or guilty of any other serious irregularity, shall be admonished or expelled at the discretion of the president.

23rd.- The communicants are earnestly advised frequently to approach the holy sacraments, especially during the times of plenary indulgences.

24th.- Every member is to say daily the “Hail Mary” and “Health of the weak, Refuge of sinners pray for us.”

25th.- On the first Sunday of every month, the associates are expected to assist at the Bona Mors prayers and the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

26th.- One Mass will be offered up for every member alternately for the living and dead members of the Club.

27th . – Every third month a Mass will be offered up alternately for the living and dead members of the Club.

28th. – When it is announced from the altar that an associate is dangerously ill, the members shall  remain a few minutes in the chapel after Mass, and recite the second part of the Rosary for his or her recovery, or for a happy death as God may please to direct..

29th. – If the funeral of a member take place on a Sunday, and at the Catholic Chapel, Clitheroe, the associates are to attend it, and afterwards in the Chapel recite the Litany for the dead, they shall also recite the same on the first Sunday after all ‘Souls’ day, for all deceased associates.

30th. – the secretary shall have in writing the name and abode of each associate and likewise the names of the honorary members, with the amount of their subscriptions.

31st. – All necessary and incidental expenses for books, &c., shall be defrayed by the treasurer out of the funds.

32nd. – The president and his council shall decide all disputes, and their decision shall be final: and should any alteration in these rules be judged necessary, they shall make it, with the sanction of the majority at a quarterly meeting.


     It was resolved at the public meeting held in the school room, on the 24th March, 1844, that the rules of the “Clitheroe Catholic Sick Club” be adopted.  It was also resolved that any person of sound health and good moral character, and submitting to be guided by the rules, shall be at liberty to double his or her entrance money, viz., two shillings, and monthly subscription of tenpence, fines &., and thus to become entitled to eight shillings a week for the first four months of sickness, four shillings a week for the next four months, and two shillings a week afterwards, and three pounds for funeral expenses.

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