25th October 2020 – 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The week ahead:

Sunday Mass

Dunsop Bridge   12 noon Saturday

Clitheroe              5pm Saturday & 9.30am Sunday

Sabden                 11am Sunday

Weekdays

10am Monday – Friday in Clitheroe

7pm Wednesday in Sabden

Feasts

Wednesday                   St. Simon and St. Jude.

Next Sunday                 ALL SAINTS

PRAYERS ARE ASKED FOR THE FOLLOWING WHO HAVE DIED RECENTLY:
Christine Fitzpatrick aged 75, Kathleen Peters aged 84, Teresa Rawcliffe aged 83, Elizabeth Howelett aged 55, Philip Mulcock aged 70

FR CHALONER – NEW ADDRESS  Fr Chaloner has moved house this week and his address is now –  3 Arrowsmith House, Larmenier Retirement Village, Preston New Road,  Blackburn BB7 7AL

NEW BOILER at St Michael & St John’s.  The existing church boiler is over 20 years old and is being replaced due to it’s condition with two smaller boilers linked together. The new boilers are more efficient and will reduce the heating costs for the church.  The work is due to take place at the end of October and will take 2 weeks

Apologies that we have no heating at the moment at St Michael & St John’s, but this is out of our control.

APPEAL FROM SVP
Has anyone a SMART TELEVISION they no longer use be willing to donate it for a family in need? If you have then please contact Vincent Murray on 07784767154

FIRST HOLY COMMUNIONS  The children who should have made their First Holy Communion in June have been invited to do so over the next few weeks.  Both in Clitheroe and Sabden two children will receive their First Holy Communion at weekend Mass.  Because of the present restrictions there can only be five other people together with each child, so different to previous plans but at least they can now receive Our Lord in Holy Communion.


LADIES GROUP UPDATE

I thought it appropriate that I update you on developments regarding the Ladies Group.

Firstly, I hope you are keeping safe and well in what a strange and unprecedented times.
Following the Government’s Coronavirus guide-lines the committee have not been meeting.
All planned monthly meetings are postponed until we can safely meet again.  I will continue to keep members updated in due course.

Barbara Parkinson, our Speakers Secretary, has a whole list of interesting people booked to come along to entertain you when the time is right.

Please stay safe and in touch with one another.  If you haven’t seen or spoken to someone for a while, give them a phone call or drop them a note, to let them know you are thinking of them, as many people still have no access to the internet and will therefore not get this message.

Carol Riley (Chair).  Tel: 01200 426769


PARISH FORUM – To be held by Zoom tomorrow 26th October at 7pm to allow people to join in and allow some social chat before the actual meeting scheduled to commence at 7.30pm.  Attendees should provide their email addresses to anhark456@aol.com to ensure they are “admitted” to the meeting.  Agenda to include Election of New Chair, Review of recent events, Parish business, Group reports.


FROM THE ARCHIVES

A detailed report from Clitheroe Advertiser & Times:

PANTOMIME 1957

FUN AND FROLIC IN NEVER NEVER LAND

FUN FOR ALL IN “QUEEN OF HEARTS”

Gay dances: Tuneful melodies

     For many years now the brightest package on Clitheroe’s Christmas tree has generally been regarded as the pantomime presented by the Catholic Pantomime Society at The Hall

This year the package is bigger and brighter and funnier than ever, full of snappy dance routines, colourful scenery, lavish costumes and breezy humour.

Right from the word go, the audience was enthralled with scene after scene of mounting excellence designed to please the eye and ear of even the most fastidious.

The choice of story this time was that evergreen favourite the “Queen of Hearts”.  These pantomime stories get thinner and thinner every year, but the audiences do not seem to mind and certainly there is no lack of other ingredients in this delectable concoction.

Principal boy and girl were once again that delightful pair Margaret O’Donnell and Audrey Smith, the one bold and dashing, the other sweet and winsome in the best pantomime tradition.

Their pleasing voices combined in many a pleasing duet while they contributed  a number of solo items of equal distinction, numbers like “The Birds and the Bees,” “Getting to Know You” and “More.” All were most enjoyable.

The Queen of Hearts was none other than our old friend Sam Bridge.  His incomparable sense of fun is given full rein in a tailor-made role to which he did full justice.

LOCAL INSTITUTIONS

      As is right and proper he poked fun at local personalities and institutions, his sallies sending the audience into shrieks of laughter.

Particularly good was his “over – the – garden – wall” effort, in which he portrayed a Lancashire housewife chattering to a neighbour and his stories as “Revolving Doors” the glamorous clippie.

His partner in fun was mainly Joe Bailey.

Particularly funny was a glorious day at the seaside – in which they looked like a couple of old ladies who had strayed from a Giles cartoon.

Technically, Mr Bailey played Black Patch, but most of the time he and Mr Bridge were engaged in knockabout comedy acts of a revue character which added spice and zest to the production.

Another figure of fun was Derek Rawcliffe as the testy King of Hearts, while John Byrne made a dashing Knave.  Derek and Sam were joined in another riot, “Rock around the Clock.”

The bold, bad King of Spades and his henchman the Knave, were admirally portrayed by William Altham and Ernest Swarbrick, while Patricia Wareing was a dainty Pink Fairy.

Other roles were portrayed by Kath Stansfield, Fred Dunne, Brenda Grant and Tommy Walker.

SIGNATURE TUNE

     The opening chorus “Bring your Smile Along” was the signature tune of the show.

It introduced a well-drilled chorus, the delightful pantomime children whose self-assurance and general air of competence belied their years.

Even the tiniest of tots carried themselves like troupers, parading and dancing with skill and precision in the most complicated of manoeuvres.

The principal speciality scene of the first half of the programme was “Vienna in Springtime,” which introduced Tommy Walker whose vigorous singing was one of the highspots of the show.

With Brenda Grant and Joan Preedy, as the dancers in beautiful white gowns, he submitted an appealing “Lovely Lady.”

Patricia Wareing was also heard to advantage in another delightful song in the scene, “Swing High, Swing Low,” while she was joined by Ernest Swarbrick in a lilting duet, “Moonlight, the Danube and You.”  Tommy Walker again excelled in “Serenade.”

LOVELY SCENES

     All these numbers were portrayed against a beautiful scenic background and colourful and competent array of dancers.

Another speciality scene, “Way Down South,” introduced a number of well-known Negro melodies like “Swanee,” by Derek Rawcliffe and the company “Tennessee” by Ernest Swarbrick, and “Midnight Choo-Choo,” an opportunity to hear the pleasing singing of Helen Turner and the slick dancing of the Tappers.

Tommy Walker’s vigorous voice was heard again in “Lucky Old Sun,” before the Darkies enjoined certain people to “Stay Out of the South,” and then Joe Bailey and Sam Bridge brought more laughs with another piece of tomfoolery, “Lily of Laguna,”

The children were again to the fore in “Are you from Dixie?,” while the company brought a rousing scene to a successful close with “On the Mississippi.”

There was a military air about the scene as Tommy Walker introduced a number of martial numbers with “The Sergeant Major’s on Parade.”

He was the exasperated sergeant major who had to deal with a couple of loony recruits – Sam Bridge and Joe Bailey, guaranteed to make any N.C.O. resign in despair.

THE TINY TOTS

      Sandra Webster gave us a delightful “Lollypop Major.” While Maria Foulker led the tiny tots in the “Toy Town Artillery.”

One of the outstanding beautiful numbers was a hunting scene, in which a picture of red-coated huntsmen came to life to sing a number of well-known hunting songs.

In contrast was a Nativity scene which unfolded as Vanessa Houlker sweetly and reverently sand, “Angelus.”

One of the most appealing items was “Apple Blossom Time,” which featured little Marlene Bridge, Mary McDonald and the Tiny Tots, while Mary Waterhouse and Vanessa Houlker gave much enjoyment with their rendering of “Wild, wild roses.”

This is but a selection of the outstanding items from a show which has more than 70 artistes and nearly 50 musical numbers.

Yet interest never flags, such is the sure direction the production has been given by the Joint producers, Mr Edmond Cambien, Mr J.K.Sherliker, Miss Frances Lofthouse and Miss Marie Sherliker.

The settings, designed and painted by Mr Donald Kershaw addes colour and realism.  Lighting effects were competently handled by Mr J.M.Wallace and Mr R.Tattersall.

A well-drilled and competent team of musicians was under the direction of Mr P.H.Robertson, who with Mr W. Coates had carried out the orchestrations.

The dancing mistresses were Miss Peggy Wilson, Miss Frances Lofthouse and Miss Marie Sherliker.

Mr R.Hargreaves, the stage manager, had the assistance of  F.Lofthouse. W.Clegg, E.Turner, A.Bridge and T.Cook, while F.Lofthouse, W.Clegg, R.Hargreaves and G.Davenport had charge of the properties.

Miss M.Bailey had charge of the wardrobe and Mr.J.K.Sherliker was hon pianist.

Mrs Bush looked after the programmes and Mrs Hargreaves and Mrs Dunn had charge of the refreshments.

Mr G.Davenport was secretary, Mr F.Dunn, treasurer, and Mr F.S.L.Moon was the auditor.

Members of the orchestra were: Violins, Mr.M.Crompton, Mr R.Townsend; ‘cello, Mr J.Crompton; flutes, Mr W.Coates, Mr C.Crompton; bass, Mr W.Marshall; trumpet, Mr J.W.Waterhouse; trombone, Mr J.Waterhouse; drums, Mr J.Turner; piano, Mr J.K.Sherliker

Members of the company were

Ladies:  A.Grant, B.Grant, R.Hargreaves, M.Hackett, V.Houlker, M.O’Donnell, J.Preedy, P.Rawsthorne, A.Smith, H.Turner, P.Wareing, D.waddington, E.Boyer

     Gentlemen: W.R.Altham, J.Bailey, S.Bridge, J.Byrne, B.Davies, F.Dunne, D.Rawcliffe, K.Stansfield, E.Swarbrick, T.Walker

 Children: E.Burgess, M.Bridge, H.Coles, B.Cook, P.Cook, M.Catlow, S.Davidson, D.Dickinson, D.Cornwell, M.Foulker, V.Geldard, A.Geldard, E.Hargreaves, H.Hargreaves, C.Hargreaves, K.Jones, S.Jaworski, M.Knowles, C.King V.Keleher, M.Keleher, C.Keleher, J.Murphy, M.McDonald, L.Murray, A.Murray, S.Murray, K.McNally, A.McDonald, A.McMillan, B.Morris, K.Morris, E.Natkin, S.Proctor, M.Preedy, E.Smithson, J.States, I.Taylor, P.Taylor, M.Waterhouse, S.Webster, A.Walmsley

Before each pantomime Edmond Cambien always got some famous celebrity from showbusiness to send a message of best wishes to the company.

 This year it was Harry Secombe who wrote:

Best Wishes for your Pantomime “Queen of Hearts” on 29th December.  Hope it’s a sell-out.  Christmas Greetings to all.

HARRY SECOMBE

London Palladium

18th October 2020 – 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The week ahead:-

Sunday Masses

Dunsop Bridge 12 noon Saturday

Clitheroe 5pm Saturday and 9.30am Sunday

Sabden 11am Sunday

Weekday Mass

Monday – Friday 10am Clitheroe

Wednesday 7pm Sabden

Requiem Masses this week

(Private funerals following Covid restrictions)

Peter Geldard R.I.P.
Rosemary Holden R.I.P.
Moira Hartley R.I.P.

Feasts

Monday               St. Paul of the Cross
Thursday             St. John Paul II

LATELY DEAD

Our prayers are asked for the following who have died recently:
Moira Hartley aged 70
Peter Geldard aged 82
Rosemary Holden aged 87
Christine Fitzpatrick aged 75
Kathleen Peters aged 84
Teresa Rawcliffe aged 83
Elizabeth Howelett aged 55
Joe Robinson aged 39

NEW BOILER at St Michael & St John’s.
The existing church boiler is over 20 years old and is being replaced due to its condition with two smaller boilers linked together. The new boilers are more efficient and will reduce the heating costs for the church.  The work is due to take place at the end of October and and will take 2 weeks at a cost of £20,586.00 including VAT.

Apologies that we have no heating at the moment at St Michael & St John’s, but this is out of our control.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNIONS

The children who should have made their First Holy Communion in June have been invited to do so over the next few weeks.  Both in Clitheroe and Sabden two children will receive their First Holy Communion at weekend Mass.  Because of the present restrictions there can only be five other people together with each child, so different to previous plans but at least they can now receive Our Lord in Holy Communion.

LADIES GROUP UPDATE

I thought it appropriate that I update you on developments regarding the Ladies Group.

Firstly, I hope you are keeping safe and well in what strange and unprecedented times.

Following the Government’s Coronavirus guide-lines the committee have not been meeting.

All planned monthly meetings are postponed until we can safely meet again.  I will continue to keep members updated in due course.

Barbara Parkinson, our Speakers Secretary, has a whole list of interesting people booked to come along to entertain you when the time is right.

Please stay safe and in touch with one another.  If you haven’t seen or spoken to someone for a while, give them a phone call or drop them a note, to let them know you are thinking of them, as many people still have no access to the internet and will therefore not get this message.

Carol Riley (Chair).  Tel: 01200 426769


In Plain Sight: How Caritas Salford is taking radical action to eradicate the hidden crime of Modern Day Slavery

(The text for this article is taken and adapted from material published by Caritas Salford for Anti-Slavery Day)

Sunday 18th October is Anti-Slavery Day which was first marked back in 2010 as a result of a Private Members Bill – the Anti-Slavery Day Act. It provides a much needed opportunity to remind everyone – government, local authorities, organisations, communities, families and individuals – that we all have a responsibility to look for and then slot together the separate pieces of the jigsaw, to form a complete picture of human trafficking and slavery, which is happening in plain sight in every town in every country across the world today.

Pope Francis, within the first few paragraphs of his newly published encyclical Fratelli Tutti, informs us that “millions of people today…are deprived of freedom and forced to live in conditions akin to slavery”; and even: “ …an abomination that goes to the length of kidnapping persons for the sake of selling their organs. Trafficking in persons and other contemporary forms of enslavement are a worldwide problem that needs to be taken seriously by humanity as a whole.”

The Freedom bus in Blackpool in November 2019

With over 40 million people currently in slavery world-wide, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer scale of the problem. All “persons of goodwill”, to whom the Holy Father addresses his encyclical, will share concern and a sense of responsibility for the situation but many will be uncertain about how they personally can make a difference. Certainly, lockdown restrictions and social distancing measures due to the pandemic have made spotting and reporting the signs of trafficking and modern slavery even more challenging than usual.

Caritas Salford together with the Diocese of Salford have made great strides in addressing this issue across their communities and networks, starting with their own internal processes. Mark Wiggin, Director of Caritas Salford, gives us an insight here to how they have gone about it.    “Our plans are ambitious with an overall aim to free our Diocese of modern day slavery by 2025. To help us achieve this, we have adopted a policy of Spot, Respond and Support across the Diocese and Caritas’s services and are ensuring that staff at all levels and volunteers are trained in how to recognise the signs of human trafficking and slavery, how to report what they have observed and support the victims in overcoming their trauma as appropriate and in line with our Safeguarding Policy. This is fundamental to our commitment to combatting human trafficking and until we reach that point, to improving outcomes for the victims.”

Developing partnerships and working collaboratively is considered essential. A Modern Slavery Good Practice Auditing Tool has been created and implemented jointly by Caritas Diocese of Salford, the Greater Manchester Anti-Slavery Network led by Programme Challenger’ the Pan Lancashire Anti- Slavery Partnership, GM Police, statutory and non-statutory agencies, charities, faith groups and businesses. The purpose of the auditing tool which Caritas will be piloting shortly, is to assist organisations working with homeless and vulnerable people to assess how well they are progressing towards identifying and safeguarding victims of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery and where appropriate to signpost and refer victims to partner agencies who can assist with ongoing support and protection. As Pope Francis says, “We need to ensure that our institutions are truly effective in the struggle against all these scourges.”

The Diocese of Salford has begun the process of developing a Modern Day Slavery Statement to reflect good practice and offer a model alongside Westminster and other dioceses to develop measures to combat modern day slavery in supply chains.    All public and private organisations that procure goods and services are potentially vulnerable and even though Salford Diocese may not be legally bound by new legislation the Diocese will procures from hundreds of suppliers and it is inevitable that some of these suppliers – particularly those that use agency staff – will be potential employers of trafficked labour.

Finally the Freedom Bus, designed by our parishioner, Peter White, and funded by Caritas Salford will be touring towns in Lancashire on Anti-Slavery Day.

We too as private individuals must work to positively influence the ambitious target of 2025 set by Caritas and the Diocese of Salford by being observant and noticing the behaviour and demeanour of those around us and reporting it when our gut feeling tells us that something isn’t right. Caritas Anti-Trafficking is a response to Pope Francis’s call for Catholics and law enforcement officers around the world to join together in the fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Human trafficking happens here, “hidden in plain sight”, and we all have a duty to be aware and report what we see. Moreover, we are all complicit in the poverty and exploitation that fuels human trafficking as Pope Francis tells us in Laudato Si: “In the absence of objective truths or sound principles other than the satisfaction of our own desires and immediate needs, what limits can be placed on human trafficking, organized crime, the drug trade, commerce in blood diamonds…”

Caritas Anti-Trafficking was inspired by an initiative in our parish of Our Lady of the Valley which works with East Lancashire Police in raising awareness and informing people what to do when they see something that doesn’t look right and probably isn’t. Taking the lead from this parish model, it links more widely with Greater Manchester Police, the Medaille Trust and the Santa Marta Group in Westminster. It networks with charities and groups interested in tackling modern day slavery and raises awareness within parishes, schools and groups, also offering advice, signposting and pastoral support to victims of human trafficking.

Anthony Brown (Parish Rep. Caritas DoS)


FROM THE ARCHIVES

CLITHEROE ADVERTISER AND TIMES 1933? 1934?

Clitheroe scholars’ savings

     Comments upon the disparity in savings at the various schools in the town were made at yesterday’s meeting of Clitheroe Education Committee.  The National Savings’ Association reported that at the Pendle Junior School last year £32 was saved by 28 children, and at the Roman Catholic School £90 was saved by 30 members.  The Ribblesdale Senior School saved £30 with 27 members on the boys’ side and £12 with 15 members on the girls’ side.  St James’s School with 60 members saved £80.

Alderman Standring said there was a big difference in the returns for the different schools.  “For the life of me I cannot understand the Ribblesdale Senior School being so low in the list,” he said.

The Town Clerk (Mr W.S.Weeks) said it probably depended on the way in which the system was conducted at the various schools, and whether saving was pushed or not.  If the children were encouraged to vie with each other a lot would be saved.  If the scheme were allowed to take care of itself there would not be much result.

The Rev. Father Kopp asked if the saving scheme were well known in the schools.  At the Senior School a lot of the children came from outside the borough and they may now know of it.  The scheme was greatly encouraged in the Catholic School, and the teacher in charge was very keen.  It might be that the children from outside had their own savings schemes in their respective villages.

Mr A.R.Gradwell said the figures were not altogether satisfactory.

Alderman Boothman suggested that an inquiry should be made as to the disparity.

The Chairman (Councillor Satterthwaite) said it was no business of the Education Authority.  All they could do was to congratulate the staffs of the Catholic and St James’s Schools.

The Mayor (Councillor R Manley): “I do not believe in picking one school out against another.  It is hardly fair.  The children from the outlying districts instead of bringing their money to school may be purchasing certificates in their villages.  The schools ought to be congratulated on the way in which they have hot the money together in these hard times”.

Alderman Boothman: “If we make an inquiry then we shall know whether these children from outside the borough do save at home.  No harm will be done”.

Alderman Standring said the two schools which had done best had the poorest class of children.

The Town Clerk said the matter was not within the province of the Education Committee.  The saving was done entirely out of school work.

Alderman Boothman said the work was done voluntarily by the teachers.  The report had been read publicly and it was only fair to give the headmasters of the schools with low figures an opportunity to reply.  If they did not desire to do so the matter would end.

Councillor Dewhurst moved that a copy of the report be sent to each school with a letter of congratulation.  If the cap fit, well and good.

Councillor Hughes seconded and the res0lution was carried.


CLITHEROE ADVERTISER AND TIMES 1938

“ALADDIN”

PRESENTATION AT FINAL PERFORMANCE AT THE HALL

     There was a crowded audience at the Hall on Monday evening to witness the final performance of “Aladdin,” which had been playing all week to packed houses.  Owing to the indisposition of Miss Peggy Gudgeon, the part of “Aladdin” was portrayed on Monday and Tuesday by Miss Betty Wells, but on the following night, Miss Gudgeon was sufficiently recovered to take over the role.  Miss Gudgeon infused grace and charm into her role and was admirably suited to the part of principal boy.  Performing throughout with unflagging zeal and enthusiasm, her appearances were always welcome and the songs, “Top of the Morning”, “Smile” and “Shanghai,” which she sang along with the chorus, were distinctly pleasing.  Roars of laughter were provoked by a trio, comprising Miss Gudgeon and Messrs. Sam Bridge and J.O’Donnell, with a humorous item, “The Old Sow,” but her real triumph was scored along with Miss Joan Wells with  a charming rendition of “Who are we to say.”  Their voices blended perfectly, and a storm of applause greeted the close of the number.

At the conclusion of the performance Miss Betty Wells appeared on the stage, and Miss Marie Gudgeon presented her with two boxes of chocolates, one from the whole company, for her splendid performance when deputising for Miss Gudgeon, and one from the chorus girls as an appreciation of her work in teaching the dances.  Miss Joan Wells was also the recipient of a box of chocolates from the male members of the “Walking Stick” number, but this presentation was made back-stage.

Another of the pantomimes at the Hall is now but a memory, but this talented company, enriched by experience gained at this and “pantos” of other years can look forward with confidence to the staging of many more successes.

11th October 2020 – 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

MASSES THIS WEEK

SUNDAY MASS

Dunsop Bridge 12 noon Saturday
Clitheroe 5pm Saturday and 9.30am Sunday
Sabden 11am Sunday

Weekday Mass

Monday – Friday 10am Clitheroe
Wednesday 7pm Sabden

Feasts

Tuesday St Edward the Confessor
Thursday St Teresa of Avila
Friday St Margaret Mary Alacoque
Saturday St Ignatius of Antioch

Lately Dead:

Our prayers are asked for the following who have died recently:
Rosemary Holden
Peter Geldard


SEEDLINGS

PARENTS/CARERS OF YOUNG PEOPLE:
please check out the weekly CAFOD VIRTUAL CHILDREN’S LITURGY by visiting the CAFOD website or search CAFOD Children’s liturgy.
If you register on this website, you will be able to watch ‘live’ each Sunday at 10am. You can also download the Children’s Liturgy and illustration.
There is something for everyone and you can do as much or as little as you like – let us know what you enjoy & then we can share other resources that might be of interest to you.
Take care & stay safe all.
OLOTV Children’s Little Church Team


FROM THE ARCHIVES

CLITHEROE ADVERTISER AND TIMES 1961/62 ?

CHURCH CUSTOM OBSERVED
The “FORTY HOURS” DEVOTION, an annual custom in every R.C. church was observed at the week-end at St Michael & St John’s R.C.Church.
The devotion is essentially a continued act of intercession, The Blessed Sacrament, normally reserved in the locked veiled tabernacle on the altar, is placed in a silver-gilt monstrance on the throne of the altar.
The altar and sanctuary is decorated with flowers sent by the parishioners, and candles which are individual gifts, burn before the altar. The intercessory prayer is maintained by groups of parishioners each for a quarter on an hour.
At the opening and closing of the devotion, the Litanies of the Saints are sung and the Blessed Sacrament is carried in a procession through the church whilst the hymn, “Pange Lingua,” composed by St Thomas Aquinas in the 13th century is sung. On the second day, the Votive Mass for Peace is offered in violet vestments.
The Devotion recalls the practice of the earliest centuries when in times of danger, whether from war, sickness or famine, the people and clergy sang the litanies in procession through the streets. They later had the custom of meeting and praying in the church, by turns, for a period of 40 hours.
This time seems to be decided by the old tradition that this was the length of time that Our Lord lay in the tomb before His Resurrection. This same period of time was observed in the “watching” on Good Friday and Holy Saturday, before the Blessed Sacrament in the “Easter Sepulchre.” Beautiful specimens of these carved stone sepulchres may still be found in ancient churches throughout England.
It is an essential part of this devotion that it should be continuous not only in one church, but throughout the year, in the sense that, as the devotion ends in one church in the diocese, it should be commenced in another, the times being published for each church yearly.
“It is to be,” said Pope Paul III in 1539, “a round of prayer and supplication made by the faithful themselves, relieving each other in relays for 40 hours continually in each church in succession.
Pope Clement VIII, in 1592, said that, in the presence of numberless dangers threatening the peace of Christendom, he urged the practice of unwearied prayer, “with such an arrangement of churches and times, that at every hour of the day and night, the whole year round, the incense of prayer shall ascend without ceasing before the face of the Lord.”
The prevailing petition is undoubtedly for the as yet unrealised “peace of Christ” in the world. The Church seems never to forget that eventual peace, which St Augustine calls “the tranquillity of order,” is the only state in which man can reach his full development.
The “Forty Hours Prayer” is merely a re-echoing of the desire for this peace which runs through the Mass of each day, that, for the good of us all, the world may at last learn, “the things that are to its peace.”

CLITHEROE ADVERTISER AND TIMES JUNE 5th 1964

PARISHIONER’S GIFT TO CLITHEROE CHURCH

Two art works have been installed at St Michael & St John’s – a panel added to the reredos of the altar in the Lady Chapel and a ‘stage’ one in the Hall.

The panel on the reredos is based on a picture by Pia Angelico of the Assumption. The panels have been designed by Mr P Feeny, an old boy of Stonyhurst College, and made in the studios of John Hardman one of the only two firms in the country who do this special work. Describing them the Rector, the Rev Fr H.McEvoy writes:

NEW MEDIUM
This is an artistic medium which will be new to most, being a combination of two types of mosaic in the general sense. The larger pieces are the opus sectile and are used very much as the sections of stained glass. They are of a porcelain nature which allows the details of faces, drapery and garments etc to be painted more delicately and fired in a kiln.
The background is in opus tesserae, mosaic proper. This gives a soft and pleasant contrast to the painted sections.
This kind of work is practically imperishable. The Ravenna mosaics, placed in position in the fifth and sixth centuries are fresh today and form an invaluable guide to early Christian customs. Some years ago, reproductions of them were exhibited throughout Europe, including this country.
Colour and rhythm are the characteristics of this medium, but it is primarily an area of reflected light. The tiny pieces of mosaic are chosen for colour tonality, and the effect depends upon the angle and depth of their positioning in the cement. It is the play of light upon them which gives the impression of something live and changing, yet with a certain mysterious solemnity. They often seem at their best in a soft light such as, before the invention of glass was provided by thin sheets of alabaster in high window openings. The introduction of the opus sectile process has the advantage of removing a certain rigidity from figures purely in mosaic. The panels need to be seen more than once to appreciate the variation in effect in different lights.
|In the Hall the mural is gay and colourful and has been painted by Miss Margaret Hulme, art mistress at Clitheroe Girls’ Grammar School.
The Hall foyer has been treated with simulated oak panelling and is one of the many changes made at the hall recently.
Handsome new flooring has been laid throughout and modern toilet facilities provided. The old sash windows have been replaced by one very large window which floods the room so familiar to many as a refreshment room with generous light.
This building was originally the first church and part of the altar reredos on the wall retained for sentimental reasons is still there as a reminder.


PARISH FORUM

We intend to hold a Forum using zoom technology on Monday 26th October at 7.30pm. If you would like to join you should contact the Secretary, Ann Harkin, who will send you the agenda in advance of the meeting. Any items for the agenda or reports should also be given to Ann. Her contact is anhark456@aol.com

If you have installed the Zoom App on your computer, tablet or smartphone (recommended) all you will need to join is the meeting ID: 865 074 9717. If you don’t have the App installed click on the link https://us02web.zoo.us/j/8650749717

When logging in take your time and remember to select audio and video when the prompts appear.

The meeting will be open from 7pm for informal chats. One of the agenda items will be the appointment of the new Chair so please come and give your support.

Stay Safe
Peter Donnelly

4th October 2020 – 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

GIFT AID ENVELOPES

 If you have still not received your Gift Aid Envelopes for 2020/2021 please give Janet a ring on 01200 424657 or 07866 898109.  Thankyou

Please note:  Please make cheques payable to the parish to ‘Our Lady of the Valley’.  The bank will not accept cheques made out to St Michael & St John’s.


CAFOD HARVEST FAST DAY

Parishes in England and Wales are marking CAFOD’s Family Fast Day (9th October) to help people facing the worst of the coronavirus crisis. We’ve all felt the impact of this terrible disease – let’s come together to help the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world survive, rebuild and heal. Please pray for all those affected and donate online through the CAFOD website www.cafod.org.uk), or Text CAFOD to 70085 to donate £10.  (Texts cost £10 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give £10 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text CAFODNOINFO to 70085. For more information please see our Privacy Policy: cafod.org.uk/Legal-information/Privacy-notice)

Grace Fellows on behalf of CAFOD


CAFOD ONLINE EVENTS:

Please check the website to follow special Harvest weekend events: www.cafod.org.uk/Fundraise/Family-Fast-Day

Come and join in 8th-11th October 2020.

27th September 2020 – 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

GIFT AID ENVELOPES         

 If you have still not received your Gift Aid Envelopes for 2020/2021 please give Janet a ring on 01200 424657 or 07866 898109.  Thankyou

Please note:  Please make cheques payable to the parish to ‘Our Lady of the Valley’.  The bank will not accept cheques made out to St Michael & St John’s.


CAFOD HARVEST FAST DAY

This week parishes in England and Wales are marking CAFOD’s Family Fast Day to help people facing the worst of the coronavirus crisis. We’ve all felt the impact of this terrible disease – let’s come together to help the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world survive, rebuild and heal. Please pray for all those affected and donate online through the CAFOD  website www.cafod.org.uk), or  Text CAFOD to 70085 to donate £10.  (Texts cost £10 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give £10 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text CAFODNOINFO to 70085. For more information please see our Privacy Policy:

cafod.org.uk/Legal-information/Privacy-notice)

 Grace Fellows on behalf of CAFOD

CAFOD ONLINE EVENTS:

Please check the website to follow special Harvest weekend events: www.cafod.org.uk/Fundraise/Family-Fast-Day

Come and join in 8th-11th October 2020.


RECENT DEATHS

Margaret Rigby, Ben Leeming, Maureen Mahon, Anthony Bradley,

Terry Peters, Rosemary Jordan, Mary Hufnagel, Kevin Ryder,

James Wiggins, Mary Quigley,

Mary Margaret Hartley (known as Moira) aged 70 late of this parish.


FROM THE ARCHIVES

 Church Notices 25th September 1932 – 19th Sunday after Pentecost

Next Sunday if the Communion day for the Women’s & Boy’s Sodalities.

Today: No afternoon service at 6.30 devotions in honour of the Blessed Sacrament, Sermon and Benediction.

Schools reopen tomorrow at 9 o’clock

Tuesday: The Women’s Sodality will meet as usual at 7.30.

Thursday: is the Feast of St Michael, Patron of this Church.  A Plenary Indulgence may be gained that day and every day during the October. The children will sing during Mass at 8.30.

Friday: The Boys’ Sodality will meet in the Hall at 7.30

Saturday: Oct 1st.  October devotions will begin during Benediction.

Saturday night summer time ends: put the clock back one hour, late on Saturday night. **

The Whist drive & dance of the Squires is postponed till Saturday Oct 8th.

Bench Rents will be taken next Sunday after last Mass.

Next Sunday the will be Rosary Procession in which members of the Sodalities will take part.

Next Sunday the Catholic Ball Committee will meet after last Mass.

You are reminded of the excellent work of the Catholic Needlework Guild as specially deserving.

** British Summer Time must have ended a month earlier back in 1932

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Clitheroe Advertiser and Times December 30th 1960

WIT, CHARM AND FANTASY AT THE HALL

 “NEW CLOTHES FOR THE EMPEROR

St Michael’s Players triumph

 There is more in the famous Hans Anderson tale “New Clothes for the Emperor” than meets the eye.  It has a deep significance which finds its parallel in modern life.

St Michael’s Players, when they gave their first night performance of Nicholas Stuart Gray’s version of the story in The Hall, Lowergate, on Wednesday, made no reference to the symbolic side of the plot.  They contented themselves with giving a fast-moving show with plenty of action.

Not really a play, hardly a pantomime, it combined certain elements of both.  The staging of the piece called for pantomime techniques, as there were five different scenes.

Backcloths were used which, if not completely convincing were certainly adequate.

Unlike a pantomime, however, there was no singing or dancing, and most of the dialogue was in prose.
A mediaeval nation labouring under the power of a magic spell which instills stupidity into the whole populance is disrupted by the sudden arrival of two rascally foreigners, who, working on the stupidity of the people make the Emperor a suit of invisible clothing in which he appears before his subjects.

Mr Gray has woven a fantasy around this basic plot, which gives many opportunities for comedy.  These were utilised to the full.

The two foreigners, Piers and Perkin, were admirably played by John Byrne and Tom Cowman.  Fine gestures of bravado were turned into fawning servility with cool assurance, and both men gave an authentic interpretation of these two similar roles.

BEST PERFORMANCE

The success of the piece owed much to Edward Worswick, who, although only playing two secondary roles, gave the best performance of the evening.  As the soldier Tom Piggott he was completely natural and convincing, while his cameo as the leering jailer had a macabre yet comic quality which reminded one of Quasimodo.

John Cowman, who produced the play, also impressed as Belvedere, the gentle genie, and showed a fine flair for the exotic drama needed in this role, coupling it with a confused humour which was equally acceptable.

Less success was attained by the members of the royal household, with the exception of Pat Hargreaves as the witch, Auntie Garlyck, whose astuteness was a perfect foil for the other characters.  She spoke clearly and moved well.

Julie Halliwell played Malkyn, had plenty of vitality and looked very charming, Michael O’Hagan’s diction was good, and John Turner was good when he was speaking.

Ignatius Calvert made a delightfully vague and amusing Lord Chancellor.  His facial expressions and general mien were extremely believable.  Peter Geldard was suitably raucous as Earl Marshall Emery.  Christopher Wilson played Otto, a soldier.

MANY DIFFICULTIES

John Cowman explained that staging the piece had presented many difficulties, and while a few of these had not been entirely ironed out, the production did him great credit.  He showed imagination and ingenuity, coupled with a flair for bringing out the comic aspects of the plot.

Backstage were Patrick Fullalove, Anthony Thornber, Christopher Crompton, John Gidlow.

Properties were in the charge of Miss Celia Speak, Mrs W. Fehrenbach, Miss Winifred Hargreaves.  Business manager was Harvey Sutcliffe.

The play was repeated last night and will also be given tonight and tomorrow.

20th September 2020 – 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mass times are as follows:-

 St. Hubert’s Dunsop Bridge.              Saturday 12 noon.

 St Michael & St John’s Clitheroe.    Saturday 5pm,  Sunday 9.30am.

St. Mary’s Sabden.                                Sunday 11am.

Mass during the week at 10am Monday – Friday in Clitheroe.

Wednesday 7pm Sabden

Saturday 12 noon in Dunsop Bridge 

No Private Prayer on Saturday in Clitheroe

PLEASE REMEMBER:

Face-coverings are now mandatory whenever you come into church.

(unless you are exempt for whatever reason)

 Feasts this week:

Monday               St. Matthew
Wednesday         St. Padre Pio
Thursday             Our Lady of Walsingham

Baptisms To arrange your baby’s baptism please contact Fr. Paul.

First Holy Communions Fr. Paul has written to all those who took part in this year’s Sacramental Programme and invited parents to contact him if they would like their children to receive their First Holy Communion in the next few weeks. So far 15 families from Clitheroe and Sabden have contacting him with a positive response.
Because of present restrictions there won’t be a special First Holy Communion Mass as was originally planned, only 30 people would be allowed in church, so instead a few children will make their First Communion at Weekend Mass, and only the child and five others can come along and be in a bench together. I know this is very different to what we would normally do, but we are living in very different and challenging times, but at least the children are now able to receive Our Lord in their First Holy Communion, and that is wonderful.

Bishop John Writes:

On Sunday 4th October 2020 at 3pm, from the Cathedral, I will lead a Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament. Please join me via Church Services TV as we pray for all those who have died, have suffered and are grieving, and also as we give thanks to God for all the good works during this time. We will pray for God’s grace as we continue on our Hope in the Future journey as Missionary Disciples.

God Bless you and your families. Fr. Paul


 VIRTUAL PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM

On 27th September there will be a virtual Pilgrimage of Reparation and Prayer for the Sanctity of Life to Walsingham. It can be accessed via YouTube on Walsingham Catholic TV (https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=0aJG5juz0) or at the Basilica livestream https:// www.walsingham.org.uk/live-stream/ Devotions will be streamed throughout the day, beginning with the Mass at 12.00. Full details are available on the website, including the programme for the day: https://www.prolifepilgrimage.org/

“FAMILY IS SACRED”

ZOOM COURSE September 2020. After the success of our first Family is Sacred Webinar in July the Diocese is offering the full 14 week course online via zoom. The first session will take place on Wednesday 23rd September, 7:30 p.m.- 9.00 p.m. and will run every other Wednesday for 14 weeks. The course is designed to enrich and support marriage and family life and the building up of the Domestic Church. There will be input from various speakers followed by small group discussion and Q&A. All Welcome! Register your free place by emailing formation@dioceseofsalford.org.uk before Tuesday 22nd Sept

 ALPHA COURSE

For anyone interested in exploring/rekindling their Christianity and The Trinity, the On-line (Zoom) ‘Alpha’ course will begin the last week in September.  For information and to register an interest please contact:
alpha@stjamesandallsouls.com (Fr Frankie’s parish in Salford is hosting this course)


 THE ARCHIVES ARE BACK

Newspaper cutting – I think from Clitheroe Times??

SEPTEMBER 24th 1884

Special services were held at SS.Michael & John’s Church, on the 18th, to celebrate the opening of a new Lady Chapel, constructed on the right-hand side of the principal altar.  High Mass was sung in the morning, and a sermon preached by the Rev. Father Walter Sidgreaves, of Stonyhurst.  At the evening service the chapel was blessed, and the sermon was preached by the Rev. Walter Clare of Manchester, “Constructed at a cost of over £600, in a recess formerly used as a confessional, the chapel is elaborate in design, its main feature harmonising with the architecture of the church.  The fl;oor if formed of mosaic, marble and alabaster, and the pillars, arches, etc, are of marble.  Mr Nichol, of London, is the architect, and the work has been done by Mr Anstey, of London.  To the right of the entrance there is a statue of Our Lady, and in the chapel are three paintings (the work of Mons.Bouvier) depicting incidents in the life of the Blessed Virgin.  The whole work has been carried out with great artistic skill and taste, and presents an exceedingly rich appearance.

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CLITHEROE ADVERTISER AND TIMES MARCH 1962

BISHOP OPENS NEW BILLINGTON SCHOOL

St Augustine’s Roman Catholic Secondary School, Billington, would be “a great instrument of education,” and would help fashion Christian men and women from the children of 11 parishes.

So declared the Bishop of Salford, the Right Rev George A Beck, when he opened and blessed the new £267,000 school.

The Bishop was speaking to governors, teachers, parents pupils and friends, who packed the school hall for the opening ceremony.

The Bishop paid tribute to the work of the headmaster Mr J.G.Worthington and his staff, and urged parents to give every support to “a great team enterprise,” which would ensure that the children became Christian citizens of which the country and the Church would be proud.

He said, “so much of the school’s work will be wasted without the co-operation and support of the homes from which these children come.”

The Bishop was thanked by Lancashire’s Chief Education Officer, Mr Percy Lord, and Father Hubert McEvoy of Clitheroe, who is one of the school governors.

Earlier, the Bishop toured the school to bless the classrooms and a statue of St Augustine which stands at the main entrance.

He was assisted by Father Joseph Porter, of Langho , chairman of the school governors and Canon Joseph E McEnery of Blackburn.

Recital

     Father Vincent Lang, Bishop’s secretary and the head boy and head girl, Brian Greenall (14) of Mayfield Avenue, Clitheroe, and Margaret Duddy (14) of Trafford Gardens, Barrow, also accompanied the Bishop.

Other guests included the most Rev William T Porter, Archbishop of Cape Coast; Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke MP for Darwen, Dr R.C.Webster, Accrington Medical Officer of health; Mr Thomas H Seed, chairman of the No 5 Division Executive; Mr Gladney Haigh, No 5 Division Education Officer; Mr A.J.Rogerson former Divisional Education Officer, Councillor J.W.Brewer, chairman of Blackburn Rural Council; and priests and councillors from the area.

Boys and girls of the school gave a short recital of choral singing and speaking conducted by Mr Worthington and Miss Margot Downer-Bottomley, music mistress.

Other pupils gave a gymnastic display.

Work on the new school which was designed by Mr A Ratcliffe of Stirrup and Son, Blackburn, started in May 1961, and the first pupils entered last August.

It includes five-and-a-half acres of buildings and 17½ acres of playing fields.

The school has 450 pupils at present and will eventually accommodate 750. The staff number 19.

13th September 2020 – 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mass times are as follows:-

 St. Hubert’s Dunsop Bridge.                  Saturday 12 noon.

 St Michael & St John’s Clitheroe.         Saturday 5pm.

                                                                            Sunday 9.30am.

St. Mary’s Sabden.                                       Sunday 11am. 

Mass during the week at 10am Monday – Friday in Clitheroe.
Wednesday 7pm Sabden
Saturday 12 noon in Dunsop Bridge.
St. Michael and St. John’s open for Private Prayer Saturday 11 – 12

PLEASE REMEMBER

Face-coverings are now mandatory whenever you come into church.

 (unless you are exempt for whatever reason)


Feasts this week:

Monday               The Exaltation of the Cross.

Tuesday               Our Lady of Sorrows

Wednesday         St. Cornelius and St. Cyprian.

Baptisms can again be celebrated in church. If you would like to arrange your babies baptism please contact Fr. Paul.

God Bless you and your families. Fr. Paul

VIRTUAL PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM
On 27th September there will be a virtual Pilgrimage of Reparation and Prayer for the Sanctity of Life to Walsingham. It can be accessed via YouTube on Walsingham Catholic TV (https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=0aJG5juz0) or at the Basilica livestream https:// www.walsingham.org.uk/live-stream/ Devotions will be streamed throughout the day, beginning with the Mass at 12.00. Full details are available on the website, including the programme for the day: https:// www.prolifepilgrimage.org/

“FAMILY IS SACRED” ZOOM COURSE September 2020.
After the success of our first Family is Sacred Webinar in July the Diocese is offering the full 14 week course online via zoom. The first session will take place on Wednesday 23rd September, 7:30 p.m.- 9.00 p.m. and will run every other Wednesday for 14 weeks. The course is designed to enrich and support marriage and family life and the building up of the Domestic Church. There will be input from various speakers followed by small group discussion and Q&A. All Welcome! Register your free place by emailing formation@dioceseofsalford.org.uk before Tuesday 22nd

CARITAS SEPTEMBER BEACON
Caritas has published its latest Beacon newsletter which can be found by following this link: https:// www.caritassalford.org.uk/newsletter/

The Word This Week
Jesus tells a dramatic story in the Gospel, to make a very important point: the desperate need in our world for forgiveness and reconciliation. How many chances do we give each other? As many as seven? How often do we shut doors on people, even family and friends, saying “That’s it; you’ve just gone too far this time: never again”? When Jesus says that we must forgive seventy-seven times, he implies that we never stop forgiving, whatever happens. He doesn’t just say this, however: even when they do the worst thing that could be done to him, nailing him to a cross, Jesus puts these words into practice: “Father, forgive them…” As his disciples, we must do likewise.

Caring for Our Planet:
Thought for September, Season of Creation. The ‘Season of Creation’ is an annual celebration uniting Christians in prayer and action for the protection of our common home. The season runs from September 1 to October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Bishop John Arnold has sent us a message for this Season. Here is part of what he says: My dear brothers and sisters, There is no doubt that we are becoming much more aware of the damage that we have done, and are continuing to inflict, on the Earth, our common home, and the damage that is affecting the people most, in many of the poorest countries of the world, who have done least to cause it. They are enduring the worst events of seasonal change where crops are ruined and agricultural land turned to desert… It is clear that every one of us has a role to play, through simple adjustments to our daily lives, to a change in our routines and priorities. Today we turn to prayer. We must ask for the knowledge, the insight and understanding of the dangers we face. And we must ask for the Grace to make progress in uniting the determination of politicians, industry and science in caring for our brothers and sisters and our common home. Let us pray together, in this Season of Care of Creation, that God will show us the way and give us the strength and determination to achieve all that He is asking of us in caring for our common home.

6th September 2020 – 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mass times are as follows:-

St. Hubert’s Dunsop Bridge. Saturday 12 noon.
St Michael & St John’s Clitheroe. Saturday 5pm., Sunday 9.30am.
St. Mary’s Sabden. Sunday 11am.

Mass during the week:
10am Monday – Friday in Clitheroe.
Wednesday 7pm Sabden
Saturday 12 noon in Dunsop Bridge.

St. Michael and St. John’s open for Private Prayer Saturday 11 – 12

PLEASE REMEMBER –

Face-coverings are now mandatory whenever you come into church. (unless you are exempt for whatever reason)

Feasts this week:

Tuesday The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Thursday St. Ambrose Barlow.

Baptisms can again be celebrated in church. To arrange your babies baptism please contact Fr. Paul.

Funerals can now be celebrated in church, but again adhering to certain conditions which includes no more than 30 people in the church.

Weddings can once again take place, again no more than 30 are able to come into church and other conditions need to be adhered to as well.

Schools:

Our young parishioners returned to school these past few days, though in very challenging circumstances, not least the fact that many of them have not been in school for many months! Let us keep in prayer our schools— pupils, teachers, staff and parents—that they may be safe and happy as a new year begins.
So much hard work has gone into creating a safe learning environment for our children.

First Holy Communions

should have been celebrated in our parish in June, but could not be due to restrictions caused by the pandemic. Those children who took part in our Parish Programme are now able to receive their First Holy Communion, but obviously not in the way that we had previously planned.
We will not be able to have all the children at one celebration, and numbers coming along with any of our children will have to be limited, but it is good that our children can now receive Our Lord for the first time in Holy Communion.
We will hopefully have more information next weekend as to how we can move forward.

Lately Dead: We keep in our prayer
Stephen Bradshaw
Rosa Gatti
John Noonan

While it is so good that we are able to come into church again and celebrate Sunday Mass in our parish, please remember that there is still no obligation to attend Sunday Mass during this time of pandemic.

Thank you again to all our stewards, through their generosity we are able to come into church.

Take care and keep safe.
God Bless you and your families. Fr. Paul

30th August 2020 – 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mass during the week at 10am Monday – Friday in Clitheroe.

Wednesday 7pm Sabden

Saturday 12 noon in Dunsop Bridge.

St. Michael and St. John’s open for Private Prayer

Saturday 11 – 12

As from next weekend we will be celebrating public Mass again on Sundays. If you are able to come to Mass during the week, please do so, and let us at first try and leave Mass on Sunday for those who are not able to come during the week. By doing this everyone will be able to get in the church for Mass at least on one occasion each week. Remember, there is still no obligation for us to come to Mass on Sunday at this time of pandemic.

We are obviously limited in the numbers that can come into any of our churches at any one time, but hopefully there will be no need to turn people away.

We all need to be generous in our new way of doing things. Let us see how things go and then we can always review things as time goes on, once we know how many come to Sunday Mass.

I will regularly keep you informed of how things are going.

From next weekend Sunday Mass times are as follows:-

 St. Hubert’s Dunsop Bridge.              Saturday 12 noon.

 St Michael & St John’s Clitheroe.     Saturday 5pm,    Sunday 9.30am.

St. Mary’s Sabden.                                Sunday 11am.


PLEASE REMEMBER…

Face-coverings are now mandatory whenever you come into church

 (unless you are exempt for whatever reason)

Please keep your face covering on when you come forward to receive Holy Communion

Parishes have been instructed that once Mass begins no one can enter church

 

Feasts this week:

Monday               St. Aiden.

Tuesday               St. Edmund Arrowsmith.

Thursday             St. Gregory the Great.

Friday                   St. Cuthbert.


Baptisms
can again be celebrated in church, but with limited numbers present.

If you wish to arrange your babies baptism then please contact Fr. Paul.

Funerals:
Requiem Mass can now be celebrated, but again adhering to certain conditions which includes no more than 30 people in the church.

Weddings can once again take place, again no more than 30 are able to come into church and other conditions need to be adhered to as well.

Over the past few months things have in general been very different to what we have ever been used to, and this of course includes when we come into church.
Things have not always been easy, but hopefully we have all managed o. k. and got used to new ways of doing things.

In church we have gone from being closed and Mass being celebrated behind locked doors, to first of all private prayer which we had for a few weeks, then to weekday Mass which we have had for the last month, and next weekend once again back to public Sunday Mass. So we are getting there!

I believe that this gradual way of doing things has enabled us to get used to new ways and at the same time feel safe as we adhere to the rules and regulations.

Thank you to everyone for your patience and understanding, let us continue to journey on together in faith and hope, and at the same time keep safe and well.

God Bless you and your families. Fr. Paul

23rd August 2020 – 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mass during the week at 10am Monday – Friday in Clitheroe.

Wednesday 7pm Sabden

Saturday 12 noon in Dunsop Bridge.

St. Michael and St. John’s open for Private Prayer

Saturday 11 – 12

Yet again I am delighted to report that everything went well at weekday Masses in our three churches last week. Thank you. People who have been to Mass are obviously delighted to do so, and because of all that is in place, feel safe. Thank you for adhering to the rules and regulations we are all asked to observe, and let us continue to do so. Things are certainly different for all of us.

Again, thanks to our stewards who direct us while we are in church and clean after we have left. They make it possible for us to open our churches.

There is still No Sunday Obligation

Try and make Mass during the week your ‘New Sunday Mass time’.

When we start celebrating Mass again on Sundays

we will need to let those who cannot come during the week

take priority in attending weekend Mass.

In doing this we would have no problem getting everyone safely in church

either during the week, or at the weekend.

Patience and generosity will be required from us all

for this to work.

PLEASE REMEMBER

Face-coverings are now mandatory

whenever you come into church.

 (unless you are exempt for whatever reason)

Please keep your face covering on

when you come forward to receive Holy Communion

Parishes have been instructed that once Mass begins no one can enter church

 

All being well

we will start to celebrate public Mass on Sundays from 5th September

 

Feasts this week:

Monday               St. Bartholomew.

Wednesday         Blessed Dominic of the Mother of God.

Thursday             St. Monica.

Friday                   St. Augustine

Saturday              The Passion of St. John the Baptist

Baptisms can once again be celebrated in church. Certain conditions are placed before us for celebrating baptisms, this includes limiting numbers who attend.

If you wish to arrange your baby’s baptism then please contact Fr. Paul.

Funerals Requiem Mass can again be celebrated, but again adhering to certain conditions which includes no more than 30 being able come into the church.

Weddings can once again take place, again no more than 30 are able to come into church and other conditions need to be adhered to as well.

As we listen to today’s gospel (Matthew 16: 13-20), we particularly remember the present successor of Peter, Francis our Pope; we give thanks to God for him and we pray that God may continue to bless him in faith and wisdom; that being strong in himself, he may help to strengthen us in our faith; and that as Chief Shepherd he may help us on our way to the Kingdom.

God Bless our Pope

and

God Bless you and your families. Fr. Paul