Saturday, 20 June 2020

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Wednesday is the Feast of the Nativity of St John the Baptist

Dear Friends,

John the Baptist's father, Zechariah, cannot believe he and his wife could even conceive due to their age. Much like the feast of Christmas, this feast gives testament to God’s ability to bring new life. But that ability to bring new life to his family is what raises Zechariah’s skepticism. In these trying times let us trust in God's grace to bring us to new life, even in the midst of tragedy and fear.

A reminder that although our own church cannot yet open, there are churches nearby you can now visit for private prayer.

St Mary's, Leyland and St Teresa's, Penwortham are open for private prayer at set times.

St Mary's: The Church will be open from 11.30–12.30 on two days a week: Sundays and Wednesdays. 
Please note that if you wish you can wear a mask and gloves provided by the Church. Everyone will have their temperature checked, if it is high, they will be turned away. Those who are at ‘clinical risk’ of Covid-19 or have been advised to shield should not visit Church. Please do not visit the Church if you or someone in your house has a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell. People in that situation must stay at home and contact your GP or NHS 111 for further advice. There will be no toilets available, no candles, no literature.

St Teresa's Church, Penwortham: 
Tuesdays from 11.00am till 1.00pm 
Thursdays from 11.00am till 1.00pm 
Sundays from 11.00am till 1.00pm  
also in line with the diocesan guidelines, as above.

And nearby, St Mary's in Chorley will be open Monday to Saturday for private prayer between 11am and 1pm.


Your Mass intentions will still be offered as requested and you may continue to send them in.  Mass is offered for all who live in the parish and for all our intentions.

Frank Manning, Anniv
Mgr O'Neill & Fr Kendal
Fr Dolan and Fr Cotter
Fiona, Neil Holly and Family
Veronica Neilson, RIP
Carl Irving

Your Prayers are asked for all the sick, including: Rita Sarbrick, Rosena Stacey, Vivienne Lee, Tom Miller, Paul Casey, Linda Melling, Tilly Gee, Kathleen Ward, Clare Butler, Maureen MacDonald, Louie Baines, Maureen O'Brien, Margaret McNiff, Elle Miller, Mark Duncan, Hild Gibbons, Bill Sutton, Barbara Fow, Mary Ann Monaghan, Bernard Lawson, Mick Marshall, Carol Parkinson, Margaret Cheston, Eric Neilson, Alan Cottam, Seámus McLoughlin.

We pray for those who are housebound and for those who love  and care for them. 
O Mary conceived without sin - Pray for us who have recourse to thee.


If you would like to pray through the Mass online or via TV here are some links below. Some people find it a way of preparing in some fitting way to make a Spiritual Communion in these times when the actual Mass is not available:

If you have access to Facebook, the beautiful little church of Corpus Christi on Maiden Lane in London has Mass each day. 

Also on Facebook, the Canons at St Walburge's in Preston stream many Masses and Devotions:

If you have Sky TV or you can also access EWTN at:
With many other programmes that you might find useful.

The Oratorians at Cardiff:
The Fathers of the Fraternity of St Peter also stream their Masses and devotions from Warrington St Mary's at: 

You can even join in Mass live from Westminster Cathedral:


Please do continue to keep in touch via our Parish Facebook page and my blog. I continue to be in touch with parishioners via phone calls and emails.

May I ask that, if you are able, please continue to put aside your weekly offering each Sunday and bring it with you when things return to some normality. If you would like a Standing Order form, please contact me. 

You may also use the Archdiocesan website to contribute to the parish online by going to:
God keep you,

Fr Simon.

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