Saturday, 13 June 2020

Corpus Christi

Behold the Bread of Angels.
The Blessed Sacrament 
continues to reign from the throne of the tabernacle in our church 
where Mass continues to be offered.

Jesu, shepherd of the sheep:
Thou thy flock in safety keep,
Living bread, thy life supply:
Strengthen us, or else we die,
Fill us with celestial grace.
Thou, who feedest us below:
Source of all we have or know:
Grant that with Thy Saints above,
Sitting at the feast of love,
We may see Thee face to face.
Amen. Alleluia. 
                                                                                                         (From the Sequence for Corpus Christi)

Dear Friends,

Yet another week and another of the Church's great celebrations passes us by without the public celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. I am sorry for that and long to come before the Real Presence of Our Lord with us all gathered as His Church once again.

With the slight easing of lockdown, some churches are to be opened for private prayer from Monday. The Archbishop is only allowing two churches in each Deanery to do this. St Catherine's is not one of them.

St Mary's, Leyland and St Teresa's, Penwortham are to be opened for private prayer.

St Mary's: The Church will be open from 11.30–12.30 initially 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  
St. Teresa’s church will not be open in time for this coming week. They hope to start opening church on Sunday 21st June provided everything is in place and 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. (Starting from this Tuesday.)


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.

For the people of the Parish
Roland Guthrie, RIP
Les Jones, RIP
Susan Getty, RIP
Norma Butcher, RIP
Agnes Ryan, RIP
Catherine Carter, RIP

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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