No Public Mass until further notice
Reflection for Palm Sunday
Message from Father Jim
On this Palm Sunday we begin our journey of Holy Week, accompanying Jesus on his triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Like the crowd who welcomed Jesus with such enthusiasm, we too acclaim: “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
Although we are not gathered in the public celebration of this Palm Sunday, we are gathered as a Church around the world, in a special way this year. This special place is our own individual space, the most precious space of all, the uniqueness of our life. Therefore, as we commence our journey of Holy Week, let us experience the richness of this week in a new way, like never before.
The crowd who welcomed Jesus with eagerness and joy will be the same crowd who turn against him and demand his crucifixion. Their welcome and acceptance will soon turn to anger and hatred. In the Gospel of St Matthew today we are reminded that the crowd were not there for Jesus when he needed them most.
The Pandemic of the Coronavirus has confined the world to separate from the crowd. We spend most of our lives being part of a crowd. Let use this Holy Week to reflect on how we behave in the crowd. Distancing ourselves this year provides an opportunity for a deeper reflection on life, the pilgrim journey and what matters to us.
I pray that each of us will find something enriching that will influence our future journey.
Past letters from Father Jim concerning this situation can be read here
Holy Week Message from Bishop John
Bishop John talking about this year’s Holy WeekPosted by Sacred Heart & St Anne Parish on Saturday, April 4, 2020
In order to be able to keep parishioners informed whenever Father Jim makes any communications or when the website is updated with newsletters etc (which may not be on a weekly basis during this unsettling period) we have created a Parish Facebook page.
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For those parisioners without a facebook account I have embedded a feed from it at the bottom of this page so everyone will be able to access the information and links posted to it
There is a newsletter this week (Sunday 5 April – Palm Sunday) which can be viewed by clicking here . If you wish to know when the next newsletter is published (it may not be on a weekly basis) please either check back here or like our facebook page
Live stream from the Catholic National Shrine at Walsingham
A live Stream video of all services from Walsingham including all daily Masses at 12 noon can be found on our Walsingham page.
Mass is also streamed more locally including from St Mary’s, Bamber Bridge and St George’s in Chorley. An Act of Spiritual Communion can be read on our Walsingham page
The Vatican Media Live Video Stream
The Vatican Media Live Video stream can now be viewed on our Pope Francis Daily Message Page
On 27 March Pope Francis delivered an extraordinary blessing “To the City and to the World” to pray for an end to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. You can see a one minute video summary of this momentous occasion by clicking here
Lockdown – an alternative positive spin
Our thanks to Frances Clements for sharing these lovely words with us.
A beautiful verse by Fr. Richard Hendrick, OFM – click here to view.