Seventh Sunday of Easter, 24th May 2020

TODAY is World Communications Day when the Church celebrates the achievements of the communications media and focuses on how they can best be used to promote the Gospel values.


Monday, 25th May : St Bede the Venerable

Tuesday, 26th May : St Philip Neri

Wednesday, 27th May : St Augustine of Canterbury

Friday, 29th May : St Paul VI, Pope

Sunday, 31st May : PENTECOST SUNDAY


St Bede the Venerable : Born in 673, he was educated by the Benedictines and eventually joined the monastery. Thus began a life of great scholarship and learning as Bede produced many works. He particularly worked on the interpretation of the Scriptures but is best known for his outstanding History of the Church In Britain.

St Philip Neri : He was renowned for his prayerfulness but also for his humour and sense of fun. He was greatly esteemed for the love and compassion he showed to those who came to him for counsel or confession. Born in Italy in Florence in 1515, he arrived in Rome where he was to spend most of his life. After a mystical experience in the catacombs which left a deep impression on him, he went on to become a priest and gathered a community of friends to look after the sick. This community eventually became the religious order known as the Oratorians. They are still active in the UK and are favoured especially by those who support the use of the old rite in the celebration of the Mass.

St Augustine of Canterbury : In 597 Pope Gregory the Great sent Augustine, who was at the time a monk of the monastery of St Peter on the Celian Hill in Rome, to evangelise the people of Britain. Although Augustine turned back once while on his way here, he succeeded in converting King Ethelbert and founding the See of Canterbury, later adding dioceses in Rochester and London. This day (27th May) is designated a major feast in England.

ANNIVERSARIES : Please remember in your prayers all whose anniversaries occur about this time including : Veronica Southworth, James Brindle, Richard Dutton, Bernadette Garstang, John Simon Gowans, Aloysius Lester, Joseph Mooney, Michael Bernard Bamber, Irene Turner, Dorothy Hargreaves, Bernard Cartmell, Marjorie Elizabeth Hibbins, Lynn Diane Hills, Maureen Tierney, May Andrews, Ivy Phillips, Bryan Joseph Dobson, Con Desmond. May they rest in peace.

Please pray also for the repose of the soul of Aya Hachem, the young lady (19) who tragically lost her life while walking along a main road in town last Sunday. May the Lord receive her soul into the everlasting peace of Heaven. We ask also for God’s bountiful compassion and blessing on her grieving family in their heart-breaking loss and distress. Your charitable prayers are also requested for Rod Riley, husband of Ann Weir, who died during the week. May he rest in the peace of the Risen Lord.

CAFOD MESSAGE (Unite against Coronavirus) : We are living through the biggest public health crisis in a century. Right across the UK, as we all know, coronavirus is having a devastating impact on daily life and many people have lost precious loved ones. But in many developing countries, where poverty is widespread and healthcare systems are much more fragile, the effects are likely to be disastrous. Food prices have already risen with borders closing, the poorest are losing their jobs and income owing to wholesale shut-downs. Furthermore, inadequate healthcare, lack of access to washing facilities and limited ability to social-distance will result in loss of life on an unbearable scale. The likely impact will be devastating.

We must never forget that we are one global family, united in this present struggle. Now is the time for the world to unite in love and compassion. Out of love for our sisters and brothers overseas, please sign our petition asking the Prime Minister to ensure that the most vulnerable people are the priority in the UK’s international efforts as well as at home.

The Petition : Our sisters and brothers overseas do not have access to healthcare systems as brilliant as the NHS. I urge you to work together with other world leaders to:

  1. Ensure that any vaccine developed with UK public money is made available to everyone regardless of their income or where in the world they live.

  2. Provide urgent financial and technical support to help developing countries cope with this crisis.

  3. Cancel all debt payments due from developing countries in 2020 so that they can spend money on much need healthcare instead.

  4. Put plans in place to rebuild a fairer, more just society after the crisis, so that the world’s most vulnerable people can live in dignity, and restore our common home for future generations.

To sign this petition please go to :

OFFERINGS : Weekly offerings to the parish can still be made but only by using a direct bank-transfer.

The details you need are :
Sort Code : 20-55-34;
Account Number : 10168300.
The account name (if required) is : SRCDTR Sacred Heart Registered Charity.

Gift-Aid will be applied to all
donations which qualify in the usual way. Your continued support of the parish is greatly appreciated during this time of church closures.

THE MAY 300 CLUB DRAW : St Anne’s parishioners scooped two of the prizes in this month’s draw made on Friday. Holly Jump won the £100 first prize and Anne McAllister claimed the third prize of £15. The full details of prizewinners are : £100, No.155, Holly Jump; £25, No.115, Tommy Dingle; £15, No.170, Anne McAllister. Cheques will be posted out to the winners later in the week. Thanks to Colin Garswood and John Wilcock who were present to verify the draw.

FINALLY…ON A LIGHTER NOTE : Fr. Graeme Dunne of St Gregory’s, Chorley announced at the end of his live-streamed Mass on Friday that he had received a text-message on Ascension Day, stating that this was the day when Jesus ‘started working from home’!