From Fr David: This week we celebrate the great feast of Pentecost, where we mark the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Church. It was the power of the Holy Spirit that transformed a small group of frightened people, on that first Pentecost, into a spiritual force that has spread the Gospel to every corner of our planet. It is the Holy Spirit who empowers the sacramental life of the Church and gives us our energy and vitality. In these challenging times let us ask the Holy Spirit to come down afresh on us today and to give us the grace to endure this pandemic and to emerge with our minds and hearts renewed.
Church Status: Our church remains closed for public worship and for private prayer. I will continue to celebrate Mass in the locked church at, or near, the times listed above. You are all encouraged to join me in prayer from your homes and to make a “Spiritual Communion.” Please note that the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is removed during this period. Please stay at home and stay safe this week
From the SVP: Again, thank you for your very generous financial contributions and items donated for the food bank in Clayton. This is resulting in much-needed help being provided to vulnerable families. Particular items in short supply at the moment are tins of corned beef/meat and tins of soup. Other items required are UHT milk. cereals, bread, tins of fish/fruit/vegetables, coffee, pasta sauce, curry sauce, toilet rolls, washing-up liquid, size 4&5 nappies and nappy wipes. Also if you have any unwanted children’s toys, colouring books, crayons etc which are in good condition, these would also be of great benefit. Please either leave them in the box in the Presbytery porch or deliver them to Gary Bolton at 1 Hayhurst Road, Whalley. If you wish to make a financial donation towards the foodbank, this can be placed in a clearly marked envelope and put through the letterbox, either at the Presbytery or at 1, Hayhurst Road. The SVP thank you for your generosity towards a worthy cause.
RIP: Please pray for the soul of Betty Hill who died this week. Her funeral will be on Wednesday morning at Accrington Crematorium in accordance with Social Distancing guidelines.
Masses Received: In thanksgiving to St Anthony
Grateful Thanks: to all who are continuing to support the parish either through Standing Orders or by putting your envelopes through the letterbox.