Dear Parishioners

On Monday the priests of our deanery will be spending 24 hours together to reflect on how we exercise our ministry. We number 7 priests covering 10 parishes. Next week Archbishop Malcolm will send us a letter outlining plans for the archdiocese over the next 3 years. No doubt we are all familiar with talk of the 'Church in crisis', of declining numbers coming to Mass on Sundays, of having fewer priests compared with 30 or 40 years ago, and all the other matters which critics of the Church especially love to highlight. However, I am one of those who firmly believes in facing reality; and reality is about recognizing that we in the Catholic Church in the western world are in a place far removed from the Church of past generations and, yes, the Church is in crisis. But, as one commentator has noted, the Church from its beginning has always been in crisis!

Our concern, whether lay people, bishops, priests or deacons is and should be about how we can further the Kingdom of God here on earth, here in Scarisbrick and Ormskirk. Every one of us who has been baptised has a job, namely, to be disciples and to make disciples of the Lord. People often reflect and hang on to the final words of a close relative or someone famous. St Matthew records Jesus last words: Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to keep everything I have commanded you. And look! I am with you all the days, even to the consummation of the age. Sounds like an order to me!

Frs Boniface, Richard and I shall be speaking in church this weekend about an initiative being taken in our two parishes to invite anyone who may be interested in knowing more about the Catholic Church to come along to an open meeting in St Anne's Pastoral Centre on Wednesday 10 October at 7.30pm. We shall outline a series of 7 sessions over the coming weeks when we shall discuss different aspects of the Catholic Church.

After Mass please take a leaflet or two to pass on to any of your friends or contacts whom you think might be interested in knowing more about the Church. Whoever they are we shall welcome them.

Godric OSB

Advance Notice!

Next month we shall be holding a series of hour long sessions for anybody who is interested in knowing more about the Catholic Church. We shall distribute a leaflet inviting people to come along to a first gathering on Wednesdays 18 October in St. Anne's Pastoral Centre. Please share this information with friends, family members - anyone you think might be interested.

Live Simply - Grow a Garden

The Scouts have begun to turn a plot of derelict land at the side of the Parish Centre into a garden. The plot is all enclosed -a walled garden that can be seen from the windows of the lounge - and full of sun. Click here for further information.

Ormskirk Catenians Annual Clergy Night

Ormskirk Catenians hosted their ever popular annual Clergy night at Hurlston Hall. Attracting 30 local Priests and 35 Ormskirk Circle members. Bishop John Rawsthorne was the Principal Guest speaker, John originally from Crosby studied at St Josephs Collage in Upholland and was ordained in June 1962. John was appointed the Bishop of Hallam( Sheffield) Diocese in 1977. on his 75th birthday in 2011 in accordance with canon law John offered his resignation as Bishop of Hallam to Pope Benedict XVl but was refused and remained in office until official retirement in 2014.

(picture from left to right: Ormskirk President Tony Charnock, Bishop John Rawsthorne, Ormskirk St Anne's Priest Father Godric, Ormskirk Vice President John Gannon)


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St Anne's Church
St Anne's Priory
23 Prescot Road, Ormskirk, Lancs, L39 4TG
Telephone: 01695 572168
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