Dear Parishioners

Last week Pope Francis spoke in the Vatican to a group of recently appointed bishops. That I came across what he said does not indicate that I have personal aspirations! What he said, however, can be directed to us all. As you read imagine that Pope Francis is not talking to bishops but to each one of us:

Closeness to God is the source of the Bishop's ministry. God loves us, and He made Himself closer than we can imagine; He took our flesh to save us. This proclamation is the heart of the faith; it must precede and animate every initiative of ours. We exist to render this closeness palpable. However, the proximity of God can't be communicated without experiencing it, without experiencing it every day, without allowing oneself to be infected by His tenderness. Every day, without saving time, it's necessary to be before Jesus, to take the people to Him, the situations, as channels always open between Him and our people. With prayer, we give citizenship to the Lord where we dwell. Let us feel, like Saint Paul, tentmakers (Cf. Acts 18:3); apostles that enable the Lord to dwell in the midst of His people (Cf. John 1:14).

Without this personal confidence, without this intimacy cultivated every day in prayer, also and above all in the hours of desolation and aridity, the nucleus of our episcopal mission breaks down. Without closeness to the Sower, the effort of scattering seeds will not seem very satisfying without knowing the time of the harvest. Without the Sower, it will be difficult to accompany with patient trust the slowness of the maturation. Without Jesus, mistrust comes that He will not bring His work to fulfilment; without Him, sooner or later one slides into the pessimistic melancholy of one who says: "all is going badly." It's awful to hear a Bishop say this! Only by being with Jesus are we preserved from the Pelagian presumption that the good stems from our skill. Only by being with Jesus that peace reaches our heart, which are brothers and sisters seek from us.

(Pelagius died in AD 418. He claimed that we can find salvation by our own human efforts and don't need God's grace for our salvation. His teaching is regarded by the Church as being heretical!)

Godric OSB


For a number of years, it has been our custom to offer a small white garment to children and infants at their baptism. They are simple, white stoles, mini versions of the stoles which priests and deacons wear when officiating. We need more people to help make these stoles so if you can offer your services please contact St Anne's parish office. Many thanks. BGT

Holy Land Pilgrimage 21-28 November 2019

I now have details of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. 5 nights in Bethlehem; 2 nights in Tiberias; Half Board, 4* hotels; return flights Manchester-Tel Aviv, Full pilgrimage programme. Cost 990. Extra: Single room 225; Tips 50; Travel insurance 55 no age limit; travel to Manchester airport. For further details contact St Anne's parish office or sign the form at the back of both churches.

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.


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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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St Elizabeth’s Presbytery,
10 Hall Road, Scarisbrick, L40 9QE
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