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Dear Parishioners

We are beginning to feel the bleakness of autumn and may be wondering what harsh weather conditions might lie ahead. Let's turn, therefore, to some of the things Pope Francis has to say to us about joy!

"The identity card of a Christian is his joy, the joy of the Gospel, the joy of having been chosen by Jesus, saved by Jesus, regenerated by Jesus; the joy of the hope that Jesus is waiting for us..In the crosses and sufferings of this life, 'Christians live that joy, expressing it in another way, with the 'peace' that comes from the 'assurance that Jesus accompanies us, that he is with us'".

"The joy of the Gospel is for all people: no one can be excluded. That is what the angel proclaimed to the shepherds in Bethlehem: 'Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people' (Lk 2:10). The Book of Revelations speaks of 'an eternal Gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tongue and tribe and people' (Rev 14:6)' (EG 23).

"Thanks solely to this encounter - or renewed encounter - with God's love, which blossoms into an enriching friendship, we are liberated from our narrowness and self-absorption. We become fully human when we become more than human, when we let God bring us beyond ourselves in order to attain the fullest truth of our being' (EG 8).

"Our Lord especially appreciates those who find joy in the happiness of others. If we fail to learn how to rejoice in the well-being of others, and focus primarily on our own needs, we condemn ourselves to a joyless existence, for, as Jesus said, 'it is more blessed to give than to receive' (Acts 20:35)".

Godric OSB

Meeting for parents of children making their First Communion next summer.
St Elizabeth's Presbytery: Friday 28 September at 6pm
St Anne's Pastoral Centre Hall: Sunday 30 September at 6pm

Fr Richard has sent parishioners a letter about his first month in Peru. Please take a copy at the back of church.

A Pilgrimage with a difference.

I have received information about a holiday/pilgrimage to St John's Holy Island of Patmos this September. The Catholic Faith Exploration team is organising the week-long pilgrimage. Daily Mass will be celebrated and there will be some talks on St John and Patmos. There will be time for private reflection and prayer and relaxing at local beaches, and sight-seeing around the island. The cost for half board is around 1100. If you are interested in having further details, please sign the lists 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
(for general enquiries)

St Elizabeth's Church
St Elizabeth’s Presbytery,
10 Hall Road, Scarisbrick, L40 9QE
Tel: 01704 880226