This weekend we shall as a deanery be celebrating God's merciful kindness as many of us will go to the Cathedral and pass through the Holy Door of Mercy. It's an opportunity for all of us to reflect on God's love and forgiveness and acceptance. Most of us are familiar with the story of the Prodigal Son: the youngest son returning home penniless after spending his inheritance; the father, instead of reprimanding his son, clasps in his arms and puts a ring on his finger happy that his lost son has returned.
The father of course represents God our Father. Pope Francis reflected on this story and added the following words.
Have you thought about God's patience,
the patience he has with each of us?
That is his mercy. He always has patience with us.
He understands us, he waits for us,
he does not tire of forgiving us if we
are able to return to him with a contrite heart.
Godric Timney OSB
To celebrate the Centenary of the consecration of St Anne's church there will be a Mass in church on Friday 18 November at 7pm followed by a buffet supper in the Pastoral Centre. There will be no charge for either!! Adults and children are most welcome to come. Tickets will be available after Masses next weekend or from the parish office.
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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