PENTECOST SUNDAY

Dear Parishioners and Friends

In his Wednesday Audience Pope Francis gave a special commendation to the various language groups present. He spoke about the feast of Pentecost as follows:

Addressing the French-speaking pilgrims, the Pope invited them to pray to the Holy Spirit to become men and women of peace and kinship that can bring gifts of trust and hope into the world.

The Solemnity of Pentecost was also at the heart of his words to the English-speaking believers upon whom he invoked an abundance of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Then the Pope invited the Germans to follow the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary: "with her constant prayer together with the Apostles, she invoked the Holy Spirit upon the Church who renews men and women in Christ's love. May the Spirit of Charity fill our hearts so that we continually turn to the Lord in prayer".

The Pope encouraged the Spanish-speaking faithful to read the first pages of the Book of Genesis in order to "rediscover the power that the prayer of the 'friends of God' have so that we might do the same". He then urged them to invoke God's name confidently so that the Lord "might heal the world from all its wounds and so that we might experience the joy of salvation".

To the Arabic-speaking listeners, the Pope said, "Prayer does not change God, but changes us, making us more docile to His will". He said that "Praying allows us to gradually enter into the divine light that purifies our hearts from all darkness,".

Pope Francis reminded Polish believers that we enter the Novena of Pentecost imploring the presence of the Holy Spirit so that we may go forward in our Christian lives with His gifts. In this difficult time, he said "Let us pray with the words spoken by Saint John Paul II in Warsaw, 'May your Spirit descend and renew the face of the earth! Of this earth !"

Finally, Pope Francis greeted Portuguese-speakers reminding them that prayer opens the doors of our life to God who teaches us to go out of ourselves towards others, offering consolation, hope and support.

Faithful God who loves us in Christ Jesus,
send your Spirit of truth to dwell within us,
that we may always reject what is false,
live by the commands of Christ,
and be true to the love you have shown us.
Grant this through Jesus Christ, the resurrection and the life,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. Amen.

May God's gift of himself to every one of us enrich your lives and draw you close to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

I am sending out a short mid-week message / thought, just to keep in touch. If you wish to access it you will find the link on the parish Facebook account.

Godric OSB

Corona Virus and Care for Our Common Home

The coronavirus pandemic demonstrates how, as Pope Francis says, everything is connected. A virus that began in China is affecting the whole world and is a frightening reminder of how our carelessness with God's creation can allow such a disaster to happen. On the other hand, the lockdown shows us how much cleaner our air can be when we reduce traffic and air pollution. Climate change is another result of our failure to care for our Common Home. If you would like to learn more, why not watch two very good lectures by Deacon Paul Rooney on The Reality and Urgency of Climate Change and Bishop John Arnold on the Theological Imperative to Act, from the 2018 Justice and Peace Assembly in Liverpool? Deacon Paul is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPDu0v6o_cIBishop John is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1XfTMxRvLU

Have you noticed something not so apparent during the 'lockdown'? Please email paxorm@btconnect.com with anything interesting for our bulletin. I've had a robin in the garden nearly every day perched right next to me whilst I'm having a cup of tea.never happened before! Birds usually fly off the minute I step into the garden.

Dear Parents and Children

We want to let you know that on the homepage of our school website http://www.st-annesrc.lancs.sch.uk/ there is a section entitled 'Gospel Reflection' which is updated every week with the gospel reference and a summary of the Sunday gospel. In this section of the website you will also find a link to a weekly Sunday Liturgy for Families with hymns, prayers and readings to celebrate the Sunday gospel while at home. We hope you are all keeping safe and well. The staff of St Anne's Catholic Primary School

Live Streaming of Mass at St Anne's and St Elizabeth's

St Anne's Church, every Sunday at 10.30am & every Wednesday at noon:

Mass via Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/OrmskirkStAnnes/

Mass via YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNyoxcV4uv8j3qtJmXyOuIA

St Elizabeth's Church, every day at 9.30am:

Mass via Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/stelizabethsscarisbrick/

Mass via YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/HughatDouai)

For Mass from our Cathedral, the Archbishop's video messages, prayer and other resources search for: "Liverpool Catholic"

http://www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/mass-live-stream.html

Other live-streamed Masses can be found on the internet

Let us pray for all those already affected by the virus, and that ways of combatting the virus will soon be found.

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This week's Bulletin


Letters from the Pope and Archbishops


Homilies from the Hermitage




St Anne's Church
St Anne's Priory
23 Prescot Road, Ormskirk, Lancs, L39 4TG
Telephone: 01695 572168
e-mail: paxorm@btconnect.com
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St Elizabeth's Church
St Elizabeth’s Presbytery,
10 Hall Road, Scarisbrick, L40 9QE
Tel: 01704 880226
e-mail: scarisbrickcatholic@outlook.com