St Norbert's

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The Baptism of the Lord

SUNDAY 9TH –  The Baptism of the Lord

9:00amKathleen Hunt, RIP – Hunt Family

MONDAY 10TH – Feria

TUESDAY 11TH – Feria

WEDNESDAY 5TH – Feria or St. Aelred of Rievaulx (optional mem.)

10:00am – Patrick McHale, RIP – Helen & Terry Condliff

THURSDAY 6TH – Feria or St. Hilary (optional memorial)

FRIDAY 7TH – Feria

SATURDAY 8TH – Feria or Saturday Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary

SUNDAY 9TH – Second Sunday of Ordinary Time (C)

9:00am – Intention of Barbara Kirkham – Steff


Sacrament of Reconciliation: By request before either Sunday or Wednesday Mass



Second Sunday after the Nativity

SUNDAY 2ND JANUARY –  Second Sunday after the Nativity

9:00amPrivate Intention – Tonge Family

MONDAY 3RD – Christmas Feria or The Most Holy Name of Jesus (optional memorial)

TUESDAY 4TH – Christmas Feria

WEDNESDAY 5TH – Christmas Feria

10:00am – Helen & Terry Condliff

THURSDAY 6TH – Epiphany of the Lord (Solemnity)

FRIDAY 7TH – Friday after the Epiphany or St. Raymond of Penyafort

SATURDAY 8TH – Saturday after the Epiphany

SUNDAY 9TH –  The Baptism of the Lord

9:00amKathleen Hunt, RIP – Hunt Family


Sacrament of Reconciliation: By request before either Sunday or Wednesday Mass



Fourth Sunday of Advent (C)

SUNDAY 19TH –  Forth Sunday of Advent (B)

9:00am – Jeff Kirkham, RIP – Barbara Kirkham

MONDAY 20TH – Advent Feria

TUESDAY 21ST – Advent Feria or St. Peter Canisius (as a commemoration)

WEDNESDAY 22ND – Advent Feria

9:30am – Sacrament of Reconciliation

10:00am – Advent Feria – Mr. W. Fitzpatrick, RIP. Angela Goss

THURSDAY 23RD – Advent Feria or St. John of Kanty (as a commemoration)

FRIDAY 24TH – Advent Feria

SATURDAY 25TH – The Nativity of the Lord – Christmas Day (Solemnity)

9:00am – People of the Parish and Intentions on the Christmas Tree

SUNDAY 26TH –  The Holy Family

9:00am – Intention of Sarsfield & Adams Families Jane


Sacrament of Reconciliation: By request before either Sunday or Wednesday Mass



Third Sunday of Advent (C)

SUNDAY 12TH –  Third Sunday of Advent (B)

9:00am – Doreen & Jim Schofield, RIP – Schofield Family

MONDAY 13TH – St. Lucy, memorial

TUESDAY 14TH – St. John of the Cross, memorial

WEDNESDAY 15TH – Advent Feria

10:00am – George Duffield – Birthday Intention

THURSDAY 16TH – Advent Feria

FRIDAY 17TH – Advent Feria

SATURDAY 18TH – Advent Feria

SUNDAY 19TH –  Fourth Sunday of Advent (B)

9:00am – Jeff Kirkham, RIP – Barbara Kirkham


Sacrament of Reconciliation: By request before either Sunday or Wednesday Mass



Father Matthew’s Catachesis on Sundays and Holydays of Obligation.

Dear Parishioners,
As many of you will already be aware the bishops of England and Wales expressed the hope that the obligation for every Catholic to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation would return on the first Sunday of Advent, the 28th November. It has been dispensed since 21st March 2020, the cancellation of Sunday Masses in light of the pandemic. However, as it is still impossible for every Catholic who would normally wish to attend Mass on this days to do so, so far the bishops have held back from reviving the Sunday and holyday obligation. Nevertheless, they do ask us all to take stock and to reflect on how we can best observe Sunday and other holydays in light of the ongoing effects of the pandemic.
Perhaps now is the time to think again about returning to Sunday Mass, holyday Masses, and the other ways of observing these days. So, this is what I am going to talk about today. The Church tells us we are obliged to attend Mass either on the Sunday or holyday itself or the vigil thereof, and “also to abstain from such work or business that would inhibit the worship to be given to God, the joy proper to the Lord’s day, or the due relaxation of mind or body.” (canon 1247; Catechism of the Catholic Church 2180-2183).
This obligation has its origins in the third of the Ten Commandments: “Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labour and do all your work.” (Exodus 20;8-10). In the early Church the sabbath was changed from Saturday (the Jewish sabbath) to Sunday, as a celebration of the day of the Resurrection.
Sunday Mass should be at the heart of the life of every Catholic. We shouldn’t attend Mass because of a sense of obligation but because we want to! In the Mass we participate in the great events of Jesus Paschal Mystery- his death and his Resurrection. In the Mass these events of our salvation are made present to us sacramentally by way of the words and actions of the liturgy. By the Mass, and our worthy reception of the Lord in Holy Communion, we draw our spiritual strength for the rest of the week, for our mission in the world.
The reason the Church, in normal times, obliges us to attend Mass on Sundays and holydays is not to saddle us with an extra burden, but to highlight their great importance to living as a Catholic Christian. Sometimes we hear the word “obligation” in the wrong way. We see it as an absolute requirement which we must obey no matter what, in the same way that we must obey our traffic laws, or face a fine or worse. It is not intended in this sense by the Catholic Church. Canon 1248 clearly states with regard to
the Sunday obligation that no one is obliged to do the impossible. There are many reasons why it might not be possible or wise to attend Sunday or holyday Mass. If you are sick, or you have been advised not to go into busy places; or if you have been told to self-isolate, you are not obliged to attend Sunday Mass. The pandemic has also taken its toll on many people mentally, so if you are unable to gather to celebrate Mass because you are anxious or worried, you are not obliged to do so. Other examples might
be that you cannot attend Mass because of work or transport issues, or perhaps because numbers are still restricted in your church and there simply isn’t enough room for everyone to attend safely.
One solution might be to attend a weekday Mass instead. In our four churches we have nine weekday Masses most weeks. They are shorter and there is more social distancing. Please see our newsletters for details. Another solution could be to watch a Mass by livestreaming. There are many different possible churches to visit, both within and outside our diocese. The Sunday obligation has a second aspect which today is all too frequently forgotten- that of rest and recreation. As our Dean, Fr Andrew, says in a letter to his own parishioners, “We celebrate the recreation of the world in the Resurrection by our recreation.” The Catechism explains this obligation to rest and recreate: “On Sundays and other holydays of obligation, the faithful are to refrain from engaging
in work or activities that hinder the worship owed to God, the joy proper to the Lord’s Day, the performance of works of mercy, and the appropriate relaxation of mind and body. Family needs or important social service can legitimately excuse from the obligation of Sunday rest. The faithful should see to it that legitimate excuses do not lead to habits prejudicial to religion, family life and health.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 2185). No one is ever obliged to do the impossible, so if you have to
work, try and find another day for your rest. If you have to work on Sunday, you should also try to find some time to rest and celebrate the Lord’s Day at the end of your work. In these ways you will be fulfilling God’s will as best you can.
To summarize the Church wishes us to observe Sundays and holydays by being sensible, flexible and safe in our Christian living. If you are unsure about anything I have said, or how it might apply to your own circumstances please do not hesitate to ask me or Fr. Lim. We are here to help.

With my prayers and every good wish for the coming season of Advent,

Fr. Matthew Jakes


Fr. Matthew Jakes
01724 844895

Fr. Liam Carpenter
01724 844895

Deacon Sebastion Grab
Tel No: 07706 622888


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