The Vicar Writes….November 2016

Dear Friends, By the time you read this Peter and I will have moved into the vicarage – hurrah!  We’re very fortunate that it has been possible to commute for a couple of weeks, after all, Blackrod isn’t too far from Charnock Richard, but Westhoughton to Charnock Richard is twice...

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From the Clergy – October 2016

CLERGY WRITING FOR OCTOBER……..All Change It gives my age away when I say I vividly recall the cry of the Railway Guards “All Change”, but I think of it this month as we at St Katharine’s prepare for a time of change. But it’s not quite ‘all change’, just a...

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Thoughts for October 2016

History in the Making from Chris Skinner  When I was a young boy probably seven or eight years old, I was introduced to a very old lady.  She was the mother of a very dear family friend and I was told that many years earlier she had been a Suffragette.  Of...

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From the Clergy – September 2016

Dear people of Blackrod parish In just a few weeks’ time, I shall begin my ministry amongst you and the wider team ministry of Blackrod, Daisy Hill, Westhoughton and Wingates.  It will be a new start for all of us not just because of me coming but also because we...

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Thoughts for the Month – September 2016

Talbot House -Toc H -The “Every Man’s” Club From Helen Gambles. As I started to think about writing this, the services to remember those who died in the Battle of the Somme were being held around the magnificent Thiepval Memorial to the Missing.  A place that I know well.  There...

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From the Clergy – August 2016

Pilgrimage is an essential part of life and living.  Christians see life itself in terms of a journey, coming from God and returning to God.  This is true of other world religions where pilgrimage is also important.  A pilgrimage is a symbol on action.  It represents the journey of the...

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Thought for the Month – August 2016

THOUGHTS FOR AUGUST FROM JEAN DOUGLAS Blood brothers and sisters What colour is blood?  Red, you will reply.  Do we know anyone who has green yellow or blue blood?  It doesn’t depend on the colour of their skin which may be black, brown, olive or white. Or their facial features...

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Thought for the Month – July 2016

Patience is a Virtue, Anne Louise! That was a phrase I often heard as a young child. Usually spoken to me by maternal Grandmother (Nana Holland) at those times when my frustration at being unable to complete a task resulted in some kind of a strop.  Looking back it often...

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From the Clergy – July 2016

From the Clergy…….. Good News The announcement made in church on Sunday 29th May that the Revd Angela Wynne had been appointed as our new vicar, was greeted by spontaneous applause by the congregation. Good news indeed. Angela herself writes: “I feel it’s a great honour and privilege to be...

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Thoughts for the Month – June 2016

Though we are Many, we are one Body As I sat at my computer at the end of April, with snow on the ground, I turned my thoughts to the month of June.  As many of you are aware, I like my garden.  It gives me the opportunity to relax...

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