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... the parish of St. Nicholas Owen, Little Thornton, is within the Roman Catholic diocese of Lancaster, England

Raikes Road, Little Thornton, Lancs.....☎ 01253 850412

We Offer you our Local History, the story of our patron, news, events, articles and comments, relationships with other churches and an opportunity, through our Guestbook, for you to register your views.

"'s native place is the shell of one's soul and one's church is the kernel of that nut" . Hillaire Belloc's – Path to Rome.

A new section has been added to the site specifically for posting the sunday homilies so they can be perused at your convenience. Your feedback is positively encouraged, comments can be included alongside the text, so give us your views.
 .... Sunday Homilies

This Week's Notice Sheet
16th August 2015 ....       Notice Sheet

Remember that all the weekly bulletin sheets are kept on the Web Site so if you need to look up any information or anniversary details etc. from a previous month or year just visit the  ... Bulletin Archive

 New Jerusalem Bible The bible version currently used by the Catholic Church; the New Jerusalem Bible, can be accessed via the following link:-
  .... New Jerusalem Bible.
For today's readings use the following:-
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Latest News

After recognizing Palestine, Pope meets Abbas in Vatican

Pope Francis welcomes Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas

17th May – Pope Francis met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday, days after the Vatican officially recognized the state of Palestine in a new treaty, drawing Israeli anger.
The treaty, which was finalized Wednesday but still has to be signed, makes clear that the Holy See has switched its diplomatic relations from the Palestinian Liberation Organization to the state of Palestine.

How TV's Dec and his Catholic priest brother almost swapped careers

Dermott McPartlin brother of Dec

17th May - When Declan Donnelly — better known as the shorter half of Ant and Dec — ties the knot this summer, it will be but Dermott, Declan’s older brother and Roman Catholic priest who will preside over the wedding.
For had life dealt a different hand to each of them, there is every chance that these siblings could have been standing on opposite sides of the altar: Declan the priest, Dermott the showbusiness star.

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Corpus Christi : a musical meditation.

Corpus Christi

7th June -To mark this yearly occasion we share with you a musical meditation which focuses on the Fifth Mystery of Light: 'The Institution of the Eucharist'.
Among the many Eucharistic texts set to music chosen for this meditation by our music historian Monsignor Philip Whitmore is ‘O Sacrum Convivium’. 

Listen to this musical meditation presented by Monsignor Philip Whitmore:Audio Link

Trinity Sunday:  Monsignor Philip Whitmore meditates on a fine hymn in honour of the Blessed Trinity. The words of this hymn come from a dramatic poem by Blessed John Henry Newman... Audio Link

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This Sunday's Audio Gospel
7th June 2015 ...Corpus Christi
Gospel    Mark 3:20-35     Audio Link

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St Nicholas Owen is in the Lancaster Diocese Registered Charity. Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Charity No 234331

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