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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

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"'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
18th September 2016 ....       
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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

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Thousands of mourners attend ISIS slaughtered, Father Jacques Hamel's funeral. (Photos)

Father Jacques Hamel's funeral

2 nd August -Thousands of mourners attended the funeral for Father Jacques Hamel, the French priest brutally murdered by ISIS jihadis.
The service was held inside the 11th Century Gothic cathedral in Rouen, according to the Daily Mail. Policemen and undercover officers surrounded the crowds around the Cathedral, as police sources explained security would be "at the highest possible level, because of the ongoing fear of attack."

French president calls Pope after priest is killed

Father Jacques Hamel

27th July - French president Francois Hollande telephoned Pope Francis on Tuesday following the death of the elderly priest Fr. Jacques Hamel, 84, who was killed when two Islamic assailants entered his Church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray as he was celebrating Mass.  

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Pope Francis horrified by 'barbarous' attack on French Church


27th July - Pope Francis is horrified and shocked by an attack in a church in Rouen, in northern France, where a priest was slain and another hostage was seriously wounded
Fr Federico Lombardi, Director of the Holy See Press Office said: "we are particularly shocked because this horrible violence took place in a Church, in which God's love is announced, with the barbarous killing of a priest and the involvement of the faithful".

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This Sunday's Audio Gospel
31st July 2016
Gospel    Luke 12:13 - 21     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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