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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.

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We wish all of our parishoners and our online readers a very joyful Christmas and best wishes for 2015


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.
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This Week's Notice Sheet
14th December 2014     3rd Sunday of Advent
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The Guestbook has been replaced and restarted with new security to prevent it from being hacked. Unfortunately previous entries could not be saved so please take time to make an entry and give us your feedback on the site or other parish issues.
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Exodus: Gods and Kings

Exodus: Gods and Kings

9th December – For those of you who fancy a trip to the cinema over Christmas, the new film by Ridley Scott about the soryof Moses and the Exodus from Egypt may be worth a look.

Parishioner keeps her priest alive – by donating her kidney

Fr Whyte and kidney donor Margaret Domashinski

9th December - A parish priest whose life has been extended for decades after being given a kidney by a parishioner has described it as a miracle.
Fr Michael Whyte arrived at St Catherine of Siena Parish in 2007 and has been parish priest there since 2008. A type 1 diabetic, he began experiencing extreme tiredness and nausea at about that time, signs of kidney failure as a result of diabetes. Doctors gave him three choices: go on dialysis and live five or six more years; do nothing and die within six months; or get a kidney transplant 

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Hymns to be sung during Advent

Caravaggio's depiction of Saint John the Baptist

7th December - Monsignor Philip Whitmore brings us a musical meditation for the Second Sunday in Advent. One in which he explains how the hymns we sing during Advent take the preaching of John the Baptist as a starting-point."On Jordan's bank, the Baptist's cry announces that the Lord is nigh; come, then and hearken, for he brings glad tidings from the king of kings." .... Audio Link

Northern Ireland Bishops: New Adoption Law Violates Religious Freedom....

Adoption law

14th December - The Catholic Bishops of Northern Ireland have cut ties with adoption services provider “The Family Care Society. The judicial review of adoption law in the country now allows unmarried, civil partnerships and same-sex couples to adopt.
Noting that the law obliges The Family Care Society to accept applicants contrary to Catholic teaching, the Bishops regretted legislators' decision to compel faith-based organizations to compromise their faith. . . . . Audio Link


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This Sunday's Audio Gospel
14th December 2014
3rd Sunday of Advent...

Gospel    Jn 1:6-8, 19-28     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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