Saturday, March 28, 2020

Lancaster Diocese Online Masses

Sunday 29th March is the 5th Sunday of Lent Year B
For Catholic Mass Readings or details for you to find in your own Bible.

Reading 1Ezek 37:12-14I shall put my spirit in you, and you will live.
PsalmPs 129 r. 7With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.
Reading 2Rom 8:8-11The Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you.
Gospel AcclamationJohn 11: 25-26I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord,
whoever believes in me will never die.
GospelJohn 11:1-45I am the resurrection and the life.

To provide easier links to the parish websites and to their live streaming of Mass please see below. Please note for Masses streamed on Facebook you do not need a Facebook account.

There will also be a recording of Mass and rededication of our country to Our Lady of Walsingham which will be celebrated at the Cathedral and posted onto our new Lancaster Cathedral Youtube Channel

Our Lady of Furness, Barrow Fr Manny  Live Streaming of Mass Weekdays (Monday – Friday) at 10:00am Saturday & Sunday at 11:00am

Good Shepherd Workington Priests: Canon John  Watson, Fr Paul Harrison and Fr Simon Hawksworth. Mass will celebrated each day at 10.30am and can be viewed on our live streaming webcam. It will be followed by an hour of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

Holy Family Freckleton Fr Jim Allan Mass at 10am from St Anne Westby online Mass via their Facebook Page Sunday 29th March 🎼Hymns will be " I watch the Sunrise" Communion will be Be still for the Presence of the Lord, final Hymn will be Praise my Soul

St Joseph’s Lancaster Fr Philip Connor Online Mass via Facebookpage Tuesday to Saturday 9am and Adoration 8.30, Sunday 10am and Adoration 9.30 Also 6pm Daily Pause for thought

IKSP Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Preston, Priests: Canon Gwenaël Cristofoli, Canon Tanner and Canon Post Live streaming of Holy Mass live from Saint Walburge’s at 10.30am and followed by the rededication of our country to Our Lady of Walsingham.

St Clare’s Preston Fr Andrew Allman Sunday Mass live online at 10am. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament live online at 4-5pm. Sung Vespers and Benediction live online at 4:30pm. With recordings on their Youtube channel

Children's Liturgy and Mass

* Children's Liturgy 
Last weekend some of the catechists and families joined the online Children's Liturgy organised by CAFOD.  This brought together families from across the country and was led by three catechists each with their own children, who shared the Gospel of Jesus healing the Blind Man.  Watch Recording of 4th Sunday in Lent CAFOD Children's Liturgy

You will need to register to attend, but its quite simple and allows you to enter ideas that the children share which the liturgists read some of them out, it would be great if they read one from someone from our parish. Register for virtual children's liturgy We will post the recording for those who aren't able to join. 

* Online Masses
If you have access to the internet, there are several websites that carry ‘live streaming’ of mass from churches around the world. 
There is one church within our own Diocese– Christ the Good Shepherd, Workington - Sunday at 10.30am is the online Mass
Some other websites that stream masses are : Church Services TV  Catholic TV and a page from Aid to the Church in Need with links to online Masses and copy of Spiritual Communion.

STOP PRESS An Update - online masses in the Lancaster diocese with links to click and aid access. 

* Sharing your experiences
We'd like to hear from parishioners about their experience of 'going to church in another part of the country' maybe you can share a photo or an experience and the name of the church you visit and we can post those for others to see. 

Friday, March 27, 2020

Papal Blessing: Urbi et Orbi

Today at 5.00pm UK time Pope Frances stepped out into the rain and an empty St Peter's Square to lead the world in prayer and to give his papal Blessing. Usually this blessing is given at Christmas the birth of Christ, at Easter to celebrate the resurrection and when a new Pope is declared.

For a full video of the Pope's Holy Hour ending with Benediction (Papal Blessing) Urbi et orbi.  For the blessing and final prayers move through to 42.00 minutes. 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Benediction of Preston Hospital

And this evening we share a Benediction of Preston Hospital for all those who are sick within it, all those who are working hard to care for them.  We remember those working and who are sick in our own Royal Lancaster Infirmary and all those paramedics and other health professionals helping those in need.

Fr Andrew Allman who is now Parish Priest of St Claire's Preston and was formerly Curate at Lancaster Cathedral. 

Tomorrow we are asked to join Pope Frances in a time of prayer throughout the world he said “I invite everyone to participate spiritually through the means of communication”.  He will give his special blessing Urbi et orbi (for the city and the world) at 5.00pm live UK time (6.00pm Rome)

Beatitudes for the sick

Jesus Sermon on Mount

In the sermon on the mount Jesus gave us the Beatitudes.  Today we remember in our prayers all those working in our hospitals, care homes, those caring for anyone who is sick in body or mind. 

There are so many people who are helping us at this time, maybe this adaptation of Jesus' Beatitudes will inspire you to create Beatitudes for others ... if so please share using our contact us page.

The Beatitudes for those who Minister to the Sick and elderly

  • Blessed are you who listen to your patients, especially those with constant complaints, for you possess the ears of Christ.
  • Blessed are you who see the hurts of your patients, especially those overlooked by others, for you possess the eyes of Christ.
  • Blessed are you who speak kindly to your patients, especially those plagued by fear and anger, for you possess the mouth of Christ.
  • Blessed are you who think prayerfully of your patients, especially those alone and discouraged, for you possess the mind of Christ.
  • Blessed are you who show love to your patients, especially those with chronic illness, for you possess the heart of Christ.
  • Blessed are you who walk tirelessly to your patients, especially those with repeated calls, for you possess the feet of Christ.
  • Blessed are you who persevere in your ministry, especially with compassion to all patients, for you possess the healing presence of Christ
And yours is the kingdom of heaven.
Taken from the book ‘ Caring for the Sick/ Elderly’ and from website of the Catholic Parish of Bishop’s Stortford

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Remembering Bishop Paul Swarbrick's ordination

As well as being the Feast of the Annunciation, today also marks the 2nd anniversary for Bishop Paul Swarbrick who became the ninth Bishop of Lancaster on this day in 2018.  

For a video to remind us of his ordination we send our prayers and thanks to Bishop Paul for his shepherding over the past years.

Bishop Paul Swarbrick on 25th March 2018
Following his ordination as Bishop of Lancaster
To read more about what he has been doing why not check out the Bishop's Blog.

Feast of Annunciation

Today is the Feast of the Annunciation when Mary said yes to becoming the mother of Jesus.  Why not take a few moments to watch this art reflection on the Annunciation, which is part of a series of reflections for Advent, which of course is nine months away. 

Those living near the Cathedral may hear a single bell ring when it is time to say the Angelus.  Typically it is said at 6.00am, 12 noon and 6.00pm.  The Feast of the Annunciation reminds us of the words from the Angelus prayer card.  For those wanting to build in routines into their day. Follow the  @angelusprayer on Twitter and get reminders about the Angelus.

Some craft activities
Annunciation Pop up craft with instructions
Annunciation Craft 
Today is also a special day for our Bishop, check in later to find out why.