Sunday, January 14, 2018

Called by name

Today in children's liturgy we listened to people being called by God.  In the old testament, we heard about Samuel, who said 'Here I am Lord'  In our Gospel we heard Jesus being called the 'Lamb of God' and later he not only called the disciples to follow him, but gave Simon and new name Cephas which means Peter which means rock on which he would build his Church.

The children were reminded that they have all been called by name ... but what do some of our names mean.  As we lit our candle and remembered that Jesus was with us as the light of the world, we talked about the meaning of one of our group who is called Lumen meaning light. See below for meaning of our names.
Annabelle - Graceful
Elizabeth - oath (promise) of God
Gabrela - Woman of God
Howard  - noble watchman
Mable - beautiful and loving
Mason - worker in stone
Maria - linked to Myriam, wished for child and sea of sorrow
Michael - who is like God

It interesting to find out what our name means, but even more important for us to listen like Samuel, to hear what we are being called to do.  
Why not find out what your name mean?  and What you are being called to do?

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Follow the star

Crib, Lancaster Cathedral 2018
Follow the star - Follow the wise men and share your gifts with others

Front cover of thank you card, star, smiling faces and Fr Andrew
Picture of Thankyou card to Fr AndrewToday at children's liturgy the children were invited to follow the star.  We talked the gifts we could share with others and because it was Fr Andrew's final Sunday we thought about the gifts we would give to Fr Andrew on his journey to St. Kentigan's. 
The children sent him the gifts of care, love, trust, confidence and happiness.
How fitting that they should be some of the many gifts he has shared with the parish over the past few years. Please keep Fr Andrew in your prayers and remember Fr John-Paul Evans who will join us next week.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Welcoming the stranger

Welcomers midnight mass
Tonight at 6.30 Mass Fr Steve reminded us that just as the wise men were welcomed by the Holy Family when they came to visit and bring their gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh, we should welcome the stranger ... and share with them the gift of love we have been given.

We are all called to welcome people in our everyday life ... but recognise that we may do this in lots of different ways. Why not let us know who welcomed you to the Cathedral, or to Lancaster. 

9.30 St Thomas More welcomers
 9.30am Sunday welcomers at St Thomas More
6.30 Sunday welcomers
 6.30pm Sunday welcomers at Cathedral

Cathedral welcomers
Welcomers 2012
Four welcomers from the Cathedral, taken in 2012, featuring Frank Hamspey 2nd left who served loyally as a welcomer and whose requiem mass is 12.15 tomorrow 8th January. May he rest in peace.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Schools of Sanctuary

Cathedral Primary School and Our Lady's Catholic College
Image from School of Sanctuary website
In case you missed the news, both schools were awarded School of Sanctuary status: two our of only three schools in Lancashire have achieved this award so far. In order to be recognised as a School of Sanctuary, the schools had to go through rigorous inspections to ensure that all appropriate requirements are being met.  Those requirements include:

  • creating a sense of safety and inclusion for all
  • developing understanding of what it means to seek sanctuary
  • dispeling negative myths
  • providing learning opportunities around human rights, social justice, diversity and interdependence
  • strengthening race equality and community cohesion work
  • increasing student voice and promote active citizenship
  • augmenting work to attain Stephen Lawrence Education Standard or other inclusion award initiatives
  • providing evidence to meet Ofsted expectations for high educational achievement for refugee and unaccompanied asylum seeking children.
Congratulations to both schools, we look forward to sharing some of their developments over the coming months.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Nativity with a difference

And for what is described as the most photographed crib and nativity ...

The figures show the corporal works of mercy, which we are called to do to do.

Corporal and Spiritual Acts of Mercy

Monday, December 25, 2017

Happy and Blessed Christmas

The Holy Family: Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus
May the Holy family of Bethlehem continue to inspire the Holy Families of our community in ways of peace.  Perhaps. above all else, as we live the Christmas message let us pray for that peace which only God can give to come upon all humanity so that sin, sadness and suffering may reduce and humanity may come to accept our true origin and destiny is with the God who lived us from the beginning.
May God bless you all.  
Fr Steve, Fr Andre and Deacon Jim

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Advent 4: Love

As we come close to the birth of Jesus on Sunday morning the children will talk about Love, God is love, and Jesus came to save us.  

We will think about how we could make any visitors feel welcome this Christmas. 

Week 4: Stay Awake - LOVE
Help us as we journey through advent. Help us to share your love. Amen

We will listen to the story of the visitation and how the angel Gabriel came as a messenger from God to tell Mary she would have a son and call him Jesus. To see a video of this story, look back at Advent 3: Joy.

Today we share a short video about the one who came ... 

Vigil Mass for Christmas at St Thomas More at 6.30pm Sunday evening
First Mass of Christmas at Cathedral (11.30pm for carols) followed by midnight Mass
Mass of Christmas day at 9.30am St Thomas More and 10.30 at Cathedral