Friday, September 7, 2018

Welcome Back - Update on regular activities

After a break for the summer the Blog is back.  And so are many of the parish groups and activities that have been taking a break.

We are asked to remember teachers and pupils from Cathedral Primary and Our Lady's Catholic College as they go back to school.  We remember all pupils starting a new school and hope they will settle in and begin to make new friends.

Children's Liturgy at will be starting again next weekend for school aged children.  Younger children who are able to participate are welcome to attend, parents may wish to attend for a week or two to allow children to settle. St Thomas More at 9.30am Mass and Cathedral at 10.30am Mass

Choir returns after a well earned rest and are ready to welcome new members, rehearsals are on Thursday evenings at 7.15pm at Cathedral House.

Gospel Sharing group - 4th Thursday month at St Thomas More's starting again on Thursday 27th September at 7.30pm

Meditation - as the pace of life picks up why not consider building in some time to spend in quiet contemplation on 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at 7.00 to 8.00pm 

St Vincent de Paul Society - next meeting at Cathedral House Monday 10th September at 7.00pm

Sunday, July 15, 2018

The song Cyclists

What an excellent performance last night by the Song Cyclists, after cycling all day from Carlisle they came and gave a great performance at Lancaster's Cathedral.  Not only was the music very impressive but they also used the opportunity to share news of the work of MIND which is the UK's largest mental health charity. 

For further information about their tour and an opportunity to contribute to their fundraising or to tell friends and family in other locations around the country please see the Song Cyclists website

Friday, June 22, 2018

Simple acts for refugee week

Continuing our refugee week theme and following the example of our parish walkers
What simple things might you do, for 20 simple ideas see the Refugee Week website

Share the journey prayer from CAFOD
For more prayers and ideas
God our refuge,
you share the journey
with migrants and refugees,
lightening their footsteps with hope.
For you, Lord, are close
to the broken-hearted.
Pour out your Spirit
upon world leaders.
May they see the tragedies
of our human family,
and be moved to respond with
wisdom, compassion and courage.
Open our eyes and hearts
to the God-given dignity
of all your people.
Move us to welcome our neighbours,
and so bear witness to your love.
Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

WWW: Our champion walkers

Wednesday word of witness: What a great example of witness, starting out from Lancaster Cathedral on their grand tour.

Boots being blessed by Bishop Paul
You may recall in his first Blog, Bishop Paul talked about blessing the boots of two of our parishioners who are walking from different Cathedrals in the Northwest, to raise awareness about and funds for the work for Aid to the Church in Need

We did it! We’ve walked from Salford Cathedral to Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. That’s 37 more miles walked to raise awareness and funds for Christians in Iraq. Thanks for your prayers and support. Still two more walks to go—sponsorship is still very much welcome!  

Recent destination following walk from Salford

Monday, June 18, 2018

Refugee Week 18th-24th June

Did you know
  • More people are on the move now than ever before. Every minute, 20 people around the world are newly displaced 
  • Half of the world's refugees are children and thousands  take flight without the protection of parents or other family members
  • Three out of four of the World's Refugees are hosted by developing countries.

Pope Francis 
"calls us to act in solidarity with refugees and migrants. Every human being is a child of God, created in God's image and deserves to be treated with dignity and respect". 
How can we respond to Pope Francis' call to embrace refugees?
One way we can respond is to support Pope Francis' Share the Journey Global Campaign

Locally For more information see Lancaster Faith and Justice  

'Refugee Digital Stories' all  week at Lancaster library

Film 'Human Flow' Duke's cinema Friday 22nd (5 40pm) 

More about ways to get involved with Lancaster and Morecambe City of Sanctuary

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Father's Day

In children's liturgy our gathering song for the Ordinary season is 
Come and join with us in our Father's House ... 

We gather in Church as a parish family and visit God's house (church) to listen to God's word and share our Eucharistic meal at the altar. We listened to the story of the mustard seed growing into a big tree where there is a place for all the birds of the air.  The tree represents God's Kingdom, where there is a place for all.  

When Jesus spoke of His Father's House and God's Kingdom he was thinking about heaven, but as we say in the Our Father 'thy Kingdom come' so today, we thought about how we through seeds of faith can help to make everyone feel welcome here on earth. 

Today we remember all fathers, including Fr Steve and Fr John-Paul and those priests who have guided us and taught us how to live in God's Kingdom. Fr John-Paul reminded us of the need for more priests and we remembered in our prayers Stephen Talbott as he prepares to be ordained deacon next Saturday.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

First Holy Communion

Entrance procession

Today eleven of our young people came to the end of their preparation programme My Lord and My God and received Holy Communion for the first time.  

This is the start of their their journey of faith when they may be nourished by the Eucharist.  

As Fr Steve wrote in the parish newsletter:
This will be a day when these youngsters enter into a Eucharistic connection with our Saviour Jesus Christ.  Already unity to Him through their baptism, this next stage of their Catholic identity lasts more than a life time ... it is the food for the journey into eternal life with Christ.  Christ their Saviour becomes Christ their friend.

First Holy Communion Group 2018
Fr Steve continued: 
May I take this opportunity to thank the families of the children for their continuing care for their life of faith.  This continuing encouragement from them to pray, to come together for Sunday Mass and to stage close to the values of the Gospel is the most important duty for Catholic parents.  May I also express my deep gratitude to the Catechists who have helped the children and the parents prepare for this great celebration.  Thank you children, families and Catechists.  Fr Steve