Tuesday, September 3, 2019

John Bradburne - Road to Sanctity

John Bradburne - Road to Sanctity
Ever wondered how someone becomes a saint? Want to learn more about the process and the cause that is being presented for John Bradburne who was a British Franciscan missionary who was murdered in Zimbabwe by pro-Mugabe fighters.?  See below for more information about John Bradburne.

We are very lucky to have  Prof David Crystal who will lead the day including DVDs, Discussion, shared food and Prayer. David Crystal has written a book about John Bradburne, for further information see 

Saturday 7th September 2019 at St Thomas More between 10.00 and 3.00
To help with refreshments please book at

The Cause
Cover of Book by David Crystal
For further details
The Vatican has approved the Sainthood cause of John Bradburne, the British Franciscan missionary murdered in Zimbabwe by pro-Mugabe fighters. The John Bradburne Memorial Society confirmed that the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome issued a formal “nihil obstat” on 1 July, allowing the Cause to begin. 

Bradburne, born in Skirwith, Cumbria in 1921, was shot in 1979 during the Rhodesian liberation war after he refused to abandon the Leper community where he worked. Accused of being a spy for the white regime, guerrilla fighters loyal to Mugabe are said to have offered Bradburne the chance to flee the country. He refused, knelt to pray and was shot in the back. The Cause will be officially launched on 5th September 2019, the fortieth anniversary of his murder. 
Strange Vagabond
“God’s love within you is your native land. So search none other, never more depart. For you are homeless save God keeps your heart.” (JRB)

Tuesday, August 6, 2019


Jesus icon
Transfiguration icon: Centre piece
Lancaster University
Today we celebrate the feast of the transfiguration, when Jesus went up the mountain with his friends, Peter, James and John.  There Jesus is transfigured and his glory revealed. He is joined by Moses representing the Law and Elijah the prophets.  And God speaks words that remind us of Jesus' baptism, this time telling the disciples 'this is my Son, the chosen one, listen to him'.

There is an impressive icon at Lancaster University's Catholic Chaplaincy, well worth a visit. The chaplaincy is open during the day and is a quiet and peaceful place to pray and reflect on what the Lord may wish to reveal to you if you listen to him. 

Right is the centre piece of this impressive icon.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

St ignatius of Loyola - New ways to pray through summer

Today we celebrate the feast of St Ignatius of Loyola and share ideas relating to imaginative prayer and contemplation and the Examen, both forms of prayer common in ignation spirituality. 

Part of the ignation spirituality use a prayer and reflection practice call Examen, it includes reflecting on the day and where God was during the days highs and lows. Examen Prayer Card outlining how you can build this prayer into your life.

And for a daily reflection that last about 10 minutes, why not try out Pray as you go

And for couples who may be able to take a bit more time during the summer to try out the seven days Pray as you go retreat - a short video and reflection 'Where two are gathered'

Imaginative prayer a blog entry, Ignation contemplation: imaginative prayer 

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Summer Holidays - keys, children's liturgy

St Peter's Keys
St Peter's Keys
Last week in children's liturgy we shared a picture with our young people of St Peter's keys and asked them to see where they would take St Peter and his keys during the holiday.  If you look at our post at the end of June Happy Feast Day see earlier messages.  We look forward to sharing new images over the summer, so please let us know if you have any photos using the contact form, either with the image below or a pair of keys.

Happy Holidays
Well its been a very hot week with some spectacular thunder and lightening ... signs of God's creation. 
Map from CAFOD's Kidzone
Map from CAFOD's Kidzone - Zin Zin Thu's video of keeping safe from storms
Children's Liturgy
A colouring page linked to today's Gospel reading on the Our Father Luke 11: 1-13, showing people sharing their daily bread

And for adults a reflection from Bishop Barron on the Lord's Prayer.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Pope's Prayer intentions for July

Pope Francis asks us to pray 
That those who administer justice may work with integrity, and that the injustice which prevails in the world may not have the last work.
Last month we remembered the medical profession, this month, we think about law and justice.  There are a number of saints who have a connection with law and justice and we've found some information for you about some of them.

St Joseph Cafesso - Patron Saint of Prisoners Feast Day 23 June

St Thomas More - Patron Saint of Lawyers and of course patron of one of the churches in our parish community.  Feast Day is 22nd June which he shares with feast day with St John Fisher. 
For an article about the prayer to St Thomas More.
Richert, Scott P. "A Prayer to Saint Thomas More." ThoughtCo, Jun. 22, 2018, 

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Welcome Fr Stephen Talbutt

Bishop Paul Swarbrick and newly ordained Fr Stephen Talbutt

Today Bishop Paul Swarbrick ordained his first priest since becoming Bishop and one of the Cathedral's own parishioners Stephen Talbutt became Fr Stephen Talbutt. There will be more about this splendid day in the coming weeks, in the meantime a few photos for those unable to attend.

At the end of Mass, Bishop Paul announced that Fr Stephen's first parish will be as assistant priest to Fr Andrew Dawson who left last year to go to Blackpool parish.  

Left Deacon Stephen Talbutt at the start of Mass.

Kneeling for Holy Spirit
Kneeling before Bishop Paul who prays for the Holy Spirit
 joined by the other priests present 

Fr Stephen Talbutt joins Bishop and other priests at the altar
Fr Stephen joins his brother priests to
concelebrate Mass with Bishop Paul
Altar Flower and relics of St Therese
On the altar, a flower and relic of St Therese of Liseux very fitting given the importance of the visit of the relics to Lancaster Cathedral in Septemebr 2009. 

Please keep Fr Stephen in your prayers as he begins his ministry as a Lancaster Diocesan priest.

St Peter ... pray for him
St Stephen ... pray for him
St Thomas More ... pray for him
St Therese of Lisieux ... pray for him 

Friday, July 5, 2019

Getting ready to welcome a new fisherman

On 24th July 2013 Deacon Stephen Talbutt shared with the parish his calling and vocation to the priesthood in our post Wednesday Word of Witness.  Since then Stephen has been studying for the priesthood at St Mary's College, Oscott.
Stephen Talbutt receiving the Bible
On Tuesday 10th March 2015, with nine other 2nd year students at Oscott College, he received his first ministry, that of Lectorate (reader). During the services the Bishop of Leeds  stressed that it was not just a stage on the way to priesthood but a ministry in its own right and brought with it the challenge to read and pray daily on the Word of God and to live it for the rest of life. 

On the 24th June 2018 Stephen, along with seven other seminarians were ordained into the ministry of Deacon. We remember all of these men who have responded to God's call.
Deacon Stephen Talbutt
and 2 other newly ordained deacons
During his time of preparation Stephen has regularly visited the Cathedral and served at Mass.  Recently serving at the Mass of the Lord's Supper 2019 where he assisted Bishop Paul as he washed the feet of parishioners a reminder that we are all called to follow Jesus' example of loving and serving one another.
Mass of the Lord's Supper 2019
And for the past two years he has been sharing the Good News with his Catholic scripture reflections with the fitting image for his wordpress site, that of a fish. A symbol for Jesus and a reminder that he said to the disciples that he would make them fisher's of men.

And so now on the day before his ordination as a priest we remember Stephen Talbutt in our prayers.  
Stephen Talbutt: Twitter Page