Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Thank you for your service

There are many people within the parish who helped to make the First Holy Communion Mass a really special occasion. Our prayers and thanks to all who helped to make the day special. Fr Steve who celebrated mass and was joined at Communion by Fr Andrew, the servers who did an excellent service and set a wonderful example for future servers, to our readers, two of the many who read each week to help us hear God's Word, to siblings of our first communicants who brought up the offertory.  To Damian and the choristers who sang during Mass, Josie who welcomed parishioners as they arrived, Gerry who took the photographs, Jane and Catherine who had prepared the flowers, Claire our sacristan, Caroline and Clemmie who set up extra chairs as well as their working all weekend for the Art exhibition for Aid to the Church in Need. 
How many services within this one picture?
Priest, servers, offertory procession, catechist, sacristan, florist and photographer!
Last but not least thank you to all the catechists who all had roles on the day but have also shared their faith and helped the parents and families as they prepared their children to receive Jesus in Holy Communion. 
Holy Communion Catechist Team 2017

Fr Steve writes: I also wish to express my (our) deep gratitude to the Catechists who have helped to prepare them, and our Confirmation candidates, for these recent celebrations. The Catechists give of their faith, time and effort on behalf of our community so that people are well prepared for these milestones in their lives of faith. Thank you to all of them for hard work faithfully delivered. Fr Steve

Sunday, June 25, 2017

First Holy Communion

Today, 28 of our young people who attend the Cathedral and St Thomas More received their First Holy Communion.  They and their families have been preparing since January and today they received Jesus in this second sacrament of their initiation into being a full member of the Church.
Fr Steve writes:
First Holy Communion, is truly a wonderful occasion, the first of many, when they will know the joy of receiving The Lord and taking their rightful place within the Body of Christ (The Church). I wish to express my appreciation of them and their parents who have followed the way of preparation so fruitfully. Please be assured that there is always a welcome for you all within our community. Fr Steve
Holy Communion 2017 
There will be a celebration mass where certificates will be presented on Tuesday 11th July at St Thomas More at 6.30pm

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Spending time with the Lord

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 2017
The parish exposition of the Blessed Sacrament continues today.  With parishioners coming to spend time with the Lord, praying for their own intentions and for those of the parish. We remember the children preparing to receive their first Holy Communion. Tomorrow they will come and spend some time before the Blessed Sacrament.

The candles and flowers (beautiful as always) help to focus attention and remind us of the importance of the Eucharist.

Exposition will continue until Sunday at vespers.  All welcome.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Exposition of Blessed Sacrament

Centre of the Monstance used 2017
Monstrance used 2017
This morning the Blessed Sacrament was placed into a Monstrance,  The word monstrance comes from the Latin word monstrare which means to 'expose' or 'show'.  The blessed sacrament is placed inside and the monstrance is placed on the altar ... for adoration.  
Monstrance place at side of altar after exposition
Fr Andrew putting out the lights after exposition
Throughout the day and all tomorrow and Sunday people will come to pray before the Blessed Sacrament. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Confirmation Parish Groups

Yesterday there were 43 confirmandi from the following Lancaster Diocese:

St Peter's Deanery

  • Blessed John Henry Newman, Morecambe
  • St Joseph's Lancaster,
  • St Joseph's Kirkby Lonsdale and St Mary's Hornby
  • St Thomas More and St Peter's Cathedral, Lancaster

St Mary of Furness & St Thomas of Canterbury Deanery

  • Holy Trinity and St George, Kendal and Sedbergh
  • Our Lady of Windermere and St Herbert, Windermere
A short video of photos from the day.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Diocesan Confirmations 2017

Today 43 confirmandi from seven parishes in the Diocese gathered in Lancaster Cathedral supported by their sponsors and with friends and family filling the Cathedral.  
Confirmandi outside Lancaster Cathedral 2017
They came on this great feast of the Holy Trinity to be confirmed and receive the third sacrament that completes their initiation into the Church.  They came to renew their baptismal promises and to say the Amen ... confirming their agreement to becoming full members of the Church.

Over the coming days we'll show some photos linked to the various parish groups, our thanks to Andrew Dennison from Blessed John Henry Newman for helping us with the photographs.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Baptismal Promises - Part 2

We continue to share the Baptismal promise pictures created by our confirmandi.

Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered death and was buried, rose again from the dead and is seated at the right hand of the Father?   
Candidates: I DO
Do you believe in Jesus Christ ...
Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,  who today through the 
Sacrament of Confirmation is given to you in a special way just as he was given to the Apostles on the day of Pentecost? 
Candidates: I DO
Do you believe in Holy Spirit ...
Do you believe in holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting?
Candidates: I DO

Do you believe in the Holy Catholic Church ...
Although the group ran out of time to capture the Communion of Saints, we spent time talking about the saints they will choose for their confirmation.  We'll be sharing more of these in the coming weeks.  In place we show a picture of the Te Deum window with Christ at the centre surrounded by some of the Communion of saints. 

To read more about this window why not visit Billington's Blog and learn about this window.
Te Deum Window