Monday, 23 November 2020

Are you ready for #Red Wednesday 25th November

 #RedWednesday - 25th November 2020

Only two days to go to get ready for #RedWednesday 

Over the last five years Aid to the Church in Need have been encouraging us to join them in the  #RedWednesday campaign. It is a campaign designed to draw attention to the human rights tragedy of Christian and other religious persecution. Now a global initiative, endorsed by the UK government, it is time to make #RedWednesday a campaign with teeth that can really change lives.

  • advocates for the well-being, rights and freedom of persecuted Christians
  • calls for fair treatment of all faith groups and of those of no faith
  • educates people on why religious freedom is so important
  • encourages bridge-building between faith groups
There are lots of ideas for what you can do including prayer, petitions and sharing the message.  We are part of the universal church, and have much to learn from other Catholic communities. For an idea about setting up a red prayer corner following a Russian tradition and custom. Also see our Lancaster Young People Facebook Page for further updates on #RedWednesday.

Sunday, 22 November 2020

Bishop Paul Swarbrick celebrates Mass of Feast of Christ the King

Bishop Paul Swarbrick Bishop of Lancaster is joined by Fr Steven Pearson and Fr John-Paul Evans and Deacon Jim Woods celebrates Mass for the Feast of Christ the King. In his sermon Bishop Paul encourages us to think about our young people on this feast which is dedicated as youth Sunday.

Saturday, 21 November 2020

Feast of Christ the King

This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King, which is also known as youth Sunday where we take time to give thanks for all our young people.  

Our Gospel reading invites us to think about the Corporal works of mercy which are the actions we can do to take care of the physical and material needs of others.  This year, for many of us our routines have been turned upside down, things are different in so many ways. We may have not been able to act and do the usual things for other people, our equivalent of feeding the hungry, giving water to the thirsty, clothing the naked, sheltering the homeless, visiting the sick, or those imprisoned, or even bury the dead. We may have developed new ways, of phoning or zooming a friend, sanitising a church bench, making a mask or scrubs, leaving a parcel of food on a doorstep, waving to someone through a window.

It is also a time to remember the work of our Youth Service. As noted in the newsletter This year the collection for National Youth Sunday is going to be taken online. The proceeds will go to support Castlerigg Manor and the Youth Service. castleriggmanor.co.uk/nys or alternatively you can send donations to ‘Castlerigg Manor, Manor Brow, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 4AR

Saturday, 14 November 2020

Sunday Readings: 33rd Sunday Year A

 This Sunday's readings we hear about the story of the parable of the talents. In the parish newsletter reflection encourages us to take a risk and use our talents. 

In today’s Gospel, the parable of the talents reminds me of our confirmation programme, St Peter’s Way and an activity in which we invite our young talented and gifted young people (even if they don’t always recognise or accept the fact!) to use their talents to complete the £5 challenge.  They are asked to use the money to buy resources to help them to make things or provide a service and then bring back the money they make. Often this is donated to St Vincent de Paul (SVP) which is a group of dedicated parishioners who use their talents to help those in need. 

We are like the three people in the parable, given different gifts and talents and asked to use them. Even if we have the gifts, sometimes we can be afraid or uncertain about offering to help, doing something in case we get it wrong. This reminds me of the ‘weak and wobbly hearts’ reflection, where we doubt ourselves and think we aren’t good enough and so bury our talents. The reflection like the parable, and our patron St Peter, reminds us that ‘God loves a trier’ he knows us and loves us and is always with us if only we can take a risk to use our talents.   

Weak and wobbly hearts 

Christian action is done by you and me, ordinary people with weak and wobbly hearts who do not have the security of trained skills etc I think Christian action and the promotion of the Kingdom is done by those who are afraid of what people will say, who are a bit cowardly, who are a bit diffident about standing up in public, do not have the security of plenty of practice and experience, can be capsized by failure, hurt by remarks, hurt by being ignored; find themselves reacting jealously when they do not want to, are overcome by despair, yet go on loving and trusting.  It is weak and wobbly hearts that Christ chooses, as he chose Peter, James and John – all the disciples.  They were not high fliers of Galilee or Judea.  They were ordinary folk, capable of love. 
Letting Go in Love, John Dalrymple, Darton, Longman & Todd Ltd, 1986 
in Ryelands P (2000) journey Together Towards First Holy Communion, Suffolk: Kevin Mayhew

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Remembrance Day and Feast of St Martin of Tours

Remembrance Day

Today we remember those who have died in the wars and pray for peace.

Left an image from the Inspire display in Lancaster Cathedral. 

St Martin of Tours

We also celebrate the feast of St Martin of Tours who is the patron saint of many things including soldiers, conscientious objectors, and the poor. He is remembered for having shared his cloak with a poor man who was in need.

Sunday, 8 November 2020

Sunday Readings: 32nd Sunday Year A

During this second lock down we will be posting a short video of the Sunday readings read by two of our parish readers. We hope this might be useful for you to reflect on the readings before any online Mass you attend.

Gospel Sharing group

All welcome to come and join a group of parishioners sharing their views about the Gospel. 

Meeting Thursday evening between 8.00 and 9.00.  If you would like to join please get in touch with Ann-Marie Gospel Sharing Group

Saturday, 10 October 2020

Family Fast and Children's Liturgy

 A video from CAFOD for Family Fast Day

For those interested in Children's Liturgy you will need to register, but they also show a recording which you can watch later on in the day.