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 

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Preparing for Holy Communion

Children getting ready for Holy Communion 
Rehearsal in the sacristy 
This evening children and their families came to the Cathedral to have a final practice to prepare for their First Holy Communion which will take place on Sunday at the 10.30am Mass at the Cathedral. 

There are two ways we can receive communion on the tongue or in the hands.  It is important that we prepare prayerfully and receive communion with reverence. See video below as a reminder for how to receive and things we shouldn't do!

Please keep the children and parents in your prayers.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Parish and deanery confirmandi

After a wonderful celebration last week we are pleased to share some further pictures from the confirmation service.
Our parish group have been preparing since January, during the programme they have:

  • helped lead a reflection on the sorrowful mysteries during the first confessions
  • had their feet washed as a sign of service 
  • attended the deanery day in April where they met other confirmandi from other parishes and learned more about the saints and discipleship in everyday life
  • attended mass and had an enjoyable day at St Thomas More where we learned more about the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit.  

Confirmandi St  Peter's and St Thomas More
with Bishop Paul Swarbrick, Fr Steve Pearson and Deacon Jim Woods
We've also gathered images of the Confirmation Service1 and images of the parish groups.  This year we had confirmandi from St Joseph's Lancaster, St Mary and St Michael Garstang, St Mary's Great Ecclestone, St Mary's Hornby and St Joseph's Kirkby Lonsdale, Our Lady of Lourdes, Carnforth, St Mary's Yealand and St Mary of the Angels, Bolton-le-Sands; Holy Trinity and St George and Some from Sedbergh School.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Confirmation - Pentecost Sunday

Today 50 young people and adults were confirmed at St Peter's Cathedral, Lancaster by Bishop Paul.  It was inspiring to have a full Cathedral as the confirmandi were supported by friends and family. Bishop Paul in his homily thanked parents, sponsors, catechists and all who had helped to prepare those getting confirmed and been involved in the day itself.

We'll be sharing more images of parish groups and some of the behind the scene preparations in the coming week, for now an image of all the confirmandi and their parish priests and Bishop Paul after the great celebration.

Please pray for all who received the Holy Spirit in Confirmation today, and if you've been confirmed maybe take a moment to remember your own special day.

We'll also post some images on our Lancaster Cathedral Young People Facebook Page ... which you may wish to like or follow in the future.  Please note this is a public Facebook page and you do not need to have an account to view the pictures.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

I am the vine you are the branches

Fr Steve talking to children about their liturgy

After listening to today's Gospel the children thought about what they could do as branches of the vine.  

They talked about things they could do and how we get help by keeping close to Jesus the true vine.

Father Steve talking to the children at the offertory and sharing with parishioners the children's ideas.

Children thinking about what they can do as
branches of Jesus the vine
Jesus says I am the vine ... you are the branches