Friday, January 4, 2019

Pope's intentions January

That young people, especially in Latin America, follow the example of Mary and respond to the call of the Lord to communicate the joy of the Gospel to the world.

In 2015 Pope Francis visited Latin America, here are some of the memorable moments.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Feast of the Holy Family - A moving crib

Today we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family, and share this moving crib and version of the Christmas story performed by children.  A reminder to many of when they were in a nativity, for some of us we may be grateful it was before the age of the video!  Wishing all families the peace, joy and love of the Christmas season.

Remember Christmas doesn't last one day, we celebrate the Christmas octave (eight days), what will you do for the final days of the octave? 

Friday, December 28, 2018

Christmas Reflection on the names of Jesus

Happy Christmas, as we celebrate the Christmas octave, a Christmas reflection on the many names for Jesus ... helping us to learn more about who he is and what it means to have him in our life.

University Crib ... where is Jesus

Today we share the crib from Lancaster University ... this was taken before the term had finished, so before Christmas. If you look closely you'll see some people are missing ... who?
Lancaster University Crib, 2018
Yes, its Jesus, who wasn't placed there till Christmas.  

And waiting at the side, beginning to make their journey was the wise men ...
Wise men on a journey to pay homage to Jesus
On Christmas eve, at the Midnight Mass, Deacon Jim carried the baby Jesus into church to be placed in the crib which Bishop Paul Swarbrick then blessed.
Deacon Jim carrying the Baby Jesus - Christmas 2018

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Christmas Cribs

We shared yesterday that St Francis of Assisi was said to have created the first crib, with a real live baby, which would have cried just like Jesus. The short video below tells us more about why St Francis made that first crib.  And below our first parishioners crib 'O come let us adore him'

O Come let us adore him
This crib belongs to one of the parish catechists, who writes, a few years ago a parishioner gave me a card with their child looking at the crib at the Cathedral, the words on the front are: 
'O come let us adore him'.  Since then I have saved that Christmas card and each year put it on display as part of my crib, it reminds me of why we have the crib.

I light the candle behind Mary and Joseph and the baby Jesus, just like we do in children's liturgy to remind me that Jesus is the light of the world.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

St Stephen and St Francis of Assisi?

St Stephen
Today we celebrate the Feast of St Stephen, the first martyr and the name of many of our parishioners including Fr Stephen and Deacon Stephen ... we remember them all and give thanks for all they do and have done for our parish.

St Francis and the Crib
And now to St Francis of Assisi, it was St Francis who is said to have created the first crib.  At the start of advent, Bishop Paul asked us to have a crib central in our homes, over the coming days we will be sharing images of cribs in local churches and those from parishioners homes.  If you have a crib and a story of where it came from please let us know. 
Crib at Lancaster Cathedral, 2018
Tomorrow hear more about the first Crib and why St Francis used the crib to remind him and others about the birth of Christ.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Christmas Reflection

Wishing all our readers and their family and friends
the peace and joy of the Christmas Season.

This short video called Xmas love, some might think a better title for this video would be Christmas Love, as Christ and his message is central to the many images which raise questions and prompt us to remember the true meaning of Christmas. 
However, did you know the "X" comes from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word Χριστός, or Christ in English.  The "mas" is taken from the Old English word Mass.