Friday, May 3, 2019

Pope's prayer intentions for May

Pope Francis asks us to pray
That the Church in Africa through the commitment of its members, may be the seed of unity among her people's and a sign of hope for this continent.
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Last year when Bishop Paul was ordained one of the Bishops attending was Bishop Moses who came from Monze, where Fr Paul Swarbrick had spent a number of years. To read more about Bishop Moses' visit to the Cathedral

The Pope video
This is an initiative to share the Pope's Worldwide Prayer network ... we've been praying each month.  

Pope's prayer for African youth.

Why not check their website to see videos for previous prayer videos.

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Pope's Prayer intention April

Pope Francis asks us to pray 
For doctors and their humanitarian collaborators in war zones, who risk their lives to save the lives of others.
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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Pope's Intention March

Pope Francis asks us to pray ...
That Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, may feel that they are close to Christ and have their rights respected.

The second theme in Catholic Social Teaching is the call to family, community and participation.

As members of families and communities, how can we participate together in Christ’s mission?

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Counting the weeks and counting the Days

Aid to the Church in Need have a weekly reflection and story of persecuted Christians throughout the world. 1st Sunday in Lent read more about Marian and Nabil in Eygpt.
1st Sunday Lent - Prayer and Reflection
An interactive Lenten Calendar from CAFOD to count the days - with prayers and reflections which help us think about others in need in our world.  

Friday, March 8, 2019

Thank you women ... International Women's Day

In 1995, Pope St John Paul II wrote a letter to women in which he said thank you.  On this International Women's Day we remember women from around the world and those in our own families and parish.  

Thank you ...

“Thank you, women who are mothers! You have sheltered human beings within yourselves in a unique experience of joy and travail. This experience makes you become God’s own smile upon the newborn child, the one who guides your child’s first steps, who helps it to grow, and who is the anchor as the child makes its way along the journey of life.
Thank you, women who are wives! You irrevocably join your future to that of your husbands, in a relationship of mutual giving, at the service of love and life.
Thank you, women who are daughters and women who are sisters! Into the heart of the family, and then of all society, you bring the richness of your sensitivity, your intuitiveness, your generosity and fidelity.
Thank you, women who work! You are present and active in every area of life-social, economic, cultural, artistic and political. In this way you make an indispensable contribution to the growth of a culture which unites reason and feeling, to a model of life ever open to the sense of “mystery”, to the establishment of economic and political structures ever more worthy of humanity.
Thank you, consecrated women! Following the example of the greatest of women, the Mother of Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word, you open yourselves with obedience and fidelity to the gift of God’s love. You help the Church and all mankind to experience a “spousal” relationship to God, one which magnificently expresses the fellowship which God wishes to establish with his creatures.
Thank you, every woman, for the simple fact of being a woman! Through the insight which is so much a part of your womanhood you enrich the world’s understanding and help to make human relations more honest and authentic.” – Pope St. John Paul II in his Letter to Women, paragraph 2

To read more of Pope St. John Paul II Letter  to Women and an earlier apostolic letter in the Marian Year 1988 MULIERIS DIGNITATEM ON THE DIGNITY AND VOCATION OF WOMEN.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Lent in 3 minutes!

Lent lasts 40 days, but today we share a short video that only takes three minutes to watch but offers lots of ideas for what we can do during Lent and reminds us of why we are called to pray, fast and give to those in need.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is the start of the great season of Lent a time when we are called to pray, fast and give alms (money or things to those in need). These actions are not meant to be a burden or form of punishment, rather they are an opportunity to help us to make space and take time to listen to the Lord. 

To learn more about Lent and Ash Wednesday in only 2 minutes.
After the winds of storm Freya earlier in the week, the Art and Faith image of John Berney Crome’s Great Gale at Yarmouth on Ash Wednesday seems quite apt.