Friday, June 22, 2018

Simple acts for refugee week

Continuing our refugee week theme and following the example of our parish walkers
What simple things might you do, for 20 simple ideas see the Refugee Week website

Share the journey prayer from CAFOD
For more prayers and ideas
God our refuge,
you share the journey
with migrants and refugees,
lightening their footsteps with hope.
For you, Lord, are close
to the broken-hearted.
Pour out your Spirit
upon world leaders.
May they see the tragedies
of our human family,
and be moved to respond with
wisdom, compassion and courage.
Open our eyes and hearts
to the God-given dignity
of all your people.
Move us to welcome our neighbours,
and so bear witness to your love.
Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

WWW: Our champion walkers

Wednesday word of witness: What a great example of witness, starting out from Lancaster Cathedral on their grand tour.

Boots being blessed by Bishop Paul
You may recall in his first Blog, Bishop Paul talked about blessing the boots of two of our parishioners who are walking from different Cathedrals in the Northwest, to raise awareness about and funds for the work for Aid to the Church in Need

We did it! We’ve walked from Salford Cathedral to Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. That’s 37 more miles walked to raise awareness and funds for Christians in Iraq. Thanks for your prayers and support. Still two more walks to go—sponsorship is still very much welcome!  

Recent destination following walk from Salford

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.