Thursday 22 February 2024

Gospel Share: Transfiguration

 GOSPEL SHARE: Transfiguration

2nd Sunday Lent

First Reading

Genesis 22:1-2,9a,10-13,15-18
Abraham obeyed God and prepared to offer his son, Isaac, as a sacrifice.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 116:10,15,16-17,18-19
A prayer of faithfulness to God

Second Reading
Romans 8:31b-34
God’s love and faithfulness is shown in his offering of his own Son for our salvation.

Gospel Reading
Mark 9:2-10 Jesus is transfigured whilst Peter, James, and John watch in amazement

Gospel Share

Ever wondered what happens at Gospel Share? Why not come along this week and join us, we will listen to the Sunday readings and share our views on a range of art work linked to the Transfiguration..  

Feast of the Chair of St Peter

 Feast of the Chair of St Peter

Today we celebrate the feast of a chair! Well not really, it is what the chair represents which is the authority of the Pope's chair or Cathedra.  In all Cathedrals there is a Cathedra and because St Peter's is the mother church of the Lancaster Diocese, we have our own Cathedra which is a sign of the authority of Bishop Paul Swarbrick, Bishop of Lancaster.

Bishop Paul Swarbrick Lancaster Cathedral
Bishop Paul Swarbrick sitting on
Lancaster's Cathedra on Pentecost Sunday

In the following two short videos we hear from Archbishop Mark Colerdige in Brisbane who explains the importance of the Cathedra and connection with this feast day.  

Next a short video showing images of the Chair of St Peter and some of its history. 

Wednesday 21 February 2024

Family Fast Day

Family Fast Day 

Friday 23rd February is Family Fast Day is a day when we are invited to fast and donate the money we save to CAFOD. 

At 10:30am Mass some children from the St Francis of Assisi group in our primary school gave out CAFOD Family Fast envelopes which need to be returned on Sunday 25th February. Alternatively, they will also hold a basket for those who would like to make their donation or if you want to make a direct contribution to Family Fast 2024. Thank you for your support to this very worthwhile appeal. 

To learn more about CAFOD's campaign this year which is about James a fisherman and his family.  The video below shares his story, and the CAFOD website it says:

Thousands of women and men around the world face the same question: without a way of getting enough food throughout the year, how do you make sure your family can eat today and tomorrow?  This was the question that James, a fisherman in Liberia, found himself asking. And he wasn’t alone. 

Sunday 18 February 2024

Lent : what’s it all about ?

Lent : what’s it all about?

Ash Wednesday Cross
Ash Wednesday Cross 

On Wednesday people came to Mass to be marked with ashes as the season of Lent began. It is one of the rituals which non-Catholics find it hardest to understand, yet among Catholics the world over it retains a great deal of popularity. What does it mean, and what can it teach us about this season of Lent?

The use of ashes reminds us of our mortality; one form of words which can be used by the priest says simply, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” When we are reminded that life on earth must come to an end, we are also encouraged to think of how we can prepare for what comes after. This is ultimately what Lent is all about.

One of the hymns for Lent, ‘Forty days and forty nights’, includes the line, “Keep, O keep us, Saviour dear, ever constant by Thy side, that with Thee we may appear at the eternal Eastertide.” This one line expresses our hope and teaches us how to achieve it. Our hope – expressed in the fifty-day celebration of Easter – is that the resurrection of the Lord may bring us to eternal life with Him in heaven. We can reach this goal by staying close to Him in our earthly life.

So many of the things we do in Lent are designed to keep us close to the Lord in this life. We might even say that the whole season is about living life with Him. Lent is 40 days of prayer and possibly fasting; in this time we live with the Lord in His 40 days of fasting and prayer in the wilderness. Prayer and fasting, then, are means by which we can resist temptation. Prayer asks for God’s assistance in our struggles, and fasting trains us to be able to say ‘no’ to our desires. Almsgiving (acts of charity) – the third characteristic of Lent – is a means by which we show love for others and, therefore, show repentance for our sins.

Friday 16 February 2024

Year of Prayer: Stations of the Cross

 Year of Prayer: Stations of the Cross

In our newsletter this Sunday, we'll read more about the season of Lent.  Today we share an extract which relates to a traditional Lenten prayer, Stations of the Cross.
During Lent the Stations of the Cross are an important devotion; they will be prayed in the Cathedral each Sunday at 4pm. In this devotion we try to walk with the Lord on His final journey. Jesus told His disciples, 
“If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him denounce himself, take up his cross and follow me.”
In the Stations – and throughout Lent – we try to take up our cross and follow the Lord, in our rituals and in our daily lives. 

Stations capture some key moments on Jesus' journey towards his crucifixion.  

Stations of the Cross Tapestry

Thursday 15 February 2024

Cathedral Primary: St Francis Assisi Group

 Cathedral Primary: St Francis Assisi Group

Children from Years 5 and 6 who are inspired by the example of St Francis of Assisi meet
regularly as our St Francis of Assisi Group. 

Their mission is to organise activities to promote outreach work to help people in need throughout the world. The example of St Francis of Assisi inspires a love of God’s gift of creation and a desire to protect it and help our brothers and sisters throughout the world. 

Our St Francis of Assisi Group supports a different project to help others every half term. Since Christmas St Francis of Assisi group have been busy organising two events to raise money for the ‘Cathedral Heating Fund’ this half term. We had a ‘Comfy Clothes Day’ and a ‘Hot Chocolate Day’ – all the money raised will be donated to support the heating bills for the Cathedral.

They have helped to collect money and items to support CAFOD, Mission Together, Lancaster and District Homeless Action, Lancaster’s Olive Branch, NISCU, our local parish and more. 

The children in this group show great dedication and commitment and help us all to live out our mission to bring God’s love and care to the whole world.

The prayer of St Francis has been put to music and is the familiar and popular hymn Make me a channel of your peace.  

Tuesday 13 February 2024

Ash Wednesday: Art reflections

 Ash Wednesday

Tomorrow we begin the season of Lent with Ash Wednesday. The video below uses art to help us learn more about Ash Wednesday.

Catechism of the Catholic Church

CCC 1430 Jesus' call to conversion and penance, like that of the prophets before him, does not aim first at outward works, "sackcloth and ashes," fasting and mortification, but at the conversion of the heart, interior conversion. Without this, such penances remain sterile and false; however, interior conversion urges expression in visible signs, gestures and works of penance.