Sunday, July 31, 2016

Best images of Pope Francis at World Youth Day

As Pope Francis comes to the end of a busy week in Poland where he joined young people from across the world for 'World Youth Day' we share a video with some of the images from this important trip.    

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Martha and Mary

Today in children's liturgy we listened to the Gospel story of Jesus' visit to Martha and Mary's house. Then to break open the Word and share the Good News the children served others like Martha served Jesus, but rather than make a meal they helped weed the cloister where the statue of St Therese of Lisieux stands.
Helping to pick up weeds -
service to others like Martha
Collecting weeds


They then followed Mary's example of listening to the Lord, sitting in small groups the children passed a shell and listened speaking to Jesus in their heart.  Through these actions the children experienced the activity of Martha and the silent attentive listening of Mary.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Celebration Mass

Last night children who received their first Holy Communion on 19th June gathered with their families at St Thomas More.  They were joined by our young people who were confirmed at Pentecost in May. Fr Steve celebrated Mass and thanked catechists who had worked with parents and families to help prepare our young people for these important milestones in their journey of faith.

Children after receiving their certificates with Fr Steve
Confirmation Group 2016 on steps of  St Peter's Cathedral, Lancaster

Friday, July 1, 2016

We remember ...

Today at 07.30 marks the 100th anniversary since the start of the Battle of the Somme a time of silence provided a chance for people to remember those who gave their life, whether they be relatives or Lancastrians.
Display from Inspire; remembering those who died
during World War 1

Prayer of Commemoration
Eternal God, our refuge and strength, on this day we remember before you all who experienced the battle on the Somme: those who faced the terrible waste and devastation, who fought against all the odds, endured the clinging mud, and the squalor of the trenches.
We recall with thanksgiving the loyalty shown to comrades and the bravery of those who overcame their fear, the courage of those who daily faced the pounding of artillery, gun-fire and shrapnel. May we never forget the devastating loss of this battle, the anxiety on the home-front, and the sacrifices that were made. 
Through our remembrances today, strengthen our resolve to oppose naked aggression, to defend the weak, and to speak your word of peace in times of conflict and insecurity.  This we ask in the name of the Prince of peace, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen

Sunday, June 19, 2016

First Holy Communion

Today ten of our young people received Jesus for the first time as they received their first Holy Communion.  
Fr Steve and Deacon Jim join the children who made their first Holy Communion 
Fr Steve in his homily reminded the children that they would always have a friend in Jesus who would be there for them throughout their life.  He thanked the parents and families who had brought their children for Baptism and continued to support them on their journey in faith.  
After Mass, Miss Hannah, headteacher from Cathedral primary school came to congratulate the children in the sacristy.
Miss Hannah and Children who made their first Holy Communion
There will be a celebration mass at St Thomas More on Tuesday 5th July at 6.30pm, where the children will receive their certificates, parishioners are welcome to attend.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Prayer for vocations

Today priests and people from the Lancaster Deanery gathered for Mass to pray for vocations to the priesthood.  For more information visit the Lancaster vocations website

Stephen receiving the Bible
We especially remember in our prayers Stephen Talbot from our parish who is training at Oscott.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Preparing ... adults learning about the Cathedral

Father Andrew talking about the Triptych
The parish preparation programme 'My Lord and My God' involves sessions for adults as well as children.  In some ways, these adult sessions are more important, because it is the adults - parents, grandparents, wider family - who play the important role of bringing up their children in faith with a love for the Lord.  During one of the adult sessions we look round the Cathedral and learn more about the building and its symbolism so that we can grow in our understanding and in turn share with the children.