Friday, December 2, 2016

A candle of hope

This week we are remembering our first candle on the Advent wreath ... a candle of hope.

Today we share an appeal from the Aid to the Church in Need.  
To read more about this appeal and their work please visit the Aid to the Church in Need website.  

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

More about the Advent wreath

Today we share a short video explaining the meaning of Advent season, the everlasting love of God in the evergreen of the wreath, and the traditional themes for the candles, and why we have three purple and one pink candle.  To learn more why not spend a few minutes watching.

And a link to Lancaster Young People's Facebook page where we have a focused reflection on the gift of hope ... what if hope didn't rely on one bright light but on each of us taking the light of Christ into our world.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Happy New Year - A star of hope

Today we begin the new church year with the wonderful season of Advent.  A time of preparation ... Today in children's liturgy we received a card from Noah, who featured in the Gospel reading, he had a message for the children, 'Stay awake' so that you will be ready for the Lord's coming.  

We also looked at our Advent wreath and talked about the first candle where we thought about HOPE.  Each Sunday we will be collecting stars ... today our star of Hope.  We welcomed new children who came to share their hopes ... 
Hopes from the children attending Children's Liturgy
Throughout Advent we'll be sharing reflections from different Advent calendars and family customs and ideas for celebrating Advent.  Please share your ideas with us using our contact form.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Door of Mercy closes ...

Today we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King ... this year the day marks the end of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy and today Pope Frances closes the door in St Peter's. This Jubilee Year was the first one in history to be launched by two pontiffs (popes), both Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. We are posting two video links, the first showing the Pope closing the door, and the second which gives a short explanation about the year of mercy and why it has been so important.

Lancaster's Door of Mercy
As announced in the newsletter a few weeks ago, although the door at St Peter's at Lancaster will formally cease to be the Door of Mercy, it will remain open as an alternative exit should we need to vacate the building in an emergency ... thus a door we hope not to use in the near future!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Confirmation Programme

Poster for Confirmation Programme 2017
Confirmation Preparation Programme
Confirmations will take place at the Cathedral at 6.30 Mass on Sunday 11th June 2017, Feast of Trinity. 

We have designed the programme to help young people to learn more about the sacraments within the context of the Catholic Church, especially the sacrament of confirmation. We provide a space for young people to explore wider issues of faith including issues of social justice, Church Teaching and our community.  We use the Cathedral to learn more about our faith and think about what it means to be a young Catholic today.  We encourage the young people to ask questions and hope to provide them with the means to make an informed decision about whether they would like to be confirmed.
For more information please see Confirmation page.

St Peter’s Way is St Peter’s Cathedral and St Thomas More Parish confirmation programme.  It is delivered by parish catechists who have DBS clearance, they give their time freely including time to prepare and deliver the sessions and spending time deepening their own faith. 

If you are a member of the parish who feels they would like to get involved in the Confirmation programme then we would welcome new members of the team - there are many ways in which you can help and it can be a great way to learn more about the sacraments, Church Teaching for yourself. Please speak to Fr Steve or Fr Andrew. 

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Heaven is ... and we remember ...

Book of the Dead on display 2013
In November we remember those loved ones who have died ... we also have the Book of Remembrance at the front of Church listing those from our parish who have died.
Children's ideas about what heaven is like
Today in children's liturgy the children talked about what they thought heaven would be like.  They came up with lots of good ideas, funnily enough none came up with the advertising for a biscuit - did you know heaven in a biscuit?  Other images or reflections on heaven welcome. Please use contact sheet 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Caring for Creation

Organised by the Lancaster Diocese of Faith and Justice 

"The ecological crises shows the urgency of a solidarity which embraces time and space ... A greater sense of intergenerational solidarity is urgently needed.  For future generations cannot be saddled with the cost of our use of common environmental resources".  Pope Benedict XVI World Peace Day Message.

To book a place or for more information contact:
Maggie McSherry 
Find out more and download a booking form

To learn more about what the Faith and Justice group do please see the Lancaster Faith and Justice Commission website or follow them on Twitter @lancasterfandj