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 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Mass with a difference

Crucifix lit be candles
Welcome by candle light
We usually celebrate Mass in candle light at Midnight Mass for Christmas, or Candlemass (2nd of February) however last night a localised power outage provided a mass with a difference.  Welcomers equipped with torches and candles welcomed those attending 6.30 mass, and just before mass started Fr Steve invited people to sit near the front as the microphones were not working. 
During our prayers of intercession we remembered the many people affected by Hurricane Matthew, no doubt many of them will be without power and clearly facing hardships we can hardly imagine. Please keep them in your prayers.   

Monday, October 3, 2016

Deanery Talks Parables of the Kingdom

“The Parables of The Kingdom” 

Canon Luiz Ruscillo will lead a series of talks on Gospel Parables 
on Tuesday 
11 and 18 October and
15 and 22 November,
at  7-8pm 
in the Education Centre, Balmoral Rd, Lancaster.

Why not see how many parables you can remember.

Children and adults why not share your artistic talents and send us a picture or photo representing one of the parables.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

St Therese of Lisuex

Statue of St Therese of Lisieux

St Therese of Lisieux
Today we celebrate the Feast of St Therese of Lisieux also known as St Therese of the Little Flower Jesus. 

Here the statue of St Therese holding her cross and roses.
She wrote ...
"My mission - to make God loved - will begin after my death," she said. "I will spend my heaven doing good on earth. I will let fall a shower of roses."

A few years ago the Cathedral hosted a highly impressive Flower festival to see images of the flower festival on the original Cathedral Blog.

In June this year there was another flower festival organised by the Aid to the Church in Need. 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

CAFOD Cross of Lampedusa

Blessing of the Cross of Lampedusa
Display about Cross of Lampedusa
Today at the end of 10.30 mass, a cross of Lampedusa was blessed and placed next to the door for the Year of Mercy.  It is a reminder to us all as a reminder that we need to continue to pray and do what we can for the many refugees around the world - these simple crosses sent to Cathedrals thoughout the world, are a sign of hope.  

The cross is one of many created out of drift wood by a carpenter from the Italian island of Lampedusa.  Francesco Tuccio collected the driftwood from the wrecked boats of refugees escaping from Eritrea and Somalia who drowned off the coast of Lampedusa and made simple crosses which he offered as a symbol of hope. 
Parishioner signing card
sending prayers and
message of hope
Pope Francis carried a cross at a Mass to commemorate the people who have died and there is another in the British Museum, and this week one on display at Lancaster Cathedral. If you would like to go and leave a message on one of the cards which will be given to refugees to remind them they are not forgotten. 

For further resources for Cross of Lampedusa from CAFOD including prayer cards that can be sent with prayers and messages of hope to refugees. 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Great joy when we found the Lost coin

Today children liturgy returned and the children were as helpful as usual - helping one of the catechists not only to find the lost coin but also their glasses.  As we shared the reading the children experienced the sadness and frustration of the lost coin and the joy at finding the coin.  

Searching for the lost coin - Luke 15
We then talked about how when we say sorry (during the penitential rite or in our daily prayers) God will have a big smile when we return to him ... we can get lost in so many ways. Like the lost sheep we can wanted away, for the children we talked about moving away from Jesus when we forget to say our prayers and moving away from God's family our friends and family when we forget to do what Jesus would do.  We used one of our new cards that help the children follow the different parts of the Liturgy of the Word - more of these in coming days.


Monday, September 5, 2016

Sacrament of the Sick

Anointing the sick
On Saturday 2nd September Bishop Michael Campbell came to celebrate Mass and with Fr Steve administer the sacrament of the sick to over 40 parishioners.  Despite the wind and rain parents brought children, adults brought their parents and friends to enable them to receive this healing sacrament which included calling down of the holy spirit and laying on of hands followed by anointing the forehead and hands.  

To learn more about this sacrament why not read an entry in our Year of Faith Blog - Oil of the sick used in this sacrament of the sick.

To read more about this healing Mass see Bishop's Blog

Feast of St Gregory
The 2nd September is the Feast of St Gregory the Great who sent Augustine as a missionary to convert England. To learn more about St Gregory you may want to watch this short video.