Book Club: Benjamin Zephaniah

Eat Your Words by Benjamin Zephaniah

I am a veggie table
A table made of veg,
There’s so much fruit upon me
All living on the edge,
Life is hard
But so are plates
And tea can be quite hot,
And vegetarian poets
Make me nervous quite a lot.

At our meeting on Wednesday 22nd January we will discuss the Poetry of Benjamin Zephaniah.
Mike o’Callaghan says “From my reading so far, this should be entertaining and interesting.”

So, if your New Year’s resolutions permit, why not come along and discuss poetry? It could be both fun and thought provoking.

News & Calendar updates…

On Wednesday 8th January, members of the Preston and Coatbridge Xaverian communities met in Carlisle for a planning day for programmes and projects over the coming year. It was a very fruitful meeting with many ideas shared about potential initiatives in the Coatbridge and Preston areas as well as in the Xaverian run parish in the Castlemilk area of Glasgow.

One exciting project we will be running in Preston is ‘The God who Speaks’ programme. As part of a national Bishops Conference initiative to spend 2020 focussing on the role of Scripture in our lives.

We are delighted to be hosting a number of gatherings which will take on a different Scriptural focus as its theme. Please click here to see the poster for more information. We hope you can join us on Saturday 8th February for the first of these events.

On a social side, we will be hosting our annual Burns Supper on Saturday 1st February at the Preston Centre. Come along and help us celebrate with members of the Preston community and Xaverian friends from across the country.

Another date for your diary is the Open Day for our Preston Centre which, this year, will take place on Saturday 4th July.

For more information on any of these, please contact us at
Keep your eyes peeled for further events and projects on our website and mailing list.

German Language Classes

On Thursday afternoons and Evenings Michele offers a number of German language classes catering for beginners to more accomplished speakers. If you are thinking of improving your mind and want a challenge for the New Year then why not get in touch with Michele and learn a little more.

You can contact Michele directly by filling in the form here.

The Global Silent Minute: 9pm 21st December 2019

Pause for One Minute for One Humanity

We are invited to join the Global Silent Minute at 9pm on 21st December 2019

Amidst the challenges we face today, the Global Silent Minute is an opportunity to unite in thought, prayer, and meditation to create the future we imagine. The minute begins with the ringing of bells everywhere, as together we enter into one silent minute, calling on humanity to fulfill its highest potential and greatest destiny: peace on Earth.

The Global Silent Minute is inspired by the Silent Minute launched in WWII in London during the blitz as a call to citizens to unite daily in a silent minute for peace and freedom. Millions participated, and its success was acknowledged after the war as a “secret weapon” which the Germans could not counter. Today, our Global Silent Minute will be a powerful force in the creation of a better world for all.

Click here for the full story.

Will you join us?

Calendar changes for the Week starting 15th December

A few pre-Christmas changes to the schedule.

The following sessions have been cancelled.

  • Cuppa Chat on the 16th
  • Dementia Singing Group on the 17th
  • Pregnancy Yoga on the 18th December.
  • The Mother and Baby Yoga session on the 19th. This will return on Thursday 9th January.

Remember we are having a little celebration after Mass on Thursday 18th and that the Christmas and New Year Party is on Sunday 22nd 12:00 to 20:30

Thursday Evening Mass

We shall not be having the usual Thursday evening Mass on the 5th December. Instead there will be a requiem Mass at St Wilfrid’s at 1:45pm on the 5th for Sean Haslegrave who died in November. You can read the notice in the Lancashire Evening Post here.

On the 12th there will be Mass at the Centre as usual.

On the 19th we will also have Mass and afterwards there will be a bit of a Christmas celebration for everyone associated with the Xaverians and the Centre. Please do come and help make it a great evening.

Journeying in Prayer

Journeying in Prayer is a course open to all who wish to deepen their experience and knowledge of prayer and to explore the journey of prayer with others.

The course starts on Monday the 20th January 2020 and continues for 10 weeks plus a residential weekend at Hyning.

For more information you can download the course flier here or look on our calendar.

The Osiligi Maasai Warriors 2020

In September 2018 we hosted a stunning display given for us by the Osiligi Maasai Warriors. There are plans for the Warriors to return. The date is not yet finalised but we are thinking of the evening of Wed 9th Sep 2020

The Osiligi Maasai Warriors are a tribal group from southern Kenya who perform authentic Maasai song and dance as well as their famed jumping. They have performed at schools, churches and theatres throughout the UK with great success over a number of years and plan to return in September 2020. The show is both entertaining and informative and involves audience participation plus a question and answer session on the lives of the Maasai.

The tour is promoted as a stand-alone event which pays for the group, their extended families and beadmakers, plus one part-time promotional job. In recent years, the group has also worked in conjunction with a small charity – Osiligi Charity Projects – and this has led to the transformation of their local community with new water stations, a new orphanage, a new church/community centre and – most impressively – a new, state-of-the-art primary school with 250 sponsored pupils and a medical centre.

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