New calendar event

Do you wonder what all the fuss is about Climate Change? Does it matter? Is it somebody else’s problem?

Some countries are more exposed than others to the effects of Climate Change. Come and listen to a salutary talk about the Future of Food at the St Wilfrid’s Parish Centre on the 30th September 2019 at 7pm.

See here for more details. Remember that if you use an electronic calendar then you can subscribe to our calendar and never miss an event.

The week ahead: 4th August – 10th August

Highlights this week include two monthly events at the Centre.

The ‘Women At Prayer’ group meet again this coming Wednesday 7th Aug 2-3pm in the prayer Room. There will be some time of input, sharing and quiet reflection. All women welcome. Donation £3 requested towards the running of the centre.

It is also the Labyrinth group meeting in the evening of the same day. 7 – 9pm

If you have not tried these then please do feel free to come along. You will receive a warm welcome and a gentle time of reflection.

In addition there is the monthly rosary at the Carmelite Monastery Church, St Vincent’s Road on Tuesday 6th August at 2pm.

Quiet days

Late July and August have always been quiet days at the centre and activity levels are down as people leave for their Summer holidays.

Check the calendar for news of the events and if you are going away then have a great time.

For the love of Saree …by Barkha Rani

Saree is one of the most well-known silhouettes of Indian fashion. The beauty of the saree is non parallel and the way it beautifies Indian women is why all of us admire sarees. Saree is the identity of Indian women and sets them apart. Most foreigners upon seeing a woman wearing a saree would instantly recognise that the woman belongs to the Indian subcontinent.

Saree speak has created a platform to celebrate this beautiful garment and the ladies who wear them. Saree Speak is an informal Facebook group created by an Indian lady called Vini Tandon. It has more than 110 thousand members all over the world mainly from the Indian subcontinent. The numbers are growing across the globe and women from the Indian diaspora are more enthused now to celebrate their sarees.

In Preston, Lancashire, a group of women who were inspired by Saree speak decided to celebrate the essence of womanhood and their love of sarees. Sixty five ladies attended this event held at the Xaverian mission spirituality centre in Fulwood, Preston on Friday 14th June 2019.

It is thought that there are more than 100 different types of sarees and ladies came wearing varied types of sarees from all over India. To name a few , Paithani from Maharashtra, Pochampally from Andhra Pradesh, Kanjeevaram from Tamil Nadu, Kasavu from Kerala, and Bandhani from Rajasthan. Ladies also wore sarees in different styles. Apart from the conventional style, we had women wearing sarees in Gujarati, Bihari, Navvari style and some experimental ladies wore trendy frill saree and fusion saree.

As the theme of the evening was about saree, the two comperes were successful in capturing the attention of the audience by discussing various aspects of a saree. There were women who spoke about their fond memories of wearing a saree, their strong emotional attachment to saree and their admiration for strong loving women in their lives who wore sarees and passed it on to them like mothers, mothers in law and grandmothers. A lady spoke of her pride about buying sarees for her daughter’s wedding, one spoke about being brought up wearing saree in Gujarati style and marrying a boy from Karnataka where saree is worn in a completely different fashion. There was another who explained how the Navvari style of wearing saree evolved. The children and youngsters also talked about how they feel when they see their mother in a saree and how in the future they might consider wearing a saree.

Ladies exhibited their singing and dancing talent. There was a dance medley of various dance forms from across India. The crowd was allowed to hone their dancing skills by a Bollywood dance tutorial. The pièce de résistance was a fashion show where all ladies walked the ramp exhibiting their proud saree.

The evening ended with a scrumptious Indian Buffet dinner and an open dance floor where the ladies danced away to pure happiness in their lovely sarees. We all got to know a little bit more about each other, mingled and laughed and celebrated womanhood and regaled in the one thing that bound us all together for that evening – saree!

In this women dominated event, there was one man who aided the event by letting us use the venue and helping with the organisation. A big thanks to dear Father Cosmito.

The support from true friends is priceless and this event would not have been possible without the lovely group of friends I am surrounded by. I thank each and every one of them for their contribution and hard work.

Elegance is the only beauty that never fades and saree is one of the most elegant of fashion garment across the globe. Let us celebrate this lovely garment today and every day. Look out for the next saree speak event in Preston next year.

Spirituality for Summer

We have the Saturday Retreat “Spirituality for Summer” coming up on Saturday the 22nd June.

The organisers would be grateful for an idea of numbers so they can plan ahead. If you you are thinking of coming it would be very helpful if you would let Rose and Greg McCrave know by completing the form at the bottom of this page.

New “Women at Prayer” Group

This new small group is now launched and on the calendar. We will meet on the 1st Wednesday of each month commencing Wednesday 3rd July 2-3pm. £3 donation in support of the centre would be appreciated. Refreshments available. We will spend some time sharing, reflecting and praying. All women welcome.

Website content & updates

From time to time it is good to have a break from the normal routine and go away and do something else. It is that time for me. I am going on a little bike ride to see some of England, sleep in a tiny tent and probably get quite wet.

Whilst I am going to take my phone, I am going to be constrained by limited phone battery. Hopefully there will be chance to charge it in cafes and so forth, The little capacity that I have will be spent on navigation, searches for the next campsite and photographs. For that reason I suspect I will not be able to maintain the normal level of postings of news and new events.

I have no idea when I will get back but it will be before the end of June.

Calendar update: A talk on parenting the teenager you love

Sarah Marie Place is giving a talk on parenting teenagers at the Centre on Tuesday 25th June at 7pm. The talk is applicable to both Parents and Grandparents. As usual there will be an opportunity for tea/coffee and conversation both before and after the event.

The talk is based on a book by Gary Chapman called “The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers”.

If you want to ask Sarah anything beforehand then please use the contact form on the the calendar event which can be found by clicking here.

Xaverian Interfaith Conference 2019

In March the Xaverian Missionaries from the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States held a conference in Coatbridge on Interfaith dialogue.

There are paper copies of the final report from the conference on the display rack in the Preston Centre or you can read it by clicking here.