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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.