New calendar event: Journeying in Prayer

The Diocese of Blackburn will be holding a 10 week course at the Centre in the first half of 2020. The course is entitled “Journeying in Prayer: Travellers on the Way”

The course is open to all who wish to deepen their experience and knowledge of prayer and to explore the journey of prayer with others. Members of all denominations (and none) are welcome to apply.

For more details look at the calendar entry. The closing date for applications is Friday, 6th December 2019.

Fr Jim calls on the Church to lead on climate change

Our very own Fr Jim was interviewed recently by the Scottish Catholic Observer. They published an article based on the interview on the 6th September. You can read the article here.

Jim spoke out both for the indigenous population and for mankind in general. The wanton destruction of the rainforest affects us all. We may be distant but we are complicit by our carelessness. A quote from the article shows our connection to the problem “Fr Clarke said deforestation was taking place in the region when he worked there in 1987, as large companies such as McDonald’s were ‘using the land to farm cattle for their burgers.’” Even taking our children or grandchildren to McDonalds has consequences.

New calendar item: Sunday 6th October

We have a new special event that you may be interested in. Chris and Mary Cullen have organised the third “Mind and Body for your Wellbeing” event. To book click here.

We hope you will come and enjoy the space that this event provides. The aim is to provide some time and space where you can relax, refresh and renew a sense of balance in yourself.

  • Would you feel the benefit of some time to unwind or to destress?
  • Are you in a stressful work situation or in some aspect of your life?
  • Or would you simply value some down time,just for you,in the midst of your busy life? Maybe this event is for you!

The morning will include gentle yoga, breathing work, tai chi and mindful meditation to help restore a sense of balance within you.

Event Leaders:- Geoff Lofthouse and Helen Molyneux

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.