Book Club: News

Our Poetry and Book club is meeting on Zoom on Wednesday 23rd September to discuss Genesis Ch 1-3.

If you wish to join the Zoom Meeting then please get in contact with Mike O’Callaghan using the form at the bottom of this page.

Mike writes “I have just been for a lovely walk on this glorious morning; ‘God saw all he had made, and indeed it was very good.’  Sadly there continues to be a number of serpents about.”

Lectio Divina: News

One of our Lectio Divina group remarks that sometimes they all have the same message from the reading but more often than not each gets an incomplete message that is made more complete after reading what others have received. “The beauty of the Holy Spirit at work.”

Lectio Divina for this Friday considered the Gospel for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

You can read their reflections here.

Lectio Divina: News

Some of the Lectio group are away on hols at the moment so it was a smaller group meeting on line to discuss the reading for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) Mt 18: 21-35 “I do not tell you to forgive seven times, but seventy-seven times”

You can find out what they thought here.

Lectio Divina: News

Our Lectio group has been looking at Matthew 18: 15-20.

It has been deeply emotional today, indeed, some of the reflections can’t be posted as they were too personal. This shows us how wonderful Lectio Divina is, the power of praying together and of praying for one another. You can read some of the group’s reflections here.

Spirituality Centre: News

Just a wee update on where we are regarding the opening of The Spirituality Centre. With the current restrictions still in place is seems that our idea of opening in September has been pushed back. We are now looking at opening once the Furlough Scheme ends in October. There are a few reasons for this:

Looking at the guidance of the Preston City Council website and the UK Government web site it seems that we cannot open under the restrictions in place. We have no idea how long this is going to last and what the implications are.

Places that host conferences or exhibitions are to remain closed and because of current restriction meet with people you do not live with, or have “bubbled” with in other indoor public venues – this includes pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, leisure and entertainment venues or visitor attractions. You may still attend these places with people you live with or are in a protective support bubble with. You must take precautions to socially distance from one another wherever practical.

Other activities are discouraged, and face masks are now mandatory for almost all indoor spaces. Changes to cleaning regimes, entering and leaving, reception, numbers that can be permitted with social distancing have huge implications on our working and finances.

This is disappointing for the community here and for the wider community who use and appreciate the Centre. We continue with our small community mass on a Thursday evening and remember friends and family in our prayers. We also remember the wider Xaverian community and our missions that are suffering at this time. Suffering, not just because of Covid, but also because our ability to help support their work and their mission is severely limited by what is happening here.

I hope that I have better news the next time I write! Thanks for your support, patience and prayers.

Paddy

For more information please follow the links

Preston’s local restrictions

https://www.preston.gov.uk/article/2915/FAQ-on-local-restrictions-what-you-can-and-can-t-do-in-Preston

Business closures

https://www.preston.gov.uk/Businessclosures

UK Government Guidance

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-multi-purpose-community-facilities/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-multi-purpose-community-facilities

Lectio Divina: News

Our thoughtful Lectio Divina group have been considering Matthew 14 13-21 You can read some of the thoughts they offer here.

We can learn from their example by reading and thinking how we personally relate to the Gospel passage. How does it speak to us, here and now?