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 preston@xavs.org
Keep your eyes peeled for further events and projects on our website and mailing list.

Women At Prayer

We have our next meeting of the Women at Prayer group on the 8th January at 2pm. This is a time of change and renewal as the lead into the New Year. Lets start by turning to God.

We will spend some time sharing, reflecting and praying together. A time of peace.  All women welcome.

If you want to learn more then please feel free to contact Rose. You can reach her by clicking here and going to the bottom of the page.

A Happy Missionary Christmas from the Xaverians

Heard the one of the wife on the eve of their wedding anniversary reminding her husband by stating “Tomorrow is our wedding anniversary and I want a lovely gift. Something shiny, metallic and goes from 0 to 100 in seconds.” … So he bought her some bathroom scales. (Ouch!)

This time of the year gifts abound. Be it socks, aftershave and boxers for the men or perfume, jewellery and chocs for the ladies … Christmas is the time when we show our love through gifts.

That’s exactly the meaning of this feast. God loved us so much that he gave us his beloved son. He loves us so passionately, unconditionally, overwhelmingly, that he becomes one of us. This is the total gift that love demands…becoming one of us. This in turn demands a response from us. When you receive a gift, you respond positively…even if it may end up in the Charity Shop later!

Our response is to show our love in return. God’s love, so immense that becomes incarnate, must be mirrored by our love so intense that it becomes our mandate. “Love the other as I have loved you.”

As God comes to share our broken condition, we are called to enter into humanity’s brokenness. Emmanuel means God with us, and indeed God is with us especially in the broken… the poor, the marginalised, the victims, the forgotten, and the voiceless. There is no point in singing “Emmanuel, God is with us” if we don’t reach out to touch the God who is with us every day. God comes to offer hope, to set out a new vision, to encourage us, to care, to show compassion, to heal, to take away our despair, to show there is a different way… and we are called to do the same.

Christmas is a missionary feast. The angel is sent to the hill country of Nazareth, the Word is sent to the Virgin, Mary goes to Elizabeth’s, the shepherds get up and go, the Kings travel afar… Jesus is sent into our world, into our reality, into our lives. Jesus is the Missionary of the Father.

The story is full of going, being sent, journeying… and we too, in turn are to be heralds of the Good News, messengers of the Word which brings life, bearers of the love of God incarnate. We are to make Jesus born anew in our hearts, in our lives, in our world. We are to make God’s love become flesh, to become real, to be present again in our world. How? Amongst the tinsel and trappings, the turkey and the TV, the merriment and mayhem… each of us must make the time to pause, to pray and to plan.

  • What does Jesus mean to me?
  • Where is his light needing to shine?
  • How can I be God’s love for others?
  • Who am I being sent to?
  • Why am I waiting???

We used to use the phrase to mock someone who thought they were it… “So you think your God’s gift?” Well we are God’s gifts and if we show love through gifts, then this season must be the time to make of ourselves a gift to others.

We cannot delay, we must hasten, we cannot stand still. Our world needs urgently to feel the love of God and we must birth him with speed … yes, as fast as 0 to 100 in seconds!

Happy Missionary Christmas from the Xaverians.

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.