Preston Windrush has once again made the news, this time with the New York based Associated Press! Here is the link to the article and there are some good photos of what happens on a Friday!
It was good to see familiar faces last weekend and this weekend in Blessed Sacrament Parish! Hopefully, we’ll get more opportunities to see each other as the lockdown begins to open! The promise of Easter joy and hope seems more pertinent this year!
On a sadder note: Anthony Finnerty passed on Thursday evening (March 4th). His struggle with a brain tumour, for the past few years, came to a peaceful end. He was not alone in his final hours with family in Royal Preston Hospital. May he rest in peace and be assured of our prayers for him and those close to him.
Our Poetry and Book club met on Zoom this week and had a most interesting discussion on the Biblical book of Jonah. One of the group was able to share a deep knowledge of the Bible and explained the significance of Jonah in the Jewish faith.
The group also looked at Jonah from the Christian viewpoint as a sign pointing to Christ before concluding with a look at the Prophets of today such as David Attenborough and Pope Francis.
This is the Book Club at it’s very best!
We next meet by Zoom on the 24th March to study “Lancashire Poets”
We are once again in the Lent Season and it has been a very popular Lectio session.
The group considered the Gospel for the 1st Sunday in Lent Year B.
Mk 1:12-15 Jesus was tempted by Satan, and the angels looked after him.
You may read their thoughts here. Perhaps their observations will encourage your own reflections on the passage.
One person of the group sent both a reflection and this ‘chant of praise’ after today’s Lectio.
‘I just went in the garden and the first thing I noticed were the wild freesia nodding their little heads. The fragrance is divine. I was reminded that in all the darkness in the world, God is still creating beauty. He is unstoppable, new life is bursting forth everywhere. The birds know it they are singing their hearts out in praise and glory.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord Let the earth hear his voice Praise the Lord praise the Lord Let the people rejoice Oh come to the Father through Jesus the Son And give him the glory great things he hath done ‘
Lectio Divina for this Friday took the readings for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B
Mk 1:40-45 The leprosy left him at once and he was cured.
Read how the group took meaning from the readings here.
Today one person from the group said “Lectio Divina gives us the space to be aware of God’s Presence within our busyness of the week. He is with us always anyway but it also gives me the opportunity to think about all of us together as one body in Christ.”
Lent begins on Wednesday February 17th this year! It is always good to take time to prepare for these 40 days before we celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, his Passion, death and Resurrection. So here are some places to visit (virtually this year!) to get suggestions and help for this time of Prayer, Fasting and Alms Giving.
I’ll have more suggestions for next week – looking at retreats, Stations of the Cross and prayers! Jesus spent four days and nights in the desert preparing for his public ministry. It would be good if we too, could take time to prepare ourselves as well!
As we signposted last week, Donna Worthington is hoping to reschedule her cancelled November 2020 events to dates in December 2021. These dates are subject to some uncertainty. We’ll have to assess the Covid situation later in the year, but hopefully, as it’s months away, things will be much better by then.
A retreat based on the Christian meditation practices as passed on through the teaching of the Benedictine monk John Main.
John Main had his spiritual roots in the tradition of the Desert Fathers & Mothers, so there will also be a short storytelling / theatre performance based on this desert spirituality and set in a modern, contemporary setting.
All sessions will run from 7pm-9.30pm:
Monday 6th Dec 2021
St John The Evangelist’s RC Church, Bromley Cross
Tuesday 7th Dec 2021
St Mary’s RC Church, Bamber Bridge, Preston
Wednesday 8th Dec 2021
Thornton Methodist Church, Thornton-Cleveleys, near Blackpool
Thursday 9th Dec 2021
Cartmel Priory, Cartmel
Friday 10th Dec 2021
The Xaverian Mission Spirituality Centre, Fulwood, Preston
Sunday 12th Dec 2021
St Bernadette’s RC Church, Lancaster
Monday 13th Dec 2021
Stricklandgate Methodist Church, Kendal
Tuesday 14th Dec 2021
Glazebury Methodist Church, Glazebury, near Warrington