Building the calendar

Update to the calendar this week…

The Preston Poetry and Book Club have published an engaging programme of events for the next 12 months.  Take a look at the titles, plan your reading and get stuck into this thought provoking selection.

Finally, it is garden day at Preston on Tuesday 10th July.  If you can come and lend a hand, please do.  You can glimpse how much fun we have by looking at one of the three stools in the refreshment area and flicking the antennae.  Intrigued?  Then come to gardening.

L’arche Preston invite you to the film “Summer in the Forest”

To launch a weekend to celebrate the L’Arche Anniversary, on Friday
6th July 2018, there will be a screening of, ‘SUMMER IN THE FOREST’ A new documentary film about L’Arche and the work of Jean Vanier.
Doors open at 6.45 p.m. Screening from 7.30 p.m. There will be no charge,  however donations will be gratefully accepted.  Email for more details and booking or find the flier in reception.

Week of Guided Prayer: 9th to 14th Sept

Retreat in Daily Life
Perfect for busy people

  • Take some time out
  • Deepen your relationship with God
  • Explore new ways of praying
  • Find help with any kind of decision

What is a retreat in daily life?
It is a daily time of prayer (aiming at 30 minutes) and daily half-hour individual meeting with an experienced prayer guide during the week.

Who is it for?
Anyone who is already Christian and who wants to deepen their prayer life, or someone who is not sure what they believe but is willing to take a risk and seriously explore the reality of God.  Either way, it is for any generous soul willing to commit to the elements of the week.

What is the programme?
The core elements of the week are prayer for half-an-hour each day, reviewing how that prayer time went, and meetings with your prayer guide four or five times.  There are other components of the week.  Introductory and closing meetings top and tail the week with helpful suggestions.

Why do the retreat?
When we are generous, God is more so.  We encounter a God who loves and calls us.  It can also be a great help in making or confirming decisions, big or small.

How much does it cost?
To help towards our costs retreatants are asked to  contribute £50. This will cover all the expenses of the week including use of Tabor’s retreat facilities.

How will the retreat fit in with the rest of life?
You will be busier in the week of the retreat because of these extra demands, hence the need to be generous.  The retreat runs alongside your normal week, however, so you won’t lose any usual responsibilities.  Sorry!

How do I sign up?
As soon as you know you want to participate, either send in your completed paper form or complete the form below and then as soon as possible send us your fee to secure your place.  It helps the organisers know how many are taking part as soon as possible. Places are limited.

But I don’t know how to pray?
Join the club!  This is not a problem.  In fact, such honesty is a good start.

Who organises the week?
Trained prayer guides led by Rose McCrave and Angela Rogerson.

There will be an opening meeting on Sunday 9th Sept  4:00 pm – 5:00 pm and a closing meeting on Friday 14th Sept 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Booking Form

You can book via the website or if you prefer to complete the form on paper the flier for the event includes the booking form.  You can pick up the flier from Tabor or download it by clicking here and printing it at home.

Please ensure that both form and fee reach Rose McCrave or Tabor Reception by Friday 10th August 2018  Please make cheques payable to “Xaverian Missionaries”.

Shaping up the calendar

There is a fair bit to do after the discernment day on the 20th June.  In the meantime we are working on the scheduling of events beyond the end of July.  As the group leaders let us know their plans we will progressively update the calendar.  Watch this space.

One new Special Event is a visit by a group of Maasai Warriors in September.  Details are being finalised but we are sure of the date and time.  Save the date of Wednesday the 19th at 19:30 for an evening of powerful Dance and Drama.

Our Gardening days will continue.  We next meet on Monday the 2nd July and then again on Tuesday the 10th.  Good progress is being made.  Even if you cannot take part then at least come and explore the garden.  Come and sit, be aware and remember these words…

The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.

And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs —+
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.

G M Hopkins

Garden Day: Monday 2nd July

Progress is being made but we need more hands.  The garden is a wonderful resource and gardening gives more than it takes.

You do not need to be green fingered or handy with mattock or scythe.  You do need to be willing to guide and create.

Touching The Hem of His Garment

Last Saturday I had the privilege of facilitating 14 lovely ladies who gathered at Tabor to spend a day retreat with one another and ‘The Woman with the Haemorrhage’, according to the Gospel of St. Mark (C5:V25-34). The day began with a warm welcome and greeting from Pat on reception and Fr. Jim, who introduced the new vision of the Xaverians and the centre, which was warmly appreciated.

We were a mixed group in age and to my surprise half of the group, were visiting Tabor for the very first time.  They included visitors from the Wirral, Liverpool, Southport, St. Annes and Blackburn. It is wonderful that Tabor is providing such a needed oasis for ‘pilgrims’.

During the day we had time exploring the Gospel together, ‘breaking open the word’ in different ways, through imaginative contemplation, in silence and sharing with one another in small groups and then together as a larger group. There was excellent listening, much soulful conversation, and a generous amount of humour as we shared how the woman’s story touched upon or connected with our own stories.

Some comments to give a flavour of the sense of the day were:

  • “It was a fab day, been floating ever since”
  • “I really enjoyed the day and got a lot out of it”
  • “Lovely balance of input, reflection, sharing and silence”
  • “It was a lovely calm day upon which I shall reflect all week”
  • “A lovely group with such diversity”

At the end of the day Fr Bideri was there to wave the group goodbye and ensure they come back soon! Thank you to everybody who made the day possible, as the gardens and the house were so inviting and also conducive to sharing a day of prayer, reflection and ‘retreat’ in its fullest sense!
Greg and I look forward to hearing from anybody that may like to attend our
‘Spirituality for Summer’ Saturday retreat on 21st July, open to all.

Please also look at the website for details of the Week of Guided Prayer starting Sunday 9th September and if you are interested, please register, as places are limited.

Rose McCrave

Report of the Discernment Meeting 20th June

After prayer together the notes made from the last discernment meeting were read out to refresh our memories and Jim invited us to comment and add anything further.

We made a list of all the activities going on at present to get an idea of how the building was being used and see how these fitted with the core ministry of the Xaverians, which is to make the world one family and equip those who use Tabor (it’s official title is now “Xaverian Mission Spirituality Centre”) to experience and live that out.

It was recognised that the two aspects of Spirituality and Mission are both important for the Xaverians and so the centre will need to be more than just a Retreat/Spirituality centre as it was before. In any case it was made clear by Hugh, a lay associate and employee at Coatbridge, and Frs John and Paddy who all have a lot of experience with obtaining funds for projects and therefore with what does and doesn’t work, that in order to be sustainable there needed to be a different approach to funding.

The old “plan A” – relying on money coming in from retreat days, groups, donations, room hire, accommodation etc would not work even if collaborators worked even harder to raise money and continued to give their services free. And importantly we collaborators should not feel burdened or feel responsible for working out strategies to bring in funding since this was the job of the team at Coatbridge who would be working on a business plan.

This doesn’t mean that there won’t be a programme of events, retreats and groups as before or that we sit back and do nothing – our continuing efforts are still needed and much appreciated! – and the events and room hire will still happen.

It was noted that making Tabor a welcoming place for all through both social events and affordable and enjoyable fund raising events is part of Xaverian outreach.

We were assured that there would be transparency about the finances so that we would always have a realistic understanding of them.

The meeting ended with prayer followed by a shared lunch.

Another successful Garden Day

Once again, thanks to everyone who came and supported us on the Garden Day this week.  Another trailer load of weeds, ivy and brash plus a vast collection of broken pots taken for recycling.  Some of the better pots will be saved. Thanks also to Rosy who took some of the surplus plant pots last week, cleaned them up and donated them to the Integrate Sow n’ Grow shop adjacent to Haslem Park.

Gary and Sue are moving forward with the front garden where there is so much to be done. Others have worked closer to the double doors from the refreshment area and conference room.

There are various ideas in play for development. We would like to recreate the bench under the arbour and train the roses to grow over it. Most of the ingredients are there but we do need a few flags to place the bench on and to keep sitters’ shoes clean.

It wasn’t all work.  We paused from time to time and had cups of tea and ate all Angela’s delicious scones which arrived just in time for elevenses.

Next week we are going to meet on Tuesday 26th June.   Please come and have a play.  No effort is too small – everyone is welcome and Angela promises there will be more scones to eat.

Sr. Anthony doing the pots.
We are up to here with weeding.
The plan is to reinstate the rose covered arbour.