Garden Day: Tuesday 17th July

Please come and help if you are at all able. We meet at 09:30 and carry on until 14:00 The work is not hard but it needs doing. There will be good company, tea and scones.

We are a small group, one of our number has fallen and hurt herself and another is off for a hip operation later in the week. Numbers are down to three. We will struggle to continue unless we get help. Can you spare an hour to help us?

Agnes Dobson

This week we say goodbye to a dear friend, Sr. Agnes Dobson, SHCJ who is leaving Preston after a lifetime of service in the community.  For many years Agnes pioneered Mindfulness in Preston.  in more recent times Agnes collaborated in leading courses and practice sessions in Mindfulness at Tabor.  Since the Xaverians took over the centre she has continued to share her expertise with our regular groups.  Her warmth, friendship and wisdom have been a gift to us.

On Tuesday 10th July friends gathered after the Mindfulness Practice for a celebratory lunch to mark Agnes’s departure for Harrogate.  We will miss her very much, and wish her well in her retirement.

Capacitar Wellbeing Taster Day

This Friday we have Anne Harrison leading a Capacitar Wellbeing Taster day.  The day starts at 09:30.

The day will introduce the theory and philosophy behind Capacitar (meaning “empowerment”) and some introduction to energy work.

What to expect: A gentle, flowing day, some quiet time, some more energetic movement, time to reflect and share/ask questions. A chance to know others in a different context. All ages and abilities are welcome.

Please bring a packed lunch. Tea/coffee provided.

What to bring? Just yourself, wearing something loose and comfortable.

Saturday 21st July Retreat Day: “Spirituality for Summer”

All welcome for refreshments from 10am for a 10.30am start until 4pm.

We will be using the time to reflect on God’s great abundance and generosity to us, and how we can flourish in the light of his grace; both in the receiving and giving of his love. There will be time for quiet reflection, an invitation to a summer themed practical exercise, as well as group sharing, some scripture, an art meditation and even a quiz! Bring lunch and hopefully we can enjoy the lovely well cared for gardens.

I hope that you and/or your family/friends can make it, and if you can print off a poster to put in your local parish or forward the poster to anyone you think that might be interested then that would be so much appreciated.

See you there!

Gospel Reflection: How do we see?

Jesus has come to Nazareth, his own town, to bring the good news and the healing that he had brought to the other towns of Galilee. But the people did not want to hear His message, one that spoke about the need to change. So they diverted from it by focusing on his person. The people rejected the messenger. They knew all about him! Who did he think he was anyway? After all, was he not just one of them? There was nothing that he could teach them. They were frozen in prejudice and there was no way in which his message could melt the ice in their hearts.

The people of Nazareth thought they knew Jesus well. The image they had of Jesus, which they held on to with great tenacity, became a block to their learning more about him. Too easily we assume that we know someone, when, in reality, we only know one side to them. We can form strong opinions on the basis of past experiences. We can become so attached to these opinions that even when the evidence is there to challenge them, we are completely unmoved. There was more to Jesus than the people of Nazareth could know. Indeed there is always more to every human being than we are aware of. That is true even of those we would claim to know well, such as family members and good friends. We are each made in God’s image. There is a profound mystery to each one of us. We can never fully probe the mystery of another person’s life. We each need to approach everyone with the awareness that there is more here than I can see. It was Jesus’ very ordinariness that made it difficult for the people of Nazareth to see him as he really was, in all his mystery. God was powerfully present to them in and through someone who was as ordinary, in many respects, as they themselves. God continues to come to us today in and through the ordinary, in and through those who are most familiar to us. In the religious sphere there can be a certain fascination with the extraordinary and the unusual. The gospels suggest that the primary way the Lord comes to us is in and through the everyday. This is what we mean by the Incarnation. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. The ordinary is shot through with God’s presence.

Association of Catholic Priests

This reflection was kindly selected by Cathy York.

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 preston@larche.org.uk 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.