We are sorry about the repetition in the News Digest and will spend a little time trying to fix the problem before the next Digest goes out. The system is supposed only to send out news items posted since the last Digest but in fact it seems to be posting both new and old.
If anyone wants to write something for the News that would be good. It could be anything, a prayer, a hope, an intention or an experience. You can be anonymous or not as you chose . Let us know.
In addition to the events advertised on the website there have been a few private events this week including a well attended event for a group of refugees and a large party from a local sixth form college who came for a day of reflection.
The week ended with the second of Fr Bideri’s retreats in the series on the theme of Unconditional Love which was nicely echoed by the sermon at a certain wedding today.
The sermon, given by Bishop Michael Curry of the American Episcopal Church, included this sentence which he delivered with the power of a trumpet blast… “We must discover the power of love, the power, the redemptive power of love, and when we discover that we will be able to make of this old world a new world.” Just think about that for a moment. It’s true isn’t it – he said it right.
We wish them well.
It has been a quiet week and yet there are things going on behind the scenes.
Those who kindly offered to help out on the reception desk enabled this important service to start operating this week. We expect to continue with a regular reception service over this coming week and over the next few weeks hope to build up the number of volunteers. If you can offer a little time then please let us know.
In the background there is work going on to establish the processes and policies to support reception.
The week ended with the first retreat in the series on ‘The Spirituality of Unconditional Love’, held on Saturday 12th May. If anyone was unable to attend this first session but wants to join the course then please contact Fr Bideri.
Reception will open from 10am to 4pm each weekday starting on Tuesday 8th May. The rota is a little thin at the moment and there is some work to be done to establish the reception processes but we are getting there.
Reception is a vital part of the running of the Xaverian Mission Spirituality Centre at Tabor. If you can offer to help then please contact Patricia Murphy.
The garden is a real asset for the work of the Xaverian Mission in Preston. Over the winter the garden has been neglected and needs attention.
Good progress has been made with Michael Tierney leading the way. The lawn has been cut and there has been a lot of much needed pruning and weeding done. The shed has been tidied and some of the junk taken away for recycling.
There is a lot more to do – too much for those who have already volunteered to help. It would be great if you could come and lend a hand even if you just do 10 or 15 minutes. Remember to bring your own trowel!