These sunny days have brought out the best. Today Donna Worthington led a well attended Saturday retreat on the theme “Water into Wine” and Jim has been leading a weekend retreat for members of Group 49.
Group 49 is part of the Hosana House Children’s Pilgrimage Trust (HCPT). This weekend some of the group came down from Coatbridge for an evaluation weekend .
The Xaverians have been involved, not just with HCPT but also working as Chaplains to a Special Needs school. The partnership promotes building community and reminding us that we are all sons and daughters of the same Father. The New Xaverian presence in Preston was a welcome space for reflection and prayer.
The sunshine may go but the warmth of our love for one another will stay.
Amongst the resources to be found at the Xaverian Mission Spirituality Centre is a small library. The majority of the books are on the theme of Christian spirituality. Those of you who are old Tabor hands may know them well.
The collection belonged to Betty Lynch who died in August 2014. Betty was a regular, often daily, attender at Tabor and she is greatly missed. The library was set up in honour of her memory.
The library is currently housed in the corridor adjacent to the conservatory. It may move in the coming months so do ask at reception if you are unsure.
Please feel free to browse and if you would like to borrow a book then make a record in the notebook provided and sign them back in again on return.
We hope you enjoy sharing in Betty’s legacy to Tabor.
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.