Via Creativa

We have a new event on the programme.

Joseph Cooper is running three creative workshops based on his course at  Schumacher.

Each session is self-contained. No skills or previous experiences are required – just a willingness to take part.

This is about people (re)discovering and expressing the creativity that resides within them, making connections, finding what is most important to them and learning how to become more resilient through the creative arts.

The details of the sessions, including the booking form, are on the calendar but save these dates if you are interested 8th, 15th and 22nd of June.  Each session lasts 2 hours starting at 7pm.

One weekend – two retreats

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.

Betty’s Books

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.

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Please read Our Privacy Policy to see what we collect and how we process it.  There are some key points

  • We seek to minimise the personal data we hold about you.
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Issue with the News Digest

Got that deja vu feeling?

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.

A wonderful end to a good week

We are progressing and it is all good.

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.

A quiet week at Tabor

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.