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!
On the 13th July 18 Anne Harrison is offering a taster day for a new activity at Tabor, Capacitar Wellbeing.
Wellbeing Practices have been developed by Dr Pat Cane, founder of the organisation Capacitar (see www.capacitar.org for more information). They are simple but effective practices for healing and self-care. They cover gentle body and energy work, and mindful and meditative practices, adapted from different traditions across the globe. The practices can transform stress and pain which can come from illness, bereavement, and trauma of various kinds including general stresses of modern life, and evoke the strength, wisdom and healing potential of our own bodies, which in turn can also be used to help others.
The sessions will integrate a variety of beneficial spiritual practices drawn from different traditions including:
Simple Tai chi and visualisation
Energy and gentle body work
Meditation and the power of intention
Anne Harrison is a RC laywoman, offering spiritual accompaniment and retreats, and offers Capacitar Wellness practices in North Yorkshire and in ecumenical/pastoral centres in the north-east and York. She also works as a therapist and incorporates energy work into her practice. She finds these practices personally beneficial to her own prayer and general wellness.