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.





Prayers and Intentions

Have you noticed the pin board as you go into the Tabor Liturgy Room?

if you want to write a prayer, and ask the community to pray with you, please post your prayer on the Prayer board.

At the end of each month, all the prayers will be especially remembered in our Thursday Eucharist.

Tabor Reception

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.

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Garden SOS

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!

The Xaverians’ XIII Regional Chapter

During the week of the 23-27 of April, the Xaverians in the UK met at the Coatbridge Centre for their XIII Regional Chapter. The Xaverians hold their Chapter every four years with the purpose of:

  • Promoting fidelity to the spirit of the Congregation.
  • Examining the state of the Region and, if necessary, update its statutes.
  • Studying and applying the norms of the XVII General Chapter.
  • Electing the Regional direction.
  • Programming the activities of the Region.

With the presence of Fr. Javier Peguero from the General Direction in Rome we spent the time in prayer, in discussion, in study and in deciding.

The new Regional Council is comprised of Jim Clarke (the Regional Superior). John Convery (the Vice Regional Superior) and the 3 Councillors Paddy Duffy, Ian Bathgate and Bideri Niagasaza.

The spirit of the Chapter was very positive and serene and we focussed on priorities for the next 4 years.

We committed ourselves to our three presences of St, Bartholomew’s Parish, Glasgow, the Conforti Mission Spirituality Centre, Coatbridge and the Xaverian Mission Spirituality Centre, Preston.

We also committed ourselves to the following orientations for this mandate:

  • Community and Regional Project of Life.
  • Structures and Personnel.
  • Mission Spirituality.
  • Mission on the margins.
  • Lay Participation and formation.
  • Social Media.

Within each of these topics we set ourselves targets and guidelines, which will be published later.

Please keep our efforts in your prayers and join us in this 4 year plan as we try to contextualise Conforti’s dream to “make the world a single family” in the UK.

Jim Clarke

Capacitar Wellbeing Taster Day

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.