Congratulations to Ava and Brogan Grant-Waugh who were baptised this lunchtime at Our Lady& St Michael's.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. It is a season marked mainly by fasting. It begins with the Mass of Ash Wednesday. The ashes usually come from the burnt remains of last years palms. The placing of the ashes are a sombre reminder of our mortality "Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return" No-one lives for ever, Lent is a time to put things into perspective.
On Monday the 12th Pope Francis announced that Canon Paul Swarbrick, our Parish Priest had been chosen to be the next Bishop of Lancaster. As our new bishop he will need out full, prayerful support. As you can imagine, the next few weeks are going to be busy for him as he prepares to lead the Diocese.
No date has been set for his Ordination as Bishop.
Last night 28 young people were confirmed by Bishop Campbell OSA, in a reverent and uplifting Mass. It was good to see a large number of relations, friends and parishioners. The Church was almost full. Below are a few photos of the event.
After the Liturgy of the Word, the Bishop addresses those to be confirmed. He reminds them of what they are to receive, this part concludes when the candidates renew the promises made at their baptisms.
After the renewal of their Baptismal promises, the Bishop say the the prayer that invokes the Holy Spirit. The Bishop and con-celebrating priests use the above gesture as a sign of the giving of the Holy Spirit.
In the above photo the Bishop is about to anoint the candidate with the oil of Chrism with the Words "Be sealed with the Holy Spirit"
In this photo the candidate receives a tap on the face before the sign of peace. It is a reminder that all the confirmed will have to stand up for Christ, even in the face of difficulties.
At the end of Mass and before the blessing, the Bishop blessed rosaries. These were given to the confirmandi later that evening.
Tomorrow, the 8th of February, our Bishop will confirm 28 young people from the parish. Please keep the children, their parents and sponsors in your prayers, especially at the moment of Confirmation during the 6.30pm Mass.
Congratulations to Joseph Philip Bell baptised this lunchtime at Our Lady& St Michael's church. May the Lord bless him and his parents in the years ahead.
Today, marks the feast of St Blaise. He was a Bishop in what is now Turkey. We know very little about him. However, legend has it he was interested in medical matters. One story, relevant for today, is that a boy was brought to him who has a fish bone stuck in his throat. He was able to cure him. Out of this arose the simple ceremony of the Blessing of throats. This was done with two candles tied together. They would have been blessed the day before on the feast of Candlemas.
Today, February 2nd marks the feast of the Presentation of the child Jesus in the Temple. It is also known as the feast of Candlemas.
The second chapter of St Luke is familiar. It reminds that Mary and Joseph, being good and upright Jews, did was necessary for the child Jesus. We also get the prophecies of Simeon and Anna. Below is a painting of Anna holding the child Jesus.
Today is also a feast of light. Candles for use in church and the house are blessed during Mass. A simple reminder that Jesus is the light of the world.
Please pray for the repose of the of Anne Connor who has died recently.
She will have a funeral service on Monday February 19th 10.30am at St Mary's Harrington.
A short while ago our parish received a grant of £99,900 from the government which will pay for essential repairs to the roof of Our Lady& St Michael's. In preparation for the work scaffolding is being erected for the work to be done. This will take another couple of days to complete.
The down side is that parking will be very limited in the grounds until June.
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