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LOURDES DIOCESAN YOUTH PILGRIMAGE 2018

Comments from our pupils about their experience in Lourdes:

The best thing about this pilgrimage was that it brought everyone together, no matter what age or race. Everyone was able to bond through their faith.

I really liked the torchlight procession because the lights were so beautiful and being part of it was a unique experience.

The most impressive part of the pilgrimage for me was when we were with the Supported Pilgrims. We got to learn the story of their lives and we formed a special bond with one lady. She taught me a lot.

Even although we were all different nationalities in Lourdes, we all came together in prayer. I loved that.

My favourite part of Lourdes was just talking to the Supported Pilgrims. They were so friendly and weren’t bothered what they had been through as much as the opportunity to go to Lourdes.

I loved how close we all were and how we all supported each other. We were a little family and I will be forever grateful for having this opportunity to go to France.

A huge thank you to everyone who supported our group to make this year’s pilgrimage.

A candle was lit at the Grotto for all of our parish and school communities, families and friends.

Rosary for the Unborn & for World Peace

Rosary of the Unborn and for World Peace – Monthly meetings – Sunday’s from April to August at 7pm and from September to March 2.45pm (Please check weekly newsletter for the date each month).

From 1967-2018, in Britain alone, 8.7 million unborn babies have tragically died through abortion, and today nearly 4.000 babies die every week, the equivalent of 20 passenger jets crashing. We pray the Rosary – Heavens weapon to end abortion –  and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for God’s Mercy on our Nation – The Dowry of Mary – We pray for the  protection of the unborn babies, for the healing of all parents suffering the trauma of abortion –‘ so many suffer in silence because others tell them it’s  no big deal!’   Afterwards we have a cuppa and homemade cakes. Please do come and join us.

HOW DID THIS UNIQUE ROSARY COME ABOUT AND THE PROMISES ATTENDANT TO IT?  On October 7, 1997– the Feast of the Holy Rosary – Our Lady comes in white and appears to visionary Maureen Sweeney-Kyle with this rosary and states: …“Propagate the image I have shown you today.”  In front of her, and suspended in the air is an unusual rosary. The Our Father beads are droplets of blood in the shape of a cross. The Hail Mary beads are light blue tear drops with unborn babies inside of them. The cross is gleaming gold. Our Lady says: “I come in praise of Jesus, My Son. I come as Prophetess of these times.” “The rosary you see is Heaven’s way of describing to you the weapon that will overcome this evil of abortion. Heaven weeps for the cost of this great sin. The history and the future of all nations has been changed because of this atrocity against God’s gift of life.” On July 2nd 2001, Our lady appears again as the Sorrowful Mother and  promises of The Rosary of the Unborn  –An UNBORN CHILD WILL BE SAVED with each loving “Hail Mary” recited with this Rosary: “I affirm to you…that each ‘Hail Mary’ prayed from a loving heart will rescue one of these innocent lives from death by abortion.” “This is a special grace attached to this particular rosary.” (Blessed Mother, 7/2/2001)

Divine Mercy Devotions

Divine Mercy and Rosary devotions with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Friday’s 2.45pm in St Peter’s Sacristy from October to Easter and in St Peter’s church from Easter to September. Please check weekly newsletter in case of change.   Please see leaflets in the church porch for details, including the Prayers, the chaplet and Novena in preparation for the Feast day of Divine Mercy, which is the first Sunday after Easter

The Hour of Great Mercy

In His revelations to St Faustina, Our Lord asked for a special prayer and meditation on His Passion each afternoon at the three o’clock hour, the hour that recalls His death on the cross. I remind you my daughter, that as often as you hear the clock strike the third hour, immerse yourself completely in my Mercy, adoring and glorifying it; invoke its omnipotence for the whole world, and particularly for poor sinners, for at that moment Mercy was opened wide for every soul. At this hour you can obtain everything for yourself and others for the asking; it was the time of Grace for the whole world – the moment that Mercy triumphed over Justice.

In response to Our Lord’s request, we pray for God’s Mercy for our sins and the sins of the whole world, and for the Grace to be merciful to others. We pray for the powerful  intercession of Our Lady of all nations  for World Peace Please join us.

For more information www.divinemercy.org

ASSUMPTION HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION

THE FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION OF OUR LADY falls on Tuesday 15 August and is a Holy Day of Obligation.

MASSES will be as follows:
Eve – 7pm at St Peter’s;
Day – 10.30am at St Joseph’s;  7pm at St Edwards.

The VIGIL (eve)  at St Peter’s will begin with Evening Prayer & Rosary at 6.30pm with Mass at 7pm followed by prayer at the Lady Chapel & Blessing of Icons from the recent Icon painting group.

Parent and Toddler Group

If you have babies/children up to school age …or a grandparent looking after them ….why not join us in St Joseph’s bungalow on Monday mornings during term time at 9.30 am ….
We have lots of toys ..snack time ….and singing after the toys have been put away.
You’ll be sure of a warm welcome and a cuppa !
We do not make a charge but we accept donations to put towards new toys etc! …
Hope to see you there!

Craft Groups

The craft groups meet regularly at both St Peter’s and St Joseph’s.

St Peter’s: 7 to 9 pm on the last Tuesday of the month in St Peter’s Parish Centre

St Joseph’s: 2 to 4 pm fortnightly on Mondays in St
Joseph’s bungalow-

Our Craft Groups provide an opportunity for parishioners to share a cup of tea, socialise and share crafting skills.  We make greetings cards, jewellery and knitted/crocheted items which are old to raise money for charity and have also been involved in making resources for the various liturgical celebrations throughout the year. New members are always welcome. Please contact Anne Smith on 01723 369155 for more details.

Canonisation of Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Canonisation of Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Image for card 2On Sunday 4 September the canonization took place in Saint Peter’s Square of Anjeze Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, known to the world as Mother Teresa of Calcutta. It will be officiated by Pope Francis and is one of the most awaited ceremonies of this Jubilee of Mercy.

Her life, at the service of the sick and disinherited is a living example of her sanctity. From her first years of life in the family she worked in the Sacred Heart parish. She then chose the noviciate in the Irish Order of the Missionary Sisters of Loreto, with the objective of going to India. At first she attended the University of Calcutta, studying History and Geography and in turn teaching the children of colonials. And she did this for 20 years, dividing herself between teaching and the direction of school institutes. And, finally, “the call within the call” came, as Teresa herself described it: another call of Jesus, which convinced her to give up the comforts of her Religious Order to go down to the streets, amid the poorest of the poor. And so for 50 years, from 1946 to 1997, she was at the service of the marginalized and the sick, in the slums of Calcutta, shantytowns lacking any hygienic service, where she founded her houses of hospitality and the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, recognized by the Church in 1950.

Mother Teresa is a rare and unique phenomenon in the history of humanity. She is not only a Saint for Christians but, in a certain sense, also for atheists, unbelievers, Hindus and Muslims. She succeeded in addressing the economic, social and spiritual evils of a country like India, thanks to the development of a civilization of love, also challenging the Indian social order of castes, approaching the pariah and choosing as habit a pale blue sari, the colour of the Untouchables, the lowest in the Indian social scheme. She represents the carrying out of the fifth gospel in flesh and bone.

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