Posted on: 13/03/2021
Good morning - I hope you’re keeping well. This middle Sunday of Lent is called Laetare - Rejoice. We can take this opportunity to renew our Lenten commitment whilst giving ourselves a little leeway - just for today.
Rejoice! Happy Mothering Sunday - blessings on all our mothers, and thanks be to God for all they have given us; for those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith, may they rest in peace. Let’s also give thanks for Mary our Mother, our constant companion in prayer, and for the Church whom we also call Mother as 'she gathers her brood under her wings’.
Rejoice! It was a delight to open our churches yesterday for the first time since just after Christmas - let’s hope that at least this limited opening can be sustained with safety and confidence. Thanks again to our stewards who make it possible.
As we know, Pope Francis has declared this to be the Year of St Joseph; he has been the guardian of this parish throughout this last year with all its ups and downs.
There is a lovely prayer from the Pope’s Apostolic Letter, Patris Corde - With a Father’s Heart
Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us on the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage,
and defend us from every evil.
St Joseph, companion on the journey, pray for us
PS Don’t forget that Julie Bloomer has a stock of cards from the piety stall and will deliver - 0161 790 8180
Posted: 31 March 2021
Good morning - well! I finished the walk with an average of 11,000 steps per day. Thank you for your generous support.
Posted: 23 March 2021
Good morning - thank you for joining in the prayers for the Day of Reflection as we remembered so much of this last year.
Posted: 22 March 2021
It’s one year since the first official lockdown; what a year! There is so much to remember today - memories of so many sadnesses, of sheer dogged resiliences