A visit from the Archbishop Emeritus of Liverpool!

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This morning at St. Mary’s Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Liverpool – Patrick Kelly made a visit to his home Parish to celebrate the 10:30am Mass on  his way back from Ireland.

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As well as being the Principal Celebrant the Archbishop was also the Homilist. Canon Cooper the Parish Priest concelebrated at Mass.

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After Mass the Archbishop and Parish Priest gathered with the Altar Servers, Sacristan and Director of Liturgy for a group photo on Our Lady’s garden.

The Conclusion of Quarant’ore

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Last night the Annual Quarant’ore Devotion came to an end. The devotion lasted over six days with Silent Adoration before the Exposed Blessed.

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To conclude the time of Silent Adoration each day Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament was given.

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The celebration of Holy Mass on the weekday evenings were all well attended!

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The Masses were all Votive Masses:

Monday – The Most Holy Eucharist
Tuesday – Jesus Christ the Eternal High Priest
Wednesday – The Most Holy Name of Jesus
Thursday – The Mercy of God
Friday – The Most Holy Eucharist

The readings, prayers and hymns were all based on these themes.

The Parish was blessed to have a guest organist and trumpeter to provide music for Benediction and Mass each day!

Canon Cooper wrote a message from the conclusion of the Annual Quarant’ore Devotion:

A wonderful few days ended on Friday evening. It has been a time when lots of prayer has been offered from the many who have made visits to the Blessed Sacrament and have attended the evening Masses. My thanks for the beautiful flower arrangements, the musicians, sacristan and to all who have generously donated towards the costs of candles and flowers.

Canon D Cooper VG

The Annual Quarant’ore Devotion – half way mark

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We are now half way through the Annual Quarant’ore Devotion. This morning the candles which were used on the first three days of the devotion were taken away and replaced with new ones ready for the remaining three days.

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The flowers have also been watered so everything is now ready, everyone is welcome to join in with the Annual Quarant’ore Devotion here is the timetable below:

Today: (Wednesday)

3:00pm – 7:00pm Silent Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
6:45pm – 7:00pm Prayers and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
7:00pm Votive Mass of the Most Holy Name of Jesus (with hymns)

Tomorrow: (Thursday)
3:00pm – 7:00pm Silent Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
6:45pm – 7:00pm Prayers and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
7:00pm Votive Mass of The Mercy of God (with hymns)

Friday: (Final day)
3:00pm – 7:00pm Silent Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
6:45pm – 7:00pm Prayers and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
7:00pm Votive Mass of the Most Holy Eucharist (with hymns)

The Annual Quarant’ore Devotion has begun!

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At three o’clock this afternoon the Annual Quarant’ore Devotion began with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. This devotion continues 3:00pm – 7:00pm all week followed by Low Mass with hymns. Why not pop in to St. Mary’s for a visit?!

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The period of Exposition concludes with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 6:45pm. A wonderful blessing to receive!

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A close up photo of the candle and flower arrangments. A very big thank you to all involved with the preperation!

Solemnity of The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Earlier on this evening at St. Patrick’s the Anticipated Mass was celebrated for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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The use of incense was visible to all… a very rare sight at St. Patrick’s!

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Canon Cooper can be seen charging the thurible during the Offertory of the Mass.

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The Solemn blessing at the end of Mass.

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The arrangement of the Altar and flowers are a fitting tribute to our Blessed lady on this Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary!

Sacristy scenes before Quarant’ore begins

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Over the last few days a large delivery of candles and other Church goods have been arriving at St. Mary’s ahead of the annual Quarant’ore Devotion which begins tomorrow. Last night these items were sorted in the Sacristy, most will be staying at St. Mary’s with just a few boxes going to St. Patrick’s and The Good Shepherd. As you can see it does make a bit of mess!

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After spending a good thirty minutes attacking the boxes and sorting which items are going where, a neat pile of cardboard and plastic was formed!

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These are just some of the many candles which will be used at the Quarant’ore Devotion this year.

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A different scene to what was in the first picture!

 

The annual Quarant’ore Devotion begins tomorrow there is a poster on the website, please do take a look.

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The Holy Gospel and an appeal from the LIFE Charity

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The picture above shows the Holy Gospel being proclaimed at Mass yesterday.
‘You too must stand ready’. St. Luke 12: 32-48

At all Sunday Masses this past weekend there was an appeal from LIFE Charity.

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LIFE is a pro-life charity that supports anyone facing a crisis pregnancy, pregnancy loss or after an abortion, and strives to engage, inspire and inform the next generation.

A representative from the Lancaster branch can be seen in the picture above talking to the congregation about the LIFE Charity and what it does especially in this area. An appeal was made for more volunteers and prayers for the on going work of this Charity and as people left Mass a collection was taken. The money collected was just short of £500. Thank you to all who contributed to the LIFE Charity at Mass this past weekend!

More information about the LIFE Charity ca be found on their website: www.lifecharity.org.uk/history