During last week the redecorating of the Sanctuary at St Patrick’s took place.
Work is taking place again this week as the Crucifix will be returning from the workshop. Eventually a new carpet will be put down.
The skirting boards have also received a new coat of paint!
Holy Mass was celebrated at St Patrick’s today and during the Mass the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick was administered to the Sick in the Parish.
Through this holy anointing
may the Lord in his love and mercy
help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit.
(The Anointing of the forehead)
May the Lord who frees you from sin
save you and raise you up.
(The Anointing of the hands)
The Mass was organised by the SVP (Saint Vincent de Paul Society). They also provided light refreshments after Mass.
Thank you to the SVP and their helpers for organising this Mass and also for their first class service at serving the refreshments!
There was a Wedding Service at St Mary’s yesterday (Tuesday) and as you can see there was a ‘Valentines Day’ theme in Church!
The preparations began on Monday morning with various flower displays being assembled.
Boxes of confetti for the wedding guests!
Today is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes, a special day for us here in the Lancaster Diocese because Our Lady of Lourdes is the Patroness of our Diocese.
This Feast is also the World Day of Prayer for the Sick. We remember those who care for the sick on this day too.
Holy Mass is celebrated with these intentions in mind. Our Lady of Lourdes is a Roman Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary venerated in honour of the Marian apparitions that reportedly occurred in 1858 in the vicinity of Lourdes in France.
The first of these is the apparition of 11 February 1858, when 14-year old Bernadette Soubirous told her mother that a “lady” spoke to her in the cave of Massabielle (a mile from the town) while she was gathering firewood with her sister and a friend.
Similar apparitions of the alleged “Lady” were reported on seventeen occasions that year, until the climax revelation of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception took place.
Our Lady of Lourdes – Pray for us!
Saint Bernadette – Pray for us!
At long last, the refurbishment of the Sanctuary at St Patrick’s is about to happen! Some work begins on Wednesday and the redecoration in the week following (plus the return of the crucifix and statue). Hopefully, disruption will be fairly minimal.
This photo shows the arrival of a statue during the summer last year.
The statue of St Patrick which is situated in the doorway at St Patrick’s.
Today is the Memorial of St Blaise, Bishop and Martyr. The blessing of throats took place after Holy Mass at St Patrick’s this morning.
Article 1625 from The Book of Blessings contains a brief historical background of the blessing of throats:
“ Saint Blaise was the bishop of Sebaste in Armenia during the fourth century. Very little is known about his life. According to various accounts he was a physician before becoming a bishop. His cult spread throughout the entire Church in the Middle Ages because he was reputed to have miraculously cured a little boy who nearly died because of a fishbone in his throat. From the eighth century he has been invoked on behalf of the sick, especially those afflicted with illnesses of the throat. ”
Details regarding the miraculous healing of the boy vary. One account relates that the miracle occurred during the journey to take Blaise to prison when he placed his hand on the boy’s head and prayed; another that the miracle happened while Blaise was in prison when he picked up two candles provided to him and formed a cross around the boy’s throat.
The use of candles for the blessing of throats stems from the candles that Blaise used while in prison. When an old woman’s pig had been miraculously rescued from a wolf by Saint Blaise, she would visit him in prison, bringing him food and candles to bring him light in his dark cell.
Yesterday evening at St Mary’s a Solemn high Mass was celebrated for the Feast of The Presentation of the Lord – Candlemas Day.
Around 75 people attended the Mass. Canon Cooper expressed his thanks to those that came out on a dark evening to share in the celebration of this great Feast in the Christian Calendar.
From the Canticle of Simeon which was sung at Mass:
‘At last, all-powerful Master,
you give leave to your servant,…
to go in peace, according to your promise.
For my eyes have seen your salvation
which you have prepared for all nations,
the light to enlighten the Gentiles,
and give glory to Israel, your people.’
The Sanctuary in candlelight!