Not entirely to do with the Parish but…
Blessing of St Clare’s Foundation Stone 1978. A slightly younger Canon Cooper back in 1978! (Photo courtesy of St Clare’s RC Church Preston)
Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows which is significant for St Mary’s Church. Traditionally this Feast was called The Seven Sorrows of Our Lady and when you look at the stained glass window which dominates above the Sanctuary and Main Altar you can see seven swords circling around Our Lady holding the body of her son Jesus.
The fifth Sorrowful Mystery of the rosary is The Crucifixion and Death our our Lord. When we look at that image in the window it is a reminder to us of that Sorrowful Mystery as we celebrate today’s feast.
Our Lady of Sorrows – Pray for us!
The annual Parish Forty Hours Devotion has now started and continues each day until Friday with the following timetable:
Everyday this week at St Mary’s RC Church Matthias Street Morecambe LA4 5JR
Silent Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Solemn Benediction 6:45pm
Holy Mass 7:00pm
All are welcome!
Forty Hours’ Devotion, in Italian called Quarant’ore or written in one word Quarantore, is a Roman Catholic exercise of devotion in which continuous prayer is made for forty hours before the Blessed Sacrament in solemn exposition. It often occurs in a succession of churches, with one finishing prayers at the same time as the next takes it up.
Yesterday the Parish SVP (Saint Vincent de Paul Society) gathered at The Morecambe Hotel for a meal. This was just as a thank you to the members for their work throughout the year.
If you want to find out more about this society then please speak so any SVP member or join them at the next meeting.
The SVP meet on the first Thursday of every month at 6:00pm in St Mary’s Presbytery… new members welcome!
The SVP for arranged a Summer Tea Party which was held on Thursday afternoon. The school choir also came to sing various songs to the parishioners!
There was sandwiches and various cakes on offer too. Another parishioner very kindly provided some entertainment before the school choir arrived.
Thank to the SVP (Saint Vincent de Paul Society) and school children for making this event a joyful celebration!
From the newsletter:
Good wishes to our school leavers. Mass was celebrated for them at St Patrick’s on Friday and Mass was celebrated at St Mary’s on Monday.
Very special good wishes to our Senior Leaver – Mr Michael Manton – who is retiring as headteacher at St Mary’s, having served the school so very well.
There was a small party in St Mary’s School last week for the staff and children… the Parish Priest and Parish MC sneaked in for an ice-cream but were caught red handed!
Canon Cooper joined Mr Manton and some other members of staff for a photo.