The Advent Penitential Service with opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconcilation (Confession) took place this evening. There was also some variations of Advent themes played on the pipe organ!
As Canon Cooper said at Sunday Mass – going to Confession is the best way to prepare for the great Christmas feast. Thank you to the visiting priests who came to assist with hearing Confessions!
On Sunday we entered the Season of Advent which also begins another Liturgical Year in the life of the Church.
At the beginning of all Masses in the Parish the Advent Wreaths were blessed.
On the first Sunday of Advent, the first purple candle is lit. This candle is typically called the “Prophecy Candle” in remembrance of the prophets, primarily Isaiah, who foretold the birth of Christ. This first candle represents hope or expectation in anticipation of the coming Messiah
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Emmanuel. (Isaiah 7:14,)
On Tuesday the Cathedral Chapter gathered at Lancaster Cathedral for their Autumn/Winter meeting.
This was followed by Midday Prayer and Holy Mass. After Mass there was a procession to the Cathedral Cemetery where prayers for the dead were offered.
Our Parish Priest Canon Cooper is the Provost of the Cathedral Chapter, ha can be seen in the photo above assisting the Bishop in the Cathedral Cemetery.
After the prayers in the Cemetery the Bishop and the Cathedral Chapter returned to the Cathedral where there was lunch in Cathedral House!
Yesterday was Red Wednesday, an initiative run by ACN (Aid to the Church in Need) to raise awareness of Persucuted Christians in the world today.
It is very appropriate that this day fell on the Memorial of St Cecilia, Martyr. Please pray for Persecuted Christians throughout the world.
Parishioners were asked to wear something red and join other UK Christians to stand up for faith and freedom and to shine a light on the discrimination and violence faced by millions of Christians around the world today.
Today at St Peter’s Cathedral in Lancaster the Annual Mass was offered for the Deceased Clergy of this Deanery.
The Principal Celebrant at the Mass was Fr Philip Connor who is the Dean of St Peter’s Deanery.
Fr Steve Pearson who is the Dean of St Peter’s Cathedral was the preacher.
At the end of Mass everyone turned towards the statue of Our Blessed Lady as the Salve Regina was chanted!
Last Friday in St Mary’s Church Hall a Cheese and Wine evening was held to help raise funds for Cenacolo.
There was also a Buffet, Colin’s Chips, ukele band, and a raffle.
The total raised was £711.75 – thank you for your generosity!
Also a very big thank you to those who organised this event and helped in any way.
On Sunday morning at St Mary’s Church a Solemn Requiem Mass was offered for the War Dead. An appropiate custom on Remembrance Sunday.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
During the month of November which is dedicated to the Holy Souls, there are boxes beneath each Altar in our three Churches in the Parish. You can place your November lists in now – please do not enclose money.
People often ask about purgatory. The Catechism of the Catholic Faith teaches that “All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.
The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned. The Church formulated her doctrine of faith on Purgatory especially at the Councils of Florence and Trent. The tradition of the Church, by reference to certain texts in of Scripture, speaks of a cleansing fire.
As for certain lesser faults, we must believe that, before the Final Judgement, there is a purifying fire. He who is truth says that whoever utters blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be pardoned neither in this age nor in the age to come. From this sentence we understand that certain offences can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come.
This teaching is also based on the practice of prayer for the dead, already mentioned in Sacred Scripture: ‘Therefore [Judas Maccabeus] made atonement for the dead, that they might be delivered from their sin. From the beginning the Church has honoured the memory of the dead and offered prayers in suffrage for them, above all the Eucharistic sacrifice, so that, thus purified, they may attain the beatific vision of God. The Church also commends almsgiving, indulgences and works of penance undertaken on behalf of the dead.”
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen
On Monday morning Holy Mass was offered at 9:30am as quite a few children from St Mary’s Primary School attended St Mary’s Church along with some other parishioners.
At the end of Mass a number of the children were comissioned at Mini Vinnies (Children’s SVP = Saint Vincent de Paul Society)
Members of the Adult SVP in the Parish joined the Mini Vinnies for a photo with Canon Cooper and Deacon John. Congratulations!
The month of November is dedicated to the Holy Souls – we remember especially are deceased family members, friends, parishioners, benefactors and all those people we have known. Please pray for the repose of their souls.
Many people like to attend Holy Mass on this day so Canon Cooper offered an additional Mass at St Patrick’s Church.
Later on in the day a Sung Mass was offered at St Mary’s Church including Faure’s Pie Jesu!
From the Responsorial Psalm at the Mass – I am sure I shall see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living!