“Sincere thanks to all who helped clean and prepare the Churches for Christmas and who took part in the Masses by reading, providing the music and serving at the altar. Thanks also to those who decorated the trees and window ledges at St Mary’s and St Patrick’s and for further donations toward the cost of flowers. Once again you have been so very kind in sending me lovely cards, wonderful and generous presents and for the plentiful Christmas collection. For all this I am truly grateful. (I do try to thank people personally but even after all this time in the parish I don’t necessarily know names but only faces – so if I have missed you, it’s down to my poor memory for names!)” Canon C
There are plenty of Masses to choose from at Christmas in the Parish this year!
St Patrick’s – Carols 4:00pm followed by Family Mass at 4:30pm
St Mary’s – Carols 6:00pm followed by Family Mass 6:30pm (Solemn)
St Patrick’s – Christmas Eve Mass 9:00pm (Polish)
St Patrick’s – Midnight Mass (Missa Brevis) Carols from 11:40pm
The Good Shepherd – 8:30am (Dawn Mass)
St Mary’s – 10:30am (Daytime Mass)
St Patrick’s – Christmas Day Mass (Polish) 12noon
All are most welcome to join us!
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!