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
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.
Once again, over the summer months there will be Masses in the Extraordinary Form at Sizergh Castle on the following Fridays:
22nd June (followed by Benediction)
13th July (followed by Benediction)
Refreshments available after all Masses. All are welcome!
Sizergh, near Kendal, LA8 8DZ
Although not part of our Parish, all are very welcome to attend this event. Full details in the picture above!
Recently, the Missionary Sisters of Christ the King were in Rome – can you see our three Parish Sisters? There are also two nuns in the picture who used to be in the Parish until a couple of years ago. Please remember to pray for all religious orders and thank Almighty God for their presence in the Church!
(Photo credit: Church in Poland Twitter page.)
Please remember in your prayers our Bishop-Elect Canon Paul Swarbrick who will be Consecrated as the Seventh Bishop of Lancaster today at 11:30am in Lancaster Cathedral!
Today is Divine Mercy Sunday
Divine Mercy devotions took place at St Peter’s Cathedral in Lancaster this afternoon!
Our Parish Priest was invited to help hear Confessions and one of our Parish Organists was called in to provide the organ music for the devotions.
The devotions started with the Divine Mercy Image Procession to the Sanctuary where the image was then blessed.
The congregation were then invited to venerate the Divine Mercy image and relic of St Faustina. Canon Luiz Ruscillo who was presiding then proclaimed the Gospel and preached.
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy was prayed during Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Adoration then took place whilst priests were available to hear individual Confessions.
The Blessed Sacrament remained exposed for the Parish Rosary which started at 4:00pm.
‘On this day the very depths of my tender mercy are open’
‘Jesus I trust in you’
Baskets containing a sampling of Easter foods are brought to church to be blessed on Holy Saturday. The basket is traditionally lined with a white linen or lace napkin and decorated with sprigs of boxwood (bukszpan), the typical Easter evergreen. Poles take special pride in preparing a decorative and tasteful basket with crisp linens, occasionally embroidered for the occasion, and boxwood and ribbon woven through the handle. Observing the creativity of other parishioners is one of the special joys of the event.
Some children with baskets of food who gathered at St Patrick’s on Saturday afternoon for the service.
More traditional Polish churches use a straw brush for aspersing the water; others use the more modern metal holy water sprinkling wand. In some parishes, the baskets are lined up on long tables; in others, parishioners process to the front of the altar carrying their baskets, as if in a Communion line. Older generations of Polish Americans, descended from early 19th century immigrants, tend to bless whole meal quantities, often brought to church halls or cafeterias in large hampers and picnic baskets.
The foods in the baskets have a symbolic meaning:
- eggs – symbolise life and Christ’s resurrection
- bread – symbolic of Jesus
- lamb – represents Christ
- salt – represents purification
- horseradish – symbolic of the bitter sacrifice of Christ
- ham – symbolic of great joy and abundance.
- The food blessed in the church remains untouched according to local traditions until either Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning.