Wishing everyone a very Happy and Blessed Christmas!
Monday, 24 December 2012
Monday, 17 December 2012
Well, we certainly did that at St Ann's on Sunday.
Saturday, 15 December 2012
Wednesday, 5 December 2012
Friday, 26 October 2012
Wednesday, 26 September 2012
Sunday, 9 September 2012
Friday, 17 August 2012
There does seem to be a lot happening at the moment; both in our own parish and in our diocese, and even in the Catholic Church as a whole.
Saturday, 21 July 2012
Friday, 15 June 2012
O my Jesus, I beg You on behalf of the whole Church:
Grant it love and the light of Your Spirit,
And give power to the words of Priests
so that hardened hearts might be brought to repentance and return to You, O Lord.
Lord, give us holy Priests;
You yourself maintain them in holiness.
O Divine and Great High Priest,
may the power of Your mercy
accompany them everywhere and protect them
from the devil's traps and snares
which are continually being set for the soul of Priests.
May the power of Your mercy,
O Lord, shatter and bring to naught
all that might tarnish the sanctity of Priests,
for You can do all things.
(Sr Faustina Kowalska)
Monday, 21 May 2012
As last week, you will find a few more photos of the day on our parish Facebook page.
Monday, 14 May 2012
Wednesday, 2 May 2012
Sunday, 8 April 2012
Monday, 2 April 2012
Thursday, 29 March 2012
One of the group agreed to tell us about his experiences of the day. Over to you Kieran . . .
On Saturday 24 March 2012 the confirmation group and leaders by invitation of Fr Míċeál attended a catholic youth gathering (known as Flame) in Wembley Arena. Flame (in short) is an event aimed at the younger generation of Catholics to come together and give thanks for our lives. The whole day was “inspirational”, however it was a day in which if you went into it with a positive attitude then you got more out of it.
For some, travelling far and wide, it was an early start, but for us, we met at the church for 9:30 - which is early enough if you ask me! After the typical group photo of cheesy smiles and we all boarded our luxury coach that Fr Míċeál had commandeered for us. I will leave out the specifics of the journey but I think that it is safe to say that with all of us teenagers at the back of the bus we were quite a rowdy bunch!
On arrival we took the obligatory commemorative photo of the group, again a few cheesy grins and off we went to the Arena. For those of who don’t know, Wembley Arena is right next to Wembley Stadium where England football games are played.
We were then allocated our tickets and went to find out seats. Inside was...........simply VAST! We had time for a quick look around and took our seats for the start. .....
We were introduced to our Hosts for the day and were given a rough outline of what to expect. We were told that the day was to be split into sections: Respect, Friendship and Excellence.
In the first part of the day we prayed, watched some live drama, interpretative dance and watched a multimedia presentation. To finish this section we had a speech by Fr. Timothy Radcliffe OP on the theme of Respect.
We left the Arena then for lunch break and some taking advantage of the good weather decided to ‘cool off’ in the nearby water feature!!
After lunch we gathered back in the Arena where we were given a talk by the Mizen Family (whose son had been killed in a random attack while out shopping).
We then had an International speaker talking about the value of sports in bringing peace and transforming those communities living in poverty.
Following on from this there were a variety of different speakers and acts emphasising the importance of friendship. There was then another break and on our return we had some more speakers talking about excellence.
We then had a time of prayer and adoration, with a homily from Archbishop Vincent Nichols.
Finally we had a closing celebratory concert played by a group known as “Indecisive”. This is when many people started to leave and being the friendly bunch that we are, we waved, said goodbye and wished them a safe journey home.
Heading home we talked about the day as a group, with no adult influence, and we came to the conclusion that it was a thoroughly enjoyable event, that future confirmation candidates would be very lucky to go on.
Thank-you very much Fr Míċeál
And here's Kieran sporting a very fetching tee-shirt, with Leo another of our group.