The feast of the Baptism of the Lord








Another slight change at the Sunday Masses was the Renewal of Baptismal Promises. Just like the Asperges (see previous blog post) renewing our Baptismal Promises on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord is for us a memorial of our own Baptism.







Also on Sunday afternoon was the weekly Holy Hour to pray for an increase in Priestly Vocations in our Diocese of Lancaster. Why not come along? Holy Hour is on Sunday’s at St Mary’s 2:30pm. (Please keep an eye on the weekly Newsletter in case of any changes).





Asperges me!








This Sunday is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. At the beginning of Masses this weekend, water and salt are blessed and then the salt is added to the water.







Then the congregation are sprinkled with the Holy Water as a memorial of our Baptism. Now if you are wondering why this blog post is titled Asperges Me, it is because the hymn sung during the sprinkling is called Asperges Me. Here is the English translation:

Thou wilt sprinkle me, O Lord, with hyssop and I shall be cleansed
Thou wilt wash me, and I shall be washed whiter than snow.
Pity me, O God, according to Thy great mercy.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Christmastide comes to an end








Now that the twelfth night of Christmas has passed the Season of Christmas also known as Christmastide comes to an end.







The Christmas tree and the Crib were taken down last night as well as banners and other Christmas decorations. New banners in the picture above waiting to be put up are now up!


Holy Hour resumes!








The Vocations Team in Our Diocese have asked each Parish to keep a weekly Holy Hour with the intention of ‘Praying for an increase in Priestly Vocations’. This started in September last year and continues until Sunday 20th November 2016.







Here in the Parish the weekly Holy Hour had a two week break for Christmas but resumed again last Sunday!







Holy Hour is on Sunday’s at St Mary’s starting at 2:30pm and concludes with Benediction of The Blessed Sacrament. Please keep an eye on the weekly Newsletter in case of any changes.

The Epiphany of The Lord








Today is the Solemnity of the Epiphany of The Lord. The Three Wise Men have arrived at the crib with gifts of Gold,Frankincense and Myrrh.







From a traditional hymn for this great Solemnity:

We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar
Field and fountain, moor and mountain
Following yonder star

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to thy Perfect Light


Mary, Holy Mother of God








Holy Mass on the Solemnity of Mary, Holy Mother of God.







On this great Solemnity and New Year’s Day let us ask Mary the Holy Mother of God to watch over and protect us in the year ahead.




St Mary’s in candlelight








As the year draws to a close it is always nice to reflect on the various events in our lives during the past year. We also thank God for the many things he has helped us with throughout the past year.







New year’s day is the Solemnity of Mary, Holy Mother of God. Mass will be at St Patrick’s 10.00am all are welcome!







Happy new year to you all!