During the summer months in the Chapel at Sizergh Castle, near Kendal there is Low Mass followed by Benediction. Even though this is just outside of our Deanery many people like to go to this beautiful setting for Holy Mass.
The next Mass is on Friday 9th June 7:00pm. This is followed by Benediction and Refreshments. All are welcome! For full details and directions please click on this link: http://sjhnparish.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Sizergh-poster.pdf
The Novena for Pentecost has begun!
A novena is a ritualistic devotional worship where one or more Christian devotees make petitions, implore favors, or obtain graces by honouring the statue of Jesus Christ, virgin Mary or the saints of the faith who are believed to empower divine intervention.
The Novena to the Holy Spirit will said or sung at the end of each Mass in the Parish. There will be cards provided with the text on.
The Cathedral Chapter (Canons) gathered for their spring/summer meeting in Cathedral House today which was followed by Midday Prayer in the Choir Stalls at 12noon and Holy Mass at 12:15pm. The Mass was celebrated by His Lordship Michael Campbell OSA, Bishop of Lancaster.
Prayers were included in the Holy Mass for all those caught up in the atrocities in Manchester on Monday night.
Our Parish Priest, Canon Cooper can be seen in the Choir Stalls during Midday Prayer and also reading a part of the Eucharistic Prayer at Holy Mass.
The Cathedral Chapter meet twice a year. The next meeting will be in November followed by Midday Prayer, Holy Mass and a procession to the Cathedral Cemetery.
Saturday May 13th was the Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima. Deanery celebrations took place at St Peter’s Cathedral in Lancaster. This year also marked the100th anniversary of Our Lady’s first apparition at Fatima!
The celebrations started at 11:00am with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. The Sarament of Reconciliation (Confession) was also available. This was followed by the Rosary at 11:30am. The time of Exposiiton concluded with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
Then at 12:15pm Holy Mass was celebrated by Fr Philip Conner who is the appointed Dean of this Deanery. Fr Steve Pearson and Fr Andrew Dawson from the Cathedral concelebrated at the Mass.
After Mass a procession around the Cathedral took place, this was followed by a Prayer of Consecration and the singing of the Salve Regina which is one of the four Marian Antiphons.
The Dean thanked everyone for attending including the choir which had members from different Parishes in the Deanery. Refreshments followed in the Social Centre.
His Lordship, Michael Campbell OSA, Bishop of Lancaster was the Principal Celebrant at Mass in the Catholic Chapel at Lancaster University on Sunday evening. The Bishop blessed the new fresco of the Transfiguration.
Our very own Canon Cooper was invited to concelebrate at the Mass. Thank you to the Catholic Chaplain at the University for his kind invitation!
The new fresco. It’s a true transfiguration, as you can see!
On Monday morning a delivery arrived at the Presbytery. The delivery contained candles, altar wine, incense, charcoal, votive lights and shrine votive candles.
The heavy boxes were soon emptied and folded up ready to be recycled.
Boxes of sanctuary lamps were put aside ready to go up to the other two Churches.
The shelves in the store cupboard are now full again!
Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
He is Risen indeed! Alleluia!
Some of the beautiful flower arrangements can be seen at the Church of The Good Shepherd. The Altar also has a new frontal with lace!
The Church was standing room only… Which is very good to see!
The Paschal Candle and the Altar at St Patrick’s were also decorated with beautiful flowers!
The feast of The English Martyrs commemorates the offering of men, women, religious and laymen to the Catholic Church.
The Entrance Antiphon and Collect from the Roman Missal for today’s Feast Day of
The English Martyrs.
The Chalice veiled ready for The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass which was offered today at St Mary’s.
Our Lancaster Diocesan website has a good section about ‘Our Saints and Martyrs’ which you can view by clicking on this link:
Our Saints and Martyrs
The Easter Vigil is the greatest and most noble of all solemnities. It begins with the Liturgy of Light also known as Lucernarium.
A blazing fire is prepared outside Church. The priest then blesses the fire and cuts a cross into the candle with a stylus. Then he makes the Greek letter Alpha above the cross, the letter Omega below, and the four numerals of the current year between the arms of the cross. The Priest lights the paschal candle from the new fire.
The procession makes it’s way to the Altar with all standing and holding lighted candles in their hands.
On Holy Saturday, the Church abstains from the Sacrifice of the Mass, with the sacred table left bare, until after the solemn Vigil, that is, the anticipation by night of the Resurrection, when the time comes for paschal joys, the abundance of which overflows to occupy fifty days.
On Holy Saturday the Church waits at the Lord’s tomb in prayer and fasting, meditating on his Passion and Death and on his Descent into Hell, and awaiting his Resurrection.