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First Covenant Mass in Lent


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 17/02/2018

Dear Friends this year we have two Covenant Masses in Lent – maybe like a ‘blue moon’. We could take the lenten resolution to attend both this year. You are welcome to join us tomorrow night, Sunday 18th February at 7.30pm. Our University Students are preparing the Mass and St Edmund’s group will play for Mass. In his Lenten Message this year Pope Francis reminds us of a Word from St Matthew: “Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold” (Mt 24:12). He goes on to explain “In his description of hell, Dante Alighieri pictures the devil seated on a throne of ice, in frozen and loveless isolation.  We might well ask ourselves how it happens that charity can turn cold within us.  What are the signs that indicate that our love is beginning to cool?” Perhaps our Lenten Journey as missionary apostles of the Covenant of Love can be to bring warmth into the lives of those feeling cold and to ask the Holy Spirit to reach out to those whose heart is in danger of freezing over. Please come along and bring family and friends with you. We will also collect donations for our clothes and food bank

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Shrine February 2018 Newsletter


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 09/02/2018

Dear friends please find below the link to our first e-newsletter:

e-Letter Schoenstatt England Feb 2018

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Taste and See Family Mass in February


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 07/02/2018

You are invited with family and friends to Taste and See Family Mass of the year at the Shrine on Sunday 11th February 2018 starting with Mass at 3.30pm and followed by a shared meal and time to chat. One book about Father Kentenich calls him ‘Mary’s Prophet’. His charism was to raise our  awareness of the special role Our Lady plays in God’s entire plan of salvation. As Mother of the Lord Mary shows us the way to follow her Son closely. And Mary is closest to him on his journey and always there to assist him in his mission to win the world for the Father.  Please also bring a donation for our food and clothes bank. Thank you.  Looking forward to seeing you next Sunday

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Taste and See Family Mass


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 10/01/2018

You are invited with family and friends to the first Taste and See Family Mass of the year at the Shrine on Sunday 14th January2018 starting with Mass at 3.30pm and followed by a shared meal and time to chat. Throughout this coming year we want to look at the development programme in Salford Diocese called ‘Hope in the Future’. This coincides with a year with Father Joseph Kentenich the founder of Schoenstatt in which we are asking how do we share in his charism and how can we reach out to others assisting them on their journey. Please also bring a donation for our food and clothes bank. Thank you Look forward to seeing you next Sunday

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Covenant Mass


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 05/01/2018

Our Youth Leaders will prepare our Covenant Mass in February. Mass will be celebrated by Fr Bryan. During this year we will reflect on how we share in the charism of Fr Joseph Kentenich, Schoenstatt’s founder who died 50 years ago

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Open The Rose


by Fr Duncan McVicar on 30/04/2012

A young, newly-ordained priest was walking with an older, more seasoned parish priest in the garden one day and feeling a bit insecure about what God had for him to do, he was inquiring of the older man. The parish priest walked up to a rosebush and handed the young priest a rosebud and told him to open it without tearing off any petals. He looked in disbelief at the older priest and was trying to figure out what a rosebud could possibly have to do with his wanting to know God’s will for his life and for his ministry. Because of his high respect for the older priest, he proceeded to try to unfold the rose, while keeping every petal intact… It wasn’t long before he realized that it was impossible to do so. Noticing the young priest’s inability to unfold the rosebud while keeping it intact, the older priest began to tell him the following poem… (more…)

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The Sandbox


by Fr Duncan McVicar on 02/09/2011

A little boy was spending his Saturday morning playing in his sandbox. He had with him his box of cars and trucks, his plastic pail, and a shiny, red plastic shovel. In the process of creating roads and tunnels in the soft sand, he discovered a large rock in the middle of the sandbox. The lad dug around the rock, managing to dislodge it from the dirt. With no little bit of struggle, he pushed and nudged the rock across the sandbox by using his feet. (He was a very small boy and the rock was very huge). When the boy got the rock to the edge of the sandbox, however, he found that he couldn’t roll it up and over the wall. Determined, the little boy shoved, pushed, and pried, but every time he thought he had made some progress, the rock tipped and then fell back into the sandbox. The little boy grunted, struggled, pushed and shoved. But his only reward was to have the rock roll back, smashing his chubby fingers. (more…)

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