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Visit of Our Lady and the English Martyrs, Urmston to the Shrine


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 03/06/2012

Parish Shrine Day Vist from English MartyrsVisitors from the other side of the Manchester Ship Canal found their way to the Shrine on Saturday 2nd June – the beginning of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The pilgrims from Urmston were met by our Team from Mount Carmel in Blackley who looked after them for the afternoon. (To download the short report click here) (more…)

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Shamrocks, the Sun and Roses


by Fr Duncan McVicar on 03/06/2012

The shamrock, a kind of clover, is a leguminous herb that grows in marshy places. St Patrick, the missionary patron saint of Ireland, used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity. The story goes that one day his friends asked Patrick to explain the mystery of the Trinity. He looked at the ground and saw sham-rocks growing amid the grass at his feet. He picked one up one of its trifoliate leaves and asked if it were one leaf or three. Patrick’s friends couldn’t answer – the shamrock leaf looked like one but it clearly had three parts. Patrick explain-ed to them: “The mystery of the Holy Trinity – one God in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit – is like this, but more complex and un-intelligible.” St. Cyril, the teacher of the Slavs, tried to explain the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity using sun as an example. (more…)

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