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Three Strangers


by Fr Duncan McVicar on 22/02/2015

A woman came out of her house and saw three old men with long white beards sitting in her front yard. She did not recognize them. She said “I don’t think I know you, but you must be hungry. Please come in and have something to eat.” “Is the man of the house home?”, they asked. “No”, she said. “He’s out.” “Then we cannot come in”, they replied. In the evening when her husband came home, she told him what had happened. “Go tell them I am home and invite them in!” The woman went out and invited the men in. “We do not go into a House together,” they replied. “Why is that?” she wanted to know. One of the old men explained: “His name is Wealth,” he said pointing to one of his friends, and said pointing to another one, “He is Success, and I am Love.” Then he added, “Now go in and discuss with your husband which one of us you want in your home.” The woman went in and told her husband what was said. Her husband was overjoyed. “How nice!!”, he said. “Since that is the case, let us invite Wealth. Let him come and fill our home with wealth!” His wife disagreed. “My dear, why don’t we invite Success?” Their daughter-in-law was listening from the other corner of the house. She jumped in with her own suggestion: “Would it not be better to invite Love? Our home will then be filled with love!” “Let us heed our daughter-in-law’s advice,” said the husband to his wife. “Go out and invite Love to be our guest.” The woman went out and asked the three old men, “Which one of you is Love? Please come in and be our guest.” Love got up and started walking toward the house. The other two also got up and followed him. Surprised, the lady asked Wealth and Success: “I only invited Love, Why are you coming in?” The old men replied together: “If you had invited Wealth or Success, the other two of us would’ve stayed out, but since you invited Love, wherever He goes, we go with him. Wherever there is Love, there is also Wealth and Success!”

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Into My Vineyard


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 20/02/2015

You are in vied to the Into My Vineyard Meeting on Saturday 14th March 2015 starting with a light breakfast at 9.00am and finishing with Holy Mass at 12.00 Noon. We want to look at our plans for the coming year following the celebrations of Schoenstatt Centenary and the Blessing of the Mosaic.  We want to consider the needs of the members of our groups and consider ways to serve the local Church. Please make this date in your diary free  and come and join us in this pastoral planning meeting.

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“Make Our Hearts Like Yours”


by Fr Duncan McVicar on 15/02/2015

Lent is a special time in the liturgical year that challenges us to grow in Christian maturity. As members of the universal Church, we receive guidance and words of wisdom from Pope Francis and his predecessor Pope Ermitus Benedict. Pope Benedict XVI said in 2010 that “Lent is like a long ‘retreat’ during which we can turn back into ourselves and listen to the voice of God, in order to defeat the temptations of the Evil One. It is a period of spiritual ‘combat’ which we must experience alongside Jesus, not with pride and presumption, but using the arms of faith:  prayer, listening to the word of God and penance. In this way we will be able to celebrate Easter in truth, ready to renew the promises of our Baptism. Pope Francis, in his message for Lent 2015, also referenced Pope Benedict’s term “formation of the heart,” as a way to grow in mercy and openness to the needs of others: “As a way of overcoming indifference and our pretensions to self-sufficiency, I would invite everyone to live this Lent as an opportunity for engaging in what Benedict XVI called a formation of the heart (cf. Deus Caritas Est, 31). A merciful heart does not mean a weak heart. Anyone who wishes to be merciful must have a strong and steadfast heart, closed to the tempter but open to God. A heart which lets itself be pierced by the Spirit so as to bring love along the roads that lead to our brothers and sisters. And, ultimately, a poor heart, one which realizes its own poverty and gives itself freely for others. During this Lent, then, brothers and sisters, let us all ask the Lord: “Fac cor nostrum secundum cor tuum”: Make our hearts like yours (Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus). In this way we will receive a heart which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a heart which is not closed, indifferent or prey to the globalization of indifference.”

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Covenant Mass on Ash Wednesday, 18th February


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 07/02/2015

Our  Covenant Mass in Lent will be on Ash Wednesday 18th February at 7.30pm at the Shrine. You are invited to begin our Lenten Retreat . Our Lenten Resolution is to strive to make our homes  schools of faith and love. We join in the preparation for the Synod on the Family later this year. Please come along and join us for Holy Mass with the Blessing and Distribution of Ashes, prepared by the Anam Cara group. The main celebrant will be Fr Bryan. We look forward to welcoming you

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Love is our Mission The Family Fully Alive


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 04/02/2015

You are invited to our Lenten Retreat at the Shrine on the five Tuesdays in Lent  -  at St John Fisher’s, Kearsley, Bolton. Do not give up chocolate or crisps for Lent. Your Lenten Fast is to strive to become a family fully alive.

Discover the importance of family, affirm the dignity of every woman and man value the gift of family.

Starts on Tuesday, 24th February 2015 at 7.30pm. A chance to pray together as a family and for the family. Each Tuesday evening Father Duncan will hold a meditation on this topic. There will be an opportunity for discussion and string and we will have refreshments at the end. We  will conclude the evening at 9.00pm. 

 


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Politicians Impose their Ideology on the Country


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 04/02/2015

Following Tuesday’s vote in the House of Commons to allow 3 person embryos, Bishop John Keenan, the Bishop of Paisley said: ”The proposed techniques fail on a number of ethical grounds which should concern us all: They destroy human life, since in order to construct a disease free embryo, two healthy ones will have to be destroyed. The technique is not a treatment, it does not cure anyone or anything, rather it seeks to remove anyone affected by certain conditions from the human gene pool. Destroying those who have a particular disease and presenting it as a cure or as progress is utterly disingenuous and completely unethical. No other country in the world has licensed these procedures. A majority of responses to the Department of Health consultation opposed the proposal. Experts are divided on the advisability of the techniques and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) have suggested only that the procedures are “not unsafe”. Mitochondrial Donation completely destroys and distorts the natural process of fertility. It is surprising that a society which increasingly favours and supports natural and “environmentally friendly” products and services should countenance the genetic modification of human beings. How can we object when scientists genetically modify plants but not when they do the same with people?”

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Taste and See Family Mass 8th February


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 01/02/2015

You are invited to Taste and See Family Mass on Sunday 8th February 2015 at 3.30pm at the Shrine, St John Fisher’s Kearsley. The theme for this year is: “Love is our Mission. Family Fully Alive!” Last October there was an extraordinary Synod which introduced the topic of Family as the model and resource of evangelisation. In Autumn of 2015 there is to be a full Synod of the Bishops to take this topic further. How can we live our Faith in our family and what can we do to pass on the Faith through family life. When we live our mission as family, which is plain and simply the task of creating a culture of love in Christ we create  new space for many to find God in their homes. We would like to welcome you to our Family Mass at 3.30pm and afterwards we will share a meal with one another.