Family Week at Castlerigg

From 5th -10th August some of our families went on a treasure hunt in Castlerigg. The treasure was the treasure within. “Give me your heart and I will give you your heart’s desire” (Ps). We were not short on this kind of wealth – we had glorious weather, each person found a bed and we were well looked after by the staff at the Lancaster Diocesan Youth Centre. Below there is a report  if you like to read more:

We were not short on talent: Patty Ganley did the introduction to the week taking us on our own journey and helping u to claim our treasure and celebrate our progress in finding true riches within. Chris O’Donnell led us in the workshop looking to find and express the “best-version-of-myself”. Our treasure was discovering the personal mission of each one of us and expressing it in our own “mission statement”. We are well aware of the words of St. Paul:  “Now God is shining in our hearts to let you know that his glory is seen in Jesus Christ.We are like clay jars in which this treasure is stored. The real power comes from God and not from us. We often suffer, but we are never crushed. Even when we don’t know what to do, we never give up. In times of trouble, God is with us, and when we are knocked down, we get up again. (2 Cor 4: 6-9). Fr. Reginald held the sermon on the feast of the Transfiguration and high-lighted that discovering our personal mission was making the experience of the apostles who saw the Lord’s Glory on Tabor. We always have to return to the Tabor of our lives and correct our course so that we stay on our mission. This ‘New Person” Father Kentenich says is the intuition he was born with. It was his personal mission to help many realise their own identity, their task in life and their true vocation. When we strive to live for this personal mission we take on the characteristics of the New You: Bound to the truth about the nature and image of humanity. Organic in his approach Moved by the Spirit Moved by Love Connected to the world but attached wholeheartedly to God.  The New Person is the basis for the new society. Becoming and living as the new person is game changing. On our recollection day Sheila Lyddieth led us through a meditation on the names of Mary allowing us to consider names in our own families that said something about the person and the names of Mary which can give insight to the personal interest and natural inclination of our soul which can lead us to become better versions of ourselves and help us to realise our personal mission. In the afternoon Sandra Borg Fennech led us in a workshop reflecting the word of St Paul: You have given up your old way of life with its habits. Each of you is now a new person. You are becoming more and more like your Creator, and you will understand him better. It doesn’t matter if you are a Greek or a Jew, or if you are circumcised or not. You may even be a barbarian or a Scythian, and you may be a slave or a free person. Yet Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us. God loves you and has chosen you as his own special people. So be gentle, kind, humble, meek, and patient. Put up with each other, and forgive anyone who does you wrong, just as Christ has forgiven you. Love is more important than anything else. t is what ties everything completely together. Col 3: 9-14) Our evening concert after celebration Andrew O’Donnell’s fourth birthday at dinner turned out to be a revelation of the talents treasured in our children who put on a great performance to the delight of all present. Throughout the week Paul and Clare Barnes ran the programme for the children ably assisted by Mark Borg Fennech and James O’Donnell. Some of our children could perhaps be appearing in the Dragon’s Den after witnessing their entrepreneurial skills in running the Tuck Shop. Each day we had the chance in the good weather to explore the wealth of  beauty in the Lake District and Damian Ganley could assist us in this with his expertise and great love of the lakes. We visited the grounds and lakes of Mire House. We had a beautiful walk around Buttermere – the drive through some stunning countryside and the almost mystical view of Crummock Water which was a perfect mirror of its surroundings was also an eye-opener to the beauty of the area. On Thursday a smaller group went with Damian to ‘conquer’ Castle Crag. Many took the opportunity to visit the surrounding districts and were especially pleased to discover the local markets. Our week was a great success and allowed all those taking part to discover their treasure and take the next step in using their personal genius in the service of others. Many thanks to all who helped organise the week and to those who contributed to its great success.





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