Taste and See Mass in November

You are invited to the Taste and See Family Mass on Sunday 8th November at 3.30pm at the Shrine, St John Fisher’s Kearsley. After Mass we have input and a programme for the children. We conclude with a shared meal. Throughout this year we have considered the mission of the family especially today. Love is our mission – the family fully alive! Central to the mission of family is the formation of the children and the development of a family atmosphere in our homes. We learn that we belong in a family and our home is determined by the people we love and care for. This belongs to one of the top values we experience in family. The secure and sacred space of family allows us to grow in a network  of personal bonds. We learn to value these bonds of love and how to develop our own network of those we love and care for. Anchored in love we are ready to go out and help many searching to build up the web of love in their own lives. This month and next we would be grateful if your donations for the ‘food bank’ was not food but  took the form of socks and gloves to keep the homeless warmer this winter. Thank you. I look forward to seeing you.


October Day Pilgrimage to the Shrine

Welcome to the Day of Pilgrimage at the Shrine on Sunday October 18th . Our Programme starts at 1.00pm and we conclude with Holy Mass at 5.30pm. There will be a keynote address, workshops and a children’s programme. We will take time for prayer and refreshments will be available from our café. There will also be a book stall. Please bring a donation for our food-bank. We look forward to welcoming all your family and encourage you to invite a friend to join us on the day.


Taste and See Family Mass at the Shrine

You are invited to the Taste and See Family Mass on Sunday 11th October at 3.30pm. Family is at the centre of interest both in the Church and the world. Pope Francis has just returned from the World Conference for Families in Philadelphia and is now with the members of the General Synod on the mission and life of the family today. Throughout this year we have looked at the mission of the family in order to become a family fully alive.

Pertinent to this mission is that family means that  mother and father work together to create a space of love in which their children can grow. Working together as man and woman and using the complementing gifts and talents which fathers and mothers have, spouses and  parents create a world in miniature for their relationship to each other and fertile ground for their children to grow in love and happiness.

Mass will be at 3.030pm. Afterward Paul and Clare and big sister, Jessica, invite you to a shared meal to celebrate the Baptism of Lucy Martha Lyddieth Barnes. Please invite your friends to come and join us. Remember to bring donations for our food-bank. These are passed on to the Brothers of Charity to assist those in need.


Covenant Mass in July

Our Holy Father Pope Francis has urged us to develop a culture of encounter so that we increase our support for one another and those on the edges of society. He has said that Marriage and Family is one of the main schools for such and encounter. Throughout this year we have been looking at Marriage and Family from the point of view of our mission. From Philadelphia we hear: Our Mission is Love: Family fully Alive. Our Covenant Mass is this Saturday 18th July at 7.30pm celebrated by Fr David and prepared by the St Michael’s Group. The Mass will be at the Shrine with procession to the Mosaic and Shrine afterwards. You are invited to stay for light refreshments. We look forward to seeing you. Please bring a donation of non-perishable goods which Sandra Borg Fenech will pass on to the Brothers of Charity.


Taste and See Family Mass in July

You are invited to our Taste and See Family Mass at the Shrine this coming Sunday, 12th July at 3.30pm followed by input for adults and a programme for children. We will conclude with a shared meal. The theme is our topic preparing for the Synod on the Family: Our Mission is Love. Family fully Alive. The topic for this input will consider Marriage as a Sacrament – Living in faithfulness and fruitfulness a new life in Christ. Our Taste and See team invite you to come along and bring your friends with you. Please bring a contribution of non-perishable foodstuffs which we pass on to the Brothers of Charity for their work caring for those in need.


Covenant Mass in June

June the Month of the the Sacred Heart. You are invited to the Shrine to celebrate our Covenant Mass this Thursday 18th June at 7.30pm at the Shrine. The Mass is prepared by the Anam Cara Group who will lead us into our meditation of considering the Sacrament of Marriage in the image of the Love of Christ. The St Edmund’s Music group will lead us in singing and Fr Bryan will be the main celebrant. You are invited to light refreshments following our procession to the Shrine. Please remember and bring non-perishable food stuffs which Sandra Borg Fenech will pass on to the Brothers’ of Charity for there work with the poor. We look forward to welcoming you, your family and friends.


Three questions… about Schoenstatt…

[With sincere thanks to Schoenstatt.org] Hi, my name is Father Duncan McVicar, I’m from Scotland UK, fifty-eight years of age, a Schoenstatt Father, ordained in the “100th Jubilee of our Father and Founder” in 1985. I studied at the University of Muenster and Tuebingen, and also at Loyola University in Chicago, US. I’ve enjoyed working and living in different countries, including Poland, India, South Africa and Argentina. I was part of the team that prepared the 100th Birthday Celebration of our Father and Founder in 1985, and also co-ordinated with Sister Johanna-Maria the Youth Festival in 2005 in Schoenstatt before the World Youth Day in Cologne. I have been a Parish Priest in England for seventeen years, and presently, I am Parish Priest at St Ethelbert’s in Greater Manchester and Governor of two Catholic Primary Schools and one Catholic High School. The Schoenstatt Fathers at the Schoenstatt Shrine take an active part in the marriage and family pastoral care within the Diocese. One of the really interesting things that I could do last year, was to be the Chaplain to the Mayor of Bolton, which was really an exciting time, allowing me to catch a glimpse of local politics in action. •

What is my dream for Schoenstatt in who we are and where we find ourselves in the Church, in the world, and in our mission?

My dream for Schoenstatt is that we become a much more dynamic Movement than up till now. My dream is that Schoenstatt doesn’t just talk and pray about being the “heart of the Church” but really is and really wants to be. Our Founder called this “mission awareness”. To use the words from Father Esteban Uriburu, an Argentinean Schoenstatt Father who has already been called home to the Lord: Imagine that we are an international football team, Continue reading “Three questions… about Schoenstatt…”