The Father – Small Lenten Retreat

Bronze relief of Fr. Kentenich's handSchoenstatt Shrine and Pastoral Centre – St. John Fisher

Lent is an important time of the year for each one of us and for the Church. Resolutions are an aspect of the time… but what can we do to focus our energy on the religious in the middle of a busy program.

Lent is a good time for a Retreat – not easy in the middle of the working week – but why not try a “Retreat in the world”.

We will be offering a Mass on the Friday mornings of Lent at 6am at the Shrine – well before working time (and there is tea and toast afterwards). If you can’t join us in the Shrine – why not follow the mass on the Internet ( – the mass will be repeated their during the day…

At the mass there will be an input and you can receive material to focus your lenten journey for the coming week (if you are there – pick it up / on the web – we will send you and e-mail / don’t have e-mail – we’ll use the trusty post).


For further details contact Fr. Andrew
mobile: 07958 780 649

Masses on Friday,  March 18th and 25th, April 1st (no joke), 8th and 15th.


Message for the Sick from Pope Benedict 2011

On 11th February each year, in memory of the Blessed Virgin of Lourdes, the Church, proposes the World Day of the Sick. It is a time to reflect on the mystery of suffering and to draw the attention of our communities and civil society to the needs of our sick Brothers and Sisters. You should be at the centre of attention and not be forgotten or marginalised, to prevent society from being cruel and inhuman. It must be compassionate. When I visited Turin, I reflected and prayed before the Holy Shroud, remembering the sufferings of Christ. St. Peter writes “By his wounds, you have been healed”. Christ suffered, died and rose again, with his wounds becoming a sign of our redemption, of forgiveness and reconciliation with the Father. This becomes a test of faith. “Only a God who loves us to the extent of taking upon himself our wounds and our pain, specifically innocent suffering is worthy of faith” (Urbi et Orbi Message. Easter 2007). Dear Sick and Suffering, although the Lord rising again, did not remove suffering and evil from the World, he defeated them at their root. The way of peace is joy and love. Continue reading “Message for the Sick from Pope Benedict 2011”


Tell Them!

Some 14 years ago, I stood watching my university students file into the classroom for our opening session in the theology of faith.That was the day I first saw Tommy. Tommy turned out to be my biggest challenge. He constantly objected to or smirked at the possibility of an unconditionally loving God. When he turned in his final exam at the end of the course, he asked in a slightly cynical tone, “Do you think I’ll ever find God?” “No,” I said emphatically. “Oh,” he responded. “I thought that was the product you were pushing.” “But, He will find you!” I said to him. Continue reading “Tell Them!”


A Special Visitor

Picture of Jesus at the doorRuth received only one letter. She picked it up and looked at it before opening, but then she looked at the envelope again. There was no stamp, no postmark, only her name and address. She read the letter:

Dear Ruth,
I’m going to be in your area on Saturday afternoon and I’d like to stop by for a visit.
Love Always, Jesus

Her hands were shaking as she placed the letter on the table. “Why would the Lord want to visit me? I’m nobody special. I don’t have anything to offer.” With that thought, Ruth remembered her empty kitchen cabinets. “Oh my goodness, I really don’t have anything to offer. I’ll have to run down to the shops and buy something for dinner.” She reached for her purse and counted out its contents. Five pounds and ten pence. “Well, I can get some bread and cold cuts, at least.” She threw on her coat and hurried out the door. A loaf of french bread, a half-pound of sliced turkey, and a carton of milk…leaving Ruth with a grand total of twelve pence to last her until Monday. Nonetheless, she felt satisfied as she headed home, her meager offerings tucked under her arm. Continue reading “A Special Visitor”