by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 07/04/2018
You are invited on Mercy Sunday to celebrate Taste and See Family Mass at the Shrine this Sunday 8th April 2018. We begin with Mass at 3.30pm and will conclude with a shared meal. St John Paul II said in his first sermon to mark Mercy Sunday:
The Heart of Christ!
Through the mystery of this wounded Heart, the restorative tide of God’s merciful love continues to spread over the men and women of our time. Here alone can those who long for true and lasting happiness find its secret.
“Jesus, I trust in You!”
All our mothers are invited to join with their families and celebrate Taste and See Family Mass at the Shrine this Sunday 11th March 2018. We begin with Mass at 3.30pm and will conclude with a shared meal. We give thanks for our mothers and ask God to reward them for the good they do because they love. Our Holy Father encourages us to listen to the ‘Gospel of the Family’
(Family) is the path along which the history of salvation progresses… The triune God is a communion of love, and the family is its living reflection. The aim of Church teaching is “to present marriage more as a dynamic path to personal development and fulfilment than as a lifelong burden” If the parents are in some sense the foundations of the home, the children are like the “living stones” of the family. Here too, we can see another aspect of the family. We know that the New Testament speaks of “churches that meet in homes”. A family’s living space could turn into a domestic church, a setting for the Eucharist, the presence of Christ seated at its table.
You are invited to our Into My Vineyard Meeting this coming Saturday 10th March 2018 at 3.30pm. we will finish with Mass in the Shrine. The women’s group are preparing for the May Day and they will report on the programme. We also have the first of the Father Kentenich Seminars on Saturday April 28th 2018 and the team preparing these will also report on what we are planning. The family branch has the Family Week in Whitby 6th – 10th August. The registration forms for the family week will be available at this meeting. Anyone interested in going to Dublin for the World Meeting of Families August 21st – 26th 2018 will receive more information of the trip planned by the Diocese of Salford. There is also a Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool from 7th -9th September this year and our Women’s group have expressed interest in going and in how we develop Adoration at the Shrine. We look forward to seeing you at the vineyard meeting to discuss all these topics and much more.
Dear Friends this year we have two Covenant Masses in Lent – maybe like a ‘blue moon’. We could take the lenten resolution to attend both this year. You are welcome to join us tomorrow night, Sunday 18th February at 7.30pm. Our University Students are preparing the Mass and St Edmund’s group will play for Mass. In his Lenten Message this year Pope Francis reminds us of a Word from St Matthew: “Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold” (Mt 24:12). He goes on to explain “In his description of hell, Dante Alighieri pictures the devil seated on a throne of ice, in frozen and loveless isolation. We might well ask ourselves how it happens that charity can turn cold within us. What are the signs that indicate that our love is beginning to cool?” Perhaps our Lenten Journey as missionary apostles of the Covenant of Love can be to bring warmth into the lives of those feeling cold and to ask the Holy Spirit to reach out to those whose heart is in danger of freezing over. Please come along and bring family and friends with you. We will also collect donations for our clothes and food bank
You are invited with family and friends to Taste and See Family Mass of the year at the Shrine on Sunday 11th February 2018 starting with Mass at 3.30pm and followed by a shared meal and time to chat. One book about Father Kentenich calls him ‘Mary’s Prophet’. His charism was to raise our awareness of the special role Our Lady plays in God’s entire plan of salvation. As Mother of the Lord Mary shows us the way to follow her Son closely. And Mary is closest to him on his journey and always there to assist him in his mission to win the world for the Father. Please also bring a donation for our food and clothes bank. Thank you. Looking forward to seeing you next Sunday
You are invited with family and friends to the first Taste and See Family Mass of the year at the Shrine on Sunday 14th January2018 starting with Mass at 3.30pm and followed by a shared meal and time to chat. Throughout this coming year we want to look at the development programme in Salford Diocese called ‘Hope in the Future’. This coincides with a year with Father Joseph Kentenich the founder of Schoenstatt in which we are asking how do we share in his charism and how can we reach out to others assisting them on their journey. Please also bring a donation for our food and clothes bank. Thank you Look forward to seeing you next Sunday