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October Day 2013 Start of Schoenstatt’s Jubilee Year


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 29/09/2013

Centenary FlagWelcome to our annual October Day at the Shrine  on Sunday 13th October 2013 starting at 12.30pm with Holy Mass at 3.30pm. The day is organised by the Taste and See Team. On this day we want to join with out Holy Father Pope Francis and consecrate the world to Mary, the Mother of God. This day marks in England and Wales the beginning of the year of celebration of Schoenstatt’s Centenary (18th October 2014). Here are the details of the Day 12.30pm Tea & Scones and time to catch up. 1.00pm a short time for praise and worship. Our children will then have their own programme. Adults will hear a mediation on the call to be an apostle. 2.00pm Encounter Time in the Shrine and at 2.45 we join Pope Francis in the consecration of the world to Our Lady. We then have a short break and holy Mass will be at 3.30pm followed by a shared meal. 5.30pm we have Farewell in the Shrine. We look forward to seeing you on the day. (To download the poster with programme details click here.) (more…)

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Covenant Mass in September


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 08/09/2013

Welcome to our Covenant Mass in September. Holy Mass at the Shrine will be on Wednesday 18th September at 7.30pm. Our Ladies Group will lead us in this Mass. One of the easiest ways to know if someone is alive in their faith is to see their generosity in giving their time to others, using their talents to help others become better versions of themselves and who are always prepared to put their hand in their pocket and share what they have. This is a clear sign that we live a dynamic faith – looking to see how, in following God’s will for us, we can help make a better world. I like to invite you to our Mass. Faith in Action: Please bring along your gift for those in need . We are collecting tinned and non-perishable goods which are passed on to the Brothers of Charity and they then distribute them to those in need.

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Terrorists in Churches


by Fr Duncan McVicar on 24/07/2013

Latest news reports are that five terrorist cell groups have been operating in certain churches. Church security identifies these as Bin Sleepin, Bin Arguin, Bin Fightin, Bin Complainin, and Bin Missin. Their leader, Osama Bin Lucifer, trained these groups to destroy the Body of Christ. The plan is to come into the church disguised as Catholics and to work within the church to discourage, disrupt, and destroy the priests and the churches. A tiny cell known by the name Bin Workin is actually the only effective counter terrorism force in the church today. This group appears to be very weak. It is easy to detect because it is the only group that is active in service to Christ. Unlike the true terrorist cells, the Bin Workin team does not blend in with whoever and whatever comes along. Bin Workin visibly does whatever is needed to uplift and encourage the Body of Christ.  We have noticed that the Bin Workin cell group has different characteristics than the others. They have Bin Watchin, Bin Waitin, Bin Prayin, and Bin Longin for the Master, Jesus Christ, to return. Which cell group do you belong to? 2 Thessalonians 3:11: ”For we hear that there are some, which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.” Or Mark 13:32-3: “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father, Take ye heed, watch and pray: For ye know not when that time is.” These same groups have been detected in other denominations. The Office of Home Church Security is coordinating its efforts with the Bin Workin group to expose the activities of the five terrorist cells now known to be active throughout many Bolton Catholic Churches. Report all sightings to proper authorities. By Father Duncan, alias Bin Readin - Edited by Marjorie Brady, alias Bin Thinkin

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Taste and See Family Mass at the Shrine in Lent


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 06/03/2013

What: Taste and See Family Mass

When: Sunday 10th March 2013

Where: at the Shrine, St John Fisher’s Kearsley

Time: Holy Mass at 3.30pm followed by a shared meal. We finish at 5.30pm

Welcome to our Taste and See Mass in March. All are welcome. So much has happened in the Church and the world since we last met. It might be the case that the Cardinals gather in Conclave to decide on the new Pope at the time we celebrate our Holy Mass as a family. The Church is greatly challenged at this time and because of recent events many are deeply disappointed in the leadership of the Church. We are challenged in this Year of Faith to pray for the Church and for those who are called to be our shepherds. We find deep security in our prayer to ask God to show us his will and give us the courage to follow it. Also for our ‘Faith in Action” project you are invited to bring non-perishable goods for those in need. (To download the poster please click here)

 

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Into My Vineyard


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 16/02/2013

Into My Vineyard: You are invited to our meeting of the Schoenstatt Movement in England and Wales. Into My Vineyard is on Saturday 23rd February at the Shrine. If you wish there will be the chance for Holy Mass at 12.00 noon and  for a hot drink afterwards. This meeting gives us an opportunity to consider the spiritual goals we wish to set ourselves in the different Branches of the Movement. We will look at the meaning of the Year of Faith in the Universal Church and the Year of Mission in Schoenstatt as we prepare for the celebration of Schoenstatt’s Centenary. We will consider events  spiritual, social and educational for the coming year and plan some of those things. We will plan our Family Week in Castlerigg this year 5th-10th August 2013 and we will look forward to the Centenary Celebration in 2014. The meeting starts at 1.00pm and we will conclude by 5.oopm. I look forward to welcoming you.

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Lenten Retreat Mass


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 13/02/2013

During Lent we celebrate early morning Mass in the Shrine on Fridays. Holy Mass will be each Friday in Lent starting this Friday 15th February at 6.00am. We will follow the theme for Lent: To become a better version of myself and begin to change the world I take time to be with the Lord in Prayer. Following Mass there will be the chance for a warm drink and a slice of toast before setting off to work. We look forward to sharing this time with you.

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Trip To Schoenstatt in May 2013


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 03/02/2013

St Ethelbert’s Parish, Deane Bolton are going to Schoenstatt in Germany at the end of May this year. There are places available for anyone who would like to join. The trip is from Saturday 25th May until Thursday 30th May 2013.

The group will be staying at the beautiful Marienau Retreat House just a few minutes walk from the Original Shrine in Schoenstatt. The five day pilgrimage includes sight-seeing in Schoenstatt with a visit to the Adoration Church and Father Kentenich Visitor’s Centre and Holy Mass in the Original Shrine. There will be a full day excursion on a boat to Boppart on the Rhine, a coach trip to Coblence for sight-seeing and shopping and a wine-tasting afternoon with an exclusive visit to the vineyards.

Costs: Prices include return flights from Manchester to Frankfurt, full-board accommodation in a double room with en-suite facilities,  all coach trips, wine-tasting and visit to the vineyards, boat trip to Boppart, airport transfers by coach in Germany and all airport taxes.

Price per person £595.00 

Supplement for a single room: £50.00.

We would ask you to pay a deposit of £280 per person to secure the flight reservations by 22nd February 2013.

Contact: Fr. Duncan McVicar

St Ethelbert’s Presbytery

Wigan Road, Deane

Bolton BL3 5QJ.

Tel 01220462653

<www.stethelberts.org.uk> Email: <fr.duncan@schoenstatt.org.uk>

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