TODAY'S MESSAGE FROM BISHOP PAUL (For all parishes and religious houses in the diocese)
You will be aware that the Holy Father, Pope Francis, will be consecrating Russia and the Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary next Friday 25th March at 5pm local time, Solemnity of the Annunciation. It has been requested by Bishops and Faithful in Russia, Ukraine and around the world.
As an expression of solidarity with this act, I will personally perform the same consecration in Lancaster Cathedral on the same day (Friday 25th March) at 5pm. It will be a simple act of trust including prayers to Our Blessed Lady and expressions of penitence. I am aware that 5pm on a Friday is not the easiest time to negotiate Lancaster’s traffic, but if any of the Faithful wish to join me they are most welcome. My hope is for the event to be recorded and put online via the Cathedral website.
I take this opportunity to thank you and encourage you and your parishioners in all you are trying to do, spiritually and materially to help those who have been driven from their homes and country.
As we remember the Ukraine crisis, let us keep in our hearts so many other peoples and places where violence and tragedy are happening.
I am aware that this comes too late for your weekend newsletter, so please announce this at all Sunday Masses.
Rt Rev Paul Swarbrick
Bishop of Lancaster
PASTORAL LETTER FROM BISHOP PAUL for the First Sunday of Lent ~ 06.03.22
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UKRAINIAN APPEAL ~ Its not too late to donate locally ~ 05.03.22
Fleetwood Rotary & @AffinityLancs are also collecting items. Welcome donations are toiletries, sleeping bags, cooking pots/pans, bedding, dried food (at least 1 yr before date). Collection point is vacant unit next to Klass,
Sat & Sun 5/6 March 11am - 3pm.
THANK YOU ~ 04.03.22
Following the appeal on Wednesday, we have today filled the mini bus with very generous donations which Fr Alf took to Blackpool tonight to Marta and her friend. They are going to have a very busy time packaging all the donations ready to go to the airport tomorrow.
Thank you to the many parishioners and school families who sent very needy donations.
URGENT APPEAL FOR UKRAINE ~ 02.03.22
As you will be very aware, there is a great need for items for Ukrainian refugees who have been forced to leave their country. There are many local organisations collecting essential items.
One shipment is to leave on Saturday from Blackpool and items may be dropped off at church or the presbytery before 5pm on Friday to be included. Please ring 07732278730 (Maria D) if you need items collecting.
Items needed: toiletries – soap, shampoo etc, nappies, wet wipes, women’s hygiene products, bandages & first aid kits, toys. (No clothes as these are being covered by other organisations.
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