February 21, 2020
Today we celebrate the memorial of St Peter Damian.
St Peter Damian was born in Ravenna, Italy, in 1007. He was the youngest child of a noble family and, when he was orphaned at an early age, he was adopted by an older brother who treated him more like a servant than a sibling. After several years of mistreatment, another brother had pity on him and took him away to be educated. He was a brilliant pupil and mastered theology and canon law to become a professor by 25.
After a time, Peter decided to leave the world and so enter a hermitage in Italy. By a unanimous vote, it was decided that Peter should take on the abbot’s role in the event of the latter’s death. His extreme reluctance to take on this role led the abbot to make it a matter of obedience.
Peter took on the role of abbot in 1043 and governed with great wisdom and piety: his main priority was to foster in his disciples a spirit of solitude, charity and humility. Pope Stephen IX made him Cardinal-Bishop of Ostia, however Peter constantly requested leave to resign and return to solitude – which was refused.
St Peter Damian is a Doctor of the Church and is known as a great reformer of his time.
St Peter Damian, pray for us
February 21, 2020
Do yourselves a favour and look at this photography series called After the abortion (#afterthe abortion). We all know about the power of image…. well, each of these images speaks more, much more, than a million words.
What does it tell us? That we are not alone; that the grief is real; that not a single day goes by when we don’t remember the lives that were lost; that more people than we imagine carry a hidden wound that desperately needs to be exposed to the healing touch of Christ.
Here at the Initiative, through the work of Rachel’s Vineyard, we help women and men, of all ages and religious persuasions (or none), to uncover the wound and allow the healing balm in.
As we enter the great season of Lent, let’s pray to the Father of mercies that we will be ever more sensitive to that wound in our brothers and sisters, and be the listening, compassionate ear that they long for, and a beacon of hope. They’ve carried the burden for too long.
If you, or someone you know, has been hurt through their own abortion experience, or that of a family member or friend, please don’t hesitate to contact Sr Andrea on 07816 942 824.
February 17, 2020
Please join us in praying for the pro-life cause this Wednesday 18th February.
This month’s celebrant will be Fr Dominic Quinn.
6pm – Holy Hour
7pm – Rosary
7.30pm – Mass
Tea, coffee and great banter afterwards!
February 11, 2020
Today we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.
One of the most famous apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady appeared to Bernadette Soubirous for the first time on the 11th February 1858 and continued until 25th March 1858. Bernadette described the visions she saw as the lovely lady who was wearing a white dress, a blue girdle and a yellow rose on each foot, the same colour as the chain of her Rosary. She invited Bernadette to build a chapel, pray for sinner and drink from the spring.
Today Lourdes is a major catholic pilgrimage sight which is visited by people from all over the world. The spring Our Lady asked Bernadette to drink from is know to have healing properties and has been responsible for many miracles.
Today we pray especially for the sick and their caregivers.
Our Lady of Lourdes pray for us
February 8, 2020
Today we celebrate the memorial of St Josephine Bakhita
St Josephine Bakhtia was born in Sudan in 1869 where she had a healthy, happy life until she was kidnapped by slave traders. During her 12 years of slavery she had many owner, not all of her were kind to her. Her final owners lived just outside of Venice where she worked as a nanny for 3 years. She first encountered Christianity while her owners left her in the care of the Canossian sisters in Venice. When her owners came to collect her from the convent she refused to leave. After 3 days of her owners trying to persuade her to come with them, the took the matter to court and lost.
She was received into the catholic church in 1890 and 3 years later entered the Canossian sister and spent the rest of her life in Italy where she was known for her gentle voice and smile.
St Josephine Bakhita pray for us.
February 6, 2020
We pray the angelus everyday at 12pm.
February 4, 2020
Could we ask for your urgent prayers for a young women who has an abortion booked for tomorrow.
Please storm the heavens