Thursday, 3 June 2010

Trinity Sunday

Better late than never! Sunday was the feast of the Holy Trinity; that wonderful feast which each year draws us deeper into life of the Holy Trinity. It always offers us the opportunity to reflect on the communion of love that is Father, Son and Holy Spirit and be a part of it. This is thought is clearly seen in the way we try to live our lives as Catholics: for we are made new in baptism and set out on the pilgrimage of life and faith towards the eternal Father; then to help us on the way the providential love of God, made flesh in Jesus, is there to nourish us with the Eucharist; and to make us completely prepared for that pilgrimage, in Confirmation the Spirit fills us with His gifts as we take for ourselves the first tentative steps of a considered pilgrim faith.

It was therefore an additional blessing that this year we also celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation on Trinity Sunday. Bishop Campbell confirmed our own young people who were joined by candidates from St Bernadette’s, St Patrick and Holy Family. Together they renewed their baptismal promises and joined Bishop Campbell in saying ‘This is our faith. This is the faith of the Church. We are proud to profess it in Christ Jesus our Lord’. As Bishop Campbell anointed them, with the Chrism he blessed at the Chrism Mass on Maundy Thursday, each young person had the chance to say AMEN and put their own feet on the pilgrim way, engaging fully in the communion of love that is God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This communion is reflected in us, God’s people, as we strive to make that communion our own in faith, in our lives and in our families. After Mass they joined Bishop Michael for a group photo on the steps of the Cathedral seen here.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

No Greater Love

After the great sucess of the visit of the relics of St Therese last Septemeber there is a wonderful opportunity this week to learn more about Carmelite life. At 6:20pm on Wednesday evening (2nd June) the Dukes Playhouse in Lancaster is showing a film entitled, No Greater Love: "A fascinating insight into the closed world of the Carmelite Nuns in London’s Notting Hill. Director Whyte spent ten years trying to gain access to the monastery and his resulting film captures a community where the modern world’s materialism is rejected. Though mainly an observational film there are several interviews, which offer insights into their life, faith, moments of doubt and their belief in the power of prayer in the heart of the community."