Sunday, 1 March 2009

March Diary

Purple is the dominant liturgical colour of the weeks ahead, as the month of March falls entirely within the season of Lent. The Stations of the Cross are prayed publicly three times each week, with the Cathedral School coming for their own stations on Wednesday 18th. Sacramental preparation programmes move into full swing, with a number of children making their first confession later this month. Curious about the Eucharist? talks take place each Tuesday in March (more details here) and there will be an 'open day' in the sacristy next weekend as part of the programme. The Journey in Faith group also continues meeting. Behind the scenes there will be much work going on to prepare for the Chrism Mass, the Triduum and the Mass marking the transition from Bishop O'Donoghue to Bishop Campbell in early May. The full programme for the visit of the relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux will be published with the launch of a new website on 28th March. Major feasts for the month include St Joseph (19th) and the Annunciation (25th). There are three concerts: Kendal-based singers Pro Nobis (7th), pianist Roman Rudnytsky returns (13th), as do Il Suono, who perform on 21st and sing at the extraordinary form Mass on 22nd.

Billington's Blog this month will feature accounts of life at Dalton Square, the small chapel which preceded our current church building; we'll here something about life among recusant Catholics and about some of the Lancaster Martyrs, and we will look back on a much more recent event: the episcopal ordination of Bishop Campbell, which took place at the end of March last year. You can find Canon Billington's Blog here.