December Update

Friday 16th of December 2011. This is a big day in the restoration of our church, the concrete pouring for the floor is taking place and the final jobs are being done that will enable us to be back in our church, warm and dry!  The plumbers will be installing the underfloor heating in the first week in January.  This will be followed by the final floor finishing and then drying out, decorating will take a few more weeks.  The window frames are being made as we record this, their installation along with the doors will complete the “weathertight “ phase of the building allowing the internal finishing to begin.  The original wood panelling around the sides of the church has survived intact and has been carefully refitted.  John...

Christmas Wreaths

The Ladies of the church have been extremely busy making wreaths for sale to bolster the church renovation fund. Organised by Pat Doxey the team have worked very hard for two days making 74 wreaths to brighten the Christmas scene for people.

Rehearsals for Nativity get underway

Despite being displaced from our home church the children of the Parish have started rehearsing for the annual Nativity Play. Through the very good auspices of St Mary’s Church we are able to hold our Nativity Play on Thursday 22nd of December at 6pm in St Mary’s. The children are very excited and will be rehearsing every Friday at 4.30pm in St Mary’s. Here is a photo of the first “read through” as the actors are selected and start learning their parts ready for a faultless performance on the night. Supplied by John Whiteside.

Parish News

Preparations are in hand for a Children’s Nativity production in the Parish Church on Thursday before Christmas. Rehearsals begin in Church on Friday at 4.30pm.We are joining with the C of E children this year. Christmas wreaths are being made to order, cost £7.00 and orders must be in by next Sunday, order forms are in the Church. SVP Mass, party and entertainment begins at 2.30pm in Church on Sunday 11th December.  Please book on the list which is in Church now. 56 people from the three churches are meeting on Sunday next  for an early supper in The Dog Inn, followed by coach transport to Blackburn Cathedral for the Blackburn Choral Society production of Handel’s Messiah. Fr. P. Price.

November Bulletin

While extensive work to our church continues, life goes on and the parish is busy at present with routine things – the largest group for the Sacramental Programme for some years. The children are set to prepare a Nativity Play which will be staged this year in St. Mary’s Parish Church during the week before Christmas. Historic things are happening. The daily Mass in the old Parish Church is proving to be quite an experience. We have used both Chantry Chapels on different occasions, but the daily Mass is mostly on the High Altar with the people sitting in the ancient chior stalls (some of which came out of the Abbey). The first baptism to be conferred by a Catholic Priest since the Reformation took place recently at the Font in which Blessed John Thules...