Easter Sunday 31st of March

In his first Easter Sunday message to the world, Pope Francis spoke of world peace, particularly an end to the conflicts in the Middle East, Africa and the Korean peninsula, while sharing in the “joy” in celebrating Christianity’s core belief that Jesus Christ rose from the dead following crucifixion. He exclaimed, “So this is the invitation which I address to everyone: Let us accept the grace of Christ’s Resurrection!” Pope Francis delivered his message after celebrating Mass at an outdoor altar before more than 250,000 people in flower-bedecked St. Peter’s Square.After Mass, he stepped aboard an open-topped white popemobile for a cheerful spin through the joyous crowd, kissing babies and patting children on the head. We...

Good friday March 29th

After the poignant  “washing of feet ceremony” on Maundy Thursday the late night silent vigil was kept in the church taking us into Good Friday. (click on the heading for pictures) On Good Friday a large congregation made up of members from all the Christian churches in Whalley was lead by Slaidburn Brass Band to walk the “stations of the cross” through the village, visiting the three churches and our 13Century Abbey.  Thankfully it was a beautiful day as we listened to the unfolding story of Christ’s Passion and sang to the band’s accompaniment. The Cross was carried by a member chosen from each church for each part of the journey which finished n the Village memorial gardens. (double click the pictures to enlarge)

Pope Francis sets the tone of his Papacy (click this heading for more)

Pope Francis wants to stay for the time being in a simple Vatican residence instead of moving into the spacious and regal papal apartments, the Vatican said on Tuesday. The former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina is still living in the Domus Santa Martha, a modern hotel-style residence inside the Vatican City where he stayed during the conclave that elected him on March 13. Although the papal apartments in the Apostolic Palace – which consist of more than a dozen rooms as well as quarters for staff and a terrace – are available, he shows no desire to move in any time soon, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said. In the past few days Francis has moved out of a single room in the residence, which has some 130 rooms, into a suite so he could have more...

Palm Sunday 24th of March

The Passion.   Today we re enact the narrative of the Lord’s Passion according to saint Luke.  As we get ready for this most solemn week in the life of our church this narrative reminds us of those events 2000 years ago which shaped our churches future.

Wenesday 13th of March 2013

God bless our new pope, Francis the first. By electing Jorge Bergoglio, the cardinals signalled a fresh beginning. For he is the first non-European since antiquity, the first Latin American ever, and the first member of the Jesuit order on the throne of the bishop of Rome. Bergoglio himself immediately responded to this signal and chose a name that marks a fresh start in papal history: Francis. For the first time there is a pope who is not from Europe! The conclave has made a highly symbolic step out of the Old Continent and into Latin America’s strong Catholicism. And the fact that the Jesuit Jorge Mario Bergoglio is taking the name Francis I – reminding us of the saint of poverty and the poor, of humility as well as church reform – is also very...