Monday, 11 February 2019

February EF Masses in Lancaster Diocese

St Margaret Mary, Scalegate Road, Carlisle
First Sundays: 6.00 pm

St John Vianney, Marton, Blackpool
Mondays: 12.00 noon
Fridays: 6.30 pm

Shrine Church of St Walburge, Preston
Mondays – Fridays: 8.30 am, Low Mass
Saturdays: 10.30 am Low Mass
Sundays: 10.30 am, Sung Mass

Shrine of the English Martyrs, Preston
Mondays – Fridays: 12 noon, Low Mass
Saturdays: 10.00 am, Low Mass
Sundays: 9.00 am, Low Mass

Sunday 17th February at 3.00 pm
Septuagesima Sunday
St Mary's, Hornby

Thursday, 10 January 2019

St. Walburge's, Preston. Ascend the spire at night.

For the first time the public can climb the 172 steps of St. Walburge's spire at night for panoramic views of Preston and beyond. The spire is the third tallest in the UK and contains the heaviest swinging bell in Lancashire. You can also have a guided tour of this magnificent, Grade 1 listed, church.

For a limited time only:
Sat 12th, 19th and 26th January, 7.30-8.30pm.

£8.50 towards church restoration including refreshments.
Children over 7 welcome when accompanied by an adult.

Sunday, 23 December 2018

A Joyful Christmas and a Healthy New Year!

Is this a hopeful sign of the times? A beautiful Vatican Nativity scene made from sand, exhibiting such detailed care and love.


It was made by US sand artist Rich Varano and three sculptors Radovan Zivny, Suzanne Ruseler and Ilya Filimontsev.

For more pictures showing how these people produced such a wonderful tribute to the coming of Jesus into the world see

More good signs:

  • This Christmas, for the first time in our memory, we had signficantly more Christian cards than secular ones, often from people who had not sent them in the past. It always used to be the other way round.
  • At a Christmas concert the Christmas carols were the favourites and were sung with gusto, much to the pleased surprise of the conductor.
  • Apparently the Post Office was not intending to produce any Christian Christmas stamps this year but, as a result of the storm of protest from the public, had to re-issue a design from some ten years ago.

So these little lights offer us joyful hope that the light of Christ is now beginning to grow in the world.

With that hope we wish you all a Christmas and New Year full of Faith.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

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Tuesday, 25 September 2018

High Mass & new Grand Prior for the Order of St Lazarus

Chev. Anthony Dickinson will be invested as the Grand Prior of the Order of St Lazarus on Saturday 29th September following High Mass at 11am in the Church of the English Martyrs in Preston.

The 50th Grand Master of the Military and Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem, 
H. E. Jan Dobrensky is travelling from his home in the Czech Republic 
to formally ratify his appointment.

Anthony works in as a civil servant in the Justice Department but is is known widely, especially in the North West of England, for his work in sacred music, having organised choirs and musicians for many years  at all sorts of liturgical and charitable events. 

Church of St Thomas of Canterbury and the English Martyrs
Garstang Rd, Preston PR1 1NA
With thanks to the Canons of ICRSP for their hospitality.

Further details about the Mass 
and surrounding events can be found here:

Friday, 14 September 2018

The Accuser who reveals

At our deaths, Satan the Accuser will, before Jesus Christ, accuse us of our unrepented and unconfessed sins. Satan is the instrument that opens up souls to inspection. If he is, as accused by the Pope, focussing on Bishops then this is permitted by God for the cleansing and chastisement of the Church. Until all has been revealed and made clean, the Church which has become too worldly, or at one with the world, will remain impotent. Until and unless the world hates the Church, for the right reasons by being a reproach to the world, it will remain powerless to help and guide the suffering flock. Let us all pray that the Accuser does his job well under the permission of God and within the bounds set by God.

Irrespective of the above, because of the increasing hysteria being hyped up, there will be Bishops and Priests falsely accused; the accusers will be motivated by a wish to become publicly noticed, because they love a good scandal or through hatred of the Church. These clergy could be severely damaged by such accusations by no longer being able to relate to their flock. We must pray, protect and be loyal to innocent clergy so falsely accused.  Our Lady, pray for and protect them.

Friday, 7 September 2018

Constructive response to clerical abuse

This has been received from a reader of this blog:

This is not the time to be silent but to make as much noise as possible.

This is not the time to refrain from judging but to insist on judgement.

This is not the time to refrain from anger but for righteous anger.

Above all, this is the time to beseech Heaven on behalf of the victims of clerical abuse who have been given a lifetime sentence of flashbacks, emotional and physical pain, and, in some cases, loss of faith, imposed upon them. They each need a miracle to relieve them of their lifetime sentence of misery.

Please, each of you, raise your voices in protest, at the scandal certainly, but especially at the lack of concern about the victims of clerical abuse. 

Above all, pray for them, offer rosaries and Masses for them. Never let them be forgotten.

From one who empathises.