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Holy Father's Prayer Intentions - February

Universal: Care for Creation That we may take good care of creation–a gift freely given–cultivating and protecting it for future generations.

Evangelization: Asia That opportunities may increase for dialogue and encounter between the Christian faith and the peoples of Asia.

2015 The Year of Consecrated Life

Be glad, rejoice, radiate joy – Wake up the world!

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    Easter Card Making Day at Hyning Monastery

    When: Tuesday 8 March from 10 am until 4pm

    Where: Hyning Monastery, Warton, Carnforth, Lancs

    Reservations: 01524 732684 or

    Cost: £16 (inc cooked lunch) or £10 (bring packed lunch)

    All materials, tea, coffee and biscuits included


    Cafod: Whitehaven

    On Thursday 4th February at St Benedict’s Catholic Church, Whinlatter Road, Mirehouse, Whitehaven, CA28 8BN.

    7pm start, 8.30pm finish


    Agenda includes CAFOD’s emergency work, CAFOD’s long-term development work, local partnerships.

    For more information, see


    Boarbank Breaks

    In need of a cosy bit of quiet? We are reducing our Guest House prices for February.




    Pact – Prison Advice & Care Trust

    Interested in the Christian approach to Punishment and Prison?


    Pact – Prison Advice & Care Trust, a Catholic prison charity is seeking two new trustees to give guidance, to ensure good governance, strategic oversight and direction. Pact is a growing, award-winning independent Catholic national charity working in prisons and communities across England &Wales. Its aim is to offer realistic hope of a fresh start to tens of thousands of prisoners, ex-prisoners, offenders, children and families.


    To find out more visit or call Chris Dunne: 020 7735 9535


    The Rite of Election

    Saturday 13th February 2016, 2pm,
    Lancaster Cathedral

    The Annual Rite of Election officially marks the willingness of our Catechumens and Candidates to embrace the Catholic faith at the Easter Vigil. It also marks the Church's acceptance and recognition of their desire to enter the Church. Bishop Campbell warmly invites you to support our Catechumens and Candidates in this significant liturgy of welcome and affirmation.

    Please download the poster


    Days of Recollection in the Diocese of Lancaster

    During the Year of Mercy, the Office for the New Evangelisation will be offering Days of Recollection, especially for those involved in the area of Adult Faith Formation. The focus of these Days is prayerful reflection and meditation on Jesus Christ as “the face of the Father’s mercy” within the context of these ministries.

    Preston and Lancaster: Sisters of Nazareth, Nazareth House, Ashton Road, Lancaster LA1 5AQ
    Carlisle: Our Lady and St Joseph, Warwick Square, Carlisle CA1 1LB
    11:00am– 4:00pm

    Please download the poster for more details and dates


    Workshop Series ~ “Grace Builds Upon Nature:” Principles and Practicals for THE YEAR OF MERCY in our Parishes

    The Year of Mercy offers us the opportunity to explore the wonder and challenge of our human nature, especially in regard to our families and fellow parishoners, alongside the work of grace. Pope Francis calls us during this Year of Mercy to prayerfully focus on three main aspects: recognising God’s mercy, receiving God’s mercy, and becoming more merciful ourselves.

    This series of talks by Sr Mary Julian, RSM will be followed by a time for discussion, questions, and reflection. All are welcome to attend. The talks are free of charge (donations are welcome and go towards the work of the Office for the New Evangelisation). Please email: if you would like to attend
    any part of the series.

    Please download the poster for more details and dates.


    Pope Francis Prayer Intentions


    (Vatican Radio)  From Wednesday January 6th, the traditional monthly prayer intentions of Pope Francis will be available on video, thanks to a new initiative launched by the worldwide Apostleship of Prayer.
    This month the Apostleship of Prayer, set up in 1844 by a group of Jesuit seminarians in France, is also launching a new international website and app aimed at facilitating collaboration and sharing of resources between teams from the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network.
    The production of a video with Pope Francis sharing his monthly prayer intentions has been been managed in collaboration with the Vatican Television Centre.
    The video, in 10 languages, will be available on YouTube as well as on social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, encouraging people all over the world to pray with the Pope each month.
    The first video will feature the Pope’s prayer intention for January: “That sincere dialogue among men and women of different faiths may produce the fruits of peace and justice”.

    St Walburge’s Catholic Shrine Church Preston

    New Year Celebration Thursday 31st December 11.45 pm

    Te Deum (Hymn of Thanksgiving) for God’s blessings in the past year, with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at midnight, followed by festive reception in the Presbytery.


    Epiphany Celebration Wednesday 6th January 7 pm

    Traditional Blessing of Chalk & Sung Mass, followed by festive Twelfth Night celebration,  featuring traditional French Three Kings Cake


    Weston Street – PR2 2QE

    07894 559284


    Happy Christmas

    The Catholic Voice wishes everyone a Very Happy and Holy Christmas. We particularly remember all those in our Diocese who are suffering as a result of flooding and send them our prayers.


    Cumbria Floods: Urgent Help Needed

    King's Food Bank is continuing to distribute emergency food; clothes; bedding and cleaning materials to those affected by the flooding. We have a temporary unit in the Westmorland Shopping Centre in Kendal (above Argos) and we will be open next week Monday-Friday between 10am - 4pm.

     We are looking for volunteers to help in the centre. Jobs include sorting food and clothes; packing bags for families; making tea/coffee and offering a listening ear to people. If you are interested in volunteering, please pop into the centre or ring me on 07944407434.

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    The Cumbrian floods – how can we help?

    How can we help?

    Before people think of anything they must heed the Police warnings of road closures and not to go near flood waters. You must only travel where you know it is safe.

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    Churches Together in Cumbria December/January Newsletter

    Download CTiC current newsletter, read about the flood reponse and how you can help, plus a look back over the past year.


    Mass for Opening of Jubilee Year of Mercy on 8 December - cancelled

    Due to the recent floods, road closures and power cuts in parts of the Diocese this Mass, due to held at the Cathedral tonight, for the Opening of the Jubilee Year of Mercy has been cancelled.


    Becoming the Mercy of God

    We invite you to join in a MONASTIC WEEKEND
    Friday 29 January 2016 — Sunday, 31 January 2016

    at Monastery of Our Lady of Hyning
    Warton, Carnforth LA5 9SE.

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