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Pope: Children’s First Communion should be celebrated with joy and sobriety

During the Regina Coeli prayer on Sunday, 22 April, 2012, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI talked about children’s First Holy Communion. He specifically called on Catholics, to remember that the celebration should be solemn, so as to not overshadow the true religious meaning of the occasion. Dear brothers and sisters! Today, the third Sunday of Easter, we meet in Luke’s Gospel the risen Jesus, who appears in the midst of the disciples (cf. Luke 24:36), who, incredulous and afraid, think they see a ghost (cf. Luke 24:37). “Our Lord is changed. He no longer lives as before. His existence … is incomprehensible. And yet he is bodily, he does not leave behind … the whole life that he has lived, the destiny that he has faced, his passion and his death. Everything is real. Although he has changed, he is...

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Eucharistic Adoration in the parishes of the Diocese of Westminster

  Eucharistic Adoration in the parishes of the Diocese of Westminster The 50th International Eucharistic Congress will take place in Dublin, from 10th to 17th June 2012.  During this Congress Catholics from Ireland and the rest of the world will gather for a period of prayer, reflection and celebration of the Eucharist and the life it offers the Church. Archbishop Vincent Nichols has invited each parish of Westminster Diocese to  hold a time of Adoration during that same week. In this way our local Church will show its continued solidarity with the Church in Ireland, in what are challenging times. The attached resource booklet of suggested devotions and prayer prepared by the Diocese of Leeds may be helpful to parishes as they prepare a time of Adoration. Related files:   Liturgy Resources Prayers Reflections   International Eucharistic Congress, Dublin 2012   The Catholic...

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Full Programme Announced for LightNight Festival 2012

Full Programme Announced for LightNight Festival 2012 Following Liverpool’s giant spectacular weekend of Sea Odyssey, thousands of visitors are expected to again descend on Liverpool this May for the city’s annual arts and culture festival LightNight. Over 50 of Liverpool’s finest attractions and arts organisations have joined forces to offer a whirlwind night of exciting activities and events for everybody for LightNight 2012. On Friday 18th May from 4pm until late, over 50 of Liverpool’s best arts & heritage venues will throw open their doors offering over 70 free events to choose from including special underground tours, a mass sing-along, candle-lit labyrinth, fascinating exhibitions and open studios, Chinese arts showcase, architecture tours, ceildhs, spectacular light projections, street theatre, live music and lots more. The event is part of the Museums at Night initiative when galleries and museums around Europe...

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New website for Liverpool Central during refurbishment

New website for Liverpool Central during refurbishment A new dedicated website’s been launched to give passengers full information about the closure of Liverpool Central station during the forthcoming major refurbishment. will provide specially tailored travel information with alternative routes and stations and the shuttle bus routes to reach all areas of the city centre during the closure. It also has some historical photographs of the station going back as far as 1890 and will give updates on the progress of the work as it happens. Liverpool Central will close on Monday 23 April. The Wirral Line platform will re-open on 25 August and the Northern Line platform will re-open on 22 October. The work at Liverpool Central will improve access, particularly for disabled passengers and those with luggage or children in buggies, improve the passenger flow at platform...

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HOMILY: LANCASTER DIOCESAN ALTAR SERVERS’ MASS 2012   St Peter’s Cathedral, Lancaster, 21 April 2012   The Lancaster Diocesan Altar Servers Mass, celebrated by the Bishop, Right Reverend Michael Campbell OSA, is an annual celebration in thanksgiving to God for all the parish servers across the Diocese.   Here is the Lancaster Diocesan Chaplain to Altar Servers, Fr Robert Billing’s Homily at today’s Diocesan Mass of Appreciation for Altar Servers.   A warm welcome to all of you gathered here for this special Mass in which we recognise and honour the Altar Servers of our Diocese of Lancaster. Boys and girls, men and women, how good it is to be here with you! Here, in this Cathedral Church of St Peter, we gather with Altar Servers from many of our 100 parishes in the 9 deaneries across the Diocese....

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Early Letters by Chiara Lubich

A new book which has just been published containing the early letters of Chiara Lubic at the beginning of the Focolare Movement. A must for all who are in contact with the spirituality of unity! Order on line: (or google New City Online Store).   Early Letters by Chiara Lubich 9781565484320                    £10.95                 147 pages ABOUT THE BOOK Early Letters by Chiara Lubich Chiara Lubich is now being called a great Catholic mystic of our times. In these letters we encounter this mystical side of Chiara who is also the bearer of a charism, a gift from the Holy Spirit in response to the special needs of the Church and of the world. Chiara’s charism is unity, the unity that Jesus asked for us from his Father: ‘May they all be one as we are one – I in them and you in...

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Sunday Half Hour BBC Radio 2

Sunday Half Hour BBC Radio 2   BBC Radio 2   Sunday Half Hour   Broadcast 22/04/2012 Sunday, 20:30 on BBC Radio 2   Hymns, prayers and reflection for Sunday evening listening. Synopsis HYMNS Who would true valour see Monks Gate Pilgrims in Greece When a knight won his spurs Stowey Manchester school children at the 60th anniversary of SHH in the Bridgewater Hall in 2000 Dear Lord and Father of mankind Repton Repton School Chapel Choir, Derbyshire Fight the good fight Duke Street Ex Cathedra I vow to thee my country Thaxted The City of Bristol Choir Broken for me Janet Lunt BBC Young Choristers of the Year 2008: Alice Halstead & Harry Bradford And did those feet Jerusalem Halifax Choral Society and Black Dyke Band  ...

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“The Olympic spirit to build a better society”

The Olympic spirit to build a better society   Justin Bedford, Deputy Head of Mission: The spectacle of the Olympic and Paralympic Games gives us a reminder of what sporting excellence should be all about: top-class competition, set within a spirit of friendship. This summer, just 100 days from today, the 2012 Olympic Games will open in London. The last time London hosted the Games – in 1948 – the world was recovering from a catastrophic war. But even then the Games were an opportunity to look forward, not back. This time too we relish the prospect of great sporting achievements being played out before our eyes: world records, personal bests, or simply the pride of making it to the start line. But beyond the sporting success, the Olympics and Paralympics provide an opportunity for us to contemplate some...

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Furness Abbey relics go on show in south Cumbria

Furness Abbey relics go on show in south Cumbria      The head of the crozier is made of gilded copper and decorated with gilded silver medallions     Rare treasure found by chance in a grave in south Cumbria is to go on display at Furness Abbey after lying undiscovered for more than 500 years. A silver-gilt and copper crozier and a jewelled ring were found in 2010 and said to be in a “remarkable condition”. They were discovered in the undisturbed grave of a mystery abbot thought to be one of the heads of the monastery. Situated in the presbytery, seen as a prestigious position in the church, his grave could date to the 1150s. Kevin Booth, senior curator at English Heritage, said: “This is a very rare find which underlines the abbey’s status as one of...

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