Today I share with you what is most definitely a personal reflection. Please read it in that light!
When I was a school chaplain I remember walking with the Head through the school during holiday time. He paused for a moment and said “Aren't schools wonderful without the children!“ He didn’t mean it of course, he was one of the most dedicated teachers I have ever known, - but we all know what he meant.
I count myself so fortunate. Unlike almost all of you I...
Times tides and seasons wait for no man, so they say. Well, over the Easter period, there is certainly is an interruption of normal routines for those who take their Christian faith seriously.
It has been hectic, tiring and, for those who have fully participated I think very fulfilling. No-one has said very much to me, but thanks to some very dedicated people working extremely hard, I think the services have gone very well.
Our team of servers from Saint Stephen’s headed the long procession of pilgrims who came from Blackburn, Manchester and Chester Dioceses to join Bishop Philip on the journey to the Shrine.
The procession set off from the lovely church of St. Mary, Fernyhalgh and wended its way along the pretty country lane the quarter of a mile to the Shrine. Bishop Philip said the Rosary as we all walked slowly along. The wooden statue of Our Lady, surrounded by pink and w...