With the aid of all these lamps shining during this night, let us stave off the sleep of our bodies during this solemn vigil; but against the sleep of our hearts, we ourselves ought to be lamps shining in this age of the world as in the night (Augustine Sermon 233K, on the Easter Vigil)
March 2011 News
For once, we have enjoyed a
Lent this year; it has been good to be able to focus on the season and
ourselves for Easter. We have been greatly helped in this by two
events, the Community retreat, led by Bishop Brian
Noble, and three days led by a singing teacher, Ann Lampard. Bishop
our retreat from 6th-13th March, focused on the beatitudes. His
lucid and very honest meditations were greatly appreciated by everyone.
who lives on Skye, but regularly helps monastic communities with their singing technique, managed to improve
our chant, while at the same time making both collective and individual
enormous fun. It is up to us to keep the good work going by practicing
has taught us. We will let you know when we are ready to record a CD!
Before Lent began some of the
able to enjoy the Annual Holker Hall
Concert which featured a harpsichord and a bassoon – a delightful
in the beautiful setting of the main hall. This was followed by Grange Operatic’s performance of Oliver!
which involved a large number of
young performers and was thoroughly enjoyed by two groups of Sisters.
On Monday 21st March, Sr Anne
went to Ushaw to attend the St Cuthbert’s Society
farewell Mass and lunch, a moving occasion attended by many friends of
Boarbank. Bishop Seamus Cunningham presided at the Mass.
On Wednesday 23rd March, the
theme of the Marymount
Music Night was ‘Come Dancing’; the
music ranged from sixteenth century Italian dances to Cole Porter’s Can Can. Many of the patients attended,
and quite a bit of foot-tapping could be detected!
Pemphero returned to her community in
to help them to prepare for their move to Devon in May when Sister will
back to us again. It has been a pleasure and privilege to get to know
Sisters and our prayers are with them for this stage of their journey.
Fr Dixie has continued his
course on the Gospel of St Mark for St
The Guest House has been fairly quiet recently. Our visitors have included Fr Jonathan Cotton OSB and Fr Dermot Mills OMI, old friends of Monsignor Molyneux, Sr Anne and Fr Dixie; Fr Dermot also discovered a great number of South African friends in common with Sr Geneviève.
Time to Reflect,
a weekend retreat for teachers in HE and FE, took place on 18th-20th
the theme of ‘Speaking the Truth in Love’. Fr Dixie focused on St Paul
John and their identification of Christ with the truth, while Sr
Pope Benedict, Newman and Dorothy Sayers to help answer the question:
love needed to help us find the truth? On one evening guests and
us to watch the very moving film, The
Painted Veil, in which the growing love between the central couple
mirrored by their growing truthfulness. It was a small group this year,
because of illness, but that allowed for excellent discussion and the
of old friendships.
We welcome Hanna
from Germany for three months to help in the Guest House. Hanna’s
aunts, Janet and Simone, had worked in Marymount many years ago. Hanna
We were saddened by the news of
the deaths of
three great friends and supporters of the Community. It was our
welcome the family and friends of Mr Joseph Habron, especially his
Bessie, to the Chapel for his Requiem Mass, at which his grandson Fr
was fittingly the chief celebrant. Mr Ken Knipe had done a lot of work
Boarbank and Marymount over many years who will be greatly missed in
Allithwaite. Fr Tony Fleming was a regular visitor to the Guest House
years. He died peacefully in Ince Blundell cared for by our Sisters and
staff. May they rest in peace. We
extend our sympathies to all their families and friends.
On 5th March, Henrietta
passed on to the eternal henhut in the sky. She has been
a prominent part of life at Boarbank for six years now, and will be
As always we are very grateful to all our family, friends, staff and supporters who help us in so many ways, not least by their prayers and generosity. We depend on you to help us continue our apostolate here. Thank you to all who donated to the Bethany refurbishment fund – work is continuing on the bathrooms and corridor and the improvements are appreciated by those who stay there. Thanks too to everyone who participated in the latest raffle - Congratulations to the winners and special thanks to Sheila. £100 was raised. A new raffle has been set up for Easter with beautiful bunnies, eggs and chicks to choose from. Thank you to Nicholas Leigh who painted, designed and produced cards for sale - including one featuring Henrietta - which are available from Sr Geneviève.
On FRIDAY 8TH APRIL we will be hosting the LENTEN LUNCH as part of the Churches Together in Grange for the first time and are hoping for a lot of visitors to share soup, bread and good company.
|Palm Sunday||Mass 10 am.|
|Maundy Thursday||Morning Prayer 10 am.|
|Mass of the Lord’s Supper 5 pm.
|Watching until midnight.|
|Good Friday||Morning Prayer 10 am.|
|Celebration of the Lord’s Passion 3 pm.|
|Holy Saturday||Morning Prayer 10 am.|
|Evening Prayer 3.30 pm.|
|Easter Vigil Mass 9.30 pm.|
|Easter Sunday||Morning Prayer 7 am.|
|Mass of the Resurrection 10 am.|
|Evening Prayer 5.30 pm.|
We will also celebrate Office of Readings for each day of the Triduum. If you are interested in joining us for this, please check the chapel during Holy Week for times, or give us a ring on 015393-32288.
We wish all our friends and benefactors a blessed Holy Week and a very happy and peaceful Eastertide
The annual COFFEE MORNING will take place as usual on the second bank holiday in May, Monday 30th, beginning at 9.30 a.m. Anyone interested in helping or offering goods to sell should contact Sr Elizabeth Mary. Please do come along, and bring all your friends!
Thinking Faith, for Catholic students and young professionals, 23rd-29th July (see leaflet here).
A new venture, Freedom and Hope, a holiday and
retreat week for all those who work with and for prisoners,
take place from 6th-11th June (see
leaflet here). Please do pass on the information!
We are also taking bookings for Thinking Scripture in September, on the Psalms (see leaflet here) and Health and Salvation in November, on the theme of Ethical Dilemmas (see leaflet here). For more on all our courses, see the Events page.
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