Thy will be done, on earth as in heaven. Angels serve you in heaven; may we serve you on earth. The angels donít offend you in heaven; may we not offend you on earth. Just as they do your will, so may we also do your will. (St Augustine, Sermon 58)
October '08 News
On 28th August we celebrated the Feast of St Augustine. It was a particular pleasure to welcome our Augustinian Bishop Michael to be chief celebrant at the Mass and to join us for lunch afterwards.
Sr Elizabeth Mary visited Lourdes as the last of the series of pilgrims from the community to participate in the celebrations there of the 150th anniversary of the apparitions.
Our Thinking Scripture week took place from 30th August to 6th September, led by Fr Dixie, Sr Margaret and Dr Geoffrey Turner, on the Gospel of St Matthew. The Guest House was completely full for this, and we were joined by some local people. . The group included young and old, and was thoroughly international, with two Koreans and a Canadians among our more youthful members. For a full report see the Thinking Scripture page.
On 13th September, Sr Margaret gave a talk to a conference of Lay Dominicans at Aylesford Priory in Kent on the theme of ‘Creation and Covenant’.
On 14th September Fr Dixie went to Ratcliffe College in Leicester to speak to the Catenian Society on St Paul.
Fr Hugh stood in for Bishop Patrick for a couple of local diaconate ordinations. The first, on 16th September in Fleetwood was to ordain Paul Conneely. The second was at St Charles’ Parish in Grange, to ordain George Bissett. Some of the sisters joined a large crowd of parishioners to celebrate this very welcome event. Congratulations to George and his wife, Elizabeth.
Sr Margaret gave a talk about Boarbank and the Augustinians to the recently established Ladies’ Fellowship at St Charles. She was standing in for Sr Anne, who had to go to hospital in Barrow for a couple of weeks is now recuperating in Marymount and feeling much better. We wish her all the best for a full and speedy recovery.
Our Mother-General Sr Thérèse-Marie visited us from France from 23rd to 29th September. It was lovely to see her, both to share with her the life of our community and to hear from her about our sister-communities in France and Africa. She also brought with her a little ark, which was given by the Canadian Federation of Augustinian Sisters and is being taken around our communities in turn, as a sign of our unity.
We are sad about the death of Fr Lawrence Kernan on September 25th, at the age of 78. Fr Lawrence had been with us in Marymount since 2004. He was born in Lancaster, and ordained a priest in 1956. His longest appointment, from 1974 to 2004, was as Parish Priest of Dalton-in-Furness, where he was much loved by his parishioners. Fr Lawrence’s body was received at Boarbank at Vespers on 30th September and we celebrated Mass for him here the next day. His funeral Mass was at Dalton on Thursday 2nd October, and was attended by Fr Hugh, members of our community and nursing staff, and several parishioners from Grange.
We are also sad to report that Peter Derbyshire, the brother of Sr Yvonne and Sr Lawrence, died on September 23rd. May he rest in peace. We have also received news of the deaths of several friends and former patients of Boarbank. We keep them in our hearts and prayers and remember especially all those who are bereaved.
As always, we are most grateful for the support and generosity of so many people who help us continue our work - our staff and coffee ladies, visitors, individual donors, 300 Club members, buyers of raffle tickets, buyers at the Friday Sale - the list goes on and on. WE remember you in our prayers and at each Sunday’s Community Mass.A special word of thanks to Shirley for the beautiful floral displays for the Nursing Home, and to Sheila for the hundred ways in which she helps us, especially in fundraising activities. Thanks too to Mr Neville Talbot and the Lakeside Hotel for raising funds for us through the Garden Open Day Scheme. Despite the poor weather, several sisters were able to visit the beautiful gardens and enjoy their hospitality.
We are awaiting the arrival of new brochures for the Nursing Home which we will then be able to distribute to enquirers.The retreat for healthcare workers in January on the theme Body and Spirit has been very popular and there is now a waiting list if anyone is still interested. There are still plenty of spaces for the Thinking Scripture week in February.
For more information about any of our courses or retreats, please email Sr Margaret@Boarbank.
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