‘Let mercy triumph over justice, for your words are true and you have promised mercy to the merciful. That the merciful should be so was your gift to them’ (St Augustine on the death of his mother, Confessions 9.33).
October/November 2012 News
Sr Mary Clare Kenny died very peacefully
in Marymount in the morning of Sunday 28th October,
the sixth anniversary of her good friend Sr Maria.
Members of her family, the Sisters and the Chaplain
were with her. May she rest in peace. We will include
a full tribute to Sr Mary Clare, whose contributed so
richly both to our Community and to Marymount, in the
next edition of the web news. May she rest in peace.
Sr Elizabeth Mary and Sr Ildikó attended the annual Association of Provincial Bursars’ Conference at High Leigh from 1st to 4th October. The Assistant General, Sr Anne Marie, visited in early October, and we also welcomed several of the Park House Sisters for lunch. Other visitors have included members of Fr Hugh’s family - Elizabeth, Dom, Margaret and Michael - it is good to continue the contact with them and have news of the rest of the family. Sr Irene and Sr Ruth also came to stay for a few days - we are always happy to have them with us.
On October 1st we said farewell to Dr
Sheila Phizacklea, who has been GP to the Sisters and
to many of the patients for many years. We are all
very thankful indeed for all that she has done for us
individually and collectively. We are particularly
glad that we will still be seeing her and Peter often,
as they live locally and worship with us regularly on
Sundays. We wish Sheila and Peter a very happy and
active retirement, a flourishing garden and enjoyable
Recent events for the patients have included an afternoon with Mozart, a Music Night with a Scandinavian theme, attended also by several guests from the Guest House, a couple of minibus trips to enjoy the autumn colours of the Lake District and an afternoon sharing memories. One afternoon Sr Anne also organised a sing along with songs from the musicals down the ages. The patients joined in enthusiastically, with one of them singing as a solo ‘If I Loved You’ from Carousel. Her daughter and granddaughter turned up to visit her unexpectedly and joined in.
The Guest House has been fairly quiet
recently, but we have welcomed several groups for the
day. On 29th September, about seventy Co-Workers of
Mother Teresa met here to share a talk and discussion,
prayer and refreshments, with an opportunity to meet
On 24th October, a class from Eaglesfield
Paddle Church of England Primary School visited with
three of their teachers and a parent who is an old
friend. They had an Any Questions session with some of
the Sisters, asking us some very searching questions.
After a visit to the Grotto and a picnic lunch in the
garden, they had a tour of the Boarbank and Marymount
and ended by leading the Community, guests and
patients in an Act of Worship created by the pupils
themselves. We are very grateful to them for coming so
far to see us, and delighted to continue our
friendship with the school.
On 25th October, we hosted the annual Day for
Religious. Many thanks to Fr Chris Cousins for leading
us in the reflection, on the theme of ‘doors’. It was
good to welcome old friends and new to join us also
for Mass and lunch in the Refectory. Many thanks to
Mgr Slattery for organising this.
We were delighted to take part in Macmillan Coffee Morning and are most grateful to those who generously helped us to raise £130 for this worthwhile cause.
On 29th September, Fr Dixie and two of the Sisters were privileged to attend a concert at Kendal Leisure Centre in which Sam Haywood, grandson of our friend Roy Fox, played Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto, with the Lakeland Sinfonia, conducted by Philip Sutherland. The rest of the programme included a Schubert Overture a piece by William Lloyd Webber and Mozart’s Prague Symphony.
Fr Dixie gave a lecture to the Catenians in Chesterfield on ‘Fifty Years since Vatican II’ on 8th October, and went to Scarborough for a two-day retreat on ‘Preaching the Year of Faith’ for the priests of the Hallam Diocese in mid-October. He was delighted to meet again many friends and former pupils at this retreat. One of Fr Dixie’s recent sermons is attached here.
We are sorry that the Daughters of Wisdom are leaving the Parish in Windermere and hope that they will soon settle into their new community home in Lytham. We were delighted that Sr Norbert and Sr Philomena were with us for the Day for Religious. They will be greatly missed in Windermere and we wish them every blessing.
Thanks to Sr Michael, Sr Florence and
Michelle for the pictures.
The Month’s Mind for Sr Mary Clare will take place on Wednesday 28th November. You are warmly invited to join us for prayers on that day.
The annual Advent Carol Service for Churches Together in Grange and District will take place this year in Boarbank Chapel at 3.30 pm on Sunday 9th December, the Second Sunday in Advent. Please note the change from the usual date of the First Sunday, due to a clash with another event.
Our Health and Salvation week on the theme of ‘Spiritual Care for the Sick’ will take place from 12th-16th November. There are still some places available. If any local people would like to attend as non-residents, please contact Sr Margaret@Boarbank For the full programme of courses for 2013, please see here.
CHRISTMAS SERVICE TIMES - Advance notice!
Sunday 30th December
Short Carol Service at 5 pm before Vespers at 5.30 pm
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