One Body: exploring the many faces of Catholicism in Preston. A series of evenings each led by one of the different expressions – from those who are new to Preston such as ICKSP, the Neocatechumenal Way and the Syro Malabar Rite to those who have been in the area for many years such as the Jesuits and Benedictines. A chance to learn about and celebrate the variety that makes up the Body of Christ here on our doorstep and an opportunity to meet with members of the different expressions and foster unity.
Monday 22nd – Wednesday 24th October 2018
Castlerigg Manor is the Lancaster Diocesan youth retreat centre with a rich history of working with young people over the last 50 years. It is hugely popular with schools and groups of the Diocese and beyond, and is usually fully booked a year in advance. We have been fortunate enough to secure this time during half term for our retreat. It is a fantastic place with a games room, lots of outdoor space and spectacular views! Of course, there is also a beautiful Chapel as well as lots of bedrooms, showers and toilets, and a dining room.
This retreat is a great opportunity for our young people to escape from the day-to-day routine of life. Time away gives us a chance to re-evaluate where our lives are going, to reflect and learn about ourselves, each other and about our relationship with God. As well as lots of exciting ways of exploring our theme through games, workshops, group work and prayer we will also enjoy some time outdoors. There will also be plenty of time to relax and socialise.
£100 per person. This includes all accommodation and input as well as food and travel. We appreciate that this is a big cost especially for families where there may be siblings who wish to attend. Please see the Fundraising PDF for details of how you can help reduce this amount. We do not want anyone to miss out so please talk to us if you have any concerns.
We will be leaving St Clare’s at 11 am on Monday and will return again to St Clare’s on Wednesday at 6 pm.
The Retreat will be led by Joe and Ruth White and Nora Lord from Metanoia Project who lead the ‘Seekers’, ‘Anointed’ and ‘Sent’ youth groups. We will also be assisted by our fantastic ‘YOKE’ Young Leaders.
If you are interested please download leaflet and fill in this reply slip and return it to Joe and Ruth White at Metanoia Project as soon as possible and no later than Sunday 7th October 2018.
Joe, James, Jonathan and Tushar completed their half-marathon Metanoia Madness challenge without breaking a sweat (well not much of one anyway…) We are so proud of their energy and enthusiasm and are so grateful for the money raised which will help in our evangelising efforts and with our plans for growth in the Project.
Having been ill on 7th Jan, Joe was unable to run the original race but the three others did a wonderful job with Ruth, Nora, Mike and a few other family members cheering them on from the side-lines. Joe completed his half marathon on 18th Feb in Blackpool so now the challenge is complete! Thanks to everyone who sponsored them.
Having spent a frantic few weeks fundraising, the staff and pupils at Corpus Christi High School presented us with 20 Rucksacks all full of underwear, socks, sleeping bags, chocolate, t-shirts, shower gel and a New Testament. They also had a few items spare! We were blown away by their efforts and generosity especially in such a short space of time. The people who attend our Wednesday Drop-In were delighted to receive such a useful gift for Christmas and were so touched by the love and care that was demonstrated to them. If you would like to be involved in a similar project in the future then please get in touch.
Our Advent Series exploring the Canticles at the beginning of Luke’s Gospel was a great success. We had four very different speakers who each inspired us with their teaching, testimony and deep faith. (More info here) Each of the canticles sung by Zechariah, John the Baptist, Mary and Simeon respectively teach us so much about the nature of God and how He is constantly working for the good of each one of us. The talks were all well attended and we were all well-prepared for a deeper encounter with Christ at Christmas.