Letter from Westby by Cath Chambers
Christian Unity Service – held at St Annes Sunday 22nd January 2017
In his first prayer video for the year, Pope Francis prayed for Christian unity, specifically “That all Christians
may be faithful to the Lord’s teaching by striving with prayer and fraternal charity to restore ecclesial
communion and by collaborating to meet the challenges facing humanity.”
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from the 18 to 25 January – the octave of
Saint Peter and Saint Paul. Hence our Service of Christian Unity was held this year at St Annes on Sunday
22nd January. It was a wonderful celebration with our friends from St. Nicholas, St Matthew and St Michael.
It was also our chance to say thank you to everyone at St Nicholas for letting us use St Nicholas for our
weekly Mass while our roof was being refurbished.
The theme involved inviting a gesture of commitment to be “salt and light “ and towards the end of the service the following invitation was made: “We have listened to the scripture’s which wehonour and treasure, and we have been nourished together at the one table of the Word. We will carry this holy Word out into the world with us, for we are joined in one mission, to be the Salt of the Earth, to be the Light of the World, and to proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord. As a sign of this mission in which we share, we invite those who wish to come forward, and taste a pinch of salt and to light an individual candle from this one flame. We encourage those who do so to keep the flame alight until the end of the service”. A packed church took part in this act and candles were lit until the end of the service.
Following the service there was a chance for everyone to socialise over tea & cakes, a lovely opportunity for all Christians from our shared communities to share food and fellowship.
With many thanks to Frances King & Margaret Fawcett and Jan Cookson from St. Nicholas Church, Wrea Green, we now have two Altar Kneelers. The design for these are taken from the border on the stained glass windows round the altar, the "Lamb of God" in the centre of one and "The Dove of Peace" on the other. We would like to continue the work and cover the seats of the two chairs on the altar used by Fr. Kevin and Canon Aidan and will be looking to raise funds to cover this. Please look out for details on how you might be able to help with this project in the next few weeks but for further information, please click on the picture.
MEDAILLE TRUST - After the meeting at Holy Family with Steven Burrowes, a few of Holy Family and St Anne’s parishioners have got together to discuss ways we can help the new Medaille Trust House in Widnes to kit it out with much needed essentials. Please click on the link for more details on Medaille Trust.
Cenacolo Community UK
Is part of the world-wide Cenacolo family which seeks to help disaffected young people often recovering from drug or alcohol addiction. The Trustees of this Registered Charity seek to appoint a volunteer Administrator to work with the trustees handling day to day matters. Out of pocket expenses paid. For more details, please visit www.cenacolouk.org