Prayer & Spirituality
In addition to the Sacraments we are supported in our prayer and spiritual journeys by coming together to explore and further deepen our faith as well as simply to pray together.
Here are some examples of what is happening at present, as a learning community we are always looking for new opportunities for spiritual development and deepening of our life of prayer.
Two RELIT courses have been delivered to date, including members from across all three churches. RELIT is a programme designed to help re-evangelise Catholic parishes across the world and a number of ideas developed through the programme are being implemented. Further courses are planned for 2018. To register your interest please contact Leo Here
Unlocking the Mysteries of the Bible
This is an 8-week course starting in September 2017 designed to help participants to develop their own personal interest and knowledge of scripture. The course is delivered in bite sized chunks with a mixture of video and discussion providing guidance on how to decode, read and understand the most important texts. Attendees from the taster day found that attending the course helped to contextualise the scripture readings heard each week at mass. To reserve your place please contact Rachel Here
Lent & Advent Group
In Lent and Advent, leading up to the feasts of Easter and Christmas, preparation groups are held at homes across the parish. The aim of these sessions is for individuals to come together to share their faith in a group setting using material developed by the Diocese
Monday Prayer Group
After the 10.00am Mass on a Monday at Our Lady of Lourdes a small prayer group meets in the Lady Chapel to pray together.
We have been fortunate in having the opportunity to participate in pilgrimages led by our parish priest. Recently these have been to Rome and Assisi, Poland, Following the steps of St. Paul in Greece and a marvellous journey through the Holy Land.
Some of our parishioners have walked the Camino to Santiago de Compostela , others to Walsingham
Each year around 700 pilgrims from across the diocese journey to Lourdes but when they get to Lourdes, they split up into groups of 60 or so, each group staying in one of the 10 hotels around the town. Each hotel group is made up helpers, nurses, a chaplain, a doctor, people who require assistance, and independent pilgrims who don't normally require assistance. Some of the pilgrims require more specialist care or assistance than is possible in a hotel, and these people stay in a building called the Accueil, which is purpose built for enabling the nurses and doctors, assisted by the helpers, to care for their particular needs 24 hours a day.
Opportunities exist for young people to attend as Redshirts who, led by a fantastic and committed team of young leaders, share a life changing experience.