Sunday, 27 September 2009
Saturday, 26 September 2009
Bishop Campbell has offered this message as the visit of the relics of St Thérèse to Lancaster approaches. The Bishop says that he is confident that the visit of the relics will be an occasion of grace for all of us; he also invites those who are unable to come to the Cathedral to unite in prayer during these days of pilgrimage. Click on the image to play the video.
Friday, 25 September 2009
Meanwhile, enormous crowds turned out in Liverpool to venerate the relics at the Metropolitan Cathedral. Seemingly several hundred people had to stand outside during Mass last night (and the Cathedral seats 2000!) and there was a constant stream of people all day. This afternoon the relics moved to Salford Cathedral, where they remain until Sunday. Keep up with their progress at www.catholicrelics.wordpress.com.
Thursday, 24 September 2009
Huge crowds were present as the relics arrived in Liverpool - 2000 greeted them with spontaneous applause. The Metropolitan Cathedral was full to capacity, and is likely to remain busy until the relics move on tomorrow. Many more practical preparations have been taking place today, with time now against us as Monday approaches. The pictures in this post are from the national tour blog, which can be found at www.catholicrelics.wordpress.com.
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Monday, 21 September 2009
Sunday, 20 September 2009
Let us pray for all who no longer practise their faith, and for the spread of the Gospel throughout the world – that by the intercession of St Thérèse people everywhere may hear and respond to the Gospel.
Saturday, 19 September 2009
After a session talking about some of the practicalities and plans for visit, the volunteers took a guided walk around the whole Cathedral site, to get a sense of how all the different spaces will be used. We are grateful to all who have volunteered to help. Some people were unable to attend the training session, but are still most welcome to help out during the visit. If you're interested in helping, please contact us and we can send you some information.
Thursday, 17 September 2009
This morning the relics left Portsmouth and made their way to Plymouth, where they arrived at 4pm for an overnight visit. Here in Lancaster we are keeping a close watch on what happens at the early venues on the tour, hoping to pick up a few tips and iron out any creases in our plans before the relics reach us in just 11 days' time. The phone here is red hot with enquiries, and Thérèse-related hits on the website have risen sharply in the last few days. All the signs are that interest is very high. Please pray that the visit will bring many graces to us all.
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
In previous tours the vehicle itself has become a bit of a star - a bit like the 'popemobile'! For the tour of England and Wales the 'Thérèse mobile' seems to be unmarked.
An Anglican funeral director, Adrian Forsey of Somerset, has taken on the responsibility of transporting the relics. He will drive the 'Thérèse mobile' and will oversee the lifting and carrying of the relics at each venue. In total a party of seven will accompany the relics around the country: Fr Keith, David and Adrian will be joined by a couple of representatives of the shrine at Lisieux, a media spokesperson and a religious whose role will be to speak about the tour and to promote vocations. The scene is set. The tour begins in Portsmouth tomorrow.
Monday, 14 September 2009
Sunday, 13 September 2009
Let us pray for those who struggle to believe in Christ – that by the prayers of St Thérèse they may find certainty in the truth which God has revealed to us.
Tuesday, 8 September 2009
Monday, 7 September 2009
Sunday, 6 September 2009
Let us pray for those who live the religious life – that by the intercession of St Thérèse they may be faithful to their calling.