Skylarks Choir sing their hearts out for CAFOD

St. Mary’s, Brownedge Church was packed on the evening of Friday 30th June for a concert by the Skylarks Community Choir which raised over £2000 for the charity CAFOD.


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The choir raised £2,400 from ticket sales and also hosted a bumper raffle with the proceeds shared between the choir and the parish’s Connect2 Peru project.

There was a wonderful evening of entertainment from the 130 strong choir, led by Jane Swarbrick.

The event was a brilliant team effort from the members of the CAFOD group including Carmel, Chloe and Connor from the St. Mary’s High School  group, meaning that the evening was a brilliant success and a “fantastic way of helping those less fortunate than ourselves.”

The organisers would like to send their thanks to Fr Mark for allowing them to use the church and to all who supported them in any way.

Ann Wilson, a local CAFOD representative in Salford, said: “We’re so grateful to everyone who helped to make this event the success it was. What a wonderful way to raise money that will go to helping people overseas!”

Find out more about CAFOD’s work.

Monthly Prayers July 2017

Opening Prayer:

To God the father, who created the world;

to God the Son, who redeemed the world;

to God the Holy Spirit, who sustains the world;

be all praise and glory, now and forever. Amen

Psalm 95

O come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
and the dry land, which his hands have formed.

O come, let us worship and bow down,
let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.

Scripture      Matthew 8:23-27

23 And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him.

24 A windstorm arose on the sea, so great that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25 And they went and woke him up, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” 26 And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, you of little faith?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a dead calm. 27 They were amazed, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?”


Reflection    From Job 38

Where were you when I laid earth’s foundations?

Who decided the dimensions of it – do you know?

Who laid its cornerstone, when all the stars of the morning were singing with joy?

Who pent up the sea behind closed doors,

when it leapt tumultuous out of the womb,

when I wrapped it in a robe of mist,

when I marked the bounds it was not to cross?

Come thus far, I said, and no further;

here your proud waves shall break.


For those who watch and wait and weep today.

Closing Prayer

How wonderful, O Lord, are the works of your hand!

The heavens declare your glory.

The arch of the sky displays your handiwork.

In your love, you have given us the power

to behold the beauty of your world in all its splendour.

The sun and the stars, the valleys and the hills,

the rivers and the lakes, all disclose your presence.

The roaring breakers of the sea tell of your awesome might.

In your goodness you have made us able to hear

the music of the world.

A divine song sings through all creation.

May the holy and life-giving God teach us

to respect all his works,

to praise him in all we do,

to share in his work of creation

and to live in his glory.

   (David Adam)

Music Concert for CAFOD


Please join our CAFOD supporters on 30th June at 7.30pm for another fantastic fundraising evening with the superb Skylarks at St Mary’s, Brownedge Church, Preston PR5 6SP. Tickets priced at £5.

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