Bishop John Arnold to talk of his CAFOD Bangladesh Visit

Bishop John Arnold will be sharing his first-hand experiences of the work of CAFOD’s partners in Bangladesh, who are helping the huge numbers of Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar (Burma). The talk will be held this Saturday 24th March at 2pm in St John the Baptist’s Parish Hall, Burnley, BB10 1TB. Bishop John’s previous talks about his CAFOD visits to Central America and Africa have been highly informative and allowed supporters in the Diocese of Salford to hear how their fundraising is helping those in most need around the world.

Bishop John Arnold at SJB's Bly Mar 18

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Bishop John Arnold at SJB’s Bly Mar 18

House Stations – Walking the Way of the Cross

We hope you enjoy this little piece of inspiration from Linda Swarbrick, Brownedge St Mary’s, this Lent… The House Stations of the Cross is in its 14th year, and is still flourishing in the parish!


“During Lent we have House Stations of the Cross, the idea being that a group of parishioners who live near each other gather in one of the houses in the group and pray the Stations of the Cross together.

Participating homes are grouped in fives within walking distance of each other and the Stations are said in a different home in the group each week. We have groups spread throughout the Parish including local nursing homes and sheltered accommodation.

The days and times vary and this enables people who for one reason or another are unable to get to the Stations in church.  Some groups have a cup of tea and a chat afterwards.

It is amazing how many variations of the Stations there are, each group decides which they would like to follow.  We started this in 2004  and each year since then many people have walked the Way of the Cross each week.

It takes a little organising at first but it’s well worth the effort!”

“When two or three are gathered in my name, I am with you”

Find out more about CAFOD’s Stations of the Cross resources

Monthly Prayers – December



What can Advent teach us about waiting?  First of all, we who are rich must open our eyes to the poor, who have no option but to wait. We must share their patient vigil as they wait for a more just world, and their struggle to bring it about. We struggle to diminish the length of their waiting.

Why does the Lord delay?  Why do the poor still have to go on crying out for justice, 2000 years after the coming of Christ?  Why does not God bring about a world in which all of humanity may flourish now?

We do not know the answer to that, but at the very least we must live with the urgency of the question.  Perhaps one tiny element of a response is in deepening our understanding of how God comes.  Our God is not a powerful, celestial superman.  The coming of God is not like the cavalry galloping to our rescue.  God comes from within, in our deepest interiority.

During Advent, we practise patience as we wait and watch for the coming of the Lord.  Like midwives gathered around the bed, we await the birth.  But God’s coming was not just the birth of a child; it was the coming of a word.  One might even say that it was the coming of a language.

It needed hundreds of years for English to evolve to the point at which Shakespeare might write Hamlet.  The language had to be formed by poets and lawyers, preachers, philosophers and peasants, by nurses and gravediggers, before it was ready.  In a similar way, it needed thousands of years before there was a language in which God’s word could be spoken in the form of Jesus.  We needed all those experiences of liberation and exile, of the building and demolition of kingdoms.  We needed innumerable prophets and scribes and poets, struggling to find words before Jesus could be born as the Word.  The Word of God does not come down from heaven like a celestial Esperanto.  It wells up from within human language.

Waiting for the coming of God is not, then, mere passivity.  We do not only wait with the poor, we share their struggles.  We must be attentive to the experience of the poor, so that together we gestate a language in which their hopes may find expression.  Then indeed we may have words into which the Word of God may come and find a home.

          Extracted from “Just One Year”, by Timothy Radcliffe OP

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