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
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.
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.
Come to hear Peter Hughes speak about his experience in Peru in relation to Pope Francis’ call to respond to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. Please come along on Friday 7th July at 1pm – 3pm to St Mary’s Bamber Bridge, PR5 6SP