St Laurence was a deacon martyred in Rome in the year 258. It is said that as he was being roasted on a gridiron he said to his persecutors, 'Done to a turn'. For many centuries his feast was one of the most celebrated feasts in Rome. We kept his feast on 12 August.
Now, on the feast day of St Lawrence the Church chooses a sermon from St Augustine for the Office of Readings in which he says: The holy martyrs imitated Jesus even to the point of shedding their blood in emulation of his passion. But it was not only the martyrs who imitated him. The garden of the Lord contains not only the roses of martyrdom but also the lilies of virginity, the ivy of marriage and the violets of widowhood. So no-one, my dear brethren, need despair of his or her vocation. Christ suffered for all. Truly it was written: 'He wills all men and women to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.'
Godric Timney OSB
Ormskirk Catenians Annual Clergy Night
Ormskirk Catenians hosted their ever popular annual Clergy night at Hurlston Hall. Attracting 30 local Priests and 35 Ormskirk Circle members. Bishop John Rawsthorne was the Principal Guest speaker, John originally from Crosby studied at St Josephs Collage in Upholland and was ordained in June 1962. John was appointed the Bishop of Hallam( Sheffield) Diocese in 1977. on his 75th birthday in 2011 in accordance with canon law John offered his resignation as Bishop of Hallam to Pope Benedict XVl but was refused and remained in office until official retirement in 2014.
(picture from left to right: Ormskirk President Tony Charnock, Bishop John Rawsthorne, Ormskirk St Anne's Priest Father Godric, Ormskirk Vice President John Gannon)
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