On Friday 29th the Church celebrates the feast of St Catherine of Siena. She lived from 1347-1380. She is one of those powerful women saints of the late Middle Ages, famed for speaking her mind and for standing up for what is right even in the face of opposition. That she was the youngest of more than 20 children may have had something to do with her robust personality! She was a Dominican tertiary and spent several years in seclusion and prayer before taking up a more public role in the life of the Church.
St Catherine became embroiled in Church politics. She lived at the time of what was known as the 'Avignon Captivity', when there were 3 claimants to the papacy, and she was particularly instrumental in the pope returning to Rome. If we think we live in a time of crisis we just need to look back to those days of the 14th century to realise, as one writer said: 'Crisis? The Church has always lived in crisis.'
St Catherine is a good example of a person of deep holiness and one who did not shrink from taking on a public role in the Church. Being a person of prayer and holiness does not necessitate being a meek and mild recluse!
Worcester Visit on Sunday 24 April: coach departs from St Elizabeth's at 1015am and from St Anne's at 1030am. We hope to arrive in Worcester about 1pm. Please make your own arrangements for lunch by either bringing a packed lunch or finding somewhere to eat. Arriving back at the Cathedral by 3pm should allow time to look round the cathedral before Sung Evensong at 4pm. Refreshments will follow the service and we aim to depart at about 6pm.
Father Godric 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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