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Bishop Swarbrick visits Ladyewell

20. May, 2018Church News, Ladyewell NewsComments Off

Bishop SBishop Paul Swarbrick made is first official visit following his ordination as 7th Bishop of Lancaster to St Mary’s & Ladyewell on 12 May 2018 to lead the annual diocesan altar server pilgrimage.

Bishop Swarbrick refers to his visit in his first ever Bishop’s Blog which is now available at

We look forward to welcoming Bishop Swarbrick back to St Mayr’s & Ladyewell again on many occasions.


20. May, 2018Church NewsComments Off



All are welcome to have coffee after 10:00am Mass Sunday it’s a good place to meet and have a chat and get to know the person in the next bench. Why not give it a try, we would love to see you.  …..      


We are in need of volunteer gardening helpers, for grass cutting, hedge trimming at St. Mary’s, if you can spare a couple of hours during the week it would be greatly   appreciated. Please speak with Father Ernest for contact details.


Are you able to help with the cleaning of our beautiful Church, please speak with either Father Ernest or Father Mario-Benedict for further information, any amount of time would be really appreciated thank you.



Evangelization – The Mission of Laity That the lay faithful may fulfil their specific mission, by responding with creativity to the challenges that face the world today.

Please continue to support Preston Food Bank, with tinned, dried foods and toiletries, all your donations are gratefully   received.                                  

Thank you


This week at St Mary’s & Ladyewell – 13 May 2018

11. May, 2018Church News, Feature, Ladyewell NewsComments Off

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Sunday 13th May 2018.     St Mary’s
Sunday 13th MayWorld Communications Day ofPrayer 10am2.45pm3pm        Paul Fingleton RIPBenedictionPeople of the Parish St Mary’s
Monday 14th MaySt. Matthias 9am3 pm Paul Fingleton RIPNO MASS St Mary’sLadyewell
Tuesday 15th May 9am3pm Father Jonathan BrownSick and Needy St Mary’sLadyewell
Wednesday 16th May 9am3pm Frank & Margaret Gregson RIPSick and Needy St Mary’sLadyewell
Thursday 17th May 9am3pm Silvia Rose RIPSick and Needy St Mary’sLadyewell
Friday 18th MaySt. John 1 Pope & Martyr 12 noon Special Intention Ladyewell 
Saturday 19th MaySt. Dunstan 12 noon Special Intention Ladyewell
Sunday 20th MayPentecost 10am2.453pm Jeanne Carter RIPBenedictionPeople of the Parish St Mary’s

Please pray for the sick Elsie Wilson, , Cynthia Holden, and all in Preston Private Nursing Home


Everyone is welcome to join us for Coffee after 10am Mass


Ist Sunday of each month at the end of Mass anyone who will be having a birthday in that month come forward for a blessing


Numbers attending Mass 120  Collectio0n £317.50



  1. Preston Food Bank would be grateful for donations of food or toiletries. These can be left at the back of Church.   Thank you
  2. Ladyewell Shrine Summer Opening hours. Ladyewell House will be closed on Sunday & Monday. Prayer Room and Grounds will be open. Ladyewell House will be open on Tuesday-Saturday from 10am – 5pm3.   Annual Magazine for St Mary’s & Ladyewell is now available and members of the   Parish expected to assist in the effective distribution of the magazine. We are one family of God on Mission.


  1. Church Cleaners. We would be grateful if any member of the Parish would be willing to help with cleaning our beautiful Church please contact either Father Ernest or Father Mario those who would like to clean the church on a Saturday this could be arranged.
  2. Lancaster Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham. Tuesday 5th October – Friday 5th October 2018.The cost is £280.00 full board 3 nights based on two people sharing. Contact Paul Briers (Pilgrimage Organiser) Tele: 01946 834834. mobile 07773848819 or email note change of date for Walsingham Pilgrimage. 
  1. First Communion and Confirmations cards and gifts are now on sale at Ladyewell 

    7.    Eucharist Ministers  & Readers. A meeting will be held on   Wednesday 30th May 2018 at 6pm. at Ladyewell Shrine.



8. April, 2018Church News, Feature, Ladyewell NewsComments Off

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Sunday 8th April 2018.


Divine Mercy Sunday there will be the Divine Mercy Prayer and devotion at Ladyewell immediately after 3pm Mass come one, come all.



Lancaster Diocesan Pilgrimage 2017

11. July, 2017Church News, Feature, Ladyewell NewsComments Off

PILG 17 2LANCASTER DIOCESE AT LADYEWELL SHRINE Great is the goodness of God! It is yet another remarkable pilgrimage of the Diocese to Ladyewell Shrine. The beauty of this day is seen in the brightness of the day as the Sun shone through the day bringing God’s goodness and smiles to all who attended.

Speaking in his homily, the Bishop beautifully explained the symbolism of Water as source of life. As source of life and cleansing, water refreshes and purifies. Spiritually, it symbolises what God gives us: Cleansing and new life through Baptism. Through water, we get spiritual refreshment and cleansing. Water symbolises God’s gift of the Holy Spirit, who quenches our spiritual thirst leading us to deeper knowledge and love of God, the Bishop explained.

Relating the above to today’s pilgrimage, the Bishop explained that all are to see their pilgrimage today as a journey to the refreshing spring of God. Pilgrimage to the well should remind all of the journey of faith began at Baptism, he articulated. Strengthened by this journey, we are to strive on in faith witnessing. It PILG 17 3should help us to deepen and renew baptismal promises and commitment to faith.

Gratitude to God who brightened the day with warmth and sunshine! Gratitude to Our Lady of Fernyhalgh and the Lancashire Martyrs for great faith and prayers!! Gratitude to our dear Bishop!! Gratitude to the Priests and Religious in attendance for their time and support. Gratitude to the People of God in Lancaster Diocese. long live Lancaster Diocese. Blessed be the holy and undivided Trinity, now and for ever. Amen.


18. December, 2016Church News, Feature, Ladyewell NewsComments Off


Today is liturgically described as “Gaudete Sunday “. That is why our priests are vested in pink or rose regalia. “Gaudete” is a Latin word for “rejoice “. The church calls her children to rejoice for their salvation is near at hand. She presents to her children the glimpse of hope in the redemptive work of the Messiah among us. It does not matter the circumstances one finds himself or herself. The call remains that of Joy. St Paul made this acclamation superbly in his letter to the Philippians: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I say Rejoice “(Phi 4:4).


The questions that often come to mind are: “How can I really rejoice in the midst of the unprecedented persecutions unleashed against Christians in the Middle East and some parts of Africa? ” “How possible is the manifestation of blissful joy in the presence of hunger, political suppression, poverty and high rate of fatal diseases such as Cancer?” “Are we really called to rejoice while the threats against Christian marriage and family life abound?” “Does the church really mean this clarion call or is it for formalities, and just on the level of quixotism without practical application? ” All these aghast socioeconomic and politico- religious circumstances that bedevil our world of today question the idea of “Gaudete.”


Like John the Baptist in the gospel we all have the tendency to ask the Lord; ” are you the one who is to come, or have we got to wait for someone else?” John the Baptist as we all know is the forerunner of Jesus Christ. He identified or pin pointed Jesus as the Messiah from his mother’s womb. He baptised Jesus and humbly proclaimed him the Messiah with a noble assertion that has become a liturgically icon expression throughout the history of the church;” behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world “(John 1:29). He even refused to be identified as Christ. He humbly declared “I am not the Christ… He who comes after me, the thong of whose scandal I am not worthy to untie “(John 1:20,27).


St Augustine masterfully analysed the disposition of this effervescent Baptist thus; ” Take an example of humility from John himself. He is thought to be the Christ, but he says he is not what people think. He does not use the mistake of others to feed his own pride” (Sermon 293,3). He was not the WORD.  He was rather the voice that spoke and inculcated and stamped the WORD in the consciousness and existence of the people of his time. That was an indispensable preliminary of the preparation for the coming of Christ, “the Word made flesh”(John 1:14). John has his own limitations. He is not perfect. Some exegete like William Barclay can hardly describe him as a holy man.


This calls my attention to the abyss stretch between being spiritual and being perfect; as well as being holy and pious or ascetical. One can be so ascetical with great ability to buffet his body and bring it into control while sticking rigidly to his prayer programmes without excelling in Love, which is the underlining identity of Christian life. When one’s spiritual life does not make for advancement in charity and disposition for the will of God, there will always be the tendency to misunderstand God. This is ocular in the life of John as he didn’t understand the mission of Christ as that of Love and Cross. Barclay writes “he knew the holiness of God, he declared the justice of God but never learnt the cross of Christ and least in the kingdom of God is more than him”. He preached a very scathing message against the Pharisees and predicted a Christ who will punish sinners and reward the righteous. (c.f. Matt 3:10-12).



Christian life is identified in the life of the cross; one cannot experience the power of grace without experiencing the power of Christ; neither can one experience the power of Christ without the experience of the cross. As Christians, we ought to avoid showcasing a life of dichotomy between spirituality and cross, piety and love. Every follower of Christ should realise that the Christian way is that of the cross and be disposed without doubt for a seemingly disappointment from God. His ways are not ours and his thoughts are different from ours.


Diocese of Lancaster – Annual Pilgrimage 2016

3. July, 2016Church News, Ladyewell NewsComments Off

Blessed be the Holy and undivided Trinity, both now and for ever. Amen!

There is only one BEING who defies creation, because safe in HIM, creation isn’t. It is on this note that we bless the name of the Lord Most High who made this year’s Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage of Lancaster Diocese a huge success. To the glory of God, honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Lancashire Martyrs, the new DIVINE MERCY GROTTO is blessed; and members of the GUILD OF LADYEWELL SHRINE commissioned by the Bishop.

It is indeed a spiritual event that will go down the memories of many generation. Thanks to Bishop Michael Campbell, OSA, who led this year’s pilgrimage. We extend our gratitude to the Priests and religious who graced this year’s pilgrimage with their presence and all the faithful of Lancaster diocese who attended.

Through the prayers of our Lady of Fernyhalgh and the Lancashire Martyrs, may God bless you and keep you always in his love.

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Celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Fernyhalgh at St. Mary’s, Fernyhalgh and Ladyewell Shrine – Parish Pilgrimage

26. June, 2016Church News, Feature, Ladyewell NewsComments Off

IMG-20160625-WA0008 jpg Celebrating the feast of our Lady of Fernyhalgh at St. Mary’s, Fernyhalgh and Ladyewell Shrine

“This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad” (cf. Ps 118:24). The above Psalm verse captures well the feelings of the priest directors of St. Mary’s, Fernyhalgh and Ladyewell Shrine, as they celebrate double events: Feast of Our Lady of Fernyhalgh, Queen of Martyrs and Priestly ordination of one of their Confreres in Nigeria. Today marks a great day in their lives and ministry in Fernyhalgh and Ladyewell Shrine, as well as in the lives of the faithful of God’s Family in IMG_4439Fernyhalgh. What a beautiful way to celebrate our Lady, the ever-Blessed Virgin Mary and the Lancashire Martyrs!

May our Lady of Fernyhalgh and the Lancashire Martyrs continue to intercede for us all.

Happy feast day.

Congratulations to the newly ordained, Fr. Franklin Osita Okafor and Holy Family Fathers and Brothers of the Youth Congregation.

Diocese of Lancaster – Annual Pilgrimage, Saturday 2 July 2016

31. May, 2016Church News, Ladyewell NewsComments Off

Programme of Events

Eucharistic celebration:  11 am at St. Mary’s Church

Eucharistic/Rosary Procession from St. Mary’s Church to Ladyewell Shrine (Weather permitting)                        after Mass

Blessing/Installation of the Divine Mercy Statue/Official Commissioning of the GUILD OF LADYEWELL SHRINE and Installation of the members.

Benediction with Homily:               3 pm

Please see the attached poster for full details:  Annual Pilgrimage (002)


30. March, 2016Church News, Ladyewell NewsComments Off



It is the feast of our dear Mother, Mary! – Are you her BELOVED CHILD?

Programme of events

4th April, 2016

  • Rosary Procession from St. Mary’s Church: 10 am
  • Tea/Coffee break
  • Exposition/Adoration: 11.30 – 12 noon followed by Mass for the Feast of the Annunciation.


Tuesday to Saturday
10am - 5pm

House closed. Grounds and prayer room open.
Wed, Thu Fri & Sat
10am to 3.30pm

House closed. Grounds and prayer room open.
Sunday Masses at St. Mary’s – 10am and 3pmFriday and Saturday Masses at Ladyewell - 12noon
How to Book Your Visit

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