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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.


5. October, 2015Church News, UncategorizedComments Off

The Church is one Body of Christ with many branches. She speaks the language of her Master, Christ – Love. This Language, she speaks in diversified languages of worship. It is in this light that one can talk of different rites in the Church’s expression of this language of worship to the Most Blessed Trinity. In the Latin or Western Church, public worship otherwise known as Liturgy is celebrated in some rites accepted by the Church so long as it does not go against the essence of the Church’s Doctrine and Tradition. Thus, in the celebration of the Eucharist, the Church has such rites like: Coptic Rite, Ethiopic Rite, Maronite and Syrian Rites, Armenian Rite, Chaldean Rite and Malabar Rite. The RC Diocese of Lancaster on 3rd October, 2015 was blessed to inaugurate the Syro-Malabar Catholic worship in one its old parishes – St. Ignatius, Preston. This is a landmark achievement as it is first of its kind in the UK in that it is its first canonical establishment in the history of the Catholic Church in the UK.  Receiving the the Decree of the Inauguration, His Beatitude, Mar George Cardinal Alancherry said: “My dear people of the Syro-Malabar Catholic rite, May I thank Bishop Michael Jean Campbell, OSA, for this great act of Christian Charity. This Inauguration is to be received and seen as an act of mercy in this Jubilee Year of Mercy; and should bring about great mutual relationship between the Catholic Church in England and the Indian Syro-Malabar Catholic Community.” His point of climax was his reflection on the Church as Communion. Therefore, he urged the Syro-Malabar Catholic Community to truly understand that both Latin Rite and Syro-Malabar Rite are one. As such, the communion model of the Church is to be appreciated, lived and promoted. The Parish Church is to be used for worship by both Latin and Syro-Malabar Rites.  In his homily, the Cardinal quoting Pope Francis said, “the greatest expression of joy is to be found in celebration of the Eucharist.” Thanking the Bishop of RC Diocese of Lancaster, he encouraged all to imbibe the good spirit of generosity and loving mercy manifested by the Bishop. To conclude, His Beatitude, Mar George Cardinal Alancherry acclaimed: “Let us stay together! Let us pray together! Let us worship God together!

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The visit of the V. Rev Denis M J Ononuju Obiaga

31. August, 2015Church News, Ladyewell NewsComments Off

IMG_1665The Parish of St. Mary’s & Ladyewell wereIMG_1663 honoured and delighted to welcome a special visitor earlier in August,

The Very Rev. Fr Denis M. J. Ononuju Obiaga C.S.Sp was the first Nigerian Holy Ghost proest and the Father Founder of the Holy Family Fathers and Brothers of the Youth (the Order which Fr Ernest and Fr Mario are members) and the Holy Family Sisters of the Needy.

Fr Denis spent a few days visiting Fernyhalgh and other parts of the Diocese during a brief visit to the UK.  Fr Denis was able to meet some of the volunteers and parishioners during this time and we look forward to hopefully welcoming Fr Denis to Fernyhalgh again in the future.   IMG_1667

We are grateful to Fr Denis for taking the time to visit us and for his part in allowing the members of his Order to come to our parish at this time.


Robert Ashuikeka Otuya (RIP)

31. August, 2015Church News, Ladyewell NewsComments Off

Martin Luther King Jr. did say that “Death is not an Aristocracy for a few, but a Democracy for many.” With the above quote, Fr. Ernest Attah, H.F.F.B.Y began his homily on the death of Robert Ashuikeka Otuya and the lessons every Christian is to learn from the event of death as an unavoidable end of earthly existence, but a beginning of a new life in Christ Jesus for those who believe. 

Great men come and go, but their memories never depart with them. It was a great day for Fr. Mario-Benedict, a day of mixed joy on the 27th August celebrating the farewell Mass, otherwise REQUIEM MASS for his late father, the late Robert Ashuikeka Otuya. The Mass was celebrated with 9 priests con-celebrating and many faithful of the Parish and friends of Ladyewell Shrine in attendance. May God grant the family in Nigeria the fortitude to bear the loss in the hope of Resurrection and to Robert Ashuikeka Otuya eternal rest in his Kingdom. Amen.  



Homily Reflection – Solenity of the Nativity of John the Baptist

24. June, 2015Church News, Ladyewell NewsComments Off


R1. Is 49:1-6//Ps 139:1-3, 13-15(R14)

R2. Acts 13:22-267//Accl. Luke 1:76// Gosp. Luke 1:57-66, 80


1.0     Introduction

The Church celebrates three birthday solemnities– The Nativity of Jesus, the Nativity of Mary and that of John the Baptist. This gives a glimpse of the greatness of the saint whose birthday we celebrate. Little wonder Jesus himself proclaimed of John the Baptist, “I tell you, among those born of women none is greater than John” (Luke 7:28). This is true to the name of John whose meaning is “God’s gracious gift.” Ordinarily, gifts when received are celebrated to show appreciation to the giver and the gift itself. If such is the situation for mere human artefacts, how much greater is the worth of a human being? How great was the joy of Zechariah and Elizabeth who at this point receives the gift of a child from God whose nature knows no impossibility? Children, indeed, are God’s gracious gifts to us. As such, the birth of a child initiates a joyful celebration.

2.0     The Feast of today

Birthday celebrations in our secular world renew the joy of our birth as God’s gracious gifts. On such days, one receives many pleasantries and gifts of value from family and friends, reminders of our worth to them. Today, we gather to celebrate the birthday of John the Baptist. What gifts and pleasantries do we bring to the Creator and Giver of the Gift?

In the first reading, God speaks through Isaiah to us reminding us that we are His precious gifts to the world created by him in love. As such, we have being destined by him for a purpose, or if you like a mission (49:1-6). The Responsorial Psalm sings this beauty of our being wonderfully,

It was you who created my inmost self, and put me together in my mother’s womb; for all these mysteries I thank you: for the wonder of myself, for the wonder of your works (Ps 139:13-14).

The early part of Luke 1 from which today’s gospel episode is taken has it that John already received the Holy Spirit in his mother’s womb for his mission (cf. Luke 1:15). Therefore, his birth and the scenario of the name giving only reveal the significance of God’s power through creation. Today’s feast, therefore, reveals that from the moment of our conception, God already started a great work which reveals more his Omnipotence and Omni-benevolence. This St. Paul speaks of in relation to the mission of John the Baptist in the second reading (Acts 13: 22-26).

3.0     Celebration of John the Baptist’s Birth: Implications for us today

The world in which we live has become a network of the enthronement of maniac mundane cultures that thwart the will of the Almighty who in his love created it. From the readings, one understands that the birth of a child initiates God’s great blessings and glorious works in the life of the recipients of the gracious gift. However, the opposite seems to hold sway in our time. Our world has gone mad with enthroning the culture of death as against the culture of life. Evidence of this is seen in the signing into law bills of cultures that demean not only the value of man, but life itself. The greatest of these cultures is abortion, which contravenes the will of the Almighty for the purpose of life. Children are gifts from God and continue the progress of God’s work of creation, a sign and proof of the fecundity of his love. When a pre-born child is aborted, a whole lot of God’s love and blessing for our generation is aborted and destroyed for all eternity.

Oh! How many great men and women our world has lost to the culture of death today! It is clear to me that the words of Pope Francis prove a fact that “a generation that kills her children has no future.” God has a glorious and blessed purpose in the birth of every child. This he makes clear to us in the words of Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you a prophet to the nations” (1:5). This indicates that God has marked every one of us like Jeremiah, Amos, John the Baptist, Ss Francis of Assisi, Pio of Pietrelcina Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Calcutta, etc for a special mission. If the denial of an opportunity to fulfil one’s good and gracious right/mission is awful, painful and inconsiderate, how much awful, horrible, inhuman and disastrous the denial of right to life and mission? How many times have you involved yourself in promoting the culture of death?

4.0     Conclusion/Prayer

Birthday celebrations are continuations of the celebrations of a joyous gift – man/woman, the “beauty of life.” Let us realise, therefore, that it is a holy duty bound on us to protect life in order to enhance our joy in life and joy of celebrating the precious gift of life in man. We pray that God strengthens us each day to stand firm on the side of the culture of life. May the birthday celebration of John the Baptist restore in our world deep appreciation and value for Life.

May the good Lord bless his words in our hearts and bring them to fruition. Peace be with you.     


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