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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.


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.



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