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Catholic Women’s Guild at Ladyewell

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On the 25th of August,2018 , members of the Catholic Women’s League , Lancaster Diocese were on their annual pilgrimage to Ladyewell. These are ladies who are deeply devoted to Our Lady of Fernyhalgh and Lancashire Martyrs. It was a lovely memory for all of them.

Holy Mass was solemnly celebrated by Fr Ernest Attah . Fr Mario Ashuikeka and Fr Oliver Onah, a visiting priest from Nigeria were concelebrants at the Mass. At the end of the Mass, a certificate of pilgrimage was presented to Mrs Margaret Valentine, the National President of the league who came to honour Our Lady of Fernyhalgh with the Ladies of Lancaster diocese.

At 2:30pm the Blessed Sacrament was exposed and Benediction was celebrated for them. During this session, he gave them reflection on the role of women in the family. It was a beautiful event and they thanked all our volunteers for their marvellous and unique services.

We appreciate all those who helped in the organisation of the event. Special thank you to Mrs Phillipa Catterall , Diocesan President and Mrs Sue Gornall, Diocesan Secretary.

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8 September – Our Lady’s Birthday

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Though it rained persistently in Preston today, people of God nevertheless gathered in numbers at Ladyewell Shrine to celebrate with us the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Their active participation in the liturgy was excellent. Fr Mario gave a wonderful homily in which he beckoned on each and every one of us to submit our imperfections or weaknesses to God who knows how to use what is weak to shame the proud since his power is made manifest in weakness. After Spiritual activities , we had social aspects of the celebration where we sang Happy Birthday Song to Our Lady , enjoyed our birthday cake and other contents of light refreshments.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU , BLESSED VIRGIN MARY.

 

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SYRO MALABAR EPARCHY OF GREAT BRITAIN ON A PILGRIMAGE TO LADYEWELL LED BY ARCHBISHOP EMERITUS MAR GEORGE VALIYAMATTOM

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SYRO MALABAR EPARCHY OF GREAT BRITAIN ON A PILGRIMAGE TO LADYEWELL LED BY ARCHBISHOP EMERITUS MAR GEORGE VALIYAMATTOM.

On the  solemnity of the  Assumption of the  Blessed Virgin Mary many pilgrims from far and near  visited Ladyewell pilgrimage Shrine and attended Holy Mass. Faithful of the  Syro Malabar Eparchy  also came together in the evening to celebrate Holy Qurbana. Arch Bishop Emeritus  Mar George Valiyamattom was the main celebrant.

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Lancaster Diocesan Pilgrimage 2018

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PHOTO-2018-07-15-23-44-19It was a lovely afternoon Saturday the 14th of July 2018 at Ladyewell Shrine as the Bishop of Lancaster Diocese, Rt Rev Paul Swarbrick led his flock on Pilgrimage to this ancient Marian centre and Holy ground.

The event commenced with a solemn Holy Mass at St Mary’s Church Fernyhalgh.  During the Homily an essential part of the Mass, Bishop Swarbrick emphasised the need to make recourse to God who is our fountain of living water. Whoever comes to Jesus in the Eucharist will never thirst. Only God can satisfy the yearnings of our souls.

Holy Mass was followed by exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and then solemn procession to the Shrine of Our Lady and Lancashire Martyrs.

Special thank you to all who attended the Pilgrimage. Thank you very much for your active participation.

God bless you all.

 

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Ladyewell – The Shrine

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Devotion to Our Lady of Fernyhalgh goes back through the ages to the 11th century. Since the Reformation a devotion to Our Lady as Queen of Martyrs has developed, which is reflected at Ladyewell in the reliquary, the presence of the Burgess Altar and the chapel of the English Martyrs. There has never been an apparition of Our Blessed Lady at Fernyhalgh just continued prayer and petition over seven centuries. Even during penal times apart from a period of five years, the shrine attracted pilgrims and was the focus of local Catholic prayer. A secluded spot, only 4 miles from the centre of Preston and in close proximity to a very busy motorway, surrounded on three sides by ancient and protected woodland, Fernyhalgh has retained it tranquil and sylvan charm.

The name Fernyhalgh is thought by some historians to mean Ancient Shrine. Professor E.J.Popham suggests that the place was called “ancient shrine” by Anglo

Saxons because on this site was a shrine which even in their day was considered ancient, though this seems a tenuous link. The more feasible explanation is that of etymologist John Bannister who maintains “the name means a watery meadow abounding in ferns.” He goes on to say “halgh bears a similar meaning to the first syllable of Haighton, and is interchangeable with haugh”. “Fernig halth,” the Old English for “a field with ferns” would appear to confirm that this is the more likely meaning.

The name Ladyewell, spelt originally Ladye Well, appears to have developed following the rebuilding of the present house in 1685. There was another Ladywell in the centre of Preston, which has long ceased to exist; the site of an old friary is remembered by the present day Ladyewell Street.

Local people tend to refer to Our Lady of Fernyhalgh, which is correct, but over the years the term Ladyewell has become used by those who visit particularly from away. In the writings of Fr Christopher Tuttell (alias Blacklow) the house and chapel was referred to as Ladyewell House, which is the case today.

Pilgrims continue to make their way to this beautiful shrine where they intercede to Our Blessed Lady, bring their petitions and leave unburdened and spiritually renewed.

Fernyhalgh is the Diocesan Shrine of Lancaster and encompasses the beautiful church of St Mary and Ladyewell House and grounds, which is the site of the well. The main pilgrimage season tends to run from May to the end of October, during which time the dioceses of Lancaster, Liverpool and Salford hold their annual pilgrimages to Ladyewell; pilgrims attend in large numbers and are usually led by the Archbishop or Bishop of the visiting group. The devotion at Ladyewell is ecumenical, attracting members of other Faiths. The Anglican community come all year round and usually hold a large pilgrimage at the beginning of June (Forward in Faith and the Society of Mary). Members of the Orthodox churches also visit and hold their services. The Kerala Indians living in this part of Lancashire hold a service each month in their own vernacular. They have a great devotion to Our Blessed Lady and never a day goes by without members of this Catholic Indian community visiting. They pray often for the blessing of children and come back to give thanks usually on the way home from the maternity ward. Travelling families also visit Ladyewell, its proximity to the motorway enables them to call frequently en route often from Ireland, their names and faces are very familiar to us.

Pilgrims come daily summer and winter whatever the weather. Even when the house is closed they come and intercede at the shrine, which is always open. Large pilgrimages usually start with Mass at St Mary’s and then process down to Ladyewell either with the Blessed Sacrament or reciting the rosary. It is a moving and inspiring sight to see so many of the faithful, young, old and very often infirm gathering to honour the Mother of God in this particular way. Many of them recall being brought as children by their parents and recount of prayers answered and favours granted. Local pilgrims remember coming as part of their own annual church pilgrimage, walking from Preston in procession to congregate and give homage to Our Blessed Lady of Fernyhalgh. Many parish groups of lay ministries and Catholic associations visit and have their own days of retreat and devotions.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and the sacrament of Reconciliation is an important feature of pilgrimage days enabling pilgrims to obtain the

Spiritual rewards that they seek; they also take away with them water from the well and use it in invocation to Our Blessed Lady who inspires great devotion. “To Jesus through Mary” is so relevant at the shrine where those who may have strayed from their Faith often find the courage with the help of Our Lady to benefit from the peace of the sacrament of Reconciliation, which is available on request.

 

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St Mary’s, Fernyhalgh

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The beautiful  Grade 2 Listed  church of St Mary’s Fernyhalgh was built in 1794 by the Reverend Anthony Lund who was the missioner at Ladye Well the local Marian shrine . Fr Lund who had been at the shrine since 1773 realized that the small chapel at the shrine was not large enough to accommodate the many pilgrims who were coming to pray at the shrine. He resolved to build and endow a larger church unfortunately the nearest land he could purchase was a quarter of a mile along the lane. Fr Lund actively helped to build the church, the presbytery and the Hermitage house adjacent to the church.

The church was lavishly decorated and stained glass windows installed during the incumbency of Fr Richard Gillow 1823-1863; the devotion of Quarant Ore was introduced to Preston at St Marys during this period and many people came out to the church in carriages to see the beautiful image of Our Blessed Lady above the altar and to participate in the candle lit services in a church full of flowers.

To day the church still plays its part in the many pilgrimages that visit Ladyewell  they then walk saying the Rosary to the shrine. Despite the lack of a village the church has an active  congregation who care for it. It is well worth a visit to view its unique decoration.

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OPENING TIMES

SUMMERWINTER
Tuesday to Saturday
10am - 5pm

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

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