This weekend (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) the members of the Neo Catechumenal Way met from various parts of the country in Preston. Friday afternoon many of them members, young & old, gave public witness in the centre of Preston: singing, dancing and giving testimony. It was invigorating and, as one passer-by said, ‘This is not usually what Catholics do.’ In the evening many of them adjourned to St Clare’s to celebrate the Eucharist.
Saturday morning brought 160 members of ‘The Way’ together at Corpus Christi High School. After the welcoming of the various communities Lauds (Morning Prayer) was celebrated and a 2 part catechism on the Lancashire Martyrs was given. David gave the historical context and Fr Darren gave a very powerful catechism on contemporary martyrdom in our society. And then to a BBQ lunch.
Lancaster was the next venue where Mass was celebrated with the communities in the Cathedral by the Bishop of Lancaster and a visit took place to the Shrine of the Martyrs who were executed in Lancaster just beyond the cathedral. A very busy but rewarding day.
Thence to foreign territory – Scotland! And to the National Shrine of our Lady at Carfin for a Mass with the Bishop of Motherwell and a vocations call.
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