will take place on Sunday 10th February (Quinquagesima) at 12.30 pm at St Bernadette’s Bispham Blackpool (entrance on Devonshire Road, car park on All Hallows Road). All welcome.
I have just returned from a memorable trip to Rome and a family visit to Japan. In Rome, I was able to re-visit many of my favourite churches, this time as a Catholic priest. Particularly moving was the Scavi tour, to the original resting place of St Peter deep under St Peter’s Basilica (the same trip I took years ago in 1974, when it was just opened to the public), saying private Mass in the Lithuanian Chapel in the Vatican Grottoes (shown below), visits to the Pontifical North American College and Venerable English College (where 44 of former seminarians were martyred for Catholic faith on their return) and the American Catholic parish of Santa Susanna. I attended General Audience with Pope Benedict, and was lucky enough to be seated only six rows from the front, with a good view of the platform from which the Holy Father spoke. I also stocked up on new albs and a chasuble, very resonably priced! From Rome I made a flying visit to Japan over a weekend, visiting my ailing mother, having meals with my elder brother and his wife and attending a ceremony on my father’s 6th anniversary.
Lithuanian Chapel of Mater Misericordiae
This month we start our observance of the holy season of Lent on 13th. With the threefold emphases on fasting, prayer and almsgiving, may we draw closer to our Lord in his 40 days and nights in the wilderness.