27/06/2010

27/06/2010

St John the Evangelist

Email stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com

www.stjohnevang.co.uk

www.lpa24.org

0151 645 3314

Reg Charity 234025

Fr Frank Rice

Rev Philip White

13th Sunday of the Year 27th June 2010

FAITH IN FOCUS: RAPID RESPONSE

The people who met Jesus on the road in today’s gospel, and who all had reasons to delay following him, are mirror images of Elisha when he was called to come and follow the prophet Elijah. After an initial request to go and say goodbye to his parents Elisha realised the enormity of the calling. There and then he killed a pair of oxen he was using to plough the field with, killed them and cooked them by burning the plough. The meat would have been absolutely fresh but not very tender!

It’s noticeable that, when Jesus was calling his apostles, we are told that they left their nets etc. “at once” and followed him. For those who choose to be followers of Jesus there is an immediate attraction, something which is no mere half-way house appeal. When the famous prophet Elijah throws his cloak over the simple farmer Elisha, then Elisha knows he has a claim on him.

If there’s one thing God can’t stand then it must be half-heartedness. Am I serving God with every ounce of strength and commitment or am I just doing enough to keep my conscience quiet? Am I just covering all bases and paying the premiums on my heavenly insurance policy? Or do I feel a magnetic attraction to Jesus and all that he asks of me? In my life is God a passion or a hobby?

When Jesus calls us to be disciples, he calls us to make a lifelong, irrevocable, absolute commitment. Most of us follow Jesus to the best of our abilities but we are also aware that there are areas of our lives where we hold back, aspects of the way we live that are not helping our commitment as disciples of Jesus. This is because following Jesus is an ongoing, lifelong commitment. We have continually to ratify our commitment, to keep signing on the dotted line as disciples of Christ. What are the nets that Jesus is still asking us to leave, the oxen that we need to slaughter, the ploughs that we have to burn? Are there relationships in our lives that dull our response? Are there habits that we have taken for granted but which make us slow to respond to the challenge of being followers?

Or have we felt the cloak thrown over us, God’s mantel in Christ, which calls us to follow wherever he may lead and to proclaim the best news possible to those we meet on the road?

WORD OF GOD

Elisha took the pair of oxen and slaughtered them. He used the plough for cooking the oxen, then gave to his men, who ate. He then rose and followed Elijah and became his servant.

(I Kings 19:21)

WORD FOR TODAY

The speed with which Elisha settled his affairs so as to follow Elijah is remarkable but shows how much he valued the calling being made to him. We have already heeded the call of Jesus. How quick are we to put it into practice when called upon in our daily affairs?

A TENTMAKER AND A FISHERMAN (June 29th)

You wouldn’t think that Paul, a tentmaker, and Peter, a fisherman, would be the obvious choices when it comes to influencing the growth and development of the Church in its infancy. Yet the rest is history.

Peter was anything but a rock; he was headstrong and impulsive; he was full of boasts but often failed to deliver; he was at Christ’s right hand yet he also betrayed him to the sound of the cock crowing.

Paul was one of those people who began life wanting to see other people’s downfall. He persecuted those who fell short of the high Jewish standards. Yet suddenly he saw the light and he began to put to shame those who had been with Jesus from the start by his fierce and logically argued defence of the budding Christian religion. He ended up claiming the status of an apostle and rejoicing at being a prisoner for Christ.

Both Peter and Paul by their zeal in preaching and teaching, as well as by the witness they gave to Christ by spilling their blood, are heroes in faith. Today we are unlikely to have to give our lives for our faith, but we are called to be equally zealous, like them, in letting the world know that all it has to offer is “utter garbage” (Paul’s words) when compared with the joy of belonging to Jesus.

Both apostles share the same feast day, for these two were one; and even though they suffered on different days, they were as one. Peter went first, and Paul followed. And so we celebrate this day made holy for us by the apostles’ blood. Let us embrace what they believed, their life, their labours, their sufferings, their preaching, and their confession of faith.”

(St Augustine)

13th Sunday 27h. 5.30

10.00

8pm

Benefactors SSCF

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 28th. 7.30 Catherine McGuigan
Tues

SS Peter & Paul

29th. 10am.

7.30pm.

Parishioners

Pauline Marshall

Wed 30th. 9.15 John Cohen
Thurs 1st. 7.15 Wilf & Dot
Fri 2nd. 9.15 Pauline Doyle
14th Sunday 4th. 5.30

10.00

8pm

Eric & Pauline Gearing

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them Frida Owens, Rev Richard Reid CSsR, Denis Welch, Josie Cohen, Peter Williamson, Kathy Smith, Marjorie Hoey, Mrs H McCormack, Esther Roche, Fay Challoner, Sheila Stockley, Joan & Charles Reynolds, Mollie Dowling, Kath Holland, Sheila Clayson, Mary Bryden, Owen & Josie Toohey, Betty Kennedy, Helen Worth, Christopher Hadfield, Ivan Gregory, Vincent Sarson, Kath Bassett , Pat Ronan, Christopher & Raymond McNally , Mark Harrison & Genevieve Foster. Those in the parish who do not wish their illness to be made public but who also need our prayers

Money Matters-Thank you

Sunday Offering £754 77 p

Boiler £5

120 Club Winner No 52 M Simmons £20

I shall be having another batch of dedication plaques engraved for our chairs very soon. I tend to wait until there are a number to do. If you would like to sponsor a chair in memory of an event or a person then the cost is £50.

Our Traidcraft Stall will be operational this weekend. Please give it your full support.

Jesus tapped me on the shoulder and said, “Bob, why are you resisting me?” I said, “I’m not resisting you!” He said, “You gonna follow me?” I said, “I’ve never thought about that before!” He said, “When you’re not following me, you’re resisting me.”

(Bob Dylan)

Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ. (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

Today, even amongst Christians, there can be found much of that spirit that wants to give as little as possible to the Lord, and yet to get as much as possible from him. The prevailing thought today is of being used, as though that were the one thing that mattered. That my little rubber band shoul

d be stretched to the very limit seems all important. But this is not the Lord’s mind. The Lord wants us to be used, yes; but what he is after is that we pour all we have, ourselves, to him, and if that be all, that is enough. (Watchman Nee)

A NOTE FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE
A reminder that Confirmation will take place on Thursday 25th November. This year it will take place as an LPA event and is for all those presently in Year 8 or above.
As stated before, there will be an Information Meeting for those interested and their parents on Friday 2nd July in the Parish Centre at 6.30 pm. This will last about an hour. If you are interested in attending this meeting, please give your names to Father Frank or Liz McIntosh as soon as possible.

St John Plessington has won the prestigious award which narrowly eluded them last year. Congratulations to Mr. Quinn and all the staff and pupils. We are very proud of you!

How the year is galloping along- July on Thursday!!!

SOMETHING TO PRAY ABOUT…

We can join Pope Benedict in his prayer intentions for the month of July:

General:

That in every nation of the world the election of officials may be carried out with justice, transparency and honesty, respecting the free decisions of citizens.

Missionary:

That Christians may strive to offer everywhere, but especially in great urban centres, an effective contribution to the promotion of education, justice, solidarity and peace.

DOUBTING THOMAS (July 3rd)

Give me confidence in the depths of danger.

Give me hope when I am surrounded by fear.

Still my worries calm the anxieties pressing in on me from the world I live in.

Lord Jesus, give me your peace.

Reassure me that you are with me when I seem alone.

Ease my doubting, as you did Thomas’s.

Lord Jesus, give me your peace.

Guide my searching for peace, so that I may not seek it where it is not to be found, but I may seek it in you. Lord Jesus, live in me and give me your peace. Amen.

I had both a relaxing a challenging time during my retreat in Wales. I prayed for the parish and I hope you prayed for me. Thanks to Mike and all who kept things flowing during

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20/06/2010

19/06/2010

St John the Evangelist

Email stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com

www.stjohnevang.co.uk

www.lpa24.org

0151 645 3314

Reg Charity 234025

Fr Frank Rice

Rev Philip White

12th Sunday of the Year 20th June 2010

FAITH IN FOCUS: JUST FINE-TUNING?

The passage in today’s gospel where Peter tells Jesus that he is the Christ, the anointed Messiah of God, is usually considered to be a pivotal one. For it means that to a degree the penny has dropped. Although everyone seems to recognise that Jesus is someone special, like Elijah, John the Baptist or another prophet come back from the dead, Peter puts his finger on the truth and is quickly told by Jesus not to go around telling others about it.

It’s easy to say, “You are the Christ”. But faith in Jesus is about more than just words. It’s about adjustment: adjustment in the way we think, the way we behave, the way we relate to God. That’s because believing in Christ turns our lives upside-down.

And this adjustment is not just a fine-tuning; it’s a somersault. For following Jesus does not mean doing the same as everyone else except that we throw in a few hymns and prayers from time to time. It means having a radically different outlook on why we are here on this earth, what this demands of us and what we expect of the next world.

The values of God’s kingdom are not simply refinements of ordinary human goodness. In fact, they are often diametrically opposed to what society in general considers to be desirable. That’s why Christians talk about sacrifice, about bearing a cross daily, about self-denial, about serving rather than being served, about putting ourselves always in second place, about disregarding the reputation others credit us with and about giving till it hurts rather than seeking to receive.

All of this is counter-cultural. Those with no faith either pity us as mugs or else they look upon us a quaint bunch of do-gooders. The worse thing Christianity could ever do is to make a bid for popularity, for social respectability or for “national treasure” status. The cross that is at the heart of our faith is too severe a symbol for a world that is self-reliant.

At the very instant that Peter professed his faith in Jesus as Messiah, Jesus told him that he would suffer grievously, be rejected, and be put to death. This is what it means to follow Christ. Both Jesus and Peter travelled the same route to glory and there is no reason to suppose that any present-day follower of Christ will be spared the well-trodden path. Thank God it’s a path to glory!

WORD OF GOD

If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross every day and follow me. (Luke 9:23)

WORD FOR TODAY

Following Christ is more than just words. It means a daily conscious effort to live life in a radically different way, in a way that puts self-interest second and service of others in first place. To follow Christ is to carry a cross.

JOHN FISHER AND THOMAS MORE(June 22nd)

Here are two prayers from our saints of the day. They are nearly 500 years old but seem as relevant today for the Church as they were in those distant days:

Good Lord, set in your Church strong and mighty pillars that may suffer and endure great labours, which also shall not fear persecution, nor death, but always suffer with a good will, slanders, shame and all kinds of torments, for the glory and praise of your holy name. By this manner, good Lord, the truth of your gospel shall be preached throughout the world. Therefore, merciful Lord, exercise your mercy, show it indeed upon your Church. Amen.

(John Fisher)

O Lord, give us a mind that is humble, quiet, peaceable, patient and charitable, and a taste of your Holy Spirit in all our thoughts, words, and deeds.

O Lord, give us a lively faith, a firm hope, a fervent charity, a love of you.

Take from us all lukewarmness in meditation and all dullness in prayer. Give us fervour and delight in thinking of you, your grace, and your tender compassion toward us.

Give us, good Lord, the grace to work for the things that we pray for.

(Thomas More)

The following is a message from Fr Chris Matthews of Shrewsbury Cathedral

Our music department has invited Mr. Nick Gale (Director of Music at Saint George’s Cathedral in Southwark) to lead a day workshop on Gregorian chant. The workshop will take place on Saturday 17th July 2010 from 10am to 5pm in The Chapter House and The Cathedral. The cost of the day is £10 per person. Participants are asked to bring a packed lunch with tea and coffee being provided. Bookings to be made via The Cathedral Office admin@shrewsburycathedral.co.uk, 01743 362366 or by post to Chant Workshop, Cathedral House, 11 Belmont, Shrewsbury, SY1 1TE. Cheques payable to Shrewsbury Cathedral.

Birkenhead Choral Society – Summer Concert.

Sat 26 June 2010. St Saviour’s Church.
Bidston Rd. Oxton CH43 2JZ. Rutter –
Spring of Thyme; Carter – Benedicite;
Handel –
Coronation Anthems; with organ, piano and boys from Merchant Taylors’ School.
Conductor David Holroyd. Tickets £10; concessions (retired over 60); under19s free.
Available from:-choir members; at the door; or by telephone 0151 677 1129

12th Sunday 20th. 5.30

10.00

8pm

Parishioners

Norah Rimmer

Prayer Meeting

Mon 21st. 9.15 Harold O’Neill
Tues 22nd. 9.15 Catherine Bargeil
Wed 23rd. 9.15 Pauline Doyle
Thurs 24th. 7.15 Dot & Wilf

Ruby Wedding

Fri 25th. 9.15 Denis Brockway
12th Sunday 27th. 5.30

10.00

8pm

Benefactors SSCF

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them Frida Owens, Rev Richard Reid CSsR, Denis Welch, Josie Cohen, Peter Williamson, Kathy Smith, Marjorie Hoey, Mrs H McCormack, Esther Roche, Fay Challoner, Sheila Stockley, Joan & Charles Reynolds, Mollie Dowling, Kath Holland, Sheila Clayson, Mary Bryden, Owen & Josie Toohey, Betty Kennedy, Helen Worth, Christopher Hadfield, Ivan Gregory, Vincent Sarson, Kath Bassett , Pat Ronan, Christopher & Raymond McNally , Mark Harrison & Genevieve Foster. Those in the parish who do not wish their illness to be made public but who also need our prayers

Money Matters-Thank you

Sunday Offering £669 72 p

Boiler 0

120 Club Winner No29 Laurence Brockway 20

I shall be on retreat next Monday 21st until Friday. I shall celebrate Mass here on 21st but the remaining Masses will be celebrated at St Beuno’s where the retreat is based. I will try to arrange services of Word and Communion for the week. TBA There will be no church opening during this week.

During July and August, we will have a South African priest in residence at St John’s. His name is Fr Dennis Xulu and he is currently studying with Philip in Leuven and wishes to work in our diocese this summer. I hope to be taking full advantage of his presence by taking some leave and already have plans to go to Italy for a couple of weeks. I hope you will make him very welcome and perhaps some of you might manage to show him some of the sights!!! Philip will be working closely with him so I shall be leaving the parish in very safe hands.

ANNUAL DIOCESAN CATECHISTS GATHERING
The annual diocesan Catechists’ gathering is to be held at St Nicholas High School, Hartford on Saturday, 26th June.
It is for all Catechists, those involved with Baptism, First Sacraments, Children’s Liturgy, bereavement, adult faith sharing. These days are always enjoyable and inspiring, and well worth attending.
For details, see the poster at the back of the Church, or contact Liz McIntosh 645 0783

Order forms for the CTS pamphlets about the Papal Visit are at the back of the church. Unfortunately there is only one catalogue remaining as some people have misunderstood and taken the other 3 home. Please write any orders as indicated and we will get onto it asap.

Mary’s Children are celebrating five years since their formation. They are to hold a party to which you are all invited. This was one of Maria Fryer’s initiatives and it is a credit to her and the time she devotes to the children and young people who participate. See poster for details.

As your faith is strengthened you will find that there is no longer the need to have a sense of control, that things will flow as they will, and that you will flow with them, to your great delight and benefit. (Emmanuel Teney)

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumoured by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.

(Buddha)

We’re never so vulnerable than when we trust someone. But, paradoxically, if we cannot trust, neither can we find love or joy. (Walter Anderson)

Catholic Singles is an organisation which helps single, widowed, separated and divorced Catholics of all ages (over 18 years) meet other single Catholics, either one to one or through social events. All members receive a monthly bulletin, called Catholic Networking, which includes details of social events and anonymous descriptions of individual members. The confidential box number in each bulletin is optional, and members may join for social events only if they wish.

http://www.catholicsingles.org.uk

info@catholicsingles.org.uk

A NOTE FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE
A reminder that Confirmation will take place on Thursday 25th November. This year it will take place as an LPA event and is for all those presently in Year 8 or above.
As stated before, there will be an Information Meeting for those interested and their parents on Friday 2nd July in the Parish Centre at 6.30 pm. This will last about an hour. If you are interested in attending this meeting, please give your names to Father Frank or Liz McIntosh as soon as possible.

13/06/2010

10/06/2010

St John the Evangelist

Email stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com

www.stjohnevang.co.uk

www.lpa24.org

0151 645 3314

Reg Charity 234025

Fr Frank Rice

Rev Philip White

11th Sunday of the Year 13th June 2010

FAITH IN FOCUS: FLAWS, FAULTS, FAILINGS AND FORGIVENESS

Psychologists tell us that often when we get on our high horse about someone else’s faults, it’s because we recognise those same failings in ourselves and our ranting and raving at others is a way of exorcising them from our own psyche. As long as we have a target at which we can direct our anger we can push our own imperfections to the back of our mind. So we love to accuse other people of the very things that we know deep down are the same flaws that we have. As a nation we need to be satisfied by demonising certain types of criminals who become our national hate figures. It makes us feel righteous and clean.

To refuse to forgive another person is an extraordinary thing yet one which we often hear from those who feel wronged. It’s tantamount to saying that they have harmed us and we are so perfect that we have never needed forgiveness from another person or from God.

For that’s where forgiveness comes from: God. Our sins deface the beauty of God’s presence in our world and we need to ask forgiveness from God. And it usually happens that someone who is deeply aware of their own defects is also acutely aware of how much they are in need of God’s love and presence, that presence which is stronger than all of our sin. The more we live lives that recognise our dependence on God’s love and forgiveness, the easier we find it to pass on the forgiveness that has first been shown to us. We don’t forgive out of our own store of forgiveness but out of God’s.

When Jesus went out to the Pharisee’s home for a meal he had his feet anointed by a weeping woman who gate-crashed the dinner. She had a reputation in the town and it wasn’t a good one. Jesus cleverly pointed out that the great love she showed him would be impossible if she had not experienced forgiveness in her life. Strangely it was the religious people who had difficulty forgiving her. Maybe they had kept the rules and felt better than her, and in no need of God’s forgiveness?

Our “trespasses” are only forgiven to the same degree that we forgive those of others. How forgiving are you? Your answer will tell you a lot about how much you have experienced God’s love.

WORD OF GOD

Her sins, her many sins, must have been forgiven her, or she would not have shown such great love.(Luke 7:47)

WORD FOR TODAY

Forgiveness is not ours to give, like a birthday present or an unexpected gift from our largesse. Only God can start forgiveness rolling since it is against him that we have sinned. So when we forgive others it is because we have experienced the need for forgiveness ourselves. The more aware we are of our need, the more ready we are to forgive.

EMILIE DE VIALAR (June 17th)

In 1797 Emilie de Vialar was born in southern France, the only daughter of wealthy aristocratic parents who sent her to school in Paris. But at the age of fifteen, she returned home to Gaillac when her mother died. She upset her father by refusing to marry because she wanted to be a religious Sister and give her life to God. When Emilie was twenty-one, a new priest arrived in Gaillac who helped her set up an out-patient service right on the terrace of her home.

Emilie’s grandfather, the Baron de Portal, died leaving her a large fortune and offering her the independence she needed to begin her work for God. So buying a large house she and three other women began a religious Order. They designed a habit and chose the name “Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition”. These Sisters would care for the sick and poor, and educate children. Twelve young women joined the group within three months. Sister Emilie pronounced her vows in 1835 along with seventeen other Sisters.

The Sisters of St. Joseph started branch convents. In 1847, they went to Burma and in 1854, to Australia. In forty years, Mother Emilie saw her congregation grow from the patio of her home to some forty convents around the world.

Mother Emilie wrote many letters which showed her great love for God, for his Church and for people. She saw in her heart people everywhere who needed the truth of the gospel and the love that Christ brings.

She died on August 24th, 1856.

11th Sunday 13h. 5.30

10.00

8pm

Kitty Loane

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 14th. 9.15 Denis Brockway
Tues 15th. 9.15 Dorothy Rice
Wed 16th. 9.15 Pauline Marshall
Thurs 17th. 7.15

6pm

Margaret O’Rourke

Reception of Kate Kenny’s body

Fri 18th. 12md Funeral Mass

Kate Kenny

12th Sunday 20th. 5.30

10.00

8pm

Parishioners

Norah Rimmer McCormack

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them Frida Owens, Rev Richard Reid CSsR, Denis Welch, Josie Cohen, Peter Williamson, Kathy Smith, Marjorie Hoey, Mrs H McCormack, Esther Roche, Fay Challoner, Sheila Stockley, Joan & Charles Reynolds, Mollie Dowling, Kath Holland, Sheila Clayson, Mary Bryden, Owen & Josie Toohey, Betty Kennedy, Helen Worth, Christopher Hadfield, Ivan Gregory, Vincent Sarson, Kath Bassett , Pat Ronan, Christopher & Raymond McNally , Mark Harrison & Genevieve Foster. Those in the parish who do not wish their illness to be made public but who also need our prayers

Money Matters-Thank you

Sunday Offering £676 25 p

Boiler £7 40p

120 Club Winner E Young 20

To forgive is to set a prisoner free and to discover that the prisoner was you. (Lewis B. Smedes)

When a deep injury is done to us we never recover until we forgive. (Alan Paton)

He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. (Martin Luther King)

With the forthcoming papal visit in mind, The CTS have produced several informative pamphlets. (See catalogue at the back of church). They might appeal to several age groups. If you wish to order then let me know and I will oblige. There is a piece of paper with the catalogue for you to write your requests.

Tuesday 15th.

11am-1pm

Ann Gemmell

Vic Gemmell

Thursday 17th.

11am-1pm

Bernard McGuigan

Eleanor McGuigan

Saturday 19th.

11am-1pm

Wilf Humphrey

Dot Humphrey

SOCCER WORLD CUP PRAYER

Almighty God, creator of all, as people from every nation gather with excitement and enthusiasm for the 2010 World Soccer Cup may South Africans be good hosts, our visitors welcomed guests and the players from every team be blessed with good sportsmanship and health. May your Spirit of fairness, justice and peace prevail amongst players and all involved. May each contribute in his own positive ways to prevent, control and fight crime and corruption, hooliganism of any kind and exploitation and abuse, especially of those most vulnerable. May those far away from home and those in their families find much joy in this occasion to celebrate the beautiful game of soccer and the beautiful game of life according to Your plan for the common good of all. Amen.

A NOTE FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE
A reminder that Confirmation will take place on Thursday 25th November. This year it will take place as an LPA event and is for all those presently in Year 8 or above.
As stated before, there will be an Information Meeting for those interested and their parents on Friday 2nd July in the Parish Centre at 6.30 pm. This will last about an h our. If you are interested in attending this meeting, please give your names to Father Frank or Liz McIntosh as soon as possible.

ANNUAL DIOCESAN CATECHISTS GATHERING
The annual diocesan Catechists’ gathering is to be held at St Nicholas High School, Hartford on Saturday, 26th June.
It is for all Catechists, those involved with Baptism, First Sacraments, Children’s Liturgy, bereavement, adult faith sharing. These days are always enjoyable and inspiring, and well worth attending. For details, see the poster at the back of the Church, or contact Liz McIntosh 645 0783

On Tuesday Sheila Dillon died suddenly at home. Throughout her long illness (which she bore with exemplary patience), she was cared for with great devotion by her husband Bernard. Although she was a parishioner of St Anne’s, Sheila and Bernard often attended mass here and they will be known to many of you. Sheila’s funeral will take place at St Anne’s and will be conducted by her brother Fr Hugh Davoren at midday on Thursday 17th.

We ask consolation for Bernard and their five sons and for all Sheila’s family and many friends.

Talks in the Cathedral’ is a series on various subjects and issues and I have been asked particularly to draw people’s attention to the talk Bishop Brian is giving next week reflecting on fifty years of priesthood. Please see poster detailing all the talks.

The NNPM – National Network of Pastoral Musicians – was set up in July 1996. It is an informal group of people of many denominations whose aim is to meet to learn from each other and experience prayer and music in common. It is holding its bi-annual weekend conference for the first time in Chester from 23rd to 25th July. This is an excellent opportunity for musicians and singers from our diocese to meet some of today’s best hymn writers including Bernadette Farrell and Christopher Walker, to participate in some excellent workshops, including one on liturgical drama led by Stella McGann and our own Pilgrim Troupe, to join in acts of worship, and to meet others who lead and support music for the liturgy week by week throughout the year.