Inspiring News from Preston!


Torch of The Faith News on Friday 12 May 2017 - 00:57:47 | by admin

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We were delighted to receive and read the latest circular update from the ICKSP shrine church of St. Walburge in Preston this week.

This was packed with encouraging news, information and beautiful photographs from inside the majestic shrine church.

As these pictures show, Bishop Michael Campbell, the local ordinary of the Diocese of Lancaster, had been to the shrine to celebrate a Pontifical High Mass for Easter Sunday.

The ICKSP priests joyfully expressed in their newsletter just how good it was for them to receive such encouragement from their local bishop and diocese.

There was even a beautiful and traditional wedding at the shrine church on Easter Sunday!

It was also great to read that another lady was received into the Catholic Church there, during the recent Easter Vigil.

This means that both of the ICKSP shrines, as well as the FSSP shrine, all in this north-west region of England, have each received new converts into the Church at Easter. It is a real sign of life and faith, and the beauty of Catholic Tradition, to witness these good things happening. Please pray for these neophytes to receive many graces and blessings from Our Lord.

The St. Walburge's shrine newsletter also reveals that a number of adults and young people have been happily attending catechetical lessons after Sunday Mass, in order to learn the history, symbolism and doctrine of the traditional rites of the Mass and sacraments.
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The community life of the parish is continuing to grow there with locals attending for Sacraments and devotions like the 40-Hours of Eucharistic Adoration; serving Holy Mass; helping to clean, prepare and improve the church and presbytery; and circulating a relic of the veil of the Virgin Mary from house to house to unite in prayer and love of Our Mother in Heaven.

We were intrigued to hear of the parish mascot, a Black Labrador called Guinness, who is encouraging passers-by to stop off to see her. As the young Canons at the shrine joke in their newsletter: ''From the dog to the church there is only one step!''

The St. Walburge shrine church will host a May Procession in honour of Our Lady, with Pontifical Low Mass celebrated by Bishop Michael Campbell, on Sunday 28th May, 2017 at 10:30am.

It all sounds close to Heaven doesn't it?
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And with that 309ft-tall spire being the third tallest church spire in this country - only the spires at the medieval cathedrals in Norwich and Salisbury stand taller - who can doubt that it is!

Please pray for the ongoing success of this inspiring shrine church.

St. Walburge - Pray for us!