And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us. Why do you marvel that human beings are born of God?
Think of God himself, born of human beings. (Augustine, On the Gospel of John, 2.15)
Fr Derek Laverty led the Community retreat in early December. Fr Laverty is from the same Community as St Damien of Molokai, whose inspiring story he shared with us.
Sr Margaret A. was also able to join her home parish, Sr Joseph’s, Kirkby Lonsdale, for a Day of Recollection led by Fr Luiz Ruscillo, reflecting on three rich works of religious art.
Sr Florence arrived back from from her time in Malestroit in good time to celebrate Christmas with us.
She had much enjoyed getting to know the French Sisters better. Sr Eugenia from Nigeria spent Christmas with us; she is currently studying at Castelgandolfo near Rome.
Sr Margaret A. will also be in Rome for six months from 7th January, covering a gap as Academic Tutor at the English College.
A big thank you to Fr Dixie for covering all the Christmas liturgies, as well as acting as Chaplain to the Nursing Home, during Fr John’s illness.
CLICK HERE to read his Christmas sermon. Fr John continues to recover in the Nursing Home.
Our many guests over Christmas included Bishop Michael, who celebrated Mass for us and joined us for lunch on Boxing Day.
On 1st January we had a small celebration for Sr Geneviève’s Diamond Jubilee of Profession.
Very very many congratulations and thanks to her for her outstanding witness of faithful and loving service.
A very big thank you to all our kind friends for their generous gifts and donations for Christmas.
As usual, Sr Eileen received a cheque for £2,500 from the 300 Club- special thanks to all the members and to Sheila for organising this.
Special thanks also to Sr Geneviève who gave £180 profit from the shop - again thanks to all who patronise the shop. We are overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of so many people and offer our profound thanks and prayers for you all.
Guest House and Nursing Home
We were very happy to welcome back Mathilde, after 7 years, for a month as a volunteer in the Guest House. We say goodbye to James, who has been helping in Marymount and wish him the best for the future.
We are very happy that Andrea, Heather and Stephen will remain with us for a while.
We anticipated Christmas with a very enjoyable Staff Party in Boarbank on 9th December.
Many thanks to Sally and her staff for organising this.
The students from Xaverian College came for two night just before Christmas. As usual they worked very hard preparing for their A level in RE. Sr Margaret A. took on the role of St Augustine for a Q &A session, and the students treated us all to some imaginative futuristic dramas based on their ethics course.
Pre-Christmas and Christmas celebrations included visits from the U3A Music Group and the Mothers’ Union Choir, Carols with Brass Band, selections from ‘Oliver’ by pupils from Cartmel School and the regular Montessori Nativity play.
Father and Mother Christmas paid their usual visit to the patients and children, with carols in front of the crib, a Soul singer Gemma continued the afternoon by entertaining the patients.
On Christmas Eve we welcomed our old friends the Flookburgh Silver Band, who played carols for the guests and residents.
A big thank you to Maria Hall who came up from Preston to lead our carols and readings around the fire on New Year’s Eve, which was very well attended by guests, residents and the Sisters. Maria has also written for us a lovely hymn to Our Lady for our new feast day of Our Lady of Hope on 17th January.
Requiescant in Pace
We remember Mr John Morris, Mrs Doris Dodds and Mrs Mildred Dugdale, who have died recently in our Nursing Home.
May they rest in peace.
And finally ...
A very happy Epiphany to you all and many blessings for 2017!