Reflection by Stephen Talbutt Palm Sunday

‘…Who is Jesus.’

We call him the Son of God, but is it just a name, do we really think about what this entails? The creator who became part of His creation, it’s unthinkable, it would be like Van Gogh becoming one of his paintings, not creating it but becoming it.  The God who created everything the billion stars and galaxies innumerable planets, every blade of grass and every hair on our heads became one of us. Today we celebrate Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy week, Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem.  It seems fickle the crowd welcoming Him into the city throwing Palms on the ground in front of Him, and in a few days He would be arrested and executed in order to placate the crowds.  Jesus knew this was going to happen but he went to Jerusalem anyway.  Everything Jesus did meant something, He didn’t enter Jerusalem on a big warhorse the conquering hero, he entered Jerusalem on a donkey, traditionally entering a city on a donkey was a sign of peace and humility.  This was Jesus message, this is who Jesus is, He is “Peace and humility”.  I think I will spend this Holy week reflecting on who Jesus is, and trying to be a reflection of Jesus in the world. 

‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!’

Vocations weekend

A weekend retreat for those considering their vocation

Come to Walsingham’s ancient Pilgrimage site to pray and to understand God’s call in your life. The weekend takes place from Friday 30th June – Sunday 2nd July 2017 and is especially appropriate for Catholics aged 18 – 30.

Keynotes:

Encountering Jesus – Will and Bexx Desmond

How do I know what I really desire? – Ruth Holgate and Paschal Uche

  • Courage and discipleship – Fr John Armitage and Sr Mary Anne FCJ

Available during the weekend:

  • 1 to 1 vocational guidance
  • Confession
  • Adoration

For more information and to book a place please contact Fr. Darren on 01229471405 or email priest@lancastervocations.org - transport will be provided from pick up points in the Diocese to travel to Walsingham.

Reflection by Stephen Talbutt 3rd Sunday Lent Year A

I think there is something in all of us that likes a good grumble, we are never happy unless there’s something to grumble about, the Israelites are no exception!  In today’s first reading they are complaining to Moses because they don’t have enough to drink and are thirsty. ‘Why did you bring us out of Egypt? Was it so that I should die of thirst, my children too, and my cattle?’  I do feel sorry for Moses, here he is having recued his people out of slavery and all they do is complain to him, later on in the book of Numbers they will even complain about the divine bread (manna) that appears every morning for them to eat, they say “If only we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we used to eat in Egypt for nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic; but now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at.”

So what does Moses do? Of course he turns to God and prays ‘How am I to deal with this people?” he said. ‘A little more and they will stone me!’ and in turn what does God do? He does what he always does, God provides, he makes water flow out of a rock for his people to drink.  There is definitely a watery theme running through todays readings. We see another request for water in todays Gospel, the one asking for water this time is Jesus, he is sat by a well in Samaria when a woman from a nearby village walks over to the well to get some water, Jesus says to her, ‘Give me a drink.’  This seems quite a reasonable request but we have to remember that at that time, Jews (Jesus) didn’t mix with the Samaritans (the woman at the well)they were considered enemies. The Samaritan woman was shocked and replied to him, ‘What? You are a Jew and you ask me, a Samaritan, for a drink?’, but Jesus was just using this request for water to start a conversation.  He now says something very strange, ’if you only knew what God is offering and who it is that is saying to you: Give me a drink, you would have been the one to ask, and he would have given you living water.’  Now I’m guessing that the woman must be thinking ‘I wonder if this fellow has got sunstroke? Talking about living water??’ But Jesus then tells her‘whoever drinks this water [from the well] will get thirsty again; but anyone who drinks the water that I shall give will never be thirsty again: the water that I shall give will turn into a spring inside him, welling up to eternal life.  The water Jesus is talking about is the Holy Spirit, I think it’s a good way of picturing the Holy Spirit as a stream of fast running water that will never run out, always there to refresh us, clean us and satisfy our spiritual thirst.  God provides, He provided for the Israelites and he will provide for us, all we need to do is turn to Him and ask.  At the end of the Gospel we see that the women then becomes a believer and not just her, her entire village come to believe as well, they say “we have heard him ourselves and we know that he really is the saviour of the world”

Reflection by Stephen Talbutt 2nd Sunday Lent

‘Mountains and Galaxies’

This weeks Gospel is filled with Symbology, in the Old Testament God always appeared on the top of a mountain, Moses was tending his flock on the mountain when he encountered God in the burning bush and later received the ten commandments from God again on the top of the mountain. The prophet Elijah was told to go to the mountain and the Lord would pass by!  If you ever read of a mountain in scripture you can bet that God is going to be making an appearance at some point soon. In today’s Gospel Jesus takes James, his brother John and Peter up a mountain (God alert) where they could be alone, whilst there Jesus changes before their eyes, ‘his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as the light.’  The Disciples caught a glimpse of the beautiful reality of Jesus, the Son of God, the divine reality that goes far beyond the physical reality.  Now when God the Father makes an appearance in the form of a cloud which covers the mountain top with His bellowing voice saying “This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favour. Listen to him.” Their joy turns immediately to fear, they have seen Gods beauty but now they are confronted with Gods power. 

I must admit that when I try and visualise the size and scale of creation I do tend to get a bit overawed and a bit scared! There is a great video here that gives a demonstration of the size of the universe, what sort of being could create all of this with just a thought!

It must have been a bit of an emotional roller coaster ride for the Disciples who followed Jesus, joy, love, awe, wonder, fear, terror, anger. But what is the message of the Gospel? The clue is in God the Fathers instruction to the Disciples, He says ‘This is my Son, listen to him.’ And then what was Jesus the Son’s instruction to the Disciples? He says “Stand up, do not be afraid.’

It’s good advice to us all, when we look in awe and wonder at creation we must remember that Jesus, the Son of God, the one who created everything tells us to stand up and not be afraid, everything is under His control. 

Stephen Talbutt

Watch out! Be ready!

The message in today’s readings is quite blatant, St Paul in his letter to the Romans gives us a stark warning “Times almost up guys! You better sort yourselves out”.  He says “Let us live decently as people do in the daytime: no drunken orgies, no promiscuity or licentiousness, and no wrangling or jealousy.” I will admit I had to look up licentiousness which apparently means being promiscuous and unprincipled in sexual matters (thank you Google), but apart from that it’s a very straightforward message.  It seems quite appropriate that this message appears at the first week in Advent, prior to the Christmas party season with its raucous office parties and works doo’s. It’s easy to get caught up in Christmas fever but we have to remember that as Catholics we should be spiritually aware that Advent is a time to focus on the coming of Jesus. Not just the first coming in Bethlehem born of the Virgin Mary, but also of the second coming at the end of time.  It’s a chance to look at our lives and ask the question “Am I ready?” and indeed is the world ready? If we look at the first reading we see how far the world is from Isaiah’s vision where “Nation will not lift sword against nation, there will be no more training for war.” And wouldn’t it be great if we could hammer our proverbial swords into ploughshares and our spears into sickles, grow food instead of dropping bombs, feed the world instead of trying to destroy it. Heaven should be on earth, the only reason it isn’t is because we are preventing it!

It seems quite fitting to hear Jesus’s warning in the Gospel, comparing the second coming with that of Noah’s flood.  The people suspected nothing, they carried on in their worldly ways right up until it started raining, and it wasn’t just a damp shower, this rain washed the world clean, there was no escape!  “Then of two men one is taken, one left; of two women one is taken, one left.” I hope and pray that I will be one of those that is taken into the Lords arms, welcomed home when the time comes. It all sounds a bit scary, a bit hellfire and brimstone, but we don’t need to worry, God is a loving and merciful God.  A loving parent would tell their child not to put their hand in the fire, that if they are not ready when the taxi comes they won’t be able to come to the fairground, “no toffee apple for you Jimmy”.  At the end of the day Jesus can give us all the advice and encouragement but we have to make the effort, Noah warned them, it’s going to get wet out! Best start preparing your ark, they took no notice! And see what happened! Jesus is doing the same!  So let’s make a decision that this advent we will start getting our house in order, start to become spiritually prepared “because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.’”

A voice cries in the wilderness!

Today we see the rather enigmatic character of John the Baptist appearing in the Gospel, as one of my favourite biblical characters with his camel hair tunic and leather belt he has always struck me as someone whose appearance would fit it quite well at Glastonbury festival! Here is a man who has given himself over totally to the work of God and he doesn’t mince his words. It’s a great image “A voice cries in the wilderness!” although here we are talking of the spiritual wilderness rather than bracken filled wilderness of deepest Cumbria. God’s people had lost their way once again and John was there to reorient them back to the right path, they flock to him to confess their sins and be baptised.  He repeats the theme we have found in last week’s readings, that of preparation, “Be ready”, “repent for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.”   His warning to the Pharisees and Sadducees is as relevant to us today as it was to them, “If you are repentant produce the appropriate fruit”, or rather “if you are sorry make sure it is genuine remorse and not false piety, and then change your ways!, there is no time for posturing because the one who is coming will see through your façade and look directly at your heart. 

His justice is true and absolute and his judgments are just.  The theme of Gods justice is seen throughout the first reading as well, we see a prefiguring of the coming of Jesus (as a descendant of Jesse, King David’s father).  The author tells us that this messiah doesn’t make any mistakes, he doesn’t judge on gossip, hearsay or on appearances.  His Judgments are true and totally just, “. Integrity is the loincloth round his waist, faithfulness the belt about his hips.” Once again the readings and Gospel this week are filled with that sense of foreboding but we are encouraged not to worry, we are given a picture of the Kingdom of God where peace and harmony reign, even “the cow and the bear make friends”

Today’s readings and Gospel are a warning but also a message of hope, we are told once again to prepare and make ourselves ready for the coming of our saviour who is infinitely loving and totally just.  His kingdom is a glorious kingdom to which we are all invited.  In preparation we can make ourselves ready as the people in the Gospel did by going to confess their sins, in their day to John the Baptist, but in our day through the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession). Here our sins will be washed away. What better way of preparing for the coming of our Lord at Christmas.

 Lord Christ sits in the confessional, with heart of love for penitents; No heinous crime or gravest sin is Beyond God's forgiving power!   

Gaudete, Rejoice in the Lord

What a great first reading ‘rejoice and sing for joy’, we are really beginning to get a sense of the expectation of the coming of Christ at Christmas.  We are told not to be afraid, this is one of the phrases that is repeated throughout the bible, both in the Old and New Testament, but why is this so important.    Fear sometimes seems to be our default state, we fear for our children’s future, we fear for our families, we fear for our financial future, we fear for our safety.  We only have to open the newspapers to read about wars, conflicts, persecution, violence, crime, natural disasters, terrorism, economic uncertainty, unemployment, divisions, disease, and death.  All these stories breeding fear in the name of greater ratings and higher sales.  Why then are we told “Do not be afraid”, because when we live in fear we find it hard to love, and this is Gods message, the good news! Don’t fear, just love! If love is our way of life we will find that fear simply vanishes. 

We see in the Gospel that our man John the Baptist has been imprisoned and sends some of his disciples to ask Jesus if he is the Messiah, the one they have been waiting for.  The Jews of the time thought that the Messiah would be a great political or revolutionary leader, he would come and set the people free from the bonds of the Roman overlords, and the Jewish nation would be great once again!  It would seem from the text that John was doubting that Jesus was the Messiah, but in fact John was rather doing that which he had always done, pointing his disciples to Jesus, telling them to ask him if he is the one, the messiah.  John didn’t doubt who Jesus is, but he wants his disciples to experience the reality of Jesus and his message. What was Jesus response? Trust me, ‘happy is the man who does not lose faith in me’.  John didn’t doubt but I think we all sometimes go through periods of doubt, is the message of our faith real? Did Jesus really die and then rise from the dead? Is the host that we receive at Holy Communion really Jesus, body blood soul and divinity, there in the form of a little piece of bread? Can our God exist in this world of fear and confusion?  Of course the answer is a resounding ‘Yes’, but we shouldn’t be afraid or ashamed of these doubts, we should use them to question ‘why do we believe what we believe’ so that our faith will become deeper, our relationship with Jesus become more real, our knowledge of the good news become more substantial.  There is a great prayer in Marks Gospel (Mark 9:24) where the man who brought his son to Our Lord to cure says to Jesus “Lord, I believe, help my unbelief”.  I think that at times of doubt and questioning this is a great prayer

 “Lord I believe, help my unbelief”

What are we doing? Why are we celebrating?

I bet Joseph wasn’t celebrating, his fiancée was pregnant, the woman he loved and intended to marry was having what would appear to be someone else’s baby. In those times having a baby out of marriage would have been scandalous and punishable by death.  Joseph must have been distraught, he knew that the law stated that if Mary was found guilty of adultery she could be sentenced to death through stoning, but Joseph was a good man, he intended to call off the wedding quietly to spare her the publicity and shame.  But that night he had a dream! It wasn’t the sort of dream that vanishes as soon as you wake, this dream stayed with Joseph and had a very specific message, “Do not be afraid, this is all part of Gods plan”.  

The appearance of an angel is Josephs dream is quite significant, in biblical Symbology angels are portrayed as God’s messengers, so this dream was actually a message from God.  For Joseph was told that something great was going to come out of this apparent calamity.  The one to be born of Mary would save his people from their sins, he would be the one spoken about in Isaiah’s prophecy “the maiden is with child and will soon give birth to a son whom she will call Emmanuel, a name which means “God-is-with-us.””. 

What a great title “God is with us”. The creator of the universe and everything in it was about to lower himself to such an extent that he would take on human flesh and blood and come to be with us!  He would come to us in order to show us the way back to Him. 

If we pause and think about this for a while the consequences are truly immense. Why would this all powerful being we call God, become human? Because of what He is, He is love.  In lowering himself to our level he would them be persecuted for His message of truth love and justice, and then be brutally tortured and murdered, the ultimate sacrifice of God dying for his creation. But that wouldn’t be the end, he would rise from the dead showing us that death isn’t the end, love is the end and love is the way.  The beauty is that before His death and resurrection He left us His real physical presence at the last supper, when He took bread and wine and said, “This is my body and this is my blood”.  This is what we are celebrating, the God who created and loves us so intimately that he first became man to teach us the way and then further to become food, to nourish us spiritually for the journey. 

All this only possible because of Mary and Josephs trust and total abandonment to the will of their Heavenly Father. 

Maranatha “Come Lord Jesus, God-with-us”

 

Stephen Talbutt

Stephen is a fourth year student for the priesthood studying at St Mary's College Oscott.

Am I fit for heaven?

Having a bit of spare time when on placement in Ansdell, I decided to go for a bike ride down the seafront to Blackpool tower, it was a grey wet and rainy day but as the parish is very busy I decided to take the opportunity to get out for a ride whilst I could.

The journey down towards Blackpool was great, the miles sped away, the bike gliding effortlessly through the puddles on the road.  This is great I thought, I’m making excellent time! I must be getting fitter.  It was only when I arrived at the Tower and turned around to head back to Ansdell that the wind and rain hit me full in the face.  On the journey down the wind was on my back pushing me towards Blackpool, but on the return journey I was cycling right into the gale force wind.  Driving rain drenched me and every mile seemed a hard slog the relentless force of the wind pushing me back.  On the way back to the church whilst battling the wind this scene played out in my imagination.

I had died and I met St Peter.

St Peter:  Hello Stephen, welcome, I’m here to guide you to the gates of heaven

Stephen: Wow! “Hello St Peter, am I dead? What do I need to do? Where do I go?”

St Peter: Yes Stephen your Heavenly Father has called you home.  Can you see this big hill, the gates of heaven are right at the top, here is a bike for you to ride there.  Only I must warn you! It’s very steep and slippery, don’t fall off or stop or you’ll slide back down the hill and fall into the ravine at the bottom of the hill.

Stephen: Oh my! What happens if I fall into the ravine?

St Peter: you don’t want to do that Stephen, over the cliff is Hell, nasty place that! You don’t want to go there! Once there, there’s is no way back!

Stephen: ??!?!?!!

St Peter: Don’t worry Stephen, I’m sure you are fit enough for the trip to heaven, I’m sure your journey in life gave you plenty of opportunity to exercise.

 

It seemed to me a great analogy of our Christian journey in life. It’s easy to glide along in our world embracing its worldly ways of individualism self-centeredness and apathy, paying heed to its message that I need to look after myself and my own, and don’t care about anyone else, don’t bother about injustice, hate, pain and suffering, I’m alright Jack and that’s all that counts.  It’s only when we turn and try to live our Christian values that we are fighting against the evil wind of the world, every step a struggle to live the Good News, the world trying to drive us back to its own ways.

It struck me that in this life we need to get fit for heaven.  To use the cycling analogy, when we cycle downhill there is no struggle, it’s easy, and we don’t need to put any effort in. But if we want to get fit we need to cycle uphill! It’s harder, we need to exert a lot of effort, the benefit being that we get fitter and it’s easier to climb the hill next time.

It’s the same in our spiritual life, our Christian life, if we don’t put in the effort we won’t increase in spiritual fitness.  So then how do we get spiritually fit? Observing the precepts of the Catholic faith as laid out in the catechism of the Catholic Church are a good start.

1.       You shall attend Mass on Sundays and Holy days of obligation and rest from servile labour.

2.       You shall confess your sins at least once a year.

3.       You shall receive the sacrament of the Eucharist at least during the Easter season.

4.       You shall observe the days of fasting and abstinence established by the church.

5.       You shall help provide for the needs of the church.

These precepts are the very basic necessities that as Catholics we must observe, this is the exercise routine that put us on the path to spiritual fitness. But the real way to grow in spiritual fitness is by living Christ’s teachings and growing in relationship with our creator.  If we aren’t being challenged by our faith we probably aren’t paying attention and living it.  The Christian ideal is not an easy option by worldly standards, but living and being true to our faith is the only way to get fit for heaven.  So when our time comes for us to go home to our creator lets pray that we are fit enough to make that final journey.

St Sebastian, Pray for us

Mr John Griffin

John Griffin is Lay Chaplain at Corpus Christi Catholic High School Preston; John joined Corpus Christi just under a year ago as a new chaplain.

At Corpus Christi Catholic High School we are extremely blessed to have a priest Chaplain. As the Lay Chaplain at the school I can see first-hand the need and benefit for a priest to be linked to a high school community. For many pupils in our high schools who do not attend Mass each week, this can be the only time that they see a priest. Here at Corpus Christi we are also fortunate that four other priests who support our school community by taking it in turns to celebrate out weekly voluntary Mass.

 Fr Darren Carden comes into school each day which in its self is a wonderful witness to the vocation of priesthood to pupils, especially those who don’t regularly attend Mass.Fr Darren celebrates our full school Mases at Advent, Lent and at the start and end of the year but also contributes throughout the year with morning year group liturgies.This year at Corpus Christi I have introduced ‘Light Fever’ where the Blessed Sacrament is exposed and pupils and staff come and light a candle and pray before the Blessed Sacrament, the priest chaplain makes this possible. ‘Light Fever’ is a well-attended event at our school and continues to grow.

 The priest chaplain works alongside me in delivering Lunchtime Sacramental programme preparing pupils who wish to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, Holy Communion and Confirmation. On occasions the priest chaplain is invited to into RE lessons where pupils ask their burning theological questions. As a chaplaincy team we work closely with our pastoral support officers to comfort pupils during difficult times and bereavement as well as supporting staff and parents.

 Here at Corpus Christi we have been able to introduce so many activities to help our community to grow in faith to name a few half termly lunch time Masses, services of reconciliation, ‘light Fever’, Advent and Lent liturgies to prepare our young people to celebrate our Masses with much more understanding.

 Chaplaincy can be an isolated role so it is good to discuss ideas with a priest chaplain and work on future projects or liturgies together. At my high school we didn’t have a priest or lay chaplain which meant the Headteacher and RE department prepared and led the spiritual elements to the school however I feel it works much better with a dedicated Chaplaincy team. I personally grew in my faith whilst at university in Liverpool due to the excellent university chaplaincy with study groups, daily Mass and a community of faith.

With very few of our young people attending Mass, our Schools becomes our Parish where we communicate the Gospel. I believe wherever possible a school should have close links with local clergy who regularly go into the school as they are the face of the Church.

As you can see our priests play an important role in our schools, to help this vital work to continue we need more men young and old alike in our Diocese to answer the Lords call to priesthood. Maybe you are a young man who has at one point or another considered priesthood, but for whatever reason has put this though out of your mind. Maybe you are older and have had these thoughts in the past, but for some reason you think it is too late to explore this sense of calling. I encourage you to make contact with the vocations team. Our Diocese needs you THINK PRIESTHOOD!

Director of Vocations: (for enquirers aged over 21 years)

Father Darren Carden St Clare’s Presbytery Sharoe Green Lane North Fulwood, PRESTON, PR2 9HH Telephone: (01772) 719604 Mobile/SMS text: 07552 795060 Email: priest@lancastervocations.org

Co-Director of Vocations: (for enquirers aged 15-20 years)

Canon Adrian J Towers St Andrew’s Presbytery 114 Hoyle’s Lane Cottam, PRESTON, PR4 0NB Telephone: (01772) 726166 Email: ajtowers1@icloud.com

Fr. Hugh Pollock

Fr. Hugh Pollock is a priest of 20 years who is currently Parish Priest of Holy Trinity and St George Kendal , Fr. Hugh’s ministry prior to this appointment was Chaplain to Lancaster University, this is what Fr. Hugh writes about his experience:

 A young student from Northern Ireland had never sat down to dinner with a Catholic before, let alone with a nun playing a guitar, but it was the start of good friendships.  One of the joys of chaplaincy is that it is a place where people who would never otherwise meet up come together and make friends.   Possibly the most important thing that Chaplaincy has to offer is hospitality.  You might ask why I do not say faith.  Faith underpins everything that we do in Chaplaincy, and inspires the call to serve, but it is the open door and the generous welcome that makes it valuable to all members of the university community.  It has its risks.  One day a student knocked on my door to tell me that he felt called to kill Catholic priests.  This was an extreme occurrence and yet not one that a cup of tea and a chat could not overcome.  To say that we became great friends would be to exaggerate but we found a modus vivendi (literally).  Chaplaincy can also be a refuge for some too.  There are students who find the wider campus too much, and a spot in the Chaplaincy can become a welcome relief, though sometimes people need to be encouraged to brave the world outside.

People are aware of what happens in Chaplaincy and quick to comment if the Christians do not appear to love each other as much as they should.  I discovered a great richness in the ecumenical life of our community.  I met with the Anglican and Methodist chaplains every week, together with Deacon Jim Wood and Sr. Ella, the assistant Catholic chaplains, and we prayed and discussed what we could do for the students and staff.  In my experience the value of Catholic life and the sacraments becomes even clearer when you have to explain them and their worth to others.  ‘Why cannot we just have a Liturgy of the Word on Sunday?’ someone might ask.  It is in explaining it to them that I learnt as well as them.  From this shared base inter-faith discussions could happen.  Each term we had a gathering of sometimes forty or more across all faiths (including a variety of pagans on one occasion, one of whom was later confirmed) which usually ended with a healthy buffet of Asian food.

Services have a very international feel and our 60s building came alive with all the colours of the flags of the various nations in ‘Freshers’Week’.  Every continent is represented.  Helping to make international students feel at home, and often particularly the post-grads who have no set social life, was very important and for them the church was something they knew, and a place they were happy to come and discuss and share their faith with home grown students.

I was fortunate enough to be a college Principal too, which opened up doors into many other parts of the University, and to experiences that are not all suitable for this article. 

Being a Chaplain is fun, its hours are not a usual priest’s hours, but it is a joy to work with predominantly young people and both share one’s faith with them and see their sincerity in return.  How they changed over three years was always a wonder.

As you can see our priests play an important role in our schools, to help this vital work to continue we need more men young and old alike in our Diocese to answer the Lords call to priesthood. Maybe you are a young man who has at one point or another considered priesthood, but for whatever reason has put this though out of your mind. Maybe you are older and have had these thoughts in the past, but for some reason you think it is too late to explore this sense of calling. I encourage you to make contact with the vocations team. Our Diocese needs you THINK PRIESTHOOD!

Director of Vocations: (for enquirers aged over 21 years)

Father Darren Carden St Clare’s Presbytery Sharoe Green Lane North Fulwood, PRESTON, PR2 9HH Telephone: (01772) 719604 Mobile/SMS text: 07552 795060 Email: priest@lancastervocations.org

Co-Director of Vocations: (for enquirers aged 15-20 years)

Canon Adrian J Towers St Andrew’s Presbytery 114 Hoyle’s Lane Cottam, PRESTON, PR4 0NB Telephone: (01772) 726166 Email: ajtowers1@icloud.com