ONZE DAME STER VAN DE ZEE KATHOLIEKE KERK, LOWESTOFT
OLSS = Our Lady Star of the Sea;
SN = Sint-Niklaaskerk
During December 2021 and January 2022 the Parish were given the opportunity to respond to Pope Francis' invitation for the laity to contribute to the next synod of bishops in 2023. If took the form of 10 questions from the Bishops' Conference and in this parish we had a co-ordinating team of 7 who added the opportunity for an open response. The results were then analysed from a whole church and parish based response using a thematic analysis technique.
A response rate of over 20% was achieved which the group felt was disappointing, given this unique opportunity to contribute to the church of the future. However the average level in other parishes was 10-12% so we don’t do so bad !
Please read carefully the analysis and give any feed back to Deacon Stephen by the 15th March. Text is preferred on 07734 172545
Het moderne katholieke leven begon in Lowestoft in 1867 met een jezuïetenmissie. De parochie werd opgericht in 1881. De mis werd aanvankelijk gevierd in een visnet, maar dankzij fondsenwerving en donaties was het in 1899 mogelijk om te beginnen met de bouw van de kerk die we nu hebben. In juni 1902 werden de deuren van Onze-Lieve-Vrouw opengesteld voor het publiek.
Our Lady's wordt door velen beschouwd als de mooiste katholieke kerk in Suffolk en bevat enkele van de beste voorbeelden van een ingetogen 'arts and crafts'-stijl van decoratie. Het is een monumentaal pand, maar heeft helaas wat bomschade opgelopen tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog.
Our Lady Star of the Sea is de meest oostelijke rooms-katholieke kerk in Engeland, gelegen in de stad Lowestoft, Suffolk in het bisdom East Anglia. Iedereen is van harte welkom bij onze reguliere missen en tijdens de openingstijden van de kerk voor rustig gebed en reflectie.
Onze missie is om degenen te dienen die het katholieke geloof delen en anderen de hand te reiken op een manier die hun interesse in en begrip van het christendom zal aanmoedigen en ontwikkelen. We zijn gezegend met een bloeiende wekelijkse gemeente van ongeveer 400 parochianen met verschillende nationaliteiten, waaronder Engels, Iers, Pools, Portugees, Spaans, Sri Lankaans en Indiaas.
De mis bij Onze-Lieve-Vrouw wordt dagelijks opgezegd tijdens de week en twee keer in het weekend (momenteel alleen online op dit moment_. Zie de Mass Times- pagina voor meer details. De mis wordt ook elke zondag en één keer per week opgedragen in de St. Nicholas Chapel of Ease in Pakefield) (momenteel geen missen) De zondagsmis wordt normaal gesproken gezongen, onder leiding van het orgel of de instrumentale groep (zie Muziekpagina voor meer over de muziekbediening van de kerk).
Er zijn verschillende actieve groepen binnen de kerk: Knights of St Columba, Catholic Womens 'League , Childrens' Liturgy Group, Stella Maris Toddlers 'Group, Adult Explorers en Prayer Group. Leden van de kerk helpen ook bij het verzamelen en bezorgen van spullen voor de plaatselijke Voedselbank.
Boven: geestelijken van de parochie (van links naar rechts): ds Stephen Pomeroy (diaken), ds Paul Chanh (pastoor), pater Neville McClement
St Mary's RC Primary School op Kirkley Cliff werd opgericht in 1967 en heeft altijd sterke banden met de kerk onderhouden. Kinderen van de parochie kunnen hier deelnemen met een optie om vanaf 11 jaar toegang aan te vragen voor de Notre Dame High School in Norwich.
De Sint-Niklaaskerk, die ook deel uitmaakt van de parochie, werd oorspronkelijk gebouwd als een congregationele kerk en werd in de jaren negentig aangekocht ter vervanging van een voormalige biljartzaal die sinds 1955 als Chapel of Ease werd gebruikt. en ambachtelijke stijl, het werk van dezelfde architecten van Onze-Lieve-Vrouw: Baines en Richards.
Boven: zondagsmis bij Our Lady's
Onze Lieve Vrouwe Sterre der Zee Katholieke Kerk
19 Gordon Road
Suffolk NR32 1NL
Tel: 01502 572453 (antwoordapparaat);
Fr Paul 07414 735102 (alleen tekst)
STATIONS VAN HET KRUIS
Jesus stands in the most human of places. He has already experienced profound solidarity with so many on this earth, by being beaten and tortured. Pilate washes his hands of the whole affair. Jesus' hands are tied behind his back. Now he is wrongfully condemned to punishment by death. His commitment to entering our lives completely begins its final steps. He has said "yes" to God and placed his life in God's hands. We follow him in this final surrender.
Jesus is made to carry the cross on which he will die. It represents the weight of all our crosses. What he must have felt as he first took it upon his shoulders! With each step he enters more deeply into our human experience. He walks in the path of human misery and suffering, and experiences its crushing weight. Let us remember the times when he had to carry our cross in the form of sin, sickness, pain, worry, despair, loneliness, guilt, loss of loved ones, financial problems and so on.
The weight is unbearable. Jesus falls under it. How could he enter our lives completely without surrendering to the crushing weight of the life of so many on this earth! He lays on the ground and knows the experience of weakness beneath unfair burdens. He feels the powerlessness of wondering if he will ever be able to continue. He is pulled up and made to continue. Let us remember the first time when we gave into temptation and sinned. We fell into sin and moved away from God.
Jesus' path takes him to a powerful source of his strength to continue. All his life, his mother had taught him the meaning of the words, "Behold, the handmaid of the Lord". Now they look into each other's eyes. How pierced-through her heart must be! She knows the sorrow in every mother's heart, who has lost a child to tragedy or violence. Mother Mary can intercede for us and obtain all graces we need in our lives. Let Mother Mary be our comfort and strength during this earthly journey.
There can be little doubt that Simon must have been less than pleased to that he was forced to help carry the cross. When we were burdened with our cross, when the cross was too heavy for us to carry, Jesus would have sent someone into our lives to help us carry the cross. It may have been your spouse, your parents, your children, your friends or even a stranger. Jesus would never abandon us. Let us thank Jesus for all those people who gave us hope.
Jesus' journey is at times brutal. He has entered into the terrible experiences of rejection and injustice. He has been whipped and beaten. His face shows the signs of his solidarity with all who have ever suffered injustice and vile, abusive treatment. He encounters a compassionate, loving disciple who wipes the vulgar spit and mocking blood from his face. She saw him as a brother in need. Let us remember our family members and friends who were there to comfort us during the most painful times.
Even with help, Jesus stumbles and falls to the ground. In deep exhaustion he stares at the earth beneath him. "Remember, you are dust and to dust you will return". He has seen death before. Now he can feel the profound weakness of disability and disease and aging itself, there on his knees, under the weight of his cross. Let us surrender our hearts to the Lord and be truly repentant and sorry. Let us strive not to keep committing the same sins over and over.
The women of Jerusalem, and their children, come out to comfort and thank him. They had seen his compassion and welcomed his words of healing and freedom. He had broken all kinds of social and religious conventions to connect with them. Now they are here to support him. Let us be compassionate and merciful to the people around us. Let us open our eyes to the people suffering in this world.
This last fall is devastating. Jesus can barely proceed to the end. Summoning all this remaining strength supported by his inner trust n God, Jesus collapses under the weight of the cross. His executioners look at him as a broken man, pathetic yet paying a price he deserves. They help him up so he can make it up the hill of crucifixion. Lord Jesus you persevered to the end. Help us to persevere in our efforts to conquer human weaknesses with your grace.
Part of the indignity is to be crucified naked. Jesus is completely stripped of any pride. The wounds on his back are torn open again. He experiences the ultimate vulnerability of the defenceless. No shield or security protects him. As they stare at him, his eyes turn to heaven. Surrender all those moments in your life which you wish had never ever happened and want to forget forever.
Huge nails are hammered through his hands and feet to fix him on the cross. He is bleeding much more seriously now. As the cross is lifted up, the weight of his life hangs on those nails. Every time he struggles to pull himself up to breathe, his ability to cling to life slips away. Let all our sins be nailed to the cross so that we can live a new life in Jesus.
Between two criminals, a mocking title above his head, with only Mary and John and Mary Magdalene to support him, Jesus surrenders his last breath: "Into your hands I commend my spirit". I stand there, at the foot of the cross, side by side with all of humanity, and behold our salvation. I carefully watch and listen to all that is said.