Bishops & marriage

I have been preparing, writes Fr Nicholas, for some teaching on the effects of the Marriage (Same sex couples) Act 2013, and the confusion it has caused about so called ‘gay marriage’.  The House of Bishops of the Church of England produced a quite superb response to the Bill at the consultation stage;  two years laterContinue reading “Bishops & marriage”

Society of Mary

It is part of the ministry of the parish, and certainly a privilege, to welcome parish groups of The Society, mostly from difficult, urban parishes during the summer months:  we forget how beautiful it is round here. It has been a good summer with various groups coming for a Mass or Sprinkling or both, mostContinue reading “Society of Mary”

Fr Alex’s ordination

Most probably, the first ordination ever held in the parish.  On Saturday, 24th June, Bishop Tony Robinson of Wakefield, with Bishop Robert Ladds and priests of The Society, ordained Alex Ladds, our curate-in-training, to the sacred priesthood, in the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Thornton-in-Craven.  Good weather, a full church, great singing, a wonderfulContinue reading “Fr Alex’s ordination”

Thornton Hill Carols

The residents of Thornton Hill Residential Home were filled with festive cheer and song as Paul hosted our third consecutive carol service for them. Listening to BBC Radio Lancashire’s one hour programme called ‘Lancashire Sings Christmas’ where, along with seventy different locations around the North-West of England, we joined in and sung twelve carols and listenedContinue reading “Thornton Hill Carols”

Sunday tent service

British Caravanners Club – Festival of Lanterns It was a great privilege for Alex and Paul to lead the Sunday Service of worship for The British Caravanners Club’s National “Festival of Lanterns” event, which this year, took place on Heslaker Farm Field, near Carleton on Sunday 28th August. Despite the night before having a torrentialContinue reading “Sunday tent service”


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