NUESTRA SEÑORA ESTRELLA DEL MAR IGLESIA CATÓLICA, LOWESTOFT
Our Lady Star of the Sea es la Iglesia Católica Romana más oriental de Inglaterra, situada en la ciudad de Lowestoft, Suffolk en la Diócesis de East Anglia. Todos son bienvenidos en nuestras misas regulares y durante los horarios de apertura de la iglesia para orar y reflexionar en silencio.
Nuestra misión es servir a aquellos que comparten la fe católica y llegar a otros de maneras que fomenten y desarrollen su interés y comprensión del cristianismo. Tenemos la suerte de tener una próspera congregación semanal de alrededor de 400 feligreses compuestos de varias nacionalidades, incluyendo inglés, irlandés, polaco, portugués, español, de Sri Lanka e indio.
La misa en Our Lady's se dice todos los días durante la semana y dos veces los fines de semana (actualmente en línea solo en la actualidad_. Consulte la página Mass Times para obtener más detalles. La misa también se dice todos los domingos y una vez durante la semana en St Nicholas Chapel of Ease en Pakefield (no hay misas en la actualidad). Las misas dominicales normalmente se cantan, ya sea dirigidas por el órgano o grupo instrumental (ver la página de Música para más información sobre el ministerio de Música de la iglesia).
Hay varios grupos activos dentro de la iglesia: Caballeros de St Columba, Liga de Mujeres Católicas , Grupo de Liturgia para Niños, Grupo de Niños Pequeños Stella Maris, Grupo de Exploradores Adultos y Grupo de Oración. Los miembros de la iglesia también ayudan a recolectar y entregar artículos para el banco de alimentos local.
La vida católica moderna comenzó en Lowestoft en 1867 con una misión jesuita, la parroquia se estableció en 1881. Las misas se celebraron inicialmente en un desván de redes de pesca, pero gracias a la recaudación de fondos y donaciones fue posible en 1899 comenzar a construir la iglesia que tenemos hoy. Las puertas de Nuestra Señora se abrieron al público en junio de 1902.
Our Lady's es considerada por muchos como la iglesia católica más hermosa de Suffolk y contiene algunos de los mejores ejemplos de un estilo de decoración moderado de 'artes y oficios'. Es un edificio catalogado de Grado 2, pero desafortunadamente sufrió algunos daños por bombas durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial.
Detalles de contacto
Iglesia Católica Nuestra Señora Estrella del Mar
19 Gordon Road
Suffolk NR32 1NL
Tel: 01502 572453 (contestador automático);
P. Paul 07414 735102 (solo texto)
Arriba: Clero de la parroquia (de izquierda a derecha): Rev Stephen Pomeroy (Diácono), Rev Paul Chanh (párroco), P. Neville McClement
La escuela primaria St Mary's RC en Kirkley Cliff se estableció en 1967 y siempre ha mantenido fuertes vínculos con la iglesia. Los niños de la parroquia pueden asistir aquí con la opción de solicitar la admisión a Notre Dame High School en Norwich a partir de los 11 años.
La iglesia de San Nicolás, que también forma parte de la parroquia, se construyó originalmente como una iglesia congregacional y se compró en la década de 1990 para reemplazar una antigua sala de billar que se había utilizado como Capilla de la Facilidad desde 1955. Este edificio también está en las artes y estilo artesanal, obra de los mismos arquitectos de Nuestra Señora: Baines y Richards.
Arriba: Misa dominical en casa de Nuestra Señora
ESTACIONES DE LA CRUZ
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.