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St Bede's Pastoral Centre

This year's social, a Strawbeery Tea, will be held on Sunday 1st July, 2.00 - 4.00pm. Everyone welcome. Bring a friend or family, just let us know you're attending and how many are in your group.
Entering the season of renewal...
We have now begun our process of review and forward planning here at St. Bede's.

St. Bede's has established strong roots and solid form as it has grown and evolved over the many previous years and phases of its development. In the coming months we will reflect on how to honour and healthily cultivate the established structure whilst also allowing opportunity for fresh buds to emerge, for new connections to be made and for new possibilities and potentials to present themselves .

We continue to ask for your thoughts and prayers as we discern next steps for the centre and offer our thanks for your continued expressions of love, care and support.

May you each be blessed and renewed during this special time of preparation for Easter,

Julia & St. Bede's team


The brochure for the summer term will be out in the next few weeks - keep an eye on the website or pick up a copy at St. Bede's. From the autumn of 2018 will we be issuing a new annual programme.

The next York Ignatian Spiritual Accompaniment Course (YISAC) will start in September 2018. You can find details on our website where you can also download the application pack. Or, if you prefer, get in touch with the office for a pack to be emailed or sent by post. If you know of anyone you think may be interested please do pass on the information. The closing date for applications is FRIDAY 27TH APRIL.

The residential themed retreat weekend at Whitby is now fully booked. There are a couple of spaces left for individually guided retreats in April for anyone still interested.

We hope to see the arrival of our new office and library furniture over the coming month. Please bear with us while we renew the office/reception space and start to create the new library/resource room.

Ideas are progressing for refreshing the St. Bede's garden area and exploring ways of enhancing and increasing the use of the chapel. We will update further in the summer term at the end of which we plan to hold an afternoon fundraising Strawberry Tea event in association with the Friend's of St. Bede's. This will be held on Sunday 1st July (more details to come!).

Some of you may know that we are no longer able to produce candles at St. Bede's. However, we are going to link up with the Camphill Village Trust community in Malton who have a candle making workshop. We will donate any used candles to them and will offer their candles for sale at St. Bede's. So please do continue to donate and we'll pass them on. For more information on the Trust go to: https://www.cvt.org.uk/communities/the-croft

06/03 & 07/03: Prayer in the style of the Taizé community (English + Italian evenings)
A meditative space in candlelight with distinctive prayer chants, Scripture passages and the writings of Br. Roger of Taizé

05/03: Eucharistic Adoration & Meditation
A silent prayerful space to sit and quietly meditate on the exposed sacrament

19/02 & 19/03: Lectio - Visio/Audio
Guided meditations using an ancient monastic prayer form, Lectio Divina, and inspirational images and music

26/02 & 26/03: Guided Examen
Opportunity to be guided through the Ignatian ‘Prayer of Examen’, a practice which helps us to reflect on how and where we are experiencing the life of God in our everyday experience

20/02 & 20/03: Prayer through Poetry
Reflective sessions, working with themes such as Peace, Truth and Beauty, which offer a space to taste the gift that poetry can bring in opening up our experience of prayer.

There are still some spaces available for the following day events in our Winter/Spring programme…

FILM & FAITH: Tracing God’s footprints in popular film

Have you ever seen the Danish film Babette’s Feast?
This interesting and deeply moving film alongside Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade will offer inspiration for a day of reflection and prayer led by Rev. Diane Westmoreland. A parish priest of 20 years, Diane has long been interested in the connections to be made between popular culture and faith, especially in the medium of film.
Tuesday 27 February 10am - 3pm (£15)


Working with a body of imagery developed through previous collaborations with Sr. Cecilia, Fr. Gero will create a reflective prayerful context to allow images of the Passion to enrich our devotion and inspire us to hope in the further word of Christ’s Resurrection. Gero McLoughlin S.J. is a British Jesuit and a member of the Epiphany Group in Scotland. He has been engaged in the ministries of Ignatian spirituality for more than 30 years.
Wednesday 28 February 10.30am - 4pm (£15)

Contact the office to book.
For anyone looking for online retreat resources during the Lenten season you may be interested in the following…
Glasgow Ignatian Spirituality Centre has launched a new online retreat this year.
Pray As You Go Lent Retreat for 2018: 'Into the Wilderness'.
Go to: https://pray-as-you-go.org/prayer-resources/lent-retreat-2018/

The Pray As You Go site also has a series of audio reflections on The Stations of the Cross
Go to:https://pray-as-you-go.org/prayer-resources/the-stations/