List of Events

Events

Regular Events

For details of regular events (Mass, Prayer Meetings, reconciliation) please see  the Parish page 

Retreats

This is a programme of our main retreats for 2019. Further information and additional information will be continually updated.  Other events also be announced on the Latest News page. You are welcome to come at any time for spiritual guidance, to join in the daily routine of the Augustinian Community and to enjoy the peace and prayerfulness of Clare Priory.

Way of  Silence Days

These days are for those who wish to have a time of silence and prayer and are led by our Team who wish to share with you their experience of silent prayer, or meditation as it is also known.  In our busy lives we can lose sight of God and what matters in life.   Sr Teresa of Calcutta says 'God is a friend of silence.  His language is silence.'  Everyone is welcome, whether you are experienced in silent prayer or wish to learn more about this way of praying. Jesus said 'Go to your inner room, and God who is there, will teach you everything.'  Please see the Retreats page for comments shared by those who have attended these days.

Date   Theme

Cost (£)

Leader

         
         
2019   Way of Silence Days  -  10.30am to 3.00pm  - please bring a snack for lunch - refreshments are provided.  Mass is at 10.00 for those who wish.
   
         
January   Commencing 10th January and running until 4th April on Wednesday evenings and repeated on Thursday mornings.  Please follow this link for full details of dates.

CATHOLICISM - An exploration of our faith and practices, including some of the key players.  Beautifully photographed, and presented (on DVD) by Bishop Robert Barron.

  Priory Team
         
  26 Meditation Day Donation John & Barbara O'Hanlon
 

31

Introduction to Mindfulness  9.00am to 5.00pm

Donation

Dr Mark Chambers and Jennie Thornton
         
         
February

1

Mindfulness follow-up day  2.00 to 5.00pm

Donation

Dr Mark Chambers and Jennie Thornton
         
         
 

19

The Way of Silence - " What has silent prayer got to do with the stress of Everyday life?"  Chris has been working for over 35 years in social care and has been interested in how silent prayer can enrich the lives of those in need of care as well as their care-givers, and how it can underpin and support us in every aspect of our daily lives.

Donation

Priory Team

         
         
 March  16  Day of Renewal - Receiving new strength for our life through praise, prayer and reconciliation.  10.00am until 4.00pm With Holy Mass, Talk, Meditation and individual Blessing.   Lunch and refreshments provided Donation  Fr Stefan Park and Barbara Sierp
         
 

19

The Way of Silence  -  Fr Michael Teader will talk about his experience of using silence as prayer with children.  A day for all adults, parents, teachers, carers, grandparents, newcomers to silent prayer and those experienced in the practice.  We are all children at heart!  Please bring a cup of mug that is special to you.

Donation

Priory Team

         
 

21 & 22

Icon Interest Day for those working on their own Icon.  An opportunity for advice and to share.

£40

Annette Ashton-Melzack
         
         
April

 

6

The Medieval English Anchoress:  "A Night-Fowl in the Church Eaves"  A day for study, meditation and celebration of the remarkable hidden lives and wider spiritual roles of medieval anchoresses.  An exploration using historical research, the written testimonies of women mystics and the 13th Century guide, the "Ancrene Wisse".  In the afternoon, using insights from Mother Julian of Norwich's book of vision, "Revelations of Divine Love", there is a more meditative focus upon the transformative gift of contemplative prayer.

 

 

Donation

Rev Dr Julie Hopkins
         
         
 

 

 

 

11-14

The Healing of Families - Seminar.  Many problems in families, like addiction, heart attacks, constant relationship difficulties, unemployment,  financial problems, suicide, abortion, and certain diseases seem to run down the family line and are occurring again and again.  These personal problems, by their very nature, fester into interpersonal, relational, and primarily familial problems and tend to metastasize through succeeding generations.  During this seminar we will explore the very root of all this and with this knowledge change the course of your and your family's life.  With this better understanding you will learn how to pray effectively and powerfully for those stubborn personal and familial problems.  This seminar is based on "The Healing of Families" by Fr Yozefu B. Ssemakula.  For further information: www.healingoffamilies

 

Residential

£180

 

non-residential

£100

 

 

 

 

Fr Stefan Park and  Barbara Sierp

         
  16 The Way of Silence  -  Pondering the Word into Silence  Reading scripture, sharing and contemplation the Lectio Divina way. "Sacred Words are like the sun.  They can do for the heart, what light can do for a field."  (St John of the Cross) Donation Priory Team
         
 

30-3 May

Spring Reflective Walking & Praying Retreat

£250

Mary Handforth
         
         
May

 

14

The Way of Silence  -  "Connections"  Love is the connection of all things.  The day is led by Julie Clayton.  'I have always enjoyed painting but particularly found it therapeutic whilst having chemotherapy.  It became a form of meditation for me and I began to have more insights into the nature of God's presence in suffering.  God's love and care will flow through all possible channels that are open to Him.' Julie will present some of her artwork.

Donation

 Priory Team

         
  16 Healing Prayer Evening        7.00 to 8.30pm Donation Priory Team
         
  20-26 A workshop/retreat on Icons, under the expert and prayerful guidance of Fr. Richard Cannuli OSA, providing a creative and spiritual experience for those familiar with icons and those discovering this treasured art form for the first time. Gold leaf and pigments will be provided. Participants leave with a finished icon. £495 Fr Richard Cannuli
         
         
         
         
         
         
 June 18  The Way of Silence  - "The beam in your own eye"  Discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.  Simon shares how the practice of silent prayer has helped him through the ups and downs on the spiritual journey. Donation Priory Team
         
 

22

'Music for Midsummer'  a programme of light classical music, and songs from the shows.  Presented by The Gainsborough Concert Group.  Directed by Valerie Cockx Boyle.  7.00pm in the Priory Church

Adults £5

Family £10

 
         
         
         
         
 July 13-14 Craft Fair    
         
 

16

The Way of Silence  - Prayer and Meditation  -  Relaxation and meditation using Psalms, leading into Healing prayer and a holy blessing.

Donation

Priory Team

         
 

23-28

Individual Guided Retreat (IGR)

£350

Sr Frances Moore
         
         

 August

 17

 Adam's Shirt and a Worshipful City. 
Images of Body and Soul in the "Shewings" of Morther Julian of Norwich.  A morning for quiet reflection upon the healing and transformations of the person through divine grace.  Through guided mediation upon Julian's visions, with time for sharing and listening to music.

 

Donation

 

 Rev Dr Julie Hopkins

 

 

20

The Way of Silence:

" Be still and know that I am God"

A day to explore stillness of the whole person.We will look at stillness in resting and in movement. In our practice of silent prayer we will recognise and calm the restlessness of the mind and spirit.

The day will involve simple movements, many of which will be done from the floor. Please bring a mat if you are able."

 

Donation

 

Chris Hurley

and Priory Team

         
  27-1 Sept Individual Guided Retreat (IGR) £350 Sr Frances Moore
         
         
September 5 Healing Prayer Evening        7.00 to 8.30pm Donation Priory Team
         
  17 The Way of  Silence  -  theme to be advised Donation Priory Team
         
  24-27 Autumn Reflective Walking & Praying Retreat £250 Mary Handforth
         
         

October

15

Poetry & Prayer with William Wordsworth

£30

Sr Angela Morris

         
 

 

18

Healing Day  10.30am to 4.00pm  It can seem that our families bear more than their fair share of illness, addictions, relationship breakdown, and general difficulties.  And we personally carry various wounds, coming from a broken world.  In this healing day we cover childhood trauma, problematic family dynamics, the malign influence of the occult, and teach how to pray effecrively into these areas.  The day concludes with a Mass and general healing service.  Refreshments and a soup and roll lunch provided.

 

£20

 

Fr Stefan Park OSA

         
 

22

The Way of Silence  -  'Praying Continuously'  This day is a reflection on how we respond to St Paul's words.  We pray whenever we engage with Christ, present in his creation, in his creatures and within outselves.  It's a joy to know that, however busy we are, our lives can be wrapped in prayer.    

Donation

 Valerie Quinlivan

         
         
 November 11-17 A workshop on painting Icons for beginners or the more experienced.  All a spects of this art will be covered and participants will leave with their own Icon which will be blessed at the end of the workshop.  Gold leaf and pigments will be provided. £495  Ian Knowles
         
December 19 The Way of Silence  -  theme to be advised Donation Priory Team
         

** IGRs run from Tuesday morning until after lunch on Sunday.

 For all days where we ask for a donation refreshments will be provided but please bring your own packed lunch

All residential prices include full board and all meals.

 

Other Events

 

Craft Fair

 

On the second Saturday and Sunday of July the grounds of the Priory are given over to a Craft Fair which is usually extremely well received. There is a small charge for admission but there is a wonderful variety of art and crafts on display with a number of exhibitors demonstrating, including lace-making, wool-spinning, metalwork, woodturning, and many more. There are also children's entertainers, refreshments, hot and cold food, and a licensed bar.

Photos from previous events are accessible by visiting the Craft Fair page.

The 2019 Craft Fair is due to be held on the weekend of July 13th/14th. 

 

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