News & Events
1 February 2021
Please pray for our beloved Sister in Christ, Sr Gemma of the Infant Jesus, who died this afternoon aged 88 at St. Joseph's Care Home in Manchester, where she had chosen to live in permanent care for the past 10 years. She tested positive for Covid-19 a few days ago and sank rapidly, as she was still very ill from a previous chest infection.
We are grateful to the Little Sisters of the Poor for their love and care of Sr. Gemma during her time at St. Joseph's.
Sr. Gemma's funeral will take place privately once arrangements have been made.
May she rest in peace
We began our Christmas vigil by singing A Noble Flower of Juda and placing the baby Jesus in the crib.
We wish all of you a happy and peaceful Christmas.
24 December 2020
The stable is ready but when is He coming.....?
We sing of our eager longing for the coming of Christ and then reflect on His coming among us,
as we listen to St. Matthew's genealogy.
20 December 2020
In our video for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, the focus is on the light of the Advent wreath candles, bringing light and hope into the darkness of these times, as we pray for the coming of Emmanuel,
12 December 2020
As we lit the third candle of our Advent wreath for Gaudete Sunday, we sang the carol The Angel Gabriel and prayed that the joy and hope of the promise we have in our Saviour Jesus Christ may reach out to everyone.
5 December 2020
Our video for the second week of Advent: Christ, be our Light.
We pray for the Light of Christ to shine on our world and on all who are suffering at this time.
28 November 2020
We began Advent by lighting the first candle of our Advent wreath, while singing words of hope and comfort from the Prophet Isaiah. We pray that you will know God's comfort during these days of waiting.
25 October 2020:
Although our chapel remains closed due to the pandemic, we are still close to you all in prayer and remember you every day. We think especially of our Sunday congregation, those who come to Thicket for quiet days, and all who think of Thicket as their spiritual home. We miss you all and we look forward to welcoming you back when it is safe.
This week our Japanese maple, known affectionately by our community as "the burning bush" has reached its full flame of autumn colour. In Exodus, the burning bush was a sign given to Moses of God's enduring presence ("I am") . We pray that we can also be a similar sign in our world today, witnessing to God's loving presence through the help and reassurance we offer to others, through our prayers, and just through 'being there'.
In the new encyclical of Pope Francis, there is a lovely section on enclosed communities which we hope captures our values at Thicket: "Significantly, many small communities living in desert areas developed a remarkable system of welcoming pilgrims as an exercise of the sacred duty of hospitality. The medieval monastic communities did likewise, as we see from the Rule of Saint Benedict. While acknowledging that it might detract from the discipline and silence of monasteries, Benedict nonetheless insisted that “the poor and pilgrims be treated with the utmost care and attention”. Hospitality was one specific way of rising to the challenge and the gift present in an encounter with those outside one’s own circle. The monks realized that the values they sought to cultivate had to be accompanied by a readiness to move beyond themselves in openness to others." (Fratelli Tutti 90)
7 May 2020:
We have found this article by Fr Tomás Halík a helpful reflection at this time:
Christianity in a time of sickness.
22 April 2020:
Sr Thérèse has written an article for The Tablet on what the Carmelite tradition and our way of life might have to teach us in the light of the Coronavirus pandemic and the resultant lockdown.
The article can be accessed freely here: https://www.thetablet.co.uk/blogs/1/1393/hermits-in-community
19 March 2020:
COVID-19 Coronavirus precautions
Following the guidance issued by the Bishops Conference of England & Wales, and further instructions from Bishop Drainey, Mass will not be celebrated at Thicket until further notice.
We hold everyone in our prayer during these challenging and uncertain times.