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WELCOME TO THE NORTHERN CATHOLIC CONFERENCE

O Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God,
and our own most gentle Queen and Mother,
look down in mercy upon England,
thy Dowry, and upon us all who greatly
hope and trust in thee.

Through thee it was that Jesus our Saviour
and our Hope was given unto the world;
and he hath given thee to us that we
might hope still more.

Plead for us thy children, whom thou
didst receive and accept at the foot
of the Cross, O sorrowful Mother.
Intercede for our separated brethren,
that they may be united with
us in the one true Fold. Pray for us all,
dear Mother,that by faith fruitful in good
works, we may all deserve to see and
praise God together with thee in our
heavenly home.
 
Amen.

THANK YOU to all those who came to the 2017 Conference and supported it by their presence and generosity

RESUME OF NCC 2017

The 100th Anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima in 2017 prompted the team to mark this momentous event by honouring Our Blessed Lady in this year’s NCC by taking as our theme “My Soul Proclaims the Greatness of the Lord” Luke 1:46.

We were challenged by our speakers to ask ourselves if our souls proclaim the greatness of the Lord. Indeed Steve Murray, who is usually renowned for his mimes, gave us a moving talk entitled just that, and surprised his eager listeners with a heart rendering personal testimony. Fr. Pat Deegan also begged the question in his talk on the “Living the Joy of the Gospel.”

Other speakers included the ever popular David Wells whose entertaining and humorous talks encouraged us ‘not to worry’ as he shared little anecdotes from his family life with visuals to support and enhance his stories. Stalwart Kristina Cooper, our only female speaker this year, spoke of “Mary, the Greatest of the Disciples” whist Fr. Eamonn Mulcahy, a Spiritan Father, expanded this idea by describing ‘Mary as Mother, Daughter, Sister AND Disciple’ in a most refreshing and unique delivery of his talk.

Our usual Friday night reconciliation service with Fr. Michael McCormick, was followed by Rosary and Exposition whilst confessions were taking place around the chapel.

The hugely popular Saturday night concert was re-instated this year much to the delight of our guests, with the welcome return after many years of the Catholic comedian, Don McLean, whose hilarious take on life was a huge success and had delegates crying with laughter and rolling in the aisles.

However, the highlight of the weekend this year was undoubtedly the procession of the decorated statue of Our Lady of Fatima around the grounds of the campus whilst singing Marian hymns and saying the Holy Rosary. Back in the Chapel everyone was consecrated to Our Blessed Mother and the service concluded as we bade her “farewell” by the waving of white handkerchiefs as she left the chapel in true Fatima fashion much to the delight of all the delegates.

As always throughout the weekend Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Healing sessions were available for those wishing to receive the ‘extra’ graces and blessings on offer. The added blessing of course is, as ever, the great fellowship enjoyed by our delegates who meet up with old friends and new, lovingly sharing the fruits of their time together and ever resolved to “proclaim the greatness of the Lord” until we meet again next year!

Thank you from the team to everyone who attended NCC 2017. Despite the low numbers this year it was enormously successful but we ask that everyone bring at least one other person with them next year when the dates will be 22nd – 24th June 2018.

God bless you all!