Saturday, November 11, 2006
This morning I drove down towards Deal to give a day of recollection to the lay people of the Folkestone Deanery. It took place in the parish of St. John in Mongeham. It's an old mining town (there used to be a number of coal mining villages in Kent), a fact which is commemorated by the Sanctuary Lamp of the Church fashioned after a life-saving Davey Lamp such as used to be used down the mines.
The theme of the day was 'Supporting Vocations'. There were two meditations, one on the call to holiness and the other on promoting priestly vocations in the diocese. During the Mass I preached on the Sacramental dimension of Christian life, and in pareticular how to participate more fully in the Holy Mass. We had a time for Confessions and in the afternoon Rosary and Benediction. During lunch a 'Question Box' was left out and before the afternoon mediation I sought to answer the questions that had been deposited there. They were really good questions ranging from Humanae Vitae to Christian attitudes towards wealth. Chris, the youngest person attending made some really sensible comments.
In the afternoon Benedictionwas served by the two Christophers who were present. Afterwards, in the Lady Chapel, I managed to get a photograph of them both for the Blog. I'm really grateful to Fr Roger Nesbitt for organising the day and to Fr Michael Bateman and his parishioners for their excellent hospitality.