Saturday, February 03, 2007
The First Woodpecker
I don't know when woodpeckers usually appear in England but I saw this fellow just a few feet from me this morning. I can't remember seeing once this early in the year and suppose his appearance must be due to the mild winter. I'm very lucky where I live. Not many Londoners can boast woodpeckers in their gardens! This morning was a race against time to get the newsletter completed and ready for printing. After opening the Church and spending some time in prayer I came back to the house intending to get the computer on, but instead I found myself fetching the camera!
The morning Mass took longer than usual, On the first Saturday of the month we have a servers' practice. They all serve at the Mass which inevitably adds to the length. Afterwards we had the customary 'Blessing of St Blaise', a blessing of throats which is given on his Feast Day.
This morning, unusually for a Saturday we had a baptism. Nicolas Maria, pictured here in the arms of his proud parents, today was reborn in the waters of baptism as a child of God.
After Mass we also welcomed the students currently on the Maryvale Catechists' Course. This is a two-year course that leads to a qualification as a catechist approved by the Congregation for Education.
In this photo we see some of the second year students who were having a class on the parables of St Luke.
And here we see some of the first year students at a class on Christology given by Lionel Gracey. Lionel specialises in using the traditions of Christian art to illustrate doctrinal points.
After lunch there was time for a quick trip to Thornton's bookshop on Fulham Road. Sadly this specialist supplier of second hand Catholic books is closing down. There is currently a sale on with everything at half price.
After this evening's Mass I popped round to check on the building where the new Vocations Office is going to be located. It will be in a parish house that until recently was rented out. There's quite a lot of work to be done to make it fit for purpose but I'm sure we'll get there before too long. Finally I had a meeting with a parishioner who markets website management software. We want to update the Southwark Vocations site, so watch this space...