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...


Anonymous said...

Glad to see the Maryvale course going on. My SD thinks it is a good idea for me to do this.

Fr Stephen said...

Hello Mark. The Maryvale course is a very good one with in-buil;t flexibility. It's a two year home study course which means you can concertina periods of study if necessary. Maryvale is very keen on bringing out the role of a catechist as an active ministry rahter than just a passive conduit. I'd certainly recommend it.

Marianne said...

The Maryvale Catechists Course begins at Ealing Abbey London on Saturday 10th February. Although we are hosting the course for the Diocese of Westminster it is open to anyone from outside the diocese. Please keep us in your prayers.