Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Another Barbecue...

The Barbecue on Sunday went very well. It was good because the rain held off although to be on the safe side we ate indoors. It is always enjoyable to have the priests of the deanery round. We all work hard in our different parishes and it's important to be able to step back from rock face and spend time together.

On Monday morning I had an unexpected trip to the airport to pick up two craftsmen from Madrid who were sent over to make some adjustments to our porch doors. They worked from early morning until late at night and only finished by lunchtime on Tuesday. Since they spoke no English I dropped them back at the airport before rushing back to the parish to make sure everything was prepared for yesterday's special Mass. The 26th June is the feast of St Josemaria Escriva - the founder of Opus Dei and consequently also of Kelston Boy's Club here in the parish. It was the first time we had a solemn Mass to celebrate the feast. The principal celebrant was Mgr Nicholas Morrish, the Regional Vicar of Opus Dei, who was himself born and baptised in our parish. I was very pleased to meet his parents who had travelled up for the occasion. I was especially pleased to see the Church filled with people of all ages, races and backgrounds.

Today we had a retreat day for the top year in our school led by two sisters from the Marian Community of Reconciliation who had travelled down from Manchester where they are establishing a novitiate. The educational theme continued in the evening as we hosted a barbecue (in the rain!) for all the staff at our outstanding parish school. Tomorrow we have another celebration this time for our young adult's group.

I'm thinking of becomming a veggie...not!

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