Saturday, December 06, 2008
What's been happening?
Yesterday we had another meeting of the Quo Vadis Group at St Osmund's in Barnes. We were very much reduced in numbers because - as we all know - December is an impossibly busy month. Even so four young men, including a new member, is not bad at all. It also gave us a lot more time for questions and discussion which was really good. As usual Fr Dominic had prepared a great supper!
Today we had our 'Come Home for Christmas' service here in the parish. The idea was that the parishioners would invite non-Catholic or lapsed friends as well as any new neighbours. You never really know what to expect with this sort of event but it went really well. There were lots and lots of new people who really enjoyed the carols in the Church (who doesn't enjoy a good carol or two?!). Afterwards we had mulled wine and mince pies outside which meant that wewere able to linger, chat to new people and generally enjoy the break from the Advent rush. At the end we gave them all a poster for their windows to advertise Christ's birth. The 'Come Home for Christmas' service was the brainchild of a few parishioners last year who organised everything themselves. If you were asked to do something that would reach out to those who didn't ordinarily go to Church, what would you do?