Friday, November 30, 2012
St Patrick's, Plumstead
After the Vocations Directors Conference I went on retreat for a week and then came back to the Vocations Centre to catch u on a few things before heading off to Plumstead for a weekend at St Patrick's. Fr Michael Branch, the parish priest, had asked me to come to preach at all the Masses about vocations. As t happened, it was the Feast of Christ the King which coincides with National Youth Sunday. The various elements seemed to fit well with the underlying principle of the Vocations Centre which is that Discipleship Discerns Vocation.
St Patrick's is one of the parishes in the diocese that has adopted enthusiastically Eucharistic Adoration for vocations and it was wonderful to discover that very many of the parishioners are already committed to praying for vocations in our diocese as well as for our seminarians. In September the parish welcomed David Howell, one of our students who was there for over a month to get parish experience. I knew David loved his time there but it was great to realise how much the experience of having a student meant to the parishioners themselves.