Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Corpus Christi, Tonbridge
Last week involved three visits to Corpus Christi, parish, Tonbridge. The first was to take part in their Lenten Mission which involved a series of reflections on the Year of Faith. A guest speaker was invited each evening to speak on a given topic. He would then repeat the talk the following morning which ensured as wide a selection of parishioners as possible could attend. I gave the last talk in the series on Friday night, speaking on "Handing on the Faith". I was back there on Saturday accompanied by one of our seminarians to repeat the talk and also to celebrate Mass and hear confessions as the parish priest is currently recuperating from a serious illness. On Saturday evening I was back in the parish to preach at the weekend Masses about vocations. For that I was accompanied by a young lad who had attended the Advent Retreat at the Vocations Centre and who was able to give a testimony at the end of Mass as to how much the work of the Centre had impacted on his life.
The second Mass on Sunday morning was celebrated in St Peter's Chapel in the little village of Hadlow just outside Tonbridge. It was nice to have more time to meet the parishioners there and I am grateful to many of them for their gracious comments about my talk during the retreat and also that day's homily.