Today's Gospel is one of my favourites as it involves a small child with Jesus as the teacher. Trust me, a retired teacher, to go for that one! It fits in perfectly with another 'first' our first Baptism of little William Oliver, and golly, was he a wriggler when it came to the pouring of the water. Fr. P really did struggle. When the Task was successfully accomplished the little boy really glared at Fr. P as if to say, “I don't like you.” Laughter all round.
We had some beautiful sunshine, and I felt that the longed-for Indian Summer had come at last. The rustling leaves, carpeting lawn and footpaths alike. The Hips and Haws colouring up. Mists and heavy Dews in the mornings. Fr. P constantly altering the sensor- light clock as the nights are drawing in fast. Yes, Autumn is truly with us. The sunshine enabled me to get loads of sheets out on the line and blow in the breeze, but probably not for long.
As ever, we had a chaotic day last week. The saying is that “It goes in threes.” Well we got a deluge. Fr. P and I had our flu Jab and I had just a very sore arm, especially the day after. Unfortunately Fr. P had a bad reaction and so was packed off to bed. On entering the kitchen I was confronted with a lake of water ( the pipes under the sink decided to pack in) and the printer decided to play up!! The following day Fr. P was still grotty, the Plumber arrived at 8.45am. Followed by our lovely retired PTA Treasurer who had a bundle of material for me. We had a good Catch Up. At 12.30pm. the printer repair man arrived, and then the schools maintenance team to cut the hedges. Gardening for me? Forget it!! I just trimmed up the Dianthus, dead-headed the yellow daisy- tall perennials, doused the lawn; new lawn and borders plus the patio pot plant garden and then called it a looooong day!! Enough was enough. Slowly Fr. P is repairing. Perhaps a drop of Brandy in his morning tea could do the trick, as an old farmer who lived to be a hundred once told him!!
What a week.
Love and prayers.
Most weekends we have our young people helping with the Collection, collecting Missalettes at the end of Mass and taking part in the Offertory Procession. We try to alter our front of church Tableau each week to fit in with the Gospel of the Day, and a short explanation is given to the Congregation.
People show great interest in what the Catechist does each week!. Our parish is a small country one, and through the Sunday Mass our little ones get to know each other before entering our school.
Fr. Peter Charles Crowther obl. sbso | The Presbytery, Bury Lane, Withnell, Chorley, PR6 8SD | Tel 01254 830 995 | Reg Charity: 232709