Thank goodness it is all over! For two solid weeks I have been working on our Parish Grand Raffle behind the scenes, and now I am catching up on MYSELF. Fr. P's dining room was a disaster zone of prizes until Monday, 3rd. December, and now looks like Santa's Grotto all over again with gifts and thank-you's to the School Staff. My own home has been abandoned for five days and I am now in residence and trying to clean the place from top to bottom before the Festive Season kicks in. it is all go in school with only two weeks to 21st. December.
The Nativity Play and the Carol Service are in full swing. I am running between the two as Catechist (fully enjoying it) and assisting Year 6 with their difficult Advent assignment. They'll be great, I know. The Advent Wreath in the hall is up as per norm, and the Jesse Tree is in the school foyer, attracting much interest, which I am rather chuffed about.
Yes, we had our Christmas Fair this week. It was as manic as ever, but a lovely atmosphere, despite the pretty awful weather. Our Grand Raffle which, I must say, looked lovely when it was set out, did very well and made a good deal of money!
So, that is another weekend gone, and like everybody else at this time of the year, I still have so much to do. I did a lesson on Advent preparation for Year 6 on Wednesday 5th. December, and it all went into perspective for me........slow down, think, listen, be patient, be tolerant, and be more humble.
As we continue our Advent Season, perhaps we can all remember why Jesus came; he came to us, for us.
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