I love this Gospel for obvious reasons. You all know that I went to Myerscough College to study Horticulture and have done much work with seeds. Fr. P in his Homily brought into the frame a young parishioner who works on a farm with “Young Tom” the Owner. I have known Robert since he was a little boy and he has matured into a man who loves his farm work and is full of life, energy and enthusiasm. Fr. P's Homily with Robert made a really good point; unseen growth. Our local martyr Edmund Arrowsmith, was associated with Young Tom's farm and used to say Mass there; so an added richness was added to the Homily.
Yes, school is back. The beautiful weather made a big difference, especially for duty times. My carefully plotted Fairy Garden worked wonders, particularly for the little ones of Lower School, much to the admiration of parents and staff. Even the faithful Hound Statue has some additions surrounding him; ceramic colourful Toadstools. One of the parishioner's sons loves them.
On Saturday 12th. June we had our Second Batch of Holy Communions; “back log” children! They were all village children and were they wonderful? There was a beautiful atmosphere among them and their families. The Mass was super, and the responses were loud and clear. A great sense of support and happiness. It was one of those occasions you will never forget as the impression truly made an impact. Fr. P and I were overwhelmed by the “Thank-yous” and like- wise we to the parents for all their support and participation on the car park. Yes! We rehearsed on the car park and did everyone enjoy the antics I got up to? Totally!
It was quite a wonderful week for one reason or another. The major one for me was seeing my Consultant Surgeon after six months. He was delighted with the rapid recouperation, and even more so with my new found mobility of the left arm and shoulder. So the result is that I do not need to see him for another twelve months when hopefully he will give me a full discharge. Thank you so much Sir!
For Fr. P the highlight of the week was the installation of the new Stream System by an internationally acclaimed Irish Company called MCN. Through their network we will no longer have blips, glitches, lost sound, lost recording, and so giving us much more security and contentment. From today's report the Parishioners are over the moon and love it enormously. We must give a huge 'Thank You' to Jan and Tomasz who put the original Service in and for all their hard work in trying to overcome the problems as they arose.
Finally Sydney's Spot. He is the Sausage Dog at St. Mary's. Pedigee £5000!! Given of course; not bought! His new trick is to go and open the washing machine door and take out all the clean washing, then take it to his chair in the Office and make little nests to snuggle into. If his playful toy the Shark is put on the top of the piano by Fr. M he will launch himself on to the piano stool, on to the key board, and finally on to the top to retrieve his beloved soft toy. Last but not least, he is into sniffing out spiders and mice holes. He hates mice!! What goes on in that little brain of intelligence!!
So there we are! The Olympics are on the horizon and the school calendar is packed with events. It should be a fast Half-term.
Say your Rosary every day.
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