I am humbly privileged to share this day with Our Lady of the Rosary, as it is my birthday day. The school and the children were so kind; as they beat me to the event with flowers and cards on Friday 5th. October. I had deliberately kept it quiet as there is so much going on in school, but bless, they remembered me. Bless them all. They are to be treated with cake, cake and more cake from me on Monday 8th. October. Needless to say I am still waiting for a card and a gift from Fr. P; I think it will be a loooooong wait!!
A big day today for all of us, as it is the major feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. “Don't forget to say the Rosary,” is the regular bellow from our friendly PP. He does have a point though. So my major thrust today was the Rosary....with the story of the Battle of Lepanto.
Talking of stories; I was in class 2 on Tuesday giving and trying to explain the story of Creation from Genesis. Well! The Questions and Answers were tremendous; Big Bang, Evolution, who made God, how did God be always there?? It crops up every year. You can see the little brains trying to work it all out. I did my best, used my beautiful pictures from the Children's Bible and hoped for the best! There will be more to follow......I know from experience.
Tink, the adopted church cat has got Fr. P round his little paw. We now have a routine and horarium. He knows Fr. P's exact movements and timings, and is always there!! He sits in a corner outside the Sun Room window and can 'glare' at Fr. P for at least a full hour, eventually achieving his goal.....food. Or he sits in the sun to watch the TV with Fr. P and with 100% persistence achieves his goal......supper!! By 5.30am. the 'Face at the Window' is looking for breakfast. Fr. is moth-eaten by a cat, but he loves him really.
I am building up for my holiday now, so you won't hear from me from today onwards. The Candidates came today for Session 2 of the Sacramental Programme and love the Bible Stories. Bibles are highly recommended as gifts, as are Rosary Beads. It would be really nice if they came to Holy Mass every Sunday and not just when the Sessions take place. Children need encouragement, and this is where the parents/guardians come in. Bring the children to Mass. The gardens; the bulb planting; the Chutney and Jams Programme? All are at a stand-still until half-term, which is from 18th. October onwards. Seems quite early everywhere this year.
So whatever comes your way, take it on board.
“The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
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