This is my last Letter to you all before the Summer Holidays! It has been a whirlwind of a June both for Fr. P and myself, and I really must get back to the gardens so that they are in order to enjoy over Summer. The back garden borders are a disgrace, and so after today, you will not hear from me until we return to school.
Yes. So much has been going on. Where do I start? Heaven knows! Ou lovely Lollipop Lady, Karen, who has really settled in with us, regrettably went down with Covid on Tuesday 5th. July. Since then Fr. P and I have kept watch so that the children and adults could cross safely. The road-users on Bury Lane have been very supportive and kind, and have stopped when they have seen the children entering and leaving school. Thank you all so much. Fr. P was not only relieved but very appreciative. Our message is still the same Mantra to all concerned:
Please drive slowly and carefully near the school gates.
Please will parents and children come to the 'Station' to cross.
Please do not allow children to get out of cars on to the road but on to the pavement.
Our lovely Bursar returned on Monday 4th. July to a clutter of paperwork, but was I and many others glad to see her as we missed her and her efficiency enormously. The Covid is not going, as we have a few children cases as well, so please be aware and cautious. I always wear my mask as the incidents in Chorley and district are not good at all.
In the coming week Fr. P and I are involved in two big School Masses which we are looking forward to as the children are heavily involved. One Mass is the Leavers Mass for Year 6 and the other is the End of Year Mass for the whole school. Both have beautiful hymn singing (at last, a few say) and there will be Readers and a simple Offertory Procession. A fitting end to a Catholic Year in a Catholic School.
On Friday 8th. July the school had a fun-time; a Colour Fun Run on the Sports Field. Thank goodness the weather was dry and sunny. I kept a safe distance from all the dry sprays of blue, green, yellow, pink and other colours. Chorley Sports did a grand job of organising the Event. They made it so lively. The kids were coated in the stuff as well as those members of Staff who took part including our Head, Mr. Riley, who stayed all afternoon, and was a right mess at the end, God love him! We had a good laugh at his expense before he went home, but that is Mr. R!!
Things are moving at a pace towards the end of the Year now, and we wish everybody a good Summer Holiday.
As I scribble, the weather is stunning throughout the Country, but do take care dear Readers. Drink plenty and remember the sun creams. In other words, take care of yourselves, and let people know where you are, always. Again, please be careful of Covid. My personal agenda is in the garden, as I mentioned, but I enjoy gardening and will have much more time to work at my own pace. May I wish you all a wonderful July/August Break, and Fr. P and I want you all to be safe and happy.
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