Hurray! We made it to Friday 20th. July, 2.00pm. in glorious sunshine. Everybody was in an upbeat, joyous mood. The 9.15am. Final Assembly was emotional for some, while others just clapped rapturously and giggled. So now we are all on holiday. All is deadly quiet and people appear to have scarpered off almost immediately on their holidays. If you are holidaying in Continental Europe be careful, as I understand it is like a furnace with temperatures going up all the time. How weird after one of our longest, dreariest, wettest Winters.
Fr. P and I intend to chill out as best we can, and yet our dear friend His Excellency Bishop Gregori and Fr. Andrei are once again over from the Ukraine, and they always come up for something to eat and drink. It usually ends up with Ukrainian, Polish or Russian songs. Despite all their hardships, they maintain their wonderful sense of humour.
The heatwave is due to return with a vengeance in the next couple of days, and so heaven help our gardens. There is much talk on the Radio about the lawns and the grasses, which at the moment are scorched and yellow. My froglets have disappeared from the pond and so are hopefully rummaging around in the shady, overgrown areas of my baked garden. The Swallows look as if they are getting ready to fly back home as they are gathering on the telegraph wires, and as for baby Starlings; they have taken over the back garden and congregate in 'swarms'.
The only thing to say finally before I bid you a fond farewell, is that Miss Amy H. did her first stint of reading in our church. She was nervous ( not like her!! ) but who wouldn't be having recently been received into the Church and having adopted us as her Parish. Well done! Keep up the good work in church and in school; we love you to pieces.
SO....I wish you a safe, holy, happy, peaceful holiday. Enjoy all your recreational activities and come back refreshed in September. It is then a long haul to Christmas! Remember; no diving into canals, rivers or lakes during the hot weather!! If you are going away from your immediate home area, please take a phone with you so that there is always some contact.
Love and prayers as always.
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