I hope you’ve all had a good week, and are doing well.
Is it just me, or does time seem to be passing really quickly? It seems only a couple of days ago that I was writing my last missive. Oh well, you know what they say: “time flies when you’re having fun”.
Speaking of fun, the week just past has been a real mixture of things in the life of the parish. For example, last week, I brought a group of people to the Bardin Centre to begin a new campaign of Dungeons and Dragons (a tabletop “roleplaying” game, basically about adventuring, exploring, and creating a story together) – something which clearly stirred up a lot of interest from the attendees of the meetings taking place in the other room, as various of their number popped through to investigate…I could have sworn some of them were about ready to sit down at the table and join in!
Anyway, my fellow adventurers in the campaign are not churchgoers (yet), but certainly seemed to enjoy the space (especially its convenience!), and are keen to come again. You never know – there may be some opportunities for evangelism there…
One thing I’ve really been enjoying since coming here is the breakfast following the 8am Mass on Saturdays. I like the variety of conversation around the table, and I think it’s a really good and relaxed way to get to know people…plus, we get to enjoy some lovely homemade jams and marmalades (as well as Australia’s fabled “Black Gold” – Vegemite, to my non-Australian-based audience). Last Saturday morning, I met Jimmy and Marsaline, who, to the amusement of those within earshot, asked me how I was coping with +Lindsay’s “sometimes short temper” in front of the man himself, much to his chagrin! Being the diplomat I am, of course, I could not possibly comment…
The 10am Mass was, as ever, excellent, and it was good to see last Sunday’s swell in numbers sustained. I personally enjoyed the Choir’s performance of Richard Shephard’s “Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day” as the Communion motet, as well as Paul Inwood’s “Gathering Mass” setting – one of my favourites, which never fails to bring a smile to my face.
It’s always nice to see new folk around! I thought it was lovely how young Bernie (an upcoming baptism candidate) and his family were included in the service in +Lindsay’s sermon. Speaking of new folk, last Sunday, I met Chris Jacobs and his daughters, who had been looking for a new church, with one of their requirements being that it had a pipe organ (a good criterion in my book, if I may say so), as well as engaging music and preaching, so after finding us online, they came on Sunday and enjoyed the service. I met up with Chris again on Tuesday, and he seemed to have a great time playing our instrument – it sounded really good! We certainly hope to welcome them back soon.
+Lindsay has given me the responsibility of gathering people to recite the Nicene Creed in different languages on Pentecost Sunday (20th May) – it’s been fun, and we already have over ten different languages represented. If you would like to join us in doing this, you’d be most welcome. I found this page with a selection of translations of several Creeds in various languages – I recommend taking a look. If you want to sign up, please let me know. Oh, and you don’t have to be a native speaker of that language – for example, I’ll be reciting it in Polish, and I’m not exactly a master of the language to begin with…
After the service, and our normal refreshments, there will be a shared lunch at the Vicarage, where we encourage everyone to bring some food from their country or culture to share with each other…I’m definitely looking forward to that part!
Yesterday was Ascension Day, so we had a lovely Mass in the evening, celebrated by +Lindsay, and accompanied by our hard-working choir and organist…a real treat.
Sunday is Mother’s Day, so I know some of you may be off visiting family – if so, I hope you will have a great day and safe travels. If you can’t make the 10am service, remember: we have a Mass at 8am, too!
Have a great week, and God bless you all,