Traditionally the period the celebrate the birth of Our Saviour lasts from the 25th of December (Christmas Day) to the 2nd of February (Candlemas) when Christ was presented in the temple. The feast marks the end of the festive period and turning point towards Lent and Easter. There is very much divided opinion when Christmas … Continue reading Happy Epiphany and Happy New Year!
On Friday and Saturday we erected the Christmas tree and did some final cleaning, and today a group of us decorated the church ready for Christmas. The church has not looked that good for quite a while and a lot of combined effort has gone in making things extra special. Join us over the Christmas … Continue reading Christmas is coming – celebrate with us!
Below a few pictures from our Parish Feast today. It was great to worship together as one St Andrew's family and to share wonderful food and drink. It is obvious that we are a very mixed bunch of people with different cultural, language and ethnic backgrounds and some differences in religious formation. Nevertheless our style … Continue reading Parish Feast – Growing Together
Dear All, This is another reminder to join us on Sunday for Mass at 10.30am for a joint service of the Sunday congregation with the Saturday congregation. This inaugural occasion is followed by a feast and you ARE CORDIALLY INVITED - come hungry and thirsty. No need to book! Secondly, if your life lacks lustre … Continue reading PARISH FEAST
Growing closer together with the Filipino Chaplaincy This is a reminder that all are invited to join next Sunday as we worship together at 10.30am and then celebrate with food and drink together. All is provided on this occasion and no contributions are required at all. Just come and join! Our guest preacher for the … Continue reading Parish Feast: 2nd Sunday of Advent, 5 December
Having posted my previous blog about things going on for Advent and Christmas on Monday I realised quickly that I missed a number of things which are either coming up or have happened and are worth noting - small things matter as they add up to very big things indeed. So I am sharing some … Continue reading Tidings of Comfort & Joy
A number of things are happening in the next few weeks - please make a note and do come along if you can. Parish Feast Sunday 5 December Growing closer together with Filipino Chaplaincy For several years the Filipino Chaplaincy has been worshipping twice a month at St Andrew's and occasionally we have done things … Continue reading Advent & Christmas in St Andrew’s
With movements from Gabriel Fauré's Requiem in D-minor Sung by St Andrew's Vocal Ensemble The past 18 months of the Covid Pandemic have cost many lives and made all of us more aware of how fragile our own health and life is. Many have lost loved ones and countless people experienced high levels of anxiety … Continue reading Mass of Requiem for All Souls, Sunday 7 November, 10.30am
Fifteen of us aged 15 to 78 spent the weekend at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in Norfolk. Walsingham has been a special place for me for more than 25 years and it never fails to touch me in ways in cannot begin to explain. It is a beautiful village near the cost, … Continue reading Walsingham Parish Weekend
By thee the souls of men are fedWith gifts of grace supernal;Thou who dost give us daily bread,Give us the bread eternal. Golden Sheaves, Text: W Chatterton Dix, Music: Arthur Sullivan Thanks for everybody who made today such a great feast! We managed to feed 50 people for lunch and collected a huge amount of … Continue reading Harvest Festival – ‘the strains of all its holy throng with ours today are blending’