I am trying to write more regularly as so much is happening at the moment, and that means (as last week) that I won't repeat everything in my previous newsletter and all of this remains relevant. The change of time of the Saturday Mass to 9am Cleaning on Saturday 4th March Bishop Peter joining us … Continue reading The Lengthening of Days
Lent & Easter
My newsletter from last week is not out of date - all the info in there about things going on in the list below is still accurate. The service times for Ash Wednesday (12.30pm and 7pm) The change of the Saturday Mass to 9am Cleaning on Saturday 4th March Bishop Peter joining us on Sunday … Continue reading Lent & Easter
Looking towards Lent & Easter – and a very special guest!
The Building Work in the Parish Room continues! The builders have taken out the old toilets and the interior plasterboard walls and although things continue to look like a building site is bound to look (as in really bad and dusty), this has opened up the space and it is obvious that a lot more … Continue reading Looking towards Lent & Easter – and a very special guest!
I am back from my brief preaching engagement at the English Chaplaincy in Paris - one thing I didn't know (because last time I was in Paris it didn't happen) is that the Eiffel Tower sparkles every hour on the hour. It was lovely to go and I continue to be amazed how quick and … Continue reading Ordinary Time!
Following the announcement that the builders are going to start on Monday 23rd January a group of wonderful people have been clearing out all the sacristy, the Parish Room and storage areas around there. This was dusty work and gave me good reason to check everything we got stored in there - storage room is … Continue reading Getting there!
Building Work to Commence – and I need you to come to an event!
Building Works in Parish Room I had a very positive and useful meeting with Martyn our builder and Richard our architect this morning. They are starting on Monday 23/01 at 8.30am. The plans below need a bit of explaining - ask me and I talk you through what is going to happen! The good news is … Continue reading Building Work to Commence – and I need you to come to an event!
After having spent yesterday mostly secluded I am back at work today and had some time to reflect over the past week and what happened. As usual a lot happened, and I am very grateful that everything came together and so many people got involved in making this a very special celebration. Stable Mark spent … Continue reading Happy Christmas!
O Radix Jesse! (O root of Jesse)
On Saturday 17th we entered the time of the O-Antiphons - the last days before Christmas have specific antiphons for each day for the Magnificat at Evening Prayer. Today this is O Root of Jesse, standing as a sign among the peoples;before you kings will shut their mouths,to you the nations will make their prayer:Come … Continue reading O Radix Jesse! (O root of Jesse)
Sunday is Gaudete Sunday, the 3rd Sunday of Advent - asking us to rejoice that Christmas is close by. It's traditional colour is rose (i.e. pink) - if you mix penitential purple with festive white you end up with something very bright in between - and as usual on this Sunday social media will be … Continue reading Gaudete!
Adveniat Regnum Tuum – His Kingdom Come
I am sure I could have found a more serious picture from last year, but it did remind me of a rather joyful time at St Andrew's. Christians began keeping the season of Advent from the sixth century, first for six weeks, then for four. However, it took a long time for the season to … Continue reading Adveniat Regnum Tuum – His Kingdom Come