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
Walsingham Festival @ Durham Cathedral 5 of us made the long journey to Durham for the Walsingham Festival in Durham Cathedral. This was also an opportunity to inspect Richard's circumstances at university and to meet with many familiar people. To my great surprise and joy the cathedral was completely packed with people - and Durham … Continue reading A reminder – busy days!
Fr Geoffrey White (7 July 1928- 17 October 2022) Jesu mercy - Mary pray Following his stroke Fr Geoffrey spent several weeks in hospital and in a nursing home in Market Harborough but has been steadily declining, particularly in the past two weeks. He only attended St Andrew's regularly for a few months but his … Continue reading A time to remember… and to plan ahead!
Harvest Festival It has been two years last Tuesday since I have started in the best parish in the Midlands and it sort of coincided with our Harvest Festival last Sunday - which was a wild success. The church was full, the hall was bursting at its seams and altogether about 50 people helped and … Continue reading Look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting (John 4.35)
The good news is that the carpet is up in the Lady Chapel and that Richard and I removed the staples and the tape from the front half on Tuesday. However, somebody (!) glued down the underlay (on top of stapling it down), so the only way to remove it is to scrape it off … Continue reading Would you like a REALLY horrible job?
The daily Masses from tomorrow morning 8am as well as the Mass on Sunday at 10.30am will be celebrated as Requiem Masses for the Repose of the Soul of Her Majesty. The church will be kept open for most of Friday and Saturday if anybody would like to offer prayers, light a candle or simply … Continue reading Services following the Death of Her Majesty the Queen
If you are looking for a coherent theme in this newsletter you will fail - it is simply a summary of things happening. As usual - once I start writing I notice how much is going on and I realise that I should write more often and not as much in one go. I keep … Continue reading Turning from Summer towards Harvest
I did promise a few months ago to write less long and voluminous newsletters and instead to post things slightly more often. I admit to have failed - in spite of August being holiday season a lot is happening at St Andrew's! Opening the Church during the Week Over the past few weeks it became … Continue reading Open wide the doors!
Stone and Tile Cleaning in the Sanctuary Over the last 3 days Andrew Blades has done a stunning job re-fixing some of the encaustic tiles we found under the pvc flooring and he cleaned the terrazzo steps in front of the altar - the difference is nothing short of amazing. Please have a look on … Continue reading Summerly Things
After the frenzy of activities of the last few months (remember: Lent, Holy Week & Easter, May Festival, National Pilgrimage, internal reordering (Stage 1) and the Parish Feast in June with the re-consecration of the High Altar) things are slowing down a bit over the summer. A lot of people are travelling or on holiday, … Continue reading Developments over the Summer