I am incredibly pleased with a a rather amazing celebration of Holy Week and Easter. It was great to go out in procession on Palm Sunday, to celebrate the Mass of the Last Supper together with our friends and neighbours from St Mary de Castro, to join Our Lord during his last hour on Good … Continue reading Eastertide – lots of things are happening!
Some pictures from the Mass of the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday and from the Good Friday Liturgy. Mass of the Last Supper Good Friday Liturgy The service continues on Easter Day at 10.30am with baptisms and confirmations. And it is not finished until we all have been offered some celebratory Prosecco and chocolate Easter … Continue reading The Sacred Triduum
Over the last months our numbers have steadily grown. Not everybody comes regularly and not everybody who gave St Andrew's a try has continued to come - and that is all perfectly normal. I am often struck that St Andrew's brings people together who normally would not meet due to different origins, ethnicity, age, class … Continue reading Growing together
I mentioned in my last post that things easily add up and that my blogs get too long - it's also important to notice things properly. Our main service is known as 'The Eucharist' which translates as 'The Thanksgiving' - so, noticing things and appreciating them is very much at the heart of our faith. … Continue reading Little Things add up
This blog is a bit of a mix and muddle without a coherent theme: lots of things are happening and I want to keep you posted. The things below also mention a large variety of ways to get involved - please have a word with me if you feel able to help. Lady Chapel Altar … Continue reading The Lengthening of Days
I added a special page for Lent and Easter to the website: Please click here. For Ash Wednesday the Pope, the Church of England and many other Christian denominations encourage us to keep as a day of fasting and prayer for Ukraine. There is a Mass at 12.30pm in St Andrew’s and a Choral Mass … Continue reading Lent, Holy Week & Easter
Following the Feast of Candlemas on Wednesday this week (together with the inaugural event for the Diocesan Catholic Fellowship with our Bishop in Burbage) we have arrived in green Ordinary Time for a bit. February is a bit of a quieter month, both liturgically and personally. After next week I will get my paintbrushes out … Continue reading February – Ordinary and very ordinary Time
Advertising The corner Gateway/Jarrom Street does not have much to say for it in terms of style and beauty, but lots of people drive or walk past every day (or stand in a traffic queue). Hence I am trying to catch their attention with a poster about St Andrew's. Whether it's the right poster and … Continue reading Prayer, Parties and Projects
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!