Sometimes I don’t know what I’m going to write about when I write this message to you but this weekend I don’t know where to start there is so much happening! Last Monday Erin Doughty started work based here at St Peter’s. Erin’s induction as Youth Officer will take a while because of the size and complexity of the parish — six schools, three churches, six clergy, four in-house colleagues and a dog (Bertie insists he’s part of the in-house team!) This weekend Erin will speak after the St Peter’s Masses. Next weekend she will meet parishioners at Our Lady’s Church and the one after that at St Joseph’s Church. This weekend we also welcome Sean Gough who is on a six-month placement with Our Lady’s and St Peter’s Churches to learn the priestly ropes. It is a very exciting time for him to join us and he will have plenty of opportunities to attend meetings and events. He will also say a few words at each Mass at St Peter’s and Our Lady’s Churches this weekend.
The Our Lady’s SVP (Society of St Vincent de Paul) will speak after Holy Communion at Masses at Our Lady’s this weekend about their ministry in the area of Lillington, Cubbington and Offchurch. It is important for us to raise our awareness of their care in the community for parishioners and non-parishioners alike. They care for local elderly, housebound, lonely and vulnerable people who might otherwise slip through the net of official social care.
On the basis that we have extra people speaking to you this weekend Fr Noel and I will keep our homilies to a minimum! You hear us week in week out so I’m sure you’ll cope with that!
This coming Friday 15 September Kindaid (which raises funds for causes it supports in Kenya and India) will host a Quiz Night at Our Lady’s Church Hall. If you can put together a team I can guarantee an exciting and fun-packed evening. The clergy ought to field a team but we don’t want to wipe the floor!
Next weekend will be Fr Bob’s last weekend at St Joseph’s Church. As we say farewell we are thankful for his ministry to the parishioners of Whitnash who are very sad to see him go. That same weekend the Our Lady’s and St Peter’s clergy will be stretched to the limit because we are also saying the two Sunday morning Masses at Wappenbury as well all our own Masses and Services (and without the usual assistance of Fr Christopher who is away!)
Next Tuesday the Building Committee will be meeting to discuss the various maintenance issues, repairs and future plans for our churches and properties. As a Parish Priest solely responsible for all those matters I am grateful for their help and support to keep our churches and properties safe, legal and welcoming to all.