The congregation welcomed Father Martin and Jan back from their holiday. Both look thoroughly refreshed after enjoying the sunshine in Spain for several weeks. The evening they arrived back it was really vile; the rain wasn’t just falling, it was pouring down and to add to the misery of leaving Spain at 38 degrees it was quite cold and they had to make the journey into Stansted Airport by foot as there was no transport available from the plane.
Father Martin celebrated and preached at the Parish Mass this morning. The number attending Mass today was up with several new people in the congregation.
The Saturday Shop re-opens next Saturday after being closed for the August Bank Holiday Weekend. Father Mervyn and Ann came from St. Mary’s Ilford where Father had been the Celebrant at the Solemn Mass; they came to join us for coffee and Father Martin presented Ann with a “Get Well” card and a beautiful bouquet. The entrance to St. Augustine’s Church Hall is all flat so Ann had no difficulty on her crutches.