Today Father Martin celebrated and preached to a full church keeping Mothering Sunday. The Uniformed Organisations presented their flags at the beginning of Mass and collected them during the final hymn. During the sermon Father Martin was assisted by Murphew a mole, (his name is Matthew but moles can’t pronounce Matthew with a mouthful of earth) and a rather long green centipede. He reminded everyone that we were there to thank God for Mother Church, for Mary, Mother of Jesus and Mother of us all and for our own mothers. After the sermon he blessed flowers and they were distributed whilst those whose mothers had died were given the opportunity to light votive candles. Flowers were placed at the Statue of Our Lady as a token of our love for Mary. As our Organist & Choirmaster is away following an operation Father Mervyn played the organ. Whilst the flowers were distributed the choir sang the hymn “Father, in heaven, thank you for mothers”. During the Communion the choir sang the anthem “Gladness, Sadness, Joy and Sorrow” words by Nick Fawcett and music by Edward MacDowell arranged by Noel Rawsthorne. At the end of Mass Father Mervyn played a Chorale-Improvisation by Karg-Elert based on the tune of the final hymn “Now thank we all our God”.
Yesterday’s Saturday Shop made £153 which included a £10 donation.