Today Father Martin presided and preached at the well attended Parish Mass. Father Mervyn was officiating today at St. Mary’s, Ilford. Following yesterday’s crowded service of Baptism at the Solemnity of Our Lady’s Nativity it had been anticipated that the congregation might be smaller than usual (For a Report on the Baptism see below) In his sermon Father Martin speculated whether Bishops were gagged whilst they were in office and only allowed to make pronouncements when they retired. He mentioned the retired Bishop of Rochester Michael Nazir-Ali and retired Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey who were always being quoted. He said that Christians should witness to their faith and this could include proudly wearing the Cross.
YESTERDAY’S SATURDAY SHOP TOOK £174.
REQUIEM MASS TOMORROW
A Requiem Mass will be offered for the repose of Jean Hughes soul on Monday 10th September at 7.00 p.m.
A REMINDER……………………….The PCC meet on Monday 10th after the Requiem.
Saturday 6th October, 7 for 7.30 p.m.
Adults £5 Children under 11 £3
Tomato or French Onion Soup, Bangers & Mas with Baked Beans, Gravy optional. Fruit Pie or Apple Crumble with Custard, Cream or Ice Cream. Orders to Father Martin
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY BAPTISM AT THE SOLEMNITY OF THE NATIVITY OF OUR LADY. Saturday 8th September 2012
At the Solemn Mass celebrated yesterday Father Martin’s new granddaughter Caitlyn was Baptised.It was a Concelebrated Mass with Fathers Martin, Mervyn and Graham (one of Father Martin’s friends from his days at St. Stephens)
Father Graham read the Gospel and Father Mervyn preached. The church was packed with standing room only with family, friends and members of St. Augustine’s congregation joining together to celebrate the Birthday of Mary, Mother of God and Caitlyns Baptism.
After the service we adjourned to the hall for a splendid buffet toasting Caitlyn with champagne as we enjoyed a slice of the cake made for Vicky and Mark’s wedding last year and saved for this special day.
In his sermon Father Mervyn reminded us that Caitlyn, her parents and Godparents needed our prayers as she grows up to maturity in the Christian Faith supported by them.