Today Father Mervyn presided and Father Martin concelebrated and preached at the Parish Mass. Joan, our Lay Reader, led us in prayer. In his sermon Father Martin said how appropriate the Gospel was, in the light of the events in Israel and Gaza. He related how he and Father Mervyn had prayed at the Western Wall in Jerusalem earlier this year and how we hoped to do so again next year during our Parish Pilgrimage. The Temple had been destroyed by the Romans and only the Western Wall now remained. Father referred to the prophecies in the Old Testament which had foreshadowed the destruction of the Temple.
We gave thanks during the Mass for the magnificent result of the Winter Bazaar yesterday and, during the notices Father Martin thanked everybody who had helped, in any way. He particularly thanked Geoff and Kathy who had organised the event.