On Friday many of the congregation went to the YMCA for our annual Christmas Meal. We started by congratulating Betty who was celebrating her 80th Birthday, we sang “Happy Birthday” and enjoyed toasting her with Buck’s Fizz.
The meal was very good – three courses – with vegetarian options.
Today Father Mervyn presided at the Parish Mass in a church which was very nearly full. Father Martin read the Gospel, preached and led our Intercessions during which we remembered Nelson Mandela and his family and South Africa. In his sermon Father Martin spoke about “I’m a Celebrity – Get me out of Here” which is currently on ITV and which finishes tonight. He talked about locusts and honey and reminded us of how the Israeli’s had diverted a small part of the River Jordan so it is on Israeli territory rather than Jordan and Lebanon. He reminded those who recently visited the area that it was in the River Jordan that John the Baptist carried out his ministry of calling people to repent very much in accord with the ministry of the Old Testament prophets looking forward to the appearance of the
Yesterday’s Saturday shop took £132 plus the proceeds of a raffle which finished today.