Saturday, June 02, 2007

Congratulations James & Louise

Congratulations to James and Louise who were married in the Church today. Louise's parents were also married at the Holy Ghost. Until today Louise has lived with her parents in St Bede's, Clapham Park, my first parish. It was nice to see lots of my former parishioners at the wedding this afternoon.
They make a great couple and we keep them in our prayers.

Next Weekend

If you're in London this week do try to take part in some of the events being organised by Spirit in the City. Click on the link to see the details. Spirit in the City is a festival of Christian Faith in the heart of London. It involves times of prayer and praise in the West End Churches and also an exciting street programme to celebrate, reach out and give witness.
During the day on Saturday don't miss the Christian Festival in Leicester Square and in the evening wander over the Soho Square where, after the evening Mass and Adoration in St Patrick's there will be a concert of Gospel music from 8pm until 9pm with street evangelisation. The evening will conclude with a candlelit procession to the Church.

For more information contact Anne Marie.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Vocations Day at the Holy Ghost

Last week we had a vocations day at our parish primary school. Building on the work of Fr Marcus there were special presentations to years five and six. Fr Stephen took two morning classes on priesthood and Sr Jacinthe OP took two classes on religious life. We then spent the lunch break in the playground meeting as many children as possible. The day went extremely well and as usual there were lots of intelligent questions from the children.

Looking after schools can be a major part of a priest's life. Eleven years ago our parish school was deemed by Ofsted to have 'serious weaknesses'. Now, after a lot of work, it is a fantastic school where each child has an opportunity to flourish. It has certainly been well worth the effort. We are blessed to have an outstanding headteacher and a commited staff as well as a dedicated and hardworking Governing Body.