Welcome to Barry's Blog and my ramblings on various current events and family news.
Monday, 28 April 2014
On the Wednesday before Easter I was at St George's Cathedral Southwark
for the Chrism Mass. This is where the oils that are used throughout the
year for baptisms, confirmations and for the anointing of the sick are
blessed. It is at this Mass that the priests in the diocese renew their
commitment. There must have been 90+ priests, 60 or so deacons plus six
bishops (some retired) and the Archbishop. The cathedral was packed so I
was feeling somewhat nervous, it all seemed to go OK. Then
Maunday Thursday I preached at the Mass of the Lord's Supper - I preach
quite often but I was really worried about this one as it is a very
important occasion. the Church was packed which made it worse.
Fortunately all seemed to go off OK and I have received a lot of
favourable comments about my homily. I also preached at the 8:00am Mass
on Easter Sunday, that also seemed to go OK. Good Friday evening we went out to dinner with Andrew and Gaew - it was
Andrew's birthday. We had an excellent meal at a local one starred
Michelin restaurant - they paid as a thank you for us having them stay
for two months when they were selling their flat and buying the new
house. The meal was excellent, it being Good Friday I was eating fish
which was no hardship as the cooking is brilliant.
Lawrie, Emma and Henry were down for Easter, arriving Easter Saturday (Lawrie was working on Good Friday). Helen also came down. It was great to see them all. On Easter Sunday we were able to have dinner with our four children which was nice. On
Easter Monday six of us - Lawrie, Emma, Henry, Helena, Julia and I went
up to London. The weather was great so apart from a look at one art
exhibition we spent the time walking along South Bank where there were
lots of street performers. We then went into St James Park and ended up
at a French bistro for an early dinner. Helena then left to go up north
by train. Sam did not come down as he went to Wales with his parents.
Helena said that as she sees him every day so it is no hardship being
apart for the odd couple of days.
All in all it was a great holiday. I have now finished my
dissertation and all the coursework for my degree - I just hope I pass!
I am a retired Consulting IT Specialist. I have been married to Julia for 45 years and we are blessed with four children; David, Andrew, Lawrie and Hélèna. Not forgetting the "other half's"; Gaew married to Andrew, Lawrie's partner Emma and Hélèna's husband Sam.
In addition we have a grandson - Henry Thomas, son of Lawrie and Emma. Henry was three in April - time flies
I am now ordained as a Permanent Deacon in the RC Church - date of ordination 8 June 2013 so am now in my third year of ministry.