There is never a normal Sunday at St John’s. Yesterday we welcomed Fr Peter and his wife. Fr Peter is an ordinand of this Parish now retired in that wonderful Anglo-Catholic Parish of St Bede the Venerable in Blyth. It was great to have them both with us.
The homilist for the Mass was Fr James. He reflected on faith, our response to it and how faith is nourished through intimacy with the Lord which comes in the celebration of the Sacraments, and therefore the need of sacramental assurance. It was a fine homily; will he post it on this blog?
After the creed three new extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion received their blessing and administered the Precious Blood in the same Mass. Thank you Frances, Rob and John for your generosity.
We had a new family joining us yesterday, another family seeking baptism, Leighanne who will be married to Stephen here this week, an evangelical ordinand and his wife (DV he will make a fine priest) with well over a 120 attending the Sung Mass and a healthy number at the 8am – Laus Deo!
Obviously we spoke about the resignation of our excellent bishop and his intention of joining the Ordinariate. People are appalled about the way the CofE is behaving and are considering the best way in which they can remain faithful and loyal to the Catholic heritage in which their Church always stood. Watch this space!