Well, I’ve now been officially introduced in both Parishes, although it was strange to introduce myself to people in my home parish where most of the parishioners have seen me grow up!
In St. Michael’s the welcome was great and to be there as they celebrated their Patronal Feast Day was lovely as it was the perfect chance to meet lots of people, (the bbq was a bonus too!) I even got a handful of people who would be interested in helping with youth events and activities….still need a few more though before I can get everyone together and put some dates in the diary.
At the Pastoral Council meeting, it was good to meet more members and find out a little more about what has been going on and what is coming up…it’s all very exciting around Christmas time!
The Parishioners at St. Michael’s have been watching the Catholicism series on Thursday afternoons – do go along if you can – this gave me another opportunity to meet more new people, I’m not sure I’ll remember all the names though!
In St. Maximilian Kolbe people remarked upon how busy I seem to have been already! After Mass, it was the first Faith in Action meeting of the year led by Shrewsbury Youth Mission Team. The young people were really engaged, answered lots and each got something personal from it – the doughnuts at the end were a welcome treat too!
The planning is continuing in both parishes – Youth Alpha will be happening next year in both parishes and the Faith in Action awards will continue in Runcorn and begin in Woodchurch.
In Woodchurch I’ve been speaking to the head teacher of St. Michael and All Angels Primary School and we’re looking at ways to strengthen the school – parish links, I’ll be speaking at an assembly after half term.
My family and friends have all been asking me about my holidays – as a teacher, I’d be off every 6 or 7 weeks for half term breaks, but now I don’t get half term breaks some of them (and my own family) have taken great delight in rubbing it in! I will admit, I have missed it in some ways, but I have also been too busy to miss it! I did, however, enjoy a couple of days annual leave with my nieces and nephew before they went back to school.
Last weekend I attended the Adult Catholics Together Spiritually (ACTS) retreat at Holywell. It’s always good to take some time away from the everyday busyness of life and take and to think about where you are on your faith journey. It’s a weekend I look forward to each year.
It was a lovely peaceful weekend and Fr Tony McGrath provided thought-provoking input as he talked about the different parts of the Mass and how the Eucharist is the Source and Summit of the Christian life. On Saturday during some free time, some of us went to visit St. Winefrides Well, we prayed together and then I went to light some candles and have some quiet time. The pictures above are from our visit to the well.
Next month is already looking busy with Confirmation, going into St. Micael’s Primary School to introduce myself, working with prayer leaders in St. Edward’s and National Youth Sunday, so I best get planning…