What a strange time!

Well, it’s been a few months since I last posted, due to lock-down!

At the beginning of April, I was, along with many in the country, put on furlough so unable to work. I found it SO hard! I’m normally so busy working and coming and going from one place to the next it was hard to come to a stop.

However, I managed to fill my time sewing, baking (when I got some flour!), reading and finding some online courses. Then eventually getting out walking more and further as time went on.

We found new ways of keeping in touch with family, as most people did. We had a zoom party for my cousins 18th, instead of the planned party. Then with my two nieces, we started baking together on facetime – again once ingredient supplies were at a good level. This extended to a cousin and my sisters-in-law joining in too. Saturday afternoons became bake-off afternoons!

Since July it’s been good to be back a couple of days a week, it’s amazing what you get done in a short space of time! It was tricky trying to catch up on things at times.

But it’s been busy the last couple of months! We’ve had a Youth Zoom Meeting in both parishes which gave the young people a great chance to catch up and have some fun with some quizzes!

In Birkenhead, the Parish of Saint Michael and All Angels has amalgamated with Saint Joseph’s and is now the Parish of Saint Philip Neri serving both Churches. As a Parish, they came together to do a virtual pilgrimage to Walsingham to raise money for the Parish. The aim was to walk, between us, the 196 miles to Walsingham. In reality, we walked 367.7 miles which was nearly all the way back to Woodchurch too! On the Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham, we then had a Mass to celebrate the end of the Pilgrimage and all we had achieved. It was lovely to see people in person and not just via zoom!

In Runcorn, during the lockdown Fr. Peter asked a couple of the older boys from the Faith In Action group to arrange some fundraising for a School we support in Bethlehem. They, with support from parents, contacted the rest of the group and encouraged them to do their own sponsored event. One of the group decided to see how many keepy-ups he could do (157) others walked, cycled laps of a field or a set distance – one boy and his friends cycled 40 miles! Overall they raised £681.22 to send to the school, which was greatly receieved as you can see from the letter below.

Looking forward, there will be more zoom meetings and we’ll do what we can from a distance as we all try to adapt to new ways of meeting and doing things!

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