Parish duties resume as per normal this coming weekend and the clergy look forward to seeing you at Mass on Saturday and Sunday. So what did we do on our holidays?
Father Nicholas had the more exotic break having toured the far East before catching up with his eldest son who now lives in Hong Kong. And who should he bump into whilst ambling along the street? Only the Ordinary, Monsignor Keith Newton, who was passing through on his way to an historic meeting of the three Ordinaries (UK, American and Australia) in Australia. He sent the picture above as evidence that you can never hide from ecclesial authority!
Meanwhile the family Tomlinson were fortunate to spend a delightful week in Brittany, thanks to the generosity of a priest friend who owns property there. The coastline there is breathtaking and many a day was spent on the beach and in the sea. The photograph at the top of this blogpost shows me holding the ‘alien head’ seaweed the children discovered and not the head of a modernist as somebody suggested on Facebook….
When out of the sea the children enjoyed exploring the local Chateaux. Which, as this photograph shows, can be very thirsty business. Well what does one visit France for if not the wine?
I do hope blog readers managed to have a little down time over the summer. Now to some hard work over the coming weeks when the daily parish round, new stained glass windows and fonts and exploring opportunities for the local Ordinariate will take precedence. Two days of holiday left….perhaps I could empty another bottle of wine for the children to play with?