This evening I am attending the annual Carol Service at East Sutton Park Prison where I serve as Catholic Chaplain one day a week. This year it is going to be a particularly special celebration because one of the ladies is being received into full communion with the Catholic church and receiving the sacrament of confirmation. This comes after a course of small group catechesis each week over many months when we followed the Evangelium course together. The other members of the group will be acting as sponsors.
I cannot give further details for reasons of confidentiality but please pray for this lady who has found hope and comfort in the Christian Gospel and in the promises of the Catholic faith. We have chosen the carol service because it is the one time that we enter into a proper church (not a multi-faith room) and the whole community are gathered. It is days like this that make priesthood such a joy.