Monsignor Keith Newton was our celebrant at 11am this morning at a Mass which saw one of our parishioners, Roy Cavey, admitted to the office of acolyte, a stage on his journey to becoming a permanent deacon. Monsignor Keith also admitted one of our parish children, Shay Haughian, to communion for the very first time.
After the Mass, which was uplifting and joyful, we held a BBQ. Despite it not being quite as sunny as we would have liked, the rain held off and the food and ale was excellent. Tonbridge Coppernob being our choice of beer for the second year running.
A big thank you to Mgr Newton and Gill for driving down from London and to all who helped cater, set up, organise things etc.. It will not be long until Mgr. Newton returns to Pembury as he will be present for the thanksgiving Evensong on July 1st when we will bless the new window and thank God for the development of our parish in recent years.