In addition to parish duties in Pembury I spend a half day a week working as a prison chaplain at a ladies Prison. The post has offered me a welcome and stimulating distraction from village life over the years and I have much enjoyed hearing confessions, leading study groups, taking Mass and admitting people to the faith. Prisoners, who know their needs, tend to be receptive to the message of the Gospel in a way comfortable people are not.
This coming week I am attending a special conference for prison chaplains being held at St. Mary’s university in Twickenham. It will be strange for me to be visiting that part of London for business not pleasure! This means that there will be no weekday Mass on Tuesday or Thursday. We do however have Mass on Wednesday at 7pm (thanks to Fr. Ferguson) and also on Friday. Normal service will resume next week when it is back to the daily routine with gusto!