Saturday, 14 November 2009

Looking back

A day for looking back... First we celebrated our annual Mass of Memories at Christ the King this morning. Over 120 people attended this year, including many who had been bereaved since last year's Mass. As is my practice, I read out the names of the 38 who had died during that time at the beginning of Mass. Each of the names brings back memories to James and myself, and reminds us of the great privilege it is to be allowed into people's lives at this most painful of times. Some funerals can be, it must be said, the most uplifting of occasions. Who can forget, for example, that of Teresa Walsh at St Paul's during the summer? After Mass today everyone enjoyed a cup of tea or coffee and a chat in the hall. I'm very grateful to the C the K bereavement group for organizing this celebration so well.
Then, still on the theme of looking back, we had a great concert in our other hall, St Brigid's, this evening. We were hugely entertained by the Siren Sisters, a 1940's style close harmong trio. They were very good, with a lovely sound, and very well rehearsed I would say. Then after a hot meatballs-and-rice supper excellently prepared as usual by our St B & St P Social Group, we all watched a DVD called "Songs that Won the War" introduced by Dame Vera Lynn, and had a good old singalong.

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