Monday, 16 July 2012

People eating, people planning

Whoooa... Things normally start to quieten down in July, but...
Been out for meals a lot. First, the Fraternity of Priests met here on Wednesday; housekeeper Mary served up one of her humdinger soups as usual. Thursday the priests of the deanery also met here, and 6 or 7 of us had lunch at the Three Arches afterwards. Much talk of clergy moves, but I'm safe at the moment - I think! Thursday evening, out at the Gwaelod-y-Garth Inn celebrating 50th birthdays - had venison. Mmmm..
Friday was out at the Custom House in Penarth with staff and governors of our parish school, Christ the King. We were marking the retirement of Bernadette Hancock, the headteacher, and Les Collins, a long time teacher. Saturday out with Fr T for our regular lunchtime slot - went back to Ffynnon Wen after a while. Yes, well...
And then Sunday - nephew and wife (of last summer's highpoint wedding fame) came and we went out with her sister who is spending the summer working in the Pontypridd area. We hit Nando's in Nantgarw - a first for me. Hey, I really enjoyed the chicken, and we walked it off around Caerphilly Castle.
Workwise - the reduction in the number of Masses is a big issue at the moment. I'm meeting on Thursday with our two Parish Councils and Pastoral Group to try and arrive at what's best for our 3 Churches.
Then this evening we started the process to improve our ministry with children and young people. A brainstorming session attracted about 8 or 9 well motivated folks. It was very good, and arrived at some sound practical decisions which bode well. Watch this space...

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