Friday, 26 February 2010
Thursday, 25 February 2010
Thursday, 18 February 2010
On Saturday mornings we often welcome Catholics from other local parishes, who join us in our Parish Rooms after Morning Mass. Here are Sheila, Sarah from Milford, Peggy, Jean from Lyndhurst and Patricia fraternizing over coffee. (Sarah and Jean often come here, so they know the natives are friendly.) Sarah edits the New Forest Pastoral Area website, which can be accessed directly from our blog by clicking on its link in our right-hand column, and which always carries our current newsletter, in case you forgot to pick one up.
Thursday, 11 February 2010
Lent begins this week, on Ash Wednesday February 17th. It will be remembered right across the world, and the fasting and abstinence of Ash Wednesday will be observed everywhere. In Afganistan last year a marine is shown receiving the ashes as he prepared to take his armoured vehicle through territory peppered with I.E.D.'s
We were very sad to hear of the death of Mary (Maura) McHale. Until recently she was a regular daily Mass attender, and had a great devotion to the Rosary and to the Stations of the Cross. We trust and pray that her soul may rest in peace.
Not many of our Parish Councillors could be persuaded to take off their outdoor clothing at this week's meeting of the P.P.C. in the Parish rooms. This photo was taken as Cathy, Frances, Fr Jamie and the other members were getting ready to tackle the packed agenda, which as usual included reports, discussions and the making of recommendations about Parish action, liturgy, sacramental life, prayer and social activities.
Have you ever wondered, as you are trying to drink your coffee after Mass, where all that noise is actually coming from? In the true spirit of academic research, a camera was taken in to the Parish Rooms after Mass last Sunday, though a decibel counter would have been more appropriate. Paddy, Jo, Franki and Eileen were laughing so much that Blog had difficulty hearing himself think. What could have been the cause of all this hilarity? Had a little something been added to those now suspiciously empty coffee cups? Or does this month's Portsmouth People include a cartoon page?
Thursday, 4 February 2010
Our Blog has reported on many events taking place in the Parish of Lymington in its attempt to keep you fully informed of all the different enterprises in which our parishioners and their friends are involved. Sadly, as you can see, on this occasion we arrived after the drama was over. The audience had left, the leading lady was recovering from her ordeal, and the humble screwdriver, praised and honoured for the part it had played in the rescue operation, had been returned to its proud owner. The story behind this picture, however, cannot fail to become one of the mighty legends of our hallowed site. Never before in the long history of this parish has so much been owed by one parishioner to so many of her friends. Free at last! What bliss must it have been!
Due the difficulty of driving into deepest Dorset (especially in the kind of weather we've had recently) our Parish S.V.P. Conference has now joined the Southampton District Council. Last Wednesday a meeting of the Southampton Council was held in our Parish to mark our inauguration into membership with them. Tom, who is our President, was welcomed by Keith Powers, President of the Southampton Council (on the right). Our S.V.P. will continue in a spirit of justice and charity, and in complete confidentiality, to help those who are suffering or who need assistance, through the person-to-person involvement of our members. Our Parish Conference meets on Wednesday afternoons.
At the beginning of our Sunday morning Mass, boys and girls leave the church to go to their liturgy classes. Have you wondered what the very young children do there? After the teacher has presented the subject, the little ones do appropriate practical work. What a hive of activity! These kiddies are drawing pictures to illustrate aspects of this week's liturgy best suited to their level of understanding. Iciar, who is teaching this session, really believes in getting down to it. She's on her knees working with one child, whilst the parents assisting her help with others.