Friday, 25 June 2010
Thursday, 17 June 2010
Bishop Crispian celebrated Mass at Basingstoke last Saturday for some happy married couples, including Alice and Leslie Dobson. Alice, who moved into our parish quite recently, but is already a dedicated post-Sunday morning coffee consumer, allowed the Blog to scan their wonderful wedding photo, which we are proud to show you. They have been married 63 years!
We could not, of course, show the whole of the Needles Eye Cafe while our Friendship Club were having their annual cream tea there. Such a sight would have been most indigestible. So from among the many friends who were present we've just selected one couple, Hazel and Mary. They certainly enjoyed themselves, and we know that all the other friends had a good time, too. Thanks, Joan for organising it, and for this photo.
And here's our final couple for this week, Wayne and Derek Hayward, who helped to clear unwanted items from our Parish Rooms last Monday. We are very grateful to them for the use of their muscles and the van and for being such good sports to let us blog them, and we thank Margaret (Derek's husband) for lending him to us, and Frances for the photo. Furthermore in recognition of their achievement in having got everything in the van without removing either the walls or the roof we would like to dedicate this gentle refrain (click!) to them.
Thursday, 10 June 2010
report and photos by Cathy
photos by Freda
Thursday, 3 June 2010
The man who is to become our Parish Priest in September of this year is Fr Danny McAvoy, who is a member of the Montfort Missionaries. Although this will be Fr Danny’s first experience of ministering full time in a parish community, he has regularly helped parishes out at weekends, mainly in Southampton. At first he was a prison chaplain, although as he always worked in a different prison to Canon Peter Wilkie they’ve never met, so that’s one pleasure he’s looking forward to. For the past twelve years he has been attached to St Joseph's Pastoral Centre at Ashurst, initially running a 25-bed centre for refugees from countries such as Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan. After the work in the refuge was completed he went to work for three days a week as Chaplain to Alabaré Christian Care and Support, a wonderful charity founded by five Catholic families in Salisbury which now boasts 47 projects which take care of the most vulnerable in our society. He is a qualified psychotherapist, specialising in trauma work with survivors of abuse and emotional deprivation. He hopes to continue with this work in a way which supports his commitment to the Parish.
Fr Danny was born in Scotland, and although his and Fr Jamie’s careers have followed different courses, they have been friends since their days at school together in Paisley. He will be coming to us in September, together with Mollie and Margaret Mary, of course. (Margaret Mary’s the grumpy one.) We shall all be looking forward very much to their joining us. When Fr Danny was asked how he felt about taking on this new role as a Parish Priest he replied that working in a Parish setting will bring for him a real difference both in mission and in ministry. Is he looking forward to it? “Oh, yes, very much so.”
No, no, they’re his cats, silly!