Friday, May 07, 2021

IMPORTANT: a senior judge criticises the plans for the new "hate crime" law...

 

....read about it here...


The influence of the lobby group STONEWALL is particularly criticised...the judge notes that its approach is taken as a standard one, instead of simply one view among many.


This is of great importance, as the concept of "hate crime" is something that has already created much confusion, and caused real problems. 

Monday, May 03, 2021

...and in the latest PORTAL magazine...

 


...read my personal tribute to HRH Prince Philip...here...with memories of  the challenges of the Award Scheme... 

Come and visit Auntie in the Rosary Garden!!!

 ....on May 29th, National Gardens Day!

The Dominican Priory at Southampton Row in North London has a glorious Garden dedicated to the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary,  and it will be open to the public on National Gardens Day and is well worth a visit.

Info here.  The garden is easy to reach and you will find Auntie Joanna there,  and can even obtain a copy of her book telling the story of the Garden and the story behind it...which takes in the Fleet river, Blackfriars station, and St John Paul...

Saturday, April 24, 2021

A GLORIOUS MASS FOR ST GEORGE'S DAY...

 

...at St George's Cathedral, Southwark, with an inspiring sermon by the Archbishop, and  beautiful singing from the choir.  As we made our way out into the sunshine  from those great arched doors, we were each given a beautiful long-stemmed rose...a lovely way to carry the message out for the rest of the day...

The hymns included "Great Saint George, our patron, help us..." which we used to sing at school, and I have rarely heard since. Found myself singing it as I set about housework later in the afternoon...



Wednesday, April 21, 2021

An on-line conference organised by a new group....

 ...Smart Catholics...and it was a privilege to take part. I was invited to speak on "Women and the Church".

This was my first experience of a large-scale on-line event organised through "Hopin".  Previously, I've used ZOOM etc.

The Smart Catholics team work with Catholic Voices and are very friendly,  efficient, upbeat and helpful.  We had a training session some days before the event.

There really is a strange illusion that  there is a genuine conference going on, and one is simply there "on screen" while a large audience is present in person, seated in rows at a conference etc.  Actually of course everyone is "attending" like me, by sitting at home with a computer.

The various talks have also been recorded and I think will be available as podcasts etc. This was a joint USA/UK event, and I was speaking at 3.15pm British time. I explained that the funeral of HRH Prince Philip was taking place and my husband was listening to it in an adjoining room.  I had asked him to let me know when the National Anthem was played so that I could stand up!  In the end this wasn't necessary, because my session conveniently ended shortly before the funeral reached that part of things.







Saturday, April 10, 2021

There will be prayers for Prince Philip at Masses tomorrow...

 


...and memorial pictures of him in churches and Cathedrals, like this one at St George's Cathedral, Southwark,  with a message from the Archbishop.



THE HISTORY WALKS ARE RE-STARTING...

 

...so do come along!!!  You need to let us know that you are coming.  Walks will start from Westminster Cathedral,  from St George's Cathedral, Southwark, and from St Elizabeth's Church in Richmond.   We offer evening and afternoon walks.  Come and discover London's magnificent history.  Info here

Friday, April 09, 2021

Tributes to HRH Prince Philip...

 

...and I add my own small voice...like thousands of other young people over the past half-century or more, I took part in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, and am so grateful for all that I learned and was able to do...

His was a life of service, lived well.

A  man of Christian faith, of courage - not least in wartime - and of dedication to our country. May he rest in peace. Read here...


Thursday, April 08, 2021

IT'S TIME TO GET BACK TO MASS!!!

 

.....people who have been watching at home: it's time to get back to church now.


Here is a leading Cardinal on the subject,   and frankly, he's quite right.