Friday Jan 5th
A delightful meeting with the authors of a new CTs publication "The Joy of God's Plan", due to be launched by the Catholic Truth Society at Westminster Cathedral Hall on Jan 31st. This is a DVD and booklets giving an introduction to Natural Fertility Awareness, and it is a project which has been longed planned and carried out by a team of people who have been working for years with young couples and parents, and who also bring their own personal experience and commitment to the subject.
The project has the support of Archbishop Kevin McDonald of Southwark, who will be attending the launch, together with Bishop Bernard Longley of Westminster. The team producing the material comes from Luton Good Counsel - one of a number of local groups which in recent years have helped dozens of young women through pregnancy and childbirth, offering friendship, counselling, and support through often difficult circumstances and helping to ensure a child's safe delivery into a world where there will be a love and a welcome.
This new DVD pack will be of huge value to marriage preparation groups in parishes, and to women's organisations. Contact the Catholic Truth Society for more details, and send me a COMMENT at this Blog if you are interested in attending the Launch - clergy, youth workers, teachers, all particularly welcome.
My feature in the Catholic Herald re blogging has produced a large response in the blogging fraternity....which incidentally has proved itself super-sensitive to even the merest hint of amused criticism!
My only real worry about blogging is that it traps people at computers....while giving the illusion that one is in contact with millions of people across the globe, talking about important things etc, etc, writing or reading a blog is actually a matter of sitting at a desk engaging in chat which can become addictive - and meanwhile there's a whole world going on outside. I have (temporarily!) solved this problem by having massive computer problems at home - as regularreaders of this Blog will know - and consequently having to work at public libraries or internet cafes. I am writing this at Sutton Library, with just eleven more minutes allowed on this machine....this concentrates the mind....
This evening I am off to a Twelfth Night party at a cousin's. She was my bridesmaid over 25 years ago, and we last met at the Silver Wedding celebrations last June.....it will be fun to catch up, and I always enjoy Twelfth Night and ensuring that Christmas ends on a high note instead of just fizzling out.....
Speaking engagements coming up: I will be at St Walburga's, PRESTON, on Jan 28th, speaking to Catholic students. Come along and join in! Starts at 6.30pm with Mass. I'll be talking about "Celebrating Catholic Feasts and Seasons".