...and hugely enjoying, George's Weigel's Practicing Catholic, a collection of essays. Recommended.
Felt a bit smug as I pottered about the kitchen this morning, brewing some coffee, dealing with the washing, tackling some emails. Glanced at the clock from time to time and set off for a weekday Mass feeling vaguely that I was a well-organised-Catholic-lady. Soon got into reality. Arrived at church and wondered why no one was there - usual attendance for weekday Mass in this lovely local parish is high. Heard voices from the Lady Chapel - people saying the Rosary. That usually happens after Mass...???...simple, really. On arrival home yesterday evening, we forgot to put the clocks at Bogle Towers forward one hour. So this w-o-C-l is not so well organised after all.
Re-planned the day, hopped on a bus and train and got to a lunchtime Mass at Pr. Blood Church at London Bridge - and am glad I did....the church has been recently cleaned and looked glorious with the most beautiful flowers in the sanctuary, a lovely arrangement below the lectern with golden ribbons, a sense of Easter everywhere. Thought of Pope Benedict and his emphasis on "the Way of Beauty".
Coming up soon - some dates for your diary: Tuesday April 16th: London Catholic History Walk, starts 6.30pm outside the Church of SS Anselm and Cecilia, Kingsway (nearest tube: Holborn). Come and join us in discovering the story of Bishop Richard Challoner, and the pub where his memory is still honoured...Tuesday May 7th: Auntie speaks at the Hull Faith Forum, 7.30pm, St Joseph's. Boothferry Road, Hull. Monday May 13th: History Walk at Westminster, starts 6.30pm steps of Westminster Cathedral. Monday May 20th: Talk on Blessed John Henry Newman by Dr Andrew Nash, 6.30pm at Pr. Blood Church, London Bridge. Tuesday June 18th: all-day conference at St Patrick's. Soho Square: afternoon speaker, Bishop Philip Egan, evening speaker George Weigel - info here and scroll down...