...continued today. While on the Isle of Wight, one of the jolliest activities was giving out the prizes gained by St Thomas of Canterbury RC primary school, at Carisbrook. They had gained prizes and a Merit Certificate in the 2008 Schools RE Project organised by the Association of Catholic Women and the Catholic Truth Society.
It was a very happy morning: the children sat cross-legged on the floor and the Head Teacher began the Assembly by reading out the Gospel from Sunday's Mass (the calling of St Matthew) and gave a little explanation of it, and then we had the prize presentation. Great enthusiasm. The little boy who won First Prize and a trophy for the School held the latter high up above his head like a football champion. A little Polish girl had gained a Merit certificate for her essay even though English is her second language. The local newspaper turned up to take photographs, and we all posed outside in the bright sunshine.
I was really sorry to leave the Isle of Wight - got home yesterday afternoon - and today seemed hot and sticky and difficult while I was tackling work. Glorious lunchtime break with a friend. She had recently visited Lourdes and brought me, among other things, a Rosary which is now tucked into my pocket. It is the 150th anniversary of Bernadette's apparitions this year and the Rosary is a special commemorative one. Everything felt better as I cycled home from our prolonged, enjoyable and talkative lunch.Tackled ironing, emails, cleaning kitchen floor, and various bits of work in fresh heart.