We made a great deal of progress in less than two hours over coffee and cake at the presbytery.
Forthcoming events include;
An afternoon retreat with traditional Catholic devotion, including Mass, Rosary, Benediction, talks on the Rosary and the spirituality of the Mass and opportunity for confession. Planned for October.
Server training session in late August.
Clergy training in singing at a mutually convenient time.
Solemn High Mass and Procession of the Blessed Sacrament for Corpus Christi in June.
Mass at the Cathedral in November and other occasions.
We both now have a lot of letters/e-mails to compose and send as well as receiving training in the 1962 rubrics for the Solemn Mass with Fr. Parfitt and checking things by telephone.
Fr. Michael O'Reilly who used to offer Mass for us at Killingbeck Cemetery chapel called this sort of activity in one of his very practical sermons as celebrating the sacrament of the moment which I equated (and still do) with the little way of St. Therese and the desire to sanctify laborious daily activity as a work of God as prescribed by many orders and especially Opus Dei.
The word training appears a lot in this post. I do think this augurs well for the future and thank God daily for our opportunity to attend the traditional Mass so frequently in different places in the diocese.
God bless our Pope!
Mary, Help of Christians pray for us!
Blessed John Henry Newman, pray for us!