Last night we welcomed Fr Emmanuel CFR to the parish. He is a member of the Community of Friars of the Renewal based in Canning Town and had kindly agreed to come and talk to us about the Mass.
I was delighted to see that our parish hall was nearly full. Among the parishioners were parents of our First Holy Communion children and, especially pleasing, a good turnout of young people from our Confirmation group.
Fr Emmanuel gave a very interesting, lively and, at times, amusing talk about the Mass; looking at the importance of preparing well for Sunday Mass, the Eucharistic Fast, the importance of being in a suitable condition to receive Holy Communion and reverence and respect for the Real Presence.
He also looked at the various parts of the Liturgy of the Mass.
There was time afterwards for questions and it was apparent that everyone had found the evening very interesting and helpful.
We look forward to a similar evening next month when one of the Friars will be talking to us about the Sacrament of Reconciliation on
Tuesday 3rd November at 8pm.