Apologies for neglecting the parish blog somewhat recently. Lots of things have been happening at St Ann's but there isn't always much time to sit down and write about it. We also have many plans for the coming weeks and months. I thought I would do a little 'catch up' session this evening.
On Tuesday this week, we were delighted to welcome back Fr James Bradley OLW who spoke to us about prayer. This was Fr James final visit in a series of three but we hope to welcome him back in the future some time. Fr James, you will always be welcome at St Ann's.
Each of these talks have been well attended and much appreciated by all those present and prompted lively question and answer sessions afterwards.
Our final talk in this series of talks for the Year of Faith will be given by Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith on Tuesday 5th March at 8pm. His subject will be 'Marriage and Family Life' and all are warmly invited to attend.
For those who are not familiar with Fr Lucie-Smith, he is a priest of our diocese and a well-known Catholic writer. Father has a regular blog on the Catholic Herald website. We look forward to hearing what he has to say about Family Life, especially in the light of the recent second reading of the Same-Sex Marriage Bill.
Looking further ahead, I'm delighted that it appears as if the 40 Hours Devotion is becoming a regular annual event here at St Ann's. We will celebrate the 40 Hours Devotion once more in June this year as we come towards the end of this Year of Faith. The 40 Hours Devotion will begin on Tuesday 18th June with Mass at 7pm, and will continue throughout Wednesday and conclude with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 9am on Thursday 20th June.
Once again, all will be very welcome to come and join us. Come and spend an hour or so with Our Lord or even just a few minutes if that is all you can manage. Confession will be available throughout the day on Wednesday.