It's wonderful to be a priest in a very active parish like St Ann's but sometimes I have to stop and ask myself just where the time has gone.
I was going to post a few photos on the blog today of recent parish events and I could hardly believe it when I saw that the last blog post was six weeks ago. So much has happened in that time. Here are a few snapshots of parish life at St Ann's . . .
One of the recent highlights, if not THE highlight, must be our 40 Hours Devotion.
It was well attended and Fr Terry Martin, A&B Vocations Director, celebrated a beautiful Mass at the beginning of the 40 Hours. He was also able to return to St Ann's and be present for the closing Benediction.
I must say it is such a blessing to be able to have the 40 Hours Devotion. It was wonderful to see people coming and going throughout the three days - and the two nights. We had many for Confession too. It is all very encouraging.
At the beginning of June, on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, we had a Procession of the Blessed Sacrament at the end of Mass and our First Holy Communion children were an important part of the procession, strewing petals before the Blessed Sacrament. The Mass itself was offered in thanksgiving for all our children, their families and catechists.
Naturally, a splendid cake was enjoyed in the parish hall after Mass and the procession.
Today, we enjoyed a special lunch for all those who help in the parish throughout the year in so many different ways.
Thanks to our parish secretary for all the photos which give us a record to keep of parish life.
Of course there have been lots more things happening at St Ann's. We have recently had our Annual Parish Meeting and look forward to launching the Appeal for our New Hall Annexe Project; we have had social events, school events and Banstead Five events. No-one can ever say that life is dull here at St Ann's!