Fr. Peter at Mass.

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Before Mass started I smiled to myself, knowing that Father Peter finds the noise and the fidgeting at the children’s Mass ‘challenging.’

Today, Father kept us a little longer as we had to complete the parish census forms. A good idea, because he wanted them back straight after Mass. Helpers were stationed in the narthex with collection baskets at the ready. So, to the tune of baby squalls and very restless toddlers, we dutifully filled in the forms before we left the building to the rousing sound of percussion instruments being played as accompaniment to the hymn by those very same toddlers and children. (I attended the 9:30 this morning, always packed to the the rafters.)

I love Father’s homilies and always come away with something to think about, and this morning as I left Mass I asked if he would mind me taking notes during his homilies, because my memory is just not co-operating. I always wish that I did have a pen and paper at the ready, because I know there will be something I’ll want to share and never remember what it is. I will be suitably armed with pen and paper from now on.

Father spoke about faith today as I’m sure all priests did, and his message to the parents of the children who are about to start  the Holy Communion course was about prayer. Teach them ‘arrow prayers’.  Prayers that are sharp and to the point. Such as the prayer that reminds us of St. Thomas, ‘My Lord and my God.’ This we say as the body of Christ is held up for veneration after the consecration of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of or Lord Jesus Christ.

The other one he mentioned, ‘Lord increase my faith today.’ He made reference to St. Augustine for this one one…I forget the link he made with St Augustine(hence the need for pen and paper!) Both of these little ‘arrow prayers’ are pretty powerful in themselves as they serve to increase our faith and worship our God as all-powerful at the same time.

Another way of reaching out.

Logo from the WednesdayWord website.

Having developed a firm and steady interest in ‘The New Evangelisation’ proposed by the Church, I was happy to be introduced to this exciting endeavour by a friend of mine. Look for yourselves at  http://www.wednesdayword.org/

By subscribing to the voluntary institution via schools or parishes, they would receive eye-catching copies of the Gospel readings aimed at primary school children and their families. The leaflet is printed on good quality paper and  contains engaging activities that can be completed as a whole family. I would think that the point of sending these home through schools would be to re-awaken an interest in the Word of the Lord; foster good family discussion time at least once a week around the coming Sunday Gospel reading and hopefully promote further discussion of the reading after the homily.

Just superb!

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