What a wonderful summer weekend in Hampshire with my parents and sister! This has to be the major benefit of living a somewhat nomadic existence before I head to Washington DC this summer. Yesterday we visited The Vyne, a nearby National Trust property (above) with beautiful grounds and a very elegant house, and then today we went together to the Reading Ordinariate Group for their Solemn Mass, which I concelebrated with Fr David Elliott, the Group Pastor.
After Mass the group had decided they wanted to take me out for lunch before I fly off, and so we headed to a pub on the outskirts of the Wellington Country Park for a good meal and a chance to catch up and say our farewells. One of the advantages of the smaller groups in the Ordinariate – as opposed to the larger parishes I’ve been working in – is that you can really get to know each other; there’s a beautiful pattern that emerges in the lives of people who come together for the Sunday Eucharist, spend social time together, and even go – en masse- on pilgrimage (Rome this year; Poland next). I’ve been very fortunate to be on the fringes of that in Reading and assure them of my prayers as they continue to move forward.
This past week I have been in Tunbridge Wells and in Crawley, giving talks on the New Evangelisation, and on Sacred Music. You can listen to my talk from Tunbridge Wells here, and you can always come to Part II of the Sacred Music this Thursday in Crawley. Details of that are here.