Thursday, 13 October 2011

Anniversary Mass

Introibo ad altare Dei.
We had a lovely Mass here last night for my twentieth anniversary of Ordination. It's amazing how smoothly the seemingly complicated High Mass can be accomplished when everyone knows what they are doing! (Reading the descriptions in Fortesque can make it seem impossibly complicated but the reality can, in fact, flow very smoothly and beautifully.) My thanks to Fr Mark Lawler and Fr Thomas Wood for assisting as the sacred ministers and to Anthony Dickinson for arranging the music with his usual aplomb. Thank you as well to all those who came - both parishioners and friends from further afield and for all the messages sent by those who couldn't be there. You can't see the chauble very well but it's the one I was ordained in

The celebrations continue this evening as the parishioners are taking me out for a meal after Devotions - so some unsuspecting local hostelry is in for a raucous surprise!

A couple more images from the Mass and varia from the Reception afterwards in the Pope John Paul Room.















5 comments:

David O'Neill said...

Congratulations Father, you all seemed to enjoy a wonderful occasion. We trust that your "local hostelry" didn't have to call in the constabulary!!

Anonymous said...

What wonderful pictures, Father! Thank you for sharing them with us.

Veronica

Cunjo said...

I would like to note that almost after every TLM there is sort of an Agape. That is excellent because it shows that community can really grow in mutual fraternity and connection without the New Mass. It is like in the ancient times. After Mass there would be an Agape. This emphesizes the fact that the Mass really is an extraordinary event and that it shouldn't be dissmised like it never happened. Those ''Agapes'' offer an opportunity to talk about the Mistery that happened few moments agos, and yeah...actually to share experiences.

God Bless.

Liam O'Callaghan said...

Congratulations on your 20th anniversary. Hope you are well. Liam

Fr Simon Henry said...

Thanks Liam. I'm okay for the most part. How are you?