Archbishop Malcolm presenting me with a Spiritual Bouquet, given by parishioners from St Catherine's and my previous parish, St Cuthbert's, in Wigan.
And a Papal Blessing to follow.
Mr Anthony Dickinson announcing some of the many gifts -
including a generous cheque from the parishioners of St Catherine's,
presented by Mrs Hild Gibbons.
A suitable cake!
The Schola from church displayed their versatility and turned their talents to some songs from the shows to entertain us. A proper reminder that each has its own place!
The little hall in our parish (the Pope John Paul Room) was far too small to cater for the Reception, so we adjourned across the road to the Farington Conservative Club. Our excellent photographer, John Robinson took plenty of photos, so I will leave those who were there to find themselves in the selection below.
We were served lovely hot food by caterers who live in the parish - who are also proprietors of the nearby Cavendish Arms, which Father has been known to frequent on occasion.
It was great to see so many friends, some of whom I haven't seen in quite a few years.
Thank you to everyone for making it such a wonderful evening.