Nearly 60 parishioners joined David Wells as he led them in our Parish Day of Reflection. Below you will find …
… Fr Reg’s summary of the dat as given in his homily over the weekend of 29th-30th July
… David’s first talk of the morning
… David’s second talk of the morning
… Reactions of those who attended
Fr Reg’s summary of the day
David Wells’ 1st Morning Talk
David’s 2nd Talk
Here in bullet-point fashion, are some of the comments made …
- What an excellent speaker – so professional
- Wasn’t he lively – he certainly kept me awake!
- I came with a number of family worries but they simply left my mind – he engaged us all in what he was saying, I forgot my worries
- I only intended to come for the morning out of duty but ended up staying the whole day. It was great.
- I was dreading it being heavy theology but he presented quotes from the Pope in “bite-sized chunks”, so easy to listen to and remember
- So good to be reminded that it was OK to be cheerful in Church – I smile at people when I go to communion and it’s nice to feel that’s alright!
- The personal, family stories, were so intimate and meaningful
- His teaching was so relevant to our lives today
- His reassurances about the young were very helpful
- David threw out a challenge about having a similar Day for young families – how about it? We’ve certainly got enough people in the Parish who are suitably checked for safe-guarding etc.
- The idea that it’s not about mass attendance numbers but rather about identifying and meeting the needs “out there” is thought-provoking and necessary
- We must get him back again! (This came from a number of directions – including Fr Reg!)
- We must consider having David for an In-Service Day (this from a Headteacher of a Catholic Secondary School in Bristol, who was glad to be there on Saturday)
At the P.P.C. meeting on Monday 17th July, a number of initiatives were discussed and decided upon (as a result of Saturday’s “kick up the backside!) :
- An area in Church has been set up for young children & Mum/Dad – with carpet, books, soft toys, colouring books etc. and used today at Mass by 6 young ones
- Ushers to have urgent meeting and put training in place to ensure warmly greeting all, as well as identifying newcomers/visitors
- A family picnic planned for 10 Sept to follow 11am Mass – using hall, friary rooms and garden.
- A Bible Study/faith sharing session suggested – date in July and Sept to start with, to see how it goes.
- Suggestion for the existing Friendship Club (for housebound and those living alone), to be widened further afield, to be considered