Monday, 7 January 2008

WYD prep

I realise full well that I should be in bed right now, but as I can't get to sleep I thought I'd write a quick post.

First of all, a belated feast of the Epiphany to everyone. Saturday night I went to the bishop's Epiphany Vigil Mass for young people who are going to be, or have recently been, confirmed. Afterwards I got to meet some of the young people in the light of a bonfire and fireworks, a few of whom I saw the next day at the preparation afternoon for World Youth Day. Luke my senior was also there, putting sweepstake tickets into envelopes for a fundraising event, while trying to convince the youth of Doctor Who's Catholicity - see previous posts. We had an Australian come and explain all about Australian life and culture (yes, I've heard the yoghurt joke), and we learned such useful phrases as 'flat out like a lizard drinking' ('I'm busy') and 'fair dinkums' ('it's true'). Ripper! I'm stoked to learn all this...

I missed a second Epiphany Mass with the bishop to come back for a Vocations Holy Hour which was being held in my parish. As well as having initiatives to attract men and women to the priesthood and religious life, it is important to pray to Christ that he might open them to the possibility of such a discernment. As it says in 'Fishers of Men', as a baby grows in silence, so a vocation is formed through silence. Please pray for an increase of priestly and religious vocations in East Anglia, especially amongst our young people!

I promised a report on the FAITH conference - it will come. Fr. Tim has a good review on his blog as well, though I miss the fun video that usually accompanies such events!


marcella said...

Hello chaps
Browsing today, saw your blog, and wanted to say hello. I pray daily for priests and for vocations so will save this blog to favourites and keep looking in.
I'm a friend of a former Oscotian (now a priest)and spent a weekend there a few years ago. I also know another one of yours who is shortly to be ordained.
May God bless you all.

marcella said...

Just sent a post to you, hope you get it, technophobe here...

ioannes said...

hi guys
just thought i'd let you know that that most rare of creatures - an East Anglian diaconal student - has started a blog at
I have linked to your own estimable blog - if you should like to link back, please feel free - if not, no problem at all - keep up the good work!
god bless