Catching up

Last Thursday, Bishop Pat Lynch visited the parish to administer the sacrament of Confirmation to 37 candidates from the parish. After Holy Communion, we sang the hymn "Guardian Angel from heaven so bright" as Mulier Fortis mentioned the other day. I was pleasantly surprised at the number of enthusiastic comments that I received afterwards about this hymn from young parents who had never heard it before.

The Confirmation preparation is a major enterprise for us. Although we have excellent catechists who do the main teaching work, I always begin the sessions with some prayers and a little talk. With groups held on two evenings, that does clog the diary up a bit and it is a relief to have some more time. There are a great many things on my desk that I need to catch up on...

At Wonersh today, my class is almost through the theology of the sacrament of Holy Orders. The essay deadline is near and we are beginning some revision for the exam. A visit to the computer room in the late afternoon finds several students looking for information on the Apostolic Exhortation to be published tomorrow. They are setting up bookmarks to refresh the relevant Vatican page periodically until the text is available online.

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