Last year, a local independent undertaker asked me to host a memorial carol service. This took place just a week before our parish carol service which made things rather busy for our organist, so this year I suggested that we combine the two. The service took place this afternoon and was a great success. There were about 300 people, more than half of whom were non-Catholics.
The Choir and our annual ad-hoc children's choir sang beautifully. I preached briefly and said some prayers for the dead. The Union of Catholic Mothers put on a magnificent spread in the hall afterwards and it was an opportunity for local non-Catholics to come to the Church, sing Christmas carols, listen to the choir and, in many cases, I'm sure, fulfil the natural instinct to worship God. A form of evangelisation, I hope.