Fr Frank writes:
My Dear Friends,
This weekend marks the end of the week of prayer for prisoners. I put the Day of Prayer back one week, as to have had it last Sunday would have clashed with our efforts towards CAFOD.
I can do no better this weekend than to quote some words from Andy Keen-Downs the CEO of the Prison Advice and Care Trust (PACT):
Over the last year, I’m sure you will have seen stories about the state of our prison system. What you may not have seen or heard about is the work of PACT staff and volunteers, of prison chaplains, and of hard-working decent prison staff. The prison system is in crisis. Our job, as the Catholic prison charity, is to offer what support we can to those who are most in need. Please support our vital work this Prisoners’ Sunday.
We will be taking a longer than usual break this week in order to have some rest and to visit Anne’s mother in Coventry. My thanks to Fr Bill who will be celebrating Masses in Dovercourt, and to our Ministers who will be providing services of the Word and Holy Communion in Frinton.
May our good and gracious God bless you all.
A long time ago, a parson thought it polite to wait for the country squire before beginning the service in his village church.
One Sunday, he forgot and began with the opening scripture: ‘when the wicked man…’ ‘Stop’ shouted a voice from the back. ‘He hasn’t arrived yet.’