Greetings from Aylesford. Palm Sunday heralded the beginning of the Pilgrimage season and since then we have been welcoming visitors and pilgrims who have been seduced out of their homes by the spring sunshine. Last Monday we welcomed the Guild of St Stephen for their annual pilgrimage for Altar Servers. This weekend is particularly busy. The guesthouse is full of delegates for the Third Order of Carmelites National Gathering. Fr Joseph and Fr Wilfrid will be with them over the weekend. Ever busy, Fr Joseph is also co-directing a retreat day with his friend Mrs Elizabeth Smith on Centring Prayer.
This evening at 5,30pm, Bishop John Hine, our local bishop and great friend of the community will ordain as deacons 7 members of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. An ordination liturgy is always beautiful and thought provoking, se please pray for them as they begin their ministry in the Catholic Church.
AT 10pm, Fr Damian will preside at the Mass that will begin the first of this years All Night Vigils. The Vigil lasts from 10pm- 5am. This being Eastertide and the month of Mary, Fr Damian has chosen as a theme for the vigil 'Experiencing Easter with the Mother of Jesus.'
Please keep the ministry and work of Aylesford in your prayers. God Bless!