Monday 16 July 2012

Busy, busy

Here in Aylesford, we don't let the weather keep us back. There is always something happening. When the young people left, the bishops took over! We were proud to host the Southwark Bishops' Jubilee Mass. There was a fine turnout and we were actually blessed with sunshine that day! We have not often seen the sun this summer so we all enjoyed it when we had the opportunity.

This was quickly followed by a day of celebration to share the gifts of people with all abilities. Unfortunately the sun had gone away that day but everyone enjoyed the different activities that had been planned. The day ended with hundreds of balloons being released.

It is always a gamble to plan an outdoor event in this country but the gamble paid off for the production of Shakespeare's "As You Like It". It was good to welcome many local people who would not normally come here. 

Next grandparents and their grandchildren took over for a festival. No doubt grandparents have to face all sorts of challenges during their lives and so they did not let a little bit of rain spoil the day!  Many of their grandchildren had their faces painted to look like all sorts of ferocious animals and so care care had to be taken to dodge the rain to protect the facial art work.

The big feast day of the Carmelites dawned: The Solemn Commemoration of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on 16th July. Once again the weather was more like March but we did not let that spoil our enjoyment. We had a special event to celebrate. Fr. Adrian Wilde, En English Carmelite, who works in a Carmelite parish in Florida, was here celebrating the 40th anniversary of his priestly ordination.

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