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    Our Lads Make Their Sacraments

    Yesterday Jack Jack made his Confirmation  and Jem made his First Holy Communion. To receive the Gifts of the Holy Spirit is such a blessing and as our Bishop told the children, in the times ahead they will need to be brave. Michelangelo on the right who was fortunate to Serve for this special occasion. Jem was so excited to receive our Blessed Lord for the first time and is keen to receive Him again soon. Our Bishop has now Confirmed seven of our children. Yesterday was the Birthday of Our Blessed Mother, hence blue vestments, not the usual red for Confirmation.   Anna Maria is godmother to both the…

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    Mother’s Day Reality

    * This ‘letter’ was inspired by a conversation with a family member, a ‘Young Mum’ of two small children. I began writing three years ago on Mother’s Day night, never completed and it has sat in drafts all this time. Polishing and publishing now as I feel my reflections are still relevant. Dear ‘Young Mum’, I’ve been thinking about your phone call tonight, when you rang to wish me a “Happy Mother’s Day” you shared your disappointment of how your secret hopes for the day with your two little ones hadn’t eventuated, that you didn’t have the day of mothering dreams. You then kindly inquired of me “How was your…

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    Happy 18th Einstein!!!

    Happy 18th Einstein:):) xxxxx What a special day to share with our impressive young man You are unfailingly patient with your siblings a wonderful trait you apply to all you interact with Blessed to have a few extended family members (26 for lunch)  join us to help celebrate your birthday, which we celebrated on Easter Monday We miss you greatly far away in the Big Smoke but feel privileged to see you grow in your new independence You and this bro, best mates, living together again We are so proud of the young man you are We love you immensely Son, Happy Birthday xxx

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    Celebrating an Ordination to the Diaconate

    Earlier this month found us in Our Cathedral City celebrating the Ordination of a dear friend to the Diaconate Six years of study and discernment, and finally Deacon S__ was ready to be ordained a Deacon  Oh this thrilling moment when the deacon (or priest) lies prostrate before Our Lord, always gives me goosebumps  Laying of hands Robing ceremony, first the stole  and then the chasuble  Assisting at his first Mass as a Deacon Hopefully next year we’ll be celebrating Deacon’s Ordination to the Priesthood *Previously I shared a Priest’s Ordination

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    2015: A Brand New Year

    Happy New Year!:) I’m always excited to greet the beginning of a new year, fresh with new possibilities, new adventures to live, new dreams to unfurl.  This year in part I’m also a little keen to usher out 2014, which whilst a year of many, many, blessings, was also a year of many challenges. I enjoy setting goals for the New Year, this action gives me clarity and direction, by thinking about and recording my goals I have a good chance of reaching many of them. I’m realistic in knowing that it’s all a ‘work in progress’ and each year isn’t that dissimilar to the last, I’m happy with that.…

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    14 Things I Learnt in 2014

    I know I’ve already shared a few reflections about 2014, but when I read Gina’s 14 Things I Learnt in 2014 (thanks for the HT: Theresa) I couldn’t resist joining the fun. Yes I know her post really says Learned but that’s American speak, I was compelled to change the wording to English, so Learnt it is;)  So the first fourteen things that come to mind…. 1. Savouring your baby’s first year in your 40s has a different tone to enjoying your baby in your 20s, the feeling just goes ‘down to the bones’. 2. Talking about your 40s, this decade does change you in many ways, and I’ve finally accepted…

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    10 Reflections on 2014

    The conclusion of a year always brings forth reflections on the closing year for me, I tend to think along the lines of ‘what do I take from the old to the new year’. Maxabella has posed several reflection questions which I thought worth pondering upon. 1. What word do you think best summed up 2014? Savour and nurture, as I can never say just one word;) Ten days before the dawn of the New Year we were blessed with our baby daughter Bella, she is also our tenth child. We could be considered ‘older parents’ though we don’t really feel like we are, yet in some ways we do as…