I hope you haven’t all got webbed feet, after all the rain we’ve had this past week!
As you know, we are currently able to have mass on Second and Fourth Sundays, so this is to draw your attention to the fact that, as there is a 5 week month in August, the next mass at All Saints will be on Sunday 13th September. Fr Alan Swanborough has kindly agreed to preside and preach, because Fr Gregory will be away; and at St Albans I will be providing a service of Extended Holy Communion on that day.
I also have some good news to bring you about All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days for you to put in your diaries!
As we were disappointed that, due to the lockdown, we were unable to welcome +John Hind to lead the Easter Triduum for us, I thought I’d ask him whether he would be willing to come over for the All Saints’ Patronal Festival on Nov 1st– and he’s said he will!
He will be staying in Ventnor until the following Tuesday, and so has also agreed to say mass at St Albans at 10am on Nov 2nd to commemorate All Souls.
Other news is that Dennis has told me that we will shortly need to have the grass cut in the All Saints’ churchyard. This is an important piece of maintenance, because it is good to be able to keep the churchyard looking tidy for people to come and pay their respects to loved ones who are buried there.
The cost of having the grass cut will be about £545 and, as you know, our church income has been very badly affected by not being able to have the church open during the period when we would usually have received a lot of revenue from tourists. If you felt able, and would like to donate some money for the grass-cutting, please let Dennis know (01983 840591). Cheques should be made payable to Godshill PCC, or you could make a donation directly into the All Saints’ account: Nat West Sort code: 54-41-31 A/C no: 07403488.
Finally, on Thursday next week, 3rd September, a much-loved member of the St Alban’s congregation, Valerie Pye, will be laid to rest. There will be a Requiem at St Alban’s at 2pm, with Fr David Lawrence-March presiding and me assisting, followed by burial at Ventnor Cemetery. If you would like to attend, please let me know. 07775628593.
My love and prayers,
The image above is Get Thee Behind Me, Satan by John Flaxman dated between 1783 and 1787 and is to be found in the Yale Center for British Art Creative Commons CC0 License