Following his decision in early January to retire after some 30 years in Godshill, Father John gave his last mass in All Saints church with a large congregation and splendid music from the organ.
With the wind howling a gale outside, everyone enjoyed this wonderful celebration of Father John’s time and dedication to the parish of Godshill. Churchwarden Dennis Owen and the wonderful band of helpers laid on an enormous spread which the congregation enjoyed for quite some time as Father John and Brenda spent their time chatting to everyone, some of whom they have known for decades!
The Feast of St Francis of Assisi is on Friday 4th October and so we will be holding our Animal Blessing Service this year on Sunday, 6th October at 11:00am.
As you all know, St Francis is the Patron Saint of Animals and so we invite anyone to attend this special and often lively service for our animal friends.
Pets of all kinds, including dogs, cats, hamsters, rabbits, budgies, chicken, goldfish are most welcome as long as they bring their owners.
I wonder if there is any chance that a red squirrel might pay a surprise visit? And, of course, we now have the White-tailed Eagles back on the island after an absence of over 200 years. Where will they be spending Sunday morning?