....The Guild of Blessed Titus Brandsma held its first meeting on Saturday 1st October at our Lady of the Rosary, Blackfen.
The day commenced at 10.30am with a glorious Solemn High Mass; Fr Tim Finigan, PP of Our Lady of the Rosary, was the celebrant and Fr Sam Medley SOLT and Fr Simon Henry, deacon and sub deacon respectively.
The singing was superb and the altar servers flawless under the guidance of an ultra efficient and capable MC (sorry, I don't know his name). The MC must have had a background involving military parades, choreography at the Royal Ballet and directing traffic on a Rome roundabout such was his capacity to manage all that went on in a firm but discreet fashion.
As the smoke from the thurible rose above the altar one could imagine Dylan Parry's two white doves circling through the clouds; certainly the sanctuary was packed out with the angelic hosts!
After Mass a brief talk by Fr Tim (Hermeneutic of Continuity) on how the Catholic world perceives bloggers. He drew on words from Fr Bernard Basset SJ who paraphrased the issues arising from hearing a child's confession as 'Naughty, Rude, Fighting' - this was how many priests and Bishops regarded the Catholic blogosphere stated Fr Tim who went on to counsel the need for charity in our blogging. We can all make mistakes in composing posts at times but, in general we should aim to avoid crossing the line between good Christian debate and back-biting vitriolic remarks.
It is a hard task to hold an audience captive for more than a few minutes but Fr Tim had us all enthralled for the 15 minutes or so that his talk lasted.
And then lunch (I was going to say sumptuous lunch but realised that I may be beginning to sound like 'she whose name must never be mentioned') so I shall merely say that the parish of Blackfen was most hospitable in the great spread provided.
After lunch a meeting of the Guild and then Vespers and Benediction.
It was especially good to meet so many legendary bloggers as well as some new ones like myself.
Thanks for the day go to Dylan Parry as organiser and originator and to Fr Tim and his parish team for such hospitality (and for providing a model of how every parish should be) and to Fathers Sam Medley and Simon Henry.
The bloggers present were On the side of the Angels, Bara Brith, Mulier Fortis, A Tiny Son of Mary, A Reluctant Sinner, Echurch, Hilaire Belloc, Fr Mildew, Defende Nos in Proelio and commentator, "Vesper." Carol James and Catherine Collins also attended.
Guild members blogs may be seen on http://guildofblessedtitus.blogspot.com/