Monday, 30 April 2012

Good news, and yet more good news!

Firstly, thank all of you who sent us good wishes for our 40th wedding anniversary and also to those who remembered us in your prayers.
We did manage an excellent fish and chip supper on Broadhaven Beach in St Bride's Bay; the sun (albeit a weak one) came out for about 30 minutes before we scooted for home and real warmth!

And then, at Mass yesterday I met the renowned blogger, Chris Gillibrand who has now taken up residence in the Diocese of Menevia - a definite case for a huzzah! Chris's blog is Catholic Church Conservation which is a rather "top of the league" sort of blog.

I cannot help feeling that, when Catholic bloggers meet, there should be some sort of established form of greeting. No, not a masonic handshake and certainly not a high five but, maybe a hearty Ave et vale! Does anyone have any polite suggestions to make?

                                  A good form of greeting for Catholic bloggers?

Of course, the next portion of good news was that the Mass was, as always, wonderful and the singing of the choir......just breathtaking.

We are so fortunate to have The Newcastle Emlyn Schola.
 I got to contemplating what it would be like in this diocese without them and
came to the conclusion that they are the force that binds us together around our priests and the Holy Mass - long may they continue.

And yet more good news, this time from Rome. A priest friend reports that it is now quite hard to celebrate an OF Mass in St Peter's as all the altar servers are up to speed with their Latin and only wish to serve at EF Masses!
That is definitely one for the brick by brick file.

All in all, not a bad start to the week.


  1. Richard, congrats to you and the Mrs. on your anniversary. We are getting ready to celebrate our 25th!

  2. Many thanks Elise and best wishes for your 25th!

  3. I don't recommend the Jennifer Paterson sign of peace. But how about briefly crossing one's forefingers before offering a handshake?
    By the way, don't forget to ask a friendly priest to organise a Papal blessing and certificate for a special wedding anniversary. I assume they still exist. They used to be rather elaborate.

  4. Many congrats to you and your wife!

    As for a Catholic bloggers greeting...How about: -

    V: Adjutorium nostrun in nomine Domini
    R: Qui facit coelum et terram

    I haven't been able to blog for days, mainly due to ill health, but have been enjoying your posts.

  5. Thank you for the very kind words. v Laudate Jesus Christus R In aeternam Amen. Traditional greetings for religious on the continents. Modernist nuns scowl. Conservatives respond in their vernacular. Traditionalists beam in delight.

  6. Catholic Church Conservation is the Napoleon Cognac of Blogs.

  7. Many congratulations on your 40th!

    As for the greeting, given the popular climate of Catholic bashing, perhaps we need something suitably secret service-ish such as, 'The daffodils are blooming early this year'? (Translated into Latin of course!)