Saturday, 15 December 2007


Now, not every reader will like some details of this picture - namely the guitar and keyboard to the right of the photo and the use of a parish hall for Exposition (the church was in use). But what is happening here was pretty amazing - 30 or so inner city teenagers kneeling before the Blessed Sacrament. Five Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, based in nearby Canning Town, came to my parish today to lead a day of recollection for our confirmandi. They have a great way of preaching the fullness of the Faith in a way that young people find dynamic and appealing. The authenticity of their lives add weight to their message, as do the habits and long beards! The programme was simple but effective - a couple of talks, group discussion and a Holy Hour, during which almost all of the candidates made their Confession. This was concluded by Benediction in Latin. It was the first meeting of our Confirmation programme and we will be continuing in January.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to say this restores something of my faith in younger folks. I was particuarly sorry last week that the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament last week in the University Chaplaincy was attended by fewer than ten people during my three visits. Meanwhile in the coffee bar/cafeteria of the chaplaincy, there were probably around one hundred people who considered their lunch more important than a few minutes in HIS company.

12:51 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This has restored my faith in the goodness of young people. The University Chaplaincy had an Exposition last week. There were no more than a TOTAL of ten people attending during my three visits.
Meanwhile the Chaplaincy coffee bar/cafeteria was crowded and the vast majority of folks came and went without even the shortest visit.
Disappointing. I was brought up never to pass by a church. You never know when its your last opportunity.

12:54 am  
Anonymous Pat Mc said...

It sounds wonderful! God bless those young people, and the friars.

1:50 am  

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