Sunday, April 13, 2008

Children of Mary 2008

The Children of Mary at St Anthony’s Parish had a busy time over Easter as well.

They finished off the brass-cleaning which the Girls’ School had started on the Day of Recollection. This was a huge job, getting all the stored brass and the brass off the altar cleaned. As we are near the sea and the river the atmosphere is both damp and salty, which means brass tarnishes easily.

As well the Children of Mary had the responsibility for putting up the Altar of Repose. This was to be put up in the Parish Library where there is already and altar for Mass if there are too many priests in the parish wanting to say Mass. The girls draped hangings behind the altar, put up lights and decorated the altar with flowers. They had to call in the talents of a tall boy to put up the very highest draperies as they could not reach. The highest points. Everybody agreed that it was a truly reverent and inspirational Altar of Repose.

As well, many of the girls from the Children of Mary were involved in the Choir for the Midnight Mass and they all came back voluntarily next morning for the High Mass. Thank you, Children of Mary for all your work for the Parish over Easter!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Day of Recollection in our Schools.

On the Wednesday of Holy Week all the schools in the parish had a Day of Recollection. Father Cranshaw took the Primary School, Father Kurtz took the Boys’ Secondary School, and Father Laisney took the Girls’ Secondary School, St Dominic’s College.

Our Day of Recollection was held in the Hockey Club and the Croquet Club. We had talks in the Hockey club where we each had a table to write on and a nice chair. Sister Catherine had removed some of the Hockey photos and had put up a crucifix instead. Father spoke very well about the Mysteries of the Rosary and we said Fifteen Decades of the Rosary during the day. Between the lectures we were able to go to the Hockey Club for confessions as the Sisters had set up a confessional using the Hockey Club’s notice-boards.

If we were not going to Confession we spent the time between the lectures in the Croquet Club. As we had a lot of brass to clean for the Easter Ceremonies we worked silently on that while a teacher read to us or played a tape.

At lunch-time we sat out on the Croquet Lawn and ate silently while the teachers played a tape. Then it was back to the brass!

A nice feature of the day was the Outdoor Stations of the Cross which took place around the Croquet Lawn after lunch. Sister Catheine had made a laminated picture of each Station and we processed around them with Father leading us and all of us praying the prayers from the St Alphonsus books used in the Church.

Round about 3 o’clock the day ended and we could talk again. We certainly did break out then. We had to put the Hockey Hall back to its usual order, and to tidy the Croquet Club. We left much of the brass there as many of us would come voluntarily next day to continue cleaning it.