Today a wonderful parcel arrived in the post containing three splendid veils. One in green, one in white and one in violet. Just what was needed to add the finishing touches to our new tabernacle.
The gift arrived courtesy of Monsignor Andrew Burnham and the parish of St Mary’s Catholic Church in Wantage. The veils had been lying unused in a drawer for some years and are now on loan to us at St. Anselm’s. How very thoughtful. Thank you!
This morning Father Inlaw visited the parish to help with some odd jobs that needed doing. The first task was to secure our lovely Christus Rex to the narthex wall. It will now greet parishioners as they enter the building.
It was then time to erect the bell which announces Mass each Sunday. Height is all important here- given that the entrance is used by the nursery during the week! Tiny fingers love to ring at every possible opportunity so we placed it just tantalisingly beyond reach…aren’t we cruel?
Having placed the items in the narthex we ventured into the grounds. The disabled parking signs were moved to a better place and a large wooden cross, which I had in storage, was placed on the chapel wall to break it up a bit. This large plain wall is not the most aesthetically pleasing aspect of our building. But the cross helps break it up a bit and we will soon plant some climbing flowers to surround the cross and soften it up. It should then look lovely.
Finally we erected the “This week at Saint Anselm’s” notice board outside of the new doors. Here people can keep abreast of what is going on in the parish even if the building is closed. You get a good view of the new entrance doors in this shot which we wanted to be inviting and welcome for visitors.
A huge thank you to handyman Peter. He has certainly earned his beer today. Best break open the piggy bank and head down to the Black Horse before supper…