Not Quite Groundhog Day
Another day scarcely discernable
From yesterday - and probably from tomorrow-
Neighbours’ curtains, still drawn,
Reflect Life-style changes.
Yet in the sunlit garden,
Another life still flourishes.
A flock of twittering sparrows
Cavort joyously among the patio pots.
What is it that attracts
These chirpy, carefree creations?
On slender, wind-blown ferns,
Acrobatic feats and manoeuvres
Attract the attention
Of not only their flirting female companions,
But also one who watches, entranced.
A quick sortie for the phone.
Snaps or a video?
Try not to capture
The elderly reflection in the window!
Focus. Ready for action!
As if by touch of magician's wand,
An eruption of sparrows
Vacate their playground.
Perhaps, another David Bailey attempt later?
Not, alas, with photographic genius,
Just handfuls of mixed bird seed,
Presages a not-so-mundane afternoon!
Eileen Murray © 9 July 2020
CHURCH REOPENING FOR MASSES:
We will now be opening church for Mass on Monday 13th July. The Mass schedule will be as follows
Monday at 11.00am and Wednesday and Friday at 6.00pm.
The church will accommodate 60 individuals.
The church has been cleaned and benches have been cordoned off to meet the 1 metre plus distancing rules.
We are operating a one way system, entering via the main door of church; face masks MUST be worn and after sanitizing your hands you will be guided to your seat; two individuals per bench as marked out, unless a family unit.
We ask that you try to keep touching surfaces to a minimum.
Communion will take place after Mass is ended and you will be guided out via the side chapel and Hughes Room.
You may not return to your seat, so are asked not to bring bags such as shopping into church with you.
CTMH NEWSLETTER 29.6.20
It has been nearly two months since the last letter. As people have been shut down within their homes, much of the focus has been on meeting immediate needs in our own lives and those around us, but some have been looking at their homes and thinking about building projects.
As the Church, we have been responding to immediate needs, and many have been at the front line caring for those around us. But we have also had space to reflect and look forward as we emerge from lock down. One of my architectural enquiries led me to a short book written in in 1995 by Walfred J. Fahrer entitled “Building on the Rock”. Walfred addresses the identity of Church, being Church and building Church Together from an Anabaptist-Mennonite perspective. In the discussion questions at the end of chapter two he asks:
“what would happen to your congregation if you could no longer meet together for public worship on Sunday Mornings?”
How do our church communities build from here? How is the Spirit guiding us? May we all be open and pray for our denomination leaders and local leadership as they consider the way forward.
CHAPLAINCY ASSISTANT AT HOPE UNIVERSITY
The Archdiocese is currently seeking to recruit a Chaplaincy Assistant based at Liverpool Hope University on a part time basis, working 20 hours per week and starting in September.
The salary is £9.15 per hour, paid on a monthly basis. Informal
Full details including a job description and application form http://www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/Catholic-Chaplaincy-Assistant-to-Liverpool-Hope-University
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