Hi, This is just a quick update of what we are doing today. It is the Feast of St. Scholastica the twin sister of St. Benedict and today (10th Feb) we have a day of prayer with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament (or as its called nowadays Eucharistic Adoration), for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life in the Birmingham Diocese. Adoration lasts from after Mass till 5pm when we have Benediction.
Sorry if i’ve seemed to have been at a distance last week with answering comments etc but we’ve been busy moving furniture around, we’ve also had two groups one was Churches Together and there were 60 people. This was the climax of a week of Prayer for Christian Unity, as well as hosting this venue for Churches Together each year, they join us for midday office and we provide soup, coffee, tea and cake throughout the day, we also say a different prayer each day for the Octave after Vespers. It is great that we are able to provide this space for people and its a great Apostolate. After all St. Benedict says ‘make hospitality your special care’.
I have now at long last been able to work out a program for our planned vocations week(s)……so are you ready to grab your coats, wellies and luggage and come and join us for a few days or a week ? If so this is what we have planned: time to pray the Divine Office with the community, a time of private prayer, a period of study together and discussion about the Holy Rule of Benedict, various talks on vocation to religious life, community life, our history, variety of different work – cooking, gardening, arts and crafts, jam making and not to forget of course cleaning – boring i know – well it is going to be spring after all ( hopefully) and it is all for the Lord ! …. and also there will be time to have fun……… At the moment we have the snow drops just starting to come out and that is the first sign. We are also speculating if the ducks will be back to see us on their annual visit this spring, the pond is ready and waiting their arrival!
Please let us know a.s.a.p if you wish to attend – there has been one enquiry so far. And if you’d like sometime in the near future i will try and write about my vocation i’d be grateful if you’d let me know if you would like to hear about it……….