Race Night – 2 February 2019
Venue: St Joseph’s School Hall, South Woodham Ferrers
We will be hosting a race night and have booked Paul’s Race Night to run this event for us.
Fr James Blog 23rd December 2018
Greetings from deepest France! I hope this finds you well and prepared for Christmas! My apologies for not being in touch more often, as intended, but the reason being in that phrase ‘deepest France’: here, out in the very rural Limousin countryside, I have no internet and barely a phone signal, and, I can honestly say, I haven’t at all missed being ‘online’, emails or texts. It’s like going back thirty years and you only realise how much time you spend looking at screens – so often wasted time – when you stop looking at them! Curiously, though, it didn’t occur to me until I sent a few Christmas cards, that I could have written a few reports and posted them! Which I will do in future!
Unfortunately, I had a bad fall when out running a few weeks ago which resulted in a torn knee ligament, so the walk to Compostela will now begin on January 15th. I couldn’t drive for three weeks, but the locals have been very kind and took me to Mass at the church thirteen kilometers away every day – tres gentil! All-in-all, it’s been a very blessed time, especially a silent retreat I went on: no phones, books or other distractions – I highly recommend it!
Fr Gervase tells me he’s enjoying life there in with you in SWF & Danbury and being well looked-after. I’m sure he’ll have a very enjoyable Christmas with you. It’s hard to believe it was a year ago I had my first Christmas in SWF & Danbury – a somewhat mixed time of it – smitten with a virus and with no heating or hot water in the house, it was domestically trying, but liturgically beautiful. This year I’ll be in Liverpool on Christmas day as my sister’s seriously ill; please remember her in your prayers.
I heard someone say the other day that the trouble with the human condition is the human heart, and, as St Augustine famously said, ‘our hearts are restless till they rest in You’. The speaker went on to say that if the human heart’s main problem was financial, God would have sent us an accountant; if the human heart’s main problem was emotional, God would have sent us a psychologist; if the human heart’s main problem was material, God would have sent us a financial planner. But the human heart’s main problem is relational, and when we don’t relate to God we’re not as fulfilled as he wants us to be – hence God sent us a Saviour: a Saviour who restored and re-established our relationship with the God who made us and sustains us. I hope and pray that our hearts will, no matter what problems, illnesses, financial difficulties or personal problems we may have, welcome this Saviour in a renewed way this Christmas and that we’ll allow him to sustain us in the year to come.
So, may I wish you all a happy and blessed Christmas and that our hearts will rest in the only one who can give us all we need.
God bless, Fr James.
Fr James Blog 11th November 2018
Dear All, Greetings from deepest France! It’s incredibly quiet here and takes a bit of getting used to after the incessant Inchbonnie Road traffic! In fact, there doesn’t seem to be anyone living here – only the ubiquitous dogs who prowl the gardens at night and bark their heads of till dawn! Fr Gervase says you’re looking after him (sounds like he’ll go back to Ghana a few pounds heavier than when he arrived!) You’ll be pleased to hear I’m taking lots of exercise – mostly in pouring rain! I’m just planning the walk to Santiago de Compostela, probably leaving in about two weeks. The legs are in good shape and, the more I think of the four hundred miles to come, they’ll need to be!
I hope this finds you all well. I’ll give you an update on the walk as it happens. In the meantime, please keep me in your prayers, as you are in mine. A bientot! Fr James.