By Joe Raeyen
These war-time recollections of parishioner Joe Raeyen provide a snapshot of life towards the end of the second world war, in newly-liberated Antwerp, Belgium. Joe's account contains some important historical details, along with a description of an alarming and surreal event which he witnessed at close quarters.
By Anne Davie
A lace altar frontal edging, during its elaboration by Anne in 2010
Many thanks to Anne Davie for contributing this fascinating insight into the world of lace making, and its history. The photo above gives some insight into the intricacy and complexity of the craft. It depicts the preparation of a lace altar frontal made by Anne for St. Pius X Church. No fewer than 150 bobbins were involved.
From Liz Combeer
We are looking for new volunteers to join the rota serving tea and coffee after 9.30 mass at St Pius. Your turn would come round about every 3 months. Please contact Liz Combeer to find out more or if you would like to help.
Either see Liz in the church or contact her here:
A small group gathered for today’s Shared Lunch in the hall. There was more than one reference to “For where two or three meet in my name, I am there among them” (Matthew 18: 20) and a few other wry comments about the size of the group.
AND YET… by the end of a convivial and pleasant meal, and a discussion which meandered both agreeably and usefully between many light-hearted and more serious topics, all agreed that lunch had been a big success, albeit with its modest attendance.
Because of an unfortunate hall booking clash, it had been necessary to arrange today’s lunch only two weeks after the last one, and on the same day as the regular pub lunch. The weather was not terribly conducive to an additional outing and we speculated that the 12.30pm timing might be just a little too long after post-Mass coffee for people to remain.
Subsequent lunches are planned for the third Sunday of each month, starting again on 23rd April, with a starting/setting up time of 11.30am for 12 noon – so that it is more or less a continuation of coffee time.
As before, everyone is asked to bring sweet or savoury food to share, and drinks for their own consumption.
The concept of the Shared Lunch in the church community extends far beyond “a bite to eat and a chat” – it is the extension of the Eucharistic celebration which precedes it, and it offers to create and strengthen the bonds of mutual understanding which are fundamental to the development of our community.
But the food and chat are good too… why not give the next Shared Lunch a try?
Father Alan's homily today concentrated on Reconciliation, reflecting the season of Lent and anticipating the forthcoming Reconciliation Festival which is part of the First Holy Communion Programme. There was an enactment on the Sanctuary of the Sacrament of Confession, where a young volunteer bravely wore and carried his "sins" as paper labels. Fr. Alan symbolically tore up the sins, which were then graphically transferred to the outstretched arms of Christ on the cross: a visual instruction to the First Holy Communion children, and to us all.