St. Pius Church was buzzing with activity yesterday after Mass - whilst festive cakes were being enjoyed in the hall, Jan Morris's Floral Ministry Team were busy installing the vivid Christmas floral displays they had created the day before. At the same time a group of young actors under the direction of Nicky Leclezio were completing their rehearsals for this year's Nativity Play, to be performed at the 6pm Mass on Christmas Eve.
On Sunday 30th September it was the turn of St. Pius X Church to host a 'Together in Christ' celebration. Together in Christ is an ecumenical association of the Christian churches in Merrow.
This celebration was entitled "Harvest Songs of Praise" and was devised by Frances Allen and Angela Sharpe, and led by Deacon Michael Phillips, who also gave a homily. The scene in the church had been set perfectly by fabulous displays of harvest produce on the Sanctuary - these were created by the floral team under the leadership of Jan Morris.
A large team of flower arrangers was in the church on Holy Saturday, working with great skill on the magnificent array of floral arrangements which would welcome us to the Easter celebrations. Our thanks are due to Jan Morris and her dedicated team.
Beginning at 9am, the church still bare
from the celebration of the Lord's Passion,
we see the stages of preparation which
transform the church during
The creation of the floral arrangements,
the final rehearsal with the candidates for
Baptism and Reception into the church,
the decoration of the Sanctuary
and dressing of the Altar,
the restoration of the statue of Our Lady.
Then in the evening we see the musicians
gather, and the congregation assemble, in
anticipation of the Easter Vigil.
With the fire already burning outside, the
people leave the church, followed by the
procession of servers,
Deacon Stephen Sharpe and Fr. Alan.
The church is darkened, to be illuminated
next by the New Light from the
Paschal Candle, carried aloft by
By Jan Morris
The Feast of the Epiphany brought an end to the display of Christmas flowers yesterday despite the fact that, in the Church's eyes, the celebration of Christmas goes on much longer but unfortunately the life of a flower does not. There was, therefore, a frenzied effort to clear the church in half an hour after the 9.30 Mass as there was a Baptism at 11 o'clock. My thanks go to our flower team and everyone else who helped out yesterday.