Last night I was a guest at The Catenian Association, Upminster Circle, for their annual Clergy Night which they hold every Shrove Tuesday. This is a Roman Catholic organisation for men and exists in many RC Deaneries. Amongst the guests were many local RC priests and nuns including a Franciscan from Canning Town who explained how the Friars are helping the very poorest of the poor in that area. We were treated to a wonderful meal at The Cranleigh Banqueting Suite, Hornchurch. The custom of holding this event on Shrove Tuesday is apparently to give the clergy a feast before the Lenten Fast. With all the road works around this area a journey which would take 15 minutes at the most, took me 40 last night.
Tonight, I will be presiding at St. Barnabas, Woodford Green for the Blessing and Imposition of Ashes and the Solemn Mass of Ash Wednesday.