After being away for several Sundays helping in local parishes, I was back today at. St. Augustine’s where a full church celebrated the Ascension. This year, for practical reasons, we couldn’t hold the celebration on Thursday but I thought holding it on Sunday meant that far more people could take part in this major Solemnity. I concelebrated, led the Intercessions and preached; if you want to reads a resume of my sermon click here.
After tea and coffee, we drove to Upminster for a Sunday Dinner with several friends at West Lodge. It was excellent: a choice of starter, a carvery with roast turkey, gammon and roast lamb (or fresh salmon cutlets) and you helped yourself to Yorkshire puddings and freshly cooked vegetables. Afterwards there was a choice of puddings from the sweet trolley including champagne jelly, Eton mess, fruit salad or biscuits and a wide selection of cheeses followed by coffee or tea. The waitresses couldn’t do enough for you; it was lovely to have a proper Sunday Dinner as often we don’t bother too much just being the two of us. It was good to be with such great company too. Afterwards we went to tea at our daughter and son-in-law’s house. They’ve just returned from a holiday in the West Country so we’ve been looking after their house and cats and although we saw them and our grandchildren at Mass this morning it was good to be able to spend a little time with them this afternoon.