Today I celebrated the Solemn Parish Mass at St. Mary’s, Ilford in honour of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Preaching on the Gospel I pointed out how important family life is: Jesus went to Jerusalem probably for his Bar Mitzvah and, becoming an adult under Jewish Law, stayed behind at the Temple whilst his family set of home. When they discovered Jesus was not in the group they went back to Jerusalem to find him; he was in the Temple listening to the teachers. He went back home with them and spent the next 18 years as part of the family before starting on his mission.
It was good to see so many familiar faces (during their very long interregnum I was at St. Mary’s quite frequently).
ILFORD HOSPITAL CHAPEL
Yesterday evening the Chapel End Savoy Players gave their annual Carol Concert at the Hospital Chapel. In a varied programme, we enjoyed carols from around the world. The concert was in two halves and during the interval refreshments were served by the Friends of the Chapel and included a glass of sparkling wine. A wonderful evening and next years date is already booked.
BLESSING OF THE NEW MODEL CHAPEL
Thursday 3rd January at 12.35 p.m.
SOLEMN MASS with the Blessing of the model chapel, FOLLOWED BY BUFFET LUNCH.