Friday, December 17, 2010
Cheer me up!
This morning we discovered we had a robbery, nothing even worth contacting the police about, a couple of bits of silver and silverplate disappeared from the dining room , some of it had sentimental value and from the parish office a cash box containing £10 and some keys, which will have to be replaced and most importantly a years worth of receipts for our Parish Centre, it is the irritation and nuisance not the value! At the moment the house has workmen from the church cleaning out asbestos having their tea breaks in the kitchen, there are also refugees cooking a Christmas lunch there. Earlier we had some rough sleepers in, we opened up the Parish Centre for them last night, so anyone could have done it.
The Church is a mess, it is dusty, there is electrical equipment all over the place waiting for asbestos to be removed before it can be installed, there is an "airlock" at the back of the church, a huge hydraulic lift in front of the Lady Chapel, in front of that there is scaffolding tower and in front of the Lady Altar itself are brackets for the lighting. The new lighting system should have been completed today, all this stuff should have been finished with, now it looks as though it is going to carry on until Candlemas.
There is no room for Christmas decorations at the moment, I don't even know if we can erect the crib and it looks as though the number of people unable to get into the Church during our late morning Mass and Polish Mass will be excessive and because of the unexpected work our bank account is leaking money like an old sieve.
So taking a leaf out of the great Fr Z's book: anyone got any good news?
Posted by Fr Ray Blake