Not even Hitler and his non-stop bombing of this tiny (17 miles long x 9 miles wide) historical island could stop the bells of 375 churches (yup, that’s one for every day of the year, plus some to spare!) from ringing, but… a virus did!
Reflections on Fr Denis McBride’s talk given 7th March 2020
Almost exactly a year before (9th March 2019), St Stephen’s had a visit from acclaimed author and theologian Fr Denis McBride talking about the passion narratives in the four Gospels and how they agree and differ. This time, around 50 people gathered (not realising how such gatherings would very soon be no longer permitted for a while) in the parish hall for another inspiring talk.
This was the fourth winter shelter set up in Bexley and totally different from the previous 3 years.
It all started in September, with the team contacting the 200 odd volunteers from the 2019 Shelter; however we only received a positive response from 120 people. So in November we had a big push, which included me and Mark Cocklin speaking after each Mass one weekend at St Stephen’s.
The Brownies have been busy over the winter term. We kicked off the year with 28 Brownies. We finished last year with a fun drumming lesson and an Elf Party in honour of Buddy!
The Holy Father has composed a prayer to Our Lady under the title of Salus Populi Romani, the famous icon in Saint Mary Major.