Where has this year gone? It only seems a few weeks ago that the clocks went forward, we were enjoying the extra hours of light each day and people were looking forward to their summer breaks. But all the results are in from public examinations now, the "Back to School" signs are looking weary in the shops and the days are not quite that long anymore. I was with my Sea Cadet Unit in Southport on Tuesday evening, and it was noticeable that the Cadets were brought off the water that little bit earlier than the previous weeks and by 9pm when the they were collected by their parents it was pretty dark. This coming week is our last on the lake for the year, and then its back to the Unit and classroom work for our Sea Cadets. Yes autumn is around the corner.
For a lot of people and organisations, summer is a close down period. Schools colleges all shut, as well as some factories. I was surprised, when I worked in parishes in Wigan and Leigh, "Wigan Weeks" still existed. The "weeks" were a time when a lot of employers would close down their businesses for a 2 weeks in order for families to have a break and head to places like Blackpool and Morecambe, these days its more like Spain, Turkey and Greece.
But here we are on the verge of September, schools and colleges are reopening, students are getting everything ready to head to university and further education and life is back to normal. Although a lot of events finished for the summer the Church never closes, its mission of caring for and the salvation of souls is a 24/7, 365 day a year mission, the work of the Church never ceases.
September in our Pastoral Area, sees the beginning of a "new year" with RCIA, Baptism and First Communion programmes beginning and in our parishes the Playgroup, Wednesday Club and Art Clubs will be reopening within the next few days. If you are free why not come along to some of the events that we run during the year and be a part of the life of the Parishes. And if you are free why not start the day with Mass at 9.00am in Our Lady’s or 10.00am in the Convent Chapel in Holy Family.
As life gets back to some normality, and autumn brings new beginnings, let us ask the Lord’s blessings on all we do that these coming terms maybe a time of blessing for us all.