Wednesday, September 10, 2008

On yer bike lad!

As mentioned in an earlier post I am on EPP this year. My parish is a team ministry made up of three former parishes led by a team of two priests, two Ursulines a married couple and for the next 9 months a Seminarian.

The parish is approx 15 square miles and, unable to afford to lease a car for me, the team kindly bought me a bicycle. Now, I wasn't allowed a bike as a child and only had one in my entire life when my Grandparents finding this rule unfair bought me one for my fifth birthday, which I was allowed to keep until I grew out of it a couple of years later. Thus after 20 years I rode a bike for the first time today from one end of the parish to the other.

The parish has three churches, three schools (one secondary, two primary - one of which is still divided into Infant and Junior) and one of the biggest hospitals in the county. So far I have served a funeral, visited the hospital and visited the junior school - as well as attended daily Mass of course.

Thank you all for your prayers and God Bless.

1 comment:

gemoftheocean said...

Ah - the rubber now meets the road, for real and figuratively! May God bless you in your endeavors!

[This is the part where you get to hold hands of the bereaved, roll the small change from the collection, deal with the priest when he's in a foul mood, and lighten Mrs. Murphy's spirits from the child who left the church, and call the bingo numbers. You're no longer your own man. :-D Do it all for "persona Christi" practice. and yes, sometimes that includes consoling the teen whose girl/boyfriend just broke up with's why you make the big bucks! =;-D]