Last Wednesday night, I went to my sister Hannah’s book launch in Soho for her newly published confirmation programme, Transformed in Christ. It was such a great evening with a real buzz in the air; there’s been quite a lot of hype about the programme and people interested in using it in their parishes. We’re about to start it in our parish in November and I really can’t wait to see the fruits from it.
When I helped Hannah with Confirmation a couple of years ago in Balham, we used this programme and I realised how important methodology is when handing down the faith to young people; it was fast-paced, fun, full of great video clips, and yet the content was still rich. I’m incredibly proud of what Hannah’s managed to achieve.
Eoin, Benedict and I went to St Patrick’s Church in Soho yesterday for Palm Sunday, and in true St Patrick’s fashion we processed around Soho Square holding our palms and singing hymns. And as with any religious procession around Soho there was no shortage of hostility, which I guess means all the more reason to process.
I absolutely love going back to St Patrick’s. I think it is the most alive and active parish I have ever known, and one that is really living Pope Francis’ call to evangelise. It evangelises like one massive steam roller; making its presence felt and really not afraid to go ahead! After Mass and lunch yesterday, the SPES students and seminarians, along with Fr Alexander went out on to the streets giving out palms and talking to people about Christ and the coming of Easter.
Its because of this passion for evangelisation that I am so glad Benedict was baptised in St Patrick’s. I don’t think Benedict could begin his life within the Church in a better place.
After Benedict’s baptism, with Fr Alexander:
With his Godparents – my sister, Hannah and Eoin’s brother, Stefan:
With Eoin’s parents, my Granny and Nanna, and my parents: