» Last week we celebrated a fairly quiet but suitably solemn patronal feast day of St Edmund, for which Fr Paul joined us as well as a small number of guests.
» On Tuesday last Fr Abbot celebrated the funeral Mass of Clare Throckmorton of Coughton Court in our parish of Alcester. The Throckmortons are one of the great Catholic rescusant families, and have a long assocoiation with the EBC.
» Today Frs Alban and Gabriel are flying to Rome to attend a conference organised by the Congregation for Religious on vocational ministry and consecrated life, entitled Horizons and Hopes. Several cardinals will speak at the conference as well Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP. The conference is part of the Vatican's preparations for the Synod of Bishops next year, the topic for which will be “Young people, faith and vocation discernment”.
Also today Fr Abbot is in London for a meeting of the Patrimony Commission of the bishops' conference.
» On Saturday Fr Hugh will be travelling to Colwich Abbey to lead the community in a short retreat.
» Advent starts this Sunday. As has become customary we will hold a service of Advent carols, music and reflections at 1530 on Sunday 17 December. Details can be found on our Concerts page.