Last Monday Ben Saul and the Choir did us proud when they led the singing of the Evening prayer to mark the 140th anniversary of the opening of our church. I am sorry that not more of the parishioners were able to join us. After the evening prayer we all went to the hall to look at the excellent exhibition of items from our archives related to the opening of the Church prepared by Mark Bedson. Many years ago (1988) the document on the lay faithful stated “The parish is not principally a structure, a territory or a building, but rather, “the family of God, a fellowship alive with a unifying spirit”, a family and welcoming home, a community of the faithful. Plainly and simply, the parish is founded on a theological reality, because it is a Eucharistic community.” My hope is that this anniversary year will be an opportunity for us all to give thanks for our parish family and ask the Holy Spirit to lead us forward to answer the call to be a place of welcome for all and a place of service to all, or, as St Pope John XXIII was fond of saying, to be a “village fountain” to which all would have recourse in their thirst.