Sunday, February 18, 2007
Today has been a beautiful spring-like day. I had a more relaxed start than on a normal Sunday as it is the weekend for the parish visitation at St Aidan`s, Benton and the episcopal vicar, Fr Jim O`Keefe, said the 9.30 Mass there, so my first Mass was the 10.30 at St Mary`s. After that I jumped in the car to go back to my old parish of St Joseph`s Gateshead as the parish priest had asked me to say the midday Tridentine Mass which I was more than glad to do. It was a low Mass and there was an element of urgency as I had asked Fr Jim O`Keefe for lunch after the visitation but I was back here by 12.55 in time for lunch at the New Coach Inn. We were joined by Fr David Milburn and as both had been many years at Ushaw there was some conversation about the origin of the game of cat which alas was only the stuff of legend by the time I turned up at Ushaw, despite the modern recreation in the picture.