THE P RTAL
Nevertheless she needed life-saving surgery, Intensive care, then time in a Care Home before she was able to return home. Now she is in her own home, and she just about copes.
I was driving to her about three times a week. Tat
is a lot of miles. We had just found out that her hot spots have gone. I went straight round to Father’s and the Mass of Saint Scholastica became our Mass of Tanksgiving. It was wonderful. Our Ordinariate Group has a special ministry for the bereaved. One day during the week, we have a Mass and then some refreshments aſterwards. It has grown from half a dozen people to over thirty now. We have even been able to transfer it to our new Catholic Church.”
Such a lot to offer THE PORTAL asked Helen about patience. Surely, one
needed vast amounts of patience with the elderly? She replied, “Yes, but they were young once. Tey have such a lot to offer, such a lot of stories to tell you. You will be an old age pensioner one day, me too. I hope I am sowing the seeds and someone else will take the mantle and look aſter me!”
Here am I Lord Tis series of articles called “Here am I Lord” is
really about what has been called Te Lay Apostolate. It is about ordinary people doing extra-ordinary things.
Rome Pilgrimage: singing Newman’s ‘Praise to the holiest in the heights’ at the Audience with the Holy Father
Of course they do not think they are extra-ordinary at all. Tey are just doing what comes naturally. But Helen, and all the people we will feature in the coming months are extra-ordinary, and they are all members of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham under the patronage of Blessed John Henry Newman. Tey are our people, our brothers and sisters, and they are doing the Lord’s own work.
Teir attitude to this is summed up in Helen’s parting
shot to us, “I do not want to come out of this article looking like a saint!” she said. No Helen, you don’t look like a saint at all!
Rome Pilgrimage: at Evensong in the Church of Santa Maria in Trastevere
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