Saturday, 6 October 2007

I Must Be Crazy...

Somehow or other, a couple of months ago, in a moment of weakness, I allowed myself to be ambushed by two priests. Taken unawares, I foolishly agreed to give a talk at the Southwark Diocese Altar Servers' Reunion which happened in Gravesend this afternoon...

In reality, I didn't actually agree to anything... I suspect that the priests in question cooked up a co-ordinated pincer-movement attack, and I was effectively presented with a fait accompli...

I've been rather busy and very preoccupied lately. Last night I realised that I needed to rustle up a decent PowerPoint presentation and perhaps some sort of activity. So, I eschewed the blogosphere and settled down to work.

Unfortunately, as I was rather tired, I failed to take my usual precaution of saving things every couple of minutes or so. The inevitable happened. My previously reliable and co-operative computer decided to have a conniption at the very point I wanted to save the whole shebang...

I lost the lot. Not really wanting to face a room full of teenagers without any sort of visial aid, I decided to start again from scratch... and finished at about 2:30am.

The talk I eventually gave was a brief overview of the Rosary. I'm not entirely sure what the kids made of it...

My talk aside, the afternoon went very well. The youngsters had fun playing pool, ping pong and other things, and the majority took the opportunity to go to Confession. After the talk there was a bit more time for games, and we then prayed the rosary in the church and finished up with Mass. There were about thirty young people present: not too shabby given the number of major sporting events which were going on...

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

It was a great afternoon and the young people got a great deal from your talk. Many thanks again, Fr James.

Mac McLernon said...

How would you know?? You were conducting a wedding!!

:-D

...but the young people were certainly a great bunch!

WhiteStoneNameSeeker said...

You're a brave woman. Well done.
And computers have a kind of sixth sense - they just KNOW you haven't saved and crash vindictively.

Elizabeth said...

When my computer decides to clear my hard work I always think that maybe God wanted me to re write everything. No doubt your 2.30am edition was what God wanted the children to hear.

Anonymous said...

I can't understand why photos are taken in the sanctuary with everyone's back to the tabernacle. Surely the photos could be taken in front of the church.

a thorn in the pew said...

I would have cried. I've been there and you are a brave woman to stay awake and re-do the project. My crashes happen with Photoshop.

Mac McLernon said...

Elizabeth: maybe, maybe not... but if it was what God wanted them to hear, I'd have appreciated it if he'd indicated as much before I finished the PowerPoint...
;-D

IS said...

too many girls!!! More girls than boys which is the exact reason boys don't serve.

And very young. I always query young servers. Yes, it is great to be able to serve young but there is more to serving than simply moving and holding a candle or what people in the congregation see.

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