Flowers for Michael.
Our enthusiastic gardeners have just planted a few dozen flowers in the church garden and dedicated them in memory of Michael Arrington. Michael died a few months ago, and several people have given gifts in his memory.
From my knowledge of him, I think he would be delighted by this form of memorial. Michael was a humble guy, but utterly faithful in his Anglo-Catholic religion, which he learned from various priests in Philadelphia, one of them being Fr Hofmeister, whose last years were spent very happily in being an Honorary Assistant Priest at St Clement’s.
Michael was a gentle soul, though he served honourably in the army, and I think he will be delighted to know that the garden this year will be ablaze with flowers (some of which will lat for many years) in his memory.We miss him serving at the altar during the Mass, but know he is now seeing the reality, of which every Mass is just a shadow.