1st: St Giles, patron of my home city of Edinburgh. The old parish church was dedicated to St Giles; then it became an Episcopalian Cathedral till the Episcopal Church was ousted by the Presbyterians. Now it is officially “The High Kirk of St Giles” (you understand that “high” is being used in quite a different sense from its use in St Clement’s!), though everyone calls it St Giles’ Cathedral.
4th: Our monthly Requiem Mass when we gather up all who have died and for whom we have been asked to pray in the past month, and also the September Chantry list of past clergy and benefactors. Of course I say other Requiems as needed, but this is an omnium gatherum.
Also on the 4th, the wedding of Kevin O’Rourke and Shannon Brucker.
6th -8th: Labor Day weekend break in Lewes, Delaware, with old friends.
8th: Our Lady’s Birthday, nine months (not surprisingly) after her Immaculate Conception.
9th: Southwark Deanery Clericus at St Peter’s, Philadelphia. When I first arrived on these shores, I called in Suth’rk, as in Southwark Cathedral, London. But I was soon put straight and learned to say South-Wark.
11th: St Protus & St Hyacinth. As well as praying for Patricia Routledge, I’ll be remembering the little church in the Cornish village of Blisland dedicated to these martyrs, which Sir John Betjeman called the prettiest church in England. It has a glorious Rood Screen.
12th: The Horticultural Society’s Members Day in the Navy Yard, when they give away wonderful shrubs and plants to those of us who have paid our yearly subscription.
13th: Fr Wall, our curate’s, last Sunday with us before he goes to be Rector of St Andrew’s, State College, PA. A grand reception is planned for after the High Mass and a suitably generous check to be presented to him.
20th: Solemnity of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady. Our guest preacher will be Prebendary Bill Scott, Sub-Dean of the Chapels Royal in London.
24th: Our Lady of Clemency, the dedication of our own Marian shrine.
That’s just a selection. The daily Mass and Office will go on as well as the ministries of the telephone, the computer, the hospitals, the Rectory door. I never wake up to the same day twice – which is one reason why I think that a parish priest has one of the best jobs in the world