Sunday, January 10, 2010

Snow clearing this morning


At 9am I started shovelling the snow to clear a path. As parishioners arrived, they got involved. Three (John Barton, Vivian Conn, Martiel Eba) took over the shovelling and Eileen Conn and I transferred to gritting. Our newly appointed parish photographer Maureen Auchterlonie again captured some moments for the record. The Saturno came into its own and caused much amusement/delight! Great to see the co-operative parish spirit in operation. Attendance at the 10am Mass was suprisingly good. The 12 noon was decimated - many travel from places that would have been inaccessible today. Await to see the 6pm this evening.

Oh and the kids had snowball fights after Mass - all in the spirit of Christian peace, love and fun. Hope I didn't allow any breach of elf 'n' safety!






12 comments:

  1. It could be worse: you could be PP in a Swiss alpine valley :)

    http://gloria.tv/?media=15558

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  2. Lovely photos Father - a shame we couldn't see a photo of you and Fr Ray Blake together in your matching Saturnos (not sure what the plural is of Saturno!)

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  3. Ellen
    If it's an Italian word, I think the plural would be saturni. Good suggestion!

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  4. Dear Fr John. Reference Elfen Safety, I wouldn't think it applies, due to the lack of actual Elfs attending your Masses. However, to preclude possible breaches of said Elfen Safety in future, perhaps a Method Statement and Risk Assessment be done now to pre-empt such occurrences ? Love the Saturno.

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  5. Thanks Zephyrinus. I think we do need to be prepared for all eventualities - I'll let the diocesan Safeguarding Commision know of your very wise suggestion...

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  6. Great pics. Am I hallucinating, or are you all using coal shovels for the snow? [Save perhaps one?]

    I take it none of your youth managed to hit the saturno. Is that the first time it's made an appearance (other than owl's dare?)

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  7. Poor Father John - now you know what the life of a parish priest in Vermont is like - Burlington had 33 inches of snow last weekend!

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  8. You need a snow blower like Domenico Bettinelli has.

    http://www.bettnet.com/blog/index.php/weblog/our_cold_snowy_windy_christmas-time_blizzard/

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  9. Ah, the joys of an unusual winter... We've been having snow like that since the last week of Advent, and it's no longer as much fun as it seems.

    By the way, the saturno suits you, Father :)

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