Postcard from Tuscany

Greetings from Tuscany – here’s a postcard from Italy, sent by Paul, who’s enjoying a family holiday there and he tells of going to Sunday Mass in Florence

Mark and I are away on a family holiday in the Tuscany region of Italy, we are lucky enough to be staying in a beautiful old mansion house nestled in the hills with the most amazing views and apart from the mosquito bites it is hard to imagine how anyone can doubt the existence of a loving God in this special place.

On Sunday we broke ranks with the rest of the family and leaving them to lounge around the pool went on the train into Florence in order particularly for me to attend Mass at St Mark’s English Church. As regular visitors to Florence over the years, Mark and I have been to the Church before for concerts in the evening and to Sunday Mass; this visit was special though as my daughter Sophie came too!

The parish Priest Fr William was away on holiday himself but the Archdeacon of Italy Vickie Sims who had come over from her base in Milan was celebrant and the Mass was lovely. The hymns were familiar as was the order of the service, there were bells and incense and whilst the Mass setting was different to that I am used to at St C’s, I felt at home with the liturgy and just like St C’s there was an invitation for all to receive communion.

Sophie, who is not used to our Catholic style of worship was touched by the warmth of the welcome, the message of love in the Archdeacon’s address and the dignity of the service. For me it was wonderful to be part of worship so far away from home yet at the same time so close to it!


Thank you to Paul for his ‘postcard’. We welcome ‘postcards’ for the blog from church members who may be away from Manchester this Summer.


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