Fr Chris writes: Today we gathered at Richmond Court today to receive Holy Communion as we do each month, and our Posada figures joined us. Richmond Court provides sheltered accommodation for the elderly.
Christmas is getting closer and as we were chatting before the service Fr Sydwell gave a helping hand and words of encouragement to those who around us were preparing the Residents’ lounge for Christmas.
Lynn talked with me about her journey to Manchester from Jamaica in 1961, and we remarked how things have changed – lamenting poor behaviour and manners, but also looking to the positive in people’s attitude towards BAME communities and people. Journey is about space, but also through time.
We joked about our figures later visit today – and about their arduous journey in the poor rainy weather – and hoped that they would be greeted and cared for as their journey in our community continues.
I remarked to Lynn about the way that those moving to the UK from the Caribbean were dreadfully let down and promises made to them not honoured.
The Holy Family set out on their journey with uncertainty, they journeyed in hope and in faith, they were confused and were treated with hostility. They had to make do with a cattle shed to be the birthplace of the Son of God.
We prayed for those without shelter, without hope, and without help – especially children in want this Christmas.