An Ecumenical Quiet Day

On a bright and breezy day in March, on the Feast of the Annunciation, members of the congregations of St. Mary’s and of The Sacred Heart came together for a Quiet Day organised by Canon Simon and Fr. Gerry O’Shaughnessy

On a bright and breezy day in March, on the Feast of the Annunciation, members of the congregations of St. Mary’s and of The Sacred Heart came together for a Quiet Day organised by Canon Simon and Fr. Gerry O’Shaughnessy, parish priest of The Sacred Heart. Fr. Gerry on behalf of the Salesians of Don Bosco hosted the event, in the morning at St. John Bosco College and in the afternoon at the Salesians’ House.

The theme for the Quiet Day was the Annunciation: uplifting and not too spiritually taxing. Canon Simon and Fr. Gerry co-operated smoothly throughout the day and the atmosphere was one of calmness and holiness, and was most pleasant.

The morning started with communal prayers and an address by Fr. Gerry on the Annunciation, following which we were able to sit quietly, read, write and think. To be able to do so quietly and individually and free from everyday demands and concerns in the pleasant grounds of the College was a blessing. After packed lunches on tables in the grounds, we moved to the Salesians’ House: a beautiful modern building in very lovely and tranquil gardens and with an exquisite chapel. There we were able to continue with our individual reflections. The day ended with a service led by Canon Simon and a blessing by both priests in the chapel.

This was a most lovely way to spend a day and we are much indebted to Canon Simon and Fr. Gerry for arranging and organising it for us.

Gordon and Teresa Stewart