St George the Martyr, Goodwood
A POPULAR EXPRESSION IN SPIRITUALITY THESE DAYS IS “THIN PLACES.” By this is meant that there are places in the world where the boundary between the so-called normal world and the spiritual world where people can more easily perceive the spiritual. In a classical Protestant ideology this is simply absurd, because God made everything, and it is only our sin that restricts us from seeing God’s work around. There is a good point there, in that God has made everything and the ugliness we see around us is the result of our own sin.
Yet people still hanker for beauty and the presence of God.
It’s interesting to see how the Prince of Wales has moved from the crank fringe a few decades ago for arguing against the ugliness of much of modern architecture and consumerism to being part of the mainstream soft spirituality with his views of eco-sustainability and classical architecture. His views reflect part of the deeper hankering for a better world where beauty can be seen and enjoyed.
We, as Catholics, also believe strongly in the gift of beauty and thin places. If God is good, then naturally everything to do with God will be infused with beauty. We also believe that God’s presence has been made particularly manifest in certain places, and when you go there, you can be made aware of a beauty, a presence, that defies the humdrum of the world. I have always found the Shrine at Walsingham in England one of those places, and I know that many others of our congregation have other places.
Which gets us back to St George’s. I have been told, time and time again, by visitors on their first trip to the church, how they are struck by the presence of God here and the beauty of the building and grounds. They experience this as a thin place where they can feel that God is close. This is not just because of the good architecture and well-kept grounds, but because of the generations of prayers that have enriched and deepened this heritage. This all has a start, back in 1903, when our building was dedicated and consecrated on the same day of 1 September. This Sunday we will commemorate this anniversary. Not in quite the grand style of previous years, but we will still keep it and rejoice that this place has been a thin place for so many people over so many years, a place to deepen and enrich the love and knowledge of God. This year we will have our good friend and former student Mother Joan Claring-Bould to preach at the 10 am mass.
Then on the last Sunday, the 26 September, we will keep the great feast of Michaelmas, when we celebrate the presence of the angels. Angels very much remind us of the thin places of the world and we rejoice in this festival every year.
News from the Parish
Vera Harrington would like to thank the parish for recent prayers following a stroke. She is now living at Bethlehem Care, 10 Education Road, Happy Valley.
A New Shrine in Mintaro
Some of you will remember Deacon Joe Johns, a former GI and army chaplain, preaching at St George’s several years ago. With his wife Jean, he has developed a special ministry at Mintaro for those who have been abused in the church. He has also now developed a new shrine in the church grounds for those who have suffered and died from depression, particularly those whose deaths were self inflicted. We have further material about this ministry by our front door.
The danger of writing anything about restrictions is that it so quickly becomes outdated. At the moment, only consecrated bread and not wine can be given at communion, masks must be worn inside the church even when singing, we need to space ourselves, and we have to sign in.
When we visited the exhibition at the David Roche Foundation two months ago, some people expressed interest in going to see the house museum there. I am suggesting a visit there on Wednesday 15 September at 2 pm – let me know if you are interested as we have to book in advance.
Some moves of interest: Mother Ali Wurm, who was formally in the diocese, is returning to our neighbouring parish of St Oswald’s Parkside in November; Bishop Chris Mcleod is becoming Dean of St Peter’s Cathedral; and Fr Paul Davenport is moving to St Saviour’s, Glen Osmond.
For most of the history of this diocese there has always been a printed magazine giving news. At its best it has been a good and handy way of communicating information about clergy moves and parishes; and at other times a rather dull promotion of our expensive private schools. Since the start of the pandemic last year, it has ceased to be published. The authorities have now decided that is will be an online website, and it can be accessed at this site or http://www.adelaideguardian.com.
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10.00 am Solemn Sung Mass
Monday Fr Scott’s Day Off
Tuesday 10.00 am Mass,
followed by gardening
Wednesday 8.00 am Mass
Thursday 12 noon Mass
Friday 8.00 am Mass
Saturday 8.00 am Mass
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1 CONSECRATION & DEDICATION OF CHURCH, 1903
2 THE MARTYRS OF NEW GUINEA, 1942
3 Gregory of Rome, Teacher of the Faith, 640; Eliza Darling
4 Birinus of Dorchester, Apostle of Wessex, 650
4 Translation of St Cuthbert
5 SUNDAY IN OCTAVE OF DEDICATION
6 St Michael of Colossae
8 BIRTH OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
9 Charles Fuge Lowder, Priest, 1880
11 Mother Esther CHN, Founder of the Community of the Holy Name, 1931
12 PENTECOST 16
13 John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople, Teacher of the Faith, 407
14 HOLY CROSS DAY
15 Our Lady of Sorrows
15 John Oliver Feetham, Bishop and Bush Brother, 1947
16 Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, bishop and martyr, 258
16 Ninian, Bishop of Galloway, Apostle to the Picts, c432
16 Edward Bouverie Pusey, Priest, Tractarian, 1882
17 Hildegard, Abbess of Bingen, Visionary, 1179
18 John Ramsden Wollaston, Priest and Missionary of Western Australia, 1856
19 PENTECOST 17
20 John Coleridge Patterson, First Bishop of Melanesia, and his Companions, Martyrs, 1871
20 Andrew Kin Taegon and the Martyrs of Korea and the Pacific
21 MATTHEW, APOSTLE, EVANGELIST AND MARTYR
22 Ember Wednesday
23 Thecla, Virgin 1st C.
24 Ember Friday
24 Our Lady of Walsingham
25 Ember Saturday
25 Sergius of Radonezh, Russian Monastic, Reformer, Teacher of the Faith, 1392
25 Lancelot Andrewes, Bishop of Winchester, Spiritual Writer, 1626
26 MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS (from 29)
27 Vincent de Paul, Founder of the Congregation of the Mission (Lazarists) 1660
28 Wenceslas, Prince, Martyr, Apostle to the Czechs, c907
30 Jerome, Translator of the Scriptures, Teacher of the Faith, 420
2 The Guardian Angels
3 PENTECOST 19
5 Francis of Assisi, Friar, Deacon, Founder of the Friars Minor, 1226 (from 4)
5 Augustus Short, First Bishop of Adelaide, 1883
6 William Tyndale, Translator of the Scriptures, Martyr, 1536
7 Blessed Virgin of the Rosary
9 Denys, Bishop of Paris and his Companions, Martyrs, c258
9 Robert Grosseteste, Bishop of Lincoln, Philosopher, Scientist, 1253
9 John Henry Newman, Priest, Teacher, Tractarian, 1890
10 PENTECOST 20
11 Ethelburga, Abbess of Barking, 675
12 Elizabeth Fry, Prison Reformer, 1845
12 Wilfrid of Ripon, Bishop, Missionary, 709
13 Edward the Confessor, King of England, 1066
15 Teresa of Avila, Teacher of the Faith, 1582
16 Hugh Latimer, Bishop of Worchester and Nicholas Ridley, Bishop of London, Martyrs
17 PENTECOST 21
19 LUKE, EVANGELIST AND MARTYR (from 18)
24 PENTECOST 22
24 United Nations, Inaugurated 1945
26 Alfred the Great, King of the West Saxons, Scholar, 899
26 Cedd, Abbot of Lastingham, bishop of the East Saxons, 664
28 SIMON AND JUDE, APOSTLES AND MARTYRS
29 James Hannington, Bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa, Martyr in Uganda, 1885
31 PENTECOST 23
31 Martin Luther, 1546 and other Continental Reformers