#307: Sweet Sacrament Divine in NEH

(Name that ‘Cathedral’)

My dears,

Bertie here. I can barely type to you. Imagine my excitement when the legendary BBC asked me to fly out for the Winter Olympics to be one of their ‘on the spot’ reporters. Then imagine my horror and dread when it turned out that what they wanted me to do was find a secret place on the cross-country ski route, dig a little burrow and sit there in the deep snow and the freezing cold commenting when people occasionally and randomly came past, going in different directions, because noone knew which way they should be going. My fur is frozen solid, my little paws are made of ice and they cut my interview even before it reached the screen. What I really need now is a bath to swim in- or, better, a fondue…


Things to do in Church

Mary Cassidy, our Deputy Warden for Mission and Spirituality, has put together a board at the back of Church of things you can do to help get ready for Lent. Do have a look at what is there.

March 4th  World Day of Prayer

Program written by the ​World Day of Prayer Committee of ​England, Wales & Northern Ireland for WDP 2022
Jeremiah 29:1-14  The theme of the service is “I know the Plans I have for You” and two significant parts of this service involve the lighting of seven candles, to celebrate hope, and the distribution of seeds, as a sign of hope. With all that the world has been through recently it is an appropriate theme, with promise, and is an invitation to place our trust in God at all times.  

Things to do outside Church

We are, as has been mentioned, collecting for the Wokingham Foodbank this Sunday morning at both St Paul’s and St Nick’s. Do please bring along some of the goods that they are asking for as a priority- if you live away or won’t be in St Paul’s on Sunday why not make a donation online or take something to the Foodbank near to where you live- and here is the latest list:

Mothers’ Union and The Social Committee are hosting a Lent Lunch in the Parish Rooms on 12th March 2022 12 noon to 1.30pm of soup, bread, cheese and fruit. Donations will be going to our three charities.

There will be a sign up sheet in church shortly so we can have idea of numbers.

Seeking help following a relationship ending?

Then why not join us at Divorce Recovery Workshop’s next course at Brookside Hall, Earley, Reading, over two Friday evenings and two Saturdays, on February 18, 19, 25 and 26?  DRW offers help to recover at whatever stage of divorce or separation people are going through – and whenever the split was.

Contact Seamus on 07887 800521 to find out more or visit The website also has tips for the future.  DRW is a UK-wide charity run by volunteers who have all been on one of its courses.

Also, if you haven’t seen Peter Wells’ interesting and informative survey of the Livestream, please do follow this fascinating link:  Use of Live-Streaming – St Paul’s Parish (

Confirmation Prep and Service

Confirmation is a hugely important part of people’s lives as disciples- the moment when you stand up in Church and confirm the baptismal promises made for you as a child. Our Service this year is shared with All Sts but at St Paul’s at 3.30pm pm on the 20th of March. If you haven’t been confirmed and are in Year 7 or above (or may even have left School) and would like to find out more, then please speak to Richard.

A treat to end with from Jane Kraft

My Spelling Checker

I halve a spelling chequer,

It came with my pea sea,

It plainly marques for my revue

Miss steaks eye kin knot see.

Eye strike a key and type a word

And weight for it two say

Weather I am wrong oar write –

It shows me strait a weigh

As soon as a mist ache is maid

it nose bee fore two long

And I can put the error rite.

It’s rare lea ever wrong

Eye have run this poem threw it,

I am shore your pleased to no,

it’s letter perfect awl the weigh

My chequer tolled me sew!

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