Charity registration No. SC002876  
Sunday December 15th. 2013
Blessing of Fr Stan by his parents, Barbara and Jan It is a beautiful Polish tradition for parents to bless their son before his first Mass to make a gift of him to Almighty God Father’s blessing: Christ, eternal priest, who called you to work in his vineyard which is the Church, may he grant you his blessing so that you would be an example for the faithful in your words, deeds, in love, faith and purity. And may the blessing of Father Son and the Holy Spirit keep you in the grace of your vocation for ever.  Amen. Mother’s blessing: Mary, mother of Jesus Christ, the highest and eternal priest, who stood at the cross of his son, may she intercede for you and ask for God's grace in your vocation in most difficult moments. May she ask for the blessing of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit on you.  Amen.
Barbara and Jan Pamula, Fr Stan's parents
Blessing of Fr Stan by his parents
Procession to the Church When we gathered outside the church, the first communicants of the parish had made a very long evergreen garland, and surrounded all the clergy with it, and accompanied us down the aisle to the altar. It had the lovely symbol of binding us all together in our priestly office as we prepared to concelebrate Fr. Stan’s first Mass.
The garland of evergreens
Presentation of Flowers Another beautiful tradition of a priest’s first Mass is the gift of flowers from every section of the parish: the first communicants, school children, youths and groups of adults, each gave their spoken tribute to Fr Stan before presenting their gifts of flower.  It was all very beautiful and touching.
Anniversaries We remember in our prayers this weekend those whose anniversaries are at this time: Lachie Wynne, Fr Tom's father, for whom the vigil Mass will be said on Saturday, Duncan MacInnes, for whom Mass will be said on Monday. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord Eucharistic Ministers Because of a fall I had at night in my bedroom during the power cut last week, I will make more use of our Eucharistic ministers until my knee is back to normal once again. Fortunately, the x-ray showed there was no damage to my knee joint replacement.