It is quite often in our parish of Costa Almería and Costa Cálida, that attendance at the Sunday Eucharist in San Pascual Church near the town of Mojácar has to spill out onto the patio outside the Church. (Thankfully in this part of Spain, weather is usually reliable). On the Sunday after Ascension, during my parish visit, this was also the case.
Two members of the congregation were confirmed in a joyful service. The singing is particularly splendid and enthusiastic in the parish, no doubt due to the fact that the priest, the Revd Pauline Williams is from Wales! The hospitality after the service is also quite splendid.
Pauline is assisted by Honorary Asst Priest Canon Alan Bennett, Reader Duncan Burr, Church Army Captain Edwin Bates, and some Congregational Worship Leaders. It is a growing parish which presently has 4 worship centres. Additional vocations to Reader ministry are being discerned. At some point, it is clear that an extra priest may be needed as well.
During my visit I was also able to induct the newly elected Churchwardens and raise a glass of Cava to toast our confirmands.
|Churchwardens Ann Marshall and Pam Carter|