CANON PATRICK’S 68th LETTER

Dear friends

Back in 2000, when Bishop Huw approached me about becoming Vicar of Carmarthen St
David with Christ Church, like every wise married clergyman, I consulted my wife. “All right,”
she said, “you can move on one condition. That I don’t have to become enrolling member of
the Mothers Union.” Apparently, Helen’s home church in Middlesex had had a rather scary
Mothers Union, and her own mother had warned her against having anything to do with it.
Shortly after my induction as Vicar of my new parish, Mrs Margaret Jones approached me in
the clergy vestry of St David’s Church. “Your wife will, of course, become enrolling member
of the Mothers Union,” she remarked confidently. “Er, no,” I replied with some trepidation,
“I will instead.” And I did, and quickly discovered (as did Helen shortly afterwards) that our
Mothers Union branch consisted of the most wonderfully cheerful and kind group of ladies
that anyone could ever wish to meet.

I’m ashamed to admit that my role in the Mothers Union over the past two decades has
been distinctly nominal and largely decorative. The person who has really run the branch
with amazing skill and efficiency is Mrs Doreen Jones, who today celebrates her 90 th
birthday. As a retired midwife, Doreen is both practical and down-to-earth, and has a
wonderful fund of entertaining stories (almost rivalling those of her nephew, Archdeacon
Dorrien). She was one of the wardens of St David’s Church when I first arrived, and helped
and guided me through some difficult and demanding times. On behalf, not just of the
Mothers Union and the Welsh congregation, but of the church as a whole, it is a great joy to
wish her Happy Birthday. Penblwydd Hapus, Doreen!

Last Sunday’s Christingle Family Eucharist was a delight. Many thanks to Mrs Val Kirby for
preparing the Christingle packs for the children, to the Reverend Delyth Richards for her
Blue Peter-style demonstration of how to make a Christingle, and to the members of the
Sunday School and the Small Church for giving the readings and leading the prayers so
beautifully. It was an excellent start to Advent, and showed that, despite the limitations
imposed by the Covid regulations, we should still be able to find appropriate ways to
celebrate the Birth of Our Saviour.

[SERVICES: Wednesday 2 December 10.30am HOLY EUCHARIST in Church; SUNDAY 6
December 9am ZOOM EUCHARIST (English); 11yb CYMUN BENDIGAID yn yr Eglwys; 5pm
ZOOM EVENING PRAYER; Wednesday 9 December 10.30am HOLY EUCHARIST; SUNDAY 13
December 9.15am ZOOM NATIVITY EUCHARIST; 11am ZOOM EUCHARIST; 5pm ZOOM
EVENING PRAYER. To book seats and in case of Zoom difficulties please get in touch with
Delyth, Kristie, Rosemary Bowen, Malcolm Jones, or myself.]

Canon Patrick

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