Dear All,

Because we had to adapt our programme to available dates, these Peter’s Pints sessions at the moment are coming at noticeably shorter intervals – next week is our next session, on Friday 1st June! This will certainly be our last session before a few month’s summer break. Also, having completed two years, it’s not certain that we will carry on, though we hope to – it depends on some necessary reorganisations and rethinking what we can afford to do within our budget, etc. So all the more reason to come to this one!

We look forward to welcoming Canon John Udris from Northampton Diocese, who is the spiritual director at Oscott Seminary, and a much-sought speaker and giver of retreats. Having listened to his conferences for two years as a seminarian, I can testify that he always has something worth hearing! Some of you may have come across his book, Holy Daring: The Fearless Trust of St Therese of Liseux.

 A few years ago Canon Udris was appointed the postulator for the cause of GK Chesterton, the famous Catholic convert who was himself a popular writer and public speaker, often taking up the pen or the microphone in answer to critics of the Catholic faith. He was a larger than life character (and physically unmissable too!), but with a child-like love of all that is true, good and beautiful, and there are those today who feel that he should be canonised a saint of the Church. Canon Udris’ job as postulator is to examine his life and present the case to Rome for Chesterton’s sanctity.

We are happy that Canon Udris will speak from his knowledge of this remarkable man: “The Sanity & Sanctity of GK Chesterton”. The talk will be at 7.20 pm in the Narthex, with drinks from 7 pm.

The beer this time will be from Humpty Dumpty Brewery near Reedham, and we will be sampling the first of their spring special, a light beer (3.6%) called Reedham Gold.

I hope to see lots of you there. I attach a poster, should any of you be in a position to put one up in your parish this weekend or somewhere where it might get noticed in the coming week!

Finally, after signing off, I will leave you a sample of some of Chesterton’s most memorable quotes, to give a taster to those who know nothing about him…

God bless and see you Friday,

Fr Henry

From GKC:

“In Catholicism, the Pint, the Pipe and the Cross can all fit together”

“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.”

“Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.”

“Angels can fly because they can take themselves lightly.”

“A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.”

“Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about. All democrats object to men being disqualified by the accident of birth; tradition objects to their being disqualified by the accident of death.”