Category Archives: Cofton Park

Witnessing to Truth

Patrick Ward writes… So… seven days have now passed since The Holy Father left these shores following his historic visit to the UK.  Life quickly returned to normal.  By Monday the blanket news coverage had virtually stopped, by Tuesday the … Continue reading

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What’s so good about being a Catholic? (Part Two)

Patrick Ward writes… Over a week ago, I wrote a post called “What’s so good about being a Catholic?”   You can read it here. As you will see, lots of people responded with comments and thoughts.  Here, in alphabetical order, … Continue reading

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An Emotional Rollercoaster

Patrick Ward writes… I am a 36-year-old bloke from Liverpool.  I don’t consider myself to be particularly sentimental and I’m not necessarily prone to great bouts of gushing emotion.  And yet, over the course of the four-day visit of Pope … Continue reading

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We stand on holy ground

The blessings of this pilgrimage will be felt, I am sure, for some time to come. At Communion we sang the much loved Be Still for the Presence of the Lord, and the words ‘we stand on holy ground’ seemed … Continue reading

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Mary and Joseph

I met Mary on the footpath this morning, as we were walking from the coach park to Cofton Park. Originally from Kerala, South India, she came today with her parish, St Michael’s in Shepton Mallet. They left there at 4am, … Continue reading

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Photos from a cold, wet and glorious morning in Cofton Park

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Lead Kindly Light

Patrick Ward writes… I love the music of Boyce and Stanley, otherwise known as CJM.  On Sunday, I went to Mass in a small, village church in the Cotswolds where I’d been to a wedding the day before.  The worship … Continue reading

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Heart speaking to heart

Patrick Ward writes… I was eight years old when Pope John Paul II visited the UK back in 1982. I remember it well. Me and my family went to Speke Airport in Liverpool to see him.  It was a big … Continue reading

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