of the
Good Shepherd
Diamond Jubilees at the Good Shepherd
Each year the parish of the Good Shepherd, Woodthorpe begins its marriage preparation seminars with a celebration of betrothal and blessing in the Church for all who seek the Sacrament for that year. It is always a grand occasion as couples come together, renewing old acquaintance from School days, meeting new friends with the same hopes and aspirations for marriage in the Church and celebrating those whose example we cherish. Yes, the year 2015, the Good Shepherd has witnessed three Diamond Jubilees of marriage and our congratulations go to Joe & Maureen Callaway, Peter and Sheila Thompson and James and Jacqueline Pacey all of whom shared with those preparing for marriage in prayer and blessing and the encouragement of their example. After the ceremony of prayer, Sacred Scripture, Hymns and blessing of intent, all repaired to the Josephinium Hall for what can only be described as a superb luncheon. Cooked in house and beginning with a gentle appetizer to accompany "mingle time" with our Jubilarians, was "Sunshine soup" with spiced triangles served in a cup and saucer.
The luncheon gong called all to table for a first plate of Rolled mop herring, smoked Salmon, micro pickles all "flashed" with a gentle chilli sauce. The main plate was a sumptuous experience of roast vegetables, potato wedges, mixed roast vegetable couscous, kale, pea, spring onion and orzo warm salad, spiced battered pepper rings, Lamb & aubergine tagine, sausage and bean hotpot and or sticky jerk chicken pieces. This was followed by a selection of cold pudding delights, celebratory cake and drinks of white and red wines, beer and soft drinks. A suitable celebration of sixty years and a warm encouragement to those beginning their preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage.
All were joined by Catechists who share parish preparation for marriage, Istvan & Katy Mersich, and Mark and Ann Jones together with the Parish Precentor, Michael Bussey, our resident Florist specialist, Rebecca (look out for "Flowers by Rebecca" on vans, cards and 'Yellow Pages'). Special thanks is offered to some of the young peoples of Christ the King Academy, Arnold, who ever generous with their time waited on at table. Thank you to Francesca Bertalasso and Sam Jones for their kind attention with silver service to our Jubilarians.
We wish our Jubilarians "ad multos annos" ( to many years more!) and look forward to continuing preparation for the great day of marriage among our young couples who will share the Sacrament during the year.

Submitted by Canon Philipp Ziomek
3 Thackeray's Lane, Woodthorpe, Nottingham, NG5 4HT. Tel: (0115) 926 8288