Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Apostolic Blessing for Paul and Anne in Polegate

 Paul and Anne holding their Apostolic Blessing  from Pope Francis with Fr Rory Kelly and Deacon John Truman behind
Paul & Anne Sullivan celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary at the 10am mass on Friday 9 August at St George's Church, Polegate, celebrated by Fr Rory Kelly, assisted by Deacon John Truman. Although the actual milestone date was 17 August the day was brought forward to enable them to celebrate the anniversary away together with their family. The mass and subsequent celebration in the church hall was attended by over 70 people, including many Brothers and wives from the Eastbourne Catenian Circle as well as parishioners and friends. Paul is the immediate Past President of the Eastbourne Circle.

Later, during the cutting of the cake, Paul regaled us with some very amusing anecdotes of the wedding day 50 years ago. Of particular interest was the fact that they honeymooned on the Isles of Scilly, specifically at Our Lady Star of the Sea, which incorporates the Priest’s House, on the island of St Mary's. This had been organised by Paul's uncle who was a Canon in the Penzance area responsible for this extended part of his parish. Their journey there was more than a little intimidating as it was by a very small plane, flying close over the waves and landing on a field which was the landing strip. But the worst part was when they got to the Priest's lodging, which was part of the church building, when they discovered, of course, that the bedroom contained a single bed - more than adequate for a parish priest when visiting the island!!

The photo by: Robert Dixon.

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