Quiet day at Windermere
Friday, 24 February was the Feast day of St Matthias.
The Rector of the Parish of Holy Trinity in Launceston, the Revd Warwick Cuthbertson organised a Quiet Day for the Feast of St Matthias at the church dedicated to that saint at Windermere on the East Tamar.
Father Cuthbertson initiated a Quiet Day at St Matthias on 20 Nov 2010 led by the Ven. Bob McKay, and again in Feb 2011 on St Matthias' Day which was led by the Revd John Bedford.
This year the Revd Josephine Pyecroft from the Parish of Quamby was invited to be the leader. (Jo was made priest on the Feast of St Matthias 17 years ago in St John's Cathedral in Brisbane.) Those participating this year came from Holy Trinity connections, from Longford/Perth Parish and Quamby (Hagley/Westbury) Parish. Jo had two themes: components of personal prayer and the power of the Eucharist.
The setting of St Matthias' Windermere is perfect for Quiet Days and Jo used the peacefulness to encourage contemplation and reflection and in her address at the closing she reminded us of the great personal benefits in the mystery of the Eucharist and of its healing grace.
Quiet Days may not be for everyone, but those who do take part usually retire from the day made more whole by the experience.
Story and photos Trevor Cowell, Perth