Parish priest Fr Christopher Lumsden was approached by a parishioner for his endorsement to light two pine trees at St Anthony’s RC Church, Petit Valley.
Before saying yes, he took a walk around the church yard and said to himself, not just two pine trees but all. Little did one expect that the simple request would have morphed into the beautiful, faith-filled experience.
Fr Christopher not only endorsed the lighting of all the trees but heeded the words of Archbishop Jason Gordon in his December 1 Catholic News weekly column, ‘Don’t rush Advent’.
The planning committee received approval on November 19, and decorations were completed on December 2 with the intention to light the trees with no fanfare on that evening. However, the timely publication of the Archbishop’s column caused them to stop and reflect.
Fr Christopher in his wisdom saw this as a faith and community building opportunity and postponed the lighting to December 15, the third week of Advent themed for Joy.