On the Feast of St Alban, today's Family Catechism Day began with Holy Mass, followed by the chance to venerate the relics of Bl Dominic Barberi and Bl John Henry Newman (see screenshot below), and a picnic lunch possible while the English summer holds out.
The youngest in the group rehearsed and put on a puppet show about the life of Bl Dominic Barberi, Apostle of England, with the memorable line of narration: "Dominic did not want to fight in Napoleon's army, but he did want to fight in God's army", plus much puppet activity to depict the violent persecutions the saint underwent.
For their catechism, a wide age group considered the creation of man and women in God's image (click on the notes below for a pdf of the full course to date). An embarrassing moment arose when Fr Mawdsley said "all our knowledge comes through the senses". At this fathers squinted, mothers gasped and six-year-olds protested. Surely God can and does infuse knowledge directly into our souls. Indeed. So the missing word was 'natural'--"all our natural knowledge comes through the senses". This forms the basis on which supernatural graces build. Apologies for the error.