The Hamilton parish is free of me this weekend. I’m accompanying some of our youth group leaders on a spiritual retreat in Harrietville. The retreat venue, I’m told, is the Feathertop Chalet in Harrietville. How cool does that sound? When I hear “chalet,” I picture something like this:
But maybe my expectations have been heightened since my own retreat in September. That was at the Kenthurst Study Centre near Sydney, which one blogger has called, “Australia’s answer to the Vatican.” I’m not sure about that, but Kenthurst sure is nice:
A bush setting, a beautiful Marian shrine, high ceilings, open fire places and a swimming pool. Not quite a chalet, but something to write home about, and a place which might have skewed my expectations of retreat centres.
But no . . . my online investigation suggests Feathertop Chalet really is up there with Kenthurst and the chalet pictured. Actually, maybe Feathertop is even better. Only one of the three has its own mini-golf course:
But of course, we’re not really going to this retreat to rate the accommodation. I hope and pray the retreat is a time of grace and renewal for my young parishioners, and the other retreatants.
Here’s Fr Rob — a good friend and erstwhile classmate — to explain the weekend:
I think there’s about one hundred young people going. Spare them a prayer!
You didn’t get a mention.
Joel what did you mean “you didnt get a mention. stiff” what are you referring to?
Our dear blogging priest attended the retreat, but Fr Rob’s promo mentioned only himself , Pat Keady (?) and an overrated golfer from Bendigo, Fr Jake Mudge. Let’s face it: Ballarat clergy rarely are a draw-card.
I’m fair game, but knocking the saintly Father Jake? There must be a special place in Hell for that offence. Get thee to a confessional!
Fr Could I help Joel do you think? with some counselling maybe?
He’s all yours Anne. I’ve concluded he’s a lost cause! Ha ha.
Nah not a lost cause, I am the best there is in my field. Can sort Joel out easy.
Be good Joel
I thought you were talking a stiff whisky! Joel you better watch out talking about golf in Ballarat dicoese especially to Eugene Mackinnon! I am a golfer too! What about you Joel?
Anway there is some jokes more on way before Christmas!
JOKE OF THE WEEK
Here is another one.
Yeah mate, I play. Thing is, I’ve never played with Fr Jake. But every priest and his assistant keeps telling me he hits a good ball. It would seem we go around in pretty similar numbers, so it’d be interesting.
We’ll get around to it some day. I’ll let you know how it goes…
Will have to a have round with you one day Joel. What is your handicap? Mine is 21. My home club is Warrnambool golf club and it is also home of Marc Lieshmann – the only Australian to win a US tour this year!
Sounds good Simon. I’m always looking for an excuse to get a round in.
I’m not a member of a club, so don’t have an official handicap. I go around in low 80s most times, so that puts me off about 12 I suppose. If I could sort out my flatstick I could nudge that into single figures probably.
Marc Leishmann is handy to say the least. Don’t know about those pants though…
Late Mail Tips hopefully more on the way later in the week!
The next race is due in 14mins. Get on Typo.
The next race, get on Phizup.
Race 7 No 8 Easton.
Race 8 Nos 3 and 8.
Horsham well it has great golfcourse and it’s coming good after the bushfires. I heard that from the parish priest!
Race 5 No 5 at 3.35pm.
Race 6 No4. Where is the remote and number 13.
Race 7 The lucky last race! My numbers: 7, 10 and 13.
I got more jokes coming up including my Christmas Joke!