This year's Diocesan Day begins with Holy Mass at St Laurence's Church (Pyhän Laurin kirkko) in Lohja at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 17th. After the Mass, which is celebrated by Bishop Emeritus Teemu Sippo SCI, there is coffee, tea and sandwiches in the church's parish hall. Please notify your own parish of your participation no later than the Sunday before, i.e. on August 11th.
Order your copy now!
The book Pyhän Birgitan perilliset cost EUR 10 + postage if you order it online here (yes, the form is in Finnish, but it simply asks you to fill in your name, e-mail, phone number and tick whether you want one or two copies of the excellent book). If you are in Turku you can purchase your copy directly from the Bridgettine sisters on Ursininkatu 15 and if you're heading for the Helsinki Book Fair the book is available at the Catholic Information Service bookt (6e82).
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For more information, please go to the Lectors' Workshop page on St Henry's website.
The Friends of the Bridgittine Sisters Association, or Birgittalaissirarten Ystävät ry, has launched a competition to find a cake or pastry to celebrate Blessed Hemming. This year is the quincentennial of Bishop Hemming's beatification, so the association feels it's high time the 14th-century Bishop of Turku gets a cake.
The association encourages everybody and anybody to come up with a recipe for a Blessed Hemming Cake. In his lifetime, Bishop Hemming was known for his simple culinary habits, but 500 years on from his beatification, we are looking for something that would took and taste nice on the coffee table. The recipe that wins the competition will be named the Official Cake of the association.
Please send in your recipes to vahatalo(at)iki.fi before midsumer. Do include a photo of your creation as well as an explanation of the connection between the pastry and Blessed Hemming.
The recipes will be tested in the autumn and an impartial jury will select the winner.
Bless your efforts, the Blessed Hemming Bake-off is now officially on!
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