|Procession to the grave|
On Monday November 14, a typically damp and misty November day, the parishioners, relatives and friends of Fr. Charles Slaughter gathered to lay him to rest and give thanks for his life of service and ministry to our parish for 31 years. A moving moment at the vigil Mass was when symbols of his priesthood were placed on his coffin: his chalice, his stole, his crucifix and his very well-worn breviary. As he had stiipulated "no florists' arrangements" his friends scoured their dank, denuded gardens to produce a pretty posy of autumn flowers and leaves, as he had wished.