St. Bart’s Day Service and Celebration
In past years the celebration of Saint Bartholomew’s Day was always somewhere other than t Bartholomew’s House… For ages, it was held at the little St. Bartholomew’s Chapel in the East Perth cemetery. Then in 2014 and 2015 the service was in St. George’s Cathedral on the nearest Sunday to St. Bartholomew’s Day, and was followed by a fair in the cathedral grounds. These were a load of fun, but not many St. Bart’s residents attended. This year we held the celebration in our Lime Street building on the day itself (Wednesday August 24th).
An informal mini-service was conducted jointly by acting-chaplain Alan Forsyth and former Board member Wendy Gilbert. Archdeacon Braden Short (administrator of the Anglican Diocese of Perth) was guest speaker. The service was followed by a delicious lunch.
St. Bartholomew is patron saint of a wide array of occupations including butchers and Florentine cheese merchants. Because of this, lunch included stew (which was made from beef supplied by butchers) and cheese.