I am writing this having just come back from concelebrating Cardinal Cormac’s Funeral at Westminster Cathedral; Deacon Tom was there as well as many priests and lay faithful from our Diocese. It was a very moving ceremony and really the end of an era. Many of us who met before and after Mass reminisced and shared stories and anecdotes reflecting with great fondness our former bishop of 23 years. The Mass was solemn but it felt like a family affair. Our prayers go to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.
I would like to meet with anyone who would like to help with this year’s First Holy Communion preparation on Wednesday 27th September at 7pm in the Presbytery to discuss the way forward, I had great help with last year’s programme. I hope there would be more who would be interested in helping me.
I would also like to remind parents of children in years 3 & 4 or above that they must be known to me and be practising Catholics in order to apply this year. Application forms will be available soon. A group of young people approached me about starting a Scripture and Catechesis group for teenagers aged year 10 and above. I have met with some of them and they would like to meet once a month to simply chat and explore our faith and the bible. Our First meeting will be on Friday 6th October at 6pm in the Presbytery – spread the word!
Thanks to all who came to Arundel Cathedral for the Altar Servers’ Mass we had a grand total of 31 serving at the Altar – Both the bishop and I were very impressed as were the servers from other parishes! I was a very proud Guild of St Stephen Chaplain and Parish Priest.
On Monday 25th September at 12 Midday there will be a special Mass at Arundel Cathedral celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Foundation of our Cathedral Chapter, all are welcome and there will be representatives from the Chapters of the Southwark Province. I will be MC at this Mass. Mass in the Parish will be at 9am that morning to enable me to get to the Cathedral early. Lastly, thank you to the schools for the very successful Academic Mass, it was a great sign of unity for our Parish Schools and a great opportunity to ask God’s blessing upon all involved in our schools in this coming year.