Fr Tim

THE NOVENA FOR OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR: This Sunday Fr Charles Corrigan and the students will speak at all the Masses both here and at St Mary’s about their plans for the nine days, which begin this Tuesday 19 June. I am sure you will do all you can to make this special event truly blessed. At the same time, as I preach the Novena in my hometown of Clapham, I will be very conscious of our united prayer that our Blessed Lady will help us become more and more faithful disciples of her Son. 

Please note that the second period of Adoration on Wednesday will end earlier than usual to accommodate the Novena Service

THE EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS: For anyone interested, it will be possible from tomorrow (11 June) to book directly to be a delegate at the Eucharistic Congress. Please go to the website:

Please note there is a dedicated page on the Archdiocesan website - which has lots of useful information and links.

If you would like to read Fr Tim's talk on the Eucharist and St Alphonsus that he gave at the Carmelite convent click here.


Next Sunday Fr Charles Corrigan and the students will speak at all the Masses both here and at St Mary's about their plans for the nine days, which begin on Tuesday 19 June.

I hope that there will be a wonderful response this year. It can link into our prayerful preparations for the Eucharistic Congress and the Synod which will follow in 2020.

THE SCHOOLS: Before the summer holidays, I hope to work with both Much Woolton and Bishop Eton in preparing some Eucharist Devotions for children, so that we will be primed and ready for the Eucharistic Congress when they return in September.


In this year of the Eucharistic Congress, we pray that the Lord will deepen our understanding of and reverence for the gift of his Body and Blood in Holy Communion. We pray again for the families whose children have made their First Communion this year and remind you that the 10.00am Mass on Sunday 17 June, will be a special celebration Mass for them.


(Tuesday 19 June—Wednesday 27 June)

Fr Charles Corrigan and our students will lead the Novena and Fr Corrigan has requested that in the evening there should be a Novena Service, beginning at 7.00pm. Therefore, the Mass timetable (both weekdays and weekends) will remain the same, but each evening, including Saturday and Sunday, there will be a Special Service which will not include the Eucharist. Posters and leaflets will soon be available for distribution. Meanwhile, please spread the word far and wide. Thank you.


Let me begin by reminding you of the extraordinary power of God’s word when it is delivered with conviction and joy as it was at the Royal Wedding last weekend. Bishop Michael Curry certainly made his mark on the occasion and it seemed to me that his approach was very much in the Redemptorist tradition. He reminded us that there is “power in love… power to change the world.” He went on to remind us of the source of love and the redemptive love of Jesus: “Imagine this tired old world when love is the way. When love is the way – unselfish, sacrificial, redemptive.” Hopefully, we will have a chance to share in a powerful preaching of the Word in the coming weeks and months, beginning with the Novena to our Mother of Perpetual Succour (June 19 to 27). Please pray for the success of this venture both here and at St Mary’s, Clapham.

HALF-TERM: Enjoy the coming week or fortnight, depending on which school you attend. Every good wish to all our students sitting public exams in the coming weeks.

FIRST COMMUNIONS: We have just two more weekends with children making their First Holy Communion at the different Masses. Please continue to pray for them and their families.

ADOREMUS: Fr Tim is giving a talk on Saint Alphonsus and the Eucharist at the Carmelite Convent today  (Sunday 27th May) at 3.30pm.



PENTECOST: A very happy Feast to you all, and may the Holy Spirit renew our lives with those gifts which make it possible for us to be faithful children of God and ministers of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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