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Fr Tim

DAYS OF RECOLLECTION: Fr Charles has kindly offered to do something I have long wanted to do, namely organise days of recollection for some key lay ministries. I hope all the ministers will make every effort to take part

They will all take place in St Mary’s Hall, Woolton, between 10.00am and 2.00pm on the Saturdays named below. They will include Mass, a time for prayer and reflection and deal with any practical issues.

  • Sat 30 Sept: Readers,
  • Sat 21 Oct: Sacristans;
  • Sat 28 Oct: Eucharistic Ministers.

Please sign up in the sacristy to indicate your participation so we can know numbers. Please bring a packed lunch (teas and coffees provided). Fr Tim hopes all the ministers will make every effort to take part.


As you know the Cardinal’s funeral was last Wednesday in Westminster Cathedral. We give thanks for his life of service to the Church in this country. I have written a short personal tribute, which is on the website. May he rest in peace. please St Julie’s


Funeral of Cardinal Cormac-Murphy O'Connor


FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: An invitation to the parents of children in Year Four: please come to an initial meeting in the Fisher More Hall on Monday 18 September, at 8.00pm. I will send a letter through Bishop Eton School, but it is important that those of you who have children at other schools and wish to join the programme, take note of this meeting. The programme itself will not begin until nearer Christmas, but I wish to have an initial discussion with the parents/guardians and the catechists about how we will approach this year’s preparation. It will be part of the wider conversation I am hoping to have with the whole parish.

BE Alive: I have prepared a short reflection in this month’s magazine as a prelude to the more inclusive conversation I want to begin across the parishes this autumn, however Due to the move at St Julie’s there are currently problems with the printers and we are therefore unable to issue September’s edition until next week.

Back to School: We welcome back the staff and pupils of all our schools as they begin a new academic year. We hope and pray that they will be successful on every front.

Comings and Goings:

Fr Burns has returned from Spain, but he and I will be away at the beginning of the coming week for Provincial Council meetings in London.

On Friday 1st September, we will welcome to the Bishop Eton community Fr Michael Henesy and Bro Michael Duxbury. For over a year they have been keeping an eye on our former pastoral centre at Hawkstone Park, but at last the new owners are due to take possession of the property and we can leave it with a clear conscience.

Holidays: Enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend and the final week of the school holidays. Hopefully, next weekend we will all be raring to go as the new academic year is about to be launched upon us. Certainly we will need to allow a little more time for our journeys!

Exams: We hope all our students are content with their exam results and wish them well as they move on to the next phase of their lives.

Certificates of Religious Practice for Faith Schools

I understand that the Archdiocese has revised its position with regard to these references and left it to the discretion of the parish priest. I have resolutely followed the previous diocesan policy that I should give only factual information regarding the reception of the sacraments, which protects me from the potential conflict of having to determine what is meant by religious practice and therefore I do not intend to start giving personal testimonials now. If particular schools are willing to accept others as referees, then there is nothing I can do about that, but I insist that such references DO NOT carry any form of official approval from the parishes for which I am responsible: e.g. parish letter-headed notepaper or an official stamp.


Barcelona: Once again we have been faced with terrorist atrocities in Europe during the past week. We pray for the repose of the souls of those who lost their lives and all those suffering the effects of these outrages. Let us never grow weary from praying for peace and striving to be peacemakers.

Bro Michael Taylor CSsR: We warmly congratulate Michael on renewing his vows as a member of our Redemptorist Congregation last Tuesday, the Feast of our founder, St Alphonsus. We thank him for all he has contributed to our two parishes during his four week pastoral placement and wish him every happiness and success as he continues his studies for the priesthood. After a short holiday, he is due to go to Lourdes for three weeks, working in the City of the Poor before returning to London and the new term.


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