Fr Tim

Safeguarding: I know that the renewal of DBS forms has  required an enormous amount of work in recent weeks. It reflects well on both our parishes that we have so many people involved and I want to thank you all for ensuring that this   necessary process to protect our children and vulnerable adults is successfully completed. If anyone still needs to contact Kris Reeds, please email the parish office without delay to indicate if you are still in a voluntary role and giving alternative times to come in. Please note Kris is away this coming week.

Our Young People: This weekend we are asked to remember in a special way our young people. Yesterday the Embrace event took place in the Cathedral and we were well represented. Natasha and Anita had a stall to promote their work.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who are  working so hard to ensure that our young people have every opportunity to deepen their faith in our Lord and become active members of our parish community. I was thrilled when I visited the Junior Justice and Peace Group last week and saw their enthusiasm and commitment. And I am grateful that Natasha and Anita are finding ways of linking in their work among the young adults with youngsters still at school.

Once again the young adults in partnership with Hope Catholic Society were out on the streets last Tuesday night, bringing comfort to the homeless.


As mentioned last week Fr Michael Brehl (the Redemptorist General) has asked the whole Congregation to have a special collection for our General Fund, which he uses to respond to crisis situations across the world. Since we have celebrated our 285th Birthday this month we thought this was the appropriate time to make the collection, which will be after the Masses today. As always we are immensely grateful for whatever help you are able to give.

Furthermore, we thank you for all the support over the years and especially for our confrères in   Zimbabwe. At this critical time for the people of that country, we ask you to continue to pray for them.

The Feast of Christ the King will complete the liturgical year next weekend. We hope and pray that the Embrace event at the Cathedral next Saturday will be its usual vibrant success and encourage many young people to become more and more committed to their Christian faith. Meanwhile, to all our young people, I simply say: please take note of all the initiatives being taken on your behalf and respond as and when you can.

Registration for Embrace closes on the 22nd November at 3pm. If you would like to register please go to   

This is a free event. 

To learn more about the speakers click here

RYM will have a stall, so if you go why not  stop  tosay hello to Natasha and Anita

TODAY IS REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY and we pray for all those who have lost their lives defending our freedom. There will be a short ceremony at the War Memorial after the 11.30am Mass.

HOLY SOULS BOX: Some of you kindly put a donation with the names of your loved ones. We thank you and assure you that the box is checked after all the Masses. But please understand that there is no requirement to make an offering.

RESPONSES TO ‘THE OPEN LETTER’: There is a dedicated email address:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. There is also a box at the back of the church. So far the response has been slow, but I am keen to know how you think we can best have a conversation about the future.

THE HOLY SOULS: Please forgive me for not reminding you that last Thursday was All Souls’ Day, but I am sure you will have remembered. Throughout the month of November one Mass each day will be celebrated by a member of the Redemptorist Community for all those whom you wish to be remembered and whose names you have placed in your November Lists.

RESPONSES TO ‘THE OPEN LETTER’: For those of you who wish to make written responses, there will be a box at the back of both our churches. There will also be the following dedicated email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Over the next few weeks we will try to collate your responses. 

Hopefully, by Christmas we will have a clearer idea of what practical steps we need to take. Meanwhile, I can only reiterate my delight in the many encouraging comments I am receiving not only from the parishioners of Bishop Eton and St Mary’s, but from as far away as a London parish.

Half-term: We hope the staff and pupils of our schools enjoyed a good break last week.


 Fr Charles and I joined the other clergy from the pastoral area for an overnight meeting last week. In accordance with Archbishop Malcolm’s letter and my own ‘Open Letter’, we all want to have as wide a conversation with you as possible. Please do feel free to offer suggestions as to how we can effectively achieve this. In the meantime our efforts to pray together each month will continue. Please note that the next occasion will be on November 1, the Solemnity of All Saints. This time there will be a concelebration of Mass at 7.00pm in Hope University chapel and it will be the only evening Mass in the pastoral area for the Feast, which of course is a holiday of obligation.

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