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Fr Tim

TODAY IS THE SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY REDEEMER. As we celebrate our titular feast with you, we thank you for all your love and support for the Bishop Eton community. Traditionally we take a collection today to help with the education of our students both here and in Zimbabwe. Thank you for whatever you are able to give us.

PARISH CELEBRATION: It was simply wonderful. A huge vote of thanks to all of you, who planned, prepared and celebrated the day.

School Holidays. We wish all our teachers and students a wonderful summer break and thank them for all their hard work and all they contribute to the life of our parishes.

Rumours have a life of their own: I gather that after my address two weeks ago, word on the street is that Bishop Eton is closing!

PARISH AWAKENING: Further to the announcement I made last Sunday, I would now like to encourage everyone to begin to prepare for 10 October. While I want it to be fluid, an occasion when people can come and go as they wish, I also want us to think of how things might look in the months and years that follow. For example, it will be helpful if all our societies and groups reflect on what they need. Do you require new members, and if so, how many? Do you need to restructure in any way? Do we need to take any new initiatives? If we all begin to set ourselves definite targets, then there is every reason to think that we will make a real difference.

PARISH CELEBRATION TODAY: As predicted everything seems to be coming together: there are dozens of bottles outside my office waiting to be won. Let’s hope the weather will hold up: it was so disappointing for the school last Sunday that the rain came just as the event was getting into full swing. Enjoy today.

Last Week of Term: We wish our teachers and children a good final week of the school year, with special good wishes to those teachers who are retiring and the children who are moving on to new schools in September.

PARISH CELEBRATION: Next Sunday we have our parish event in the grounds of Bishop Eton. This year we have gone to the trouble of felling the leylandii, which virtually prevented any light penetrating that part of the garden. It will be worth coming just to see the transformation! As usual there is a minor panic surrounding the event, with few tickets sold so far, few bottles handed in for the tombola and a dire need for more helpers. All we now need is Andy Murray to get to the final, but we promise regular updates should this happen and in any case if you have a weak heart, it is probably safer to watch the highlights! Following the wise counsel of Julian of Norwich, I am sure it will turn out well as usual, but it reinforces what I am sharing with you at all the Masses today.

PARISH AWAKENING: I am sharing some thoughts with you this weekend at all seven Masses in the two parishes, hoping to lay the foundations for a truly memorable period of reflection and growth in our communities. The scripture readings are perfect for the occasion, reminding us of God’s continual invitation to make ourselves available, with the reminder from St Paul that the power comes from God. I propose that Paul’s paradox – it is when we are weak that we are strong –   provide our meditation for the week….. ThePARISH AWAKENING DAY: SATURDAY, 10 OCTOBER at ST JULIE’S SCHOOL.

To mark the Year of Consecrated Life, religious communities in the diocese are being encouraged to open their doors this coming Saturday. So here we go:

  • Bishop Eton offers open house from 10.00am until the noon Mass. Coffee and biscuits will be available and members of the Redemptorist community will welcome you.
  • The Notre Dame Sisters at 266 Woolton Road invite you between 2.00pm and 4.00pm to enjoy their garden and their quiet chapel, and to have some tea and a chat.
  • SFX CollegeThe De La Mennais Brothers invite you to their community home in Beaconsfield Road from 6.30 pm for an ‘American Supper’ (bring dishes & drinks to share) with BBQ provided by the Brothers. If you wish to partake please write to Bro James at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Parish Awakening: Please, please put Saturday 10 October in your diaries. I will speak about the idea behind the day and the shape of the day at all the Masses in the coming weeks.


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