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Fr Tim

The Holy Souls: Throughout this month we join the whole Church in praying for those who have gone before us. As is the custom we invite you to record the names of those whom you wish to place before the Lord during this time.

Fr Barrie O’Toole was due to have eye surgery on his retina last Friday and we had anticipated that he would be out of action again for a while. However, the operation has been postponed and he just wants to carry on until he is called again by the hospital. We assure him of our prayers and hope that when this episode is over it will complete a remarkable recovery after all he has been through.

‘AWAKENING’ FOLLOW UP: The feedback on the workshops was altogether so positive that I am wondering whether we should consider running them again as a series for both parishes in the New Year, so that more people can benefit from all the richness of the presentations. In the meantime I will be grateful if any readers or ministers of Holy Communion, who were unable to attend my workshop, obtain a copy of the notes I prepared. They are available in the sacristy of both churches and I think are self-explanatory.

Comings and Goings. We seem to be coping with this very challenging spell, but I continue to crave your patience and good will. This weekend I will be celebrating a wedding and four other Masses as well as baptisms in both churches, before heading to Aberdeen on Monday morning for the ordination of Peter Morris. Undoubtedly any homilies will be brief and hopefully to the point!

Ordination of Peter Morris. Please do pray for Peter and his family. It will be a wonderful blessing for the Redemptorists to have a young priest in the Province and I will extend the congratulations and good wishes of both parishes to him.

THE AWAKENING DAY: Countless people have asked me about my impressions of last Saturday. I can only say that I felt quietly content at the end of the day. I sensed that something very special had taken place and I think it would be a mistake to try and process it all too quickly. The spirit that pervaded the assembly was manifestly one of good will and openness. I think we can truly say it was the Spirit of God. Together I hope we can continue to explore ways of building on the solid foundations laid last weekend. Watch this space for the conclusions we can draw from the discussions and workshops.

Golden Jubilee. Fr Andrew and I would like to thank you for all the messages and expressions of good will that marked our special day last Friday. We had a memorable celebration.


(Patron of mothers and babies)

The Noon Mass at  Bishop Eton will be concelebrated and mark for Fr Andrew and me the Golden Jubilee of our Profession as Redemptorists in Perth. There will be a blessing for mothers and children with the relic of St Gerard after the Masses in both St Mary’s and Bishop Eton. There are a few medals left, but hopefully most of you received one last year.

THE AWAKENING DAY: By the time you read this the day will be over and my fervent prayer is that it will have been a thoroughly enjoyable experience for everyone. In the coming weeks we will need time to take stock, and  ensure that we have enough volunteers and people willing to coordinate all the societies and groups in both our parishes. But of course, however well organised we may be, the fruit will only come because we are doing everything with a loving heart. The patron of our pastoral area is St Theresa of Lisieux and in her Autobiography she wrote about her search to understand her place in the Church:

“If the Church was a body composed of different members, it couldn’t lack the noblest of all; it must have a heart, and heart burning with love. And I realised that this love was the true motive force which enabled the other members of the Church to act; if it ceased to function the apostles would forget to teach the gospel, the martyrs would refuse to shed their blood. Love, in fact, is the vocation which includes all others.”




This is our focus for the coming week. Please remember why we are having the day. It is to provide the setting for both parishes to plan for the future; to ensure that as far as possible we continue to flourish and deepen our sense of mission. It is not a competition either between the two   parishes or the different groups and ministries, but an opportunity for all. A huge amount of work has gone into the preparation and I remain greatly encouraged. At the same time I am aware of the temptation for people to say to themselves: “it is all in hand and they don’t need or want me.” We need everyone: please don’t let it be a missed opportunity for you.

Feast of St Gerard (Friday 16 October) - This year the feast marks the Golden Jubilee of Profession as Redemptorists for Fr Andrew and me, so we will concelebrate the noon Mass at Bishop Eton on that day.


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