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Fr Tim

WELCOME BACK. We welcome back the staff and students of all our schools as they begin another academic year and extend a special welcome to those who are beginning at our schools either as teachers or students. We are proud of the reputation of all our schools and are sure they will have another blessed and successful year.

AUGUST: I leave you today in the capable hands of Fr Barrie O’Toole and our new rector, Fr Andrew Burns and will return on the last weekend of the month. I have received much advice from many quarters about how to use my holiday. I promise not to worry and fret about Bishop Eton and St Mary’s while I am away, nor to spend my time planning for the autumn event. All I would ask is that from time to time you quietly think about your dream scenario for the two parishes and how you can help make it happen. Then, come the autumn, we will be ready to pool our ideas and resources and move forward in faith.

I hope we get some summer weather in the next few weeks and that you are all able to get a break and rest during the holiday season.

PARISH AWAKENING: This coming Thursday I have my meeting with Fr Paul Cannon and Mrs Sharon Beech and I will be able to report to them that already we have sold over fifty copies of their book. Please do take the trouble to obtain a copy for your home. It will not only provide you with an insight into why I believe our day on 10 October is so important, but it will remain a useful resource in the months and years ahead. Welcome to Witness: Becoming an evangelising parish by Paul Cannon and Sharon Beech (£7.95): available after Sunday Masses in both parishes and from the monastery at Bishop Eton.

During the coming days I will try to think up my ‘wish list’ and I will share it with you at the beginning of September when I return from my summer break. I leave next Sunday for the best part of three weeks. Fr Andrew returns this week and will hold the fort.

Mariapolis. We wish all the members of the Focolare Movement a very successful and rewarding conference at Hope University during the coming week. Following their invitation last Sunday, they have now provided detailed information of the programme.

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.

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