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Freddie Freckles. I am delighted with the interest in Angela Rigby’s Freddie Freckles’ teddies. Copies of the pattern are in the sacristies and she has even prepared a starter kit if anyone would like to claim it. Once we know how many people are making them, we can market them among the families. It looks as though we may be on to something!

Today is Mothers’ Day: We offer a huge ‘thank you’ to all the mums of the parish for all you are and do. Have a wonderful day.

Freddie Freckles. Angela Rigby, who is the wife of our Deacon Bernard at St Mary’s, has come up with a wonderful pattern for making Freddie Freckles’ teddies, à la his picture on the front of the books. If anyone would like a copy of the pattern, please contact either Fr Tim or Angela. Anyone interested in starting a cottage industry?


Welcome Back. We welcome back Ann O'Neill to the office in St Mary's. We hope and pray that her back will continue to grow strong and that she will not require an operation. Over the next few weeks we will have the luxury of Kris in our own office, and Ann and Sara Eccleston at St Mary's.

Fr Barrie O'Toole. Unfortunately Fr Barrie's operation has been postponed for three weeks. He had one of those frustrating days on Thursday, waiting and fasting, only to be told that there was no theatre time left. He is very sanguine about it all: please keep him in your prayers.

Synod on the Family. Boston College (USA) has recently republished part of an article I wrote over 17 years ago. It is entitled: Second Marriage: An opportunity for Spiritual Growth? They are kindly making a large number of copies available to me, so they will be available once they have crossed the Atlantic. Furthermore, we must look for ways of responding to the new phase of consultation in preparation for the second session of the Synod next autumn.

Comings and Goings. This week both Fr Richard and I will be in London for a Provincial Council Meeting on Wednesday and I will be away for the inside of the day on Friday. The father of a close school friend of mine has died and the funeral is in Newark (Nottinghamshire). I am very grateful to Fr Pat O'Brien and Fr Stephen Pritchard for their help in covering Masses and a funeral this week.

Fr Barrie O'Toole. This Thursday Fr Barrie is back in hospital for the reversal of his original operation. All being well he should only be in for a couple of days, but it will certainly take him a while to recover fully. I know he can count on your prayers again that all will go well and that he will make a complete and speedy recovery. Unfortunately, Fr Jimmy Smale has also been unwell recently and is undergoing tests. Please keep him in your prayers too. With Fr Richard away during the coming weeks, undoubtedly we are going to be under pressure to maintain the present timetable. Therefore, please be prepared for the fact that we may have to adjust it accordingly.

Rite of Christian Initiation. This Sunday afternoon those who have been taking part in our ‘Journey of Faith’ will be presented to the Archbishop at the Rite of Election and Enrolment of Names in the cathedral. Please pray for them and their families as they prepare for baptism or reception into the Church at Easter.

Christmas Break! I leave this Sunday afternoon for a few days in London to try and recharge my batteries. I thank Fr Richard for organising his diary to make this possible.

Last call for Confirmation. I am conscious that in spite of all the efforts of a couple of years ago, there are still a few young people who missed out on the various Confirmation programmes. If you are one of those young people and you wish to be confirmed, please write to me, giving contact details as well as your age and school. Once we know the numbers we will make the necessary arrangements to prepare you for this wonderful sacrament. So far we have two young people who have been in touch. Please note that the closing date for applications is this Friday, 20 February.


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