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Beyond Belief: Radio 4 on Monday at 4.30pm: I took part in a pre-recorded programme on the family, which will be broadcast tomorrow. I hope the editing doesn’t leave me with egg on my face!

JUST FOUR WEEKS TO GO. I am greatly encouraged by the response to last week’s meetings and there is a real momentum around the coming event on 10 October. Next weekend programmes will be distributed at all the Masses and you will be invited to look at what will be available on the day. I do hope many people will take the opportunity to attend a workshop and I do hope all the readers and  eucharistic ministers will attend one of the workshops for them. I realise everyone will not be in a position to spend the whole day at St Julie’s, but I do hope everyone will call in, if only to give encouragement to everyone else.

PARISH AWAKENING: BE Alive begins with a further reflection on how we might approach the coming assembly at St Julie’s on Saturday 10 October and this weekend I will once again share some thoughts with you at all the Masses in both parishes. Suffice it to say that I really am banking on a wonderful turnout this coming Tuesday evening when we meet to work out the practicalities of making sure that the day goes well. Please do come to the Fisher- More Hall at 7.30pm and I promise we will be finished by 9.00pm.

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!

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