ADOREMUS WEEKEND: Our prayer is that the Eucharistic Congress in our city this weekend will fill the Church across the country with a new sense of purpose, hope and joy. I would like to thank all of you who celebrated the special events in Bishop Eton on Friday evening and Saturday lunchtime. I hope that one way or another everyone has felt part of the event and we look forward in due course to sharing the experience of our delegates who joined the thousands in the Echo Arena. Please remember that everyone is welcome to join the Blessed Sacrament Procession from the Cathedral at 1.00pm this Sunday. Please note the Pilgrimage Masses in the Cathedral at 9.30am and 11.30am are ticket only.
Fr Barrie O’Toole: I was able to visit Fr Barrie in Ripon on Thursday. We had lunch together and an enjoyable chat. He is immensely grateful for all the messages of goodwill and promises of prayer. He sends you all his love and an assurance of his prayers in return. He is somewhat weaker, but remains cheerful and is being wonderfully looked after by his sister, Pat, and her family and the care package they now have in place.
Novena in Ireland:
Early next Sunday I leave to preach a Novena in honour of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour at the Redemptoristine Convent chapel in Dublin. Please pray for the Lord’s blessing on the event. Apart from a couple of days when Fr Andrew has Redemptorist meetings in the south, most of the community should be in residence during that time. ( You can follow the Novena Masses via the webcam on the Redemptoristine sisters' website www.rednuns.com)
ADOREMUS: It is now all stations go in preparation for the great event in Liverpool next weekend. We hope that all our delegates will have an inspiring time at the Congress and look forward to hearing from them. They will be commissioned at the 11.00am Mass at St Mary’s and 6.00pm Mass here at Bishop Eton.
ADOREMUS: The Eucharistic Congress is less than two weeks away and I want to suggest that we do everything we can to help make it a success.
Next Sunday (2 September) we will have short commissioning service of our delegates at the 6.00pm Mass. If you have registered for the Congress personally, may I suggest that you come to this Mass and join the others in the commissioning ceremony?
The more representatives we have the better. For the rest, I remind you that Bishop Eton is hosting a couple of special fringe events.
Friday 7 September: Family Holy Hour at 6.00pm: It will be wonderful if we can have a tremendous turnout from both parishes. The format will be very simple and the children very much involved. Hopefully, if the weather permits, we will be able to include a Procession of the Blessed Sacrament around the grounds.
Saturday 8 September: ‘The Eucharist and the Redemptorist Charism’ Noon: Bishop Ralph Heskett, C.Ss.R. will lead the concelebrated Mass in the church and this will be followed by some refreshments and a talk by Fr Andrew Burns, C.Ss.R. in the Fisher-More Hall.
Madeleine McCann: Mysteriously the photos of Madeleine at the entrance to the Lady Chapel—reminding us to continue to pray for her and her family—disappeared a couple of weeks ago. Understandably this has caused deep distress to the family and to me.
If anyone knows how this happened I would like to know.
Thank you...Fr Tim.
Tablet Articles A few of you may have noticed that I had a letter published in ‘The Tablet’ last weekend, and the previous week I also had a blog on ‘The Tablet’ website. I will make this available by including it in the September edition of ‘BE Alive’. These are difficult and painful times for the Church, the Pope has reminded us of what St Paul says: “If one part of the body is hurting, the whole body is hurting.” We will need to think and pray about this in the days ahead. Providentially ‘Adoremus’ may be offering us a good opportunity to begin that process.
Wednesday is a Holyday of Obligation for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. There will be extra Masses at both parishes as follows Vigil Mass at 7.00pm at St Mary’s, 7.00am Mass at Bishop Eton, 12.00 noon Masses at both Bishop Eton and St Mary’s and an evening Mass at 7.30pm at Bishop Eton.
Thank you also to all the musicians and singers who responded to the invitation to support the family of Daniel Gee-Jamieson at the funeral last Tuesday. In the event, we had a small orchestra and choir. Family and friends were all touched and grateful and indeed so was I.
Fr Barrie O’Toole: Last Tuesday I managed to visit Ripon and spend a couple of hours with Fr Barrie and his sister, Pat. He was having one of his good days and we enjoyed lunch in the garden and catching up on all the news. He sends his greetings to everyone, thanking you for all the prayers and good wishes.
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