Over the next few weeks we will try to collate your responses.
Hopefully, by Christmas we will have a clearer idea of what practical steps we need to take. Meanwhile, I can only reiterate my delight in the many encouraging comments I am receiving not only from the parishioners of Bishop Eton and St Mary’s, but from as far away as a London parish.
THE PASTORAL AREA:
Fr Charles and I joined the other clergy from the pastoral area for an overnight meeting last week. In accordance with Archbishop Malcolm’s letter and my own ‘Open Letter’, we all want to have as wide a conversation with you as possible. Please do feel free to offer suggestions as to how we can effectively achieve this. In the meantime our efforts to pray together each month will continue. Please note that the next occasion will be on November 1, the Solemnity of All Saints. This time there will be a concelebration of Mass at 7.00pm in Hope University chapel and it will be the only evening Mass in the pastoral area for the Feast, which of course is a holiday of obligation.
The Open Letter: I am trying to ensure that the letter has as wide a distribution as possible by sending it out through the schools (apologies to you if you now have a shelf full of them!). However, I am encouraged by the feed-back so far and hope that it will lead to renewal in many aspects of our parish life.
FEAST OF ST GERARD MAJELLA: This Monday 16 October we celebrate the Feast of our great saint, Gerard Majella, the patron of mothers and babies. We will mark the occasion with a short service in the church at 3.30pm. There will be medals for all who attend.
Click here for inormation on St Gerard
Click here for Prayers to St Gerard
If you are interested in joining St Gerard's league please speak to Brother Michael.
Last week’s attachment from the Core Team: I have seen a flurry of emails from a number of parishioners who were deeply disturbed by the tone of the guidelines on church etiquette. On reflection I agree that it could have come across as in stark contrast to the tone of my letter, distributed on the same day. I am asking the Core Team to have another look at the concerns and find a more gentle way of presenting them. In the meantime, may I reassure you that the notice will not be placed at the back of the church or on our website.
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