Fr Tim

TODAY IS REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY and we pray for all those who have lost their lives defending our freedom. There will be a short ceremony at the War Memorial after the 11.30am Mass.

RESPONSES TO ‘THE OPEN LETTER’: There is a dedicated email address:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. There is also a box at the back of the church. So far the response has been slow, but I am keen to know how you think we can best have a conversation about the future.

RESPONSES TO ‘THE OPEN LETTER’: For those of you who wish to make written responses, there will be a box at the back of both our churches. There will also be the following dedicated email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

Half-term: We hope the staff and pupils of our schools enjoyed a good break last week.

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.

Half-term: We wish the staff and pupils of our schools a good break in the coming week.

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.

The Open Letter: Thank you for the considerable feedback already. One of the key questions being asked is how do we organise forums for the wider conversation. I am open to suggestions.

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.

Regarding the Letter: My thanks to the many of you who have said encouraging and positive things about my letter, but please remember that I wish it to be the catalyst for a wide-ranging conversation among yourselves and with me about the future.

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