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Fr Tim on Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor

Fr Tim would like to put on record his appreciation of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor:

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I had the pleasure of meeting him on a number of occasions, but one stands out in particular. At Redemptorist Publications Jane Williams, the wife of the then Archbishop of Canterbury, had just taken on the role of editor of our Anglican publications. I was duly invited to Lambeth Palace for a Christmas reception and when introducing me to her ten-year-old son, Pip, she was trying to explain the difference between Catholics and Anglicans. She decided to give him a clue by introducing Cormac's name into the conversation. The bemused child only made the connection when Jane continued to try and describe Cormac to him, whereupon he cried out: "Oh, you mean the one whose laugh can be heard all over the house." As luck would have it I bumped into Cormac at couple of days later and asked him if his ears had been burning. He was clearly delighted with the description.

He was a good man, who radiated the joy of the Gospel. He was entrusted with much responsibility throughout his long life and served the Lord and the Church with great dedication, coping with some of the serious challenges with genuine grace and humility. We owe him a great debt of gratitude for the influence he brought to bear among the College of Cardinals prior to the election of Pope Francis.

May he rest in peace.

Tim Buckley, CSsR

Back to School: We welcome back the staff and pupils of all our schools as they begin a new academic year. We hope and pray that they will be successful on every front.

Comings and Goings:

Fr Burns has returned from Spain, but he and I will be away at the beginning of the coming week for Provincial Council meetings in London.

On Friday 1st September, we will welcome to the Bishop Eton community Fr Michael Henesy and Bro Michael Duxbury. For over a year they have been keeping an eye on our former pastoral centre at Hawkstone Park, but at last the new owners are due to take possession of the property and we can leave it with a clear conscience.

Holidays: Enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend and the final week of the school holidays. Hopefully, next weekend we will all be raring to go as the new academic year is about to be launched upon us. Certainly we will need to allow a little more time for our journeys!

Exams: We hope all our students are content with their exam results and wish them well as they move on to the next phase of their lives.

Certificates of Religious Practice for Faith Schools

I understand that the Archdiocese has revised its position with regard to these references and left it to the discretion of the parish priest. I have resolutely followed the previous diocesan policy that I should give only factual information regarding the reception of the sacraments, which protects me from the potential conflict of having to determine what is meant by religious practice and therefore I do not intend to start giving personal testimonials now. If particular schools are willing to accept others as referees, then there is nothing I can do about that, but I insist that such references DO NOT carry any form of official approval from the parishes for which I am responsible: e.g. parish letter-headed notepaper or an official stamp.


Barcelona: Once again we have been faced with terrorist atrocities in Europe during the past week. We pray for the repose of the souls of those who lost their lives and all those suffering the effects of these outrages. Let us never grow weary from praying for peace and striving to be peacemakers.

Bro Michael Taylor CSsR: We warmly congratulate Michael on renewing his vows as a member of our Redemptorist Congregation last Tuesday, the Feast of our founder, St Alphonsus. We thank him for all he has contributed to our two parishes during his four week pastoral placement and wish him every happiness and success as he continues his studies for the priesthood. After a short holiday, he is due to go to Lourdes for three weeks, working in the City of the Poor before returning to London and the new term.

Lady Chapel: It has been decided to delay the start of the work for a fortnight. The number of special occasions, including weddings, during this time would have caused a series of delays, which would have hampered the vital first phase of the contract.

August: There will be no 7.00am Mass on weekdays during the coming month. It will recommence on Monday, 4 September. We thank Fr Charles and Bro Michael for  providing doughnuts, tea and coffee after the last 7.00am on Friday morning. It was a huge success and attended by nearly all the congregation.

Also there will be no Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until further notice.

SUMMERTIME: Although the weather seems to be taking a turn for the worse, all the schools have now broken up and we may legitimately move into holiday mode. As usual there will be no 7.00am Mass during August, but we will retain it for the coming week. Please note that from this weekend St Mary’s has the summer timetable of just one Mass on Sunday mornings at 10.00am.


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