Redemptorist Community News
COMINGS AND GOINGS:
Over the next ten days Fr Andrew Burns will also be away, attending a European Council meeting for Marriage Encounter in Italy.
Please give Fr Charles Randall all your support as he tries to ensure the smooth running of the Novena and the parishes.
Fr Tony Hunt has been in and out of hospital again and Fr John Milcz continues to need a fair amount of support.
On the happier side of things, please note that Fr Kevin Callaghan is soon to celebrate his Diamond Jubilee of Priesthood.
Life Day: This Sunday has been especially designated as a Day of Prayer for Life, with the emphasis this year on the tragedy of human trafficking. Leaflets available in the porch. Listen to the below to hear of some of the work Caritas is doing to help those trafficked.
COMINGS AND GOINGS: I am happy to report that Fr Tony Hunt returned to the monastery during the week, but the sepsis has certainly drained him of energy. Fr John Milcz now has an excellent care package in place, which means that both of them have regular visits each day to help them cope. Fr Barrie O’Toole remains in good spirits. Fr Andrew plans to visit him this coming week and will be away from Tuesday to Thursday.
COMINGS AND GOINGS:
Fr Andrew duly returned from a successful but exhausting international meeting of Marriage Encounter and has since dashed to London for a Redemptorist finance meeting.
My visit to the Naval Base in Portsmouth at the beginning of last week was helpful and I will try and prepare well for the few days I will spend with the military chaplains in early July.
Fr Tony Hunt is gradually making progress in hospital.
Fr Jan Milcz has a helpful care package in place and is better.
Fr Barrie O’Toole continues to be cared for by his sister and the Health Service in North Yorkshire.
Each of them is grateful for your good wishes and prayers.
AN EVENTFUL WEEK:
On Monday evening Fr Tony Hunt showed all the signs of sepsis and indeed had to be rushed into the Royal that evening. The medics are still trying to determine the cause of the problem and we are hoping and praying that his other leg is not the source of the infection.
On Wednesday morning, Fr John Milcz was very unwell and also had to be taken to the Royal, but he has come home and we are trying to organise a more thorough care package for him.
Fr Barrie O’Toole will remain with his sister in Ripon for the foreseeable future and his notes have been transferred to the medics in Yorkshire. Please pray for our confrères who are sick: it is a further reminder of just how fragile our situation is becoming.
Fr Provincial visited overnight on Thursday/Friday. Fr Burns returns this evening and I will be away on Monday and Tuesday, planning a few away days for the military chaplains, which I will be giving in early July.
COMINGS AND GOINGS:
Fr Andrew left us last Wednesday for the Marriage Encounter World Council meeting in Madrid and Fatima. He returns on Monday, 28 May.
Fr Charles Randall is due to rejoin us this coming Tuesday after attending a Redemptorist meeting in America and then, with Fr Charles Corrigan, preaching a Parish Mission in Gravesend.
Meanwhile, I thank the other members of the community who have continued to make it possible, not only to cover the regular timetables in both our parishes, but Christopher Grange as well.
We ask your continuing prayers for Fr Barrie O’Toole who remains in Ripon for the time being and for Fr John Milcz, whose health is also giving cause for concern.
REDEMPTORIST MEETING IN PERTH:
I am writing these few notes before leaving for Perth, where hopefully we will have had a productive week.
Most of the community, including Fr Tony Hunt, managed to get to Scotland, leaving just three Redemptorists in residence at Bishop Eton: Frs Jimmy Smale and Tony Johnson and Brian Russell. Fr John Milcz has been looked after at Christopher Grange and Fr Barrie O’Toole has spent the week in Ripon with his sister. Unfortunately, Fr Barrie is not well again and we ask you to renew your prayers for him as he awaits the decision of the specialists on what will be the best treatment for him in the coming months.
This weekend, we welcome Fr Tim back from his well-earned break. He has reported that he has had an enjoyable few days. Next week most of the Redemptorist community will be in Perth (Scotland) for discussions about the restructuring of the Redemptorists across Europe and during this week (April 30 to May 4) there will only be 7.00am Mass each day here in Bishop Eton and 12 noon Mass each day at St Mary’s.
COMINGS AND GOINGS: Fr Andrew returns this evening from a four-day congress with Marriage Encounter in Madrid and Fr Casey is away this weekend. I am leaving this afternoon for a much needed break, but will be back in time for next weekend. The following week is when most of us will be in Perth (Scotland) for our discussions about the restructuring of the Redemptorists across Europe and I remind you that during that week (April 30 to May 4) there will only be a 7.00am Mass each day in Bishop Eton. That week there will be a noon Mass at St Mary’s.
COMINGS AND GOINGS: Fr Andrew is away with Marriage Encounter this weekend. After Easter a number of confrères will be away for lengthy spells and most of the community will be attending a meeting with Fr General in Perth at the beginning of May. I am flagging this up because we may have to adjust the regular timetable from time to time, though at present I am confident that we can cope.
COMINGS AND GOINGS: Fr Andrew is in Belgium for a Marriage Encounter meeting. Fr Barrie has been visiting his sister in Ripon for a couple of days, but should be back over the weekend. I am visiting Douai Abbey in Berkshire at the beginning of the coming week for a symposium on priests in religious orders working in parishes.
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