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Fr Tim on Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor

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

Archdiocesan Autumn Courses:

  • A morning of reflection for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion – on Saturday 30 September from 9.30am-1.00pm at LACE.
  • Initial training for Bereavement Teams – on Wednesdays 18 & 25 October from 1.30pm-4.30pm at Holy Rosary Parish Centre.
  • An introduction to the Ministry of Catechesis for new catechists and those wanting to refresh/reflect on their ministry. There are two courses; one is September and one in October.

For full details see the posters in the porch and contact the Department for Pastoral Formation at LACE. The parish is always in need of new people to come forward to train for the various ministries and welcomes any enquiries from parishioners wanting to know more. PLEASE NOTE THAT A CURRENT DBS IS REQUIRED FOR ALL THESE POSTS before taking up the position.

ALSO… Initial Training for Funeral Ministers will be reviewed in September. If you wish to be considered as a candidate for this Ministry please speak to Fr Tim or the parish office. If current Ministers have any views on the previous training please contact Mrs Maureen Knight on 522 1046 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your thoughts.


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