Four months on .......

I came to the parish in March to face with you the worst weather for a while with the ‘beast from the East’! Now I have enjoyed with you the lovely summer sunshine of recent days! Many thanks for your great welcome and for your strong, ongoing, support in our parish life together. I have a couple of outpatient appointments re my voice over the summer, the first next week, so your continued prayers are much appreciated. When Fr. Jerome and I spoke last February, prior to his retirement, it seemed wise that we had a period of transition, for all concerned, before he returned to concelebrate Mass as he would be living in the town. We decided together that July onwards would be a good point for him to return and join us for Mass whenever he wished. I saw him recently and thanked him for his patience! He has, of course, been of great assistance with the recent parish pilgrimage to Lourdes and with Sr. Juunza’s visit from Monze. He has also been helping out in other parishes and has had some holidays and he looks extremely well. Moving forwards, please put in your diary the first visit of Bishop Paul to our parish on Friday 12 October when he will celebrate Mass at 10.30am for parishioners and the school. This is the start of our annual Solemn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. We look forward to welcoming our new Bishop and let’s keep him always in our prayers. Fr. John