Saturday, 31 December 2011


Losing a relative or a friend is never easy.  As Christmas approaches it is made even more difficult.  We extend to families who have lsot loved ones at this time our deepest sympathies and the assurance of our prayers for them and their loved ones.

Of your charity pray for th souls of those who have recently died:

Bishop John Jukes OFM Conv
Peter Gaunt
Franciszek Wisla
Anna Krupa
Fr. Basil Prior OSM
George Wynn
James William Gibbs
Michael Bleakley
Hilda Margaret Kelly
Helena Gluba

And all those whose anniversaries occur around this time


Of your charity pray for the repose of the soul of Councillor John Byrne and Deputy Mayor of Bury who died suddenly a few days ago.  May he rest in peace.

To his family we extend our prayers and our deepest condolences.

Thursday, 29 December 2011


On Sunday 18th December we witnessed the reception of two adults into the full communion with the Catholic Church.

At the 9:30am Mass at St Joseph's, Choi Ford was received into the Church by baptism, was then Confirmed and made her first Holy Communion.

At the 11:30am Mass at St Marie's Tracey Miniero made her Profession of Faith and was recieved into the full communion with the Church.  She also received the Sacrament of Confirmation and made her first Holy Communion.

Saturday, 24 December 2011



10:30 - 12:30 in St. Marie's

6:30pm Vigil Mass
in St Joseph's Church

12:00 Midnight Mass in
St Marie's Church


9:15am Holy Mass in St Joseph's Church
11:30am Holy Mass in St Marie's Church

Thursday, 22 December 2011



In this 'season of goodwill' when tempers can become a little frayed here is something to lighten your burden.  It has been produced by the Sons of the Most Holy Reedeemer.  Find out more about them here:


Following on from last year I was able to purchase a few more figures for the Crib this year.  Our new additions are Standing Angel, Shepherd, Adoring Angel and a couple of Sheep. They can been seen in the photo with this post.  Unfortunately the picture quality is not that great. 

Friday, 16 December 2011


I share with you the Pastoral Letter of the Bishop of Aberdeen on the subject of silence.  Something we all need a bit of as Christmas approaches.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We live in a noisy world. Our towns and cities are full of noise. There is noise in the skies and on the roads. There is noise in our homes, and even in our churches. And most of all there is noise in our minds and hearts.

The Danish philosopher Kierkegaard once wrote: ‘The present state of the world and the whole of life is diseased. If I were a doctor and I were asked for my advice, I should reply: “Create silence! Bring people to silence!” The Word of God cannot be heard in the noisy world of today. And even if it were trumpeted forth with all the panoply of noise so that it could be heard in the midst of all the other noise, then it would no longer be the Word of God. Therefore, create silence!’

‘Create silence!’ There’s a challenge here. Surely speaking is a good and healthy thing? Yes indeed. Surely there are bad kinds of silence? Yes again. But still Kierkegaard is on to something.

There is a simple truth at stake. There can be no real relationship with God, there can be no real meeting with God, without silence. Silence prepares for that meeting and silence follows it. An early Christian wrote, ‘To someone who has experienced Christ himself, silence is more precious than anything else.’ For us God has the first word, and our silence opens our hearts to hear him. Only then will our own words really be words, echoes of God’s, and not just more litter on the rubbish dump of noise.

‘How silently, how silently, the wondrous gift is given.’ So the carol goes. For all the noise, rush and rowdiness of contemporary Christmasses, we all know there is a link between Advent and silence, Christmas and silence. Our cribs are silent places. Who can imagine Mary as a noisy person? In the Gospels, St Joseph never says a word; he simply obeys the words brought him by angels. And when John the Baptist later comes out with words of fire, it is after years of silence in the desert. Add to this the silence of our long northern nights, and the silence that follows the snow. Isn’t all this asking us to still ourselves?

A passage from the Old Testament Book of Wisdom describes the night of Israel’s Exodus from Egypt as a night full of silence. It is used by the liturgy of the night of Jesus’ birth:

‘When a deep silence covered all things and night was in the middle of its course, your all-powerful Word, O Lord, leapt from heaven’s royal throne’ (Wis 18:14-15).

‘Holy night, silent night!’ So we sing. The outward silence of Christmas night invites us to make silence within us. Then the Word can leap into us as well, as a wise man wrote: ‘If deep silence has a hold on what is inside us, then into us too the all-powerful Word will slip quietly from the Father’s throne.’

This is the Word who proceeds from the silence of the Father. He became an infant, and ‘infant’ means literally ‘one who doesn’t speak.’ The child Jesus would have cried – for air and drink and food – but he didn’t speak. ‘Let him who has ears to hear, hear what this loving and mysterious silence of the eternal Word says to us.’ We need to listen to this quietness of Jesus, and allow it to make its home in our minds and hearts.

‘Create silence!’ How much we need this! The world needs places, oases, sanctuaries, of silence.

And here comes a difficult question: what has happened to silence in our churches? Many people ask this. When the late Canon Duncan Stone, as a young priest in the 1940s, visited a parish in the Highlands, he was struck to often find thirty or forty people kneeling there in silent prayer. Now often there is talking up to the very beginning of Mass, and it starts again immediately afterwards. But what is a church for, and why do we go there? We go to meet the Lord and the Lord comes to meet us. ‘The Lord is in his holy temple. Let all the earth keep silence before him!’ said the prophet Habakkuk. Surely the silent sacramental presence of the Lord in the tabernacle should lead us to silence? We need to focus ourselves and put aside distractions before the Mass begins. We want to prepare to hear the word of the Lord in the readings and homily. Surely we need a quiet mind to connect to the great Eucharistic Prayer? And when we receive Holy Communion, surely we want to listen to what the Lord God has to say, ‘the voice that speaks of peace’? Being together in this way can make us one – the Body of Christ – quite as effectively as words.

A wise elderly priest of the diocese said recently, ‘Two people talking stop forty people praying.’

‘Create silence!’ I don’t want to be misunderstood. We all understand about babies. Nor are we meant to come and go from church as cold isolated individuals, uninterested in one another. We want our parishes to be warm and welcoming places. We want to meet and greet and speak with one another. There are arrangements to be made, items of news to be shared, messages to be passed. A good word is above the best gift, says the Bible. But it is a question of where and when. Better in the porch than at the back of the church. Better after the Mass in a hall or a room. There is a time and place for speaking and a time and place for silence. In the church itself, so far as possible, silence should prevail. It should be the norm before and after Mass, and at other times as well. When there is a real need to say something, let it be done as quietly as can be. At the very least, such silence is a courtesy towards those who want to pray. It signals our reverence for the Blessed Sacrament. It respects the longing of the Holy Spirit to prepare us to celebrate the sacred mysteries. And then the Mass, with its words and music and movement and its own moments of silence, will become more real. It will unite us at a deeper level, and those who visit our churches will sense the Holy One amongst us.

‘Create silence!’ It is an imperative. May the Word coming forth from silence find our silence waiting for him like a crib! ‘The devil’, said St Ambrose, ‘loves noise; Christ looks for silence.’

Yours sincerely in Him,
+ Hugh, O. S. B.
Bishop of Aberdeen

7 December 2011


Thanks to Fr. Z at for the following

Christmas Biscuit Recipe (New, Corrected Translation)

Cream these ingredients, that by their comingling you may begin to make the dough:
1 chalice butter, 2/3 chalice sugar

In a similar way, when the butter is consubstantial with the sugar, beat in:
1 egg

Gather these dry ingredients to yourself and combine them, so that you may add them to the dough which you have already begun to make:
2 1/2 chalices sifted all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix the precious dough with your venerable hands.

Into the refrigerator graciously place the dough so that it may be chilled, for the duration of 3 or 4 hours, before the rolling and cutting of the biscuits.

When, in the fullness of time, you are ready to bake these spotless biscuits, these delicious biscuits, these Christmas biscuits, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Roll out the dough and, taking up a biscuit cutter or stencil of your choosing, fashion the biscuits into pleasing forms.

Sprinkle colourful adornments over the biscuits like the dewfall.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the biscuits have just begun to manifest the brownness that is vouchsafed to them by the oven’s heat.

May these biscuits be found acceptable in your sight, and be borne to a place of refreshment at your table, there to be served with milk or hot chocolate, or with your spirits.

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, 14 December 2011


6:30pm Vigil Mass in St Joseph's Church

Midnight Mass (at Midnight!) in St Marie's Church

9:15am Holy Mass in St Joseph's Church

11:30am Holy Mass in St Marie's Church

1:00pm till 3:30pm Ukrainian Divine Liturgy
of St John Chrysostom


Wednesday 21st December
11:30am - 12:10pm at St Marie's

10:30 - 12:30 at St Marie's


The Bishop and children gather before Mass with
Fr. Steven Parkinson Bishop's Secretary and former curate

Uniformed organisations and primary school children help with the singing

Fathers Michael Buckley (past curate) and Bob Morrow (past PP)

The Bishop says the Opening Prayer of the Mass

The Parish Priest has the last word!
 On the 23rd of November parishioners past and present gathered in St Joseph's Church together with the Bisho pto mark the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the parish.  It was lovely to see the church so full and everyone joining in the celebration. 

Before the Mass begin the children present various national flags to the Bishop representing the nationalities that make up the community. 

During his homily Bishop Brain reflected on how things had changed over the last 150 years, yet the purpose of the parish today is the same as it was was then 'that the name of the Lord may be praised.'  That has certainly been done and we look forward to the next 150 years making the name of the Lord know and loved in this part of Bury.

Monday, 21 November 2011


Of your charity pray for the happy repose of the soul of Bishop John Jukes.  Bishop Jukes was a member of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual and one time auxillary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Soouthwark with responsibility for the the area of Kent.

Bishop Jukes ordained me to the Diaconate on 12th December 1997
and to the Sacred Priesthood on 13th June 1998.

May he rest in peace.

Saturday, 19 November 2011


Some time ago in the Catholic Herald it was reported that Bishop Mark Davies of the diocese of Shrewsbury hd given permission for the Institute of the Christ the King Sovereign Priest to take charge of a church within his diocese.

The Instisute has now taken up residence in the presbytery belonging to the church of St Peter and St Paul, New Brighton and I went to pay them a fraternal visit last Thursday.  Caon Olivier Meney is the first priest to be assigned there. (Picture left)  Others will be coming to join him in the near future. 

The Institue is committed to the celebration of the Mass and Sacraments according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. Further information about the Institue can be found here: (American Website) and here: (General Website, in French).

Bishop Davies has asked that the church of St Peter and Paul become a Centre for Eucharistic Adoration in his diocese.  Please pray for the success of this venture and for Canon Meney in particular.


Congratulations to
Stuart Broomhead
and Wendy Berry
who were married at
St Marie's this afternoon. 
We wish them every blessing
in their married life.

Saturday, 5 November 2011


Weekend of Eucharistic Adoration
at Guardian Angels, Bury

Friday 18th November
Mass 12.00 noon - Adoration begins at 12.30 pm
Adoration ends at 8.00 pm (with Night Prayer of the Church)

Saturday 19th November
10.00 am - Adoration begins
6.30 pm - Adoration Ends (before Vigil Mass at 7.00 pm)

Sunday 20th November
2.00 pm - Adoration begins
6.00 pm - Adoration ends with Evening Prayer
of the Solemnity of Christ the King and Benediction.


Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury (and our former Vicar General in Salford)  has given a very heart warming and encouraging message to priests of the recently formed Confraternity of Catholic Clergy.

In his address he said 'In parishes I visit week after week I always try to ask that we open our hearts again to the gift of the priesthood and speak of the need to love an recognise wh at the priesthood truly is.'

Unfortunately I was not able to attend this Conference given by Bishop Davies, but there have been many good reports given by others in the blog sphere.  Father Tim Finniagan has one at  and Father Ray Blake from St Mary Magdalene in Brighton has another at

Thank God for the witness of Bishop Davies both to the CAtholic Priesthood and the Catholic Faith.  As part of a renewal programme for the priesthood in his diocese the relic of the heart of St John Vianney is brought for veneration in July 2012.  A full programme of events will be made available nearer the time.


On Friday 4th November we had a Missa Cantata (Sung Mass) for the Feast of St Charles Borromeo. 

The picture shows the celebrant at the offertory of the Mass.

Thursday, 3 November 2011


Holy Souls Shrine at St Marie's

Holy Souls Shrine at St Joseph's

During the Month of November we remember all those who have died and pray for them that they may be released from their sins and be admitted to the company of heaven.

We pray for our relatives, benefactors and friends and for all who wished us good in life.  In charity we also pray for those who were perhaps not as good as they could have been towards us asking the Lord to grant them eternal rest. 

The picture shows the Holy Souls Shrines in each of our churches - our focus of prayer during this month.

Sunday, 30 October 2011


A few people asked for a copy of my homily from this weekend at St Marie's. As it was delivered viva voce (without notes) I am afraid there is no hard copy to be had. I will attempt to write down some of my wandering thoughts and I hope that will be of some help.
Those of us who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation may well remember having to learn the gifts of Holy Ghost. One of them I remember learning was ‘the fear of the Lord.’ I found this very difficult to understand. I suppose today we would say that it is not very ‘user friendly.’ As a teenager I couldn’t get my head round the notion of having to fear Someone we are told and believe to be perfect love. Would you or even should you fear someone you love?

The more modern translation of ‘fear of the Lord’ is ‘wonder and awe in his presence.’ That is a nicer phrase. It expresses the attitude that we should have towards God. At the root of the matter, whether we speak of the 'fear of the Lord' or 'the spirit of wonder and awe', is the fact that God is other. He is different from us. He is omnipotent, eternal and omniscient – in modern language he is all-powerful, ever-living and all-knowing. Or in the words of St Anselm ‘God is that which nothing greater can be conceived.’ We should be struck with the awesomeness of God. We should not be afraid of him. That is the role of prayer in our lives. The catechism tells us that prayer is the 'raising of the heart and mind to God'. We can do that in many ways.

The principle way that the Church does this is through Her Sacred Liturgy. The music, the words and the ceremonial all come together to help us in this regard. Now we all know that liturgical experts always want to change the liturgy. In the wake of the recent Council (which incidentally is fifty years ago next year) we began to experience the liturgy celebrated in the vernacular instead of latin. Many argue that the use of the vernacular instead of latin has dimished that idea of wonder and awe in the presence of God.

It is true that often in the old days Mass was rushed through – even in latin and sadly the Missa Gabbliata was not uncommon. But if you go to a monastery or cathedral or a lowly parish church where the latin liturgy is still celebrated, there is an immediate sense of the ‘otherness’ of God. It is possible to celebrate Mass in the vernacular in a spirit of wonder and awe, but it is all too easy for the Mass to sound like a news broadcast or a chatty meeting. We need to guard against this and to seek to reverse this trend where we have any influence.

At the beginning of our Mass to-day we de-commissioned the Missal that we have used for the last forty years. Why? Why have we got a new translation and a new missal? The language used in the now 'Old Missal' has been criticised for lacking that sense of awe and mystery. The words of the New Missal that we use for the first time in their fullness this weekend will help us to raise our hearts and minds to God. They will help us to focus more on Christ and less on ourselves.

I remember supplying in one parish and a lady remonstrated with me after Mass that during the Eucharistic Prayer I did not look at the congregation. I simply replied that I was not talking to the congregation!!! She questioned me further. I then explained the Eucharistic Prayer was addressed to God and not the congregation. As a child I was always taught to face the person I was talking to and I still do the same when talking to God.

As we become more familiar with this new missal it will draw closer to God.  That is the purpose of the liturgy. Yes there will be words and phrases that we will not immediately understand but that should not deter us. Reading in the Catholic papers this weekend I read the story of a woman who had written to Cardinal Pell complaining about the word ‘consubstantial’ in the new transaltion of the Creed. She said that she didn’t understand what it meant. His Eminence simply wrote back to her and told her to look up nad then she would understand!!!
Those of you who have had the joy of teaching a child to read will understand this. The child will not understand every word on the page – but they will want to know so that they can fully understand the story. That should be our attitude towards this new translation – 'Faith seeking understanding' to quote our old friend St Anselm again.

Let us pray that this new missal will lead us closer to Christ. That the words contained in its pages will lead us to awe and wonder in the presence of God. Let us pray that it will so enhance our celebration of the Sacred Mysteries here on earth so as to make us fit for the liturgy of heaven.

Saturday, 29 October 2011


Please remember in your prayers: Illie, Alynia and Remi who were baptised at St Joseph's this afternoon.  Please also remember their family in your prayers too.

Friday, 28 October 2011


On Wednesday 23rd November His Lordship Bishop Terence Brain will preside at Mass in St Joseph's Church, Bury to mark the 150th Anniversary since the founding of that parish.  All are welcome to attend.

Mass will be followed by a social celebration in the Salisbury Club opposite the church. 


This morning I took delivery of the New Roman Missal to be used in the celebration of Mass from now on.
(Actually it arrived yesterday whilst i was out and was kindly taken in by the Solicitiors next door).  It was used for the first time at St Marie's this lunch time. 

The missals for use in St Joseph's Church have also arrived and they will be used for the first time at the Vigil Mass this weekend. 

Thursday, 27 October 2011


As priests up and down the land await the arrival of their new Missals for Improved Translation od the Mass here is a ditty that could be sung in preparation.

All over the Church the Missals are coming
All over the Church as ICEL feared it would be
All over the Church there's a mighty big improvement
of the Missal to be used in the Sacred Liturgy

Sunday, 16 October 2011


To St Gabriel's High School who have recently been given 'Outstanding' in their recent OFSTED Inspection.  A school doesn't achieve such a great result overnight.  This based on the dedication and hard work of our staff, both teaching and non teaching.  It is also based on the standards of the students work and their comments and attitude towards the school.  St Gabriel's is a Catholic School we can be proud of. 
Once again many congratulations and thanks for your hard work and dedication.


As it is Sunday evening now, with the Sabbath drawing to a close, this Michel Quoist prayer from his book "Prayers of Life" should help us understand our priests and emphatise with them a little better, especially when we have such great expectations from the "Men in Black"!

Tonight, Lord, I am alone.
Little by little the sounds died down in the church,
The people went away,
And I came home,

I passed people who were returning from a walk.
I went by the cinema that was disgorging its crowd.
I skirted cafe entrances where tired strollers were trying to prolong the pleasure of a Sunday holiday.
I bumped into youngsters playing on the footpath,
Youngsters, Lord,
Other people's youngsters who will never be my own.

Here I am Lord, Alone.
The silence troubles me. The solitude oppresses me.

Lord, I am 35 years old, a body made like others, ready for work,
A heart meant for love, But I've given you all.
It's true of course that you needed it.

I've given you all, but it's hard Lord.
It's hard to give one's body; it would like to give itself to others.
It's hard to love everyone and to claim no one.
It's hard to shake a hand and not want to retain it.
It's hard to inspire affection, to give it to you.
It's hard to be nothing to oneself in order to be everything to others.
It's hard to be like others, among others, and to be one of them.
It's hard always to give without trying to receive.
It's hard to seek out others and to be unsought oneself.
It's hard to suffer from the sins of others, and yet be obliged to hear and bear them.
It's hard to be told secrets and be unable to share them.
It's hard to carry others and never, even for a moment, be carried.
It's hard to sustain the feeble and never be able to lean on the one who is strong.
It's hard to be alone,

Alone before everyone,
Alone before the world,
Alone before suffering, death, sin.

Son, you are not alone,
I am with you,
I am you.

For I needed another human vehicle to continue my Incarnation and my Redemption.
Out of all eternity, I chose you.
I need you.

I need your hands to continue to bless,
I need your lips to continue to speak,
I need your body to continue to suffer,
I need your heart to continue to love,
I need you to continue to save,
Stay with me, son.

Here I am Lord;
Here is my body,
Here is my heart,
Here is my soul.

Grant that I may be big enough to reach the world,
Strong enough to carry it,
Pure enough to embrace it without wanting to keep it.
Grant that I may be a meeting-place, but a temporary one,
A road that does not end in itself, because everything to be gathered there, everything human,
leads toward you.

Lord, tonight, while all is still and I feel sharply the sting of solitude,
While men devour my soul and I feel incapable of satisfying their hunger,
While the whole world presses on my shoulders with all its weight of misery and sin,

I repeat to you my "yes" - not in a burst of laughter, but slowly, clearly, humbly,
Alone, Lord, before you,
In the peace of the evening.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011


On Sunday last parishioners gathered at St Marie's together with members of the Lithuanian Community to welcome Father Donatas as he begins his ministry as Assistant Priest here in Bury and Chaplain to the Lithuanian Community in our diocese and beyond.

The Mass was celebrated by Monsignor Edmond Putrimas, the Lithuanian Bishop's Conference delegate for Lithuanians living outside Lithuania.  He was joined by Father Petras, Parish Priest of St Casimir's Parish in London and Canon Kamaitis who has served the Lithanian Commuity for over fifty years.

The Mass was also concelebrated by Father Anthony Kay VG, Canon Anthony McBride and Father Francis Wadsworth, Parish Priest.

In attendance at the Mass was his Excellency, the Ambassador of Lithuania.

Monsignor Putrimas gathers with clergy of the diocese before Mass

The Mass of Welcome

Father Donatus enjoys dinner with the Ambassador od Lithuania and friends

Wednesday, 5 October 2011


Feast of the Bl. John Henry Newman
Monday 10th October

at the Church of the Holy Name,
Oxford Road, Manchester 

Solemn Mass and
Veneration of his Relic at 5.15pm
Louis Vierne - Messe Solonnelle (Op.16)

Triduo in Preparation for the Feast
Friday 7th October at 5.15pm Mass
Saturday 8th October at 8pm Benediction
Sunday 9th October at the 11am Solemn Mass

Prayer of John Henry Newman
Stay with me, and then I shall begin to shine as Thou shinest: so to shine as to be a light to others. The light, O Jesus, will be all from Thee. None of it will be mine. No merit to me. It will be Thou who shinest through me upon others. O let me thus praise Thee, in the way which Thou dost love best, by shining on all those around me. Give light to them as well as to me; light them with me, through me. Teach me to show forth Thy praise, Thy truth, Thy will. Make me preach Thee without preaching - not by words, but by my example and by the catching force, the sympathetic influence, of what I do - by my visible resemblance to Thy saints, and the evident fullness of the love which my heart bears to Thee.


Congratulationss to the staff and children of St Marie's Primary School who have been given the International Schools Award.  I know how hard both staff and children have worked to gain this prestigious award.   It is a credit to them.  Soon we will be able to hoist a flag near the school to let eveyone know of our success. 

Wednesday, 14 September 2011


A Lithuanian priest serving in Manchester from St Chad’s, Cheetham Hill has been a long tradition in our diocese dating back to the 1880’s when the first migrants came to Manchester and surrounding areas. This tradition has continued down through the years until the retirement of Canon Valentinas Kamaitis over 10 years ago. The Lithuanian Community now prepares to welcome a new priest, Fr. Donatas Kilmasauskas to continue this pastoral tradition.

Fr Donatus has been appointed by the Bishop as assistant priest at St. Marie and St Joseph’s Parish, Bury. In addition to this he will have responsibility for the Lithuanian Catholic Community in the diocese, the North West and the Midlands.

Fr. Donatas comes from a small village Lykšilis in Lithuania. He completed his studies at the Seminary in Kaunas and was ordained in 2008 in Siauliai. After ordination he continued his studies and gained a Master Degree from the University of Vilnius.

His arrival is a cause of great celebration for Lithuanians in the diocese and for our  parish of St Marie and St Joseph. Those of Lithuanian background will now have the opportunity to pray and worship in their native language and maintain the traditions of the Lithuanian Catholic Church.

A Welcome Mass
on Sunday 9th October at 4:00pm at St Marie’s Church
will be celebrated by Monsignor Edmond Putrimas,
the Lithuanian Bishops’ Conference Delegate for the Lithuanian Catholic Apostolate Abroad,
Fr. Petras Tverijonas, Pastor of St Casimir’s Lithuanian Church in London
as well as representatives of the Ukrainian and Polish communities in Bury.


Tuesday, 6 September 2011


From Lourdes I took the train to Paris to meet up with my travelling companion, Father Phililp Thomas Parish Priest of St Teresa's Wells and St Michael's, Shepton Mallet in the Diocese of Clifton.  Together we drove across to Poland so that I could officate at the wedding of two friends and then stay on for holidays.  The wedding took place in the Bazylika Sw. Ludwika Krola i Wniebowziecia NMP in Katowice-Panewniki.  
Please keep Piers and Karolina in your prayers as they embark on married life.


The month of August saw our diocesan pilgrimage ot Lourdes take place under the leadership of our Bishop.  Much has been written about the pilgrimage on the daily blog on our diocesan website.  For pictures, stories and reflections on the pilgrimage please visit

This year marked my 25th pilgrimage with the diocese.  At the end of the pilgrimage on behalf of the Bishop of Lourdes, Bishop Brain presented me with a special award in recognition of that service.  The Bishop of Lourdes has made me a Titular Chaplain (Canon) to the Basilica at Lourdes. 


The month of July passed relatively quietly in the parish..  A highlight of the month was being able to attend the Solemn Profession of Brother Rupert Allen into the Premonstratension Order (Norbertines).  Do please keep Brother Rupert in your prayers as the day of his ordiantion to the diaconate draws nearer.  The enclosed pic shows Brother Rupert making his profession.

Monday, 5 September 2011


After a long gap, I thought it was time to update the blog.  The next few posts will be a summary of the main events since the last post. 

Monday, 27 June 2011


To mark the Solemnity of Corpus Christi we had a Procession of the Blessed Sacrament after the 11:30am Mass concluding with Benediction

Saturday, 25 June 2011


Congratulations to Tracey and Chirstopher who were married at St Marie's this weekend

Friday, 24 June 2011


WEDNESDAY 29th JUNE.  A reminder that this is a HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION and we are bound to hear Mass on this day unless prevented from doing so by a serious reason.

Masses are as follows:
Vigil Mass 8:00pm in St Joseph's Church
9:30am in St Joseph's Church
12:15 in St Marie's Church
2:00pm in St Marie's Church with St Marie's School


Here are a few pictures taken at the First Holy Communion Mass at St Marie's last week. Congratulations to all the children.  Do please keep them in your prayers so that they will grow in love for our Lord present in the Blessed Sacrament.