Prayers for Fr Colin

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We have been praying a lot recently for our friend and former Assistant Curate, Fr Colin Dickson. Fr Colin (or Joseph Emmanuel, as he is known to his brethren) is a member of the Society of St Francis, and is based at their Friary in Alnmouth, Northumberland. There he shares in a daily round of prayer and work with his brethren, and also has a special care for welcoming guests and retreatants to the Friary.

On Friday 28 July Fr Colin will make his life vows as a Franciscan. This is wonderful news, and we rejoice that someone from our parish has devoted his life to serve the Lord in this particular way. We continue to pray for Fr Colin and for all Religious communities, that the Lord will raise up more men and women to serve him in the Religious life.


Fr Philip and Fr Colin, after having attended Fr Alistair Hodknison’s First Mass in Co Durham.

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Michael Portillo visit

It was wonderful to welcome Michael Portillo and his film crew to St Michael’s this morning. They are making a programme for the BBC about local composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912).

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was brought up in Croydon and went on, aged 15, to study at the Royal College of Music, where his tutors included Sir Charles Villiers Stanford. Among his most famous compositions is Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast, premiered at the RCM in November 1898 conducted by Stanford.

Michael Portillo visit

Michael Portillo, with Fr Tim and Fr Philip.


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