Fr Tim was pleased to announce last Sunday that we have appointed two new Pastoral Assistants who will join us in September. Continue reading
Fr Philip and the Pastoral Assistants have visited Oxford this week. The primary purpose of the trip was to visit St Stephen’s House, one of the Church of England’s theological colleges in Oxford. Continue reading
Fr Philip and the Pastoral Assistants have recently been to Walsingham. It was Laurens’s first pilgrimage to the Shrine, and he has kindly shared some of his thoughts about the experience. Continue reading
On the weekend of Christ the King Fr Philip and our Pastoral Assistants were on pilgrimage in Walsingham, as part of the Adoremus Young Adults’ Pilgrimage. Continue reading
It has been a busy two months at St Michael’s – what follows is only a summary!
We are pleased to welcome two young people to our parish who will spend the year with us as Pastoral Assistants. Jake and Laurens will be with us until July 2018, and are taking a full part in the life of prayer and worship in the Parish, as well as in pastoral work. They will soon be assisting regularly in Croydon University Hospital on the chaplaincy team, as well as on the new chaplaincy team at Croydon College.
The Pastoral Assistant scheme is a new venture for our parish, and we hope that it will be the first of many years. Details for the 2018-19 Pastoral Assistant Scheme will be released soon.
Holy Baptism, and Renewal of Wedding Vows
It was a great joy to welcome Amelia and Ray for the baptism of their son at High Mass on 15 October. Many family and friends came to support them, and there was a lovely reception in the hall afterwards. Amelia chose the music specially for the day, and we were treated to Mozart’s Sparrow Mass, which was really wonderful.
That same afternoon, we were pleased to welcome Kevin and Debbie, along with parishioners and friends, as they celebrated fifteen years of marriage. They renewed their wedding vows and we asked God’s blessing on their future life together.
Bishop Peter’s Visit
We were very glad to welcome Bishop Peter Wheatley to St Michael’s in September, when he celebrated the High Mass. Bishop Peter has been a great support and help to us in recent years, and it was wonderful to see him at St Michael’s again, not least to be able to wish him a happy seventieth birthday.
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.