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For nine years up till July 2010, I was parish priest at St Simon Stock Catholic Church, South Ashford, Kent, England. From July 2010 until June 2011 I was Associate Pastor at St Peter's Cathedral, Marquette, Michigan USA and then Pastor at St Anthony Parish, Gwinn, MI until October 2013. I then transferred to the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon to serve as Director of the Tribunal. And that's what I am currently doing. Since February 2015 I have also been serving as Pastor at St Stephen Parish, South East Portland. I miss "da UP" (Upper Peninsula of Michigan) but love being here in the Pacific North West.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Parish Mission Days Two, Three and Four

Day two continued on the theme of God's Mercy with the evening service of exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions. It was a most moving night. Once again the Church was packed. Ten priests were on hand and all were kept busy. People had as much time as they needed to make their confessions. Many graces were given that night.
Day three: God's Healing.
In the morning, John Pridmore had to make an important visit. So after the morning Masses I took the rest of the team to Aylesford for a lunch-time visit. We had a bit of time to pray to the various Saints who are venerated there: Our Lady of the Assumption, St Anne whose intercession for families was requested, St Simon the patron of this parish, the English Martyrs, etc. We prayed the Rosary in the Rosary Way.



In the evening there was a most moving ceremony in which the Blessed Sacrament was carried (by me) to people kneeling around the sanctuary and almost everyone held the humeral veil while receiving a blessing from Christ truly present in the Blessed Sacrament, just as the woman who suffered from a haemorrhage for twelve years was cured after touching the hem of Jesus' garment.

Day four: God's gift of Mary
The two morning Masses took place as usual. An icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour was placed in front of the altar with a petition box for people to put their petitions in. Mass tomorrow will be offered for all these intentions.


In the afternoon we took John to visit Christchurch School and John gave his testimony to about two hundred pupils. We pray that it may have touched the hearts of some of them.

John with the Head Teacher and Head of RE at Christchurch School


In the evening, a beautifully simple service of exposition with two talks on Our Lady from the mission team. People just seem to be more and more grateful for the blessings they are receiving in this Mission. Many people placed intentions in the petitions box.
After the service, the primary school present were able to sing the song they had practised in school earlier in the week.

Margretta and her daughters Emily and Jessica chat with Mission Team member Catharine after the service.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Tim Shamoon said...

Well attended, well supported, WELL WOTH IT! It has been an incredible week. Each day beautiful, each day peaceful I last remember having this feeling of peace and this feeling of "Timelessness” in Lourdes around the Grotto area only. The service lasts about an hour but to be honest it is over in the blink of an eye. I pray for the St.Patrick Community and for ALL who have attended or supported the mission in any way and made it possible. Thanks to all the Priests who turned up on Tuesday and heard the many confessions. Thank you Father John for inviting the missionaries to be amongst us and for your hard work. Thanks be to our Lady Queen and Mother and to God The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. If you can come to this evenings Mass starting at 7:30am then please do.

7:41 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said Tim - I had the most wonderful confession, and feel such peace within me. I'm now a changed person.

1:48 pm  

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