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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.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Parish Mission - Final Day

We were all glad of a lie-in on Friday morning. No morning Masses as all the focus was on the final Mass of the Holy Spirit in the evening. It was lovely to see a number of parents with their children attend the Stations of the Cross at 3.30pm in the afternoon.

Once again, we had a pretty full church for the evening Mass during which all the petitions which parishioners had placed in the petitions box in front of the icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour were brought up at the offertory and Mass offered for all those intentions. For me, it was an intensely moving Mass. People had shown such faith throughout the week and shown their need for the love, mercy and healing of Christ and the gift of His Mother Mary. Being the last evening gave it an added poignancy as the mission team had stolen everyone's heart. John gave a fantastic rallying call at the end of the Mass.

Parishioners who waited till the very end to get a photo with the team:
Thereza, Sarah, team members Niall and Catharine, Pat, team members Breda and Matthew with Pat's children Joseph and Danielle and his wife Tracy.

Saturday morning, the team left early to travel to Falmouth in Cornwall for their next mission. The house was strangely quiet as they left and, I have to say, I have been missing their presence and company throughout the hours of this day. We remain united in prayer. Pray for all the members of this wonderful community.

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