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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.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Message of Thanks from Father Sebastian


Below is a message I received the other day from Father Sebastian, thanking the parish for its support in helping his parish complete its cemetery. He has sent me photos which you can view by clicking here.
You can also watch a not-very-high resolution version:

Dear Father John,


Received your mail. Thank you so much for the same.

Our cemetery chapel has been beautifully completed in 5 months. We can't forget your share in its completion. Our bishop has happily announced the news and the people together with me thank you so much. It was very gentle and kind of you to help my small parish.

I'm sorry for having delayed to send you some photos which I should have done earlier. The photographer handed over me the CD only yesterday evening.

01. The altar of the cemetery
02. The cemetery
03. The arrival of the bishop
04. The bishop formally opens the door to the cemetery
05. The opening ceremony is done by cutting a ribbon
06. The whole community praying with the Bishop in the cemetery
07. The bishop prays
08. the bishop anoints the altar
09. The bishop prays
10. The bishop blesses the statue
11. The bishop sprinkles the holy water
12. The bishop incenses the altar
13. The bishops incenses the tombs
14. The bishop prays
15. The bishop prays
16. The bishop imparts the final blessing
17. The bishop unveils the tablet with inscription
18. Fr Sebastian thanks the bishop, people and the benefactors
19. The bishop delivers his speech
20. The bishop announces the prize from England<>



Thank you Father John for all you friendly dealings.

You remain in our people's heart in different ways.

Sebastian vaniyapura.

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Saturday, November 03, 2007

SPUC Coffee Morning

I was most impressed and gratified by the enthusiastic response to the Coffee Morning held last Sunday after the 10.00am Mass. So many people got involved in its organisation and there was a great crowd in the hall after Mass, buying cakes at the bring-and-buy sale and staying for teas/coffees. Total raised for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children was £170.16. Well done!

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