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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, April 16, 2009

Agnes McNicol RIP

Today we had the funeral Mass for Agnes McNicol who died on 28th March, the day before Laetare Sunday. Agnes is survived by Harry, her husband of 55 years, her children David, Stephen, Suzanna and Maria, her brothers and sisters John, Tommy, Molly and Teresa, and of course grandchildren.

Agnes was a devout Catholic, always attending Mass until she was no longer able to, and then she received Holy Communion regularly at home. She is much missed by her family.

During the Easter Octave we are full of the hope and joy of the Resurrection. Whilst not omitting to recall that we are all in need of God's mercy and that it is our duty to pray for the eternal repose of those who have died, we renew our faith and trust in the Baptism Agnes received that proceeds 'from the well of life' given 'free to anybody who is thirsty... the rightful inheritance of the one who proves victorious' and through which God becomes our God and we his children. (Rev. 21:7)

The resurrection of Lazarus is also a witness to Our Lord's humanity who wept, and also to his divinity. As Jesus said to Martha, 'if you believe you will see the glory of God.' (Jn 11:40)

For Agnes, God was very much her God, and she had firm faith. May she now be among the vicotrious who see the glory of God.

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