30th August - As of this date Fr Stan Maciuszek has moved to Hallam Diocese to work at the Cathedral in Sheffield, and ceases to be Parish Priest at the clustered parishes of St Wulstan's and Our Lady of Grace in High Wycombe. His place is taken by Fr Innocent Abonyi MSP who moves there from St Augustine's. Fr Innocent will also retain responsibility for the Mass centres at St Edmund Campion, Hazlemere, and St James', Downley, and Mass times have been rearranged for these churches and his new parishes so as to accommodate to this changed situation.
Fr Kevin O'Connell has also moved from St Alban's Chapel at Winslow to begin a hermit's life and ministry in Cornwall, and the parish will now be served from Bletchley.
We pray all blessings on these two priests, and on their old and new communities.
24th July - Canon Kevin O'Driscoll has issued a statement about the St Thomas a Becket Foundation and its two Pastoral Workers. Click here for the Foundation website.
21st July - On 16th July our Bishop Emeritus, Rt.Rev. Leo McCartie, celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of his ordination to the priesthood in 1949. He was the principal celebrant at a special Mass of Thanksgiving in the small parish church of Holy Michael Archangel, near Aston Hall, Aston-by-Stone, Staffordshire, a diocesan home for retired clergy, where he lives.
Five of the six resident priests concelebrated the Mass together with Bishop William Kenney, CP, Diocesan Administrator; Bishop Philip Pargeter and Bishop David McGough, Auxiliary Bishops in the diocese; Bishop Mark Jabalé, OSB, former Bishop of Menevia, now Parish Priest of Chipping Norton; and Fr Brendan Donlon who celebrated his Diamond Jubilee at the same time.
At the end of the Mass Bishop Pargeter said a few words of appreciation to Bishop Leo McCartie for the many years of faithful service that he had given to the priests, religious and people of the Archdiocese of Birmingham.
Bishop McCartie was appointed Bishop of Northampton on 20 February 1990. He retired on 29 March 2001, aged 75.
He returned to Northampton on Tuesday 21st July for a Diocesan Mass and celebration with other Jubilarians of the diocese, including Fr.Stan Condon (Golden Jubilee), Fr. James Shiel, CM (40 Years), Fr.Tony Whitfield (30 years), and Canon John Udris (25 years). The Mass also marked the Year of Priesthood, which began on 19th June.
(Many thanks to Peter Jennings, Press Secretary for Birmingham Archdiocese for much of this report)
12th July - John Sillitoe was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate at St Clare's, Aylesbury.
3rd July 2009 - The Catholic Herald today carried a prominent picture of many of our Priests assembled with Bishop Peter at their retreat in May at Ars. The context was an article reporting on the address given at the Retreat by former Bishop of Lancaster, Patrick O'Donoghue.
8th June 2009. Bishop Peter has appointed Deans to lead the new Pastoral Areas which have replaced the Deaneries. More...