8th February. Bishop Peter offered a Mass in Celebration of Marriage at St Teresa's, Beaconsfield, on this day. The church was packed with many standing along the walls. Eighteen Golden Weddings being celebrated this year had been notified - too many to present certificates individually ! - so this was confined to the few Diamond Wedding couples who were present. Other Special Anniversaries were able to collect certificates. Afterwards, there was much congenial chat over tea and coffee in the splendid facilities of the new Borlase Hall.
6th February - New Catholic Internet Radio Station “Heavens Road” write to tell us that this week, they have started live broadcasts of Daily Mass. Each week over 230 services are broadcast for the housebound, and those unable to attend Mass, from over 16 different parishes here and in Ireland.Not only can you hear the Mass but you can watch it too! [ so long as you know how to use the internet and have a good broadband connection - Ed. ] This must be a first, a RADIO station that broadcasts live pictures as well. You can join in the prayers, responses and even sing along with the hymns. The Holy Father has said “The internet offers immense possibilities … this is something truly good - a gift from God”. If you know someone who has not been to church for quite some time, why not invite them around and listen and watch Mass together. .
Based at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh, near Guildford, the station team are also heavily involved in promoting the artistic development of Catholic Musicians, Songwriters, Poets, Artists, Writers, Playwrights and Film Makers, They will also be involved in publishing Books and CDs, organising concert tours, nationwide Art Exhibitions, (including likely the biggest mobile catholic Art Exhibition in Europe). For further details or to arrange interviews. or if you know anyone interested on helping them out from home, please call Gerry Coates 07906 073376 or Jillie on 07802 211767. Find the station at http://www.heavensroadfm.com/
16th January . Fr Joseph Williams RIP. Bishop Peter wrote: "It is with much sadness that I write to let you know that Father Joseph Williams died suddenly while out shopping on Friday, 27th December. Although there has to be a post-mortem, it would seem that he died of natural causes.
Aged 42, Joe was ordained priest on 1st July 2000. He served as an assistant priest in Burnham and Kettering before moving to Biggleswade as Parish Administrator in 2006. From 2008 to 2011 he was Parish Priest of Our Lady of Lourdes, Milton Keynes and then Parish Priest of St.Martin de Porres, Luton.
Please pray for the repose of Joe's soul, for his family and for his parish. May he rest in peace."
The reception of his body into the Church of St Martin de Porres, Luton was at 7.00pm on Wednesday, 15th January. Bishop Peter celebrated the Funeral Mass on Thursday, 16th January in St Martin de Porres, Luton at 1.30pm ; the body will to be buried at Buckfast Abbey. Bishop Peter's homily is here.
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