Newsletter for June 2017



I was very moved by the huge congregation at my Golden Jubilee Mass on Sunday 21st May. The sun shone, the choir sang magnificently and the food at the street party was excellent. I am so grateful to everyone. As you can imagine an army of people was needed to clean and prepare the church. The flower ladies took great pains and a good deal of time to get everything right. The servers turned up in good numbers, two of them even getting the weekend off boarding school to be there. The sanctuary and sacristy workers coped superbly. The choir excelled themselves even though we are so used to the high quality of their work. Many parishioners helped to cook and prepare the canapés, and they and others made sure that none went without at the street party. I am very conscious of the time they all took with the preparations. It was good to see old friends and some former parishioners alongside family members of mine.


I do want to thank so many of you for your many messages, cards and presents. I received a cheque from the Parish Council and I do thank them. Other groups organised and commissioned a white chasuble (mass vestment) to be specially made for me by a firm that made one for Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI. I was also given a trio of leather storage trunks which look stunning. Many of you gave offerings of liquid refreshment of one kind or another, and other personal gifts for which I am truly grateful.


Sunday is not a good day to have asked my priest friends to join us, so I organised a separate Mass just for them on 25th May. A slightly scaled down number of choir members and servers were kind enough to sing and serve that Mass. Parishioners were kind enough to host a meal for us afterwards, as they had for my family after the street party. I shall always remember my Jubilee Masses at the Holy Redeemer and be grateful for them.


The Parish is gearing up for the celebration of First Holy Communion on Saturday 17th June at 12 noon, and likewise the ceremony of Confirmation being conferred on some of our teenagers on Wednesday 7th June at 7pm. Others to be confirmed at the same time will be teenagers from St Mary’s Chelsea, and from the Servite parish itself, the host church.

In June the following feasts will be celebrated: PENTECOST SUNDAY (4th June), TRINITY SUNDAY (11th June), CORPUS CHRISTI (18th June), THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS (23rd June), STS PETER and PAUL (29th JUNE), a weekday Holy Day of Obligation, and THE DEDICATION OF THE CATHEDRAL CHURCH (1st July).


Following upon last year’s efforts by the children in support of Mary’s Meals, it is gratifying to learn that this year, during Lent as a project, the children saved up and gave the princely sum of £800 to this worthwhile charity. Go to:


Registration for next year’s First Holy Communion class will be on Tuesday 5th September at 5pm in the Monckton Room.  Classes are open to children of parishioners registered with Holy Redeemer and part of our parish community.  They should be in year 3 (7 years old). For younger children we offer a pre-Holy Communion Class which takes place at the same time.  Classes take place on Tuesday evenings from 5pm to 6pm during term time.  We follow the programme ‘Jesus Comes to Me’ by Dora Nash, which includes preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and Canon Brockie gives a talk to parents once a term.  Next year's First Holy Communion Mass will take place on Saturday 9th June 2018 at 12 noon. Parents wanting more details and wishing to register an interest are invited to email Sarah at


Please keep in prayer those seminarian-deacons of our Diocese who are to be ordained in Westminster Cathedral on Saturday 24th June at 10.30am, and to which all are welcome.


Like all old buildings the church suffers the ravages of time and weather. The north wall of the church that covers the Monckton Room has yielded to damp ingress. Over the summer months a firm of damp proofers will be on site. The

Parish Council have taken a good deal of advice over all this and, in conjunction with the estates surveyor of the Diocese, have agreed the type of damp proofing to be used and the firm to do it. The Council has also been involved, together with the Canon, with party wall concerns in two cases: buildings to the south east of the church, and another immediately adjacent to the Rectory (Cheyne Walk Brasserie).


The following boys were enrolled into the Archconfraternity of St Stephen for Altar Servers in May: Emmanuel, Christopher, Christian and Samuel Eguaroje, who had been serving in their parish in Nigeria until their arrival in the parish early in 2016. Congratulations and thanks to them for their ministry. (Their sister Theresa has also started to be a Reader.)


The Catechism classes rely on and need volunteers.  There might be somebody with time, experience or training, or it might suit a mother who has children attending the classes.  Anybody interested in finding out more please contact Sarah at


The funeral mass for the late Patricia Frances Sayer took place at the Holy Redeemer on 5th May. She was 98 years old. We offer condolences to her family. Lux aeterna luceat ea.


Congratulations to the parents and sponsors of Alexa Fremlin-Key and Emmanuel Suchet who were baptised in May.

Canon Michael Brockie


Caitriona Fleming