Newsletter for July & August 2018

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Last year, when I reached the statutory retirement age of 75 years, I submitted my retirement to the Cardinal who asked me to stay on for at least another year. This I have done, and after much thought and heart searching I have decided to retire this summer after seventeen years as your parish priest. It has been a hard decision to make but there comes a time when you seem to know the time is right. As I said in church, you feel it in your bones, both figuratively and literally.

The years have simply come and gone but they have been years of happiness and fulfilment for me in service as your parish priest. I shall always be grateful for all your love and for your many kindnesses to me. I shall not be going far. The Diocese has found me a small flat in Cadogan Street SW3 to which I shall be moving in late August.

My last Sunday will be the 2nd of September.


I am to be succeeded by Canon Paschal Ryan who comes to the parish fresh from sabbatical leave. Before that he served as a parish priest in a number of places and had a number of other important assignments which I shall let him tell you about. I have known him for a very long time and I am delighted that he is coming.

I am sure you will give him a very warm welcome. I shall be whatever help I can during the handover sessions.


On Saturday 9th June we celebrated the Reception of their First Holy Communion by the children of our parish.  This is always a special day, full of emotion, but full of Faith too. I congratulate the children, their parents, god-parents, and grandparents.


I would like to thank the catechists Anna Cosio, Anne-Laure de Orleans-Bourbon Patti Fordyce, Sarah Kisielewska, Helena Letman and Leticia Simmonet who have devoted their Tuesday evenings over the past year in the careful instruction of our children. I know how pleased the parents have been with the result, and the children too. May I take this opportunity to thank the parents for the gift of flowers for the sanctuary for the First Communion Mass.


You can see a selection of photographs of the First Holy Communion Day by going to


On 8th June the following received the Sacrament of Confirmation together with teenagers from St Mary’s Parish Cadogan Street at St Mary’s Church: Alfonso Mendez de Vigo Hohenberg, Clara Treherne and Eduardo di Vincenzo. Auxiliary Bishop John Wilson presided. We offer congratulations to the teenagers together with their families and sponsors.


Registration for the First Holy Communion classes for children of parishioners registered with Holy Redeemer and part of our parish community will be on Tuesday 4th September at 5pm in the Monckton Room. Classes will start the following Tuesday. The date for the First Holy Communion Mass in June 2019 will be confirmed in due course.


The Congress is fast approaching. You are invited to join the Church in England and Wales at Liverpool on Saturday 8th and/or Sunday 9th September. Saturday is the highlight of the Congress. Bishop Robert Barron will address the Congress; Cardinal Nichols will give a reflection and lead us in Adoration and benediction.

On the Sunday there are Masses in the Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool and a large outdoor Blessed Sacrament Procession. Many other events and a Youth Congress will supplement the official programme.

Tickets can be booked online until 31st July at For information contact or


THE PASSAGE (Homeless Charity)

The Passage Annual Garden Party in the beautiful and historic College Garden, Westminster Abbey on Friday 13th July from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Tickets at £45 each include wine, soft drinks, buffet supper and live music. There will be a raffle and a charity auction. Tickets are available from Eventbrite passage-garden-party-2018 or call The Passage 020 7592 1856. It will not be possible to purchase tickets at the Abbey.


Congratulations to the parents and sponsors of Allegra Lacek-Herbrand, Cassandra Lacek-Herband, Mafalda Lacek Herbrand, Matteo Hunter and Maximilien Vickers who were baptised in June.


Congratulations and our best wishes for their future happiness go to William Brooks and Gabrielle de Clermont who celebrated their marriage at Holy Redeemer on 16th June.

Canon Michael Brockie

Caitriona Fleming