Newsletter for September 2018

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Dear Parishioners,

As you know Canon Brockie will be retiring on Sunday 2nd September 2018. Many of our priests do not have a great deal to live off and, as is customary in all parishes, a collection will be made in gratitude for the Canon’s 17 years dedicated work here which apart from regular parish life has included many important restoration projects as we all know.

There will be a 'retiring' collection on Sunday 30th September for this purpose and a farewell party on Sunday 7th October after the 11am Mass at which a presentation of gifts will be made to the Canon.

Any parishioners wishing to make other personal donations to the Canon may of course do so at any time either addressed to him at the Rectory or his new address both of which are as below:

c/o The Rectory, 7 Cheyne Row, London SW3 5HS


7 St Joseph’s Cottages, 38 Cadogan Street, London SW3 2QU

The parish extends its gratitude to the Canon for all his hard work over the years and wishes him a happy retirement.                                            

  The Parish Council


I am very grateful to Cardinal Vincent Nichols for appointing me to serve as parish priest at the Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer and St Thomas More. It is a privilege to follow Canon Michael Brockie in this parish where he has ministered with such generosity of heart. I am looking forward to meeting the members of the parish and getting to know you all. 


From April to October Westminster Cathedral has presented a series of seven concerts on one of the world’s finest organs.  There are two more to come: one on Wednesday 19th  September at 7.30pm being given by Stephen Farr with works by Francis Grier, Bach, Franck, Alain and Leighton. Tickets £12 (£10 concessions) at the door (cash only).

The Grand Organ at Westminster Cathedral is considered by many to be the greatest achievement of Henry Willis 111, one of England’s finest organ builders. Since its inception in 1922 it has been heard in concerts by many celebrated organists from around the world.


The Catholic Fund for Overseas Development is a branch of the Bishops Conference of England & Wales. It is currently seeking to “connect the poor with the powerful”. It is  

inviting Catholics to write to their local Member of Parliament on a topical issue to support those living in poverty around the world. Go to: or email: Pope Francis said recently: “Love is civic and political, and it makes itself felt in every action that seeks to build a better world”.

ADOREMUS 7th - 9th September 2018

Please keep in prayer the National Eucharistic Congress to be held this month in Liverpool. There are lectures, workshops, Masses and a Grand Procession of the Blessed Sacrament in the streets. A small group from the parish will be attending under the leadership of Patti Fordyce. We can all take a part in our various ways: our sick and housebound (who are sent this newsletter) can offer their own prayers in honour of the Blessed Sacrament, as can the fit and well, by going to Mass on the three days of the Congress and/or paying a visit to the Blessed Sacrament in a church nearby.


“Good Lord, give me the grace so to spend my life, that when the day of my death shall come, though I may feel pain in my body, I may feel comfort in soul: and with faithful hope of thy mercy, with due love towards thee, and charity towards the world I may, through thy grace, part hence into thy glory”.

St Thomas, “a man for all seasons” is the patron saint of lawyers, statesmen and politicians. A layman, he lived a dedicated Christian life in a very complex national and international political and religious world.

St Thomas More lived hereabouts in Chelsea for the last ten years of his life. His name was added to the patronage of our church and parish following his canonisation in 1935, together with his fellow martyr St John Fisher.


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.

Registrations for the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) will take place on Monday 24 September at 7pm in the Monckton Room. This is the usual vehicle by which adults seeking to come into the Catholic Church are prepared. Any adult Catholics who have not yet received the Sacrament of Confirmation are invited to have a word with me either after Sunday Mass or by ringing the parish office.


The Requiem Mass for the late Noel Byrne took place at the Holy Redeemer on 9th July. He died on 25th June at the age of 90. We offer condolences to his family. Lux aeterna luceat ei.


Congratulations and our best wishes for their future happiness go to Thomas Stefansen and Yerrie Kim who celebrated their marriage at Holy Redeemer on 21st July.


Congratulations to the parents and sponsors of Guy Ingram Mclean who was baptised in July, and Gabriel LeFebvre, Elise Soler and Celeste Griffith-Jones who were baptised in August.       

Caitriona Fleming