Weekly Newsletter 23rd September 2018

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Dear Parishioners,

As you know Canon Brockie retired 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

Donations may also be made at HSBC, Sort code: 40-05-20, Account no.: 91094386, Account name: Holy Redeemer Church, Chelsea quoting the reference ‘Canon Brockie RF’.

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 grateful for the welcome I have received and I look forward to meeting members of the parish and getting to know you all.


At Westminster Cathedral on 3rd October, starting at 7.30pm. the choristers of Westminster Cathedral will join The Bach Choir, Philharmonia Orchestra and the Staats und Domchor Berlin to perform Benjamin Britten’s spine-tingling War Requiem. Tickets are priced £12 to £50 and are available online at www.ticketmaster.co.uk, in person from the Cathedral Gift Shop, on the Bach Choir website (www.thebachchoir.org.uk/shop/) and from Ticketmaster 0844 844 0444. A twentieth century masterpiece, the War Requiem was dedicated by Britten to four friends, three of whom were killed during the Second World War. The performance will be interspersed with monologues based on wartime reportage and letters to loved ones.


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: www.cafod.org.uk/mpc or email: westminster@cafod.org.uk. Pope Francis said recently: “Love is civic and political, and it makes itself felt in every action that seeks to build a better world”.


Congratulations to the parents and sponsors of Enea Burro, who was baptized on 1st September, and Louisa Begg-Smith, who was baptised on 16th September.


Registrations for the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) will take place on Monday 24th 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.


A Memorial Mass for the late Gervas Douglas took place at the Holy Redeemer on 20th September. We offer our condolences to his family. May he rest in peace.


The Requiem Mass for the late Julian Flanagan took place on 21st September. We offer our condolences to his family. May he rest in peace.


“Westminster and Parliament”

Sunday 23rd September. Meet at 4.00pm on the steps of Westminster Cathedral, Victoria Street SW1. The walk lasts about 1.5 hours. Suggested donation £5. Wear comfortable shoes and suitable clothes. For more information see www.catholichistorywalks.com.


Duke of York Square, Friday 5th October. A local charity, GLASSDOOR, invites you to join hundreds of others in raising funds to help their church based shelters in London. Participants must be at least 11 years old (11 to 15 year olds must be accompanied by a parent or guardian). To find out more see the Sleep Out section on the Glassdoor.org.uk website. If you have any questions, please contact info@glassdoor.org.uk.


“I call you friends” (John 15.15)

Bishop John Wilson invites all parish catechists in this Pastoral Area to a day of catechesis, reflection and sharing on

Saturday 6th October from 9.30am to 2.30pm at the Parish Hall, Most Sacred Heart Church, 73 Pembroke Road, Ruislip HA4 8NN. Refreshments provided. Please bring a packed lunch. Please register your attendance in advance at catadmin@rcdow.org.uk

or 020 7798 9150.


Relocating to the Chelsea Embankment in 2019, The Laurels School provides an independent education with a Catholic ethos for girls aged 11 to 18. For further information, please contact enquiries@thelaurelsschool.org.uk.


This weekend we welcome a religious Sister from the Congregation the Franciscan Missionaries of St Joseph who will speak on behalf of the Sisters Mission Appeal.

Caitriona Fleming