My Priestly Ordination

It is high time that I got around to writing about my ordination – I promised Gwen Chiosso I would do – especially as we have now reached the three-month mark. As you can see from the photo at the end, the MP for Dover, Natalie Elphicke, who is Catholic and part of the local community, was there. You will probably recognise her name at least as she has been in the news a lot recently: when I was ordained, she was Conservative and now she is Labour. Continue reading “My Priestly Ordination”

Thank you John and Freda

Bishop Pat offered up his Friday morning Mass on 25th August for John and Freda Vine, who many parishioners will remember as true stalwarts of the parish, John having been part of the parish for most of his life.  After living for many years in Danson Road, they finally decided to downsize to a bungalow, finding the ideal property in the village of Hartley, Kent.  It was a humble farewell, as the Mass was followed by refreshments in the small hall for the weekday Mass goers who happened to be there.  John and Freda didn’t want a fuss, but I felt they merited a tribute here on the blog, so they have kindly supplied their stories, which follow. Continue reading “Thank you John and Freda”