Well Friday saw us saying a fond farewell to Mr Gallagher and Miss Teehan, can I once more take this opportunity to thank them for their work in our School, I know they will be missed by many. In September Mrs Maguire will take over has head, do please keep her in your prayers, as she prepares to take up her new role.
The Bishop has asked me to take on an additional role in the Diocese and I have been appointed as the Safeguarding priest for the Diocese. This will of course mean more meetings and being involved and undertaking work for the safeguarding commission. It is very much part of the work these days to be adaptable and cover areas which in years gone by always seemed to be covered by others, whereas these days you look in the mirror and realize you are now the “others”!
Which seems a very good place to welcome two new priests who were ordained at the Cathedral on Friday night, Fr Alf (one of my students) and Fr Lawrence, we welcome them to the diocese and know that their talents and work will be much appreciated. Also this year Fr. Vincent Cavey and Fr. Pat Early have celebrated 60 th anniversaries and Fr. Bernard Charnock 50 years all priests of the Deanery; which also allows me to invite you to be persistent in your prayers for more vocations. Are we nurturing or hiding a
vocation or two here in the parish?
Finally holidays are beckoning for some, for others new life through retirement. May I wish you happy holidays, and safe journeys if you are going away. If you are putting your feet up after a lifetime of work, may you know contentment, have good health, and have time to rest, before someone gives you a list of things to do! And in the hot weather spare a thought for our sick and elderly who cannot get out and are experiencing the heat badly, a kindly visit, and a good cup of tea or a cooling ice cream may just do the trick. God Bless