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Dear Brothers and Sisters,
It is now ten weeks since the last
gathering for our weekly celebration of the Liturgies of the Word and
Eucharist. Some of us would have heard
or watched the video (WhatsApp chat group) of the Church bell ringing in
Tilbury on Thursday evenings to show our appreciation to our front liners and
key workers. This could be the last
ringing of our church bell on Thursday evening but we must continue to pray for
all those who have worked and are working hard to keep us safe and healthy.
If it were not for the Covid-19 crisis we
would have organised our second Parish Social meal to celebrate Pentecost,
which is the Birthday of the Church.
Even though we cannot gather for this social meal and for Pentecost
Sunday Mass we can be united as Christian brothers and sisters to celebrate spiritually
this great solemnity of the Birthday of the Church. Happy Birthday to you all!
Here are a few questions I would like to
encourage you to pray and reflect for the Solemnity of Pentecost:
1. How many of us would like to have been
present at the ministry of Jesus or even during that of the early Christians?
2. What would it have been like to hear
the words of the Apostles at Pentecost when they preached about the marvels of
3. What would it have been like to have
witnessed the Risen Lord Jesus and to have heard him say, “Peace be with you!”
before receiving the Holy Spirit?
Yet, for those of us in the 21st
century, we experience that same Holy Spirit.
When we were baptised, we were given the
gifts of the Holy Spirit, and then we were sealed by the same Spirit at our
Confirmation. The Holy Spirit lives in
our beloved family and friends, our Parishes, Communities and Relationships. Once we experience the dying and the rising
of Our Lord Jesus Christ we must live in a newness of life accompanied and
animated by the Holy Spirit.
After Jesus rose from the dead, He
promised and gave us the Advocate to be with us in our everyday life’s journey
of being His follower and truly experience God’s peace. I pray and encourage all of us to allow
ourselves to be led and guided by the Spirit of Christ, whose disciples we are.
Although we are unable to come together
for Pentecost this year, let us with great confidence and hope, look forward to
next year’s Solemnity of Pentecost and I am sure we shall have a mammoth celebration.
ALERT > CONTROL THE VIRUS > SAVE LIVES
Anthony Pentecost 2020
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
FR. PAUL DYNAN RIP
I have received the
following message today from Fr. Paul’s family.
Please continue to respect their wishes not to contact them at this
Eternal rest grant unto Fr. Paul. May his soul rest in perfect peace of our Risen Lord Jesus Christ. AMEN
We would like to let
everyone know that Fr Paul Dynan, (Dad) passed on during the night, he went
peacefully in his sleep at his home in Chelmsford.
Jonathan, Claire and Michael spent his final days with him and with some
wonderful support from Farleigh, Macmillan and NHS nurses made sure he was
comfortable and at peace.
The family would like
to thank everyone for all the messages, love and support they received during
Fr. Paul’s illness and particularly towards the end, it was a great comfort to
Father Paul to know how many people were thinking of him and praying for him.
Due to the current
situation the family are organising what may be possible with regards to
funeral arrangements and details will follow shortly.
Fr Paul’s Family.
Canon John Duckett RIP
You will be sorry to learn of the death of Canon John
Duckett who died on Saturday morning in the nursing home at Bishop’s Stortford
where he was being cared for.
Canon Duckett was born in Preston, Lancashire, in 1928 and
as a young child moved with his family to Chelmsford. He was educated at Our
Lady Immaculate Primary School, Chelmsford, and St Joseph’s College, Ipswich,
before being accepted as a junior seminarian by Bishop Doubleday in 1941. After
five years at Cotton College he undertook National Service, being stationed in
Germany during the Berlin airlift in 1948. His studied for the priesthood at
Grove Park and Oscott. He was ordained by Bishop Beck at Our Lady Immaculate,
Chelmsford, on 31 July 1955 and served as an assistant priest at Dunmow
(1955-1956), Ilford (1956-1962) and Colchester (1963-1965). As a parish priest
Father Duckett served at Burnham-on-Crouch (1962-1963), Debden (1965-1970),
Manor Park (1970-1976), Barking (1976-1985), Tilbury (1985-1987) and East Ham
(1987-2001). Thereafter he went to Our Lady & St George, Walthamstow (2001-2002),
and St Antony, Forest Gate (2002-2012), in both parishes assisting in a
semi-retired capacity. In retirement he acted as chaplain to the Little Company
of Mary at Westcliff-on-Sea (2012-2017) before taking up residence at Nazareth
House, Southend-on-Sea (2017). In 2017 he was appointed as an Honorary Canon of
Brentwood Cathedral in recognition of his outstanding priestly ministry in the
diocese, which he had also served as a member of the Finance Board and as a
Consultor. Known as a great visitor of his parishioners, Canon Duckett was an
avid supporter of West Ham.
Please do remember Canon Duckett in your prayers.
Yours in Christ and Mary,
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I take this opportunity to again thank you all for your continued and constant prayers, even though we are not gathered under the roof of our Parish Churches.
I am very certain that you have been faithfully finding the time to participate as actively as possible in the livestream Masses that are available. As we continue to observe social distancing, I will continue to celebrate these Liturgies and other prayers,
with you and your families very much in my heart and mind.
Let us now continue to faithfully pray that it will not be too long before we meet again. May you and your families remain healthy in the peace and love
of our Risen Lord and be protected from all harm and danger.
Please continue to stay home – protect the NHS – save lives.
Pope Francis Prayer
Pope Francis’ prayer to unite the world in call for Mary’s
intercession for the end of the Covid-19 Pandemic. The Pope recommends this prayer to be recited
after praying the Rosary.
Oh Mary, you shine continuously on our
journey as a
sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of
who at the foot of the cross,
were united with Jesus’ suffering,
and persevered in your faith.
‘Protectress of the Roman people,’
you know our needs,
and we know that you will provide,
so that, as at Cana in Galilee,
joy and celebration may return
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to confirm ourselves to the will of the
and to do what Jesus tells us.
For he took upon himself our suffering,
and burdened himself with our sorrows to
through the cross, to the joy of the
We fly to your protection,
O Holy Mother of God;
Do not despise our petitions in our
but deliver us always from every danger;
O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.
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