BISHOP JULIUS of MANICALAND VISITATION
We were blessed with a return visit from +Julius from the Diocese of Manicaland (a province in Eastern Zimbabwe) having last visited us in 2011.
Since that time, the supreme courts in Zimbabwe have ruled in favour of the Anglican Church (and Bishop Julius) as the lawful owners of various Diocesan properties in the province after effectively being removed by a 'breakaway group' and now excommunicated former Bishop. This marks an end to a period of uncertainty and anguish for +Julius and his Diocesan congregation which is very good news.
There was further good news for St Marys when +Julius announced that he was making Fr Mark a Canon of his Diocese as a mark of grateful thanks for St Marys continual spiritual and financial support. He also extended an open and kind invitation to all at St Marys to pay his diocese a visit in the future.
Bishop Julius with Fr Richard, Brother Christian and Fr Mark
Bishop Julius with our Servers
BISHOP JONATHAN'S PARISH VISITATION DAY - MARCH 2014
On Wednesday 26th March +Jonathon - the Bishop of Fulham, spent a very busy and productive day in our parish. During his time here he presided over the usual Weds School Mass at Peter Hills, following which he met some 6th form students and members of the Senior Management Team over lunch at Bacon's College.
The schedule Fr Mark and Fr Richard had drawn up then took him to Albins, the UpMarket Charity Shop, a meeting at Bede House as well as visiting some parishioners at home.
The day ended with an informal get together including a lovely meal (provided by Helen and Florence) at St Mary's with it's PCC.
Here are some memories from the day.
Sharing the Peace with some pupils at Peter Hills School Mass
Taking Questions from Inquisitive Students
Visiting Pupils in Class with Peter Hills Head Teacher Miss Owbridge and Fr Mark
A Generous Lunch at Bacon's College
Meeting Barry Albin and Rev Gary Jenkins, Vicar of St James Bermondsey with Fr Mark and Fr Richard
Sharing a Meal at St Mary's with members of the PCC
ARCHIVE IN PICTURES
FR RICHARD'S FIRST MASS
FR RICHARD'S ORDINATION DECEMBER 19th 2012
Many congratulations to Fr Richard who was ordained on Wednesday 19th December at St Mary's.
The church was full to the rafters with standing room only in which many of the local clergy were in attendance as well as the Bishops of Edmonton, Southwark and Manicaland. It was also great to have Fr Richard's family and friends at St Mary's to share this momentous occasion - we wish him a long and rewarding ministry.
Here are some memories from the evening.
Fr Richard is presented to the Bishop of Edmonton for Ordination
The traditional laying of hands by Fr Mark and the Clergy in support of Fr Richard
Fr Richard and Bishop Peter
Fr Richard in procession at the end of the service.
Fr Richard with family at the reception in Sands Films
Bishop Peter at St Marys for Confirmation 2012.
A procession at the end of the mass.
The Bishop Of Manicaland at St Mary's August 2011
Fr Richard presides over his first Gospel - July 2011