Pastoral Notes 22nd January, 2017

St. Francis de SalesST FRANCIS DE SALES
My first appointment as parish priest was to a small but very historic parish at the north end of Milton Keynes, in the Railway Town of Wolverton, where the Royal Carriages were kept in the Carriage Works. This year the parish is celebrating the 150th year of its life, a real achievement, looking back to very simple Catholic days in the 1860s. The first priest in the area began his ministry in 1864 and in time a little church was built in 1867. The patron saint was at that time named as patron saint of journalists for his writings. His simple Treatise on the Devout Life, unusually at the time aimed at ordinary people, still is a great help to many today. The saint is also known to us now because of the Missionaries of St Francis de Sales working in our area and in other parts of England. Special prayers and congratulations are in order for the Wolverton parish and for the MSFS.