Pastoral Notes 28th July, 2019

Letter to the Whole Parish, from Canon John

Dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ,

Thank you for all your cards, prayers and good wishes. Over recent weeks I’ve managed to have a few short messages included in the weekly newsletter. The most recent medical procedure on 11th July was, as I understand it, successfully putting a further stent in an artery for my heart. However, as I look back over this year in particular, I realise I am not as young as I used to be, and how much time I have spent in hospital and related treatments.

I have come to the reluctant conclusion that after twenty-five years at St Edward’s I need to take a simpler post. Bishop Peter has agreed and asked me to be Parish Priest in Olney, by Milton Keynes, by the beginning of September.

As I have been with you so long, I feel the wrench very much – it has been a great blessing to share in this parish with its several happy churches and many communities. And I wish to make special mention of Deacon Keith’s outstanding help for over ten years, with support from wife Christine.

I have had to make up my mind, but I hope very much it will be possible to share with you in a Mass of thanksgiving soon after the beginning of a new school year, in typical St Edwards style, and to give thanks together for so many blessings.

Please keep me in your prayers, as I keep you all in mine.

With every Blessing

Canon John.