Pastoral Notes 2nd July, 2017

Deacon Michael Bates

Soon the Bishop will come to confirm our young people, and some not so young. There is no age limit. This will be on Tuesday 11th July. Soon afterwards he will ordain to the priesthood, on Saturday 15th July, Deacon Michael Bates, the only such ordination this year. Michael had a ‘placement’ with us, as part of his training, a few years ago, from September 2014 to the end of the year. Please pray for him and for priests for our diocese. The most recent copy of the diocesan newspaper ‘The Vine’ has an article on the back page suggesting new initiatives from a German bishop. We continue to pray and reflect on the long and varied history of the Church in this matter. Our bishop has promised to close no church which is financially viable.