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Mervyn

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A retired priest looks at church and secular events in the UK.

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  • FATHER ERNIE STROUD RIP
    on Jul 8, 2014
    Yesterday I , together with at least 25 priests, the Bishop of Richborough and the retired bishop of Chichester, The Rt. Revd. John Hind concelebrated the Funeral Mass of Father Ernie Stroud, whilst the ...Bishop of Chelmsford gave the address. Among...
  • 14th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
    on Jul 6, 2014
    Today Father Martin officiated at St. Alban’s, Romford as some of the parish are on their annual Walsingham Pilgrimage. I  celebrated the Solemn Parish Mass, and preached. Veronica, one of the Churchwardens, led our intercession. In his addres...
  • SS PETER & PAUL
    on Jun 29, 2014
    Today at St. Augustine’s we celebrated the Solemnity of SS Peter and Paul, the two pillars of the Church. Father Martin presided at the Solemn Parish Mass and i  concelebrated, read the Gospel and preached. In my sermon Father I drew attention...
  • THE PLAYING FIELDS OF ENGLAND
    on Jun 23, 2014
    State educated school children need greater provision for sports, according to Ofsted. Correct me if I’m wrong, but a few years ago, a certain political party, then in power, sold of many of the state school playing fields despite many protests at...
  • TRINITY 1–12th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
    on Jun 22, 2014
    Today, Father Martin went to St Paul’s, Goodmayes to celebrate Corpus Christi, swopping with me and I officiated at St. Augustine’s.  I haven’t been too well lately and it was decided that the celebration of Solemn Mass, Procession and Sol...
  • THE GLORIOUS AND MOST HOLY TRINITY
    on Jun 15, 2014
    Today I presided at the Solemn Mass in celebration of the Most Holy Trinity; Father Martin concelebrated, read the Gospel and preached. In his sermon Father Martin referred to a previous sermon on the Trinity when,as an illustration and an egg had be...
  • PENTECOST 2014
    on Jun 8, 2014
    As Father Martin was away for the weekend I presided and preached at the Solemn Mass and our Intercessions were led by Joan our retired Lay Reader. In my sermon I talked about how fear can paralyse us; the disciples locked themselves in the Upper Roo...
  • ASCENSION 1
    on Jun 1, 2014
    Today we continued our celebration of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Father Martin was officiating at St.Andrew’s, Romford. so I was the celebrant at St. Augustine’s. During my sermon he reminded people about Captain Kirk asking Scotty t...
  • ASCENSION 1
    on Jun 1, 2014
    Today we continued our celebration of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Father Martin was officiating at St.Andrew’s, Romford. so I was the celebrant at St. Augustine’s. During my sermon he reminded people about Captain Kirk asking Scotty t...
  • EASTER 6
    on May 25, 2014
    Today at St. Augustine’s, Rush Green we welcomed the Archdeacon of Barking, Dr. John Perumbalath to our Parish Mass and he concelebrated with Father Martin and preached the homily. Pamela led us in our Intercessions and, as our Organist & Choir...
  • EASTER 5
    on May 18, 2014
    Today Father Mervyn  officiated at St. Paul’s, Goodmayes who are in their interregnum. In his sermon, based on Today’s Gospel Father Mervyn stressed that Jesus is The Way, The Truth and The Life. It is only through following him that we can...
  • EASTER 4
    on May 11, 2014
    Today I presided at the Solemn Concelebrated Mass at St. Alban’s, Ilford where there was an excellent congregation. I preached on the Gospel and talked about the Good Shepherd who cares for his sheep, protecting them and guarding them. After Mass r...
  • HALLAL or KOSHER MEAT?
    on May 9, 2014
    I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling some degree of discomfort about the lack of labelling of meat so that what I’m buying could be hallal. The supermarket chains are refusing to identify where their meat comes from and the government intend to ta...
  • 3rd SUNDAY OF EASTER
    on May 4, 2014
    Today I presided at the Solemn Parish Mass at St. Augustine’s, Rush Green, and Father Martin concelebrated, preached and led our Intercessions. As it is the Bank Holiday week-end we wondered if our congregation would be somewhat reduced as we knew...
  • LOW SUNDAY–2nd SUNDAY OF EASTER
    on Apr 27, 2014
    Today Father Martin presided at the Parish Mass whilst I read the Gospel, preached, led our Intercessions and concelebrated. It was good to see quite a full church. In my sermon I commented on the fact revealed by the Gospel that that after the Cruci...
  • EASTER 2014
    on Apr 21, 2014
    Our New Fire, Vigil, Renewal of Baptismal Promises took place at St Augustines at 5.30 a.m. and afterwards we all adjourned to the Parish Hall for a sumptuous breakfast of Cereals, fruit juices, eggs, sausages, toast, marmalade and coffee or tea. The...
  • PALM SUNDAY 2014
    on Apr 13, 2014
    Yesterday afternoon I was asked if I could help out at St. Mary’s, Ilford as their Vicar had been taken ill so this morning I was at St Mary’s for their Palm Sunday  Procession, Blessing of Palms and Solemn Mass, We started in the church car...
  • LET 5 Passion Sunday
    on Apr 6, 2014
    Today I celebrated the Parish Mass at St. Paul’s, Goodmayes. The service began with The Asperges. In my sermon I highlighted the saying of Jesus “I am the Resurrection and the Life. If anyone believes in me, even though he dies he will live and w...
  • MOTHERING SUNDAY
    on Mar 30, 2014
    Today I presided at St. Augustine’s where we had a full church as Father Martin presided at the Parish Mass  at St. Lawrence, Upminster;  . At the beginning of the service the flags from the Uniformed Organisations were paraded and presen...
  • Talking points on same-sex marriage
    on Mar 26, 2014
    From the Coalition for Marriage The democratic deficit With the first same-sex weddings set to take place this weekend to much media fanfare, it’s important to remember how undemocratic and illiberal the redefinition of marriage is: Marriage was r...
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