Letter from the Vicar – 5 February 2017

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s. Last week I wrote about how Candlemas marks a move from our celebrations since Christmas of the Incarnation of God in Jesus Christ, towards a focus on preparing for Lent, which begins this year on 1 March. Over the next few weeks we are invited to consider our lives … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar – 29 January

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s as we celebrate Candlemas. On this very special feast we bring together a number of significant themes. We remember how our Lord was presented in the temple, and how Simeon prophesied about his future. What we know as the Nunc Dimittis forms part of this prophecy. It includes the … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar – 25 December 2016

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s as we gather to welcome the Christ Child into our hearts this Christmas. Over the weeks of Advent our prayers have been that within us the longing for Christ’s coming might grow. In the glorious liturgies of Christmas we join with the angels to give full rein to the … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar – 18 December 2016

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s. We have come to the final Sunday of Advent and our expectation grows as we light the last candle on the wreath, leaving only the centre Christ Candle still to be lit. Last Sunday we saw the Wise Men begin their journey at the east end of the church. … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 11 December 2016

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s on Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete is a Latin word meaning ‘Rejoice’. Advent is a time to identify with those who share a great desire for the coming of Christ. Often this desire arises out of the experience of suffering and trial, yet with the coming of John the Baptist, the … [Read more…]

Letter from the Priest-in-charge 27 November 2016

Dear Friends, Through the Seasons immediately ahead of us, Advent, Christmas and Epiphany, we focus on many different journeys. There is Mary’s journey to visit her cousin Elizabeth. There are people journeying in great numbers into the desert to hear the preaching of John the Baptist. There is the journey of Mary and Joseph to … [Read more…]

Letter from the Priest-in-charge 20 November 2016

Dear Friends, This week has been a shaky one with the huge earthquake and multiple aftershocks, and I hope you and your families have managed to cope with any outward as well as inward turmoil. Although these are ranked as history-making, we could all do without such disruptive events. Please pray for those most affected, … [Read more…]

Letter from the Priest-in-charge 13 November 2016

Dear Friends, Remembrance Sunday musings. My father and two of his brothers served in the British Army during the First World War. Amazingly, they all returned—although two were rather the worse for wear. Along with many other officers, my father had taken a camera with him. However, as a boy I remember being disappointed that … [Read more…]

Letter from the Priest-in-charge 6 November 2016

Dear Friends, Memories were stirred recently by the sight of an E-type Jaguar. By sheer chance, on my first ever visit to a major road racing circuit (Oulton Park, Cheshire, in April 1961), I witnessed the first public outing of the E-type. Two newly assembled cars were driven on the open road straight from the … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 30 October 2016

  Dear S. Michael’s, I wrote to you last as we began our two weeks at the Community of the Resurrection at Mirfield. It was a great privilege for a short time to share the life of this community, which involves four Offices and Mass each day. The community has a strong tradition of plainsong … [Read more…]