Dear S. Michael’s,
Greetings to you all. Today (7 September) we have arrived at the Community of the
Resurrection at Mirfield for a two-week stay. Since we left home we have spent a
lovely month in Canada with Kathryn’s family, based in Saskatchewan and
including a short visit to the Rockies.
On our first Sunday we worshipped at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Holy
Family in Saskatoon. The diocese built a wonderful new cathedral about five years
ago and chose to site it on the growing edge of the city. The congregation reflected
the growth of the city and there were many young families attending. As we left
Canada we had time between flights to travel to the Anglican Cathedral in the
Diocese of New Westminster in Vancouver for Sunday morning Mass. Once again
we witnessed an inspiring liturgy.
Since we have been in England we have visited the parish church of S. Nicholas
Bromham in Wiltshire where my ancestors worshipped. Many are buried there in a
Chancery Chapel. We were fortunate to have a couple of days with Fr David
Stevenson, Mary Stevenson’s son, who is the Parish Priest of S. John’s in Watford.
We were glad to be there for their Messy Church service, which reflected Fr David’s
wonderful gifts of connecting with the community along with the support of his
partner Robin and the growing parish. The parish is also just launching a new
Church School, a very exciting development.
Last Sunday we attended All Saints Margaret Street in London, where we were
warmly welcomed. It was great to meet up with Doug Pasea at the Mass. We also
attended Evensong and Benediction, which we found particularly moving. The
church is looking resplendent after restoration work and new lighting.
We are very thankful to have all these opportunities and most grateful to all who are
making this possible by your ministries in the parish and school. Know that you are
in our prayers and please continue to pray for us.
Grace and peace,
Fr. Andrew Starky