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 factory to the race track, to compete in a Trophy Race. They finished first and third. At that time in my life I acted as the map-reader/navigator for a family friend—in his Jaguar saloon—in competitions organised by the local Motor Club. He had raced extensively in the 1930s, and recalled the occasion when he drew up on the starting grid alongside a powerful Bentley with the name Dorcas emblazoned on the side of the bonnet. Being the son of an Archdeacon and well-versed in Scripture, he immediately recognised his competitor’s vehicle was ‘full of good works’—as that was the description of Dorcas in Acts 9.

During All Saintstide I have been drawn to some words in the Letter to the Hebrews (10: 24,25), about the need to consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, and to encourage one another. Provoking implies inciting and inspiring—firing within the heart a loving outlook along with a willingness to care in practical ways. To act encouragingly literally means putting courage into someone’s heart—it means giving strength to their spirit—and this we can do in a multitude of ways. But it seems to me we should not only have this kind of expectation of one another, we should also have it of the saints. Assistance can come from the great Company of Saints if we select one of them as our patron saint. S. Francis de Sales recommended that we should choose a particular saint in order to enter more deeply into their spirit and imitate them. That is to say, we can single out a particular saint to accompany us on our journey through life—someone whose example we can rely on to provoke us and encourage us to be ‘full of good works’.

 Organ Trumpet Pipes: The generosity of parishioners is quite extraordinary!

Very soon after Mass last Sunday, an anonymous donor offered to cover the whole cost. On behalf of the Parish I express gratitude for this most kind gift, which now enables the work to proceed as soon as possible. Paul Ellis, our Director of Music, will give us an update and demo during the notices today. There have been other approaches during the week offering support, and I thank all those who have wished to give practical help with this project. Perhaps assistance towards new choir robes might be considered?

Yours in Christ,

Canon Craufurd Murray


Parish Notices


  • Trumpet deadline next week: Wednesday noon, because of Show Day holiday.
  • Surplus computer and large radiator to give away, speak to Louise.
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • The Parish Trust meets on Wednesday at 5:15 pm.
  • Saturday Breakfast: 12 November, 9:45 am in the parish lounge. Details Anne Ladd (981 5012).
  • Advance Notice—Needlework Group: final meeting for the year, Christmas DVD viewing and supper, 22 November. Details to follow from Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Sales Table: Sundays in the hall. Offers of help with baking or for setting up in the hall would be appreciated. Please speak to Anne Ladd (981 5012).
  • Marmalade available on the sales table. Empty jars to the box in the lounge please.
  • Book Swap: Sundays in the hall and weekdays in the lounge.
  • Vege Co-op: orders and deliveries on Wednesdays. Details Jill Woodside.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.