We felt that it was important, as a matter of public record and for the sake of those who were not at Mass last Sunday, that we repeated here the announcement of our next Vicar—Fr Christopher Orczy.
In his application Fr Chris, as he prefers to be called, wrote (this quote is with his permission of course) “S. Michael’s was a formative part of my becoming a Christian. Although I was baptised as an infant at S. Nicholas’, Barrington, I never attended church until Christmas Day 2006. I attended the Celtic Eucharist at the Cathedral on the Wednesday and received Holy Communion for the first time. On the Thursday I attended the Healing Mass at S. Michael’s. It was at this service that I knew the call from God to become a Priest. That Easter, I reaffirmed my Baptismal Vows and was confirmed on the Feast of S. Michael…” Nothing, surely, could so encapsulate the depth of his links to this parish.
Fr Chris holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Canterbury and a Bachelor of Theology from Newcastle University (Australia). He was ordained in the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle and most recently has been the Rector of the Parish of Morpeth in that Diocese. He is married to Sarah, has a fourteen-year old daughter, Ivy, and we look forward to welcoming them on 1 July, when he begins his ministry with us.
From 30 April until then we are fortunate indeed to have Fr Ben Randall as our Priest-in-charge. Fr Ben, as most of you will know, is a curate at the Cathedral and he will be overseen in his new role by Dean Lawrence Kimberley. He is also, of course, very much a part of the S. Michael’s family and has always been more than willing to assist us during the last year.
Last Sunday there were also two other events—if an announcement can be so termed. The first was the annual AGM held after the 10:00 am Mass. Fifty parishioners attended a harmonious, positive, forward-looking meeting and the only change to office holders was the election of two additional members to last year’s Vestry—Denis Coulter and Elliot Luo. The second was the Marriage Blessing for Noeline and Bruce Calvert on the occasion of their Diamond Wedding Anniversary. The family had had a celebration in the parish lounge the day before and very kindly provided hospitality for the parish after Mass—most welcome to those who were staying on to the AGM. On Tuesday Noeline was presented with flowers at the meeting of the Women’s Fellowship, where it was remarked upon the considerable achievement of staying married to the same man for sixty years!
Finally, to Revd Anne Price. It is hard to imagine a more difficult time to take over a parish than that in which S. Michael’s found itself in April last year. Revd Anne, however, rose wonderfully to the occasion, and although her farewell is not until next Sunday, the Wardens wish to take this opportunity to thank her for the enormous care and compassion she has shown, both to the parish and the school, over the last twelve months. She will be greatly missed, and we wish her and Charlie every blessing as they return to England.
Michael Graveston and Gloria Moyle
- Next Sunday we bid farewell to Revd Anne and Charlie in the hall after Mass.They have kindly invited all parishioners to join them in a farewell lunch afterwards.
- Vicarage Building Fund: the Women’s Fellowship has soup and home baking available again today in the hall. Your generous donations are appreciated.
- Vestry meets on Tuesday, beginning with Mass at 7:00 pm.
- Meditation Group will not meet this week (Anzac Day).
- Concert: NZ String Quartet in the church next Sunday at 3:00 pm. See poster.
- S. Michael’s School: Term Two begins 30 April.
- Bible Study Group meets next on 30 April, 7:15 pm in the parish lounge. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
- S. Michael’s School Open Day 9 May.
- Anglo-Catholic Hui with Bishop Steven Benford: Dunedin 9–11 Au gust.Programm e to include presentations on sacraments, mission, the Holy Spirit,Church growth, work with children and youth, and spirituality. Enquiries: Fr Michael firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Book Swap: in the parish lounge. Koha to parish.
- Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.