HELLO FROM FR. SHAUN MIDDLETON: By now you will have been told that from the New Year I will be taking over from Mgr. Martin Hayes as Parish Priest of St Mary’s and that Fr. Graham Stokes will be moving to North Harrow in succession to me. So I just thought that I would drop you a quick line to introduce myself, and to ask for your prayers as I prepare to take up this new responsibility which I am really looking forward to. I hope to be with you in the first week of January and if all goes according to plan I will preside and preach at all the Masses on the weekend of the 7th and 8th when I will tell you a little bit about myself and the course of my ministry to date.
For now it is enough to say that I do not come alone. Dylan, my rather disreputable Bassett Hound, will also be joining the Parish Team, so any offers of dog walking would be gratefully accepted.
I am delighted that Fr Martin will remain in residence in the Rectory. But, I am very aware that the demands of his role as Vicar General will mean that he will not be able to be as present to the parish as he might wish. From now on St Mary’s will be a one Priest parish and this will entail some necessary adjustments to the weekly schedule.
I hope that by working collaboratively with all of you we will build on the excellent work that has been done in recent years at St Mary’s. I know that by working together our community will go from strength to strength and that it will continue to provide an open and welcoming experience for all who wish to be part of our parish life. Finally, may I take this opportunity to wish all of you a happy and blessed Christmas and a joy filled 2018. With every good wish,
December 17 2017
FR MARTIN WRITES…It has been a privilege to serve this parish community of St Mary's, Cadogan Street as Parish Priest since September 2015. I am grateful to parishioners and friends of the parish for your commitment to our Catholic faith and for celebrating and sharing the Faith so very joyfully and generously. Thank you, parish employees and volunteers, parishioners and visitors, for the support so cheerfully given to the life and work of the Church and parish, and for sharing in the ministry and mission of the Church and parish and for doing so in partnership with the Priests of the parish. Since September 2016 I have worked closely with Fr Graham, the Assistant Priest who has been appointed Parish Priest at St John Fisher, North Harrow from 1 January. He has been an outstanding Assistant Priest and I am grateful to him for all he has done here. He has responded well to the responsibilities given to him, enabling me to devote the time and attention needed as the Vicar General of the Diocese of Westminster. Fr Shaun Middleton will be the next Parish Priest here, from 1 January. He comes to us from North Harrow having served as Parish Priest of three busy parishes in the Diocese. With his experience and dedication, this parish will continue to thrive and go from strength to strength. Please pray for and with him, and work with him for the glory of God and the building of His kingdom. Please do pray for me and my continuing ministry as Vicar General, and be assured of my continuing prayers for you and your families. With all good wishes for Christmas and the New Year.
FR GRAHAM WRITES….Having spent the best part of six years at Allen Hall Seminary in Beaufort Street I was surprised to be invited by the Cardinal to move back to Chelsea to be with you here in St Mary’s as your Assistant Priest. Yet it has been a fascinating and enjoyable 18 months getting to know you, the parishioners of St Mary’s, as well as taking on new responsibilities especially in the Sacramental programmes. It is sad to be leaving and, as often seems the way, you never appreciate fully how you have become at home in a parish until you are asked to leave! But in my seventh year of priesthood I am not surprised to have been asked to take on a greater responsibility by becoming parish priest in North Harrow. I am moving from the home of St Thomas More to a parish dedicated to his fellow martyr St John Fisher; quite a connection! Change is always challenging but brings new opportunities and encounters. I am sure that God gives each of us the graces to do what He asks of us and I pray that for myself over the months and years to come; I would be humbled if you would join me in that prayer.
November 26 2017
The following clergy changes were announced by the Diocese:
Fr Graham Stokes, having served this parish as Assistant Priest since September 2016, is thanked for his dedicated service and we congratulate him on his appointment as Parish Priest of the parish of St John Fisher, North Harrow, from 1 January 2018.
Fr Shaun Middleton, currently Parish Priest at North Harrow, will be coming to St Mary's as Parish Priest from 1 January. We congratulate him and look forward to welcoming him and working with him. Born in Cardiff in 1962 and Ordained in 1989 by Cardinal Basil Hume OSB, Fr Shaun has been the Assistant Parish Priest in Brook Green and the Parish Priest in Muswell Hill, Notting Hill and North Harrow.
Mgr Martin Hayes, Parish Priest at St Mary's since September 2015, and Vicar General of the Diocese of Westminster since 2013, will remain in residence in the Rectory, and continue as Vicar General. We thank him for his leadership and for his dedicated service while Parish Priest here.
Fr Dermot Power, currently in residence, will be moving to live in the Presbytery at Kingsland. He continues his ministry as Chaplain to St Mary's School, Ascot and a member of staff at Allen Hall Seminary.
Fr Stewart Keeley, who served as Assistant Priest here from 2014 to 2016, has been appointed as Priest in Charge at Kingsbury Green where the Parish Priest is currently on sickness leave
September 29 2017
Cardinal Vincent Nichols visited the St Joseph's Almshouses for a Blessing Ceremony following extensive renovations in recent years
September 9 2017
WEDDING CONGRATULATIONS to David Manson-Bahr and Gemma Banks who were married here on Saturday 9 September. We wish them every happiness in their married lives together.
October 2 2016
SEMINARIAN DAN DALEY: A warm welcome is extended to Seminarian Dan Daley. Dan has been assigned to St Mary’s on Sunday mornings to gain pastoral experience and he will also support the First Holy Communion Programme.
September 9 2016
WEDDING CONGRATULATIONS…to Oliver Peter Schneider-Sikorsky & Soraya Kimber whose Marriage was celebrated here on Saturday 27 August. We wish them every happiness in their married life.
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC: We welcome Jack Thompson, BA MMus. Jack will work with the Sunday 11.30am Solemn Mass Choir at the weekly rehearsals and during the Mass, and give assistance when the whole parish gathers for the liturgies of Holy Week and Christmas. We look forward to his contribution to the life and liturgy of our parish. The 11.30am Mass Choir is made up of volunteers, supported by the DoM, and new members are welcome. Interested? Please contact Ruby in the Parish Office or sign up at the Welcome Weekend.
A NEW PRIEST: Fr Stewart Keeley has been with us since October 2014, ‘on loan’ to the Diocese of Westminster from Lancaster Diocese. He will be leaving us in September to take up a new appointment at the parish of Our Lady & St Joseph, Kingsland in Hackney Deanery. Our gratitude, best wishes and prayers will accompany him. We will have the chance to say farewell in due course, and to express our appreciation to him. We will miss him terribly.
Fr Graham Stokes, will be coming here in September to live and work with me and to serve our parish family here at St Mary’s. Fr Graham is a Londoner, born in 1972 and Ordained to the Priesthood in Westminster Cathedral by now-Cardinal Vincent Nichols on 2 July 2011. He studied for the Priesthood in Valladolid, Spain and Allen Hall, London. Before starting at the Seminary, he studied Economics at the Universities of Nottingham and York. Following his Ordination, Fr Graham served as Assistant Priest in the parishes of Our Lady of Grace and St Edward, Chiswick and Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St George, Enfield.
Please pray for Fr Stewart and for Fr Graham as they prepare for transition.
Angela Partridge: Long-time parishioner and member of the Latin Mass Choir, Angela passed away on 12 August 2015. Her funeral Mass was held in St Mary's in early September in a full Extraordinary Form (Tridentine Rite), celebrated by Fr Peter Gee. The Latin Mass Choir sang Vittoria's 'Requiem á 6' and a reception was held in the Rectory. Requiescat in Pace.
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