FR. ANDREW WRITES:-
On Thursday we celebrated the Feast of St Edward the Confessor, co patron saint of our parish and King of England. This church was opened on the feast day of St Edward the Confessor hence the dedication to him. St Edward was born in 1003 and died in 1066 a memorable year due to the invasion by William the Conqueror. St Edward was the last Anglo Saxon king of England and was crowned in 1042 in Winchester. St Edward was renowned for his piety, generosity to the poor and to the Church. The Collegiate church of St Peter more commonly known as Westminster Abbey, a Benediction foundation, was built by him. Sadly he died shortly before it was consecrated but was buried there. St Edward was canonised in 1161 by Pope Alexander III and in 1163 his relics were translated to a special shrine dedicated to him in the Abbey. Up until the mid 14th century he was recognised as the patron saint of England when St George was instigated. A parish pilgrimage took place on Saturday to his shrine at the Abbey. Happy Edwardtide! St Edward the Confessor…pray for us and for our country.
Canon Anthony writes:
It really is quite difficult to put into words what a special evening, October 1st, was for me. It was good to be able to celebrate Mass, with so many of you, and to give thanks for all the blessings I have received over the past eight years. It was lovely to have the opportunity to meet many of you afterwards in the Parish Centre. I have so many good memories of the evening which I shall certainly keep and treasure. Thank you very much for your very generous cheque, and for the engraving, which are much appreciated and, as well, for the cards, good wishes and other gifts that I received. A particular ‘thank you’ too to everyone who had a part in organising the evening, arranging the Mass and reception, and providing food and drink afterwards. The whole evening was really overwhelming and, as always, it spoke to me of the faith, goodness and warmth of the parishioners of Chiswick.
As a priest you never know what will be asked of you next, or where you will be sent, the only certainty is that it is all in God’s hands, and so I am full of gratitude to God for the time I have spent as Parish Priest of Chiswick.
Please pray for me, as I will for you.