Shortly after midnight last Wednesday morning 19th July, Fr Peter,   after   just   a   fortnight   of hospitalisation,  was   called  home to the Lord. He died in the odour of sanctity, many times anointed, peacefully assured in his faith and supported   in   his   keeping   watch for  the  approach  of the Lord by his friends the Phelan family and Sr   Natalia athis   bedside.   So concluded   fifty-four   years   of service as a priest to the people of Westminster   Diocese,   mainly   in our parish of Our Lady of Grace and St Edward’s Chiswick. He was in the ninety-first year of his age. This photograph of him   is   from   happier   times,   which   is   to   say   from   his   90th Birthday   Celebrations   on   New   Year’s   Day   this   year.   His birthday, in fact, was 31st  Dec, but being New Year’s Eve, and a Saturday, I thought we’d be much better off inviting him to celebrate the 12.15pm Sunday Mass on New Year’s Day, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, and then to have a party in the Parish Centre. He hugely enjoyed the day as did we the parish. It enabled all of us to recognise and to thank God for Fr Peter’s being an inspiration not just on that day, which he certainly  was,  but for decades   besides and   for  his  ministry among many thousands of fellow pilgrims. He celebrated his last Mass for the parish on his own feast day, the Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul, 29th June, less than three weeks before he died. We   have much  to  thank  him  for;  much for   which   to thank   God.   May   this   gentle   servant   of  the   Gospel,   rest   in peace.

Funeral Arrangements

At 6.00pm on Monday 31st July, the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola, we’ll have Mass with the Reception of Canon Peter’s body. His  Eminence  Cardinal Cormac  will be  the  principal celebrant.  Although   we   will   not   have   a   formal   reception afterwards,   nonetheless   the   Parish   Club   will   unusually   be open   for   those   who   wish.   The   Requiem   Mass   will   be   at 11.30am on Tuesday 1st August celebrated by the Rt Rev’d Bishop  John Wilson,  auxiliary  bishop  for West London,  on behalf of the Cardinal Archbishop who unfortunately cannot be with us. The sermon will be preached by Fr Peter’s great friend, Fr. Dominic McKenna. Mass will be followed both by burial   at   Chiswick   New   Cemetery as well   as   a   Parish Reception in the Centre.

Posted on July 22, 2017 .