The Consultation Process
Last weekend the Bishop wrote to the Parish outlining to us that he had hoped to have the Dominican Order take over the running of Our Lady and The English Martyrs. It was envisaged that this might have been possible within the space of six – eight months. The Bishop had identified with Mgr Peter Leeming, various things that needed to be tackled in order to make this large and diverse parish easier in terms of ministry and pastoral care. The Community Council in its document has also highlighted these matters.
I was approached by the Bishop because of my knowledge of this parish over the past twenty years when I have been at St Philip Howard and obviously interacting with the clergy and people of OLEM. Since time was the controlling factor it meant that I had to do as much as I could to address all the issues entrusted to me. Now that the Dominicans will not be coming to OLEM, the need for a six-month turn around is over.
The Bishop asked me to forward to him any letters or emails that I might receive so that he could respond to them personally. I hope you have all, by now, received that reply and found it helpful. The Bishop is anxious that there should be a time for those who regularly attend the Saturday 6:00pm Mass and for those who regularly attend the 5:00pm Sunday Mass to meet with him separately to discuss these matters. These two meetings will be held at the times and dates mentioned above in the OLEM community council notice.
Meanwhile the 10:45 am Mass on Sunday will go as planned to 11:00am from the first Sunday of July and the Polish Mass presently at 12:15pm will move to 12:45pm.
Now is a time for prayerful reflection, a settling of minds and hearts and a desire that the whole community of the parish might live and breathe as one. This can be achieved best by good will and prayer in thanksgiving for this wonderful parish.
ON THE MOVE Many of you will be aware that for some months Fr Dick Healey has been awaiting news of his move from OLEM. In the light of Mgr Leeming leaving it has been difficult for the move to go ahead but it is now official. After fourteen years with us here at Our Lady and The English Martyrs Fr Dick will be moving to become the Parish Priest of St Anthony’s Parish, Fakenham.
Certainly, he will find the pace of life considerably different from this busy parish and he will also have the perk of being so close to Walsingham; one of his great loves. The move is due to take place by the first week of July and Fr Dick will be saying his “Farewells” at the various Masses in the meantime. We will have him back once he gives us an appropriate date, to say “Thank You” to him in a more festive manner. Please remember him in your prayers, as I know you will.