FEAST OF THE ENGLISH MARTYRS 4th 2019
Mass was offered at St Dunstan's at 11am this morning in celebration of the English Martyrs one of whom is Blessed John Hale, former Rector of Cranford. He was the first secular priest to be martyred under the treason acts of Henry VIII.
During the Mass the icon of the Martyr (Illustrated on his page on this website) was placed on a table with votive light and candles on the Gospel side of the Altar on the site at which the Martyr celebrated Mass.
In his homily Fr Michael described the barbaric way in which Fr Hale was killed and paid tribute to those who were prepared to die for the Faith. He went on to say that even in May 2019 more Christians are being persecuted than those of any other faith, and yet the media is only now beginning to report this.
He asked Blessed John Hale to pray for the Parish of Cranford, for those who are still persecuted even at the start of the 21st century and in particular to pray for those who are being killed simply because they follow Jesus Christ.
CONGRATULATIONS TO FR LUKE IRVINE-CAPEL SSC
Father Luke, the previous Rector, was installed as Archdeacon of Chichester during Choral Evensong in the Cathedral on Thursday May 9th. It was good that a few from the parish were able to be present on that special occasion. We assure him of our prayers and best wishes as he begins his new ministry.
SSC CHAPTER VISIT
St Dunstan's played host to the London Chapter of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest on Wednesday May 15th. It was the first time in over 10 years that priests of the Society of the Holy Cross had visited the ancient Parish Church. The brethren were very impressed with the church and its new lighting, and the work of the designer Martin Travers was of great interest.
This took place on Sunday May 19th. We had a splendid number of people in church with several youngsters. The singing was superb. In his homily Fr Michael said that we needed to give thanks for the wonderful church we had and for the beauty of its worship. He said that over the years he has been fascinated to see people's reactions when they entered the church for the first time. So many said that they were immediately aware of the holiness of their surroundings. One lady was there who had only visited the church for the very first time the day before during the Saturday opening hours. She thought that the Mass was wonderful. Isn't that one visit in itself a wonderful reason for keeping the church open each weekend?
HOUNSLOW DEANERY EVENSONG
Later on in the day of our Patronal Festival a few went to All Saints Hanworth for Choral Evensong which was sung by the choristers of St Paul's Cathedral. The Dean of St Paul's preached. Afterwards, Fr Michael had great fun finding connections between some of the musicians there and people whom he knew in his days when he was on the staff of Hereford Cathedral!
CLASSIC BIKE SHOW
The latest in this very successful series of annual meetings took place after Mass on Sunday June 9th. We had a splendid team of helpers who transported tables and chairs across the Parish and set up gazebos and cooking equipment and who then served refreshments to the visitors. The weather was very good indeed (despite the bad weather of the previous few days) and it only rained as we were packing up. As usual Fr Michael blessed the bikes and their riders during the afternoon; something which is always very much appreciated. There was an excellent atmosphere about the occasion and it was good to welcome friends both old and new to the event. Our grateful thanks to the London Borough of Hillingdon for allowing us to use the stable yard, and to Dave Goddard and his colleagues for their kindness and help in staging the event.
ADMISSION OF CHURCHWARDENS
On Sunday afternoon of June 16th Howard and Julie were admitted to the Office of Churchwarden by the Archdeacon of Middlesex at a service in St John the Baptist Isleworth. We wish them well as they begin their "official" term of office.
CONGRATULATIONS TO A WORLD RECORD HOLDER
One of the joys in having the Saturday practice sessions at St Dunstan's is to be able to welcome Dennis Brock, a ringer from St Mary's Sunbury. Last year he celebrated his 100th birthday and was featured on BBC London News. He is thought to be the world's oldest bellringer. He has just been awarded the BEM for which we offer him our heartiest congratulations.