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 weather was hot and sunny and the church, churchyard and park looked their very best. Mass was at noon with a homily from Bishop Robert Ladds and then lunch took place in the churchyard followed by the meeting, Chapter concluded with Benediction in Latin. 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!