For God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but so that through him the world might be saved
John 3. 17
A message from Fr John
It is good to be here, thank you for your welcome
Dear Friends, I arrived safely and have moved into the Presbytery on Monday morning and have unpacked and have settled into my new home. As you may know 2 years ago, I was seriously ill with Kidney failure and a dissection of my aorta artery and had to resign as Parish Priest of St Mary’s Parish in Ipswich. Since then, with the care and extraordinary dedication of our NHS in Ipswich, Colchester, Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge, and a great deal of love and prayer from so many parishioners, family and friends I have been recovering, and following a successful Kidney transplant last November I continue to recover and am keeping well.
Like many people, due to Covid-19 I have been shielding which was paused on 1 August after 19 weeks, however I remain vulnerable due to the life-long medication I am, so I unable to distribute Holy Communion at Mass and also I will, like yourselves wear a face covering during Mass.
Since I arrived on Monday I have celebrated Mass at St Felix School on Wednesday morning with Mrs Pam Walker’s class in Year 2 in thanksgiving as Pam retired this week from St Felix School after 6 years teaching there and many years before of teaching. Thank you, Mrs Walker, for your years of dedicated service and happy retirement. I then celebrated my first Mass in St Felix Church on Friday at 10am and it was good to meet and be welcomed. Thank you.
Again, I wish to thank our Parish Pastoral Council and Deacon Huw for all they have been doing over the past few weeks to get things ready for my arrival this week.
As your parish priest I look forward to meeting you over the coming weeks, please forgive me when I forget your name and please remind me again. It is a true privilege to follow Fr Michael Teader as parish priest who was such a close friend and inspiration to me in his ministries of teacher, deacon and priest, as I know he was to you and to many in the local community. Fr Michael gave so much and more. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.
I am keeping you all in my daily prayers and at Mass, please remember me in your prayers.
With every blessing and prayers Fr John