Saturday, 12 January 2008

A Year of Grace

As promised here is the post about our sesquicentenary.

On the 16th November of this year our church will have been consecrated for 150 years. The first stone was laid in April 1858 and the church opened and consecrated in November by the then Archbishop of Canterbury, John Bird Sumner.

We are marking this event by a whole year of activities called a Year of Grace. This special year will start on Candlemass (2nd February) and come to an end with a Mass of Thanksgiving in January 2009 followed by a Parish Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in February.

The activities are threefold: celebratory, didactic and kerygmatic. The whole point is a committment by the congregation to be a holy people, a learning people and a loving people. Last December John our bishop commissioned us for this year long celebration and handed over to us the list of events.

Today I will list the celebratory activities. Shortly I will upload the didactic ones.

PART I - We are a Holy People
Liturgical Celebrations
, followed by receptions. (Except Ash Wednesday)


Saturday 02 6pm Sung Mass of Candlemass with Launch of Centenary Celebration and new website.
Preacher: Dr Colin Podmore

Wednesday 06 8pm Mass and Imposition of Ashes
Preacher: The Bishop of Tonbridge


Sunday 20 10am Commemoration of the laying of the foundation stone
Celebrant & Preacher: The Bishop of Beverley

Thursday 22 8pm Corpus Christ Mass, Procession and Benediction
Celebrant & Preacher : The Bishop of Richborough


Saturday 21 6pm Patronal Festival
Celebrant & Preacher: The Bishop of Whitby


Sunday 14 10am The Exaltation of the Cross
(Holy Cross Day)
Celebrant & Preacher: Bp David Silk

Sunday 28 6pm Oriental Rite Liturgy
Celebrant & Preacher: Fr Martiriji Dmitri Bagin, Spiritual Director of the Collegium Ortientale in Eichstätt, Bavaria, Germany.


Saturday 11 11am – 4pm Walsingham Festival (with participation of other Parishes)
Celebrant & Preacher: Fr Philip North, Priest Administrator of the Shrine


Thursday 30th October to Tuesday 5th November: Exhibition in our Parish Hall.

Saturday 01 6pm All Saints Day
Preacher: Michael, Bishop of Rochester

Sunday 16 10am The Dedication of the Church
Celebrant & Preacher: John, our Bishop

3pm Festal Evensong & Benediction

January 2009

Sunday 25 10am The Conversion of St Paul – Mass of Thanksgiving
Celebrant & Preacher: The Bishop of Ebbsfleet


14-21 Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Special Mass at the Birthplace of S John the Baptist.

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