5th May 2015

Dear Friends, I was talking with the St Paul’s Boys School, Christian Union, on Sunday afternoon. They are a great bunch of young people and I always come away from our encounters filled with hope for the church. They are deeply concerned for our world, its environment and its people and use their faith to inform their thinking and action, as I said these encounters and encouraging and hope filled. For […]

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28th April 2015

  Dear All It’s not often I am astonished and frankly angered by a piece I read in the Church Times, however last Friday’s edition was the exception. The Bishop of Willesden, Bishop Peter, was talking to a group of evangelicals about responses to the Green report, recently published, which looks at the future management of the Church and its direction. His comments were interesting and I quote “A lot […]

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21st April 2015

Dear Friends Today we celebrate the real birthday of HM the Queen,  so Happy Birthday your Majesty! It’s also the 20th anniversary of the first broadcast of Fr Ted! There are two comedy series which I am willing to watch again and again; Dad’s Army and Fr Ted. Without Fr Ted we wouldn’t have Fr Ted’s immortal line  “that would be an ecumenical matter’, much quoted in the Brandes household, or […]

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14th April 2015

Dear Friends Like all organisations, St Nicholas holds an Annual General Meeting. It is an opportunity to share with you something of the life of the Church, our vision for the future and our gratitude for the past. You will be emailed a copy of the annual report which includes our parish accounts, I do hope you will take time to read it. Our annual meeting takes place after mass […]

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31st March 2015

Dear Friends So we have begun our Holy Week journey; as I said on Sunday we enter into the drama of our salvation, not as onlookers but as participants. The whole of the Christian life is mirrored here in this week, that’s why it is so important. The Word made flesh reveals God’s vision for his creation, a new path for humanity and creation. Jesus spent three years healing, talking, feeding ‘a […]

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25th March 2015

Dear Friends As many of you know my Father is very poorly, having suffered a couple of heart attacks in the last few weeks. As an only child, and his next of kin, I have been driving up to Manchester at regular intervals to see him and ensure he is being adequately cared for. I am very grateful, believe me, for the care and concern that you all have expressed […]

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18th March 2015

Dear Friends The great week will soon be upon us. A week which defines who, what and why we are the Church The services of Holy Week are unlike anything else in the Church year, and yet their form and content come from a very early time in Christian history. They were first described by the Spanish nun, Egeria, who visited Jerusalem probably between 381 and 384, where the saving […]

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10th March 2015

Dear All It’s not often the Vicar talks about money. Like all voluntary organisations St Nicholas struggles to balance income and expenditure. As I’m sure you know, apart from Gift Aid, we receive no help from the Government, or indeed any other organisation towards our day to day expenditure. By far the largest call on our income is the Diocesan Common Fund – currently we pay the Diocese £80,000 per year, […]

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4th March 2015

Dear Friends I hope you are enjoying our Lent booklet this year, a compilation of thoughts and readings from C S Lewis and J M Nouwen. I use them as a short meditation, after I have read the gospel during our weekday mass. Today’s reading was particularly poignant and I would like to share a few lines with you. ” To pray for one another is, first of all, to […]

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22nd February 2015

Dear Friends, Lent is an Old English word which means Springtime. Spring is my favorite month, it is such an optimistic season, so full of hope and expectation. I adore walking the dogs through the woods watching the buds on the trees grow into full leaf. What is Lent for? It’s an opportunity for growth, it’s an opportunity for joy, it certainly isn’t a miserable season. Its a time to […]

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