As many of you will already know, Bishop Fernando Rifan of Campos in Brazil will be visiting Britain this summer.
The past few weeks have involved our organising and finalising the arrangements and I am now in a position to let you know the confirmed schedule. This has been a team effort by the office staff and a number of our Reps and volunteers, and I thank them all, but I would particularly like to thank David Lloyd and Neil Walker for their sterling efforts.
We are delighted that Bishop Rifan will be present at three LMS events. The bishop’s public engagements for us are as follows:
Saturday, 30 June, 3pm: Pontifical High Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 294 Harrogate Road, Moortown, Leeds LS17 6LE
Sunday, 1 July, 2.30pm: Holywell Pilgrimage, St Winefride’s Catholic Church, Well Street, Holywell, Flintshire CH8 7PL (Pontifical High Mass)
Saturday, 7 July, 11.00am: AGM and Pontifical High Mass at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, London SE1 6HX (Mass at 11.00am, AGM at 2.00pm, addressed by the bishop).
Some notes about transport:
For Holywell, we hope to run coaches from London, Birmingham and Liverpool/Wirral. The London coach (and overnight accommodation) is being organised by Graham Moorhouse, for the Birmingham coach, please contact the office (020 7404 7284), and for Liverpool/Wirral, please contact Jim Pennington (0151 426 0361) and Anthony Sibert (0151 625 9033) respectively so that we can gauge the level of demand. Prices will be publicised once we have received quotes from coach companies, although Graham Moorhouse already has details for the London coach (phone him on 01322 409231).
For the AGM, we are looking at the possibility of running coaches from Brighton, Reading and Cambridge. Please contact the office if you know anyone who is interested. Also for the AGM, for the first time, we are arranging a buffet lunch for all members attending. This will take place in Amigo Hall (the same building as the AGM). In order to defray our costs for the catering, we will be asking for a contribution of £5 per head for the lunch, which I think is reasonable. The Officers have taken the view that this allows ordinary members to meet each other and to meet and speak with their Committee in a more informal environment. I have to say I think this is a very healthy development. Although payment for the lunch can be made on the door, we are asking anyone planning to attend to inform the office in advance, as we need to know numbers for food. The Cathedral caterers have asked us to give them 2 weeks’ notice, so that means we need to know by 22 June. Please mention this in your publicity.
Publicity for all these events is included in the forthcoming edition of ‘Mass of Ages’, and more will follow on our website and Facebook page, but could I also ask you, our local Reps, to publicise these events as appropriate on your blogs and newsletters, as much as you can? I will be issuing a press release for the above shortly (probably next week) for you to use for this purpose, although, please go ahead before then if you wish!
You may also be interested to know that Bishop Rifan will be visiting Scotland during his trip and he will be celebrating Mass on Monday, 2 July at 7pm in Edinburgh. At the present time, the venue is to be confirmed. The bishop is also intending to visit Ireland, but I have no information about his schedule there at the moment.
If you have any questions about the above, please phone or email me. Thank you.
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