The Induction was in the context of Mass celebrated by Bishop Peter Wheatley, acting bishop of Fulham. Fr Edward came in like a breath of fresh air and has given us a new zest for life on our spiritual journey. Long may it continue! The church was full with many people coming from St John’s Watford to support Fr Edward. Much work was done in preparing the Church for the Induction, as well as a magnificent banquet afterwards. Within a couple of weeks of the Induction, Katherine, Fr Edward’s wife had joined the choir.
There was hardly time to catch breath from the Induction before we were celebrating Fr John Metivier’s Golden Jubilee of Priesthood. Over 400 people packed St Mary’s on Saturday 25th June. The memories of that happy day will linger for a long time. The love and esteem in which Fr John is held not only in the parish but far beyond, was clear for all to see. After this celebration, Fr John, his wife Elizabeth and his daughter Ruth flew to Trinidad to continue the celebrations in the Cathedral where he was ordained.
The PCC agreed unanimously that the church was in need of redecoration. A team of decorators began work in the summer and apart from a break over the Christmas period worked continuously. The work is due to be completed by Easter 2012. Most people were excited at the prospect of seeing a clean church but a few were apprehensive and a few even suggested that it would be wrong to take away the years of grime. But as the weeks went by, everyone was won over. Daniel and his team have worked wonders and in all the mess of paint and scaffolding the Mass has still been said daily.
The 75th Anniversary season started in September and ran through to December. We took as our challenge, words of Our Lady recorded in John Chapter 2 v 5, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’
A PCC ‘away day’ was led by Fr Alan Brown Ob CR. This was to discuss the vision for the next year under a new incumbent. Fr Alan followed this day up by preaching the next day. A range of visiting preachers helped us to celebrate 75 years of witness to the true and living God.
Canon Fr Jonathan Goodall, Fr David Clues, Fr Harri Williams and the Archdeacon of Chichester were happy to help us celebrate. Fr David Clues preached on St Leonard’s Day, Fr Harri Williams preached for Christ the King and the Archdeacon of Chichester preached on the first Sunday in Advent.