Sunday, 29 June 2008

The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul

The Mass intention at our parish Mass this morning was to pray for vocations. On the altar was David a parishioner who has just completed his first year at the Diocese of Westminster seminary. He is about to go on a placement to a church named after the twin pillars of the church, St. Peter and St. Paul. Coincidentally, it is their feast that we celebrated today.

It was on this great liturgical feast day 47 years ago that Fr Richard RIP and others were ordained as Salvatorian Priests. In the year before and after Fr Richard completed his Priestly ministry, the Salvatorians have had to bid a fond farewell to many other of Fr. Richards contemporaries. The call to pray for vocations is a reminder of how lucky many of us were to fall under the mantle of the Salvatorians.

The photograph shown here is of Fr Richard in his first apostolate as a teacher, taken in the old laboratory at Christleton (Aug 1961). Many of the recipients of the lessons delivered by the Salvatorians would share the vocation to the Priesthood with three becoming Bishops. Our thanks for the photograph go to Trevor Green one the students at Christleton. Looks like they learnt more than the legendary dissection of frogs!