The first Wednesday of the month Mass at 7pm at St. Gregory’s,
Cheltenham is continuing! On Wednesday 6th June it will take place
in the Old Priory (adjacent to the main Church building), due to the ongoing
building works. It will be celebrated by Fr. Andrew Goodman.
There will also be a Sung Requiem Mass (with Gregorian
Chant) for Fr. Damian Sturdy O.S.B., and the Barker family, at Prinknash Abbey at
10:30am on Saturday 9th June. The celebrant will be Fr. David MacDonald,
who is an oblate of Prinknash.
Fr. Damian Sturdy passed away on the
feast of St. Joseph, 19th March. Father's funeral will take place
at Nazareth House, 344 London Road, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham,
on Wednesday, 4th April at 10am followed by a
private burial at Prinknash. All are welcome, but those wishing to
attend, or concelebrate at, the Funeral Mass, are asked to inform:- email@example.com text 07821 754243
It is intended, at
some later date, to celebrate a Requiem Mass in the Extraordinary Form.
Mary Magdalene, a
regular attended of the Old Rite Mass at Prinknash Abbey has very sadly passed
away. Unfortunately, it has not been possible to find out when her funeral is.
Francis Baird has resigned and henceforth Prinknash Abbey are reducing
their Old Rite Masses (albeit one Mass will be restored to the Sunday). The
message from Prinknash states:-
"The Abbot and his Council, having considered your various
opinions, have decided that there will be
ONE SATURDAY 11am LOW MASS PER MONTH
andONE SUNDAY 3pm LOW MASS PER MONTH.
These will normally be on the FIRST and THIRD WEEKENDS RESPECTIVELY
To make that clear, for the month of APRIL 2018
SUNDAY, 1st APRIL (Easter) 3pm Mass
SATURDAY, 14th APRIL 11am Mass."
Fr. McCarthy, who has been faithfully celebrating the First Wednesday of
the Month Masses, at St. Gregory's in Cheltenham will retire in April. Fr. Goodman
has very kindly agreed to continue celebrating this Mass. Parishioners are very
grateful to Fr. McCarthy for his service over the years - and for Fr. Mills for arranging the continuation of this Mass.
Sadly, with Fr. McCarthy’s retirement and the reduction of Masses in
Prinknash, this means that the number of EF Masses, per month, in
Gloucestershire, will decrease from 9 to 3 per month.