Recent Events - September 2010


His Holiness at Cofton Park - taken by David Cardinal, parishioner at St Edward the Confessor.

"Two groups from the pastoral area attended events over the last weekend to celebrate the visit of Pope Benedict to the United Kingdom. On Saturday 58 people travelled to Hyde Park, London, for the Prayer Vigil and on Sunday 62 people went to Cofton Park, Birmingham for the Mass of Beatification of Cardiinal John Henry Newman. All who attended these events expressed the view that they had been uplifting and rewarding occasions.

Arriving at Cofton Park at 6am as dawn was breaking and walking across the now derelict Austin Morris Longbridge site to Cofton Park was a sobering experience. It began to drizzle and by the time mass started at 10am most of us were wet and cold but in good spirit. As the papal helicopter came into view the sun broke through the clouds and the weather cleared for the mass. Amazing! Most from the Three Rivers party had an excellent view of the Holy Father as he drove into the Park in the Pope Mobile. It was wonderful to be there and an unmissable experience and we were sorry that more people could have come."

 On Thursday, 2 September, at 7.30pm, at St. Edward the Confessor Church, Chandler’s Ford, Deacon Stephen Morgan gave a fascinating talk on the life and teaching of Cardinal John Henry Newman.
It was a wonderful opportunity for us all to prepare ourselves for the beatification of Cardinal Newman on 19 September, at a Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XV1 at Cofton Park in Birmingham.
Deacon Stephen Morgan is Financial Secretary of the Diocese of Portsmouth and he is currently undertaking studies for a doctorate on Cardinal Newman.

Fundraising Exhibition by Romsey parishioner raised several hundred pounds  towards a cancer ward for teenagers in Southampton Hospital