Monday, 6 February 2012

Fr Charles’ Farewell - Nativity of the Lord

 L - R: Fr Tim Hunting, Dcn Tim Murrill, Fr Emmanuel Agius, Fr. Charles,
Fr. Chris Spain (Moderator) and Fr Andrew Moss.
Photo Janet Franklin

Ann Lardeur from Nativity of the Lord Parish reports:
A Votive Mass of The Most Holy Trinity was Fr Charles Howell’s choice for his Farewell Mass held on Friday 20th January in St. Teresa’s Church, Merstham.   Place and Mass could not have been more fitting;  he was ordained on Trinity Sunday 2000, and became the last Parish Priest of St. Teresa’s, Merstham six years ago. In 2009 it was merged with Redhill and Reigate to form The Nativity of the Lord.  

Drawing on the quotation from the Book of Proverbs, “ever at play in his presence, at play everywhere in the world....” Fr Charles homily focused on the qualities of delight and enjoyment that Father, Son and Holy Spirit experience in their inner life, the mystery at the heart of our faith.   Whilst it was important to take our faith seriously, it was equally important those same qualities should be displayed in our lives too, especially if it was to be attractive to others.

At the end of Mass Deacon Tim Murrill, the longest serving member of the clergy team presented him with a handsome cheque and a card with a huge number of signatures from parishioners. There followed a grand feast, wine, and a cake especially designed for the occasion.  

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