|Fr Andrew cuts the cake|
Photo: John Barrett
"The lastest step in his life's journey has introduced Fr Andrew to the pros and cons of moving parish for the first time. He came to our parish in December 2011 as his first appointment.
As he explained in his homily, the most important of the cons was saying farewell to the friends he had made during his time in the parish. His new appointment to Chichester included two important pros; regularly passing the Baptist Church, and St. Pancras Anglican Church, both of which he had attended on his journey towards finding Mass and becoming a Catholic for which he gives regular thanks to God.
The specially designed celebration cake, made by a parishioner, had many symbols which illustrated his journey from Nottingham where he grew up (Trees for Sherwood Forest), University of York (a white rose), Iona where he spent a sabbatical year as a musician (map + St. Martin's Cross), Rome (the crest of the English College) and Canada where he studied Canon Law (another map + flag). In the centre spot were the crib figures of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. The sides had footprints, symbolic of both the journey and Fr. Andrew's two fundraising marathons.
The Mass in the Holy Family Church, Reigate, was concelebrated with Fr. Chris Spain, Fr. Charles Howell and Deacon Tim Murrill. Fr. Chris paid tribute to Fr. Andrew's pastoral gifts, particularly at East Surrey Hospital, and his delightful sense of humour. Deacon Tim, and the longest serving member of the clergy made the presentation on behalf of the whole parish."
P.S. Fr Aaron Spinelli from Horsham parish has gone to the Nativity of the Lord parish to replace Fr Andrew