Parish Magazine

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The magazine is published 5 times per year, at approximately 2-3 monthly intervals, varying slightly according to the liturgical season (usually February, April/May, July/August, October & December).

Copy deadlines are printed inside the back cover of each edition and in the Parish Newsletter at the appropriate time. Copies are available at the back of the church for a suggested donation of 30p, to be put in the “Newspapers” slot in the wall just in front of the bookstall.

The magazine aims to act as a tool of communication within the parish and welcomes news & views from all parish organisations, schools and parishioners past and present, notices of events and news from around the town and beyond; also stories, puzzles, poems, cartoons, book reviews and “letters to the editor”. Black & white drawings are acceptable, also photos if they are very clear.Please see below for an extract of an article from our latest magazine written by Margaret Morgan.

Items for inclusion can be e-mailed as below or, if hand-written or typed, left at the Parish Office in the Windhill Churches Centre marked “Parish Magazine”.

Editor: Astrid Davies : e-mail: astriddavies @hotmail.co.uk

 

Latest Parish Magazine – Biography of Fr. Carlos – Autumn 2017            

My name is Fr. Carlos. I am 27 years old and hail from the city that never sleeps – New York City. My parents come from Ecuador and Cuba, although living in New York means that you pick up the cultural aspects of other nations (Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and others). I have three sisters and two brothers.

Before entering the seminary, I was completing my secondary studies in a High School in the Bronx while working as a bank cashier in my free time. But it was also during these years that I discerned to enter the seminary.

My discernment began in a World Youth Day Pilgrimage to Köln, Germany, along with my involvement with the Neocatechumenal Way, a recent movement in the Catholic Church that helps Catholics deepen their faith. For three years I contemplated on God’s call to enter the priesthood while living the life of a high school student. I also was preparing for university in order to become a Mathematics teacher. I even had the privilege to meet Pope Benedict during his visit to New York. I graduated with honours and had secured a place in university on a scholarship. God, however, had different plans.

I went to another World Youth Day pilgrimage to Sydney, Australia, and it confirmed my call to enter the seminary. It was also different than entering the seminary in my local diocese. I offered to be a priest anywhere around the world, and in a meeting in Italy, I came to the Diocese of Westminster in October 2008. I trained with the Diocese with the help of Allen Hall Seminary and the Redemptoris Mater House of Formation, which continued from the nourishment of the early years of my vocation.

I underwent philosophical and theological studies in seminary. But I did not just study. I also was involved in pastoral training in various areas. I began by helping at Sunday Masses in St. Thomas More, Swiss Cottage. I also helped at a Confirmation programme at Ealing Abbey, helped teach English to immigrants at the Cardinal Hume Centre, Horseferry Road, assisted a hospital chaplain at St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, and participated and helped at an Alpha Course in Holy Cross, Parsons Green. In addition I did missionary work with the Neocatechumenal Way in the North, Midlands, and West of England, Ireland, and Vicenza, Italy.

I was ordained a deacon on 11 June 2016 at Westminster Cathedral and served in the parish of Our Lady of the Annunciation, Burnt Oak, being involved in catechesis, visitations, praying with people with learning difficulties, and even helping at social events, especially the Christmas Bazar and the Carol Singing in the neighbourhood.

I was ordained a priest on 24 June 2017 and was appointed an assistant priest here at Bishop’s Stortford.

I enjoy to travel and am open to exploring new things. I also enjoy the arts, especially the cinema. As you may have seen, I really enjoy dining out and having a good meal. I must confess, however, that I am not involved so much in sports, but I enjoy walks in the countryside.

I am happy to know more of you, as you will do with me.

Fr. Carlos Quito

 

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