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Welcome to our new Parish Priest

At the start of September our new parish priest, Fr Andrew Gallagher, arrived in the parishes. Fr Andrew was ordained a priest in 2011 and has served as Assistant Priest in St Monica’s, Palmers Green (2011-2014) and Our Lady and St Joseph’s Church, Dalston Kingsland (2014-16). For the past five years he has been the Precentor of Westminster Cathedral with responsibility for the liturgy and special services. Fr Andrew is also the Assistant Director for the Westminster Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, helping to organise taking a large group from across the diocese to the shrine each July. Having grown up in Harpenden Fr Andrew is pleased to be posted to his native Hertfordshire and looks forward to working with our three parishes and continuing the good work of Fr Shaun in bringing our communities together whilst also maintaining their unique and special characters.

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Farewell to Fr Shaun

After 8 years bringing our cluster of parishes together as parish priest, at the end of July 2021 Fr Shaun Church left the parishes for a well-deserved sabbatical year. He concluded his time with us celebrating a Mass in each parish followed by an outdoor reception and parishioners came out in the greatest numbers we have seen since the beginning of the pandemic to say farewell. In his last homily to the parish Fr Shaun focused on the phrase from St Paul’s prayer for the Philippians: ‘that your love for each other may increase more and more and never stop improving your knowledge and deepening your perception so that you can always recognise what is best’. He echoed this prayer asking for the parishes to always remember that ‘what is best’ must be what is best for our mission of evangelisation, rather than just for self-preservation. We wish Fr Shaun every blessing in his ministry in the years ahead and thank him for all his hard work in our parishes.

Photos courtesy of Paul Burke

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