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St Matilda's Church

From the Rector

Women Bishops at Last?
"The Society"
Parish Re-Organisation
A brief outline of the origins and history of the church and parish
Counselling Centre
The Guild of St. Raphael (Christ's Ministry of Healing)
St. Withburga's Church Centre
Our Saints
Ordinariate Group Pilgrimage to Ireland
From the Rector
Staff and Officers
Fr Ted's Anniversary

Dear Friends,

I hope to be able to keep in contact with you all despite having to go through some pretty invasive treatment at the local cancer centre.


The good news is that the treatment is preventative. However it does knock me out for days at a time during each three week cycle.


While this is going on the Bishop has suggested an arrangement whereby I get extra help from our attached clergy to cover the times when the chemo-therapy is producing the worse side effects.


For regular pastoral needs he has asked Canon John Hardy-Astberry to become our "lead pastor" for most of the time, seeing to "occasional offices" such as weddings and christenings as well as emergency call-outs and detailing the Sunday worship in advance with the other members of staff.

Canon John has agreed very cheerfully to all this and comes in to see me regularly to maintain a common policy overall.

It is wonderful to have such an experienced parish priest to step in like this and I am sure that you will give him all the support he needs.

In the meantime, please pray for everyone who is sick at this time, not just me!


My best wishes to you all!

Yours sincerely,


Fr. Raphael