Anglican Catholic Church

"All glory to God in his mercy and grace ..."

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The Bishop is received at the Church door with due ceremony

The Bishop is received at the Church door with due ceremony


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The Procession

The Procession


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Colin Rumens proudly lifts high the Parish Banner

Colin Rumens proudly lifts high the Parish Banner


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The Procession re-enters the Chapel

The Procession re-enters the Chapel


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After Mass, the altar party pose for a group photo

After Mass, the altar party pose for a group photo

L-R: Mr Roy Hipkiss (Server), The Revd Dr Jonathan Munn (Curate), The Bishop, The Venerable Raymond Thompson (Parish Priest)

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Matthew Farrant presents the Bishop with 'his' cake.

Matthew Farrant presents the Bishop with 'his' cake.


" ... Who, hath established His Home in this wonderful place. Ave Ave Ave Maria! Ave Ave Ave Maria!"

So rang out the words of the Walsingham Pilgrimage Hymn as the ACC Parish of Our Lady of Walsingham and St Francis, Rochester, began their patronal celebration with the annual procession in honour of Our Lady. Usually celebrated on a Saturday falling between 4th October (St Francis' Feast Day) and 15th October (Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham), this year Saturday 6th October was chosen.

The Bishop celebrated the Mass and the Parish Priest, the Venerable Raymond Thompson, preached. During the Mass the Bishop blessed and consecrated Holy Oil Stocks and a Pyx. Both were gifts to the new Curate, The Rev Dr Jonathan Munn who was deaconed last week.

The service was well attended and the children present, especially, enjoyed the procession. After Mass folk enjoyed a bring and share picnic lunch and the Bishop tucked in to a cake specially made for him by Fr Thompson's son-in-law Matthew Farrant.

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