Anglican Catholic Church

Parish Church of Our Lady of Walsingham and Saint Francis, Rochester

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WRVS Hall, Rochester 1998

WRVS Hall, Rochester 1998

In 1998 immediately prior to the Mission of Our Lady & St Francis being received into the ACC the congregation worshipped in the WRVS Hall, High Street, Rochester

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Age Concern Centre, Strood 1999

Age Concern Centre, Strood 1999

In 1999 when the Mission had joined the ACC worship moved to the Age Concern Centre, Strood, Rochester

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Banner Blessed 1999

Banner Blessed 1999

In 1999 soon after joining ACC the then Vicar General Fr Patrick McEune visited the Mission and blesseed the Missions banner

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Christmas 1999

Christmas 1999

Jemima Hipkiss helps Father Damien Mead to arrange the Christmas Crib

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At the Age Concern Centre 1999

At the Age Concern Centre 1999


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Confirmation 2000

Confirmation 2000

Rochester Confirmation Service 2000
Bishop Haverland Visits Our Lady & St Francis

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Temporary Strood Chapel 2001

Temporary Strood Chapel 2001

In 2001 the Mission had to relocate at short notice from the Age Concern Centre. By this stage Fr Mead had moved from Rochester but his old house stood empty. A make shift chapel was erected there while a search was made for a new home.

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Wedding 2002

Wedding 2002

Rochester Wedding 2002
On Saturday 22nd June 2002 Father Mead, assisted by Deacon Thompson, blessed, after a Civil Ceremony, the Marriage of Deborah Louise Luetchford and Roy Ellams.

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Rochester Patronal 2002

Rochester Patronal 2002

Rochester Patronal 2002
Sprinkling Walsingham Water

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Rochester Patronal 2002

Rochester Patronal 2002

Rochester Patronal 2002
Processsion with Banner of Our Lady

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Rochester Patronal 2003

Rochester Patronal 2003

Father Damien Mead presented the Parish with a Relic of St Francis of Assisi, complete with document which allows public veneration

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The Relic of St Francis of Assisi

The Relic of St Francis of Assisi


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Father Damien Mead's Last Mass

Father Damien Mead's Last Mass

After 10 years as Priest in Charge of the Mission Father Damien Mead celebrated his last Mass as Priest in Charge on Sunday 8th June 2003. At the end of the Service he presented the Parish with a written and photographic record of the 10 years. Fr Mead, who is also Diocesan Dean, will continue his ministry at st Nicholas, Lydd

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The New Parish Priest

The New Parish Priest

On St Peter's Day 29th June 2003 The Dean licensed Father Raymond Thompson, formerly Curate of the Parish, to be Parish Priest. Father Thompson is pictured at the end of his first Mass as PP giving the blessing.

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2003 Baptism

2003 Baptism

On 28 June 2003 the parish priest Baptised Chloe May Church and Jacob Stanley Church. The children are pictured with their parents, Richard and Carol, and Fr Thompson.

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2005 Baptism

2005 Baptism

On Easter Day 2005, in a packed chapel, Fr R. Thompson baptised his grand-daughter Keira Rae Naomi Farrant at Our Lady and S. Francis, Rochester. Pictured, l. to r., are Godparents Chris Skingley and Gemma Wells, Fr Thompson, his daughter Vicki and Matthew Farranton.

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Baptism 2005

Baptism 2005

4th June 2005 Fr Thompson baptised Drew Brett Mayhead and Bailey Freddie Mayhead. L-R are Godparents Darren Harper, Joanna Harper and James Murray, with parents Brett and Tracey Mayhead.

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Baptism 2005

Baptism 2005

On 17th September 2005 Father Thompson baptised William Thomas Moffat. L-R Parents Duncan and Julie (with William) and Godparents Simon Thompson, Teresa Thompson and Tony Hill.

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Patronal 2005

Patronal 2005

The Patronal Festival Procession in October 2005 before Mass.

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The Chapel

The Chapel

The Rochester Chapel viewed from outside

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Easter Vigil 2006

Easter Vigil 2006

Holy Saturday Vigil 2006, Our Lady & St Francis Rochester, the paschal candle alight in the Chapel on the eve of Easter day.

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Easter Vigil 2006

Easter Vigil 2006

Holy Saturday Vigil 2006, Our Lady & St Francis Rochester, The Vicar General begins the first Mass of Easter.

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Baptism 2006

Baptism 2006

On Easter Day 2006 at Our Lady and Saint Francis, Rochester, the Baptism took place of Mary Elizabeth Wells. Pictured (l. to r.) are parents Gemma and Chris Wells, Fr Thompson with Mary, and Godparents Victoria Thompson, Simon Joiner and Maxine Joiner.

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Corpus Christi 2006

Corpus Christi 2006

Corpus Christi June 2006. Bishop Starks and some of the congregation at Our Lady and St Francis, Rochester, after he celebrated a pontifical Sung Mass for the Feast.

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Baptism 2006

Baptism 2006

On Whitsunday, 4th June 2006, Fr Raymond Thompson Baptised Beth Lucia Farrant at Our Lady and Saint Francis, Rochester. Pictured on the left are Godparents Gemma Wells, Joanne Pointer (with Beth), and Chris Skingley. On the right are the proud parents, Vicki (Fr Thompson's daughter) and Matthew Farrant.

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Baptism 2006

Baptism 2006

On 2nd September 2006 Kyra Janelle Roach was Baptised by Fr Raymond Thompson at the chapel of Our Lady and Saint Francis, Rochester.

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Patronal 2006

Patronal 2006

Fr Thompson blesses incense at the altar during Mass on Saturday 7th October 2006 to celebrate the parish Patrons, Our Lady of Walsingham and St Francis of Assisi.

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Patronal 2006

Patronal 2006

Saturday 7th October 2006. 24 people joined this years annual parish procession preceeding the Patronal Festival

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Remembrance Service 2006

Remembrance Service 2006

On Sunday Remembrance Sunday 5th November 2006 the annual service of blessing and sprinkling with Holy Water of the graves of military personnel took place at Our Lady and St Francis, Rochester.

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Confirmations 2007

Confirmations 2007

Thursday 12th April 2007. Bishop Rommie M Starks and the Parish Priest, Father Raymond Thompson, together with the newly confirmed, Fr Thompson's daughter Victoria, (holding her daughter Keira Farrant) and Maureen Coventry

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Baptism 2007

Baptism 2007

George Raymond and Max Robert Fraser, Baptised on 30 September 2007 at Our Lady and S. Francis, pictured with their Parents and Godparents and Fr Thompson.

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Patronal 2007

Patronal 2007

Patronal Festival Benediction on 6th October 2007. Fr Raymond Thompson censes the Blessed Sacrament assisted by Mr Barry Capper

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Patronal 2007

Patronal 2007

Patronal Festival Benediction on 6th October. Fr Raymond Thompson gives Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

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Baptism 2007

Baptism 2007

On Advent Sunday, 2 December 2007, at Our Lady and S. Francis, Fr Thompson Baptised Hannah Leanne Cole and Harry Michael Lee Cole. In the picture with the children and Fr Thompson are their parents and Godparents: Henry and Sarah Shinners, Jaqueline Jarvis, Ian Forrest, Caroline and Lee Cole and Michelle Stuart.

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Christmas 2007

Christmas 2007

Our Lady & St Francis, Christmas 2007

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Vandalism 2008

Vandalism 2008

After the vandalism caused the Chapel to be put out of action in Holy Week. Easter Day 23rd March 2008, Some of the congregation of Our Lady and S. Francis who braved the heavy snow fall on Easter morning to meet in the porch of the boarded-up church to celebrate a service of Holy Communion from the Reserved Sacrament

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Vandalism 2008

Vandalism 2008

Fr Raymond Thompson (Parish Priest) surveys the scene as the congregation is unable to access the church on Easter Day 2008 (complete with snowflakes!) there is some evidence to suggest that the vandals have returned and tried to access the Church again.

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Wedding 2007

Wedding 2007

Father Raymond Thompson at the wedding of his son Timothy to Katherine Barnes on 1 September 2007 in Wotton-under-Edge

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Wedding 2008

Wedding 2008

Father Raymond Thompson with his daughter Victoria at her wedding to Matthew Farrant on 25 April 2008 in Walderslade

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Wedding 2008

Wedding 2008

Father Raymond Thompson with his daughter Nicola at her wedding to Rhys Meredith on 7 June 2008 in Charing

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New Doors 2008

New Doors 2008

Wednesday 6 August, following the 9am Mass for the Transfiguration, the congregation proudly show off the brand new church doors, which have cost approximately £2000 to make and fit.

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Rededication 2008

Rededication 2008

During the rededication of the Church (after the vandalism in Holy week) on Saturday 23rd August 2008 Father Raymond Thompson presents Bishop Elect Damien Mead with a Simple Mitre, on behalf of the congregation.

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Rededication 2008

Rededication 2008

After the rededication some of the congregation enjoy refreshments in the afternoon sunshine

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Patronal 2008

Patronal 2008

The Annual Procession to mark the Mission's Patronal Festival, St Francis Day (4th October) 2008.

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Patronal 2008

Patronal 2008

During the Patronal festival Solemn Mass (4th Oct 2008) Bishop Damien Mead blesses incense

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Patronal 2008

Patronal 2008

(4th Oct 2008) Bishop Damien Mead celebrates Solemn Mass in honour of St Francis of Assisi and commemorates Our Lady of Walsingham

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Appointment of Dean 2008

Appointment of Dean 2008

St Lucy's Day 13th December 2008, The Very Rev Raymond Thompson, newly appointed Dean of the South, makes his Canonical Vows to the Bishop

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Father Raymond Thompson

Father Raymond Thompson

The new Dean of the Southern Deanery, The Very Revd Raymond Thompson, Parish Priest of Our Lady of Walsingham & St Francis of Assisi, Rochester, Kent

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Baptism on Easter Day 2009

Baptism on Easter Day 2009

Angelina Marie-Thérése Morag Collier, pictured after her Baptism during Mass on Easter Day by Father Thompson at Rochester. Angelina and her parents, Trevor and Nathaly have become regular members of the congregation. She is pictured with her Godparents, Martine Laurent, Susan Bristol, Linda Young and Matthew Senior.

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Angelina Marie-Thérése Morag Collier

Angelina Marie-Thérése Morag Collier


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Baptism in Gillingham August 2009

Baptism in Gillingham August 2009

On 30 August 2009 Bethany Paige Puplett (pictured on the knee of her mother Amanda) was Baptised by The Very Revd Raymond Thompson in Gillingham, Kent. Also pictured, l. to r., are Godparents Neil Puplett, David Cohen, Kerry Le-Gras, Bethany's father Mark, and Godparents Alison and Kevin Drew.

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Baptism in Gillingham August 2009 (2)

Baptism in Gillingham August 2009 (2)

During the service

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Patronal Festival 2009

Patronal Festival 2009

On Saturday 10th October 2009 Bishop Mead visited the Rochester Parish for their Patronal Festival. Before Mass the usual procession took place in honour of Our Lady.

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Patronal Festival 2009

Patronal Festival 2009

The altar party after Mass

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Patronal Festival 2009

Patronal Festival 2009

After the Mass the Bishop presented the parish with a new statue of Our Lady of Walsingham

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Patronal Festival 2009

Patronal Festival 2009

Bishop Mead blessed the statue and then sprinkled it - and Jemima Hipkiss (!) who held Our Lady - with Holy Water.

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Patronal Festival 2010

Patronal Festival 2010

The altar party pictured after Mass at the Patronal Festival held on 9 October 2010
Canon Don Walker Obl/OSB was guest preacher and the celebrant the Parish Priest Fr Raymond Thompson

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Baptism Nov 2010

Baptism Nov 2010

Sofia Olivia Farrant was Baptised by her grandfather, Fr Raymond Thompson, on 7 November 2010 at Our Lady and Saint Francis, Rochester

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Baptism Nov 2010 (2)

Baptism Nov 2010 (2)

45 people packed into the chapel of Our Lady and Saint Francis, Rochester, on 7 November 2010, for the Baptism of Sofia Olivia Farrant. Pictured with parish priest Fr Thompson are (l to r) Matthew and Victoria Farrant (with Sofia), and Godparents Christopher Skingley, Gemma Wells and Joanne de Giovanni

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Ash Wednesday 2011

Ash Wednesday 2011

The Parish Priests grandaughter, Sofia, receives her first ashing!

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Dedication of Bench June 2011

Dedication of Bench June 2011

A new bench, purchased jointly by the parish and Mrs Valerie Capper, has been donated to the Fort Pitt Military cemetery in memory of the late Barry Capper, one of the stalwarts of the parish and chief server for many years. At a short ceremony after Mass on Sunday 5 June 2011, during which we reflected on Barry's life and contribution to the parish and two of his favourite hymns were sung, the seat was blessed and dedicated by Fr Thompson.

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Dedication of Bench June 2011 (2)

Dedication of Bench June 2011 (2)

The bench is blessed and dedicated

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Dedication of Bench June 2011 (3)

Dedication of Bench June 2011 (3)

After Mass on Sunday 5 June 2011 the new bench, presented to Fort Pitt Military Cemetery in memory of the late Barry Capper, was blessed and dedicated by Fr Thompson. Pictured enjoying the seat with regular members is Barry's wife Valerie

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Commital of Ashes June 2011 (1)

Commital of Ashes June 2011 (1)

On Saturday 25 June 2011, at a very moving ceremony, 35 of Barry Capper's friends and family gathered at the riverside at the Port Medway Marina, Cuxton, Rochester, to commit his ashes to the deep.

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Commital of Ashes June 2011 (2)

Commital of Ashes June 2011 (2)

At the time for the committal Barry's wife, Valerie, and Fr Thompson boarded a rigid inflatable and were taken out to mid-river

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Commital of Ashes June 2011 (3)

Commital of Ashes June 2011 (3)

... where his remains were dispersed into the River Medway.

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Commital of Ashes June 2011 (4)

Commital of Ashes June 2011 (4)

The service, conducted by Fr Ray Thompson, was held on the pontoon alongside which the boats are moored.

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New Frontal and Curtains

New Frontal and Curtains

The military chapel used by the parish of Our Lady and Saint Francis in Rochester has just undergone a complete redecoration inside and out. The work, which took nearly three weeks, was commissioned by the Royal Engineers. New riddel curtains, donated by Mrs Victoria Farrant and made by Mrs Carol Thompson, have been installed and Mrs Thompson has also made a new green altar frontal. This has replaced the well-worn one which had originally been in use at Saint Brihtwold's church in Worton, Wiltshire until its closure in 2002, when it came into the possession of the Rochester parish. The new frontal and curtains were blessed before Mass on Sunday 21 August.

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New Frontal and Curtains (2)

New Frontal and Curtains (2)


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Baptism August 2011

Baptism August 2011

On Sunday 28th August 2011 Fr Raymond Thompson baptised Anna Marie Wells at Our Lady of Walsingham & St Francis, Rochester, Kent.

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Baptism August 2011

Baptism August 2011

L to r: Simon and Maxine Joiner (Godparents), the Parish Priest, Chris and Gemma Wells (parents), and Vicki Varrant (Godparent) holding newly-baptised Anna

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Baptism August 2011

Baptism August 2011

Approximately 30 people were present at Our Lady of Walsingham and Saint Francis of Assisi, Rochester, which was the setting on Sunday 28 August for the baptism, by the Dean of the South, Fr Raymond Thompson, of Anna Marie Wells, daughter of Chris and Gemma Wells. The Godparents were Simon and Maxine Joiner and Victoria Farrant.
Pictured: Parents, Godparents, family and friends in the chapel grounds after the service

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Patronal Festival 2011

Patronal Festival 2011

On Saturday 8th October 2011 we celebrated our Patronal Festival. The Bishop celebrated Mass and preached - he is seen here in mid 'stroll' before Mass

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Patronal Festival 2011 (2)

Patronal Festival 2011 (2)

The Annual Procession in honour of Our Lady

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Patronal Festival 2011 (3)

Patronal Festival 2011 (3)

The Procession enters the Church

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Patronal Festival 2011 (4)

Patronal Festival 2011 (4)

The Bishop's Blessing

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Patronal Festival 2011 (5)

Patronal Festival 2011 (5)

After Mass

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Patronal Festival 2011 (6)

Patronal Festival 2011 (6)

Benediction

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Patronal Festival 2011 (7)

Patronal Festival 2011 (7)

Benediction 2

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Advent 2011

Advent 2011

Fr Raymond Thompson blesses the Advent Wreath and Candles

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Advent I 2011

Advent I 2011

Advent Sunday in Rochester

Beth Farrant lights the first candle in the newly blessed Advent Wreath

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Advent II 2011

Advent II 2011

Advent II. Keira Farrant lights the second candle on the Advent Wreath

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Maundy Thursday 2012

Maundy Thursday 2012


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Good Friday 2012

Good Friday 2012


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Easter Day 2012

Easter Day 2012


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Easter Day 2012 (2)

Easter Day 2012 (2)

The Paschal Candle

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Archbishops Visit April 2012

Archbishops Visit April 2012


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Archbishops Visit April 2012 (2)

Archbishops Visit April 2012 (2)

The splendid cake baked by Matt Farrant, Fr Thompson's Son-in-Law, in honour of the Archbishops Visit! Sadly there wasn't enough left to save Bishop Damien a slice!!!!

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Archbishops Visit April 2012 (3)

Archbishops Visit April 2012 (3)

The Archbishop explores Fort Pitt Cemetery before Mass

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Archbishops Visit April 2012 (4)

Archbishops Visit April 2012 (4)

The Altar

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Archbishops Visit April 2012 (5)

Archbishops Visit April 2012 (5)

The Archbishop talks to the Rumen brothers Danny and Colin.

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Archbishops Visit April 2012 (6)

Archbishops Visit April 2012 (6)

The Archbishop with the Venerable Raymond Thompson, Parish Priest and Archdeacon of the Diocese

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September 2012 Baptism

September 2012 Baptism

On Saturday 1st September 2012, The Venerable Raymond Thompson (Our Lady & St Francis, Rochester, Kent) baptised Amelia Ellouise Moffatt. Pictured with Amelia are her parents, Duncan and Julie, and her Godparents, Frances Wallond, David Marsh and Rose Cornish.

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Ordination of our Curate, The Revd Dr Jonathan Munn

Ordination of our Curate, The Revd Dr Jonathan Munn

On Saturday 29th September 2012, being the Feast of St Michael & All Angels, The Right Revd Damien Mead, ordained to the Order of Deacon in the Church of God, Jonathan Malcolm Munn, in the Chapel of Eltham College, Mottingham, Bromley, (By kind permission of the Headmaster and Chaplain).

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Ordination of our Curate, The Revd Dr Jonathan Munn (2)

Ordination of our Curate, The Revd Dr Jonathan Munn (2)

The choir rehearse before the service, under the direction of Mr Alastair Tighe

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Ordination of our Curate, The Revd Dr Jonathan Munn (3)

Ordination of our Curate, The Revd Dr Jonathan Munn (3)

The Archdeacon, our Parish Priest in Rochester, welcomes the congregation.

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Ordination of our Curate, The Revd Dr Jonathan Munn (4)

Ordination of our Curate, The Revd Dr Jonathan Munn (4)

Presentation of the candidate for ordination to the Bishop

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Ordination of our Curate, The Revd Dr Jonathan Munn (5)

Ordination of our Curate, The Revd Dr Jonathan Munn (5)

The Ordination

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Ordination of our Curate, The Revd Dr Jonathan Munn (6)

Ordination of our Curate, The Revd Dr Jonathan Munn (6)

Deacon Munn is vested with the Dalmatic

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Ordination of our Curate, The Revd Dr Jonathan Munn (7)

Ordination of our Curate, The Revd Dr Jonathan Munn (7)

The new deacon seeks the Bishop's blessing to proclaim the Gospel

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Ordination of our Curate, The Revd Dr Jonathan Munn (8)

Ordination of our Curate, The Revd Dr Jonathan Munn (8)

After the service

Left to Right: Acolyte; Alexei Aneychik, Chairman of the Diocesan Board of Ministry; Canon Don Walker Obl/OSB., ACC Archdeacon; The Venerable Raymond Thompson, (behind) Crucifer; Mr Richard Mulholland, ACC Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of the United Kingdom; The Right Rev Damien Mead, The New Deacon; The Rev Dr Jonathan Munn, the Headmaster of Eltham College; Mr Paul J. Henderson, Honoured Guests; The Most Rev Jerome Lloyd, Osjv., and the Rev Andrew Scurr (of the Old Roman Catholic Church), ACC Dean of the Northern Deanery; The Very Rev Charles Johnson, & Acolyte; Jakub Zdarzil. (Thurifer; Mr Roy Hipkiss, was taking the photo!)

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Ordination of our Curate, The Revd Dr Jonathan Munn (9)

Ordination of our Curate, The Revd Dr Jonathan Munn (9)

The Parish presented Deacon Munn with a cope and stole. At the reception after the ordination the Bishop blessed it.

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Dr Munn's first Sunday Service as our Curate

Dr Munn's first Sunday Service as our Curate

Trinity XVII (30th September 2012)

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Patronal Festival 6th October 2012

Patronal Festival 6th October 2012

The Bishop is ceremoniously received at the Church door.

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Patronal Festival 6th October 2012 (2)

Patronal Festival 6th October 2012 (2)

The bishop blesses Incense

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Patronal Festival 6th October 2012 (3)

Patronal Festival 6th October 2012 (3)

The Annual Procession in honour of Our Lady sets off.

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Patronal Festival 6th October 2012 (4)

Patronal Festival 6th October 2012 (4)

The Procession continues singing the Walsingham Pilgrmage Hymn

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Patronal Festival 6th October 2012 (2)

Patronal Festival 6th October 2012 (2)

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

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Patronal Festival 6th October 2012 ( )

Patronal Festival 6th October 2012 ( )

The Bishop cuts the cake baked by matthew Farrant, Fr Thompson's Son-in-Law.

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All Souls 2012

All Souls 2012

On 2nd November 2012 Fr Thompson offers Requiem Mass

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Remembrance-tide November 2012

Remembrance-tide November 2012

Remembrance-tide in Rochester. Colin Rumens, wearing the tartan of his Anderson forebears,by the Memorial that honours the war dead at Fort Pitt Military Cemetery, City Way, Rochester. The Cemetery Chapel is home to Parish of Our Lady of Walsingham and St Francis.

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Remembrance-tide November 2012 (2)

Remembrance-tide November 2012 (2)

Colin Rumen places poppy crosses and honours the War dead.

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New Flag Blessed Nov 2012

New Flag Blessed Nov 2012

On Sunday 18th November 2012, The Venerable Raymond Thompson, Parish Priest of Our Lady of Walsingham and St Francis of Assisi, Rochester, (assisted by his Curate The Rev Dr Jonathan Munn), blessed a new ACC flag to fly over the Church during services.

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New Flag Blessed Nov 2012 (2)

New Flag Blessed Nov 2012 (2)

The newly blessed flag was then put in place by Colin Rumens, watched, with interest, by Fr Thompson's granddaughter Keira Farrant.

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Baptism - November 2012

Baptism - November 2012

On Saturday 24 November 2012 in the parish of Our Lady and Saint Francis, Rochester, Fr Raymond Thompson baptised Barbora Horathova. Pictured are her parents Barbora and Patrik, Godparents Jan and Klaudia and other family members.

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Carol Service - Sunday 23rd Dec 2012

Carol Service - Sunday 23rd Dec 2012

The Revd Dr Jonathan Munn leads the service

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Carol Service - Sunday 23rd Dec 2012 (2)

Carol Service - Sunday 23rd Dec 2012 (2)

After the service

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Christmas Eve 2012 - blessing the Crib

Christmas Eve 2012 - blessing the Crib


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Christmas Eve 2012 (2)

Christmas Eve 2012 (2)

Lighting of the Nativity Candle in the Advent wreath

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Christmas Eve 2012 (3)

Christmas Eve 2012 (3)

First Mass of Christmas. During the Canon, celebrant the Venerable Raymond Thompson (Parish Priest) Deacon, The Revd Dr Jonathan Munn (Curate)

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Christmas Eve 2012 (4)

Christmas Eve 2012 (4)

After Mass the excited youngest members of the congregation ... perhaps they are thinking of a visit from a certain white bearded, red coated gentleman?

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Epiphany 2013

Epiphany 2013

The Parish Priest, The Venerable Raymond Thompson, baptised Miss Katherine Baker, on the Feast of the Epiphany (Sunday 6th January 2012).

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Epiphany 2013 (2)

Epiphany 2013 (2)

The Baptism Candle is lit.

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Epiphany 2013 (3)

Epiphany 2013 (3)

Katherine Baker with her sponsors, Vicki Farrant and Danny Rumens

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Palm Sunday 2013

Palm Sunday 2013

Sunday 23rd March 2013 - The Blessing of the Palm Crosses before Mass

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Palm Sunday 2013 (2)

Palm Sunday 2013 (2)

The Curate, The Rev Dr Jonathan Munn, receives his Palm Cross

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Palm Sunday 2013 (3)

Palm Sunday 2013 (3)

The distribution begins

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Baptism Palm Sunday 2013

Baptism Palm Sunday 2013

Lucie Jessica Jean Bath was Baptised at Our Lady and Saint Francis, Rochester by Fr Raymond Thompson on Palm Sunday, 24 March 2013. Lucie is pictured with her parents Darren and Laura, and Godparents Mark, Alison, Roger Tracie and Chris

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Baptism Palm Sunday 2013 (2)

Baptism Palm Sunday 2013 (2)

Some of the 56 people who managed to pack into the chapel for Lucie’s Baptism

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Baptism Palm Sunday 2013 (3)

Baptism Palm Sunday 2013 (3)

Some of the 56 people who managed to pack into the chapel for Lucie’s Baptism

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Good Friday (29th March) 2013

Good Friday (29th March) 2013

The Priest in Charge, The Ven Raymond Thompson lies prostrate in front of the stripped altar at the beginning of the Liturgy.

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Good Friday 2013 (2)

Good Friday 2013 (2)

The Curate, The Revd Dr Jonathan Munn, reads the Lessons

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Good Friday 2013 (3)

Good Friday 2013 (3)

The Solemn Prayers

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Good Friday 2013 (4)

Good Friday 2013 (4)

"Behold the wood of the Cross whereon hung the worlds salvation, O come let us worship" the Veneration of the Cross begins.

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Good Friday 2013 (5)

Good Friday 2013 (5)

The veneration of the Cross

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Good Friday 2013 (6)

Good Friday 2013 (6)

The veneration of the Cross by the laity

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Good Friday 2013 (7)

Good Friday 2013 (7)

The Mass of the Pre-Sanctified

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Good Friday 2013 (8)

Good Friday 2013 (8)

Mass of the pre-sanctified (2)

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Easter Day 2013

Easter Day 2013


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Easter Day 2013 (2)

Easter Day 2013 (2)


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Easter Day 2013 (3)

Easter Day 2013 (3)


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Easter Day Baptism 2013

Easter Day Baptism 2013

Victoria Farrant (Godmother), Fr Thompson, Tilli Pickering-Fraser, John Fraser and Lucie Pickering (parents).

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Easter Day Baptism 2013 (2)

Easter Day Baptism 2013 (2)

Some of the children who were present at Tilli’s baptism on Easter Day. L to r: Mary Wells, Alicia Pointer, Sofia Farrant, Anna Wells, Beth Farrant, Tilli Pickering-Fraser (holding candle), Keira Farrant and Lola Pickering,. The singing of All things bright and beautiful, and the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer were both lustily led by the children, who mostly come to church regularly and also attend the local Roman Catholic school.

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Easter Day Baptism 2013 (3)

Easter Day Baptism 2013 (3)

Some of the congregation who were present at Tilli’s baptism on Easter Day. All things bright and beautiful, and the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer were both lustily led by the children present.

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Baptism 20 April 2013 (1)

Baptism 20 April 2013 (1)

On Saturday 20 April 2013 Father Raymond Thompson baptised Lola Pickering at Our Lady and Saint Francis, Rochester. Pictured are her parents, Lucie Pickering and Vincent Green, and Godparent Vicki Farrant. Also in the picture are Lola’s sisters Erin and Tilli.

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Baptism 20 April 2013 (2)

Baptism 20 April 2013 (2)

Receive the sign of the cross, both upon thy forehead and also on thy heart…

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Baptism 20 April 2013 (3)

Baptism 20 April 2013 (3)

…I baptise thee in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

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Baptism 20 April 2013 (4)

Baptism 20 April 2013 (4)

Pictured outside the chapel are the family and friends of Lola who filled the small building. Father Thompson later reflected that of the 17 children who were present and joyfully led the singing and the prayers, he had baptised nine of them!

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Matins? Evensong? Anyone?

Matins? Evensong? Anyone?


Ordination of Father Jonathan Munn & First Mass

Please click on the link below to take you to the news item for 25th August 2013 for photographs of this important event in the life of our little Church.

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Baptism of Oliver Brian Moffatt 7th September 2013

Baptism of Oliver Brian Moffatt 7th September 2013

On 7 September 2013 Fr Thompson Baptised Oliver Brian Moffatt at Sellindge in Kent. Pictured with parents Julie and Duncan are Godparents Jack Buffery (holding Oliver), Barrie Thomas and Sue Chapman.

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Baptism of Oliver Brian Moffatt 7th September 2013 (2)

Baptism of Oliver Brian Moffatt 7th September 2013 (2)

Oliver was extremely well behaved in the gown made for him by his Nanna, Sue Moffatt!

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Baptism of Oliver Brian Moffatt 7th September 2013 (3)

Baptism of Oliver Brian Moffatt 7th September 2013 (3)

The Christening cake was a work of Art!

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Easter 2014

Easter 2014

The Sanctuary

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Easter Egg Hunt 2014

Easter Egg Hunt 2014

Easter Egg Hunt at Our Lady of Walsingham & St Francis of Assisi, Rochester, Kent.

Lola, Beth, Sofia, Keira and Tilli, five of the youngest members of the Rochester congregation, pose after their Easter egg hunt, which followed Mass and which was kindly organised and supplied by Katherine Baker.

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Sunday 11th May 2014 Baptism of Rosie Jessica Jean Bath

Sunday 11th May 2014 Baptism of Rosie Jessica Jean Bath

Pictured in church with Rosie are her parents Darren and Laura Bath, her two sisters, Grace and Lucie, and Godparents Roger and Tracie Cunningham, Melissa Johnson and James Williamson.

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Sunday 11th May 2014 Baptism of Rosie Jessica Jean Bath (2)

Sunday 11th May 2014 Baptism of Rosie Jessica Jean Bath (2)

Some of the 51 people who attended.

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Baptisms - August 2014 (1)

Baptisms - August 2014 (1)

On Sunday 10 August Jack Joseph Lowney and Charlie Thomas Lowney were baptised at Our Lady and Saint Francis , Rochester. Pictured after the service with Fr Thompson and the newly baptised children are their mother Nicola Jones, and Godparents Trevor Newton-Jones, Nicola Etheridge and Dennis Ashby.

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Baptisms - August 2014 (2)

Baptisms - August 2014 (2)


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Baptisms - August 2014 (3)

Baptisms - August 2014 (3)


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Priest Retires August 2014 (1)

Priest Retires August 2014 (1)

On Sunday, 31 August 2014, (Trinity 11) Fr Raymond Thompson retired from active parish ministry at Our Lady of Walsingham and S. Francis of Assisi, Rochester, Kent. He had ministered there for 14 years, 11 of them as parish priest. Previously serving as Lay Reader then Curate under the Bishop when he was Parish Priest. (Fr Thompson welcomes the congregation before Mass)

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Priest Retires August 2014 (2)

Priest Retires August 2014 (2)

Fr Thompson's last sermon as Parish priest

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Priest Retires August 2014 (3)

Priest Retires August 2014 (3)

The Mass

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Priest Retires August 2014 (4)

Priest Retires August 2014 (4)

The blessing

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Priest Retires August 2014 (5)

Priest Retires August 2014 (5)

Fr Thompson is presented with a gift from the Parish after Mass

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Priest Retires August 2014 (6)

Priest Retires August 2014 (6)

Fr Thompson presents the Curate, Fr Jonathan Munn, with the key of the Church

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Induction of New Priest October 2014

Induction of New Priest October 2014

On Saturday 4th October Bishop Damien Mead visited Our Lady of Walsingham & St Francis of Assisi, Rochester, Kent to celebrate Mass, Preach and induct The Revd Dr Jonathan Munn as Parish Priest.

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Induction of New Priest October 2014 (2)

Induction of New Priest October 2014 (2)

After being met at the Church Door, the Bishop knelt in prayer, sprinkled those assembled with holy water, ...

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Induction of New Priest October 2014 (3)

Induction of New Priest October 2014 (3)

... the bishop then blessed incense and was then censed by Fr Munn.

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Induction of New Priest October 2014 (4)

Induction of New Priest October 2014 (4)

After entering the Church, the weather being fine, the Parish was able to have their annual procession in honour of Our Lady.

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Induction of New Priest October 2014 (5)

Induction of New Priest October 2014 (5)

Fr Munn makes his canonical oaths to the bishop

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Induction of New Priest October 2014 (6)

Induction of New Priest October 2014 (6)

The Bishop inducts Fr Munn

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Induction of New Priest October 2014 (5)

Induction of New Priest October 2014 (5)

The Bishop enjoys cake!

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Rochester Patronal 2015 (1)

Rochester Patronal 2015 (1)

The bishop is met at the door

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Rochester Patronal 2015 (2)

Rochester Patronal 2015 (2)

Blessing Incense for the Procession

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Rochester Patronal 2015 (3)

Rochester Patronal 2015 (3)

The Annual Procession in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary sets off

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Rochester Patronal 2015 (4)

Rochester Patronal 2015 (4)

The Annual Procession in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary, round the War Memorial

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Rochester Patronal 2015 (5)

Rochester Patronal 2015 (5)

Ave, Ave, Ave Maria!

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Rochester Patronal 2015 (6)

Rochester Patronal 2015 (6)


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Rochester Patronal 2015 (7)

Rochester Patronal 2015 (7)


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Rochester Patronal 2015 (8)

Rochester Patronal 2015 (8)

The Bishop preaches

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Rochester Patronal 2015 (9)

Rochester Patronal 2015 (9)

Invitation to Communion

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Rochester Patronal 2015 (10)

Rochester Patronal 2015 (10)

Holy Communion and blessings

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Rochester Patronal 2015 (11)

Rochester Patronal 2015 (11)

The Bishops Blessing

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Rochester Patronal 2015 (12)

Rochester Patronal 2015 (12)

The Angelus

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Rochester Patronal 2015 (13)

Rochester Patronal 2015 (13)

Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament concluded the celebrations. The officiant was The Rev Dr Jonathan Munn the Parish Priest.

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Rochester Patronal 2015 (14)

Rochester Patronal 2015 (14)

Censing the Blessed Sacrament in the Monstrance

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Rochester Patronal 2015 (15)

Rochester Patronal 2015 (15)

Benediction