7 May 2022
I have been very grateful to Reverend Antony Dutton, parish priest of St John the Evangelist Anglican Church in Great Sutton for the warmth of his welcome.
His fraternal support, and his kindness since I became parish priest here in Ellesmere Port and Hooton. He is a good man and pastor, and I have been very happy to discuss with him some ecumenical projects.
To that end, I am delighted to announce that we will hold a Blessed Sacrament Procession on Sunday 26 June at 4pm from St Saviour Church to St John the Evangelist. I will expose the Blessed Sacrament at St Saviour and I have invited Reverend Antony to give a Sermon. Following, we will process to St John the Evangelist where, with Reverend Antony’s kind permission, I will give Benediction. Following there will be afternoon tea and a chance to socialise.
To make this a beautiful and reverent occasion as an act of love for Our Lord, truly Present in the Blessed Sacrament, I would like to invite all parishioners to attend, especially our altar servers, all our Extra-Ordinary ministers of Holy Communion, and most of all our first Holy Communion children from all four primary schools and from the parish who do not attend Catholic schools. This is a moment of true ecumenism: gathered around Our Lord, in public veneration of our belief that He is truly Present in the Blessed Sacrament, and our procession moves from a Church dedicated to Our Lord, St Saviour, to a Church dedicated to ‘the disciple Jesus loved’, St John.