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Bishop Marcus drops in to say good bye to Little Brother

Bishop Marcus drops in to say good bye to Little Brother

Bishop Marcus drops in to say good bye to Little Brother

It was a bright sunny morning and there was a fuller than usual church as it was the First Sunday of Advent,. the Enrolment Mass for the First Holy Communion candidates and their families as well as the visit of our new Bishop. It was also the last Sunday Mass for Brother Xavier of The Little Brothers of Jesus, the one remaining Brother in our Diocese, before he leaves the parish for Brussels. Concelebrating with the Bishop were the parish priest Fr Francis McGrath and Fr Don Stoker (Hallam) and Fr Steve Johnson (Middlesbrough), fellow priest friends of Brother Xavier.

Music to accompany the hymns was provided by Mr. Darren Sheridan (Holy Family School) on the keyboard, Richard on the violin and Joe on the guitar. The opening hymn was "Christ be our light" as indeed he is. The enrolment children read the first and second reading and sang the responsorial psalm and read the bidding prayers very well.

Fr Don gave the sermon. The Little Brothers of Jesus were inspired by the life and writings of Blessed Charles de Foucauld and Fr Don spoke about Charles De Foucauld's life of mission to the Turegs of North Africa. He also spoke about the more than sixty years presence of The Little Brothers of Jesus in the Leeds Diocese, doing normal jobs and sharing their faith and love for Jesus Christ.

The offertory hymn ‘All that I am' was accompanied beautifully by the musicians and the enrolment children sang a prayerful post-communion hymn.

Fr McGrath gave a short address at the end of Mass "What do I say to the children when you are good? - You are cool. The Bishop is very very cool!"

He said the parents of the enrolment children were to be presented with a Book on the Life of Charles de Foucauld and asked them to read it to their children as part of their preparation for First Holy Communion. The Bishop then presented the First Holy Communion course books to the children and finally a presentation to Brother Xavier, who has lived in the parish since 2005.