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Website Report February 2016


Over 31,000 people have now visited this incarnation of the website since it launched a little over 2 years ago. We had a particular surge of vistors in November and December last year. December alone had 1,957 visitors which is the most we've ever had in a month.

Lenten Project 2016 is supporting GETA (Give Education To All)


GETA (Give Education To All) is the charity we will be supporting for this years lenten project, following the results of last weekends vote. The full results are:

  • GETA (Give Education To All) proposed by David Rose - 135 votes
  • Refugee Crisis proposed by Judith Thomas - 73 votes
  • Syria & Iraqi Refugees proposed by Duncan Macpherson - 84 votes

There were 10 spoilt ballot papers. Thank you everyone who took part, whether it was presenting a charity or just casting your vote. The following is a message from David Rose, Chairman of GETA- Give Education To All.

Welcome Therese Teevan


Therese Teevan has joined our Parish Team as our Catechetical Co-ordinator and we welcome her and offer our full support in all that she does. She will be introducing herself to us at all Masses next weekend.

Confirmation 2016


The Sacrament of Confirmation is the fullness of initiation into the Catholic Church. For anyone Year 9+. The Confirmation course is due to start in the new year, so please ensure you have filled in a form (available at the back of the church) and return it to the Parish Office as soon as possible.

Appreciation of Funeral Arrangements on behalf of Canon Formby's Family


Dear Fr Christopher

On behalf of all the family of Fr John Formby and Jean Willett, thank you so much to you, to Jean and to all within the Parish of St Margaret's who hosted and organised the Reception of Mortal Remains, the evening Mass and then the Requiem Mass last Wednesday and Thursday.

We realise that a huge amount of organisation and work went into making both days the wonderful, fitting and comforting occasions that they were.

RIP Jean Marion Willett


On Monday, 30th November we had further sad news that Fr John Formby’s sister Jean Marion Willett had died on that day in Oxford. Our prayers are with her children: Caroline, Frances, Joanna, Tom and Madeline. Jean’s Requiem will be here at St Margarets.

Fr John’s & Jean’s mortal remains will come into our church on Wednesday 16 December at 5.00pm followed by Mass. Their Requiem Mass will be on Thursday 17 December at 12 noon.

The family have requested: No flowers please, for either Fr John or Jean Willett, but donations, if desired, to www.valehouse.org.uk.

Rest In Peace Canon John Formby


We were very sad to receive the news on Wednesday 25th November 2015 of the death of Canon John Formby.

Canon John was parish priest of St Margarets from September 2001 to February 2008. His mortal remains will come into our church on Wednesday 16 December at 5.00pm and the Requiem Mass will be on Thursday 17 December at 12 noon.

Please share your memories of Canon John in the forum http://www.stmargarets-church.co.uk/forums/general-discussion/memories-canon-john-formby.

Finance Committee


We take this opportunity to thank Jimmy Green, Ann Edes, Terry Gannon, Janet Mason, Orlagh Culliton and Justin Ryan for all they have done over these past years as members of the Finance Committee. It is very much appreciated.

We now welcome our new members David Moroney, Claudine Richardson, Paul Murray, Eustace Furtado, Paula Lambert, Fr. Christopher and Fr Bernard Boylan. We wish them every success.