Father Matthew Gerin – a remarkable French Priest
Recently, Patricia Knight, author of The Bear Lane Years of St Polycarp’s School, found the unmarked plot in Littlehampton cemetery. The parish has purchased the plot and erected a memorial stone recognising our debt to this extraordinary man, his work and precious legacy. A graveside service of blessing and thanksgiving took place on 13th February 2017. For a full story about Father Gerin click here.
Walkers Christmas Lunch
On the 14th December 14 of the parish walking group went to a Christmas Lunch at Bills in Castle St. Farnham. It was, as one would expect, a very social occasion and was enjoyed by all.
The Christmas Bazaar held at the end of November was a great success raising around £3500. A BIG, BIG THANK YOU to parishioners for their great generosity, supporting the Bazaar in so many ways. At times a bit of a squeeze but great fun. Many parishioners sighted, exiting with cakes, bottles, toys and various prizes including amazing Grand Raffle prizes...and a big smile. St Joan's Cafe and Irish coffee ....more big smiles. The day, all smiles and now a happy memory.
The Family Day was held on the 19th June and, as ever, was a very happy occasion, enjoyed by all. Thanks go to Michael McDonnell and his wonderful team.
There were 27 young people confirmed in our parish. Bishop Moth came for the confirmation mass on the 17th June and the certificates were given out on the the 19th June (Family Day). The photos show the newly confirmed young people with their certificates.
Canon Anthony Whale
Provost Anthony Whale or Father Tony, as we all knew him, passed away on June 1, 2016. His coffin was brought into Arundel Cathedral at 11am on June the 8th in the company of Bishop Moth and the canons of the Cathedral. The funeral was at midday with many of the priests of the diocese attending and also Cardinal Bishop Comac (when he was appointed bishop to the diocese the first person he ordained was Fr. Tony). The mass included an interesting eulogy by Fr. Tony's brother - who speaks and looks very like Fr. Tony.
St Joan's memories of a wonderful priest
Fr Tony Whale came to be parish priest
of St Joan of Arc parish in Farnham in September 2001. He stayed here
till 2009. In that time Fr Tony endeared himself to all the parishioners
and to many beyond the parish.
Click here for Arundel Cathedrals invitation to Fr Tony's funeral and a brief history.
First Holy Communion
On Saturday the 14th May, 67 children took their First Holy Communion at St. Joan's. There were two special masses celebrated by Fr. Nevin Richardson so that the church could accommodate half the children at a time with their parents, grandparents, etc. It was a very special and happy occasion. On the Sunday a "Going Forth" breakfast was held for the children after the normal 9.15am mass.
Many thanks go to the 18 Catechists and helpers, under the direction of Fr Niven, who guided the children through this year’s programme.