FR VINCENT FLYNN
WE WELCOME OUR NEW PARISH PRIEST
ORDER OF SERVICE
Bishop Howard Tripp presiding
Bring forth the kingdom of heaven
(choir and congregation)
(choir and congregation)
Procession of Gifts – 135
In bread we bring you, Lord
Incensing of the Altar
Holy Communion – 60
Dear Lord and Father of mankind
Closing Hymn – 331
Thy hand, O God, has guided
Fr Vincent was born in Kingston-upon-Thames, England, where he grew up, attending Mass and school in St Agatha's parish. He went to Richard Challoner secondary school. He studied for the priesthood at St John's College, Wonersh. He has recently returned from a two year course of study in Canon Law in Canada. In his first Newsletter to the Parish in mid August, he set out his hopes and aims:
“I was delighted when Archbishop Michael Bowen asked me to succeed Fr Dominic as Parish Priest of St. Raphael’s Parish. St. Raphael’s is stunning in her beauty and is without question one of the gems of our Diocese. The attraction of the Church, however, is not principally, her beauty but rather what happens in this sacred space – God himself comes to meet his people, feeding them on His own body and blood and healing and strengthening them through the Sacraments. When you and I grow in holiness, our souls become like gardens that have been tended with love and care. The sweet perfume of the flowers (the odour of sanctity) is attractive to the passer by, who stops for rest and refreshment by the stream. We must never forget that the garden planted in us at baptism, when the theological virtues were infused into our souls, is not just for our salvation. It aids us in our mission to bring the message of salvation to the people of Surbiton and the staff and students in our University and invite them to drink deeply from the stream of life welling up and flowing from the heart of Christ.
My intention is that St Raphael’s will be a spiritual wellspring where the traveller encounters the Master, living amongst His people in the Blessed Sacrament. Those who thirst will be refreshed. Those who hunger will be satisfied. Those who have lost their way will be given direction. The broken and the wounded will be healed. Those who are weary of the journey will be given new hope and to all will be offered the secret meaning of life: Jesus living amongst His people and His people living the Eucharistic life of love.
On this my first Sunday, I consecrate the Parish to the Immaculate Heart of Mary our Mother. I ask her to place her mantle over all who live in and pass through our parish. May she grant her maternal blessing to me, God’s unworthy priest, and you His holy people.
May St Raphael, our holy patron, watch over and protect us and may we never forget his words to Tobit:
Bless God, utter his praise before all the living for the favour he has shown you. Proclaim before all people the deeds of God as they deserve, and never tire of giving Him thanks. It is right to keep the secret of a king, yet right to reveal and publish the works of God as they deserve. Do what is good and no evil can befall you. [Tb 12: 6-7]”