Church Magazine

We hear from Mary McGraghan that our printers have closed down due to the Covid 19 situation. A brief newsletter has been produced for April 2020, and you can access it by clicking on THIS LINK.

During this difficult time we are hoping to update the web site more frequently, and if you have any relevant material, please supply it for inclusion here. If you need further information on using this web site, please contact the webmaster.

Funeral of Father Michael Brain

Jon Harcourt reports:

Arrangements for Fr Michael’s funeral have now been made.

However, following the current  guidelines on groups, gatherings and funerals, all the original arrangements have had to be modified, and therefore Fr Michael’s funeral will be held in private.

We look forward to a time when this pandemic is over, and will be holding a memorial service at St Edmund, King & Martyr, the church he served for 27 years and amongst the people to whom he devoted his earthly ministry. We will notify you when such a service is arranged.

Mothering Sunday

Mark Wisbey reports:

Due to public worship having been suspended by the Church of England because of the coronavirus, the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby, is celebrating a virtual service today (Mothering Sunday).  The service can be watched here:

Coronavirus and St Edmunds

Jon Harcourt provides this important update:

In light of the serious nature of the virus and the associated health risks, the Archbishops of the Church of England have issued a notice that all church services are to cease until further notice.

St Edmunds are complying with this.

However, funerals are being allowed to take place.

The funeral of our former Parish Priest, Fr Michael Brain will take place on Thursday 2nd April at 10.45am.

This is subject to any variation beyond our control, and the final details will be on this site as soon as we can confirm.

Fr Michael Brain

Mark Wisbey reports:

On Monday 9th March 2020, The Guild of Servants of the Sanctuary held a Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of Fr Michael Brain. The Mass was held at St. Francis Friar Park. 

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Sad news

Jon Harcourt reports:

“On the morning of Saturday 7th March 2020, Fr Michael Brain, Vicar of St Edmunds from 1977 – 2004, passed away peacefully.

May he rest in peace, and rise in Glory.”

Further news and an obituary will follow in a future church newsletter.