In last month’s lead article Bishop Ralph began by explaining that in the months he has been our Bishop he has visited all parts of the Diocese, celebrating the work of priests and people.
Bishop Ralph’s visit to St Joseph’s, Retford reflects the diverse work of a parish community.
Bishop Ralph was welcomed by Fr John Nwadike and the Parish over the weekend of 26th to 28th February. On Friday Bishop Ralph visited the school and a care home.
On Saturday he visited the Hospice and one parishioner and her family were delighted to receive the last Rites from Bishop Ralph, before she passed away peacefully. Her funeral was held at St Joseph’s on Friday, 18 March. Fr John and Bishop Ralph paid home visits to the housebound.
The Bishop concelebrated the Saturday evening and Sunday Masses with Fr John. He congratulated the altar servers on the collection of money and food for the homeless, arising from their sponsored walk in Clumber Park.
Parish priest, Fr John, who is a Vincentian Missionary, had received the sad news that six Vincentian seminarians, including two of his ex-pupils, had been killed in a bus crash in Nigeria. The Bishop’s sermon on hope despite bad things happening to good people – taking Jesus and the Apostles for example – could not be more relevant.