“Despite the apocalyptic downpour, last Sunday’s parish Party was a great success: all the food was eaten and all the children went home already bathed for bed! Thank you to all those people who worked so hard behind the scenes to make it a lovely occasion for all who attended. Fr Simon refutes the claim that his luck had run out (after 6 years of glorious party weather). He maintains: “Luck has nothing to do with it. I asked the Good Lord for sun and He sent it: before and after the feast! He has taught me to be a little more specific in my requests in future!! You live and learn.” - Fr Simon
"On the 4th Sunday of Easter, some of our beautiful young people were led by Jesus, the Good Shepherd, to the foot of the altar and were fed at the table of their Heavenly Father for the first time. May they receive all the blessings of heaven and, in their turn, shepherd many a wandering soul to the threshold of heaven" - Fr Simon
The Funeral Mass for Fr Lister, celebrated by Bishop Marcus, will take place at 11am on Tuesday, 29th September at St Mary’s, Halifax and will be followed by Fr Lister’s burial at Stanley Royd Cemetery, Halifax. Attendance will be limited to those with a close connection to Fr Lister but the Service will be live streamed on the day and can be accessed through the link on St Mary's Parish website.
Please keep Fr Lawrie, his family and his friends in your prayers at this time.
SAD NEWS FROM THE DIOCESE THIS MORNING
"It is with sadness that I write to inform you of the death of Fr Lawrence (Lawrie) Lister who died yesterday evening, Sunday 6th September. Lawrie died peacefully having been fortified with the Rites of the Church; he had been hospitalised in recent weeks due to a serious deterioration in his health. Please pray for the repose of Lawrie’s soul and remember his family and his friends in your prayers at this time.
Lawrie was born on 2nd June 1932 and studied for the priesthood at St Cuthbert’s College, Ushaw. He was ordained to the priesthood on 19th July 1959 at Leeds Cathedral. After his ordination, Lawrie’s first appointment was to St Mary’s, Halifax in 1959. He then served at: St Anthony's, Leeds from 1963 to 1966; St Theresa's, Sheffield from 1966 to 1971; St John's, Bradford from October 1971 to January 1974; St Theresa's, Queensbury from 1974 to 1978; St Urban's, Leeds from 1978 to 1983; St Joseph's, Pontefract from 1983 to 1999; and finally at St Cuthbert's, Bradford from 1999 until his retirement from office in 2006.
I thank the Dean and clergy of the Halifax Deanery who ensured that Lawrie received the spiritually care he needed in his retirement and illness, and to the Catholic Care Clergy Support Service for all that it did to assist Lawrie’s personal needs.
“Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.”
A candle lit at Lourdes by our Pilgrims from St Wilfrid's High School