St Bartholomew's News

September 2016 

We are now in a period of interregnum until such time as a new appointment as our vicar/parish priest takes place. This will be time for much reflection as to who will eventually be appointed  but we shall make announcements as they become practicable to do so.

In the meantime, the churchwardens will carry the burden of ensuring that our regular services take place. In the short term our honorary assistant priests Fr Geoffrey Baulcomb and Fr Peter Lynn will ensure that our regular pattern of Sunday services continues as best as possible with our Family Mass at 9.30 and Solemn High Mass at 11am.

In the meantime, we are pleased to announce that The Rt Rev'd Peter Wheatley, retired bishop of Edmonton, and  at Christ Church, St Leonards on Sea, will be celebrating at both Masses on two Sundays each month from October.

Patronal Festival 2016

If you were fortunate enough to have been at our annual Patronal Festival on the evening of Saturday 20 August and again on Sunday morning 21 August at 11am, you would have experienced a veritable feast of High Mass celebrations. From a musical perspective it was a "Haydnfest" of supreme quality. The music for our Saturday Patronal Festival has been celebrated for many years past with the help of a very fine small orchestra of local instrumentalists of excellent quality and musicianship. They complement our most competent choir, supplemented with the help of a few extra friends who enjoy being with us on this occasion to participate in what must arguably be one of the pinnacles of good church music.

Where else could you savour Haydn's Nelson Mass at a Saturday evening Mass followed by Haydn's last Mass, the Harmoniemesse at a High Mass the following morning! These are two of the glorious set of six big Masses that he composed in the final years of his life.

All of this wonderfully uplifting music added to the profound dignity, preaching and excellent choreography of the liturgy - St Bartholomew's at its very best.