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Beaconsfield Road,
St Albans, Herts, AL1 3RB

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Parish Priest Fr TJ (Tom) Plower
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Saturday Evening

  8.00 am
Quiet Mass
  9.00 am
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  9.30 am
Family Mass
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  4.00 pm Polish Mass (not every Sunday - refer to bulletin)
  7.00 pm
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Every day
12 noon
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On Fridays at 12 noon, there is Catholic Mass at St Albans Cathedral

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RIP Fr Tom
Fr. Tom Hewitt, MSC, Rest In Peace
19th January 1946 - 4th January 2018,  
On Thursday 4th January 2018, our beloved Fr. Tom passed away, peacefully.  Please keep Fr Tom, his family and his friends in your prayers.
Jesus Calls us, he waits for us; and when we kneel at his feet, what joy, what sweetness, what light, what strength and consolation he pours into our souls
Fr Tom's passing
As most of you now know, Fr. Tom died very peacefully in The Hospice of St Francis and was with parishioner Brendan Day and hospital chaplain Collette Lennon.  
Throughout the day, many parishioners had been with Fr. Tom, which will have been a great source of comfort to him.  We offer our condolences to Fr. Tom's family, Fr. TJ, Fr. Jimmy, Fr. Sandy and Sister Anita, and to all those who knew him and loved him.
Please keep Fr Tom and his family and friends in your prayers. We will all miss him, and his wonderful outlook on life.

On 2nd January (two days before he died) Fr. Tom sent this message to all his friends and family
Dear Friends, I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for the magnificent support you have shown me over the past six weeks;  
God has shown his love for me through you all and T.J., Jimmy and Sandy

A eulogy
Click here to download and read the story of Fr Tom's life - we've reprinted it from the Order of Service for Fr. Tom's funeral
Funeral and Burial Arrangements

Fr. Tom's body had been received into the church on the evening of  Tuesday 23rd January just prior to Mass being celebrated at 7pm.
Fr. Tom's body remained in the Church overnight.
Fr. Tom's funeral was held at 10am on Wednesday 24th January at our church, followed by a burial at Hatfield Road Cemetery

The Mass on Tuesday evening

Mass was concelebrated. Bishop Paul McAleenan (right) was the principal celebrant.

Many old friends of our parish were also here - Fr Jerry, Fr Manus, Fr Alan, Fr Charles, and of course Fr TJ and Fr. Jimmy.  Fr Jerry Daly gave a heartfelt tribute on behalf of the MSC community, and talked about Fr Tom's life in St Albans, Rugby, and South Africa.

Our readers were Chris Moran, Patrick McNulty and Mary Corbett and the music was led by Gill and Mike.

First Reading -
Psalm - Who is the King of Glory, He the Lord is the King of Glory
Second Reading -

Hymns  I the Lord of Sea & Sky, One Bread One Body, Be Still for the Presence, How Great thou Art

The Requiem Mass on Wednesday

Mass was again concelebrated with Fr John Fitzgerald MSC, the Deputy Provincial for the Irish Province of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, as the principal celebrant.  We've not seen the sanctuary so full in a long time with over 50 priests present.

The church was packed, and even the organ loft was full.  As well as Fr. Tom's family, friends and parishioners in the congregation, there was ministers and pastors from other local churches, of all denominations.
Fr Charles Sweeney gave a lovely tribute to Fr Tom, on behalf of both the MSC community and Fr Tom's family.

First Reading - Isaiah 26:6-9
The Lord will destroy Death for ever
Psalm - Psalm 23- The Lord's My Shepherd
Second Reading - 2 Timothy 4:6-8
Hymns  Be Thou My Vision, In Bread We Bring You Lord, Sweet Heart of Jesus, How Great Thou Art

The readers were Fiona Kerby and Ita Ryan (Fr Tom's family). The bidding prayers were also led by members of Fr Tom's family.  
Music was led by Julia accompanied by Jeremy.

And afterwards

Many of us were able to reconvene in the Parish Hall after the burial at Hatfield Road cemetery to and reminisce and share fond memories of Fr. Tom over light refreshements.

What a great turn out it was  - Fr. Tom would have enjoyed joining in the fun and the chat about days gone by
Thanks to everyone who helped with the catering, the readings, the music, ushers, parking marshals, flowers,  and anyone else involved in the organisation.

Book(s)  of Condolence
Many of left your messages of sympathy for Fr Tom's family, as well as your messages of love and stories of admiration for Fr. Tom in a Condolences Book. The book was given to Fr Tom’s family after his funeral.

And there's more ..
You can now read a short story of Fr Tom's life.
Click here to download and read it - we've reprinted it from the Order of Service for Fr. Tom's funeral.

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