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Hi everyone,

I hope you’re having a good Pentecost Sunday and have been able to live stream Mass and participate in this great feast.

I have some news to share which I hope you will forgive me reading as the exact same wording will be put on our website.

This lockdown has meant that we have not been able to be together and when we eventually get back into church things will inevitably need to be different.

One of the changes for Witham is that from September I will no longer be your parish priest.

I always said that I thought 80  was a good number to retire, though I would accept the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Last summer, 2019, I shared my feelings with Kate with regard to retiring and she said I would know when the time was right.

Last September, after much prayer, and a bit earlier than 80 years, I knew I needed a conversation with Bishop Alan and after talking things through with him, I submitted my resignation last October with mutual agreement that it would take effect from the end of August 2020 in line with the annual bishop’s appointments.

At the same meeting Bishop Alan advised that as soon as possible I should start to ease down; which I was intending to do this Easter.

None of us however, imagined the church in lockdown due to a pandemic!

I am sad that my last months among you will be as they are. The last 22 years have been good and, I believe as Catholic Christians here in Witham, we have achieved much together.

I have loved being your parish priest and getting to know you all in a very special way.

Bishop Alan has said he is hoping to appoint to Witham, though I do not know any more details.

The time is coming when you will begin afresh with your new pastor and I pray that you will continue happily being the Catholic Church with him in Witham.

This is not quite goodbye yet and I do hope that we will get back into church together before I leave.

You will always be in my prayers.

God bless you.

Fr David

Following my announcement last week
I would like to thank all those who have be so very kind
in words and deeds.

God bless you