Posts from June 2013

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Letter of thanks from the Patterson family

by Karen

A Letter of Thanks Dear Friends, I don’t really know where to begin to thank you all for everything you have done since Philip’s illness and subsequent death. He was overwhelmed and deeply touched, as I was, by your continued and fervent prayers and by the many letters, cards and very kind gestures we received. When […]

Bishop Harold’s Letter to the parish

by Karen

Bishop Harold’s Letter Brothers and sisters in the Gospel, I write to assure you all of my love and prayers, as your father-in-God, at this time of great loss for the people of Knockbreda Parish. The death of a pastor, suddenly and while serving his people, has a deep impact on his people, especially when […]

Bishop Harold’s address at the funeral of Philip Patterson

by Karen

Bishop Harold’s address at the funeral of Philip Patterson Friday 10 May 2013The funeral of our beloved friend, the Archdeacon of Down, The Ven Philip Patterson, took place at 11.00 am on Thursday 9 May, Ascension Day, in Knockbreda Parish Church, Belfast. Bishop Harold gave the address which is available for download as a PDF […]

Death and funeral of Archdeacon Philip Patterson

by Karen

Death and funeral of Archdeacon Philip Patterson Thursday 9 May 2013 Our beloved friend, Philip Patterson, died late on Sunday night in Knockbreda Rectory. Eleanor and all the family were gathered in their home, and Philip had the joy, in his last days, of holding his new grandson Toby in his arms. It is entirely […]

Rector’s Letter

by Karen

Rector’s Letter read at the Annual Easter Vestry Dear Friends I have started every letter in the magazine over the last 24 years with, ‘Dear Friends’. Back then there was a degree of presumption in doing so but truly no longer. Just as Jesus said to his disciples, ‘I no longer call you servant but […]

Easter Vestry speech from the Rector

by Karen

Speech by Archdeacon Patterson – Read at the Easter Vestry on April 10th 2013 This is the twenty-fourth year that I have been rector at an Easter Vestry in Knockbreda.  It is exceptionally strange not to be present and chairing the meeting and I crave your indulgence in having Gerardo read my address. I will […]