Ordination of Joseph Gulliford

Many of you will remember Joseph who came to St Edmunds for a year’s work experience just six months before the first lockdown. Joseph enriched our liturgy with his wonderful music and as lockdown started he livestreamed a daily personal reflection of words and music that was picked up by people across the world.

Joseph is to be ordained as a priest in July and has asked Fr Steve if he may celebrate his first Mass at St Edmund’s Church. This Mass will be on Sunday 17 July. It will start at 1.00 pm with half an hour of praise & worship songs followed by Mass at 1.30 pm.

There will be a reception afterwards in the church hall.

The Mass will be attended by many relatives and friends of Joseph and the Gulliford family (currently 200 and rising) but parishioners are welcome also. We need to know how many to expect so there is a sign-up sheet in the porch. If you are coming please sign the sheet by the end of the month or email the office.


When a seminarian finishes his ‘work experience’ in a parish it is the custom to have a collection for them. This could not be arranged when Joseph was re-called to the seminary during the pandemic and Fr Steve has asked that this collection been taken now for Joseph.

Please make cheques payable to RCAS Beckenham with Joseph’s name written on the back. We can accept cash at the Office in a clearly marked envelope and you can also give via Churchsuite.

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