From the bishops' diaries
DENIS COCKBURN, a pillar of the community at the Church of Our Lady and St Paulinus, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, died recently after 41 years of service to the sick and the disabled of the area.
Recently bestowed with the papal Bene Merenti Medal for service to the community, Denis was involved in the St Vincent de Paul Society for most of his adult life. A fellow parishioner remarks: "It is often said that you cannot get anything done without reward. But Denis was an exception to this rule". THE blessing of palms, the Mass of Chrism and of the Lord's Supper on Maundy Thursday, the celebration of the Passion on Good Friday and the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday all feature in bishops' diaries this week.
Three bishops are giving retreats, On Monday Cardinal Basil Hume, Archbishop of Westminster, will conduct a day of recollection with homeless men and women at 10.30 am. Archbishop Derek Worlock of Liverpool will do likewise for retired priests at Ince Blundell Hall at II am on Wednesday.
From Sunday to Wednesday Bishop Mervyn Alexander of Clifton gives a retreat to the Beda Students in Rome.
Two of the bishops demonstrate their concern for the deaf and the handicapped by celebrating Mass for them. Bishop James O'Brien, Auxiliary in Hertfordshire, says Mass with the handicapped on Sunday at 3.30 pm at Our Lady Queen of Creation at Hemel Hempstead. Bishop John Rawslhorne, Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool, says Mass for the deaf and hard of hearing at 6.30 pm on Sunday.
Bishop Murphy O'Connor of Arundel and Brighton visit, Redhill on Sunday.